NBA Rumor: Doug McDermott Free Agency

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Cavs have interest in Doug McDermott

That means the Cavs need to set their sights elsewhere. Sources say they are considering splitting the exception among two players, depending on the target, but would use the full MLE on the right fit. Indiana sharpshooter Doug McDermott will get consideration, sources say. But that will be a battle. Shooters get paid in this league. A source suggested the Cavs would likely have to go an extra guaranteed year to boost their appeal. Let’s call that the “Cleveland tax.”

McDermott should receive votes for Sixth Man of the Year after averaging career highs in points (13.6), field goal percentage (53.2%), true shooting percentage (63.2%), rebounds (3.4) and offensive rating (110.5). He also ranks No. 6 among all small forwards in offensive real plus-minus. Since the All-Star break, the forward has shot 56.1% from the field and 41.5% from 3-point range. McDermott has outplayed his $7.3 million contract this season by close to $5 million according to ProFitX and at the very minimum will see offers that start at the $9.5 million midlevel exception.

In the land of second chances, the Mavericks have made it clear they are in a forgiving mood, reversing field to become major threats for free-agent-to-be DeAndre Jordan. Management extended a qualifying offer to Doug McDermott on Tuesday, but then took it off the table when news broke about the Los Angeles Clippers trading for center Marcin Gortat from Washington. An NBA source said that the Mavericks need the roughly $10-million salary-cap hold that McDermott would have required if he had OK’d the qualifying offer and become a restricted free agent.
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Contract extension on the radar for Karl-Anthony Towns

Towns has publicly committed to the Timberwolves several times, most recently at the end of the 2020–21 season, when he told reporters he wanted to have a career like Tim Duncan and Kobe Bryant, spending it all with one team. According to someone close to Towns, nothing related to that goal was altered in any meaningful way by Rosas’s dismissal. A contract extension is already on his radar.
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