Marc Stein: Cole Aldrich has landed a three-year, $22 million deal with the Timberwolves, league sources say
Prior to them hitting the market Thursday night, the Clippers already had contact with Jeff Green, Austin Rivers, Luc Mbah a Moute, Cole Aldrich, Jamal Crawford and Wesley Johnson, according to a source. Doc Rivers has publicly said he hopes to re-sign as many of them as possible.
If the Clippers are unable to get Durant to agree to join the team, a move that would then trigger a flurry of other moves, they’ll turn their attention to their other top priority – re-signing their own free agents. With most of their salary cap – more than $70 million of it – going to Paul, Griffin, Jordan and Redick – the Clippers hope to keep their top three free agents – Jeff Green, Jamal Crawford and Austin Rivers. The Clippers have “Bird rights” for Green and Crawford and “early Bird rights” for Rivers, enabling them to go over the salary cap to re-sign those players. The team also has interest in re-signing reserves Cole Aldrich and Wesley Johnson, though the fear is both players will be out of the Clippers’ price range once they hit the market. The Clippers will still meet with Aldrich, though. And just because the Clippers have the ability to pay Green, Crawford and Rivers, there are no guarantees they’re able to secure all three.
In addition to pursuing Durant in free agency, the Clippers have several short-term free-agent priorities to re-sign for next season, including Jeff Green, Austin Rivers, Jamal Crawford and Cole Aldrich. Two of the Clippers’ three All-Stars – Chris Paul and Blake Griffin – could become free agents in the summer of 2017.
January 24, 2022 | 7:59 pm EST Update
Michael Scotto: The NBA league office sent a memo informing teams Michael Beasley is eligible to return to play starting February 14, agent Charles Briscoe of Briscoe Sports Group told @hoopshype.
January 24, 2022 | 7:44 pm EST Update
Eric Walden: Suns coach Monty Williams, on facing a depleted Jazz team: “You want to play to a certain standard, regardless of who’s playing. You want to see your system, you want to see your scheme. … I can’t worry about (who is and isn’t available).”