NBA rumors: Cavs releasing Thon Maker, Yogi Ferrell

Chris Fedor: #Cavs will waive Thon Maker and Yogi Ferrell, sources tell @clevelanddotcom

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Adrian Wojnarowski: The Detroit Pistons aren't extending a qualifying offer to Thon Maker and he'll become an unrestricted free agent, source tells ESPN.
Maker, by default, was able to show more, but his future with the organization is also in limbo. Whenever free agency finally does open, Maker has a qualifying offer of roughly $4.9 million for next season. Sources told The Athletic earlier this year that it was “very unlikely” the Pistons would extend that offer, eventually turning Maker into an unrestricted free agent. I have no indication the team has changed its stance on that.
Thon Maker. Contract status: Restricted free agent this summer (qualifying offer: $4,861,854). Odds he returns: 50 percent. Analysis: Maker is all heart and hustle, and I believe that will keep him around the NBA for some years. As far as skills go, I don’t think he does anything particularly well, but he’s only 23 and has shown flashes of being a decent spot-up shooter from distance. I thought he was starting to figure out how to use his length and long arms more to his benefit this season, and I think he has a role as a bench player for some years. I don’t think, though, there’s any way the Pistons give him his qualifying offer, even with cap space to use and a rebuild ahead, which will make him an unrestricted free agent. I don’t see Maker being high on other teams’ free-agency boards. If he comes back to Detroit, it’ll be for less than $4 million a year.
The coronavirus pandemic has forced the NBA and almost every other sports league in the world to pause, however, the Makers are determined to stay fit and ready for the day they are allowed to compete again. All three Makers are approaching critical points in their careers. Detroit Pistons' Thon is in the fourth and possibly final year of his NBA contract. If the Pistons do not offer him a qualifying offer he can test the free market.
Matt Velazquez: The Bucks are picking up Thon Maker's fourth-year option as well as D.J. Wilson's third-year option. Bucks "love" both players and see them as important to the team both now and in the future. Deadline for deciding on options for players on rookie-scale contracts is tomorrow.
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Simone Fontecchio doesn't close the door on the NBA

The 25-year-old averaged 19.3 points in his four games at these Olympics, leading the Italians to the quarterfinals. A 6-foot-8 wing, Fontecchio has flirted with the NBA before, had a draft workout with Boston before not getting selected in 2015, and hasn’t ruled out leaving Europe. “I just think it’s all about opportunity to show your potential,“Fontecchio said. “Right now, I’m happy where I am … but the future, you never know what’s going to happen,”
Greek basketball superstar and NBA champion Giannis Antetokounmpo cancelled celebrations scheduled for his old neighbourhood Sepolia out of respect for the difficult times the country is living through due to the devastating fires. “I hope we don’t have victims from the fires” said Gianni on his personal twitter account. Initially scheduled for today, 4 August, Gianni went on twitter to announce that his arrival and celebrations at Sepolia will be put on hold, but promises to announce a different date when circumstances permit.
TMZ Sports has obtained video showing the controversial arrest of New Orleans Pelicans center Jaxson Hayes … an incident LAPD is now investigating for possible use of excessive force. The clip starts with 21-year-old Hayes — the #8 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft — tussling on the ground with 3 police officers who are attempting to control and cuff Jaxson. One of the cops presses his taser against the Pelican center’s chest and shocks him.
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