NBA rumors: Dewayne Dedmon available?

An intriguing name that might: Dewayne Dedmon. The former Warrior, much improved from those days, is on the final year of a deal that pays him $6.3 million this season. He’s on an Atlanta team going nowhere that’ll be interested in losing games down the stretch. So he’s very available. But the Hawks will start by shopping him in trades. At a $6.3 million salary and still productive, it’s conceivable there’d be a willing buyer. But Atlanta was in a similar position last February with Marco Belinelli and Ersan Ilyasova. The Hawks weren’t able to get what they wanted for either. The deadline passed. Both were bought out, sent off to find teams of their choosing. Keep an eye on Dedmon in this scenario.

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Atlanta has been reluctant to move Dedmon, who opted into the second season of his two-year, $14 million deal last summer, but teams are expected to inquire about the availability of the six-year 7-footer. For contending teams, Dedmon could hold strong value as a rim-protecting, active big man.
Presti’s options are limited, which makes it more probable that they’ll settle for something like Marco Belinelli and Dewayne Dedmon (or Ersan Ilyasova) from Atlanta. The Hawks haven’t had an easy time finding traction in deals for their many available players, according to league sources; the Thunder and the Pacers are two of the few intrigued teams.
The most coveted of the available Hawks has been center Dewayne Dedmon, who returned from an injury a month ago and has put up good numbers (10.0 points and 7.7 rebounds in 23.3 minutes) this year. Dedmon has a player option in his contract for next season and is expected to exercise it in search of a new deal. Ideally, the Hawks could fetch a late first-rounder for Dedmon. But first-round picks will be hard to come by on Thursday, and no one’s giving up a first-round pick for a few months of Dedmon, even as he has played better since returning. Still, the Bucks have expressed interest, sources told Sporting News, and though the Sixers are expected to make a push for help on the wing, there’s been some interest from Philadelphia, which will have four second-round picks in this year’s draft. Oklahoma City, too, is looking for wing help, but has interest in Dedmon for frontcourt depth.
Mark Deeks: GiveMeSport has learned that the Atlanta Hawks are trying to trade Dewayne Dedmon. While it appears to not have been reported prior, it nonetheless will (or should) come as no surprise to Hawks fans to know that. After all, why wouldn’t they be trying to trade him?
Dedmon was signed last summer to a two-year, $12.3 million contract, having played the previous season with the San Antonio Spurs. That season had ended anticlimactically, being benched by the time the playoffs came despite having played his way into the starting role over the season prior. Nevertheless, with averages of 5.1 points, 6.5 rebounds and 0.8 blocks per game, with a 16.0 PER and 1.5 win shares, Dedmon had otherwise played well and thus opted out of his contract with the Spurs (and his very small player option amount of $3,028,410) in order to try and get a bigger one.
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According to a source, Brooklyn’s Blake Griffin asked a Celtics player if he should join the team midseason and was told not to come to Boston because of the apparent dysfunction. At season’s end, multiple sources close to the players said several members of the locker room were welcoming a coaching change, noting Stevens did not appear to hold key players accountable, with complaints he was favoring Smart over others.
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Walker maintained his professionalism throughout the season but his health issues, the team’s poor performance and boos from TD Garden fans — something that particularly “pissed him off,” according to multiple sources — made him sour on his situation in Boston and had spoken privately about being willing to move to a new team. It had become clear he was not going to be in the team’s long-term plans.
While Walker’s struggles might have made him seem like a disappointment relative to his role and salary, he was still good last season. He is well-liked, known for his geniality and positivity. According to multiple team sources, there was some dysfunction in the locker room, with the relationship between Stevens and Walker characterized as tension-filled. Sources also suggest that Stevens was also perceived to be harder on Walker than on other top players.
Several team sources felt Stevens was more aggressive with certain players this season, which included Walker who was criticized for his defensive mistakes. Those sources said Walker and Stevens began to butt heads, though the pair were considered to have a productive working relationship and mutual respect for one another.
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L.A. let Marco Nunez go in April 2019 after three years at the helm after a season in which Lakers players lost 212 games because of injury. Before Nunez, Gary Vitti served in the role for more than 30 years. More changes are expected as the team is in the process of restructuring its approach to player health, sources told ESPN.
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