For the last 10 days, Marshall guard Taevion Kinsey spent time talking with agents and NBA personnel after entering his name in the pool for the 2021 NBA Draft. The more he spoke with those representatives, the more Kinsey said his decision became clear. On Friday, Kinsey made his decision official, announcing that he remove his name from the NBA Draft pool to return to the Thundering Herd in the 2021-22 season.
July 6, 2022 | 3:41 pm EDT Update
Sources say the Cavs are still hopeful and optimistic about a Collin Sexton deal. Both sides want a deal — at the right price. There’s not only been positive recent dialogue but potential Sexton suitors continue to dwindle, with few cap-space teams capable of giving him the lucrative offer he covets and one the Cavs wouldn’t want to match. In many ways, Sexton’s situation has played out exactly how the Cavs anticipated, validating their belief about restricted free agency being advantageous and the market being in their favor, especially with Sexton coming off an 11-game season and significant meniscus tear. ‘He has no market,’ an opposing executive told cleveland.com.
Now it’s about Sexton and Cleveland trying to close that financial gap. Sources maintain Sexton wants ‘starting guard money with an annual salary that starts with a 2, not a 1.’ The Cavs are more comfortable with a yearly deal in the low-to-mid teens. Those negotiations will continue, and there’s a real chance Sexton plays this season on the $7.2 million qualifying offer, allowing him to rebuild his value and become an unrestricted free agent following the season. Still, there’s time to sort through that.
Harrison Wind: Michael Malone on Jamal Murray’s Tuesday scrimmage: “He looked mobile, agile and hostile. He looked confident. That’s the most important thing to me. I wasn’t charting his makes and misses. I was trying to see the confidence level. How was he moving, defensively…he looked good.”
Sean Cunningham: The trade of Kevin Huerter from Atlanta to the Sacramento Kings is now official. GM Monte McNair says “his ability to create shots and score will make him an instant asset to our team.” pic.twitter.com/ioDQmpKQDh
Sean Cunningham: Malik Monk’s signing with the Sacramento Kings is official. GM Monte McNair says “Malik Monk is an elite shooter, fierce competitor and tremendous athlete. We’re thrilled to have him join us in Sacramento.”