Dallas Mavericks PR: The Dallas Mavericks have signed Marquese Chriss to a multi-year contract. In an additional move, Dallas has requested waivers on center Willie Cauley-Stein.
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Mavericks signing Marquese Chriss to two-year contract
Shams Charania: The Dallas Mavericks are waiving center Willie Cauley-Stein and signing Marquese Chriss to a new two-year deal, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Chriss has averaged 6.8 points and 3.9 rebounds in 12 games for the Mavericks, impressing the team with his energy.
Tim MacMahon: Marquese Chris earned the roster spot with his production during his three 10-day hardship deals. He would have had to be inactive the rest of this 10-day after Kristaps Porzingis cleared protocols. Willie Cauley-Stein hasn’t played since late November due to personal reasons.
Dallas Mavericks PR: The Dallas Mavericks have signed forward Marquese Chriss to a third 10-day contract under the COVID-related hardship allowance.
Mavericks to keep Marquese Chriss
Marc Stein: The Mavericks are planning to sign Marquese Chriss to his third 10-day hardship deal with Kristaps Porzingis still in the league’s health and safety protocols, league sources say.
Mavericks interested in retaining Marquese Chriss
Marc Stein: The Mavericks are still exploring ways to create roster room to be able to retain Marquese Chriss after the expiration of Chriss’ second hardship deal, league sources say. Dallas is retaining Theo Pinson by converting his deal to a two-way contract to fill its open two-way spot.
Marc Stein: And Dallas has also announced a second 10-day deal for Marquese Chriss. More NBA from me: marcstein.substack.com
Chris Haynes: Forward/center Marquese Chriss will sign a second 10-day hardship contract with the Dallas Mavericks, league sources tell @YahooSports.
Dallas Mavericks PR: The Dallas Mavericks have signed forward Marquese Chriss to a 10-day contract under the COVID-related hardship allowance. Chriss will wear #32 for the Mavericks. pic.twitter.com/V10Fhhv2rn
Mavs to sign Marquese Chriss
Chris Haynes: Free agent forward/center Marquese Chriss will sign with the Dallas Mavericks, league sources tell @YahooSports.
Blazers cut three players
The Portland Trail Blazers have waived Marquese Chriss, Quinn Cook, and Patrick Patterson, it was announced today by president of basketball operations Neil Olshey. All three players were signed to training camp contracts in September.
Bulls add Matt Thomas
Paul Garcia: Some players who have signed training camp deals with teams per Real GM recently: Matt Thomas – Bulls, Marquese Chriss – Blazers, George King – Clippers, Dennis Smith Jr.- Blazers
Blazers adding Marquese Chriss
Shams Charania: Free agent C/F Marquese Chriss has agreed to a non-guaranteed deal with the Portland Trail Blazers, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium . Chriss has fully recovered from broken leg last December and will compete for a roster spot in Blazers’ camp.
Bobby Marks: As part of the trade to acquire Marquese Chriss from Golden State, the Spurs received $1.85M. They will net $1.2M with Chriss now being waived. $1.85M- $650K (amount left on his contract)
Tom Orsborn: Spurs announced they have waived Marquese Chriss. Roster stands at 16.
Spurs waiving Marquese Chriss
Shams Charania: The Spurs are releasing Marquese Chriss to create roster space for center Gorgui Dieng, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium.
Marquese Chriss wants to re-sign with Warriors
Wes Goldberg: Marquese Chriss on if he wants to stay in Golden State after this season. “I hope so. I love being here. I think the team loves having me here. But they’re gonna make a decision that they feel is best for the organization. Hopefully I’m a part of that.”
The Golden State Warriors have signed Ky Bowman, Marquese Chriss and Juan Toscano-Anderson to contracts, the team announced today.
Bobby Marks: Golden State is signing Marquese Chriss to a two-year contract, league sources tell ESPN.
Wes Goldberg: The Warriors anticipate to convert Marquese Chriss from his two-way contract to a standard one soon, per a league source.
