The safe assumption is the Nets will make strong offers to both Lopez and Young once they opt out of their current contracts and become free agents July 1. All signs point to Lopez, despite his worrisome injury history, declining his $16.74 million option for next season and heading to the open market after responding to a near-trade to Oklahoma City with a monster second half. Young, despite his status as a longtime King favorite, is likewise believed to be leaning toward bypassing the $10-ish million he is owed for 2015-16 to do the same.
October 21, 2016 | 1:50 pm EDT Update
The Cleveland Cavaliers are in impasse with guard Mo Williams and it’s left them scouring the league to trade him or face swallowing millions, sources told ESPN.com. Williams is owed $2.2 million for this season and he did not report to training camp, his agent informing the team on the first day of the season. The Cavs, who were caught off guard by the decision, have been unable to have any meaningful discussions with Williams on a buyout agreement, sources said.
Williams has not filed retirement paperwork with the league. Needing both a roster spot and a backup point guard, the Cavs are in a squeeze as the regular season opener looms. They are looking to attach guard Jordan McRae to Williams in trades, sources said. The team openly showcased McRae during the preseason and he led the team in scoring at 14 points a game.
Shams Charania: Boston has released forward Ben Bentil, league sources tell The Vertical. Bentil could become waiver claim or affiliate option elsewhere.