Category: NBA

NBA News – Free Agency: 8/2/21

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Highlights:

  • Phoenix Suns All-Star guard Chris Paul, who opted out of a $44 million player option Sunday, has agreed to stay on with the Suns with a new four-year deal that could be worth as much as $120 million
  • Long-range shooter Doug McDermott has agreed to a three-year, $42 million deal with the San Antonio Spurs
  • Wing Reggie Bullock has agreed to a deal with the Mavericks
  • Free agent Dwight Howard is returning to the Los Angeles Lakers
  • Free agent Evan Fournier has agreed to terms with the Knicks for a four-year deal that could be worth as much as $78 million
  • Guard Derrick Rose has agreed to a three-year, $43 million deal to return to the New York Knicks
  • Free-agent guard Alex Caruso has agreed to a four-year, $37 million deal with the Chicago Bulls
  • Center Daniel Theis has agreed to a four-year, $36 million deal to join the Houston Rockets
  • Center Cody Zeller has agreed to a one-year deal with the Portland Trail Blazers
  • The Milwaukee Bucks agreed to a two-year, $9 million deal with Bobby Portis 

Read more at:  https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/31674407/2021-nba-free-agency-trades-latest-buzz-news-reports (ESPN)

NBA News – Free Agency: 8/2/21

Potential NBA Free Agent Landing Spots | Betting Blogger

Highlights:

  • New Orleans Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball is heading to Chicago on a four-year, $85 million deal with the Bulls in a sign-and-trade agreement
  • Tim Hardaway Jr. has agreed to a four-year, $72 million deal to re-sign with the Dallas Mavericks
  • Former LSU star Garrett Temple will return to his home state as he is heading to the New Orleans Pelicans, agreeing to a three-year deal (two guaranteed)
  • The New York Knicks made a pair of moves to retain two players, agreeing to three-year deals with guard Alec Burks ($30 million) and center Nerlens Noel ($32 million)
  • Restricted free agent C Jarrett Allen has agreed to a five-year, $100 million contract to stay with the Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Free agent Kelly Olynyk has agreed to a three-year, $37 million deal with the Detroit Pistons
  • Free-agent guard Will Barton has agreed to a two-year, $32 million deal to stay with the Denver Nuggets
  • All-Star guard Mike Conley is staying in Utah after agreeing to a three-year, $72.5 million deal with the Jazz
  • T.J. McConnell has agreed to a four-year, $35.2 million deal to stay with the Indiana Pacers
  • Kyle Lowry is indeed headed to South Beach as he has a three-year deal with the Miami Heat in a sign-and-trade with the Toronto Raptors
  • Duncan Robinson has agreed to a five-year, $90 million contract to stay with the Miami Heat
  • Free agent forward Torrey Craig has agreed to a two-year, $10 million deal with the Indiana Pacers
  • Free agent forward Torrey Craig has agreed to a two-year, $10 million deal with the Indiana Pacers

NBA News – Chicago Bulls

NBA Rumors: This Bulls-Pelicans sign-and-trade features Lonzo Ball Bulls Land Lonzo Ball with 4-Year, $85M Deal – The Chicago Bulls are landing Lonzo Ball in a sign-and-trade agreement with the New Orleans Pelicans worth four years and $85 million, his agent and Klutch Sports CEO Rich Paul told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Ball, 23, has had an up-and-down four seasons since entering the league as the No. 2 overall pick in 2017. It was hard to live up to sky-high expectations right away in Los Angeles, but once he got to New Orleans things started to settle down. As a part of the Anthony Davis trade, Ball found new shooting life with the Pelicans. After shooting 31.5% from deep and 43.7% from the line in his two seasons with the Lakers, Ball has since upped those numbers to 37.6% and 66.4%, respectively. Read more at:  https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/31944286/chicago-bulls-land-lonzo-ball-sign-trade-agreement-worth-four-years-85-million (ESPN)

