“I don’t know,” Myers said. “Free agency is predictably unpredictable. We love Andre. Hopefully we can find a way to make it work for not just him but all of our guys. But as far as specifics, there’s not a lot — and the rules make sense — there’s not a lot we can say definitively one way or the other.”
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The 2017 NBA Finals MVP will turn down a player-option salary of approximately $28 million to momentarily hit free agency with the intentions of taking less than the max he’s eligible for as a 10-year veteran. This is in order to improve the Warriors’ chances of re-signing reserve stud Andre Iguodala, league sources told ESPN.
As the Golden State Warriors work to re-sign four core members of their championship team, the franchise is expected to receive the stiffest competition in free agency for Andre Iguodala, the 2015 NBA Finals MVP. Iguodala plans to seriously consider other teams in July, league sources told The Vertical. Prospective teams would need to show in meetings a vision to move toward contention to pry Iguodala from Golden State, league sources said.
Many teams are expected to pursue discussions with Iguodala, including the Warriors, Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Clippers, Chicago Bulls, Minnesota Timberwolves and Atlanta Hawks, league sources said. Among teams around the league, there’s a belief that the value this summer for a two-way wing such as Iguodala could reach $20 million annually. Iguodala had 20 points, four rebounds and three assists in the Warriors’ Game 5 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers to win the NBA Finals.
But Durant has given every indication that he will take the 20% raise in order to give the Warriors the flexibility to pay Iguodala and Livingston whatever salary necessary above and beyond the cap number. By doing this new 1 + 1, Durant would be eligible to receive a “super-max” deal of about $205M in July 2018 when the Warriors would have his Early Bird Rights.
Iguodala has already indicated that his negotiation is almost already done and that he will re-sign with the Warriors, though I’m sure there are still deal points to be finalized. Months ago a source indicated to me that the only real issue to be worked out was the number of guaranteed years.
Today after Warriors shoot-around I asked Draymond Green, signed through July 2020, if he had heard about Iguodala’s comments (he hadn’t), and whether he had any doubt that the Warriors’ core pieces would all be coming back. “No, there’s no doubt in my mind,” Green said. “None at all. “Stick together and make this thing happen and try to win as many championships as we possibly can. So no, there’s no doubt in my mind.”
This is particularly relevant to free agents Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston, who have been pivotal to the Warriors’ success as they have advanced to three straight NBA Finals.
Iguodala is expected to receive interest from a number of teams such as Phoenix, Minnesota and Atlanta, league sources tell ESPN.
Albert Nahmad: But that’s just one of the many fun and intriguing storylines for Warriors fans this summer and in the years ahead. Kevin Durant is at the core of an entirely different one. (He likely already knows how it’ll turn out. But we don’t. Which creates drama!) Kevin Durant, who’ll have Non-Bird rights with Warriors this summer, holds the future of Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston in his hands. Durant could seek $35M max, but Warriors would need to create cap space for it, which likely includes renouncing Iguodala and Livingston. If Durant is willing to take $31.8M on 1+1, Warriors could exceed cap to re-sign Iguodala and Livingston… and max Durant out next summer.
Shams Charania: Golden State’s Andre Iguodala had clean MRI result on sore left knee today, no structural damage, league sources tell @The Vertical.
Next step: Iguodala. If he and Myers can nail down the salary numbers and length, and if Durant’s deal means the Warriors can maintain Iguodala’s Bird Rights, then this is basically a done deal. In fact, an NBA source indicated recently that the only real open question now is the amount of years.
The key mathematical part of this for the Warriors is Durant, who could seek the max of about $36 million for 2017-2018. But the Warriors don’t have his Bird Rights, so they’d have to shed a lot of money to create the cap space to fit such a salary, and that would include the renouncing of Iguodala and Shaun Livingston.
But if Durant is willing to take strictly a 20-percent raise from this season’s salary of $26.5 million up to $31.8 million, the Warriors would not have to fit him into cap space and then could use Bird Rights to re-sign Iguodala and Livingston above and beyond the cap. “Haven’t even thought about it that much,” Durant said on the podcast. “But I don’t plan on going anywhere else.”
Iguodala’s a free agent after this season but he’s deeply connected to the Bay Area. “For me, I’m in a beautiful place, my family loves it here, we all enjoy it. So for me to just take it day by day. And let it happen how it was supposed to happen,” he said.
