Jody Genessy: Can confirm that the Jazz will sign Royce O’Neale to a three-year deal (one fully guaranteed) and Eric Griffin to a two-way contract.
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Chris Reichert: Summer League standout Eric Griffin will sign a two-way contract with the Utah Jazz, per league sources
Tony Jones: The Utah Jazz and Eric Griffin have agreed to a Two-way contract in principle, sources tell The Salt Lake Tribune
Tony Jones: SL over, the Jazz are hoping to sign Eric Griffin to a two-way contract, sources tell The Tribune. Griffin has other NBA interest as well
Tony Jones: Have been told that Utah indeed has interest in possibly signing Eric Griffin.
There’s some comfort in that, to be sure, but even if it takes longer than he ever hoped or expected to get there, Griffin says he won’t give up on his dream of playing in the NBA. “Teams don’t like that stuff,” Griffin said of his arrest. “They’re basically going to look at me like, if they gave me all this money, then why am I hanging with these people? Why would your name even come up in that? They’re not going to invest in that guy. So I might be free, but I’m not. “I still have hope, though,” he continued. “I’ll never lose faith, and I know I’m going to grind if they give me a chance.”
While his case was being investigated, Griffin lost a “substantial” offer to join a team in the Philippines, according to his agent, Seidel, and in the weeks since Griffin’s case was thrown out interest in him, both globally and abroad, has been lukewarm, at best. “It just goes to show you that teams, they don’t want to mess with it,” Seidel said. “It becomes toxic. In the basketball world, absolutely everybody knows. When I say everybody, I mean any market that I put his name out, they know. That goes from China to Italy, and it’s difficult to overcome that, even though it’s been proven that he had absolutely nothing to do with it.”
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September 24, 2017 | 4:16 pm EDT Update
Bobby Marks: The Grizzlies JaMychal Green remains the lone restricted free agent not to sign. Green has until Oct. 1 to sign his $2.8M qualifying offer.
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Shams Charania: Restricted free agent Nikola Mirotic has agreed to a two-year, $27M deal to return to Chicago, league sources tell The Vertical.
The New York Knicks sought Tristan Thompson in a potential trade for Carmelo Anthony with the Cavaliers and were rebuffed, two sources told cleveland.com. The Knicks wanted Thompson, 26, a center who like James is represented by Rich Paul. The Cavs told them no. Thompson is under contract for three more seasons, beginning at $16.4 million this year. Cleveland was willing to do a deal that would’ve cleared some contracts off the books, such as sending Iman Shumpert ($11 million this year) and others.