The tip came from a trusted source: Check out Daniel Theis to Houston. Four-year deal for $36 million. The tip, which proved correct, was floated to me on July 29. That was draft day. That was also nearly four full days before the scheduled start of NBA free agency at 6 p.m. ET on Aug. 2. Theis’ eventual deal with the Rockets was one of roughly 120 contracts and extensions agreed to and reported on by various media outlets during the first 48 hours of the open market. If it wasn’t obvious before the events of the past week, it should be clear by now: The league’s supposed opening bell, in truth, is much closer to the end of free agency than the beginning.
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The Houston Rockets today announced they have acquired center Daniel Theis [Tice] via a sign-and-trade from Chicago in exchange for cash considerations.
“Daniel is a versatile center who impacts both ends of the court,” said Rockets general manager Rafael Stone. “We’re looking forward to adding his skillset to our young core and giving Coach Silas even more flexibility with his lineups.”
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent C Daniel Theis has agreed to a four-year, $36M deal to join the Houston Rockets, his agents Michael Tellem and Aaron Mintz of @CAA_Basketball tell ESPN.
Kelly Iko: The Houston Rockets are working to complete a multi-year deal with free agent center Daniel Theis, sources tell @TheAthletic.
Daniel Theis is expected to receive significant interest on the market from several teams, including the Rockets, Spurs, Raptors, Pistons, and Heat, league sources told HoopsHype. There’s a belief around the league that Theis can land a four-year deal around the full mid-level exception, as previously noted on HoopsHype.
The Spurs also have a ton of cap room and are going to be a player in this market one way or another, but as typical with San Antonio, nobody has heard much. The most prominent target I’ve heard thus far is … Daniel Theis? Yes, really.
There was considerable chatter heading into the draft that Chicago’s Daniel Theis will be a prime free-agent target for the Houston Rockets.
Can the rebuilding Rockets, with three first-round picks, get to No. 1 for Cunningham? If not, do they take Green or Mobley? Those are the two questions hovering around Houston. Sources say keep an eye on Daniel Theis to Houston this offseason. That signing could help fill a frontcourt void. The Rockets have also reportedly been rebuffed in their efforts to hold private workouts with Mobley and Jalen Suggs, both of whom are represented by the same agency. Are those signs pointing to Green going No. 2, with the Rockets valuing his scoring potential and shot creation? A Jalen Green-Kevin Porter Jr. is pretty exciting — if Porter proves he can be trusted off the court.
Do you think that the Bulls will try to re-sign Daniel Theis? — Rudy K. I mentioned in a previous mailbag that he’s expected to draw significant interest, with the Charlotte Hornets one of several teams expected to make a run at him. If the Bulls have Simonović and Thad Young, not to mention Patrick Williams, I don’t see a return.
As we touched on previously, Theis – from talking with people around the league – the expected value I’ve heard from him is that he can command interest from teams above the mid-level exception in free agency.
In conversations I’ve had with people around the league, Charlotte is one of several teams expected to show interest in Theis. The Bulls are interested. But you also have to guard against getting into a bidding war when you have more pressing needs. Free agency is unpredictable. If he doesn’t verbally agree on the first day of free agency, that helps the Bulls’ chances to re-sign him.
From what I’m told, Daniel Theis is looking for the right balance of an opportunity to play, be on a winning team, and have some respect shown through money. The expected value I’ve heard for him from talking with people around the league is he could command interest from teams above the mid-level exception in free agency.
Rick Bonnell: Mitch Kupchak said yesterday that he could see adding multiple centers this off-season. A name I’ve heard might be on that list of options: Free agent-to-be Daniel Theis.
Chris Forsberg: Celtics would like to bring Daniel Theis back and can fit his small QO without impeding Kemba space. Terry Rozier’s QO can be rescinded whenever team needs that space to sign Kemba and gives them some time to examine any moves that could be made.
Gary Washburn: The #Celtics have no intention on waiving Daniel Theis, thus making his contract guaranteed for next season, according to a source. Today was deadline to make any move.