Midway through the second quarter of Thursday night’s rout of Orlando, Draymond Green saw a wide-open Iguodala streaming toward the rim. Green picked up his dribble midcourt and found Iguodala for a spectacular alley-oop. It was the type of acrobatic dunk that raised an important question: How many more years does Iguodala have left before he focuses exclusively on his off-the-court endeavors? “Ten,” said Iguodala, who will be a free agent this summer. “I’ll just lie like that to get leverage” in contract negotiations.
But Durant could nix that issue by taking a starting salary of $31.8 million — a 20 percent increase from this season, but about $4 million less than his projected max. That would allow the Warriors to sign him under his non-Bird rights, freeing them to go over the cap to retain Shaun Livingston and Andre Iguodala. At Saturday’s All-Star availability in New Orleans, Durant was asked if that’s something he would consider. “We’ll figure that out when the time comes,” Durant said.
“I don’t feel the need to go tell Shaun and Andre: ‘Yo, go take less money, money isn’t everything,’” Green said during his media scrum Friday at All-Star weekend. “I don’t feel the need to say that, nor will I say that. You can’t tell a guy what money he should make or what’s important to him or his pocket. I don’t count anyone else’s pocket. “Will we recruit them and want them back? Hell yeah. We’ll do everything we can to get them back. But I’m not going to tell them, ‘Hey, man, you should stay here for a little less money.’”
Because Durant would need to be signed with cap space, the large cap holds of both Shaun Livingston ($10.9 million) and Andre Iguodala ($16.7 million) would need to be renounced. Curry’s $18 million free-agent cap hold will now be replaced with a likely $36 million salary. The remainder of the roster would be filled using the room mid-level exception and minimum players, meaning the total committed salaries for next season will likely be $135 million. Golden State will likely be in the luxury tax with a $21.5 million penalty. A. Under contract Kevin Durant $36,050,000. Stephen Curry $36,050,000. Klay Thompson $17,826,150. Draymond Green $16,400,000.
Adrian Wojnarowski: The feeling around (Andre Iguodala) is, hey, there’s going to be so many teams with space this summer and will have interest in him, they don’t need him to be traded… and he wants to win another title. He doesn’t want to go somewhere else now.
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Signing Joel Embiid to a contract extension is one of the 76ers’ offseason priorities, according to managing owner Josh Harris.
Following Friday’s news conference to introduce the Sixers’ four picks in Thursday night’s NBA Draft, Harris said the organization is “focused on it.” “Look, I’d just say we want Joel to be on the team for a long time,” Harris said. “We want us all to grow old together. That’s the way I would put it.”
Since he is heading into his fourth pro season, the Sixers can extend Embiid’s rookie contract from July 1 until the day before the season opener in mid- to late October. The extension would begin with the 2018-19 campaign for a maximum of roughly $130 million for five years or $100 million over four years.
Sources told Ramona Shelburne and I that Noah’s name came up in multiple discussions about possible Porzingis trades with Jackson and the Knicks looking to send out the remainder of the four-year, $72 million contract that he signed last offseason. Butler factored in because one of the many offers discussed between Boston and the Knicks, per sources, included Boston’s third pick, a second 2017 lottery pick and an additional player (Jaylen Brown, Avery Bradley and Marcus Smart were among the names discussed).
The Rockets summer league team on Friday took shape with some interesting names filling out the roster with the current prospects and recent draft picks. The Rockets reached agreement with Ray McCallum Jr., the son of former University of Houston coach Ray McCallum, a person with knowledge of the deal said. McCallum Jr. has played with the Kings, Grizzlies, Spurs and Hornets.
The Rockets also had reached agreements with three prospects that went undrafted on Thursday, Nevada forward Cameron Oliver, Louisiana Tech forward Erik McCree, and Georgetown guard L.J. Peak. On Friday, the Rockets added Brazilian guard George de Paulo, Duke guard Matt Jones and Vipers forward Chris Johnson.
Undrafted rookie guard Andrew White III agreed to join the Cavaliers for the 2017 NBA Summer League tournament in Las Vegas, a source told cleveland.com. White, who is 6-7, led his team with 18.5 points in his lone season at Syracuse and was a third-team All-ACC selection. He also played collegiately at Nebraska and Kansas.