Slava Kravtsov Rumors

“Much respect for the organization of the Phx Suns#staytuned,” Butler tweeted Wednesday night. It is not clear what the Suns have planned for Smith 25, and Kravtsov, 26, a Ukranian native like Suns first-round pick Alex Len. Some roster decisions are ahead for the Suns with 17 players under guaranteed contracts once Len signs. They can carry a maximum of 15 players on the regular-season roster but the futures of Beasley (expected waiver) and Channing Frye (resolution of heart issue follow-ups) remain in the air. The Racine Journal Times first reported the trade talks Wednesday night. The deal should be finalized Thursday.
Butler, 33, will make $8 million this season on an expriring contract but the Bucks could absorb most of that with $7.5 million of cap space. Smith, who has played 121 games for six teams, will make a guaranteed $985,000 this season with a 2014-15 team option at the same salary. Kravtsov, who logged 25 games in Detroit as a rookie last season, is on an expiring deal for a guaranteed $1.5 million.
Jennings, taken 10th overall in the 2009 Draft, will get a three-year, $24 million contract from Detroit. He becomes the Pistons’ starter next season, with veteran Chauncey Billups returning to the team where he was the 2004 NBA Finals MVP to serve as a backup. Detroit selected rookie shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope in this year’s Draft, and signed forward Josh Smith from Atlanta for four years and $54 million.
Slava Kravtsov was thrilled to make his NBA debut Friday for the Detroit Pistons even if, as he noted, “the first time I stepped on the court was not our coach’s decision.” It has been that kind of season for Kravtsov, the Ukrainian import who went 28 games without playing before getting some garbage time against the lowly Washington Wizards in a 100-68 win. He enjoyed it, even if it came in particularly strange fashion. Kravtsov’s debut came about because Rodney Stuckey took a whack to the mouth which knocked loose a tooth — he was expected to travel with the team to tonight’s rematch in Washington — leaving Wizards coach Randy Wittman to select the free-throw shooter when Stuckey had to go directly to the Pistons’ locker room with 10:03 remaining.
But what about Slava Kravtsov? The rookie center from the Ukraine is the only player on the Pistons roster who has yet to appear in a game this season. He’s dressed a handful of times but has yet to hit the court in a regular-season game. Wouldn’t a stint the D-League – even a short one – be beneficial for the 6-foot-11 Kravtsov? “We’ve talked about it,” coach Lawrence Frank said Thursday. “Joe (Dumars) and George (David, assistant general manager) kind of handle that in terms of the timing with it. But I think it would be great for Slava. He wants to play. He’s gotten a lot stronger. He’s worked on his upper body.