Creating significant space next summer would take moving mountains, either trading at least two — likely three — significant contracts or hoping that Goran Dragic opts out of a $19.2 million payment for 2019-20 or Whiteside opts out of $27.1 million for that season. Dragic could opt out if he has a big season, though there’s a good chance he plays out this contract. It seems unlikely Whiteside opts out, unless he has an All-Star caliber season. Even if the Heat makes Whiteside miserable by further diminishing his playing time, it would seem improbable he walks away from that big a paycheck, according to a source.
July 17, 2019 | 6:48 pm EDT Update
Emiliano Carchia: Anadolu Efes Istanbul are in advanced negotiations with Shane Larkin over a two-year contract, a source told @Emiliano Carchia. The deal includes an NBA out after next season. Larkin was the BSL Finals MVP in which he led Efes to the Turkish title vs. Fenerbahce
July 17, 2019 | 6:22 pm EDT Update
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent F Cheick Diallo has agreed to a two-year deal with the Phoenix Suns, league source tells ESPN. In three seasons with Pelicans, Diallo averaged 5.5 points and 4.6 rebounds in 133 games.