HoopsHype Mark Bartelstein rumors


October 22, 2012 Updates

Taj Gibson and the Chicago Bulls are continuing to discuss a contract extension and intensions on both sides are still to get a deal done before the Oct. 31 deadline, agent Mark Bartelstein told RealGM on Monday. Gibson is vying for a new long-term deal ahead of the deadline for fourth-year players, and many around the league believe he will likely command $8-10 million annually. RealGM

October 19, 2012 Updates

If a deal is not worked out by the deadline, Gibson would become a restricted free agent at the end of the season, and the Bulls might face a similar situation they went through this past summer with Omer Asik, who decided to sign an offer sheet with the Houston Rockets that the Bulls did not match. Gibson, who likely would command between $8-10 million a year in any new deal, says the negotiations have not been on his mind. "I haven't even really thought about it to tell you the truth," he said. "The last couple days I haven't even heard any ... that's the last thing on my mind. My focus is on just winning games, and (I'm) ready for the season to start." ESPN.com

October 14, 2012 Updates
September 19, 2012 Updates

The former South Florida standout, drafted 33rd in 2006 by Atlanta, has career averages of 3.3 points, 2.4 rebounds, 0.6 blocks in 11.1 minutes per appearance. He is an athletic shot blocker who provides the Suns some front-line insurance behind Channing Frye, whose summer has been dedicated to shoulder rehabilitation. He played for Atlanta (2006-09) and Indiana (2009-2011) before playing 21 games last season with the Clippers and Hornets. "I think there's going to be an opportunity there for him," Jones' agent, Mark Bartelstein, said of Phoenix. "He's worked out hard this summer and he's in great shape." Arizona Republic

Cook received interest from “three or four other teams,” Bartlestein said, “but he really felt good about the way things finished up with the Wizards. He really enjoyed playing for [Coach Randy Wittman] and with the guys on the team and they kind of expressed the same thing to him. And as we were looking at different things, he wanted to go back. He had a comfort level. He’s back and hopefully, it will work out great.” Washington Post

Cook had hoped to return to the playoffs last season after not making an appearance since 2009, but he described his six-week run with the Wizards as gratifying in spite of its shortcomings. “I don’t think we’ll ever forget it. We had a lot of guys that came in, 10-day guys that came in and we all knew our strengths and weaknesses, and we just tried to play hard and play the right way. That’s by sharing the ball and being a great team,” Cook said after the season. “I had a great month and a half here. These guys, they’re all really good guys. They’re all competitors. They all competed, and hopefully I’ll see them again sometime soon.” Washington Post

September 18, 2012 Updates

From the Gonzaga hype to NBA hell and back again, Adam Morrison isn't done just yet. The 28-year-old, who was taken third in the 2006 draft, has accepted an invitation to Portland's training camp, according to his agent, Mark Bartelstein. Should Morrison take advantage of the void left by Blazers guard Elliot Williams' season-ending Achilles injury last week and impress enough to earn a roster spot, his deal will be for one year at the league's minimum salary. SI.com

This isn't the way it typically goes for top-five picks, especially players like Morrison who were so wildly celebrated as can't-miss prospects. But after coming up short in Charlotte, languishing with the Lakers and giving up on the game altogether before playing in Serbia and Turkey last year, Morrison -- who last played in an NBA game on April 27, 2010 -- will have another shot to show he belongs. "I just think it'll be a great opportunity for him," Bartelstein said. "I don't know that there's ever been a guy who got less of an opportunity in the NBA who came out as highly drafted as Adam did. He had a really good rookie year, and then tore his ACL and really hasn't had a chance to play since then." SI.com

August 7, 2012 Updates

Agent Mark Bartelstein, who represents a lot of the league's middle-class players, is navigating this changed landscape but refuted the notion that the money is all gone at this point. "I think that the new system, obviously, has made things tougher in some ways," said Bartelstein, who represents Landry and also recently negotiated a two-year, $8 million deal for restricted free agent small forward Brandon Rush with Golden State. "The tax is more punitive and that gives certain teams more pause to do deals, but if you want a player bad enough, then you do it. SI.com

July 31, 2012 Updates
July 30, 2012 Updates

The Warriors could sign free agent Carl Landry and Brandon Rush in the next few hours. Proof their signing is imminent: Warriors signed rookie Draymond Green, per Yahoo! Sports. GSW were waiting until they signed a PF before inking Green. According to Mark Bartelstein, agent for both Landry and Rush, the two are close to signing. That would likely complete the Warriors offseason activity Sulia

July 26, 2012 Updates

Agent Mark Bartelstein said center Ronny Turiaf, who won title with Heat, was recruited heavily by Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro to sign there. “He liked the team,’’ Bartelstein said. “Obviously, it’s a team on the rise. He's got expectations for a terrific role (as a backup center and power forward). Vinny Del Negro really recruited him.’’ Sulia

Agent Mark Bartelstein said he talked to the Heat about Ronny Turiaf re-signing. “Certainly, we thought about it and we discussed it,'' Bartelstein said. "(Turiaf) just thought it was a better fit (going to the Clippers).’’ Sulia

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