Adrian Wojnarowski: Restricted free agent G Jordan McLaughlin has agreed to a new three-year deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves, sources tell ESPN. McLaughlin is a two-way contract success story for the Wolves’ development program.
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Jon Krawczynski: Jordan McLaughlin is getting a three-year, $6.5 million deal from the Wolves, sources tell @TheAthletic. Two of those three years on McLaughlin’s deal are guaranteed.
Darren Wolfson on Jarred Vanderbilt and Jordan MacLaughlin: The Wolves continue to work diligently trying to re-sign both restricted free agents.. in particular with Vanderbilt. Everything is on the table, including signing the qualifying offer, which would then lead him to be an unrestricted free agent in a year. But the hope is a long-term a multi-year contract can be worked out. Of the two, I would say the Wolves are making more progress on McLaughlin.
Chris Hine: Updating Jordan McLaughlin’s situation, there’s still optimism on the part of McLaughlin and his camp about getting a deal done with the Wolves. Restricted free agency can just be a difficult process to get things all the way to the finish line.
Christopher Hine: One potential domino from the Rubio trade, a source said Jordan McLaughlin and his camp are optimistic about netting a multi-year deal with the Timberwolves. This comes with the caveat that things can change quickly, but a much different tone to negotiations now vs. last year.
Adrian Wojnarowski: The Timberwolves extended qualifying offers to Jarred Vanderbilt and Jordan McLaughlin, making them restricted free agents, source tells ESPN.
Shams Charania: Guard Jordan McLaughlin is signing a two-way deal (qualifying offer) to return to the Minnesota Timberwolves, sources tell @The Athletic @Stadium. McLaughlin is betting on himself, will return to the market in 2021 free agency.
Darren Wolfson on Jordan McLaughlin: It’s a stare off. Will the Wolves budge? Will McLaughlin budge. He’s a restricted free agent, so he doesn’t have much wiggle room. But he’s looking for a little bit more on the backside if the Wolves want to make a move after a year that he gets some financial protection.
Darren Wolfson: It looks like restricted free agent Jordan McLaughlin will eventually be back. He’s got some league-wide interest but I don’t foresee an offer sheet coming anytime.
The Timberwolves are considering bringing back one of their two-way players from last season. The Wolves and point guard Jordan McLaughlin have discussed a new contract, a source said, with the source adding those talks are ongoing.
Beasley, Hernangomez and McLaughlin are restricted free agents and Johnson has a $16 million player option. “We obviously are very, very happy with the things that we were able to see from those guys that are free agents this summer,” Ryan Saunders said. “They’ll continue to be priorities. Gersson, we work closely, and it has been a great partnership of getting guys that fit our time line, fit the system, the style of play that we want to play and guys that fit around Karl and D’Angelo.”
Jordan McLaughlin: Excited to be joining the @Timberwolves this season! Thank you for this opportunity and I look forward to contributing to the vision. 🙏🏽🏀 Jon Krawczynski: McLaughlin has signed a 2-way contract. Good opportunity for him on a PG-thin team after he played well in Summer League.
Jordan McLaughlin: Excited to be joining the @Timberwolves this season! Thank you for this opportunity and I look forward to contributing to the vision. 🙏🏽🏀
The Nets announced the signings of Jordan McLaughlin and Mitch Creek. McLaughlin comes from USC and has played the NBA Summer League with Nets. Creek comes from Adelaide 36ers.
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September 28, 2021 | 5:08 am EDT Update
Though roughly 90% of NBA players are vaccinated as training camp approaches Tuesday, tension exists between those around the league mandated to be vaccinated and the nearly 40 unvaccinated players, league sources told ESPN.
One general manager told ESPN that the issue of tension between those who are mandated to be vaccinated and those who aren’t “‘just speaks to selfishness run amok. But the NBA is comprised of human beings and we are seeing the same thing in the public at large.”
In some instances, vaccinated staffers say they’re concerned about the health risks of being exposed to unvaccinated players. In others, staffers say they’re upset that players aren’t facing the same vaccine requirements as most team staff and referees. In still others, there’s animosity toward the league itself for not imposing such a mandate.
One vaccinated Western Conference strength and conditioning coach said they’re concerned about a potential breakthrough case that could affect family members. “For me, it’s a problem because my parents are very sick, and I’m in close contact with these guys and I would hate to bring this home and my parents pass away from it,” the coach told ESPN.
Health and safety protocols for vaccinated and unvaccinated players have not yet been finalized, league sources said. But it’s expected, as ESPN previously reported, that unvaccinated players will face more testing and be asked to sit in separate areas of team meetings, team meals, locker rooms, on the team plane and bus.
But a second league source also tied to training staffs noted that many peers “believe the league is prioritizing the athletes’ lives over their own. On the opposite side, some members don’t want to force anyone to vaccinate if they feel uncomfortable with it, but it should be a standard set across the board instead of the league one way and the players the other.”
NBA insiders say they’re not aware of any games being missed because of a reaction to the vaccine. Beal, though, did miss time. His case of COVID cost him a spot in the Olympics and the chance to compete for a gold medal.