NBA Rumor: Jeremy Pargo Free Agency

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Hapoel Jerusalem announced that the club signed former All-EuroLeague guard Jeremy Pargo. He last played for the Golden State Warriors in February. Pargo, 34, returns to Israel where he made his professional debut with Gilboa Galil and established himself as a player of Maccabi Tel Aviv. In 2011, he made the All-EuroLeague second team while helping Maccabi reach the Final.

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Warriors keeping Jeremy Pargo?

The 10-day contract comes with plenty of stakes and few guarantees. If a player lasts all 10 days, he can be released or signed for another 10. Once that second 10-day contract ends, the player can be released or signed for the rest of the season to a prorated minimum contract. Per a league source, the Warriors are likely to let Pargo finish the season. What happens after that is anyone’s guess. For salary-cap reasons, the Warriors might want to give their last couple of roster spots next season to second-round picks or undrafted rookies.

Pargo plans to play professionally deep into his 30s, but he already has started reaching out to contacts about someday following Jannero — now an assistant with the Trail Blazers — to an NBA bench. “The biggest thing for me is that guys like Jordan and Ky, they really listen to what I have to say,” said Pargo, who’s living in a team-provided hotel room near Chase Center. “They don’t go, ‘Oh, you’re not this or that.’ They listen, and that means a lot.”
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Kristaps Porzingis wanted to be traded at the end of last season?

Kristaps Porzingis is entering his third full season with the Dallas Mavericks and is hoping for a fresh start under Jason Kidd after the team parted ways with Rick Carlisle. “I’ll say this: at the end of last year Porzingis wanted to be traded,” said Tim MacMahon on The Hoop Collective Podcast. “My understanding is he feels like he has a fresh start with the coaching change. He’s had the healthy offseason. He’s been able to work, not just on his game but on his body some more. That he’s coming back with a refreshed feel. “At the end of last year, he wasn’t going to come out and ask for a trade. He’s smart enough to understand the optics.”
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Rob Pelinka: 'We made an aggressive attempt to re-sign Alex Caruso'

The team themselves have never addressed those reports, but during his customary preseason media availability, Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka did push back on the sentiment of them nonetheless, disputing the premise of a question about whether keeping Talen Horton-Tucker or Caruso was “an either/or decision” for the team. “We made an aggressive attempt to re-sign Alex Caruso, and we made an aggressive attempt to keep Talen,” Pelinka said on Thursday. “That’s the thing with unrestricted free agency is that you can be in the mix, but players control the ultimate choice.”
“Alex was tremendous here as a championship player, and we’ll be forever grateful for his contributions and his growth,” Pelinka said. “Seeing him go from a G Leaguer, to a two-way (player), to an elite player was something we’ll always be proud of. But he had choices and he chose another team. We pursued him and wanted to keep him, same with Talen, and obviously came to a deal with Talen, and Alex moved on.”