Wes Goldberg: The Warriors announce the signing of Marquese Chriss to a two-way contract. pic.twitter.com/VBgLmfPNYX
Chris Haynes: Marquese Chriss has signed his contract, officially rejoining the Golden State Warriors on a two-way deal, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
Connor Letourneau: Steve Kerr on whether it surprised him that Marquese Chriss was available on a two-way: “It did. I guess the one thing that maybe hurt him in terms of not being picked up is just the trade deadline. … We’re the beneficiaries of that.”
Monte Poole: The Marquese Chriss re-signing is indeed imminent, as first reported by @Marc J. Spears. Was the plan all along, per league sources. Warriors were relieved Chriss went unclaimed on waivers and are very interested in keeping him beyond this season.
Marquese Chriss back to Golden State
Marc J. Spears: The Warriors plan to re-sign big man Marquese Chriss to a two-way player deal, a source told @TheUndefeated.
Bobby Marks: As expected, Chriss (and Gary Clark) cleared waivers. Golden St. was hoping a waiver claim would give them more room under the hard cap.
They liked Chriss, for sure. A part of the front office hopes he doesn’t get claimed off of waivers, so the team can bring him back in March. The Warriors would definitely be interested in signing him in the offseason, which for Chriss is a sign of how impressive he was during this make-good opportunity. But they weren’t just going to dump other assets. The only asset they could actually just dump, the one the Warriors were least invested in, was Chriss.
Under the current salary-cap structure, the Warriors can sign you to a 10-day contract. Would you be open to that? Marquese Chriss: “We’ve had conversations about certain things to try and make things work but I think that’s something that I would try to keep between myself and them, just because I don’t know any situation that might come up. But who knows? I would like to be here. So eventually, if that happens, I would be all for it.”
Do you think this stint changed the league-wide perception of you? Marquese Chriss: “Absolutely. I texted Bob [Myers] yesterday and I just told him I appreciated him because pretty much the whole summer, I was on the outside looking in. I had certain opportunities and certain places I could go to try and do the same things I did here, but I felt like coming here was the best opportunity for me and they put me in an opportunity to succeed from day one. I think just being here, it created a different narrative for myself.”
General manager Bob Myers informed Chriss last week that the team might need to waive him to keep Lee with the NBA club the rest of the season. But when it actually happened Monday, many players were stunned. Chriss had built strong bonds with his teammates and left some to believe he could be a long-term piece.
Bobby Marks: Golden State makes it official on the Marquese Chriss waiver. If this was early-November, Chriss would likely get claimed. However, because his contract is guaranteed once claimed and teams put a high priority on open roster spots before the trade deadline, it is unlikely.
Marquese Chriss open to signing a two-way contract
Connor Letourneau: Marquese Chriss said he would like to get a guaranteed deal, even elsewhere, but would be open to talking to Golden State about a two-way contract if that’s all that was available.
The Warriors signed veteran forward Marquese Chriss to a non-guaranteed one-year deal, as first reported by Yahoo on Tuesday. Chriss is unlikely to make the roster. Because of the hard cap, the Warriors don’t currently have the necessary wiggle room to add a 15th and final guy to their roster. If they did, Damion Lee, currently on a two-way deal, would likely get that spot. But if Chriss can impress in camp, the Warriors could shed a piece to find a spot for him. Alfonzo McKinnie is the easiest to lose. He’s the only of the 14 current roster guys on a non-guaranteed deal. They could cut him at any point before the Jan. 10 deadline.
Bobby Marks: Because of hard cap restrictions, the contract for Marquese Chriss in GSW has no salary protection. However, landing a roster spot one week from camp gives the forward an open audition for all 30 teams. No downside in taking a camp deal.
Marquese Chriss to Warriors
Chris Haynes: Free agent forward Marquese Chriss — 8th pick in 2016 NBA Draft — has reached an agreement on a one-year deal with the Golden State Warriors, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
Anthony Slater: I hear it’s a non-guaranteed camp invite for Chriss. Warriors don’t really have room for 15th man (hard cap), but McKinnie (very likely to remain on roster) has a non-guaranteed deal and other pieces could be shed if Chriss impresses.
