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Tom Moore: Jason Thompson confirms signing with Turkish club Fenerbahce via text message. JT played in China last year. #NBA
David ‘Dubi’ Pick: Source: NBA veteran Jason Thompson, split last season with Warriors and Raptors, finalized a deal in China with Shandong.
This will be it as Raptors for James Johnson and Jason Thompson and likely for Luis Scola and Biyombo as well. Ujiri and the front office have a ninth pick to either put on the trade market or use to draft a key part of the future.
Josh Lewenberg: Raptors like the way Jason Thompson fits both on/off floor. A few other teams expressed interest but Masai Ujiri said Jason Thompson preferred situation in Toronto.
Ryan Wolstat: Masai Ujiri said he’s happy they were able to convince Jason Thompson to sign with Raptors over other suitors. Thinks he can help
Shams Charania: The Toronto Raptors are waiving forward Anthony Bennett to sign veteran Jason Thompson for the season, league sources tell The Vertical.
Mitchell said the Wolves will be patient while released players sign with teams aimed at the playoffs. They can wait and hope that a veteran — such as power forward Jason Thompson, perhaps — is available or sign one of the D League’s top big men. “After the dust settles, there are going to be some guys out there we’ll want to look at,” Mitchell said. “You don’t want to do it too fast because you don’t want to fill a spot and then someone becomes available. There are only so many playoff teams and only so many roster spots.”
If the Heat waits until March 7/8, the Heat will consider players from a list it has compiled –– one that includes Dorell Wright, Wroten, Jordan Crawford, Jason Thompson, D-League players and some others likely to be available.
Olympiacos also has Jason Thompson who got cut by the Golden State Warriors, as an alternative choice, if the deal with Bargnani does not happen.
At this point, Bargnani is not eager to return to Europe and finish the season in Euroleague. However, Olympiacos has only hours in order to add a player before the end of the Euroleague transfer deadline and the Greeks are making a run on him. That’s why Thompson is also on their radar.
Zach Lowe: Not sure if anyone has reported yet, but Warriors WILL use the stretch provision to spread J Thompson’s $2.68M for 16-17 over 3 seasons.
Marc J. Spears: The Warriors cut forward Jason Thompson to make roster room for Anderson Varejao, a source said.
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Q: What are the Knicks going to do with Frank Ntilikina? Are the Knicks really trying to move him? Marc Stein: My sense is that the Knicks, despite some recent Twitter chatter on this front, are not actively looking to find a new home for Ntilikina. Is the 20-year-old Frenchman theoretically available? Will the Knicks field calls from interested teams on Ntilikina? Certainly. But there is a difference between listening and shopping.
Q: What are Fred Hoiberg’s prospects for another N.B.A. head coaching job? How much can the Bulls’ roster chaos of the last few years really be held against him? Marc Stein: “By all accounts, Hoiberg prefers to stay in the N.B.A. if he can rather than return to college coaching. But N.B.A. interest, I fear, is going to be limited. That’s my read even if you factor in the belief that, as his Golden Warriors counterpart Steve Kerr recently put it, Hoiberg “never really had a chance” to succeed in Chicago because the personnel for much of his stay so poorly meshed with Hoiberg’s preferred offensive approach. In the Nov. 13 edition of this very newsletter, some three weeks before Hoiberg was fired in Chicago, I wrote about the deep fondness Minnesota owner Glen Taylor still holds for Hoiberg. It stems from Hoiberg’s stint as a Timberwolves player and front-office executive before moving into college coaching at Iowa State. The Wolves, though, are the only known team to rate Hoiberg so highly.”
A new figure has emerged to lead the Trail Blazers in the wake of owner Paul Allen’s passing: his sister, Jody Allen. The Athletic has learned that Ms. Allen has been decisive in ruling on a variety of major decisions for the team, which as of now, she has no intention of selling. “Nothing is for sale right now,” said Chris McGowan, the Blazers president and CEO of Vulcan Sports and Entertainment, which also includes the Seattle Seahawks. “We are operating business as usual and Neil and I are collaborating regularly with her on all major organizational decisions.”