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“We’re excited to have Furkan back and look forward to his continued growth and contributions,” Brand said. “He has a strong work ethic and he’s well-respected in our locker room. Having just turned 22, Furkan is a talented young player with significant potential, and we’re thrilled to have him on our roster.”
Emiliano Carchia: Despite reports from Turkey, I am told that there are no negotiations ongoing between Fenerbahce and Furkan Korkmaz. The Turkish player spent the past two seasons with the 76ers
Philadelphia 76ers swingman Furkan Korkmaz talked about the reasons the 2018-2019 season has been “really tough” for him. “I was the first guy who asked to be traded. Then six-seven players left and I stayed the whole season. It was a really tough season for me to get used to everything and deal with all this stuff,” Korkmaz said in his season exit interview, per Dave Uram. “And then I started to play. That’s the NBA. I started to play after the trade happened.”
Furkan Korkmaz received his answer. Now the 76ers reserve guard wants to move on. Sources have said the Turkish player requested to be traded because of lack of playing time. Asked to confirm that Tuesday, Korkmaz said he would wait to see if the Sixers would exercise his $2.03 million third-year option. They declined to do so before Wednesday’s deadline. As a result, he’ll become a free agent July 1.
“If I’m not getting minutes here, I just want to look for other options,” he said. “I don’t know what’s the options right now, just try to be on the court.”
Kyle Neubeck: The Sixers will not be exercising the third-year option in Furkan Korkmaz’s contract, I’m told. Team continues to prioritize maintaining cap flexibility for next offseason, and as of now Korkmaz is mostly outside Brown’s rotation.
The Sixers said earlier in the week that they hadn’t decided whether they were going to exercise the $2.03 million third-year team option on his contract. The team is considering trading him. A source said Korkmaz wants to be traded because he is not playing much. He would not confirm nor deny that on Tuesday. One reason for not picking up Korkmaz’s deal is to save an extra $2.03 million in salary-cap room and have an extra roster spot for free agents.
A league source said Monday the Sixers hadn’t decided if they’re going to exercise the $2.03 million third-year team option on his contract. The team likes Korkmaz’s scoring ability but is unsure about retaining him. It might try to trade him.
A source said Korkmaz wants to be traded over lack of playing time. He would not confirm nor deny that on Tuesday. “First of all, I want to see what the team is going to say to me,” Korkmaz said. “I’m waiting for them to tell me, ‘We are going to pick up your option’ [or] ‘We are not going to pick up your option.’ Then I want to think about it. I want to play. I just want to play.”
Keith Pompey: According to league sources, the #Sixers have not decided if they’ll exercise Furkan Korkmaz’s third-year option before Wednesday’s deadline. Not doing so would make him a free agent after the season. They did exercise options for Ben Simmons, Markelle Fultz and Dario Saric.
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August 2, 2021 | 7:49 am EDT Update
There is a strong possibility that Howard returns for a third go-around with the Lakers. Howard won a title with the Lakers in 2020, but he bolted to the 76ers last season. Now, there appears to be interest on both sides to have Howard back for his physical and defensive play. Howard, 35, averaged 7.0 points and 8.4 rebounds in 17.3 minutes last season in Philadelphia, his 17th in the NBA.
Rob Schaefer: Zach LaVine on what he’s conveyed to Bulls about a potential extension. If Bulls decide to take route to cap space, pursuing upgrades through free agency or renegotiating + extending LaVine’s current contract are two options on table.
Barry Jackson: ESPN reports tonight that New Orleans and Dallas – two Lowry suitors – have begun to look elsewhere for point guards. The Dragic/Achiuwa package should get this done for Lowry barring any late issues; Achiuwa hasn’t yet been informed because talks can’t begin until 6 p.m. Monday.
Donatas Urbonas: Ignas Brazdeikis will play for the Orlando Magic in the NBA Summer League, per sources. Brazdeikis averaged 11.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 2 assists in 8 NBA games with Orlando last season.
Rob Schaefer: Zach LaVine on keeping up with Bulls’ free agency from Tokyo: “I should have a good idea what’s going on. I take that very serious, keep up to date with what’s going on back home, but obviously still get my rest cause we got a game tomorrow. One way or another I’ll find out.”
August 2, 2021 | 1:19 am EDT Update
“It looks like [Kawhi] is expected to re-sign with the Clippers, but sources informed me that he will listen to other teams.” @ChrisBHaynes on Kawhi Leonard’s free agency