Adrian Wojnarowski: Portland gets size/strength, spares paying Plumlee extension this summer; Denver gets a good passing center to play with Jokic.
David Aldridge: At the moment extensions not looking likely for Otto Porter, Kelly Olynyk, Mason Plumlee, per sources.
For Plumlee, the benefit of waiting to test the free agent market is a rising salary cap in 2017 and the chance to showcase his ability for one more season, while the benefit for the Blazers is a bigger sample size upon which to make an offer. “I’ve always thought your value can go up if you play on a good team,’’ Plumlee said. “When you are in the playoffs and GMs on losing teams look at you … everybody looks good on a winning team. We are a better team this year than last year, and I think my value could go up over the season.’’
First-round picks in their fourth season are eligible for extensions before the Oct. 31 deadline. Plumlee will now play out this season and will likely become a restricted free agent in July, providing the Blazers make a qualifying offer before June 30, which is extremely likely, if not certain. By extending a $3.4 million qualifying offer, the Blazers will retain the right to match any free agent offer in the summer of 2017.
Joe Freeman: Mason Plumlee: "Unless I go to my phone and my agent has something unexpected for me, there's not going to be an extension."
Joe Freeman: Mason Plumlee's agent, Mark Bartelstein, said earlier today there was "no news at the moment" regarding extension with Blazers.
Jason Quick: Nothing brewing on Mason Plumlee extension, I'm told, as Monday deadline nears. Sounding like he'll head to RFA, which isn't a surprise.
Neil Olshey, the Blazers’ president of basketball operations, said this week he has “dabbled” in extension talks with Plumlee’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, but feels no rush before the Oct. 31 deadline. Bartelstein, meanwhile, says he remains in “constant” contact with Olshey about Plumlee, but their talks haven’t gained traction. “I can’t say whether or not we will get something done or not,’’ Bartelstein said Tuesday. “We are fine either way, we really are. If we get a deal done now that works for both sides, great. If not, we will revisit it in the summer.’’
“I’ve been pretty consistent with this: I don’t have extension discussions -- unless it’s a no-brainer max discussion – until the week that the deadline hits,’’ Olshey said. “But unless it’s a no-brainer Damian Lillard max (contract), or a no-brainer CJ max, nothing gets done over the course of four months that can’t get done over the course of four days.’’
May 8, 2021 | 4:25 am EDT Update
J. Michael: Just talked with a 4th league source on this w/direct knowledge: This is the first time TJ Warren has been featured as a main option on a team, will be paid like it, likes the smaller market and the plans for him regardless of the coach. He doesn’t want to go anywhere
During an appearance on ESPN’s NBA Countdown ahead of the Bulls hosting the Boston Celtics, Wojnarowski suggested Lonzo Ball of the New Orleans Pelicans and Dennis Schroder of the Los Angeles Lakers as two potential targets. “Point guard is going to be at a premium for them,” Wojarnowski said.
Dane Moore: Karl-Anthony Towns was asked postgame about his exchange with Jimmy Butler, and Anthony Edwards stepped in to take the answer “Man, they grown men, dog. They just be talkin, havin a regular conversation, if you ask me… It’s no competition if we not talkin shit to each other.” pic.twitter.com/gDEP0hjbVZ
Chris Hine: Ant refuted my question earlier when I said the Wolves were getting a little emotional in the 3rd Q. @JaceFrederick followed up with “Who was getting emotional then, Ant?” Ant: “The zebras.”
Not having the support or revenue of sell-out crowds at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto surely made that decision easier. To little surprise, there are players on the team and people within the organization who have been counting down the days until they can pack their bags, take their families and get out of Tampa on the morning of May 17, per sources. It’s hard to blame them, all things considered.