Some peers of former Detroit Pistons general manager Joe Dumars contend he could be back on the job this summer. One potential destination for Dumars, some NBA execs say, is New Orleans, which is on the outside looking in for a playoff spot.
July 2, 2015 | 3:41 am EDT Update
Marc Gasol is about to sign a five-year, $108 million contract with the Grizzlies, Miguel Angel Paniagua said in Cope’s El Partido de las 12 radio show.: 9 more rumors
Miguel Angel Paniagua: “$108 million, five years, and maybe he could earn a total $110 million with this deal.”
Draymond Green announced Wednesday night that he will re-sign with the Golden State Warriors on a five-year deal, with sources telling ESPN.com’s Jeff Goodman the deal is worth $85 million.
“Proud to say that I’ll be a Warrior for at least the next five years,” Green said in a video posted to Bleacher Report. “It’s been a long journey to get to this point. Always trying to overcome the odds, overcome doubters. “To be in this position, signing back long term with the Warriors is amazing. It’s an organization that I love, it’s great being a part of, best fans in the NBA, first-class organization.”
Adrian Wojnarowski: Yahoo Sources; Sacramento Kings free agent Derrick Williams meets with the Knicks and Mavericks on Thursday in Los Angeles.
July 2, 2015 | 2:17 am EDT Update
EuroLeague MVP Nemanja Bjelica on Wednesday exercised an option in his contract with his Turkish team that allows him to leave for the NBA and clears the way for the Timberwolves to sign a player they drafted in the second round five years ago.: 1 more rumor
Bjelica exercised his reported $1.3 million “out” clause — partly paid by the Wolves — just hours after his contract expired with the Fenerbahce Ulker team in Istanbul. He did so on the same day NBA teams collectively and astoundingly threw money by the hundreds of millions at free agents — everyone from three-time All-Star Kevin Love staying in Cleveland and Tyson Chandler headed to Phoenix to role players such as Al Farouq Aminu and Amir Johnson changing teams — in a flurry of deals during the opening hours of free agency.
Bjelica probably won’t play with the Wolves’ summer-league team that begins practices Monday and will play a free 7 p.m. public scrimmage Wednesday at Target Center. Andrew Wiggins, Towns, Zach LaVine, Shabazz Muhammad, Dieng and first-round pick Tyus Jones all are expected to play in the scrimmage, although Wiggins is not expected to play with the team when it begins Las Vegas Summer League play July 10 against D’Angelo Russell and the Los Angeles Lakers.
Marc Stein: Amid all of Day 1’s free-agent madness, Utah quietly made a nice addition to its coaching staff with hiring of Igor Kokoskov, who opted …
The NBA informed the Lakers that the tweets were in violation of the July moratorium, the period between when teams begin negotiating with free agents and they can begin signing them. During that time, only the team’s “designated negotiator” — in the Lakers case, Kupchak — is permitted to say whether the Lakers are in discussions with a player. A tweet from team president Jeanie Buss encouraging fans to reweet the “#LAtoLA” hashtag was also removed.
The organization tweeted from their official account when General Manager Mitch Kupchak entered his meeting with the four-time All-Star, posted a photo of pop star Adam Levine holding an Aldridge No. 12 jersey and a purple and gold image of the #LAtoLA hash tag. It was all part of what appeared to be a coordinated and aggressive social media campaign to bolster the Lakers internal efforts to land the four-time All-Star. Only one problem: Those tweets were against league rules.
Carmelo Anthony found himself in the same position as most other Knicks fans on Wednesday night: waiting to hear some positive free-agency news. “I’m waiting for my phone to go off right now so I can hear some good news, but it’s a waiting game,” Anthony told MSG’s Tina Cervasio at the Red Bulls game. “You see guys are signing up early right now and I think this free agency will be done in a short time.”
