Nikola Jovanovic and Trey Freeman have signed camp deals with the Detroit Pistons. Jovanovic played for the Lakers and Magic in Summer League. Jovanovic averaged 12.2 points and 7.0 rebounds in his junior season at USC. Freeman played for the Rockets in Summer League. Freeman averaged 22.1 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists in his senior season at Old Dominion.
July 27, 2021 | 10:09 am EDT Update
The Philadelphia 76ers, who have been exploring trade possibilities with Simmons in recent weeks, are also expected to be in the Lowry sweepstakes via a sign-and-trade with the Raptors, who have expressed a willingness to do so if they can’t keep their franchise guard, sources say.
The Sixers and Heat were unable to secure trades for him this past season. At that time, the Raptors’ asking price was too steep. Lowry also wanted some indication that his potential destination would be willing to provide a two-year extension of at least $25 million per year, sources said. He made $30 million in the final year of his Raptors deal. Apparently, his salary demands haven’t changed. A league source confirmed that Lowry’s free-agency asking price is $90 million over three seasons.
Not only is he a six-time All-Star, Lowry knows how to run a team. He’s a winner, a leader, and possesses a toughness that would benefit the Sixers. Adding him to the mix with Joel Embiid and Tobias Harris would put the Sixers in great position to advance to the NBA Finals. “If there’s a sign-and-trade [with the Sixers] that can be done that can get him there, and he gets $25 to $30 million, he will consider it,” a source said.
Namely, these conversations have so far revolved around Kyle Lowry, Mike Conley and Paul himself if he opts out of his contract with the Suns. According to sources, the Mavericks, looking to ease the burden on Luka Doncic, have shown interest in both Conley and Lowry, the latter of whom stands to have his pick of money and championship contender — and potentially both.
Paul, for his part, has indicated he’s willing to opt out of his $44 million deal for next year, sources say, though taking that position could be a leverage play with the Suns under pressure to keep him. Paul can sign a three-year contract without triggering the Over-38 rule — CBA minutiae that complicates contracts for players who have deals that stretch beyond their 38th birthday — or stay in his current deal and work out an extension with Phoenix, where he might take a pay cut after next year’s giant check.
League executives believe Conley is most likely to stay in Utah, with the Jazz investigating the possibility of reducing payroll to make room next to Donovan Mitchell’s new max contract coming onto the books. The Jazz have the 30th pick and could use that as incentive to offload salary if needed.
Even with that on the record, league executives believe the Pelicans are willing to let Ball go if he gets an aggressive offer sheet or they find a different option. Ball has been linked to the Bulls for more than a year, sources say, and could also be on the Knicks’ list.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Cade Cunningham — the expected No. 1 overall pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft — has agreed to an endorsement deal with Nike, sources tell ESPN. It’s believed to be the highest-earning shoe deal among players in his draft class.