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James Edwards III: #Pistons also officially announce the waiving of Dwight Buycks.
Michael Scotto: The Detroit Pistons will waive guard Dwight Buycks, a league source told The Athletic. Buycks averaged 7.4 points and 2.0 assists in 14.7 minutes per game in 29 games for the Pistons last season.
Barring a major trade, the Pistons won’t be very active during the draft or during free agency. They have no first-round selection in the draft on June 21 — their No. 12 pick was sent to the Los Angeles Clippers in the Blake Griffin deal — and they likely won’t find an impact player with their second-round pick (42nd overall). They will pick up the team option on Reggie Bullock for $2.5 million by July 15 and they’ll have to make decisions on whether to fully guarantee the contracts of Eric Moreland ($1.8 million) and Dwight Buycks ($1.6 million).
Chris Reichert: Dwight Buycks deal with the Detroit Pistons will be on a two-way contract, per league sources
Michael Scotto: Detroit Pistons have reached an agreement with free agent guard Dwight Buycks, a league source told @BBallInsiders.
Ian Begley: Sources: Knicks have expressed interest in signing Dwight Buycks. Buycks impressed NYK in SL, where he averaged 17.8 PPG & 4.2 APG for DAL.
Alex Kennedy: Dwight Buycks is returning from China and receiving interest from several NBA teams. He’s a 10-day contract candidate to keep an eye on.
David ‘Dubi’ Pick: Source: OKC Blue guard Dwight Buycks re-signed in China with Fujian Quanzhou, where he averaged over 25/6/5.
Alex Kennedy: Blazers are having multiple FA mini-camps and saying they may sign multiple guys. Russ Smith, Erick Green, Dwight Buycks were at first camp.
Alex Kennedy: Spurs GM R.C. Buford, Pelicans GM Dell Demps, Nuggets GM Tim Connelly and many other execs at Relativity Pro Day. Draft eligible: Skal Labissiere, Juan Hernangomez, Elgin Cook, Shaq Goodwin, Kyle Collinsworth, Jaleel Cousins, Ilja Gromovs, Jamari Traylor, Torrance Rowe, Anthony Odunsi. Free Agents: Jarnell Stokes, Alex Stephenson, Bernard James, Dwight Buycks, Adonis Thomas, Ognjen Kuzmic, Chris Walker, Arnett Moultrie, Boubacar Moungoro, Ronald Reis, Antonio Barton.
David Pick: Source: Dwight Buycks is joining D-League’s OKC Blue. He was Top 10 in dimes in China.
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Marc Stein: A trade sending Cleveland’s Kyle Korver to Philadelphia in exchange for Jerryd Bayless is “possible” but also “far from certain,” according to one league source briefed on the talks.
The Warriors have no such expectations with Cousins. Next summer — assuming they bring back either Klay Thompson, Durant or both, which would cap them out — they can only give Cousins a 20-percent raise, which jumps him from $5.3 million to around $6.4 million. If he returns healthy and looks like even 80 percent of the player he was before last January’s Achilles tear — an outcome both the player and team desire — Cousins will command way more than that max Warriors number, likely in the high teens per year. And he won’t be in the discount mood, understandably, considering all the money he lost out on this summer.
Could Luol Deng be a stopgap as a small center after sitting out most of last season? The executive said Deng is all but semi-retired. He may never play again in the NBA unless he has a change of heart.
The Cavaliers waived veteran center Kendrick Perkins Tuesday so he could be free to pursue training camp deals, a source told cleveland.com. Perkins, 33, was signed by the Cavs on the final day of the regular season so he could be on their playoff roster. But Cleveland gave him a non-guaranteed, $2.4 million contract for this coming season with the hope it could be used as part of a trade.
The Knicks’ decision to waive small forward Troy Williams on Monday has provided undrafted Arizona guard Allonzo Trier a puncher’s chance at making the 15-man roster following his solid — if overlooked — summer-league performance. Trier is on a two-way G-League contract, allowing him to be on the Knicks’ roster for a maximum of 45 days, with the clock stopping in early April.
He was like us. Not “us” in the old, non-athlete kind of way but in a bigger “us” context. An “us” we could all aspire to and appreciate. He is, as much as possible, normal. He isn’t egotistical or at all self-centred. He put team and others ahead of himself. I don’t remember a lot of “I” conversations or “me” conversations; it was generally “us” and “we” and the team. Admirable. I will fully admit to having a fondness for the young man that transcended an appreciation for his estimable basketball skills.
I liked that he talked to us about his feelings and his life, his kids and his dad’s health issues and, yeah, his battles with demons far too many people suffer with in silence. And the overwhelming sense I got from reading missives on social media yesterday and talking to friends and loved ones was that those were traits you appreciated, too. Normalcy.