Keith Pompey: According to sources, Joel Embiid is expected to sign with Leon Rose
May 25, 2017 | 6:21 am EDT Update
And all I can tell you is most everyone associated with the Bulls believes Wade will pick up the option and remain in Chicago for a second season. More surprising things have happened in league history, though. So stay tuned. Wade’s player option decision is due by June 27 according to The Vertical’s Bobby Marks. Most previous reporting pegged it to June 30.
Maybe Jeff Schwartz will think it’s nice to have a relationship with certain NBA teams when it comes time to find a home for Ricky Rubio. Up until the last couple days, Rubio, the 26-year-old Minnesota point guard, has been repped by Fegan. His unavailability has sent Rubio across the street to Schwartz, and while I’m not at all predicting this makes for some automatic pipeline of Rubio to Dallas, it is worth adding another log to the fire of what the Mavs want to do at point guard here. The other logs? *The Timberwolves have been dangling Rubio in trade for 18 months. *Their Draft Night plans — draft another point guard in addition to the kid Kris Dunn? — might put Rubio on the market at an even cheaper price.
The Mavs have no interest in paying “trade-market value” for Rubio or for Phoenix point Eric Bledsoe … though on Draft Night, their price might be at an all-time low because picks are golden right then, moreso than players.
The wing, who had an extremely impressive 2016-17 season, is currently a restricted free agent, with the teams across the league able to give him an offer sheet, which the Utah Jazz are allowed to match. Because of his free agency status, the Jazz’s other off-season moves could ultimately dictate where Ingles ends up but his productive season could mean that teams will be willing to fork out significant sums for the 29-year-old. “He should (earn eight figures),” one NBA executive said. “The only reason it’d be less than that is if he doesn’t play the restricted game right.”
An NBA executive noted that in a market filled with bigs who are either restricted free agents or locked in to their respective teams, Baynes will likely be the best unrestricted free agent big in the league. While that’s a bonus, the other side is the fact that because most teams already have a centre locked in, the market is small for big men. “I’d say $US7-10 million, depending on several things,” the executive said of Baynes’ value.
Bogut’s season came to an end after he fractured his left tibia less than one minute into his Cleveland Cavaliers debut and the seven-footer has been rehabbing in Melbourne ever since. Speaking with several front office sources across the NBA, the expectation is that Bogut could justify the veteran’s minimum. “Teams will be very careful with him,” one executive said. That sentiment was echoed by an NBA scout, who said: “Bogut will be an uphill battle with injuries.”
Do you plan on playing summer league with Denver? Juan Hernangomez: Yeah, I think I’m going to play summer league. I like to compete. They asked me if I was down for it and I really would like to go and play a couple of games, be around the team and keep developing as a player.