NBA rumors: Alex Len on Wizards' radar

Washington is expected to check in on Len if he does clear waivers, according to someone familiar with their plans. It is unclear how strong their interest would be, as they are exploring several options.

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Free-agent center Alex Len has agreed to a two-year, $8.5 million deal with the Atlanta Hawks, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Len received interest from several teams in recent days before finalizing an agreement with the Hawks on Saturday.
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Shams Charania: Free agent center Alex Len is finalizing a deal with the Atlanta Hawks, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
Michael Scotto: Alex Len and the Hawks have agreed to a two-year, $8.5 million deal, league sources told The Athletic. Deal is fully guaranteed.
Other than the Lakers, the Pelicans might not have much other competition for Cousins. The Mavericks were once interested, but already verbally agreed to sign center DeAndre Jordan. The Wizards are considered a sign-and-trade possibility, though sources have told me that’s a longshot, with Suns center Alex Len a more realistic target. That leaves the Lakers and Pelicans.
Meanwhile, the Dallas Mavericks are in search of center help -- “July 1 is right around the corner, bro,'' coach Rick Carlisle said, adding, "We'll address it'' -- and while Len is unlikely to be "the solution,'' a source tells DBcom that he could be "part'' of the solution. "We're looking at everything and every guy,'' the source said.
The Suns will be busy before July 1. Expect them to renounce their rights to center Alex Len and point guard Elfrid Payton, making them both free agents. Ayton’s addition has made Len expendable, and while Phoenix still needs point-guard help, Payton’s inconsistent play last season and, more importantly, his $10 million cap hold figure, likely means he’s played his last game in a Suns uniform. Letting Len and Payton walk will put Phoenix approximately $10 million under the cap.
The game is a reminder of what Phoenix thought Len could be when it made him the fifth overall pick in the 2013 draft. But as the season comes to a close and Len heads into the summer as an unrestricted free agent, it’s clear that after five mostly unfulfilling years, Len will be with a different team in 2018-19. “Probably,” Len told azcentral sports in a one-on-one discussion prior to the game against Detroit.
Len isn’t closing the door on returning to the Suns. But he gets it. General Manager Ryan McDonough has said finding a center in either the draft or via free agency is the organization’s highest priority. Tyson Chandler has one more year left on his contract, and Alan Williams proved last season he can be an effective backup – as well as a fan favorite. That doesn’t leave any room for Len and, frankly, he’s fine with that. “I’m looking forward to this offseason,” he said. “I think it’s going to be exciting. It’s the first time I’m actually going to have a chance to go where I want to go.”
Len said he’d like to sign with a team that will give him a chance to be a starter, but he’s also willing to be a backup on a contending club. More than anything, he said, he wants to play for an organization that knows what it wants, rather than for one in a constant state of churn. “The last few years we’ve had three different coaches, the roster was changing every year. There was never really any consistency,” Len said. “It was like starting over every year. Yeah, stability and consistency will be something I definitely look for.”
If Len, 24, keeps this up, he’ll be an attractive unrestricted free agent next summer and the Suns will have to decide just how much they want to spend to try to keep him. One NBA scout said Len could receive a four-year deal worth up to $15 million per year. But that’s a puzzle for 2018. Right now, Len and Chandler are an ideal combo platter for the Suns.
Barring an unforeseen change of events, Phoenix Suns center Alex Len is planning to sign the team's $4.2 million qualifying offer before training camp, clearing the way to become an unrestricted free agent in 2018, league sources told ESPN.
League sources said there was an initial offer made by the Suns early in free agency that did not meet Len’s expectations. It’s unclear if the Suns still have a multi-year offer on the table (they did in mid-July according to sources). The Suns remain significantly under the $99 million 2017-18 salary cap and are carrying a $12.059 million cap hold on Len.
McDonough said nothing has changed regarding the status of restricted free-agent center Alex Len, who has until Oct. 1 to sign the Suns’ one-year, $4.2 million qualifying offer. Center Nerlens Noel recently signed his one-year, $4.1 million qualifying offer from the Dallas Mavericks but when asked if he thought that might affect Len’s position, McDonough said, “You’ll have to ask Alex.”
The Suns now have $10M in cap space after the Leandro Barbosa waiver and can create up to $25M. Phoenix however would have to let restricted free agent Alex Len go in order to create such room.
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Kevin Love unlikely to return before All-Star break

Cleveland Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love is on this quick two-game trip with his teammates so he can continue to rehab a high-grade strained right calf, but the five-time All-Star is “unlikely” to return until after the NBA All-Star break, league sources tell cleveland.com.
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Kevin Durant to still serve as All-Star captain

The Brooklyn Nets’ Kevin Durant will still serve as an NBA All-Star Game captain despite a hamstring injury that will keep him from playing. Durant and fellow All-Star Game captain LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers will each draft a roster out of the pool of selected All-Stars. The All-Star draft will air on TNT on March 4. It remained unclear whether Durant will travel to Atlanta for the game on March 7.
A Knicks official said Rivers was at the Garden, but in the back getting treatment for a sore ankle. Rivers was not listed on the pregame injury report submitted to the NBA. On the box score, Rivers was listed with a DNP-Coach’s Decision. Earlier this week, Rivers said of his situation: “I can’t control if I’m traded today, tomorrow or the next day. What I can control is how I am as a player.’’
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That doesn’t mean he’s a finished product. There’s a reason the Raptors signed him with G League intentions and not for the NBA roster. The 10-day contract (about $82,000) affords them six games to see how he can fit and progress in their environment. It’s an audition by another name, and not the first time the Raptors have used a 10-day to get a 905 look at a prospect. “This gives us a chance to get Donta down in our system, teach him our ins and outs and the way we operate our offence, our defence, our schemes, and see how he looks running those,” general manager Chad Sanders said. “With Tampa just down the street, it’s a chance for us to get him out there and get some reps and get a chance to evaluate him for the big club.”
Among active superstars, Doncic’s game might be most similar to that of perennial MVP candidate James Harden, who acknowledged Saturday night that he considers those comparisons legitimate. “There are some similarities,” Harden said after the Mavs’ 115-98 road win snapped the Brooklyn Nets’ eight-game winning streak. “He never lets anyone speed him up, and he gets what he wants. That’s rare for a guy at a young age. I think he’s 21 years old. And to be able to dictate the game and control the game like he does, we all know he has a very, very bright future. “The Mavs got a special one.”
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