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Mark Berman: #Rockets rookie forward @Gary Clark , who signed his new 3-year contract today in Utah, on having to earn every bit of it: “It means a lot b/c that’s my story,all the way back before Cincinnati,not having anything & earning it all & proving everyone wrong. It’s a great feeling”
Clark has been in the regular rotation for so long, some might have forgotten he’s still on a two-way contract. With the recent tweaks to how two-way days are counted, Clark’s 45 days should expire somewhere around mid-December. Nothing is set in stone yet, but Houston and Clark’s representatives have had initial discussions about converting his deal to a standard NBA contract, a source told The Athletic. The discussions have been positive so far — Houston wants Clark in a Rockets uniform and both parties want to come to an agreement.
Kelly Iko: The Houston Rockets will convert undrafted forward Gary Clark’s deal to a two-way contract, per his agent @austingwalton. He will have a chance to contribute right away, until the start of the G-League season on November 2.
Mark Berman: #Rockets rookie forward @Gary11_Clark, undrafted free agent,on signing his contract: “It was pretty cool. It was surreal because, finally, the people upstairs were saying you’re a Rocket now. It still hasn’t hit me yet. I haven’t even told my mom yet. This is my biggest moment so far”
Chris Haynes: ESPN Sources: Undrafted rookie forward Gary Clark out of Cincinnati has agreed to a two-way contract with the Houston Rockets.
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December 12, 2018 | 3:57 am EST Update
The Clippers, it seems, closely watch every Raptors and Warriors game this season. Even though they are having a terrific season of their own — experiencing the rare joy of expectation-free success in the NBA — the Clippers are rather transparently obsessed with chasing Kawhi Leonard and Kevin Durant in free agency next summer.
But even by these modern standards, the Clippers’ pursuit is still a little revolutionary. Raptors officials have noticed a Clippers employee at roughly 75 percent of the team’s games thus far this season. That has included president of basketball operations Lawrence Frank, which is rare. Presidents and general managers are almost never seen attending a game that doesn’t involve their teams.
Tobias Harris, the centerpiece of the Griffin trade, might be headed to his first All-Star Game and has been so valuable that some executives think they should use one of their max slots on him. The reviews for rookie point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who the Clippers semi-hid by promising him they’d draft him in the lottery, and he at least partially shut down workouts, have been excellent.
On Saturday Dinwiddie became eligible for a four-year contract extension worth a maximum of $47.5 million. But despite being the poster child for the Nets’ much-hyped player development (he was a finalist for last season’s NBA Most Improved Player Award), Dinwiddie still does not have an extension. “No news. Nothing to report,” Dinwiddie’s agent, Raymond Brothers, said. “Dec. 8, it came, it’s gone. I don’t have an extension,” said Dinwiddie, 25. “Just let Raymond and [Nets general manager] Sean [Marks] talk about it. I already said what I needed to say.”
One NBA source proclaimed surprise the Nets didn’t offer Dinwiddie an extension, and at least three others suggested he would be worth more in the unrestricted free-agent market next summer, when a number of teams should be flush with cash. So, by all accounts, he is offering the Nets a hometown discount.
Dinwiddie also has been linked with the point guard-needy Suns. Phoenix now reportedly is looking at a three-way deal that would send Trevor Ariza to the Lakers and ship Los Angeles’ Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to a third team in order to get them their guard.