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October 20, 2020 | 8:40 am EDT Update

Bulls, Pistons and Hawks interested in Derrick Jones

Chicago might be poised to become the slam dunk champion capital of the world. The Bulls already employ a two-time title-holder in Zach LaVine, and hang the jersey of another from the United Center rafters in Michael Jordan. This offseason, they’re also expected to pursue signing 2020 dunk contest winner Derrick Jones Jr. — who won his in Chicago — away from the Heat in free agency, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. “Detroit (Pistons), Chicago and Atlanta (Hawks) are among the teams expected to have interest in Jones, according to a source,” Jackson writes. “He likely will generate some interest on the open market because of his athleticism, defensive acumen, youth (23) and the belief that he hasn’t reached his ceiling offensively.”
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Warriors reluctant to use trade exception?

But every extra dollar is multiplied in the Warriors’ tax bracket and without knowing exact cap numbers or the future date that Chase Center will reopen to fans, sources increasingly insist on the usage of that $17.2 million exception: It’d have to be a special opportunity. Is an overpriced mid-rotation piece considered special?
The Warriors’ luxury-tax bill already projects to be about $69 million (based on the luxury-tax line remaining flat). If the trade exception were used to acquire a $10 million player… the projected tax bill would increase by about $38 million. If the trade exception were used to acquire a $15 million player… the projected tax bill would increase by about $64 million. If the trade exception were used in full ($17,185,185)… the projected tax bill would increase by about $76 million. And that’s just the luxury tax. The acquired player’s actual salary (still to be determined in these uncertain times) would also have to be paid. Which is why Golden State probably won’t use the exception.
They signed him to a 1-year deal last summer for $4.8 million to the mid-level exception, but a multi-year deal will be required to retain him. It’s expected to be a “strong market” for Holiday but the Pacers will have the first shot at securing his services. He passed on a more lucrative deal from the Chicago Bulls, who’d traded him twice already, in search of a better basketball culture and stability.