Sources say T.J. McConnell is likely staying in Indiana for, at or slightly above, the non-taxpayer MLE. But a more interesting question is if the Pacers can keep Doug McDermott too. Sources say they are trying, but he may have offers for the MLE or above. While the Pacers have Bird rights to pay him, they would need to move a contract (such as Jeremy Lamb’s expiring $10 million deal), to pay McDermott and stay below the tax line.
Sources tell cleveland.com the Cavs are no longer expected to pursue Los Angeles Lakers free agent guard Alex Caruso or Indiana Pacers pesky reserve TJ McConnell -- both of whom will garner interest from several suitors and could command the full mid-level exception, which starts around $9.5 million.
[With Ricky Rubio in the mix], sources tell cleveland.com the Cavs are no longer expected to pursue Los Angeles Lakers free agent guard Alex Caruso or Indiana Pacers pesky reserve TJ McConnell -- both of whom will garner interest from several suitors and could command the full mid-level exception, which starts around $9.5 million.
In more specific terms, given the lack of playmakers, the Cavs would be wise to search for someone to take shot-creation pressure off Garland and Sexton. Indiana Pacers feisty backup floor general TJ McConnell and Los Angeles Lakers rugged defender Alex Caruso are on Cleveland’s free agency target list, sources maintain.
Despite the percentages, McDermott isn’t quite on the same level as the leagues most elite three-point snipers. He doesn’t take as many outside shots each game as the top shooters, which lowers his impact as a perimeter threat. Still, though, McDermott is set up for a raise this summer thanks to his successes over the last three seasons. “They’ve given all indication that they want to be back. And we will have those discussions. They played so well that they’re going to have suitors, there’s no doubt,” Pritchard said when discussing McDermott and free agent point guard T.J. McConnell this offseason.
McDermott should get a contract that starts at a salary figure above those numbers, and since he has organizational familiarity and was part of the Pacers team building strategy in recent seasons, he has more value to the Pacers than an external free agent of equal value. Plus, he plays on the wing, an in-demand position in the NBA and a role that the Pacers are lacking. Thus, it’s logical to think that if the Pacers are going to use most of their space under the luxury tax on one player, McDermott is a strong option. “They just do things the right way. They treat us like professionals. It just feels like a family here,” McDermott said of Indiana. “It’s a great place to live. The fans are amazing.”
Any potential free agency list should start with Indiana’s T.J. McConnell and Los Angeles pest Alex Caruso. Both are Cavs targets. Both fit really well. Some prefer Caruso. He’s younger, bigger, stronger and can guard multiple spots. Others like McConnell more. Even though he doesn’t shoot many 3s, he’s more polished, capable of filling in as starter, puts pressure on the rim and was the league’s total steals leader.
J. Michael Falgoust: #Pacers president Kevin Pritchard on soon-to-be FAs McConnell and McDermott: "They're core to what we've done. They're two feet in on the Pacers. They were super thankful for Nate. ... There's certain roles they're good at. At times we probably played them too much."
The Indiana Pacers will not buy out T.J. McConnell's $3.5 million contract for $1 million, a league source with direct knowledge of the situation tells IndyStar, though they’ve yet to make their intentions official. The league had to reset guarantee dates after COVID-19 interrupted the offseason but has not announced when it would be.
When McConnell was signed to a two-year deal last summer, the Pacers put in a $1 million buyout option on the backup point guard that they could exercise before the draft (which is now Nov. 18). McConnell would become a free agent and the Pacers would save $2.5 million while opening a roster spot.
Pacers: OFFICIAL: We have signed free agent guard T.J. McConnell to a contract. McConnell averaged 6.4 points, 2.3 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game while shooting 52.5 percent from the field over 76 games for the 76ers last season.
Scott Agness: Also, with the Pacers guaranteeing Alize Johnson’s contract for next season, they now have 11 players under contract and two more needing to sign: T.J. McConnell and Edmond Sumner. Two (of 15) roster spots open.
Mark Montieth: Kevin Pritchard told me today he is "in deep negotiations" with TJ McConnell and is hopeful of reaching a contract agreement within the next few days.
