Marc J. Spears: Former NBA big man @Marreese Speights will be joining @thebig3 Bivouac as a co-captain and a player, sources said.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Lakers completed workouts and meetings with Dwight Howard and Joakim Noah on Thursday and have Mo Speights at the team’s facility today, league sources tell ESPN. Both Howard and Noah left impressions that they could be helpful to the team.
Alex Kennedy: Marreese Speights will work out for the Lakers on Friday, according to sources. Frank Vogel and Ryan West (who's no longer with the Lakers) attended Speights' free-agent workout in Las Vegas last month. L.A. is also expected to work out Dwight Howard and Joakim Noah, as Woj said.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Sources: Lakers planning individual workouts to evaluate centers Joakim Noah, Dwight Howard and Mo Speights this week in Los Angeles. Another consideration currently overseas: Marcin Gortat. Lakers want a window into physical condition and mindset of a potential addition.
Marc J. Spears: Former NBA forward @Mospeights16 is working out for NBA teams on Wednesday in Las Vegas. He played in China last season.
Marreese Speights: It’s go time 🔥👍🏾🙏 it’s different than I am used to but I am ready to start the next chapter of my life.. it’s a blessing to be able to play basketball all over the world.. GOD is GOOD.. #MoBucketsChina #longlions #guangzhou #11year #blessed🙏
Marc J. Spears: Orlando Magic free agent forward Marreese Speights is nearing a lucrative deal with the Guangzhou Long-Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association, a source said.
David 'Dubi' Pick: Source: NBA veteran free-agent Marreese Speights is nearing an agreement on a deal to sign in China with the Guangzhou Long Lions.
Jeff Zillgitt: Marreese Speights headed to the Magic on a one-year, veteran's minimum deal ($2.1M), I'm told.
David 'Dubi' Pick: Marreese Speights is on course to signing a deal with the Orlando Magic, according to source.
David 'Dubi' Pick: NBA shooting center Mo Speights and the Orlando Magic had face-to-face meeting, according to source.
The Clippers’ revolving cast of reserves will continue this summer with the likely departure of free agents Raymond Felton, Brandon Bass, Mo Speights and Alan Anderson. If the team is committed to having three max contracts (Paul, Griffin and DeAndre Jordan), it has to have success with its mid-level exception and draft picks to have some bench stability. This is where the team needs to improve the most.
Bobby Marks: Mo Speights would have earned $2.1m next season. LAC restricted to $2.5m (non-bird) or tax ML ($5.2m) to bring him back.
Reserve center Marreese Speights is expected to opt out of his deal that would pay him $1.4 million next season. He has to inform the Clippers by June 22 of his decision.
The L.A. Clippers today announced that they have signed free agent center/power forward Marreese Speights to a contract.
Diamond Leung: Clippers' Marreese Speights jokes on knowing Warriors secrets: "Oh yeah, I got a lot of scouting reports for them." http://bit.ly/2a6Ktcv
Free-agent forward Marreese Speights has signed a multiyear contract with the Los Angeles Clippers, he told The Undefeated.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent Marreese Speights has reached agreement on a deal with the Los Angeles Clippers, league sources tell @TheVertical.
On his prospects for returning to the Warriors last year, Speights remained non-committal. But he wants to come back. "It's been a hell of a lot of fun," he said. "I feel like I put myself in position on this team and in this city to make a name for myself and be one of the core guys who's been here. It would be best to be back here, but I understand it's a business. I'm going to give everything in these Finals, and after that, whatever happens happens."
“I think people know that everyone on this team is more valuable than their contract says just from the basis of what they’ve given up,” Bogut said. “You look at a guy like (Andre) Iguodala and even Mo Speights right now, Festus, all these guys probably could make more on other teams. Mo’s been absolutely huge for us this season, and someone’s obviously going to give him a lot of money. Hopefully, it’s us.”
The Warriors hold the team option on forward/center Marreese Speights, and general manager Bob Myers says they’re likely to bring back the man nicknamed “Mo Buckets.” “He was good for us,” Myers said Thursday night, “so I think we’re inclined to. “We’ve just got to meet tomorrow to discuss those options . . . I would think we’re leaning that way. But we haven’t committed to it. We haven’t talked to his agent and decided it 100 percent.”
