The Memphis Grizzlies announced today that the team has re-signed center Jonas Valanciunas to a multi-year contract.
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Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent center Jonas Valanciunas has agreed to a three-year, $45M deal to return to the Memphis Grizzlies, CAA agent Leon Rose tells ESPN.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Sources: Memphis center Jonas Valanciunas plans to decline the $17.6M option on 2019-20 contract, clearing way to become a free agent. His primary intention will be to negotiate a new deal with Memphis, where he averaged 19.9 PPG and 10.7 RPG after February trade from Toronto.
Bobby Marks: Because Valanciunas was traded in February, both sides were restricted to only a two-year extension (if he opted-out). The restriction is based on the six-month rule from the time of the trade. Opting out gives both the flexibility on a longer commitment.
David Cobb: Taylor Jenkins talked with Jonas Valanciunas via WhatsApp yesterday as Valanciunas was on a fishing trip in Norway. Kleiman says no comment on the opt-in decision but praises him quite a bit.
Donatas Urbonas: Jonas Valanciunas on his player option with Memphis Grizzlies: “It’s still early to say. Deeper into the summer, we’ll have a better picture who’s staying and what are the team plans. Firstly, I want to see who’s a head coach. It’s gonna be a huge factor.”
Donatas Urbonas: Valanciunas on his player option: “Firstly, I want to see who’ll coach Memphis. It will have a big impact on my decision, because I want to know, how we gonna look in 82 games. I don’t want to be a tourist. I want to win.”
Donatas Urbonas: Jonas Valanciunas added Mike Conley’s future with Grizzlies is also an important factor for his decision to continue or not with Memphis: “He is a high level player who knows how to run the team. I need him.”
Donatas Urbonas: Jonas Valanciunas on his future with Memphis Grizzlies: „We’ll see, but if Memphis wants me back, I will definitely be there.“
Omari Sanfoka II: Jonas Valanciunas says he preference is to stay in Memphis. He has a $17.6 million player option
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July 18, 2019 | 3:25 am EDT Update
Barry Jackson: Next significant event for Heat could be re-engaging with Wizards if Beal rejects three year, 111 M extension he’s eligible to sign after July 26. For now, Wizards have rejected all trade overtures on Beal, a potential 2021 free agent
The Oklahoma City Thunder’s discussions to move nine-time All-Star guard Chris Paul to a new destination are parked, and an increasing expectation exists that he will start the season with the team, league sources tell ESPN.
Oklahoma City has been working with Paul and his representatives on finding a trade, but nothing is materializing so deep into summer free agency, sources said. Both sides believe there are benefits to Paul, 34, playing out the season with the Thunder. For now, there’s a belief that there could be more success exploring trade scenarios again after Dec. 15 — or even the completion of the 2019-20 season, league sources said.
For now, Oklahoma City doesn’t feel a need to surrender draft compensation to unload Paul’s contract, sources said. The Thunder want to be competitive and believe that Paul can serve as a mentor to Gilgeous-Alexander, a second-year guard who’s considered the franchise’s future playmaker.
But I stand by my initial forecast: It may not happen until after next season, but Russell will eventually be dealt by the Warriors once Klay Thompson has recovered from a torn anterior crucial ligament in his left knee — thereby pushing Russell down to third on Golden State’s backcourt depth chart.
Has your play in the BIG3 built any momentum toward an NBA return? Is getting back to the NBA even a goal of yours? Joe Johnson: Yes, I’d love to get back and play in the NBA. It’s not my ultimate goal, it wasn’t my goal getting into the BIG3. But if the opportunity presents itself, I would take upon the challenge. I would love to. But, I got a job to do, and my agent has a job to do. I’m not sure about the momentum or how it’s going, but I just focus on what I can do and what I can control.
Can you clarify for me why there aren’t any tampering charges toward Kawhi or the team he signed with? — @Jay_Since82 from Twitter League officials generally won’t open a tampering investigation until there is formal complaint by at least one team — accompanied by some worthy evidence. The Toronto Raptors have not taken such a step. Nor is there any indication that an official complaint is looming from one of the league’s other 28 teams that did not land Kawhi Leonard. It would be a significant step for the Raptors or any other aggrieved team to push for an actual probe.