Michael Scotto: TJ McConnell’s two-year, $7 million deal with the Indiana Pacers is guaranteed for $1 million in Year 2, a league source told @The Athletic. The agreement was first reported by ESPN.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent TJ McConnell has agreed to deal with Pacers, league source tells ESPN.
John Gambadoro: Suns not shopping the 6th pick for a veteran point guard as per reports. A few names to keep an eye on in free agency are Cory Joseph, Pat Bev, Darren Collison, TJ McConnell. Look if Suns can come away with a true Power Forward, a starting caliber point guard, a backup big who can shoot and a young point guard to develop (draft) they will be on the right path. There is not unlimited money to spend here!
The 76ers expect to see how the season plays out before deciding whether to retain reserve point guard T.J. McConnell, a league source says. The Woj Pod mentioned that the Sixers had some "conversations" about signing McConnell to an extension. The podcast did not suggest that those talks have been serious.
There will be a market for the fourth-year veteran. Teams have already approached the Sixers about acquiring him in a trade. The Phoenix Suns did that in recent weeks, according to several sources. The Suns offered a second-round pick, and the Sixers declined.
September 18, 2021 | 12:10 pm EDT Update
The Rockets have officially re-signed guard Dante Exum and waived Tyler Bey to create a roster space for him, according to the NBA’s transactions log. Hoops Rumors’ JD Shaw was the first to report the Bey transaction (Twitter link). With John Wall not expected to play for the team this season as it seeks to trade him, the Rockets were in the market for another point guard. The Rockets’ interest in Exum surfaced on Tuesday.
When the Timberwolves traded up to get Leandro Bolmaro last November in the 2020 NBA Draft (yes, it was less than a year ago… it still feels weird), the question was would it be a year or two before Bolmaro came over from Barcelona to play in the NBA. The answer is one. Minnesota reached a deal and Bolmaro will be with the Timberwolves in training camp, the team announced Saturday. This is not a surprise; he was expected to come over this season. He will be playing on a rookie scale contract.
September 18, 2021 | 8:54 am EDT Update
There are reports that Anthony Davis will play center for the Los Angeles Lakers this coming season with LeBron James taking the power forward position. In the past AD said that he does not love playing the five but can do it if needed. Lakers legend James Worthy thinks that the best option is to use the former number one pick in the post. “I think initiating Anthony Davis in the post is the best option,” Worthy said on Spectrum SportsNet. “I’ve never been one of those players to say ‘I don’t wanna play three, I wanna play four. I wanna play.’ I don’t know what the problem is, maybe who he defends or where he is on the floor. I think the five is a good spot for him. Because other fives don’t have a shot at guarding him.
“You want to make opponents make adjustments. Him at the five shooting three is going to pull Gobert out and they’re going to have to put somebody small on him and he can take advantage of that. I think he needs to look at what position best suits the team and what position best suits how they wanna play before he just says ‘Ahh, one or the other.’”
When these outlandish claims air nationally, it doesn’t take long to go viral on social media. When it does, everyone talks about it and shares it everywhere. When the comments are negative, it can result in fans saying disrespectful things, but this comment did something different. “You got a bunch of white kids that repeat ‘I want Iguodala!’ all the time. That’s just a cool thing about it. But when you break down real basketball. Nah, I wouldn’t do that,” the Warriors vet furthered.
Scottie Barnes: I remember walking into the green room after Adam Silver called my name, and some people from the front office were waiting for me. We were shaking hands, and making introductions, and I was so excited I could barely get the words out. But there was one main thing that I really wanted to get across about myself: I’m ready to work. Not ease into it, not half-do things or make excuses because I’m one of the new guys. I’m ready to work. I’m ready to grind. I’m ready to WIN. And I could tell that the feeling was definitely mutual. So, to the fans, I want y’all to hear it straight from me: I couldn’t be happier to be here in Toronto.
Shane Young: When speaking after today’s event, Jerry West was asked about Steve Ballmer’s passion for the Clippers and the community: “His enthusiasm is real. There’s not one fake thing in him. There’s not. I admire him a lot.”