Shams Charania: Free agent Michael Carter-Williams has agreed to a deal to return to the Orlando Magic, sources tell @The Athletic @Stadium.
Analysis: Another factor to consider is playing time. Are there teams out there that would offer Carter-Williams a larger role than he would have on the Magic? If there are, those opportunities could be counterbalanced by the mutual respect between Carter-Williams and Magic coaches. Odds he returns: 50 percent
Maybe Orlando ticks up his pay to keep him around. They seem to value continuity. His stock could rise some with a strong showing in the bubble. But most insiders around the league presume he will remain available at the minimum. If so, he’s as intriguing a piece as the Warriors may find bargain bin shopping for a backup point guard.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent guard Michael Carter-Williams has agreed to a one-year deal to return to the Orlando Magic, league source tells ESPN.
The Magic signed Carter-Williams to a second 10-day contract on Monday, and it appears certain the team will sign him for the remainder of the season when that contract expires on Apr. 4. If Orlando makes the playoffs, the Magic would have to waive someone for Carter-Williams to be playoff eligible. The reason? Because Mo Bamba, Isaiah Briscoe, Markelle Fultz and Timofey Mozgov were all dealing with long-term injuries that prevent them from playing, the NBA granted the Magic an injury hardship waiver to allow Carter-Williams to become the 16th player on a conventional contract on their roster.
But if a team finishes the regular season with 16 or more players on its roster, a player signed via a hardship waiver would be ineligible to play or practice during the postseason. If a team finishes the regular season with 15 or fewer players on its roster, any of those 15 would be playoff eligible, even if he was signed via a hardship exception (assuming he was otherwise eligible). The two most likely candidates to be waived would be Jerian Grant or Briscoe.
Josh Robbins: The Magic intend to sign Michael Carter-Williams to a 10-day contract to improve their point guard depth. The team applied for an injury hardship exception and was granted that exception.
The Orlando Magic have signed free agent guard Michael Carter-Williams to a 10-day contract, President of Basketball Operations Jeff Weltman announced today.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Six players hit waivers at 5 PM: MarShon Brooks, Michael Carter-Williams, Patrick McCaw, James Nunnally, Lorenzo Brown and Ron Baker. Rest of non-guaranteed contracts are locked in for season now.
Jonathan Feigen: Rockets announce the signing of Michael Carter-Williams. Signed a one-year minimum deal. MCW sat with Mike D'Antoni and John Lucas at yesterday's summer league game in Las Vegas.
Free agent guard Michael Carter-Williams, who played this past season with the Charlotte Hornets, is thrilled to have reached an agreement on a one-year contract with the Houston Rockets. "It’s a great moment," Carter-Williams said in an interview with FOX 26 Sports. I get to play on a team that’s a contender for a championship. I’m really looking forward to it. It’s a great opportunity for myself, and I just really want to go in there and just help the team any way I can.”
He is looking forward to playing with James Harden and Chris Paul. "I’m excited," Carter-Williams said. "They are two great players in this league. James, obviously is the MVP. I just can’t wait to learn from them, and help be a part of their success.
When All-Star Kemba Walker approached Hornets general manager Rich Cho about signing free agent Michael Carter-Williams, Cho said he couldn't help but lend an ear. "Anytime your best player is endorsing another player and is excited about acquiring another player you have to listen," Cho said.
Now Carter-Williams is eager to get his career back on track and said Walker is a "big part of the reason" why he chose to sign with Charlotte. "I can learn a lot from him," Carter-Williams said of Walker. "He was eager to play with me as much as I am to play with him."
Charlotte Hornets General Manager Rich Cho announced today that the team has signed guard Michael Carter-Williams. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Charlotte with the one-year, $2.7M Michael Carter-Williams signing now has $112M in guaranteed contracts. The Hornets are $7M below the $119M luxury tax and still have part of the $5.7M mid-level available along with the $3.2M bi-annual.
Chris Haynes: Michael Carter-Williams and Charlotte agree to one-year, $2.7 million deal, league sources tell ESPN.
Michael Carter-Williams: So happy to be joining the hornets this year! Thank you to Chicago for having me I appreciate. Time to move to the next chapter! BUZZZZCITY
Marc J. Spears: PG Michael Carter-Williams got a call from the Rockets last night, a source said. New York, OKC, Dallas, NO & Charlotte have interest, too.
David Kaplan: Bulls will not submit a qualifying offer to Michael Carter-Williams + he will become unrestricted free agent. Per John Paxson on @ESPN1000
Traded twice in four seasons, Carter-Williams is looking forward to restricted free agency. He didn't rule out a return to the Bulls. "This is the first time I have control," he said. "I want to feel that comfort where I can get better, and be in a good situation."
January 28, 2021 | 9:27 am EST Update
“I talked to him about” the reports, Kerr said after the game. “It’s unfortunate. A team (New Orleans) called us and asked us, didn’t even make us an offer, just asked about Kelly. Next thing we know, it’s online. This is sort of modern NBA, modern life.
“I tell the players all the time and I told Kelly today, this is where you really earn your money. The basketball part is the easy part. Packing up your family and leaving, getting injured, getting booed, or reading your name in trade rumors, those thing are not easy. So I was really proud of Kelly. He handled it really well. “We texted this afternoon, and I told him just now how proud I was of him, because it’s not easy to play through that stuff, and he came in and had one of his best games.”
That isn’t the case with Richaun Holmes. Former general manager Vlade Divac found a diamond in the rough during the summer of 2019 and the Kings’ starting center would love nothing more than to stick around when his two-year contract expires this summer. “Absolutely,” Holmes said on a recent taping of Kings Central on NBC Sports California. “I absolutely love playing in Sacramento. Love the fans in Sacramento. Love stepping out in that arena with Sacramento across my jersey. So I would love to play here and hopefully everything works out, but Sacramento is a great place to play. They’ve embraced me with open arms and it’s somewhere I can definitely see myself playing.”
Justin Kubatko: Bradley Beal made NBA history last night, some good, some bad: ⬆️ 39th player to reach 25 40-point games. ⬆️ 5th player to open a season with 13 straight 25-point games. ⬇️ 1st player to lose 10 straight 40-point games. ⬇️ Worst W% among players with 10 40-point games (.240). pic.twitter.com/qBaZI0GJai
Shaquille O’Neal thinks the usual Super Bowl pre-game coverage is super lame — so he’s created his own event with a ton of his famous friends … and he’s calling it, “The Shaq Bowl.” Superstars like Tim Tebow, Ezekiel Elliott, Diplo, The Miz, Anthony Anderson, Nelly, Offset and more are all booked to compete in various crazy events at a custom-built Shaq Bowl stadium in Tampa on Feb. 7.
“I think it’s a big part for me to help this team, and if we are going to take the next step I think it’s all on me,” Monk said after the Hornets’ 116-110 loss to Indiana at Spectrum Center on Wednesday night. “So I’ll take the pressure. I’ll take it.”