Shams Charania: New York free agent Jason Smith has agreed to a one-year, $4.3 million deal with the Orlando Magic, league source tells RealGM.
May 29, 2016 | 3:42 pm EDT Update
Memphis Grizzlies General Manager Chris Wallace today named David Fizdale as the team’s new head coach.
Memphis Grizzlies Head Coach, David Fizdale: “I am extremely excited to be in Memphis and really looking forward to building a legacy with this talented group of players. In my career, I have been fortunate to have worked with some of the greatest coaches and players in the NBA and am ready for this challenge. I am not only here to contribute to an organization that has built a history of winning, I am here to win it all and bring the wonderful people of Memphis their first Championship Parade down Beale Street. I am truly honored that Robert Pera, Chris Wallace and the organization felt that I am the right man to lead us forward and I would like to thank them for their confidence and this great opportunity.”
Memphis Grizzlies General Manager, Chris Wallace: “We are pleased to welcome David to Memphis. After a comprehensive search process, and talking with a number of very bright basketball minds, we focused in on David and we are confident that he is the right person for the job. David’s achievements throughout his career, his reputation as a strong tactician, his leadership with player development, and his ability to communicate and build strong relationships with his players make him the clear choice to guide the Grizzlies on and off the court, as we move forward and collectively build on the consistent success we have attained over the last several years.”
May 29, 2016 | 2:15 pm EDT Update
In recent days, estimates of Biyombo’s 2016-17 free-agent salary as the result of his playoff emergence have ranged from $15 million to $18 million, or possibly beyond. “To me,” the scout said, “that is a total reach. I’d say $12 million, and a good portion of that is the bump up from there’s a lot of money available. There’s an over-priced factor. But $17 million? $18 million? That’s absurd.”
But not, he said, for Whiteside, with a potential $22 million NBA-maximum certainly within the realm for the Heat free agent. “From what people told me, yes,” the scout said. “But he is more than that. He is a much better version than Biyombo. He can score. You’re not playing four on five.”