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Eric Walden: Georges Niang, on his free agency: “My heart is in Utah, they helped me be a man. I’ll be a free agent for the first time, so we’ll see what happens.”
Ben Anderson: Georges Niang on his summer: “I’ve never been a free agent. So, I’m new to all this stuff. Obviously, my heart is in is in Utah. I love Utah, they gave me an opportunity to grow and mature as a man and a player.” #TakeNote | @KSLSports
Georges Niang agreed to a three-year, $5 million deal with the Utah Jazz on Friday to end his restricted free agency, according to a Deseret News source. The source also confirmed that the first year of the deal is guaranteed, with trigger dates each year where the figures can guarantee.
“I am so excited,” Niang told the Deseret News. “I had such a great experience learning and developing here last year. I’m so excited to continue it here in Utah with the Jazz organization.”
Shams Charania: Forward Georges Niang has agreed to a multiyear deal with the Utah Jazz, league sources tell Yahoo.
Tony Jones: Niang was signed by the Jazz with the expectation to make the opening night roster, League Sources tell The Salt Lake Tribune
Eric Woodyard: Georges Niang is officially a restricted free agent, but will play summer league with the Utah Jazz. His goal is to finalize a spot in Utah this season, according to a source. His team will field calls when free agency opens on July 1 but ideally, they think Utah is the best fit.
Tony Jones: The Utah Jazz have officially extended qualifying offers to Dante Exum, Raul Neto and Georges Niang, making each restricted free agents, League Sources tell The Salt Lake Tribune….@KeithSmithNBA was first to report
Eric Woodyard: It’s official! Jazz Sign Georges Niang to a 2-Way Contract.
Adam Johnson: Hearing the Utah Jazz are planning to sign Santa Cruz Warriors forward Georges Niang to a two-way contract, league sources tell @Adam Johnson.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Sources: Free agent Georges Niang signed partial guarantee with Golden State. He’ll likely play for Santa Cruz, GSW’s G-League affiliate.
The $1.3M contract for Georges Niang would have been guaranteed on July 15. The Pacers will incur a $100K cap hit and see their room increase to $5.7M.
Georges Niang: Thank you Indiana my time with the pacers organization was special Thankful to have been apart of a special year thank you for the memories
Adrian Wojnarowski: Indiana has waived forward George Niang, league source tells ESPN.
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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