NBA rumors: Mike Muscala back to OKC

Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent F Mike Muscala has agreed on a two-year, $7M deal to return to the Oklahoma City Thunder, his agent Sean Kennedy of @excelbasketball tells ESPN.

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Brandon Rahbar: Mike Muscala got emotional talking about OKC: “Coming to OKC, it helped me a lot. As a man, as a player. I feel like the organization’s values and the fans here, it aligns with what I feel. Whatever happens this offseason, I’d love to come back, but I’ll always be a Thunder fan.”
The Thunder were prepared to honor the commitments on the agreements while also allowing the players to reconsider their situations. With George traded, the Thunder are changing course, focusing on rebuilding with draft assets and young players. They traded Jerami Grant to the Denver Nuggets on Monday, league sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, collecting their sixth first-round draft pick in the past three days.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent F/C Mike Muscala has agreed to a deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder, agent Sean Kennedy of Excel Sports tells ESPN.
Bobby Marks: With Mike Muscala exercising his $5M player option, Atlanta projects to enter the offseason with $20M in room and 15 players (12 guaranteed) under contract. The Hawks could be a landing spot for teams looking to move contracts (with a draft pick) to clear cap space.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Hawks forward Mike Muscala has exercised his $5M player option, source tells ESPN. He will be back with Atlanta.
The Atlanta Hawks have re-signed power forward Mike Muscala to a two-year, $10 million deal. The 6-foot-11 Muscala, who was an unrestricted free agent, could play a bigger role as he returns for his fifth season following the departures of Paul Millsap and Dwight Howard.
The Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club has re-signed forward Mike Muscala, it was announced today by General Manager and Head of Basketball Operations Travis Schlenk. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Last season in 70 games (three starts) with the Hawks, Muscala averaged career-highs of 6.2 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 17.7 minutes (.504 FG%, .418 3FG%, .766 FT%). He scored in double figures 20 times, ranking second on the club in FG% and fifth in rpg.
Shams Charania: Free agent forward Mike Muscala has agreed to a two-year, $10M deal to stay with the Atlanta Hawks, league sources tell The Vertical.
Q. What are your thoughts about becoming an unrestricted free agent because this is new territory for you? Mike Muscala. It’s new territory. I’m going to take some time to decompress after the season. You are very emotionally involved. It’s a long season. There were ups and downs along the way. Take some time and take it day by day from there. Q. Would you like it if it worked out to remain here? Mike Muscala. Absolutely. Obviously, this is where I was drafted. Atlanta is a special place for me. I feel like the organization is headed in the right direction with the ownership and the coaching staff, practice facility. I’ve loved my time here. It’s sure a lot warmer than where I’m from in Minnesota. That doesn’t hurt either.
Muscala admits free agency is on his mind but feels if he continues putting in the same work, it will ultimately be rewarded. “Yeah, you know I think [free agency is] always in the back of your mind, but you just got to take it game by game,” Muscala told Basketball Insiders. “I think I’ve been trying to do that my whole career. The league is like that. You can have a great night one night and then the next night things just don’t go your way at all. So you got to be mentally prepared, you got to be ready to go every night, you can’t look past any games, you can’t get too complacent or also get too frustrated. If things aren’t going your way, there are 82 games, so luckily you can try to bounce back. “I thought I worked pretty hard this offseason. I had a good offseason in Atlanta. I’ll just try to take it game by game though.”
The Hawks picked up their team option on center Mike Muscala on Wednesday. Muscala will return for a fourth season with the team with a salary of $1,015,696. It will be the final season of the rookie contract he signed in 2014.
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September 28, 2021 | 5:08 am EDT Update