The Celtics officially completed their previously–reported deals with big man Luke Kornet and guard Chris Clemons on Friday, signing both players to training camp contracts, per RealGM’s transactions log.
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Chris Grenham: Hearing that Luke Kornet still has an Exhibit 10 deal set up with the Celtics, however he may not be on the initial 20-man camp roster. Kornet is not eligible for a two-way contract, so the goal is to get him in at some point to get his rights as an affiliate player.
Brian Robb: Celtics have released their training camp roster. Luke Kornet is the odd man out for now with roster max at 20.
Chris Grenham: The Celtics have agreed to an Exhibit 10 deal with Luke Kornet, per sources. He’ll participate in training camp with Boston later this month, joining Juwan Morgan as the latest frontcourt additions.
The team would likely move on from Luke Kornet in the event that they come to terms with Drummond or any of the top names on the market.
Adam Himmelsbach: Was told that the Celtics do not have plans to immediately waive Luke Kornet. With Theis gone and Tristan Thompson still out, they might even need some reinforcements in the short term. But with the shortened season, the buyout market could get rolling quickly.
Shams Charania: Sources: Luke Kornet’s deal with Chicago: Fully guaranteed two years for $4.5M.
Entering the offseason, the Bulls’ goals were big-man depth, providing point guard competition for Dunn and wing shooting. Young, second-round pick Daniel Gafford and Luke Kornet, who has verbally agreed to a deal that’s not official yet, fill the big-man depth. Satoransky, White and Arcidiacono create the point guard competition.
KC Johnson: Bulls indeed have verbal commitment from Luke Kornet. But it’s not yet clear if he’ll slide into room exception. They may be working to find another way to create more cap space.
Chris Haynes: New York Knicks will also not extend a qualifying offer to Luke Kornet and he will hit unrestricted free agency, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
Al Iannazzone: Knicks officially sign Luke Kornet
Ian Begley: Knicks GM Scott Perry said Luke Kornet showed “impressive growth” in his first year with NYK and “is a versatile player who can play inside and away from the basket. He brings a relentless work ethic and commitment to the team that fits with Coach Fizdale’s system and style.”
Ian Begley: The Knicks and Luke Kornet have agreed to a one-year deal, sources confirm. Kornet, a restricted free agent who was on a 2-way contract last season, agreed to a one-year deal for $1.6M. That’s an exception that won’t require cap space. This also will allow the Knicks to sign another player to a 2-way contract. They’ve agreed with Allonzo Trier on a 2-way deal. They can have as many as two 2-way players on the roster. Kornet’s deal was first reported by the New York Post.
Kornet wasn’t certain how long the free-agent process would take, and sources said a couple of teams expressed preliminary interest entering Sunday’s first full day of free agency. The Knicks also drafted project center Mitchell Robinson in the second round, making Kornet a further question mark. “The Knicks have definitely showed interest with their development,” Kornet said. “They’ve enjoyed having me around. I had a great year here. I would love to be back in New York. I’m kind of waiting to hear. Another year here would be something I’d be excited to have.”
The drafting of 7-footer Mitchell Robinson in the second round Thursday has put 7-foot-1 center Luke Kornet’s future in flux, according to sources. Kornet was on a two-way contract last season after being undrafted last June and the Knicks have extended a qualifying offer for another two-way deal ahead of his restricted-free agency.
If another club gives the former Vanderbilt star an offer for the regular minimum contract for a second-year player ($1.2M), there could be a chance the Knicks don’t match it, pending Robinson’s summer-league performance. According to a source, there will be a handful of clubs with a passing interest. The stickiest part is Kornet, a new-age outside-shooting 3-point shooter who played 20 games, may not play Knicks summer league because of the uncertainty.
Mike Vorkunov: Knicks tendered Luke Kornet a qualifying offer, according to a league source, making him a restricted FA. By rule, it’s for a 2-way contract, and they maintain matching rights. But Kornet can still negotiate NBA or multi-year deals with other teams. Believe @KeithSmithNBA first.
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