November 27, 2020 | 6:18 am EST Update
Real Madrid lost star guard Facu Campazzo to the NBA (the Denver Nuggets to be specific) and there is a reported possibility that this may also happen with another player of the team. According to Marca, Real Madrid forward Gabriel Deck will be using the exit clause on his contract with “Blancos” and sign with an NBA club even next week if his team doesn’t present him with an extension offer really soon. There are some NBA teams that have “shown an interest” for the Argentinian player and he’s ready to make the jump, unless something changes with his contract situation with Real.
One longtime league executive said the past week was the most hectic of his career. In addition to the draft and free agency crammed together in an abbreviated offseason, there are so many other less-publicized tasks that teams are trying to sort through, from COVID-19 protocols to fans possibly attending games to scheduling. It’s wild to think that regular-season games are scheduled to tip off in less than a month.
Olgun Uluc: An interesting development: Brisbane Bullets big-man, Tyrell Harrison, has been classified by the NBPA as eligible for the 2021 NBA Draft, his agent tells ESPN. The Kiwi is 21 years old, a legit 7-foot, and should get a minutes bump with Magnay gone. An intriguing, raw prospect.
For example, every day at 5 a.m., inside room 950 in the Gran Destino (where all the top-seeded teams stayed), Masai Ujiri would wake up, read his book, hop on the Peloton, and work out before heading down for breakfast. He thought nothing of his daily ritual until one morning, several weeks into the bubble, when he got a text from another former player of his: “Morning boss, you good up there?” The text was from Kawhi Leonard—Finals MVP with the Raptors, now a star on the Clippers—who was staying in room 850, directly below his old boss. Ujiri had been waking Kawhi up with his noisy workouts for weeks, but Kawhi was reluctant to say anything.
Ujiri told Kawhi that he would stop for the time being and joked that he would continue again when the Raptors met the Clippers in the Finals, messing with Kawhi’s sleep. Kawhi responded with the kind of trash talk that’s best read aloud in Kawhi’s dry monotone: “Haha, you know the saying ‘Don’t poke the bear’? I’m gonna call the NBA on you…get you out the bubble.”
NBA star Markelle Fultz is taking Wakanda Forever literally … he just got a foot-long image of the Black Panther tattooed on his thigh — and it’s AMAZING!! TMZ Sports has learned back in the summer, Fultz hit up “Ink Master” star Roly T-Rex about getting some ink done. And, with Chadwick Boseman’s death and the Black Lives Matter movement at its peak … the two got to thinking a “Black Panther” piece would be perfect.
November 27, 2020 | 1:58 am EST Update
And as is usually the case when the Celtics don’t turn a highly publicized rumor into a reality, we’re getting a reason why that deal never went through. According to ESPN’s Zach Lowe, the Celtics were never really that high on Turner. Boston apparently didn’t see him as a very big upgrade to their frontcourt, and was even exploring other deals to trade Turner had the deal with Indiana come to fruition. “Talking to people and reading the tea leaves as best I could, it really comes down to the Celtics didn’t want Myles Turner,” Lowe said on The Lowe Post Podcast. “I did hear from some teams around the league that the Celtics have done some preliminary research on what Myles Turner’s trade value would have been to them had they acquired him either in this deal or in a separate deal, and obviously didn’t like what they saw.”
For quite some time during his 2020 offseason, Marc Gasol was rumored to be considering a return to Europe and his native Spain by joining Barcelona. Now a player of the Los Angeles Lakers, Gasol shut down those rumors as pure speculation, saying that there wasn’t even a talk with Barcelona. “That was not accurate at all,” Gasol said when asked how close he was to going back to Spain during first official presser by the Los Angeles Lakers. “I think someone made that assumption just because I’m not very ‘out there’ and communicate on things. I think people just try to make that decision for me and thought that was a very good time to try it. I never stated that. I was never close to that. I never even spoke to Barcelona about it.” “That came as surprise to me but that’s the world we’re living now. You’re hearing something and everybody runs with it,” Gasol added.