Storyline: Marcus Thornton Free Agency

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Marcus Thornton was disappointed that no team claimed Beno Udrih’s contract because he wanted to join the Heat and the Heat was very interested. To avoid paying the tax, Miami now must wait until April 6 to sign a player — and there would be mutual interest with Thornton if he’s available then. But Thornton wants a job sooner, ideally. The other open roster spot could be filled with a developmental prospect on the final day of the season. The Heat explored other ways to try to create more room under the tax threshold but found nothing that was realistic.

Thornton appreciates the fact the Rockets waived him in time for him to sign with another team and still be eligible for postseason play. “Very important, very important,” Thornton said. “That was kind of the main thing that I wanted, if we were going to go in that direction, it would be now. So I can go sign with a contending team that I know I can help.” Thornton returned to the Rockets after his trade to the Detroit Pistons was rescinded because of medical issues concerning Donatas Motiejunas.
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July 20, 2018 | 1:56 am EDT Update
The Warriors have no such expectations with Cousins. Next summer — assuming they bring back either Klay Thompson, Durant or both, which would cap them out — they can only give Cousins a 20-percent raise, which jumps him from $5.3 million to around $6.4 million. If he returns healthy and looks like even 80 percent of the player he was before last January’s Achilles tear — an outcome both the player and team desire — Cousins will command way more than that max Warriors number, likely in the high teens per year. And he won’t be in the discount mood, understandably, considering all the money he lost out on this summer.
Storyline: DeMarcus Cousins Free Agency
The Cavaliers waived veteran center Kendrick Perkins Tuesday so he could be free to pursue training camp deals, a source told cleveland.com. Perkins, 33, was signed by the Cavs on the final day of the regular season so he could be on their playoff roster. But Cleveland gave him a non-guaranteed, $2.4 million contract for this coming season with the hope it could be used as part of a trade.
Storyline: Kendrick Perkins Free Agency
He was like us. Not “us” in the old, non-athlete kind of way but in a bigger “us” context. An “us” we could all aspire to and appreciate. He is, as much as possible, normal. He isn’t egotistical or at all self-centred. He put team and others ahead of himself. I don’t remember a lot of “I” conversations or “me” conversations; it was generally “us” and “we” and the team. Admirable. I will fully admit to having a fondness for the young man that transcended an appreciation for his estimable basketball skills.