David ‘Dubi’ Pick: I’m told Knicks held discussions with ex-NBA shooter Sasha Vujacic.
May 27, 2016 | 11:20 am EDT Update
Barring a drastic development, Beal won’t have to shop around. The Wizards are expected to offer Beal a five-year deal for the maximum amount allowed under the salary cap as soon as the free agent negotiating period kicks off on July 1, according to people with knowledge of the situation. Based on the $92 million salary cap projection teams are working with, a max contract would pay Beal $23 million next season because he could earn up to 25 percent of the cap amount as a four-year veteran.
Toronto Raptors center Bismack Biyombo, a backup the entire regular season who is making $2.8 million for 2015-16, will surely opt out of his contract this summer and land a deal worth at least $16 million per year because of his breakout postseason, according to a league source. According to Hoopshype.com, Biyombo, a defensive and rebounding stalwart with a limited offensive skill set, is the 23rd-best potential free agent on the market this summer. Beal is ninth on that list, which includes players with contract options, such as all-stars LeBron James and Andre Drummond, who are not expected to test the market.
Beal’s age also increases his value. He will turn 23 on June 22, and NBA players typically peak between the ages of 26 and 28. He is the youngest player on HoopsHype’s list of the top 50 free agents by nearly a year, younger even than a few players who will be selected in next month’s NBA draft. Virginia point guard Malcolm Brogdon, for example, is more than seven months older than Beal. Furthermore, the free agent pool at shooting isn’t deep beyond Beal, DeMar DeRozan and Dwyane Wade.
Sirius XM NBA: “He’s still a threat in the post, Tim can play a couple of more years, I would love to see him stay around.”-@David Robinson on Tim Duncan
Sasa Djordjevic’s 16 chosen ones for the preliminary squad of Serbia, ahead of the Olympic Qualifying Tournament of Belgrade were announced. The last players that were “cut” are Dragan Milosavljevic (Alba Berlin), Ognjen Jaramaz (Mega Leks), Vladimir Stimac (Crvena Zvezda) and Stefan Bircevic (Estudiantes). Three NBA-ers, Boban Marjanovic, Nemanja Bjelica and Nikola Jokic shine in the list, along with Euroleague champion Milos Teodosic and competition finalists Bogdan Bogdanovic plus Nikola Kalinic.