NBA rumors: Wizards add Jordan Bell and Alex Len

The Washington Wizards announced today that they have signed free agent centers Alex Len and Jordan Bell. Len (7-0, 250) has averaged 7.9 points and 6.2 rebounds per game while shooting .512 from the field in 474 career games (185 starts) over eight seasons with Phoenix, Atlanta, Sacramento, and Toronto. He appeared in seven games this season for the Raptors.

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Shams Charania: Free agent center Alex Len has agreed to a one-year deal with the Washington Wizards, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. After clearing waivers, Len had multiple suitors and chose opportunity with Wizards, who needed depth in frontcourt.
Chase Hughes: Alex Len's contract with the Wizards is a one-year minimum deal, I'm told. He will still be getting paid some from the Raptors, who waived him on Tuesday.
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.
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.
Chris Vivlamore: Hawks signing of Alex Len won't be made official for awhile. May come after pending three-team trade.
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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Many Raptors counting the days to leave Tampa Bay

Not having the support or revenue of sell-out crowds at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto surely made that decision easier. To little surprise, there are players on the team and people within the organization who have been counting down the days until they can pack their bags, take their families and get out of Tampa on the morning of May 17, per sources. It’s hard to blame them, all things considered.
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