Duane Rankin: OFFICIAL: #Suns signed free agents guards E’Twaun Moore, Langston Galloway and center Damian Jones as well as free agent forward Johnathan Motley, the team announced today. Motley averaged 24 points last season in G League. Has played 46 games with Dallas and L.A. Clippers. pic.twitter.com/zwgITkS3CP
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Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent C Damian Jones has agreed to a two-year deal with the Phoenix Suns, sources tell ESPN.
Chris Kirschner: Not surprising, but the Hawks will officially not extend qualifying offers to DeAndre’ Bembry, Skal Labissiere, Damian Jones and Charlie Brown Jr. They will be unrestricted free agents.
Mark Medina: Warriors officially exercise team option on Damian Jones. My writeup earlier today about it bayareane.ws/2ERh6Oa
The Warriors anticipate exercising Damian Jones team option for the 2019-20 season, a league source told Bay Area News Group. The Warriors have until Wednesday to finalize the decision. Jones, who is making around $1.5 million for the 2018-19 season, will be paid $2.3 million for the 2019-20 season. The Warriors could have saved in both salary and luxury taxes by not guaranteeing Jones’ team option. But that would have made Jones an unrestricted free agent next July and allow him to entertain offers in the open market without having his rights to match them.
Damian Jones is the underdog. With the thinnest resume, he has the most ground to make up to earn Kerr’s trust. Furthermore, he’d like to persuade general manager Bob Myers to pick up the team option for 2019-20, his fourth season. “This is a big year for me, so I’ll have to treat it as a contract year,” Jones conceded to NBC Sports Bay Area this week. “The team option is coming up (an Oct. 31 deadline). I’m going in with the mindset that I’m playing for something. Something big.”
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As he elaborated further: “This is a statement that I have never made before. If LeBron and Kevin Durant and Anthony Davis came to Milwaukee; I would have been good with that. I am not interested if I am the top, second or third name, ok? Because I want to win… For sure when I was 18 or 19 years old, maybe I didn’t understand what you need to do to win. But right now, I am 25 and I want to win because when I retire, that’s what people will remember. And if I got LeBron, KD, Davis, if all those came, I wouldn’t mind at all. I don’t care if I am the top (player) on the team”.
Last but not least, Giannis said that he will play until he’s 40 years of age in order to win titles and create a legacy both in the NBA and with the Greek national team: “I will not stop playing until I get what I want to achieve. I want to win a medal; I want to win an NBA championship. I may continue until I am 45. I am not in hurry, I will be here. I think that day by day in order to get to the next level and reach the point I want to, I have to improve my shooting ability, my free throws, and that will happen. Because I am putting in a lot of work and I believe in myself.
For the Greek Freak, LeBron remains a role-model: “LeBron is, of course, a great opponent and I want to beat him and he is the best player in the world right now. It doesn’t matter who is the MVP, he is the best. I say so, he is the best in the world. The day that I would be the best player in the world, I will step forward and say it. At this moment, the best is LeBron James. For sure he is the example I follow and not only on the court but as a human being. He is part of this business, called the NBA, for 17 years and you have never heard anything negative about LeBron. He never did anything wrong, he goes out, does his job, he tries to win all the time”.
On Tuesday morning, Elhassan’s Sirius XM NBA colleague, Frank Isola, doubled down on the report that Harden wants out, during Sirius XM’s morning NBA show The Starting Lineup. “We had that confirmed by somebody pretty plugged in that Harden definitely wants out. And he told them trade me to Brooklyn. And I’m only doing it if I’m the Nets if I can trade Kyrie Irving.”
But, even with all of that on the table and the future so undecided, Gobert said his goals have not changed since the day he joined the Utah Jazz in 2013. “My goal is to win a championship here,” he said on Tuesday. “It’s been my goal since I got here and it’s still the same. I’m focused on the upcoming season and I’m excited. About the negotiation talk, that’s why I have an agent. So I can focus on basketball and let him take care of that.”
Hoop Central: LeBron on the possibility of Quinn Cook rejoining the Lakers; “Quinn, he’s a pro, he’s definitely going to get a look…Hopefully back with us…Hopefully we may bring him back.” (via @RoadTrippinPod , h/t @mcten ).
Free agency hopeful Jeremy Lin has told fans that he has “big decisions coming up soon” as speculation grows whether he will return to the NBA or head back to the Chinese Basketball Association. Lin spent last season with the Beijing Ducks in the CBA, taking them to the play-offs before deciding to return to the US and have another shot at the NBA, where he has been awaiting offers during free agency.