NBA News – Chicago Bulls

The Bulls and Zach LaVine have some negotiating to do this summer - Blog a  Bull Extension-Eligible LaVine Seeks ‘Respect’ in Deal – Zach LaVine is eligible for a contract extension with the Chicago Bulls in the next few days. He reiterated Monday that he wants to be rewarded for his All-Star level of play but will work with the team’s front office as it looks to use cap space for new talent. “I just want my respect, that’s the main thing,” LaVine said Monday after practice ahead of Team USA‘s quarterfinal game against Spain set for Tuesday. “I outplayed my contract. I’ve been very loyal to Chicago. I like Chicago. I just want my respect. If that’s now or later, it’s something we’ve got to work out internally.” LaVine’s situation is unique. The Bulls have the ability to create significant salary-cap space and are believed to be in the market for a point guard. One of their main targets is expected to be New Orleans Pelicans restricted free agent Lonzo Ball. LaVine, 26, has one season left on his contract at $19.5 million. The Bulls are limited in how much they can extend for him based on that number, which at most would come out to a deal that could reach up to $105 million over four years. That figure, however, is likely below LaVine’s market value. Read more at:  https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/31941230/chicago-bulls-star-zach-lavine-eligible-extension-offseason-looking-respect-new-contract (Brian Windhorst/ESPN)

NBA News – Phoenix Suns

Seeming free agency lock: Chris Paul re-signs with Suns for three-years,  $90+ million Sources:  Chris Paul Declines $44M Player Option – Phoenix Suns star Chris Paul has formally declined the $44 million player option on his contract for next season, but both Paul and the Suns are motivated to negotiate a new deal once talks can begin at 6 p.m. ET on Monday, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Sunday. Paul had a midnight ET deadline Sunday to decline the option and become an unrestricted free agent. Paul was faced with the decision after coming just two wins short of the first NBA championship of his 16-year career in his first season with the Suns. The 11-time All-Star is coming off a season in which he averaged 16.4 points on 49.9% shooting (39.5% from 3), 8.9 assists and 1.4 steals per game. Read more at:  https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/31937912/chris-paul-declines-44-million-player-option-next-season (ESPN)

NBA News – Los Angeles Clippers

LA Clippers Kawhi Leonard's Free Agency Odds For Next Team Revealed -  Sports Illustrated LA Clippers News, Analysis and More Kawhi Declines $36M Option with Clips – Kawhi Leonard has declined his $36 million player option for next season to become a free agent, a source confirmed to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Sunday. The expectation is that Leonard will negotiate a new deal to remain with the LA Clippers, according to Wojnarowski. Leonard can potentially sign a four-year, $176.2 million deal or could do a one-and-one and become a free agent in 2022, when he could sign a five-year deal worth $235 million, according to ESPN’s Bobby Marks. Leonard’s decision to decline his option comes in the wake of July 13 surgery to repair a partially torn right ACL that kept him out of the Clippers’ final eight playoff games. Leonard is expected to miss significant time as he rehabs his injury. “We hope to have a very long-term relationship with him,” Clippers president of basketball operations Lawrence Frank said last week. “… Right now our focus, like Kawhi, is on his health. He had major surgery. He tore his ACL. That’s going to require a great deal of time and we want to support him in that.” Read more at:  https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/31936595/source-kawhi-leonard-declines-36-million-player-option-next-season (Ohm Youngmisuk/ESPN)

NBA News – Miami Heat

Miami Heat Retains Goran Dragic, Releases Andre Iguodala | Heavy.com Heat Decline Iguodala Option, Pick Up Dragic’s – The Miami Heat are declining the $15 million team option on forward Andre Iguodala‘s contract for next season, a source told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, but the team picked up the $19.4 million team option on guard Goran Dragic, it announced Sunday. The Heat’s decision to pick up the Dragic’s option is a possible precursor in utilizing him as part of a potential sign-and-trade with the Toronto Raptors  for Kyle Lowry, sources told Wojnarowski. Iguodala, 37, will now be a free agent. He averaged 4.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 63 games for the Heat last season, his second with the franchise. The 17-year veteran has career averages of 11.6 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.2 assists. Dragic, 35, averaged 13.4 points, 4.4 assists and 3.4 rebounds for the Heat last season, his seventh in Miami. The 14-year veteran has career averages of 13.9 points, 4.8 assists and 3.1 rebounds. (ESPN)

