With all this in mind, the Drummond situation in Cleveland is only going to become even more uncomfortable this offseason. It already has been uncomfortable at times, according to league sources. Drummond is eligible for an extension this offseason and when the Cavaliers obtained him at the deadline, his Bird Rights came with him as well. This means that Cleveland could extend Drummond up to five years at a higher rate compared to what he can get on the open market, about $34.5 million annually. According to league sources, both Drummond and the Cavaliers have been discussing a possible extension for a while now. But, according to those same sources, there’s a noticeable gap in terms of how much money both sides are willing to agree to.
May 12, 2021 | 12:30 pm EDT Update
JD Shaw: The Orlando Magic have signed forward Ignas Brazdeikis for the remainder of the season, the team announced.
In Young’s first two years, the Hawks’ season was effectively over by now and the only intrigue surrounding the team was if it could increase its lottery odds. This is new territory for Young with just three games remaining amid the fight for the four seed.
“It’s more fun having something you’re pushing for and every game mean something,” Young said. “I think that’s what is making this more fun. Usually, at this point of the year, we’re just playing and trying to win a game but it’s not for anything at the end of the season. To actually be playing games and for it to mean something each game and each day is a lot better for sure.”
May 12, 2021 | 12:17 pm EDT Update
Rodriguez and Lore emerged recently as the likely next owners of the NBA’s Timberwolves. The deal, which is expected to include the Minnesota Lynx WNBA team, may be valued at about $1.5 billion, ESPN has reported, with Rodriguez and Lore initially joining as limited partners.
But their 30-day exclusive negotiating window to purchase the team from Glen Taylor ended without a formal deal and the two sides continue to negotiate, ESPN reported Tuesday. Lore told Bloomberg that the talks with Taylor are “ongoing, and going well,” adding that “we’re getting close to the finish line.”