With no money to spend under the salary cap, it was vital the Pistons roll several needs into their one big signing this year, which likely will be accomplished by using a major portion of the mid-level exception of $8.4 million.
Rod Beard: #Pistons officially announce signing of free-agent guard Langston Galloway. Terms undisclosed, but reportedly 3 years, $21 million.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent guard Langston Galloway is finalizing a three-year, $21M deal with the Detroit Pistons, league sources tell ESPN.
Sacramento Kings guard Langston Galloway will decline his $5.4 million player option, league sources told Basketball Insiders. Galloway will have a $6.8 million cap hold and would become a restricted free agent if the Kings extend a $6.5 million qualifying offer, as Albert Nahmad tweeted.
ESPN Cleveland: Windhorst: The player to watch for the Cavs is Langston Galloway. If he is waived by the Kings I think the Cavs would love to have him.
Ian Begley: Langston Galloway has agreed to terms with New Orleans. Contract details are still being worked on, per sources.
Adam Zagoria: Former Knick Langston Galloway to New Orleans, his agent confirms. Terms being worked out. @Ian Begley had it first.
Bobby Marks: On Langston Galloway. New York was not eligible to sign him to a contract he received in New Orleans. Early Bird rights must be for 2 years.
Marc Stein: The Pelicans are nearing a deal with guard Langston Galloway, league sources say. The Knicks recently made him an unrestricted free agent
Brett Dawson: Langston Galloway went to Christian Life in Baton Rouge. Point guard who’s a decent 3-point shooter. Averaged 9.1 ppg in two seasons in NY.
Ian Begley: Update: the Knicks have rescinded the $2.7 million qualifying offer to Langston Galloway, per league sources. This was likely done to fit Brandon Jennings' deal into cap space. This doesn't preclude the Knicks from re-signing Galloway but makes it a bit more difficult. The club has not renounced free agent Lance Thomas, so it can use Early Bird rights to sign him to a deal worth a max of approximately $6.2 million.
Ian Begley: Phil Jackson says that he expects to re-sign both Langston Galloway and Lance Thomas. But the Knicks likely will have competition for both players. The Thunder, Nets and Mavericks are among the teams who are expected to have interest in the 28-year-old Thomas, per league sources say. The market for Thomas is unclear but hell certainly benefit from the salary-cap increase. The cap will increase from $70 million to $94 million this summer.
Frank Isola: The Knicks want to he re-sign free agents Lance Thomas and Langston Galloway, two hard working role players & high character guys.
That number would jump to $35 million if the club renounced all of its free agents, including guard Langston Galloway and forward Lance Thomas. The guess here, though, is that both Galloway and Thomas will be back. But the Knicks likely will have competition for both players. The Thunder, Nets and Mavericks are among the teams who are expected to have interest in the 28-year-old Thomas, sources say.
April 18, 2021 | 6:54 pm EDT Update
The New Orleans Pelicans are finalizing a multiyear deal with Brazilian guard Didi Louzada, league sources told ESPN on Sunday. … Louzada has since been stashed with the Sydney Kings in Australia’s NBL as part of the league’s Next Stars program.
Since Louzada is a draft pick of the Pelicans, his tax hit for this year would count as zero years of service, which is important for a team trying to stay under the luxury tax this season. … Louzada played two seasons with the Kings, averaging 8.7 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game over the course of his 2021 NBL campaign, shooting 38.9 percent from the field and 26.4 percent from the 3-point line. In one of Louzada’s recent games, he scored 28 points against the South East Melbourne Phoenix, shooting 6-of-7 from downtown. Over his two years in Sydney, Louzada added nearly 40 pounds to his frame and was widely regarded as one of the NBL’s most reliable perimeter defenders.
Q) Sexton, Garland, and Okoro were all top 10 picks. Which player of the three would you want to build around/with long-term and why? A) Former agent Matt Babcock: “I like all three, although they are very different. However, if I had to choose, I’d take Collin Sexton. I love his toughness, competitiveness, and his ability to put the ball in the hole. I remember watching him at Alabama a few years ago. During warmups his intensity could be felt throughout the whole arena. Although I had some concerns with his game, I remember thinking, “there’s no way this kid doesn’t figure it out on some level or another.” The level of focus and determination that he possessed at that stage in his career convinced me that he would be able to find success. In that particular evaluation, I was right.”
Q) What are your thoughts on Isaac Okoro as we near the finish of his rookie season? A) Matt Babcock: “I think I had a good grip on Okoro going into last year’s draft. He’s a big-time athlete and defender. His offensive game is somewhat simple, but he has a good feel for how to play. His outside shooting, although not broken, is definitely his swing skill. All in all, I think long term we’ll look back and consider Okoro to be a good draft pick. Also, let’s not forget he’s only 20 years old.”
Q) The Cavs appear likely to land another top 5 pick in this summer’s draft. If you’re Cleveland, which prospects fit best with their current roster? A) Matt Babcock: “Our big board at basketballnews.com has our top 5 players being Cade Cunningham, Evan Mobley, Jalen Suggs, Jalen Green, and Jonathan Kuminga. Jalen Suggs is probably the only player that I see as a guy that wouldn’t be a great fit, as he’s an on ball, true point guard. The other players would all fit in my mind. However, Cade Cunningham and Evan Mobley would absolutely be at the top of my wish list if I were the Cavs.”
April 18, 2021 | 6:45 pm EDT Update
Brady Hawk: Goran Dragic on Bam Adebayo, “He’s our leader and he demonstrated that today. Without Jimmy, he took the pressure on his shoulder with that last shot, and he made it.” “He’s awesome.” @5ReasonsSports