JD Shaw: Orlando re-signs Gary Clark. “Gary showed that he has the ability to compete with anyone during the NBA restart,” president of basketball ops Jeff Weltman said. “He can both make shots and provide great effort on the defensive end. We are happy to have Gary return to Orlando.”
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent Gary Clark has agreed to a two-year, $4.1M deal to stay with Orlando, source tells ESPN.
Shams Charania: Free agent swingman Gary Clark has agreed to a second 10-day contract with the Orlando Magic, league sources tell @The Athletic @Stadium.
Josh Robbins: Asked about not signing forward Gary Clark to a second 10-day contract, Steve Clifford responded, “It’s a possibility. It’s being worked on now. That’s all I can really say.”
Josh Robbins: The Magic have signed forward Gary Clark to a 10-day contract and have released point guard Josh Magette, team officials said.
Bobby Marks: As expected, Chriss (and Gary Clark) cleared waivers. Golden St. was hoping a waiver claim would give them more room under the hard cap.
Shams Charania: The Rockets are waiving swingman Gary Clark, league sources tell @The Athletic @Stadium.
Tim MacMahon: Rockets are waiving forward Gary Clark, source confirms, adding that Houston could bring him back on a team-friendly deal similar to the one recently signed by guard Chris Clemons. The rest of Clark's salary would have been guaranteed today.
Tim MacMahon: The Rockets could also end up filling the open roster spot with a player from the buyout market, per source.
Mark Berman: #Rockets rookie forward @Gary Clark , who signed his new 3-year contract today in Utah, on having to earn every bit of it: "It means a lot b/c that's my story,all the way back before Cincinnati,not having anything & earning it all & proving everyone wrong. It's a great feeling"
Clark has been in the regular rotation for so long, some might have forgotten he’s still on a two-way contract. With the recent tweaks to how two-way days are counted, Clark’s 45 days should expire somewhere around mid-December. Nothing is set in stone yet, but Houston and Clark’s representatives have had initial discussions about converting his deal to a standard NBA contract, a source told The Athletic. The discussions have been positive so far — Houston wants Clark in a Rockets uniform and both parties want to come to an agreement.
Kelly Iko: The Houston Rockets will convert undrafted forward Gary Clark’s deal to a two-way contract, per his agent @austingwalton. He will have a chance to contribute right away, until the start of the G-League season on November 2.
Mark Berman: #Rockets rookie forward @Gary11_Clark, undrafted free agent,on signing his contract: "It was pretty cool. It was surreal because, finally, the people upstairs were saying you're a Rocket now. It still hasn't hit me yet. I haven't even told my mom yet. This is my biggest moment so far"
May 26, 2022 | 2:50 pm EDT Update
Chris Haynes: Golden State Warriors forward Otto Porter Jr. (foot) is not expected to play tonight in Game 5 against the Dallas Mavericks, league sources tell @YahooSports.
Michael Singer: Have heard two names who could be joining Tim Connelly in Minnesota, per sources: Darrell Arthur and Dell Demps. Arthur recently started working for the #Nuggets, and Demps gave Connelly one of his first breaks in New Orleans. Both are very close with Connelly.
League sources say the Grizzlies have already signaled to agents that their pick at No. 47 will almost certainly be on a two-way, if it’s a domestic player at all, because there is just no room left to roster another player.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have been named to the list of the Top 25 Most Innovative Teams in The World for 2022, as announced by Sports Innovation Lab. As part, the team ranks 11th overall and 4th across all U.S. professional sports teams behind just the Philadelphia 76ers (5th), Atlanta Braves (7th) and Dallas Mavericks (9th). In total, the U.S. list included nine NBA teams, three MLB teams, two NFL teams and one NHL team. This is the first time the Timberwolves have been named to this prestigious list.
Clutch Points: LeBron James stops by at the I Promise School and the kid’s reactions are priceless 😍 pic.twitter.com/NCBW54NpTb
May 26, 2022 | 12:37 pm EDT Update
And the Rivers rumors? Seems the players, and perhaps general manager Rob Pelinka, too, would rather see an experienced, win-now coach on the sidelines. “If LeBron could pick,” the executive said, “it’s pretty certain he’d pick Doc.” The exec was quick to point out that the Lakers had hoed to be united on the coaching front, considering their last foray into a coaching hire, in 2019, was bungled. The team pursued Ty Lue then but would not meet his contract request, and lost out on Monty Williams to Phoenix almost at the same time. Recently fired coach Frank Vogel was the Lakers’ third choice.
Most of the front office, it seems, has zeroed in on Darvin Ham, with former head coaches Terry Stotts (Portland) and Kenny Atkinson (Brooklyn) also in the mix. Ham was briefly an assistant with the Lakers, and according to league sources, he is the favorite of the Phil Jackson-Kurt Rambis layer of Lakers decision-makers. “I think those guys want a young coach they can mold a little bit,” one Western Conference executive told Heavy.com. “I do not think Darvin is a pushover by any means. I just think that they want a guy they can point in the direction they want to go, more traditional basketball, using Russell Westbrook a certain way.”
“A lot of teams would rather have that Detroit pick than the Dallas pick, you have more flexibility with second-rounders and they won’t be that far apart,” one GM told Heavy.com. “If they can make a pick swap only, and it costs them the Dallas pick next year and the Detroit second-rounder, it is a lot to give up, but that could land them in the Top 4. It is a significant move for them.”