NBA Rumor: Anthony Tolliver Free Agency

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Philadelphia 76ers President of Basketball Operations Daryl Morey announced today that the team has signed Anthony Tolliver to a 10-day contract. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Tolliver joins the 76ers after spending last season with Memphis, Sacramento and Portland. He saw action in 55 games (13 starts) between the three teams, averaging 3.6 points and 2.8 rebounds in 15.9 minutes per game. He posted season highs of 16 points and 11 rebounds on Jan. 13, 2020 vs. Charlotte while with the Trail Blazers.

The Portland Trail Blazers have signed free agent forward Anthony Tolliver, it was announced today by president of basketball operations Neil Olshey. Tolliver, 34, spent the 2018-19 season with Minnesota, posting averages of 5.0 points (38.2% FG, 37.7% 3-PT, 78.3% FT), 2.7 rebounds, 0.7 assists and 16.6 minutes in 65 games. He previously played two games for the Trail Blazers during the 2009-10 season.

Stefanski said the team’s own free agents, power forward Anthony Tolliver and small forward James Ennis, are on their list. “We like both players,” Stefanski said. “I was with James in Memphis. Anthony Tolliver — the people in Detroit, teammates and everybody — loves the guy, so they’re still in play. It’s all going to depend what kind of money is out there and the demand for both those players. More I’d say the ball’s in their court than ours.”

What’s next for the 6-8 free-agent power forward? He’d love to return but knows it’s a business, so several factors will determine his future this summer. “This is where I call home. I’ve been here longer than anywhere else in my career and would love to keep that going,” Tolliver said near the end of the season. “But at the end of the day, got to see what’s up this summer. You never know what teams are going to do, what organizations are going to do. So much unpredictable stuff that between now and then you never know. My heart is definitely here in Detroit.”

The Sacramento Kings have plenty of difficult decisions to make this offseason. One of those decisions was to choose between picking up veteran forward Anthony Tolliver’s second year option at $8 million or buying out the final year for just $2 million. The Kings will do the latter, NBC Sports California has learned. After one season in Sacramento, Tolliver will not be retained by the Kings and will become an unrestricted free agent. Sacramento had until June 1 to make the decision on the veteran’s contract.

Tolliver, 30, wants to remain in Detroit, but he knows the prospects are murky. “Who knows what’s going to happen,” Tolliver said. “I’ve been in this league long enough to know nothing’s promised. I feel good about my role here, and how I’ve helped this team in many different ways — on and off the court. “But at the end of the day, it’ll be up to my agent and the team to see if we can figure something out and see if we can make it a long-term home.”
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