HoopsHype Luke Walton rumors

October 6, 2012 Updates

Byron Scott told me yesterday Luke Walton has been the biggest surprise through the first week of training camp. Scott was amazed at Walton's conditioning and the way he's making shots, moving around on the court. Walton has proven that with a nice first half (5pts) in this scrimmage. Sulia

August 19, 2012 Updates

Mary Schmitt Boyer/Tom Reed: #Cavs also not expected to buy out Luke Walton, according to two NBA sources Twitter

July 16, 2012 Updates
July 9, 2012 Updates

The tentacles of the proposed deal stretched across more than 10 players and three teams on Monday, with the Nets recruiting a fourth team to take on guard MarShon Brooks in exchange for an additional draft pick to send to Orlando. Nevertheless, multiple complexities need to be resolved to complete the deal, including the negotiation of contracts for four of the players in the proposed trade: Brook Lopez, Kris Humphries, Damion James and Shelden Williams. In the proposed deal, Howard, Jason Richardson and Earl Clark would be sent to Brooklyn, and the Magic would receive the Nets' Lopez, James, Williams and Armon Johnson, Cleveland's Luke Walton and three future first-round picks, sources said. Cleveland would receive Orlando's Quentin Richardson, Brooklyn's Sundiata Gaines, Humphries (on a one-year guaranteed deal), a first-round pick and $3 million from the Nets. Brooklyn also is in talks with the Los Angeles Clippers to exchange Brooks for an additional first-round pick to send to the Magic. If the Clippers decline to participate, other teams are in position to take on Brooks, sources said. Yahoo! Sports

While the structure of a deal involving the Nets, Magic, Cavaliers and at least one other team is in place, involving numerous players, the moving parts involved in that scenario are a long way from being resolved. For example, Brooklyn created the structure of the deal, which would include sending forward Kris Humphries to the Cavaliers as part of the trade. However, Humphries, being a free agent, would have to agree to the terms of a sign-and-trade deal first. And since Humphries played on a one-year deal for the Nets last season, he’s reluctant to do it again, looking for a multi-year deal. Under the terms of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, Humphries could only sign up to a four-year deal if he was part of a sign-and-trade. But the Cavaliers are reluctant to sign Humphries to a long-term deal, preferring to use him as a trade chip to amass additional assets or to only take up cap space for a year. (Being well under the salary cap, Cleveland could just sign Humphries using its room if it was interested in him, and wouldn’t have to give up anything.) NBA.com

April 8, 2012 Updates

It doesn't appear as if forward Luke Walton has much left in the tank. The 6-8 forward was once a productive player with the Lakers. The Cavs have been playing him at power forward. He seems to be more of a "3." News-Herald

March 29, 2012 Updates

The hefty contract of Walton, which pays him $6.1 million for one more season, was in many ways the price for getting another first-round selection. For the 6-8 forward, however, it represents a chance to resurrect a career withering at the end of Mike Brown's bench. Walton, who has a history of back problems, said he was called into Brown's office two days prior to the start of the lockout-shortened season and told he would not be part of the rotation. "It took me by complete surprise, but what are you going to do?" Walton said. "The frustrating part is it's completely out of your hands." Cleveland Plain Dealer

March 25, 2012 Updates

Cavs forwards Luke Walton and Omri Casspi are candidates to be bought out of their contracts this summer. Walton might be reluctant to take anything less than the $6.1 million he’s owed because he’s a minimum player — at best — at this stage of his career. Casspi is owed $2.3 million next year. He could return to Europe, which might be his best option. Morning Journal

March 15, 2012 Updates
March 8, 2012 Updates

He has won two championship rings and played in two other NBA Finals. Luke Walton doesn't know what to do these days. "This is my ninth year, and this is probably the toughest one," the Lakers forward said. He's the forgotten man of the Lakers, idling at the end of the bench in the first year of the Mike Brown era. The Lakers have played 39 games. Walton has appeared in nine, lowest on the team. "The last couple of years, my back's been hurting so I couldn't really complain about [playing time]. My back actually feels good this year," he said. "Not having an opportunity to help the fellas has been real tough. When we practice and I can hang out with the guys, and travel, everything's great. It's game days where I find it real hard to fall asleep at night. That's when it gets difficult. "But it's out of my control." Los Angeles Times

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