Ryan Ward: Kyle Kuzma on Damian Jones’ Lakers debut: “I think he’s got a shot to be here” if he continue to do what he did tonight.
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Harrison Faigen: The Lakers just signed Damian Jones to a 10-day contract, per the Lakers.
Shams Charania: The Phoenix Suns are waiving center Damian Jones, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium.
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
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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March 5, 2021 | 12:06 pm EST Update
The consensus of TrueHoop sources is that the eight games between the All-Star break and the trade deadline will mean a lot in assessing how good the Heat are,” Haberstroh wrote. “They play the Magic twice, Bulls, Cavs, Grizzlies, Pacers twice, and Suns. If the Heat decide to make a deal, rival executives wonder if a package centered on Tyler Herro, Duncan Robinson, and Rising Star rookie Precious Achiuwa could net another star. Heat brass have shrewdly signed Kelly Olynyk and Meyers Leonard to mid-tier contracts ($12.6 and $9.4 million respectively). Those are big enough that the Heat can likely satisfy the league’s salary-matching rules should they bring in a high-salaried star. John Wall and Kyle Lowry are potential targets.
March 5, 2021 | 11:12 am EST Update
Chris Forsberg: “The Celtics want Harrison Barnes …. Don’t listen to all the smoke and mirrors about all these other guys.” Sorting through trade rumors with @Abby Chin + @Brian Scalabrine, and why Barnes is more realistic than Grant or Vucevic. pic.twitter.com/QPLDXURyj2
Those numbers made Beal an All-Star Game starter for the first time in his career. It’s a great accomplishment, one that only 10 players receive each year. So, does that mean he has reached his peak? “I feel like I can get a whole lot better,” Beal told NBC Sports Washington. “I still feel like I haven’t really tapped into that elite, elite, elite level. I feel like I’m still on the way there. I wouldn’t say I’m crazy far off, but I feel like I’m pretty good and it’s picking up.”
Clearly, it is not money that motivates him. “I think it’s just who I am. I’m always my toughest critic. I always just push myself to be better than what I was before. It’s kind of like I’m just competing against myself in a way. I don’t have that enemy or guy around the league that I look up to and I want to be better than. Like, ‘oh, his numbers…’ I don’t have that,” he said. “I kind of go up against myself on a nightly basis, on a yearly basis. How can I be better than what I was before? What do I need to improve on? I have just kind of always had that since I was younger. That’s always kind of stuck with me.”
There are also Beal’s free throw numbers. He’s averaging career-high attempts (8.2/g) and shooting a career-best percentage (90.2%). Just three years ago, Beal was averaging 4.5 attempts and shooting 79.1 percent. “My goal coming into this year was to be 90 [percent],” Beal said. “I tell myself every time I step up to the line, I say 90. I just say 90 to myself. I’m shooting with confidence, stepping up and then knocking them down. They’re free points.”