Nikola Mirotic on the Rondo-Paul fight: “I believe everything Rajon Rondo says. He had strong comments about Chris Paul. I can’t talk about Chris Paul because honestly I don’t know him. I do know he’s kind of a nuisance when you play against him, he talks a lot, complains a lot… he also insults you. But that’s part of the game. What I saw in that clip, it was not so much about Rajon spitting on him, it’s more about this guy poking him in the eye… and Rajon reacted well. It’s a normal reaction when somebody tries to attack you that you want to protect yourself. I’m not coming to Rajon’s defense or saying [throwing a punch] is what you should do, but I understand it’s a normal reaction.”
January 30, 2023 | 12:59 pm EST Update
Turner remains trade-eligible despite renegotiating and extending his contract. This is because the extension doesn’t extend his current contract beyond three years (including this one), and he didn’t receive raises larger than five percent. While a trade seems unlikely after coming to terms, this deal could significantly increase his trade value ahead of the deadline. More buyers could emerge with Turner no longer set to become a free agent and extended at a very reasonable rate.
Turner’s cap hit for next season will be roughly 15 percent of next year’s cap and smaller than that in 2024-25. This could help keep the Pacers in the cap space derby in 2024 when Tyrese Haliburton’s next deal would kick in, presumably a maximum contract. By then, the Pacers could be ready to take the next step and pursue veterans to help make a playoff run.
While this development could surprise those who are bullish on Hyland’s potential, trading him is really Denver’s only way to improve the roster this season. As mentioned in HoopsHype’s trade guide, they have all but two second-round picks and one conditional 2029 first-round pick to trade this season. Further complicating a potential trade is their lack of large tradeable salaries outside of their rotation for salary matching, which could mean they’ll have to use one of their trade exceptions to facilitate a deal. The Nuggets also don’t want to give up draft compensation in any trade involving Hyland, league sources told HoopsHype’s Michael Scotto.
The Nuggets are gauging the value for Bones Hyland ahead of next week’s trade deadline, including both canvassing the league and taking calls on the second-year guard, two league sources told The Denver Post. Ahead of next Thursday’s trade deadline, the Nuggets are seeking players with two-way skills on similar, cost-controlled contracts as Hyland has in addition to pick compensation. The Nuggets believe they have traction on potentially acquiring a first-round pick, sources said. Hyland has two years left on his rookie deal wor
The CBA changes geared at favoring contract extensions are also a big factor. The quality of free agent talent decreases each year, and the blockbuster moves are trades. Valuable veterans in mediocre teams like Bojan Bogdanovic and Myles Turner, who in other times would be waiting to free agency to flee to contenders, now prefer to sign lucrative extensions knowing there’s a strong trade market for them. The best chance to improve every aspect of the roster with proven talent is now via trade, and teams are looking forward to giving us the craziest and spiciest time of the year very soon.
Kyle Lowry’s performance has taken a bit of a dip this season. As the Miami Heat point star gets older, he has seen his production take a significant downturn. Part of that is him getting less touches and minutes overall, leading to trade speculation around him. When asked about the trade rumors, Lowry reiterated that he’d love to stay, but he recognizes that his contract is a tradeable one, per Barry Jackson. “I’ve been in trade rumors before,” Kyle Lowry said. “I have a very nice contract that can be moved. The organization (Heat) believes in me and I’m glad to be here… I want to stay. I enjoy this place. I picked this place. I feel we have a chance to always compete for a title. With Jimmy, Bam, Tyler and Spo as a coach we always have an opportunity.”
Markelle Fultz on if he believes he needed the trade to Orlando to be productive “Not necessarily. I just think it was a matter of timing just getting healthy really. Again, everything happens for a reason and I feel like I can bring value to any team that I’m on. It just happened to be that I got traded from Philly and got a new opportunity. So of course, I’m thankful for the opportunity. It definitely opened up a new pathway and new people and new every day. I think it was just a matter of me getting healthy when I was there, but I’m definitely grateful for the new opportunity and I’m thankful.”