Sean Cunningham: Predictably so, told Jason Thompson is thrilled to be heading home to Philly. His franchise high games played ends at 541 – 405 as starter
July 2, 2015 | 1:51 am EDT Update
David West is willing to put his money where his mouth is – even if he loses quite a bit of it in the process. According to a person with knowledge of his situation, the free agent forward who declined a $12.2 million player option to stay with the Indiana Pacers next season, has serious interest in playing for the San Antonio Spurs or the Golden State Warriors. The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of the free agency process.: 9 more rumors
Then there was this: You remember the post-season postmortem when Larry Bird all but begged Roy Hibbert to opt out of the final year of his contract? West was watching. West was listening. And West was seething. He thought it was a low-class move by the organization to, in his words, “throw Roy under the bus.” “That’s one thing where I wish they would have handled better was the situation with Roy,” West said. “I’ll be honest with you, that bothered me a little bit, and I told Roy that. I’m the type of guy who feels like we’re all in this fight together and I’m not designed in that way to put it all on one guy. That did rub me the wrong way. That threw me off. I started reading some of that stuff, I started thinking, ‘Whoaa.’ I just didn’t feel good about that. I told Roy that it bothered me, that he’s still my teammate.
“You know, obviously Roy wants to play, he knows he’s unpopular right now, but we talked and he’s going to be a professional. He’s always been a professional. He’s had his ups and downs but he’s always been a pro and been diligent about his work. He’s working to get better. He’s going to fight. He’s not going to be one of those guys who’s going to become a locker room issue. “But that was not the straw that broke the camel’s back. “I just watched those finals, and I thought, ‘Man, I’ve got to give myself a chance.’ That’s the reason I made this decision.‘’
The five-year deal for Asik, sources said, is guaranteed for four years and nearly $45 million, with a nonguaranteed fifth year included that — if Asik were to hit all of his incentives over the course of the deal — would take the total value of the pact into the $60 million range.: 4 more rumors
Derek Bodner: League source confirms the #sixers get the Kings 2018 1st round pick (at earliest) and right to swap 1st rd pick with Kings in 2016 + 2017.
July 2, 2015 | 1:16 am EDT Update
The Sacramento Kings have entered the race for Portland Trail Blazers free-agent swingman Wesley Matthews, according to league sources, and have agreed to a trade with the Philadelphia 76ers in an effort to clear salary-cap space. The Kings, sources say, are now pursuing at least three top free agents: Monta Ellis, Rajon Rondo and Matthews, the latter of whom they have secured a face-to-face sitdown with on Thursday.
Free-agent center Omer Asik is finalizing an agreement for a five-year, $60 million contract with the New Orleans Pelicans, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Asik’s agent, B.J. Armstrong of Wasserman Media Group, was finalizing the deal points of an agreement with New Orleans management on Wednesday night.: 4 more rumors
Marc Stein: Hearing that the final year of Omer Asik’s new contract in New Orleans is not guaranteed. Guaranteed cash in the deal roughly $45 million
David Baumann: Source: Mavs are “optimistic” they lured DeAndre from LAC after meetings today. Prior to FA, DJ texted @RyanTotka “really considering it.”: 29 more rumors
Chris Mannix: That said, league-wide the expectation is still that this is a two-team race between the Clippers and Mavericks. Both made strong pitches.
Chris Mannix: Source close to DeAndre Jordan calls Lakers presentation “very professional.” Disputes any DJ issue with it. Jordan mulling several options.
Brad Turner: Lakers were “somewhat underwhelming” in presentation with DeAndre Jordan, sources. DJ felt Lakers had been on “whirlwind” last 24 hours.
Brad Turner: Lakers had GM Mitch Kupchak, Coach Byron Scott at meeding. No Kobe Bryant, and no one from Buss family was there, per source.
Mark Medina: I’m told it’s unlikely DeAndre Jordan will make a decision tomorrow after meetings w/ Knicks & Clippers. Will want to process everything 1st
Michael Scotto: Rodney Stuckey has received calls from 6 teams, a league source tells Sheridan Hoops. He wants to play for a title contender as a sixth man.
