Johnson, 34, has played for seven NBA teams, including Toronto twice, and understands the trade deadline uncertainties as well as any player. “It is part of the business,” he said. “You work hard on your game, and it’s not for everybody. Every team you get on, every situation you get on, it may not be the situation for you, so you continue to work. “You’re on an interview every time that you get minutes on the court, so you’ve got to do your job as hard as you can and as best as you can when you get your minutes.”
Dwain Price: The #Mavs have acquired F James Johnson from OKC in a 3-team trade. The Mavs shipped F Justin Jackson to OKC and G Delon Wright to the Pistons, who sent F Trevor Ariza to OKC. The Thunder also received a 2023 2nd-round pick from DAL or Miami, and a 2026 2nd-round pick from DAL.
Marc Stein: One more time amid the madness so we're all clear: Dallas gets James Johnson (from OKC) Detroit gets Delon Wright (from Dallas) OKC gets Trevor Ariza (from Detroit), Justin Jackson (Dallas) and draft compensation to be explained later
Nate Duncan: By trading for James Johnson, Dallas clears Delon Wright's $8.5m for 2021-22. With that an Curry trade, now project for $35m in space in 2021.
Marc Stein: Oklahoma City has agreed to trade James Johnson to Dallas for Delon Wright and Justin Jackson, league sources say
Dane Moore: The Timberwolves' trade for Ricky Rubio, according to Gersson Rosas: Minnesota receives: Ricky Rubio, No. 28 (Jaden McDaniels) Oklahoma City receives: James Johnson, No. 17 (Aleksej Pokusevski), Minnesota's 2024 2nd round pick A little different mechanically than expected.
Shams Charania: Minnesota is trading James Johnson to Oklahoma City as part of the Ricky Rubio trade, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium .
Shams Charania: Timberwolves forward James Johnson has opted into his $16M deal for 2020-21 season, sources tell @The Athletic @Stadium.
“Today is a very good day because we think the acquisition of Andre, Jae and Solomon will help us with our versatility and create a more balanced roster,” said HEAT President Pat Riley. “Today is also a sad day because we lose three very good players who have been part of our family. We wish Justise, James and Dion nothing but the best in the future.”
Adrian Wojnarowski: Minnesota has joined the Miami-Memphis deal -- and will trade Gorgui Dieng for James Johnson, league source tells ESPN.
Jeff Siegel: If my math is right, Memphis will have a 940k TPE for Iguodala's salary minus Johnson's incoming number and trade Hill and Crowder for Winslow and Waiters. Miami will trade Winslow and Waiters for Iguodala and Hill, then generate a 7.53M TPE for Johnson minus Crowder.
Jeff Siegel: Miami will have to pay James Johnson his $896,202 trade bonus. That amount will be included on the Grizzlies' books.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Miami has agreed to trade Justise Winslow, Dion Waiters and James Johnson to Memphis for Andre Iguodala, Solomon Hill and Jae Crowder, league sources tell ESPN. No picks in the deal.
May 17, 2021 | 7:44 am EDT Update
Birch certainly gives the impression that he would love to be back with Toronto and it’s hard to imagine the Raptors wouldn’t have a role for him. But he’ll be 29 next season, so the contract will have to be right also. He’s coming off a two-year deal that paid him $6 million and would doubtless like some security on his next deal. “I think [on-court] fit and financial is probably what’s tied right now,” said Birch. “I’ve seen a lot of guys who actually go for financial but they get flushed out after their contracts [are over]. So I think fit is very important because I don’t want to just be the kind of guy who gets money and gets flushed out. I actually want to have a career and play a big part on a championship-level team or just win. That’s my goal.”
Sports tech company Genius Sports is partnering with the National Basketball Association’s league in Africa, which will see the firm provide official real-time stats and incorporate new technology. The agreement, announced Monday, could be the first step in introducing a wave of new sports data and gaming features for media and betting companies.
Genius is a major player in sports. This deal will allow the company to innovate with BAL and create second- and third-screen engagement for viewers. Genius has clients including top sports betting companies Penn National, DraftKings and Fan Duel, and networks including Disney’s ESPN and ViacomCBS.
May 17, 2021 | 4:43 am EDT Update
With a first-round rematch between their teams set, Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic said there are no hard feelings remaining from the heated rivalry that he developed with LA Clippers forward Marcus Morris Sr. during last season’s playoff series. According to Doncic, Morris apologized to him during a game earlier this season about stepping on the back of Doncic’s left ankle in Game 5, a controversial play that the Mavs considered dirty with their star playing on a sprained ankle.
“He’s a hell of a player, hell of a defender,” said Doncic, who averaged 31 points, 9.8 rebounds and 8.7 assists per game in last season’s series during his first NBA postseason. “Trash talk is always there, and if it’s not, you’re not really competing. It’s going to be great.”
When The Athletic recently asked Martins whether the team intends to extend Weltman’s contract, Martins said it is team policy not to comment publicly on contract discussions. But Martins also indicated that he and the DeVos family have been pleased with the performance of Weltman and GM John Hammond.