NBA Rumor: DJ Augustin Free Agency

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Analysis: Given Augustin’s age, he may have reached a point where prospective suitors, even the Magic, may be reluctant to offer him a contract that is guaranteed for more than one year. If Augustin signs elsewhere, it would be difficult for the Magic to make up for the loss of his outside shooting; the team would have to find someone either through a signing or through a trade. Augustin has said often that he and his family love Orlando. At the same time, there should be some playoff teams that would want to upgrade their shooting off the bench and add a playoff-tested veteran who protects the ball as well as Augustin does. Odds he returns: 50 percent

A free agent each of the past four offseasons and with a family that’s about to welcome a third child, D.J. Augustin sought a NBA home this summer where he could plant some roots and establish some continuity in his well-traveled NBA career. With the Orlando Magic, Augustin got the long-term security that he wanted and he’s in a role where he will be looked to to provide depth, playing-making and long-range shooting from the back-up point guard position.

Augustin was a little turnover-happy at times, coughing up the ball 30 percent of the time in pick-and-roll and transition plays. His two most common turnovers were the bad-pass turnover and the lost ball turnover. His unfamiliarity with his new teammates contributed to many of the miscues, especially early on when Augustin didn’t know the plays. Augustin is hoping to stay with the Nuggets. “Everybody in the NBA can play so as long as you can get the opportunity and minutes,” Augustin said.

D.J. Augustin has always had a friend in Oklahoma City superstar Kevin Durant. Both are Longhorns. Augustin played alongside the long-limbed scorer in Austin back in 2006-07 and then added one more year at Texas after Durant bolted for the NBA following his wildly successful freshman season. Durant is not surprised Augustin has found a place he likes in Denver since the trade deadline day deal that brought him to the Mile High City. The two talk about it frequently. “I’m just happy he got his opportunity to play, that’s all he wanted,” said Durant prior to his team’s game at the Nuggets on Tuesday. “I talk to him all the time. He said he loves it (in Denver), the coach is trusting him. I remember coach (Michael) Malone calling him a security blanket or something like that, and in free agency a lot of people read things. You need that rap to get you the deal you want, I guess.”

On Feb. 18, he got that wish. That day, Augustin was traded to the Nuggets in a deal that sent Randy Foye to the Thunder. Since then, Augustin has taken full advantage of his new opportunity. And it couldn’t have come at a better time, as Augustin is an unrestricted free agent at season’s end. “It means a lot to me,” Augustin said. “My situation in Oklahoma didn’t work out. And just to be able to come here and get an opportunity, that’s the biggest thing to me, to be back on the court.”
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John Wall: 'They thought I was done'

“I just wish I would have known up front and not have to beat around the bush to figure things out. That’s just my motivation there. They thought I was done. Basically, that’s how I feel. This is my opportunity to show them that I’m not done. But the most important thing for me is get the win. I don’t care how many numbers I have, it’s about getting the win. That’s the most important thing because if I get 40 and then we lose, the trade don’t look as bad from their aspect because they beat us that one game they did play us. So, my ultimate goal is to try to get a win for my team tomorrow.”
Well, that’s going to be hard to imagine once you hear his extended thoughts on playing the Wizards on Tuesday, which he shared with NBC Sports Washington’s Chris Miller. Now with the Rockets, Wall admitted facing the Wizards is personal after how his exit was handled, and that he is out for revenge. “Just seeing everybody that’s over there, a lot of people that’s on that side that probably didn’t believe I could come back to be the person I am. And probably some people that had a little say so into me being traded,” Wall told Miller. “I feel like it was a whole process and it wasn’t just something that happened overnight. I think this was in the works. That’s my motivation. Who wouldn’t want to beat the team that traded them and felt like I was done?”
“Most importantly, all I really wanted from the start of all of it was just to be told the truth. That’s the most important thing and what made it so hard for me to understand what was going on because I wasn’t told the truth. I understand it’s a business and things go on and people move on and you get traded, organizations in different ways. When I heard the rumors, I called and asked are these true or are these something not to worry about? From that day forward, all I heard was ‘no, those rumors aren’t true, don’t worry about it.’ In all reality, it was true,” Wall said.