The Perth Wildcats have signed star Australian centre Will Magnay for the remainder of the 2020/21 NBL Season. It’s a major coup for the Wildcats, with the 208cm big man only recently becoming available following a stint with the New Orleans Pelicans in the NBA. The 22-year-old is excited to have put pen to paper with the reigning NBL Champions
Olgun Uluc: Will Magnay currently has “multiple offers” from NBL teams, but “hasn’t decided if he’ll play or just train with a team”, his agent, Michael Oakes, tells ESPN. Magnay is currently 8 days into his 14-day mandatory hotel quarantine in Sydney.
Olgun Uluc: More from Magnay’s agent: “...specialist decided not to operate (on bone spurs in his foot) in the end so he’d prefer to be in a team dynamic rather than train on his own with Summer League or Olympics around the corner.”
Will Guillory: The Pelicans are waiving two-way center Will Magnay, per a source. @Shams Charania reported earlier that the team intends to fill that spot with James Nunnally.
Olgun Uluc: Will Magnay is finalizing a two-way deal with the New Orleans Pelicans, league sources told ESPN.
Olgun Uluc: Just filed a story to @ESPNAusNZ, ahead of tonight’s 36ers-Bullets preseason ‘test’ game. In the story: Will Magnay did not travel with the Bullets, sources told ESPN. Magnay has NBA interest; the team is proceeding with the expectation that he won’t be with them next season.
Olgun Uluc: The expectation is that Magnay will get on an NBA roster for the 2020-21 season, so the Bullets have begun planning for life without him. They've already fielded calls for replacement bigs, sources said.
Brisbane Bullets star Will Magnay has set the record straight on the Golden State Warriors rumours surrounding him earlier this year. It had been reported the Warriors had offered Magnay a 10-day contract and while a conversation took place and that deal was mentioned, the NBL20 Most Improved Player has revealed a contract was never officially offered.
“The Golden State Warriors had asked the Bullets if they had offered me a 10-day contract, would the Bullets release me,” Magnay said on the Gibbo Goes One-On-One podcast. “That was the conversation that went down and somehow that news got out. There was never anything on paper, there was interest and whatnot but never anything on paper. It got out and runs away like it does in the media.”
June 24, 2021 | 9:18 pm EDT Update
Tim MacMahon: Sources: Mavs have offered Nike executive Nico Harrison a front office leadership position. Dallas wants him to work in tandem with Michael Finley. Harrison and Finley are both close with Jason Kidd, who is expected to be the Mavs’ next head coach.
According to league sources, the Cavaliers have begun to explore trade options involving leading scorer Collin Sexton. Sexton, 22, is extension-eligible this summer, averaged 24.3 points per game last season, and appears likely to seek a maximum contract. Also eligible for an extension is 23-year-old center Jarrett Allen, who is also expected to command a lucrative deal.
Based on some of the chatter I heard over the course of this season, there was enough love for Cade Cunningham atop the draft that he felt easy to pencil in, regardless of who won the lottery. That no longer appears to be the case. In addition to Cunningham, league sources expect USC’s Evan Mobley and G League Ignite’s Jalen Green to receive serious consideration from the Pistons’ front office, led by general manager Troy Weaver. The strong sense I’ve gotten is that Detroit will explore all its options before committing one way or another, and that the decision on who to take is far from a done deal.
Wrapping up with some minutiae: as it turns out, the Pistons and Cavaliers got lucky twice on lottery night. The way the lottery works is that the league draws combinations for the first four slots in order, with any team repeats being thrown out and re-drawn. According to a source with knowledge of the proceedings, the NBA had to draw six times for four slots, with the order being Detroit, then Houston, then Detroit again, then Cleveland, Cleveland again, and finally, Toronto. Conspiracy theorists, do your worst.
Chris Fedor: #Cavs will do their due diligence during this process. They’ve interviewed Corey Kispert, Keon Johnson, Ziaire Williams, Sharife Cooper (he’s not 6-3 like listed, a source said), Miles McBride & BJ Boston along w/ Scottie Barnes. Kai Jones & Jalen Johnson the notables Friday
Chris Grenham: Providence’s David Duke Jr. tells me he will begin his pre-draft workouts w/ teams after the combine. He has yet to interview with the Celtics, but he has thought about playing in Boston: “Being a hometown kid, I definitely had dreams of playing for the Celtics one day.”
June 24, 2021 | 9:00 pm EDT Update
Marc Stein: The Mavericks are negotiating with the respected Nike executive Nico Harrison about taking over as the team’s president of basketball operations, league sources say, with the hope of hiring Harrison alongside Jason Kidd as their next coach.