July 4, 2015 | 1:21 am EDT Update
Josh Robbins: The Magic are finalizing an agreement with unrestricted free agent point guard C.J. Watson, as @Marc Stein has noted.
Alex Kennedy: One executive I spoke to speculated that the Clippers may shop Jamal Crawford (who’s owed $5,675,000) as they look for a replacement center.
In an interview with the sports-talk radio station The Ticket, Cuban said he sees DeAndre Jordan as a franchise player. On the Clippers, Jordan was playing behind superstars Blake Griffin and Chris Paul. “We see him as “Shaq-like” but never having been given the opportunity,” Cuban told the radio show. “We told him if he came to the Mavs, he would be a focal point. He would grow into being a franchise player.”
Orlando Magic restricted free-agent forward Tobias Harris agreed to four-year, $64 million deal to remain with the Magic, a person with direct knowledge of the agreement told USA TODAY Sports. The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the agreement until the free agent moratorium is lifted on July 9. There are no options on that four-year deal.
The Orlando Magic and Tobias Harris agreed to a four-year, $64 million deal Friday night, league sources told the Orlando Sentinel. “I’m happy and excited,” Harris told the Orlando Sentinel late Friday night from his family’s home on Long Island.
Until then, Cooley will continue to work hard to keep earning a spot in the NBA. “I don’t think there will ever be a (time) when feel I like I’ve made it. There will never be a time when I’m content. I’ll always be working,” he said, pointing out how he’s continued working in Santa Barbara and Utah with Jazz coaches. “I’ll never be content. I know the alternative.”
Eventually, Cooley would like to combine his love of finances and hoops to become a financial advisor for guys in the NBA. “Mainly what I would like to do is help athletes invest money and avoid (bad financial) situations,” he said. “I know how hard all these athletes work, and to see how some of them don’t spend their money wisely just because they don’t have someone telling them (otherwise), I’d like to help them avoid that.” If they’re lucky, he’ll even help build a Girl Scout cookie allowance into their budget. Financial advisors who are born somewhere in Illinois at some point in April like to do things like that.
Throughout the process, rumors surfaced — always from unnamed sources — that Harris didn’t want to return to the Magic because the Magic had recently hired Scott Skiles as their coach. Skiles was the Milwaukee Bucks’ coach when the Bucks drafted Harris in 2011, and Harris played sparingly during the period that Skiles’ and Harris’ tenures in Milwaukee overlapped. Harris refuted those rumors on Friday night. “First off, me and Scott have a great relationship,” Harris said. “What people don’t understand is that when he first coached me, I was 18 years old. And from 18 to being about to turn 23 now, I’m a completely different player. Even in Milwaukee, where I didn’t play as much, we still had a great dialogue. He just wanted me to work harder. He just said, ‘Your time is coming.’ So he was always encouraging for me.
“Today, we communicated. He wants me to be a leader. He wants me to lead. He’s a fantastic coach. I think he’s the perfect coach for our team. Actually, I know he’s the perfect coach for our team. And he’s a coach I want to play for. He’s a fiery guy. He gets after you. He has that passion to win, that fire to win. Me and him, we have no problems. That passion, that’s the passion that I play with, so that’s what I love in a coach.” The deal was reported first by Real GM.
July 4, 2015 | 12:06 am EDT Update
Paul Coro: The Suns’ Aldridge recruitment team now includes the mayor of Phoenix. This looks like it’ll be west of the arena.
Greg Stanton: Hey @aldridge_12, check out what we’re dropping in Downtown PHX tomorrow! #WeArePHX #LMAtoPHX pic.twitter.com/963VFHu6QC: 93 more rumors
Bobby Marks: So here is your LaMarcus Aldridge cheat sheet going into Day 4 of FA: POR: Full Bird Rights. Can sign up to the max salary. 5yrs and most $. PHX: Would need to trade Mk. Morris and PJ Tucker to get to that $18.8m slot for Aldridge. Alex Len would be close but not sure you move him. SAS: TD would have to come in around $6m. Renounce Manu and sign for Room ML, Waive Reggie Williams. That will get you to $18.8m. But do not count out HOU in all of this. If LA really wants to go to HOU, the Rockets have the players to possibly make that work.: 93 more rumors
Alex Kennedy: Larry Sanders has tweeted that he’ll be playing in the Drew League. See, he’s back to hooping AND he’s already in L.A. Set up a meeting! Two years ago, Larry Sanders averaged 10.3 PPG, 10 RPG, 2.8 BPG starting for MIL. Ton of red flags, may be done with NBA, but he’s talented.
July 3, 2015 | 11:25 pm EDT Update
July 3, 2015 | 10:40 pm EDT Update
Shams Charania: Orlando restricted free agent Tobias Harris has reached agreement on a deal to re-sign with the Magic, league sources tell RealGM.
Shams Charania: Tobias Harris agreed on a four-year, $64 million deal with Orlando, league sources tell RealGM.: 7 more rumors
Chris Broussard: Sources: Derrick Williams agrees to 2-year, $10 million deal with Knicks. Player option for second year: 2 more rumors