If Chalmers somehow makes it to training camp with the Heat, he would be the obvious choice to back up Dragic. But Miami appears intent on trying to purge the final year of his contract; his $4.3 million salary could result in a tax bill three times that amount, depending on the Heat’s final payroll number. The Heat has time to move Chalmers, because a team’s tax bill is based on the roster on the final day of the regular season, an NBA spokesman said. But Miami appears interested in moving as soon as it can find a suitable deal, according to a league official who has spoken to the Heat.
February 12, 2016 | 9:05 am EST Update
An NBA general manager reportedly believes Kevin Durant will sign with the Warriors. That general manager, unless it was Bob Myers in the first place, has company. Chris Broussard of ESPN on Durant: There are people in Golden State that think they’re getting him. People in management, and I think some players, too.
The team with the players and picks to get a deal done without touching the core would be the Boston Celtics. The Celtics have a treasure chest of draft picks and expiring contracts, something that would benefit the Rockets in the long run.
Chris Mannix believes Horford would be a perfect fit with the Celtics, but the price tag might be standing in the way. “From everything I’ve been told in the last two or three days, Atlanta’s requests for both Al Horford and Jeff Teague have been borderline ridiculous,” explained Mannix. “The kind of things teams like Boston, or Milwaukee, or Denver simply won’t deal for the players they want.
Although Nikola Mirotic was selected in the first round in 2011, Chicago was able to find a loophole in the CBA and pay him more than his rookie salary slot. Mirotic, who played in Europe after being drafted, arrived in Chicago before the 2014-15 season. League rules stipulate that teams can sign a first-round pick with either cap space or a salary exception when a player is three years removed from being drafted. In Mirotic’s case, the Bulls were able to sign him to a three-year contract using cap space.
Windhorst reported the Cavs tried to engage the Kings in a deal involving Mozgov but were rebuffed. This is funny, if only because the Kings already have Kosta Koufos, who along with Mozgov made up the center rotation in Denver during Karl’s last season there.
Monta Ellis led a closed-door meeting late Wednesday night following the Indiana Pacers’ dispirited loss to Charlotte, IndyStar has learned. After players showered and dressed, Ellis angrily called for the gathering. Ellis started by admonishing teammates to take more responsibility for the rest of the season, according to several people with knowledge of the meeting. The players-only assembly lasted briefly with Ellis as the principal speaker. “It falls on us,” a team source said about Ellis’ message. “We’re not doing what we’re supposed to do.”