Shams Charania: Sources: Charlotte plans to sign guard Julyan Stone to a two-year minimum deal, with second year trigger date, pending FIBA clearance.
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Negotiations are progressing toward guard Julyan Stone being released from his contract with an Italian team so he can sign with the Charlotte Hornets. A source familiar with the situation cautioned nothing has been signed yet. However, Stone could soon be available to be the Hornets’ third point guard behind starter Kemba Walker and backup Michael Carter-Williams.
Once the American guard will be free agent, he will sign a two-year guaranteed contract with the Charlotte Hornets in the NBA. Stone returned to Venezia in the middle of last season and helped the team to win the Italian championship.
The agent for guard Julyan Stone still hopes to work out a compromise with an Italian pro team, allowing Stone to sign with the Charlotte Hornets. Stone would be the Hornets’ third point guard behind starter Kemba Walker and backup Michael Carter-Williams. The Hornets are reportedly prepared to sign Stone, 28, to a two-year contract. That would be contingent on Stone being released from the contract he signed recently with Venice-based Reyer Venezia.
Stone is in a family health crisis that is the driving factor in his wanting to play in the United States next season. According to Stone’s Instagram account, his father is in a coronary care unit with severe lung, heart and kidney ailments. Stone said on Instagram that he and Funiciello have proposed numerous compromises with Reyer Venezia in pursuit of a release. Funiciello is hopeful of coming to a resolution sometime this week.
The Charlotte Hornets have interest in signing Julyan Stone to be their third point guard, an informed source confirmed Saturday. The complication is Stone, who has played for the Denver Nuggets and Toronto Raptors, is under contract to a pro team in Italy.
International basketball website Sportando reported the Hornets’ interest in Stone Friday. Stone, 28, recently signed a two-year contract with Venice-based team Reyer Venezia. According to Sportando, Stone would like to sign with the Hornets, but doesn’t have an out clause in his contract. The issue for Stone relates to his father’s health: Based on Stone’s Instagram account, his father is in a coronary care unit in the United States with severe lung, heart and kidney ailments. Stone would like to be let out of his contract in Italy to be closer to his father the upcoming season and to better pay for his care.
Julyan Stone recently signed a two-year contract extension with Reyer Venezia. But the guard has a two-year offer from Charlotte Hornets he would love to accept. Stone has his father seriously sick and he wants to stay in the USA also for this reason.
The Indiana Pacers announced Sunday they have waived 6-9 forward Jeremy Evans and 6-6 guard Julyan Stone. Evans played in two preseason games and did not score. Stone played in five games, scoring one point and averaging two rebounds per game.
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August 20, 2017 | 9:53 pm EDT Update
The Lakers have been under investigation by the NBA for tampering allegations since May because of a conversation Magic Johnson had on a television show about then-Indiana All-Star forward Paul George that angered Pacers owner Herb Simon, according to several NBA officials who were not authorized to speak publicly about the ongoing matter. The interview took place in April. Team officials aren’t allowed to make contact with a player or their representatives until the free-agency period opens on July 1.
The lawyers from the NBA and the outside counsel the Lakers hired to review the matter each deposed owner Jeanie Buss, Johnson, who is the president of basketball operations, and general manager Rob Pelinka in May, according to the officials.
According to several NBA officials, it would be difficult to prove that the Lakers have tampered with George. The officials also said the Lakers could be fined and have draft picks taken away if it is tampering allegations are proven.
The following statement was issued today by Alison Bogli, Director, Media Relations regarding the NBA’s investigation into the teams’ alleged tampering violation: “As the NBA’s statement made clear, we cannot comment about the specifics of any ongoing investigation. We can confirm, however, that we are cooperating fully with the NBA in the hope of clearing our name as soon as possible.”
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