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Josh Lewenberg: Khem Birch, who could debut for the Raptors in New York tomorrow, will become the 6th Canadian to play for Toronto, joining Jamaal Magloire, Cory Joseph, Anthony Bennett, Oshae Brissett, and fellow Montrealer Chris Boucher.
Bobby Marks: Birch gave back $413,964 on his buyout with Orlando. It is the same amount for a player (with 3 years of service) that signs a contract on Sunday April 11.
Shams Charania: Center Khem Birch has cleared waivers and is signing with the Toronto Raptors for the rest of the season, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium.
Blake Murphy: Freddie Gillespie is available tonight. Khem Birch has officially cleared waivers and will be signing with the Raptors for the rest of the season, could join team as soon as tomorrow.
Michael Grange: Raptors 10-day signee Freddie Gillespie will join team in Cleveland presuming tests negative today and tomorrow. Will fly privately Saturday. Khem Birch can clear waivers at 5 pm Saturday. IF he clears Raps leaders to sign him as a FA. Unlikely to be with team in CLE.
Josh Lewenberg: Khem Birch is expected to sign with the Raptors after he clears waivers tomorrow afternoon. Would think that because he’s coming from another NBA team and has been following the league’s protocols, there’s a good chance he’ll be available vs Cleveland.
Shams Charania: The Orlando Magic are planning to waive center Khem Birch in order to give him an opportunity to play more, with the Toronto Raptors as his likely landing spot, sources tell me and @JoshuaBRobbins. Birch is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason.
Josh Robbins: The Magic have officially signed Khem Birch.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent F Khem Birch has agreed to a two-year, $6M deal to return to Orlando, agents Mike George of @OneLegacySports and Jeff Schwartz of @excelsm tell ESPN.
Josh Robbins: The Magic have issued qualifying offers to Khem Birch and Amile Jefferson, making both of them restricted free agents on June 30.
The Magic will attempt to re-sign Birch and will almost assuredly make him a restricted free agent by extending him a qualifying offer, but Philadelphia expressed interest in him during the season and there could be several more this offseason, sources said.
Birch is headed to free agency this summer. “Hopefully I stay in Orlando,” he says. “But it’s good to know people are noticing me a little.”
Khem Birch, a 6-foot-9 center, signed with the Magic on Thursday. Team officials would not disclose the terms of the deal, but Birch said his contract is for two years.
Orlando Magic PR: RELEASE: The Orlando Magic have signed free agent center Khem Birch. #PureMagic #LetsGoMagic
Khem Birch opted out of his contract with Olympiacos to sign in the NBA with the Orlando Magic. The American big man has played one season in Greece with Olympiacos.
According to Eurohoops sources, the Brooklyn Nets have included Canadian center Khem Birch in their transfer list for quite some time and are now seriously considering the possibility of offering a two-year contract to acquire him as a complementary addition to their frontcourt ahead of the upcoming season.
Alex Kennedy: If you missed it, Clippers’ recent free agent mini-camp included Russ Smith, Cory Jefferson, Khem Birch, Malcolm Thomas, Will Cummings, etc.
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April 17, 2021 | 1:45 am EDT Update
The pool of teams that will have the salary-cap space to make a run at Markkanen is limited, but multiple executives and scouts anticipate the San Antonio Spurs will make a strong offer this summer. Without LaMarcus Aldridge, San Antonio has a need for a stretch big with Markkanen’s size and skill set.
Warriors star Stephen Curry will be entering a contract year in 2021/22 if he doesn’t reach an extension agreement in the offseason with the team. However, he doesn’t sound like someone eager to test free agency. Asked by ESPN’s Rachel Nichols (video link) how much of a priority it is to spend his entire career in Golden State, Curry affirmed that’s his plan. “It’s always been a priority,” Curry said. “When you look at guys like Dirk (Nowitzki), Kobe (Bryant), that I played against and have heard them talk about what that’s meant, they don’t speak on it lightly. There’s a reverence for that club.
“You never know what can happen, obviously, but I feel like that’s always been something that would mean so much to me. You want to stay competitive, you want to stay in that fight where you’re winning championships. If I can accomplish both, that’s the ultimate goal.”
Convincing Zach LaVine the Bulls are building a playoff contender is important when you consider the 26-year-old’s “big focus” coming into the season was to get Chicago into the playoffs. That’s why rival executives anticipate the Bulls will try to lock up LaVine with a contract extension (he will make $19.5 million this season and next) but know he’ll likely let his deal lapse, become an unrestricted free agent and sign what will be a more lucrative multiyear max pact.
“That’s why them getting Vooch was a really big deal,” an Eastern Conference executive said. “Players want to get paid, just like we all do. But they also want to win, and guys like Zach have been around the block long enough to know they can’t win in this league by themselves. LeBron’s the best to do it, and he couldn’t win it all by himself. Even he needed help.” The exec added, “Them getting Vooch sent a clear message to Zach that yes, Chicago is serious about trying to put together a winner here and now.”
The patience has paid off to a relative degree, as now the Wizards are in position to possibly make the playoffs. Beal feels like he has been somewhat vindicated by the experience. “It speaks volumes. It’s always tough because when my name was buzzing, that’s all I heard early in the year is ‘trade Beal, trade Beal.’ It wasn’t anything other than that,” Beal said. “So, me knowing who I am and just sticking through it, that’s a testament to what we did as a team this year.”