NBA News – Boston Celtics

Boston Celtics: B/R believes trading Tristan Thompson is a "no-brainer" Sources:  Celtics Acquire Richardson, Trade Thompson – The Boston Celtics were involved in a pair of moves to reshuffle their roster Friday that saw them ship out center Tristan Thompson and bring back three players: guard Kris Dunn and center Bruno Fernando from the Atlanta Hawks and guard Josh Richardson from the Dallas Mavericks. The first deal saw Thompson wind up with the Sacramento Kings, guard Delon Wright go from Sacramento to Atlanta and Dunn and Fernando wind up in Boston, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Boston also received a 2023 second-round pick in the deal, sources said. In another deal made official Saturday, the Celtics landed Richardson from the Mavericks by using the remainder of the trade exception created by the sign-and-trade deal that sent Gordon Hayward to the Charlotte Hornets in November. In addition, the Mavericks will get center Moses Brown, a 21-year-old center who averaged 7.3 points and 7.6 rebounds in 52 career games with Portland and Oklahoma City. Read more at:  https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/31923009/sources-boston-celtics-acquire-josh-richardson-trade-tristan-thompson-separate-3-team-deal (Tim Bontemps/ESPN)

NBA News – Milwaukee Bucks

Milwaukee Bucks: Has Bobby Portis been booted from the playoff rotation? Agent:  Portis Declining Option, to be Free AgentMilwaukee Bucks  forward Bobby Portis is declining his $3.8 million player option and will become a free agent, agent Mark Bartelstein told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Saturday. The most the Bucks can offer Portis is a $5.9 million exception, according to ESPN’s Bobby Marks. The 26-year-old Portis was one of the more effective sixth men in the NBA this season, averaging 11.4 points and 7.1 rebounds during the regular season while shooting 52.3% from the field. He was a major contributor during the Bucks’ run to the NBA championship, averaging 8.8 points and 5.0 rebounds during the postseason. (ESPN)

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Giannis Antetokounmpo is carrying the Milwaukee Bucks in NBA Finals  GM:  No Knee Surgery Needed for Giannis – Milwaukee Bucks general manager Jon Horst says Giannis Antetokounmpo doesn’t need any type of offseason procedure for the left knee the two-time MVP hyperextended during the team’s NBA title run. “He’s fine,” Horst said Friday. “I can’t explain it, but he’s fine.” Antetokounmpo hurt his knee in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals when he landed awkwardly after attempting to block a dunk attempt by Atlanta Hawks center Clint Capela. Antetokounmpo later said he worried that he’d be out for a year. He sat out the last two games of the East finals — the Bucks won both contests to take the series 4-2 — but returned for the next series and ended up earning NBA Finals MVP honors. Antetokounmpo averaged an astounding 35.2 points, 13.2 rebounds and 5.0 assists to help the Bucks beat the Phoenix Suns 4-2 and earn their first championship in 50 years. Read more at:  https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/31922566/milwaukee-bucks-gm-says-giannis-antetokounmpo-need-offseason-knee-procedure (Associated Press)

NBA News – Chicago Bulls

Bulls play long game, grab hometown kid Ayo DosunmuBulls Draft Hometown Kid Ayo Dosunmu – The Bulls did use the 38th pick Thursday to take hometown kid and Illinois standout Ayo Dosunmu, a selection that definitely appeased the fan base. The combo guard and Morgan Park grad averaged 20.1 points, 6.3 rebounds and 5.3 assists last season and was expected to be a versatile rotation option if he adds some strength. What he already comes with is a chip on his shoulder for slipping that far down. “My friends and family know where my talent is,’’ Dosunmu said in a zoom call with the media. “They know there wasn’t 37 people better than me in this draft, so when I was selected by Chicago, my home city, they know the motivation I’m going to have and I’m going to play with. It was a dream come true. This was a blessing in disguise.’’ Read more at:  https://chicago.suntimes.com/bulls/2021/7/29/22601296/bulls-play-long-game-on-thursday-grab-hometown-kid-ayo-dosunmu (