The Atlanta Hawks have begun listening to trade pitches for All-Star forward Paul Millsap in recent days, according to league sources. Sources told ESPN.com that the Hawks, fearful of losing Millsap in free agency without compensation in the summer, are not openly shopping him but are taking calls on the 31-year-old and other pending free agents, notably sharpshooter Kyle Korver and swingman Thabo Sefolosha.
Although the Hawks managed to sign Dwight Howard in free agency last summer to fill a frontcourt void, they were stung by the free-agent departure of Al Horford in that Horford, in the words of one source with knowledge of the team's thinking, got away "for nothing." The feeling within the organization now, sources said, is that it's best to gauge the trade market for Millsap, Korver and Sefolosha between now and the Feb. 23 trade deadline to guard against a repeat scenario.
November 30, 2020 | 8:54 am EST Update
Bobby Marks: Indiana is $577K over the luxury after the Kelan Martin signing. The contract is guaranteed for $723K (out of $1.45M) in 2020/21. The second year ($1.7M) is non-guaranteed. Indiana has 14 guaranteed contracts, 1 partial, 2 Two-Ways and 3 players on an Exhibit 10.
Nets Daily: According to Basketball Insiders salary page, @Tyler Johnson has no-trade protection in his one year deal. A player who re-signs with his previous team on a one-year contract, as Johnson did, is given no-trade protection meaning he can veto a trade.
After a busy NBA offseason that saw him traded an astonishing three times – from the Portland Trail Blazers to the Houston Rockets, who sent him to the Detroit Pistons who then, finally, traded him to OKC – Trevor Ariza made league history by becoming the player to be traded the most times ever at 10. The league’s new all-time leader in trades, he might not be done moving yet, either, as the Thunder are in the midst of a full teardown, making the 35-year-old an unnecessary fit there. Ariza could very well be sent to a contender in need of perimeter shooting and defense before long – maybe even as soon as prior to the 2020-21 season tipping off.
Avdija was a consensus top-five pick for most of the pre-draft period, so getting him at nine is great value; people I respect make a comp of him to Detlef Schrempf, which would be fine. Bertans was Washington’s offseason priority and the Wizards got him re-signed for under what many thought he’d get on the market. Lopez is on the back nine athletically but his brain will still help some with Washington’s atrocious rim protection.
Pet owners showed some serious love to Kobe Bryant in 2020 — with Mamba-inspired pet names up BIG over the past year, new data shows. The famous dog-walking site Rover.com has crunched the numbers for its annual list of the most popular pet names … which shows fans are honoring the NBA legend by passing on his name (and nickname) to their beloved furry family members. The name “Mamba” is up 111% from 2019 — the biggest spike. “Black Mamba” is up 58% and “Kobe” is up 16%.