Ryan Ward: Frank Vogel says “the door is not closed” on Damian Jones. Sounds like the Lakers might be open to bringing him back.
Dan Woike: Sources say the Lakers are not re-signing center Damian Jones for the rest of the season after his second 10-day contract expired. Jones has been a fill-in starter and played well, but hard cap, roster limitations win out in the end.
Adrian Wojnarowski: The Lakers intend to sign center Damian Jones to a second 10-day contract on Thursday, sources tell ESPN.
Ryan Ward: Kyle Kuzma on Damian Jones' Lakers debut: "I think he's got a shot to be here" if he continue to do what he did tonight.
Harrison Faigen: The Lakers just signed Damian Jones to a 10-day contract, per the Lakers.
Shams Charania: The Phoenix Suns are waiving center Damian Jones, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium.
Duane Rankin: OFFICIAL: #Suns signed free agents guards E’Twaun Moore, Langston Galloway and center Damian Jones as well as free agent forward Johnathan Motley, the team announced today. Motley averaged 24 points last season in G League. Has played 46 games with Dallas and L.A. Clippers. pic.twitter.com/zwgITkS3CP
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent C Damian Jones has agreed to a two-year deal with the Phoenix Suns, sources tell ESPN.
Chris Kirschner: Not surprising, but the Hawks will officially not extend qualifying offers to DeAndre' Bembry, Skal Labissiere, Damian Jones and Charlie Brown Jr. They will be unrestricted free agents.
Mark Medina: Warriors officially exercise team option on Damian Jones. My writeup earlier today about it bayareane.ws/2ERh6Oa
The Warriors anticipate exercising Damian Jones team option for the 2019-20 season, a league source told Bay Area News Group. The Warriors have until Wednesday to finalize the decision. Jones, who is making around $1.5 million for the 2018-19 season, will be paid $2.3 million for the 2019-20 season. The Warriors could have saved in both salary and luxury taxes by not guaranteeing Jones’ team option. But that would have made Jones an unrestricted free agent next July and allow him to entertain offers in the open market without having his rights to match them.
Damian Jones is the underdog. With the thinnest resume, he has the most ground to make up to earn Kerr’s trust. Furthermore, he’d like to persuade general manager Bob Myers to pick up the team option for 2019-20, his fourth season. “This is a big year for me, so I’ll have to treat it as a contract year,” Jones conceded to NBC Sports Bay Area this week. “The team option is coming up (an Oct. 31 deadline). I’m going in with the mindset that I’m playing for something. Something big.”
December 8, 2021 | 4:45 pm EST Update
Ros Gold-Onwude: At Trailblazers shootaround today Damian Lillard strongly addressed the rumors and noise: “I’m not asking for a trade.” “My intentions are to be in Portland and to figure it out.” He added he’s in the office w/ Chauncey everyday trying to find solutions, not planning an exit.
Nonetheless, Vogel added he does not harbor any concerns about his job security and that he feels the front office supports him. Buss also noted that Vogel attended a Lakers’ season-ticket holder event on Monday night that also included Buss, Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in attendance. “We’re as connected as any organization can be,” Buss said. “I really don’t know what you’re looking for me to say. I would say until we’re 100 percent healthy, I won’t make any judgments about anything.”
“We’re focused on the job,” Vogel said. “We stay in the moment, focus on the task at hand and try to win the next game and try to get some momentum around our season.” Therefore, Vogel downplayed whether he feels the criticism is unfair or justified. “It’s not up to me,” Vogel said. “I don’t spend a lot of time thinking about it. Really just focused on the job.”
One of sports TV’s power couples has broken up — ex-NBA player Jalen Rose filed for divorce from ESPN host Molly Qerim, TMZ Sports has learned. Court records show Rose filed docs earlier this year … kickstarting the process to end their 2 and a half year marriage. Sources tell us the breakup was amicable and both sides remain cordial.
Mark Cuban: So I was curious to compare 3PT shooting this yr vs last. https://basketball-reference.com/leagues/NBA_2021_totals.html For the top 20 3PAs, last yr for the season, 38.6%, this yr 35%. Crazy thing, this yr 11 of the 20 are < 35%, last yr only 2 were. And only ONE is above 40% this yr vs 4 last yr. Even crazier, if you go to the top 50 in 3PA, last year only ONE player shot under 34%, this year 17 players are shooting under 34%. It's not how the game is being called. I think we are still adjusting to the new ball. Jim Bowling: Isn’t it literally the same leather with a different logo stamped on it? Mark Cuban: No. The seams are completely different. How it breaks in is different and more. Each manufacturer takes their own approach.
December 8, 2021 | 2:36 pm EST Update
Shams Charania: The Chicago Bulls are signing forward Stanley Johnson out of NBA G League’s South Bay Lakers via hardship exemption, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Johnson went to training camp with the Bulls.