Monday’s 4 p.m. deadline for rookie scale extensions came and went, and neither fourth-year Nuggets Malik Beasley or Juancho Hernangomez had a new deal. That means both will enter next summer as restricted free agents, where the Nuggets still have the chance to match any offer sheets that either player receives from an opposing team.
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Beasley and Hernangomez represented a different set of variables than Harris and Murray had. For Beasley, who turned down an offer in the neighborhood of 3-year, $30 million, a league source confirmed, his 2018-19 season was the first time he showed consistent growth.
Shams Charania: Sources: Denver’s Malik Beasley and Juancho Hernangomez are not expected to reach agreements by 6 p.m. ET deadline. All sides showed effort in talks, and Nuggets were aggressive in making offers to find deals. Both talented young players are headed for RFA.
ESPN reported last week that Beasley turned down a three-year, $30 million offer from the Nuggets earlier this offseason, and a league source confirmed to The Athletic that an offer was made in that ballpark. Since then, Beasley changed agents, hiring Rich Paul of Klutch Sports, the super agent who reps LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Draymond Green, among others. When asked about entering a contract season at media day, Beasley didn’t tip his hand. “My main goal is just to get better every day,” he said. “That’s all I can control. I’ll let Rich Paul handle everything else. Other than that, I’m just focused on winning a championship right here.”
The Denver Nuggets are in talks with backup shooting guard Malik Beasley and his representatives about a contract extension with the Oct. 21 early extension deadline looming, according to a league source.
Nick Kosmider: Malik Beasley, asked about his contract negotiations, said his focus is on day-to-day improvement. Said he is letting agent Rich Paul take care of the rest.
Players don’t switch representation to one of the most influential agents in the NBA (Rich Paul) unless they’re trying to get paid. Heading into his fourth season, Beasley is early extension eligible until Oct. 21. Beasley sees himself as a starter, but there’s nowhere for him to start in Denver. That naturally creates a disconnect in terms of perceived value. My assumption is that the Nuggets make their offer, maybe somewhere near an annual range of $10 million to $11 million, and Beasley then must decide whether that’s to his liking. If he thinks he can get more, he can play this season out as a relative gamble.
If they don’t reach an agreement, and the Nuggets sense that some team will offer him starter-level money in restricted free agency, a trade could very well happen. NBA teams are high on Beasley’s talent and are eager to see what that looks like as an everyday starter. Beasley is worth a first-round pick and could help the Nuggets replenish their cupboard after dealing their 2020 pick for Jerami Grant.
The respective cases of Beasley and Hernangomez are far more interesting, if only because there’s something to debate. The Nuggets have until Oct. 21 to agree to early extensions. If they don’t, they’ll likely become restricted free agents next summer. Theoretically, interested teams could wage a bidding war with the Nuggets and drive the price up. Denver wants to get a deal done with both players before the deadline, a league source said, rather than risk that scenario with two valuable young players.
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Sources tell cleveland.com the Cavs are no longer expected to pursue Los Angeles Lakers free agent guard Alex Caruso or Indiana Pacers pesky reserve TJ McConnell — both of whom will garner interest from several suitors and could command the full mid-level exception, which starts around $9.5 million.
That means the Cavs need to set their sights elsewhere. Sources say they are considering splitting the exception among two players, depending on the target, but would use the full MLE on the right fit. Indiana sharpshooter Doug McDermott will get consideration, sources say. But that will be a battle. Shooters get paid in this league. A source suggested the Cavs would likely have to go an extra guaranteed year to boost their appeal. Let’s call that the “Cleveland tax.”
Alec Burks is another possibility. The Cavs like him and would be interested in a reunion, a source says. Burks played about half a season with the Cavs in 2018-19 before getting sent to Sacramento in a three-team trade that netted Cleveland a first-round-pick.
The 26-year-old “Greek Freak” sat next to the gleaming NBA championship trophy, along with his NBA Finals MVP award and his brother, Thanasis Antetokounmpo, 29, who also plays for the Bucks. “We had to go through a long process (to bring the trophy to Greece),” Giannis Antetokounmpo said. “We don’t know how many days we will stay, but we will take it with us to the places we grew up, to Sepolia and Zografou.”
Antetokounmpo added that part of his desire to win is “because I’m a people pleaser. I want to win for (son) Liam, my mother, my family, my friends, for Greece. “I might win the next title next year, or three years from now. But even if I never win another title in my life, I will still be OK, because that will have been God’s plan.”