Q: I’ve heard people in Detroit are calling you the “franchise player w/o the franchise contract.” Is there any part of you that feels that that’s accurate or is it way too soon for that to even be part of the conversation? Andre Drummond: Um, you know man, when that time come. You know, we made a decision all together that it wasn’t the best time to sign right now. … I’m just here to play basketball and when that time comes we’ll negotiate.
Monday is the deadline for teams to sign players entering their fourth year to long-term contract extensions, and it appears that the situation of Washington’s Bradley Beal will go down to the final moments. Signing him to an extension seemed a certainty, but there has been no deal. Detroit’s Andre Drummond is also a candidate for an extension.
Several players – including Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, John Henson and Jonas Valanciunas – have reached rookie extensions. Talks have been ongoing with several others, including Detroit’s Andre Drummond, Golden State’s Harrison Barnes and Toronto’s Terrence Ross.
Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond and Golden State Warriors forward Harrison Barnes, according to league sources, are the players best positioned to secure a lucrative extension this month as the revised deadline approaches and negotiations in both cases continue. Drummond could potentially land a five-year deal worth around $120 million if he earns Designated Player status from the Pistons.
Andre Drummond knew the question was coming. The Oct. 31 deadline to sign a contract extension looms and everyone wants to know if it will happen. But the Detroit Pistons’ fourth-year center said at media day today that he was going to keep thoughts about his contract status to himself. “Everybody comes to a point in time in their career when they are going to deal with contract situations, and it’s better that I keep it as a personal thing and just focus on what I can control right now, which is making my team better," Drummond said on the eve of training camp.
The word was Drummond and the Pistons were progressing toward a deal. With Davis getting max money and Valanciunas’ new deal coming in at a starting salary of $14.38 million, the bar is basically set for a deal, somewhere between the expected $20.5 million Davis should land and what Valanciunas got; the question is, will the Pistons agree to max now or wait a year and match a max offer next summer?
Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said the team will begin contract extension talks with center Andre Drummond in the next couple of weeks, with hopes of locking him up to a long-term contract -- likely a maximum contract extension. If Drummond signs this summer, he will count about $21 million against the cap in 2016-17.
"We will get into those talks," Van Gundy said. "We agreed we would get into this after this free-agency period and after the summer league. There is no rush. We have until the end of October so we will get into those talks in the next couple of weeks. What you are talking about there is more timing than anything. It is not like you will be haggling over dollars, so it is a different situation."
June 12, 2021 | 1:33 pm EDT Update
After more than six months on the sidelines due to an ACL injury, Dinwiddie is eyeing a return to play if the Nets make it to the Finals, the Daily News has learned. A source close to the Nets’ combo guard also says after spending most of the regular season rehabbing in Los Angeles, Dinwiddie is planning to return to the team “sooner than later.” “He’s going to be in Brooklyn to support his team,” the source said. “He definitely is.”
Justin Kubatko: Chris Paul has 61 assists and six turnovers over his last six games. Since the NBA started tracking individual turnovers in 1977-78, Paul is the only player to record 60 or more assists with six or fewer turnovers over a six-game postseason span. He also did so in 2008 and 2015. pic.twitter.com/B4aQFCrQAc
Chris Grenham: Ohio State guard Duane Washington Jr. participated in the Celtics’ pre-draft workout on Thursday, per source. He has received a G League Elite Camp invite, which begins next weekend in Chicago prior to the NBA Draft Combine.
June 12, 2021 | 8:31 am EDT Update
Sergio Scariolo is a strong candidate for Virtus Bologna head coaching job, as reported by Il Corriere dello Sport and confirmed to Sportando. Sasha Djordjevic’s departure from Virtus Bologna was almost certain when Serie A playoffs started, also considering the elimination in EuroCup semifinals against Unics Kazan and the missed chance to play in EuroLeague next season.
In the locker room after the Nets’ 86-83 loss, there were lots of “atta boys” and “pick your head ups” and “we’ll live with that shot” from teammates, but Irving had a little piece of extra advice. Be like dad. Dunk it. “Kyrie was like, ‘Hey, you gotta try and dunk it, get a foul or something,’” Brown said. “That’s definitely what I should have done. I had the lane and the angle too, so maybe if I did that I’d have gotten a foul call, gotten to the line. If I had taken my two steps toward the rim, I probably could’ve dunked the ball.”
The available replays call into question this very idea. Lopez is 7-feet tall, and he’d recovered quickly from where he was on the sideline to get in Brown’s way. Brown faded left as he shot the ball, and, “I shot it too hard, I was trying to get it up a little higher, but he was nowhere near the ball, looking at the pictures and the film. “I could’ve just really did a simple layup and made the shot,” he said. “I made it difficult for myself just thinking too much during the shot.”
Harris wasn’t the only one misfiring in the Nets’ 86-83 loss. Add in Landry Shamet (1-for-4) and Mike James (1-for-5), and three Nets who can make a defense pay for double-teaming Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving were a combined 3-for-20 from the field, including 2-for-11 from 3-point range. If those supporting cast numbers are repeated Sunday in Game 4, the series soon could be tied. “If you look at it, only one or two buckets in the last three or four minutes that we needed to fall and they just didn’t,” coach Steve Nash said. “I thought plenty of opportunities. Now, would I want Kevin or Ky shooting every single ball? Of course, but that’s not always the way it works out. We can learn from it.”
Phoenix went on a 14-2 run to build a 20-point lead on the way to a 116-102 win Friday to take a commanding 3-0 series lead in this best-of-7 conference semifinal series. “We have our eyes on the prize,” All-Star guard Devin Booker said.