July 2, 2015 | 12:09 am EDT Update
Steve Bulpett: Crowder’s deal is a straight $35 million for five years. Fully guaranteed, no opt-outs for either side.: 3 more rumors
Adrian Wojnarowski: Omer Asik is finalizing a five-year, $60M deal to return to the New Orleans Pelicans, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.: 4 more rumors
The Sacramento Kings cleared about $16 million in salary-cap space on Wednesday night, unloading two significant contracts onto the Philadelphia 76ers, league sources told Yahoo Sports. The Kings traded forwards Carl Landry and Jason Thompson and 2014 No. 8 overall draft pick Nik Stauskas to the 76ers for the rights to overseas players and a future second-round draft pick, sources said. The Kings will send the Sixers a protected future first-round draft pick as part of the deal, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Sacramento wants to pursue several free agents with the space, including point guards Rajon Rondo and Monta Ellis and shooting guard Wesley Matthews, sources said. The Indiana Pacers were meeting with Ellis on Wednesday in Indiana and working to reach a deal with him, league sources told Yahoo.: 15 more rumors
July 1, 2015 | 11:56 pm EDT Update
Shams Charania: RFA Jae Crowder has reached agreement on a five-year, $35 million deal with the Boston Celtics, league sources tell RealGM.: 3 more rumors
Brad Turner: DeAndre Jordan’s meeting with Lakers is over. I was moved up by 2 hours, starting at 6 instead of 8: 29 more rumors
A restricted free agent, Green and the Warriors had broken off talks earlier Wednesday before reaching the deal. Green was prepared to meet with other teams, but Golden State still had the right to match any offer sheet he signed.
Forward DeMarre Carroll agreed to a four-year, $60 million contract with the Toronto Raptors. The Milwaukee Bucks agreed to a five-year, $70 million contract with guard Khris Middleton. Green is considered a bigger free agent than Carroll and Middleton. The Warriors were surprised by the contracts offered to Carroll, Middleton, a league source said.
July 1, 2015 | 11:41 pm EDT Update
David Aldridge: Dallas’ chances looked very good with Wes Matthews this afternoon; now Kings very strongly in the mix. Didn’t mean to leave out Toronto in Matthews dance; Raps still in it, too. But Sac has changed the calculus.: 11 more rumors
Adrian Wojnarowski: The Kings are seriously interested in free agent guard Monta Ellis too, league sources tell Yahoo Sports .: 15 more rumors
Zach Lowe: Hearing the Sixers have also acquired the rights to at least one Sacto draft pick in this trade. Digging further.
Dwain Price: JJ Barea graduated from high school in Miami, and his kid lives there. So expect him to sign with the #Heat.: 2 more rumors
July 1, 2015 | 11:17 pm EDT Update
Adrian Wojnarowski: Sacramento is trading Jason Thompson and Carl Landry as part of a salary dump to the Philadelphia 76ers. The Kings are sending Nik Staukas to the 76ers as part of the deal too, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Sacramento is clearing the space for a pursuit in free agency, league sources tell Yahoo. Stauskas had been pursued by several teams. 76ers sending the rights of oveseas players to Kings as part of Philly wanted Stauskus and will take on Thompson/Landry salaries.
Adrian Wojnarowski: The Kings clearing the salary cap space to pursue free agents Rajon Rondo and Wes Matthews, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.: 7 more rumors
Chris Vivlamore: Terran Petteway, the SG/SF from Nebraska, will play for Hawks’ summer league team. Could be roster spot available.
July 1, 2015 | 10:57 pm EDT Update
Marc J. Spears: The Warriors have agreed to terms on a five-year, $85 million deal with their free agent forward Draymond Green, a source told Yahoo.: 14 more rumors
Marc Stein: Omer Asik and Pelicans are finalizing a deal, according to ESPN sources: 4 more rumors
Sam Amick: Meanwhile in New Orleans, the Omer Asik deal that @ESPNSteinNBA reported as looming, I’m told, will be for five years. No clarity on $$.: 4 more rumors