The Boston Celtics announced today that they have signed rookie center Daniel Theis. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Adam Himmelsbach: I’m told the first year in German forward Daniel Theis’ 2-year deal with the Celtics is fully guaranteed.
Adrian Wojnarowski: German forward Daniel Theis has agreed to a two-year deal with the Boston Celtics, league sources tell ESPN.
Emiliano Carchia: Daniel Theis is drawing serious interest from the Celtics. Boston could sign the German player when free agency starts. Theis is free agent
David ‘Dubi’ Pick: German star Daniel Theis auditioned for Sixers, Heat and Wizards but now locked into his Bamberg deal after NBA out expires.
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October 20, 2021 | 3:39 pm EDT Update
The draft-night trade? That was more difficult for Favors. He expected the first trade. He didn’t expect this one. At 30 years old, winning a championship is prevalent on his mind. As most of us know, Oklahoma City is not in win-now mode. Favors’ presence on the Thunder roster is kind of a square peg. He knows that he’s going to have to play as hard as he can and let things fall where they may. “At first, I was kind of confused,” Favors said. “I was caught off guard. But, I knew it was nothing personal. When I reflected on it from a business standpoint, I knew that something had to happen. I accepted it, and I’m in a great place. I love what the Jazz have done for me, and I love the fans there. OKC, we have a very talented team. We have a lot to learn, and a long way to go. But, we have a group of guys that work hard. It’s going to be a journey in this first year. But this is a talented group of guys.”
“I’m going to try and treat it like it’s another game,” Favors said in an interview with The Athletic. “But, I know that it’s not another game. Honestly? I just hope I don’t get emotional.” Favors will make his return to face the Utah Jazz on Wednesday as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder. It will be the season-opener for both teams, and, since twice being traded away from the franchise, it will be the first time Favors makes his appearance in a visiting uniform. Many remember he was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans two years ago. Twice, he was supposed to come back to Utah with the Pels. Once, he got injured at the last minute. The other? COVID-19 hit that very week.
Lakers legend Magic Johnson wants every NBA player to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Ahead of Opening Night of the league’s 75th anniversary season, Johnson told CBS News that every player should advocate for vaccination of the general public. He also urged non-vaccinated NBA players to get vaccinated. “You have said to your teammates that you are going to be there for them, well you can’t be there if you don’t get vaccinated,” Johnson said. “You letting them down and then that hurts our chances of winning a championship, I would never do that to my teammates. Never.”
Hoops star James Johnson, who just signed with the Brooklyn Nets, has also signed a lease to rent a Tribeca pad at 57 Reade St. Johnson, 34, is a 12-year NBA veteran. “He toured the apartment in late September and signed the lease in early October. He loves the layout and the location,” a source close to the deal told Gimme. The three-bedroom, three-bathroom condo was asking $16,500 a month to rent.
October 20, 2021 | 3:09 pm EDT Update
The 2018 No. 1 overall pick — who helped lead Phoenix to the 2021 NBA Finals — was reportedly expecting an offer, but it never came. Ayton expressed his disappointment about the development. He can still re-sign with the Suns in restricted free agency after fielding offers from around the league. “My biggest advice for him is: control what you can control and that’s how you go out and hoop,” Paul said, per AZ Central’s Duane Rankin. “Things happen, the business of the game, but I know DA’s heart … and how competitive he is. At the end of the day, he wants to do a good job for our team. And I appreciate him for that. I know when we step out on the court tonight, it’s going to be all about what he’s gotta do to help our team win.”
Ball also compared his mindset as a player to those who took the court during Jordan’s dominance in the 80s and 90s as we discussed his accelerated return from a broken wrist. He could have been out of action until the summer, but with the Hornets’ postseason chances fading, he was back from the injury in just five weeks. “I feel like I still kind of got that mentality that they had back in the day,” Ball said. “Even with the switching teams and stuff, they never used to do that. You go to one team, you stay there.”