Chriss is a free agent at the end of the year and at least a couple of Cavs players are hopeful he can return next year on a make-good deal similar to what Rodney Hood signed last summer.
And yet, that’s a big reason why Chriss is in Cleveland. He has the reputation of not playing hard and not listening to his coaches. He was banished in Phoenix for throwing fits at coaches, and then the Rockets quickly moved on from him. One league source outside of the Cavs wondered whether his career is in jeopardy, even at this young of an age, because of his reputation and habits. If he can’t make it here, on one of the worst teams in the league where playing time is plentiful, where exactly can he fit? “I don’t think it’s even close to being over,” Chriss said of his career. “Obviously I haven’t been in the best position for myself and I think this is a better position for me to grow and develop as a player.”
Adrian Wojnarowski: Rockets declined 4th-year option on Marquese Chriss, source tells ESPN.
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March 28, 2023 | 6:29 am EDT Update
Ja Morant as a pitchman? 'There's going to be a wait-and-see approach with him'
The message of this new ad seemed just as obvious, given the controversy that swirled around Morant earlier this month: His recent off-court issues have cast doubt on his ability to be a corporate spokesperson. “There’s going to be a wait-and-see approach with him,” said Doug Shabelman, CEO of Burns Entertainment. “I don’t anticipate him signing with new companies in the next year, because people want to see is he going to rehabilitate himself, get himself to a better place, and then, how is it going to go? The hope for Ja is that nobody talks about this in 6-to-12 months.”
Most experts believe Morant has all the makings of a redemption story with a sweet ending, but the process will need to be calculated and strategic. “Right now, he is young enough and in a good enough position that he can rehabilitate his whole image based in how he comes out of these next few weeks,” Shabelman said. “Nothing has been decided, and the public is very forgiving when people are willing to do the work.”
Andrew Greif: Ty Lue: “It was nothing Marcus did wrong, just trying something different. And when you’re not playing well you want to try something different and a Marcus was all for it. We have to sacrifice if we want to win at a high level.”
“Always just been blessed,” Bridges told The Athletic. “I think my body might get hurt, heals a little faster. Everybody’s body is a little different, but my body will hurt and next day the swelling will go way down. And every time I did get hurt it’s been in the preseason or offseason, I was like in high school or stuff so that kind of helps as well.”
March 28, 2023 | 3:27 am EDT Update
Nikola Jokic on Joel Embiid: 'He's gonna be remembered as one of the most dominant players'
The Sixers sat both Embiid and James Harden (sore left Achilles) as Jokic compiled 25 points, 17 rebounds and 12 assists. Afterward, Jokic dished out nothing but high praise for the Sixers superstar looking to win his own MVP crown. “I think he’s a great player,” Jokic said of Embiid. “I think he’s gonna be remembered as one of the most dominant players in the league. The guy’s a beast, and he’s so talented. “He can affect [the game] many ways on the floor. He can post up, he can face up, he can shoot 3s. He can defend really well. He can, in some situations, guard 1 through 5. So he’s a really, really good player.”
Michael Singer: Bruce Brown said he got into it with MPJ after missing open guys on a possession. “That’s happens with every great team.” Said Jokic got mad at Bruce for lobbing him and it led to a turnover. Bruce said the team has grown most in its accountability.
Sixers coach Doc Rivers, when asked about the discourse surrounding the MVP race, said people should appreciate Embiid and Jokic. “It’s like we can’t celebrate people,” Rivers said before the game. “The league is in a great place. It’s in an amazing place. You’ve got Joel Embiid and Joker, two centers, in a non-center league, dominating the league. You’ve got Giannis, and I always put him as a whatever, because we don’t know what [position] Giannis is, but he’s one of the best players in the league. Jayson Tatum is playing unbelievable. Kevin Durant, if he wasn’t hurt, you can just keep going.