Adrian Wojnarowski: Sources: Memphis and Dallas are agreed on a sign-and-trade for G Delon Wright. Dallas will send Memphis two second-round picks.
Brad Townsend: A league source said a Wright-signed Mavs offer sheet could be submitted to the NBA office as soon as tonight, which would begin the 48-hour window that Memphis would have in which to match the offer and keep Wright.
Brad Townsend: Mark Cuban told us tonight that Mavs’ free agency is essentially done, barring an opportunistic” situation. But I’m told that one such situation, an offer sheet to restricted free agent Delon Wright, remains in play.
Brad Townsend: League source says Mavs have increased their interest in Memphis restricted free agent point guard Delon Wright, plan to give offer sheet, if they haven’t already. Would not affect Green pursuit.
Brad Townsend: One more time, for clarity: When Mavs present Delon Wright offer sheet on July 6, if he signs it (there could be other bidders), Memphis would have 48 hours to decide whether to match the offer and keep Wright. Low-risk/high-reward potential for Dallas.
Shams Charania: Memphis extended the qualifying offer tender to guard Delon Wright, who will now be a restricted free agent, league sources tell @The Athletic @Stadium. Wright had a strong finish for the Grizzlies last season.
Ryan Wolstat: Raptors GM Bobby Webster on no Delon Wright extension right now: mutual thing. Still big fans. Expect him to make another jump this season and will go from there.
Josh Lewenberg: Bobby Webster said the decision not to extend Delon Wright before yesterday's deadline was mutual. "I think this is a great chance for Delon to make another jump this year."
Michael Grange: Raps GM Bobby Webster on not extending 4th yr G Delon Wright: “We love Delon. It was mutual [not to extend]. ... he had some [bad] luck with his shoulder in his second year so I think this is a great chance for him to make another jump and for us to see it. "
Which is to say do not look for Wright to start his own clothing line as he heads toward free agency. The Raptors and Wright are free to negotiate a contract extension before Oct. 15, but it is more likely he will be in the same situation as VanVleet was last year, playing this season on his rookie contract as he hurtles toward a likely qualifying offer ($3.65-million, in Wright’s case) and restricted free agency.
“Of course I think about it,” Wright said. “I’m not going to put too much thought into it. I’m just going to try to play the season as if I wasn’t a free agent, which is trying to still prove myself. I feel like that stuff will take care of itself at the end of the year.”
May 6, 2021 | 7:06 am EDT Update
One day after ESPN reported coach Nate Bjorkgren faces an uncertain future with Indiana, the new coach blamed himself for any communication problems with players and those in the organization. “You know I don’t make excuses for things,” he told reporters before the game. “I’m a young coach. I’m learning, I’m growing and I’m trying to be better. This is on me. I’m the head coach and fingers should be pointed at me. I love coaching this team and the relationships with these coaches and players, I’ve just got to keep getting better.”
J. Michael Falgoust: This is what led up to the Greg Foster blow up with Bitadze. He let Harkless get to the rim for a 2nd chance dunk and got scolded for not contesting. Bitadze responds w/ a 3 and when he runs back you can read his lips pretty clearly. “Sit the f$&@ down.” That did it #PacersKings pic.twitter.com/oFEmdUpPUl
Scott Agness: Bjorkgren arrived. He says they’re “in a frustrating stretch. Competitive juices are flowing.” He has talked individually with Goga Bitadze and assistant Greg Foster about their confrontation.
According to several NBA officials, among the coaches who are on shaky ground are Sacramento’s Luke Walton, Washington’s Scott Brooks, Houston’s Stephen Silas, Orlando’s Steve Clifford and Indiana’s Nate Bjorkgren
Some of those NBA officials are now wondering whether Budenholzer’s time in Milwaukee is about to expire – especially if the Bucks don’t make a deep playoff run. “Bud knows the situation he’s in,’’ an NBA executive, who knows Budenholzer, said. “There’s a lot of pressure on him, no doubt. He didn’t do so good in the playoffs the last two seasons even with maybe the best player in the league (Giannis). “Now, that they got Holiday. They gave up a fortune for him. So, he’s feeling the heat. I think they have to get to the Finals for him to keep his job.’’ Another NBA official echoes those comments, saying, “He’s on the hot seat. He has to win big in the playoffs. This is a tough business; it’s a bottom-line business.’’
A league source also suggested Budenholzer’s future in Milwaukee could hinge on another factor. “I’ve heard things about his relationship with the Greek Freak,’’ the official said. “I’ve heard it’s not the best. I heard Giannis accepts things from him and respects him because he’s the head coach.
Harrison Wind: Nikola Jokic on Michael Malone: “The guy gave me everything. The guy gave me the freedom. He lead me. He showed me the way. And we built a great relationship…it’s more than basketball. It’s six years of building something together.”