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Marc J. Spears: Former NBA big man @Marreese Speights will be joining @thebig3 Bivouac as a co-captain and a player, sources said.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Lakers completed workouts and meetings with Dwight Howard and Joakim Noah on Thursday and have Mo Speights at the team’s facility today, league sources tell ESPN. Both Howard and Noah left impressions that they could be helpful to the team.
Alex Kennedy: Marreese Speights will work out for the Lakers on Friday, according to sources. Frank Vogel and Ryan West (who’s no longer with the Lakers) attended Speights’ free-agent workout in Las Vegas last month. L.A. is also expected to work out Dwight Howard and Joakim Noah, as Woj said.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Sources: Lakers planning individual workouts to evaluate centers Joakim Noah, Dwight Howard and Mo Speights this week in Los Angeles. Another consideration currently overseas: Marcin Gortat. Lakers want a window into physical condition and mindset of a potential addition.
Marc J. Spears: Former NBA forward @Mospeights16 is working out for NBA teams on Wednesday in Las Vegas. He played in China last season.
Marreese Speights: It’s go time 🔥👍🏾🙏 it’s different than I am used to but I am ready to start the next chapter of my life.. it’s a blessing to be able to play basketball all over the world.. GOD is GOOD.. #MoBucketsChina #longlions #guangzhou #11year #blessed🙏
Marc J. Spears: Orlando Magic free agent forward Marreese Speights is nearing a lucrative deal with the Guangzhou Long-Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association, a source said.
David ‘Dubi’ Pick: Source: NBA veteran free-agent Marreese Speights is nearing an agreement on a deal to sign in China with the Guangzhou Long Lions.
Josh Robbins: The Magic have announced they have signed Marreese Speights.
Jeff Zillgitt: Marreese Speights headed to the Magic on a one-year, veteran’s minimum deal ($2.1M), I’m told.
David ‘Dubi’ Pick: Marreese Speights is on course to signing a deal with the Orlando Magic, according to source.
David ‘Dubi’ Pick: NBA shooting center Mo Speights and the Orlando Magic had face-to-face meeting, according to source.
The Clippers’ revolving cast of reserves will continue this summer with the likely departure of free agents Raymond Felton, Brandon Bass, Mo Speights and Alan Anderson. If the team is committed to having three max contracts (Paul, Griffin and DeAndre Jordan), it has to have success with its mid-level exception and draft picks to have some bench stability. This is where the team needs to improve the most.
Bobby Marks: Mo Speights would have earned $2.1m next season. LAC restricted to $2.5m (non-bird) or tax ML ($5.2m) to bring him back.
Reserve center Marreese Speights is expected to opt out of his deal that would pay him $1.4 million next season. He has to inform the Clippers by June 22 of his decision.
The L.A. Clippers today announced that they have signed free agent center/power forward Marreese Speights to a contract.
Marreese Speights: Thanks #dubnation for everything the last 3 years has been a true blessing...
Free-agent forward Marreese Speights has signed a multiyear contract with the Los Angeles Clippers, he told The Undefeated.
Ben Bolch: The Marreese Speights deal with Clippers is for one year, to clarify.
Marcus Thompson: The Warriors, I’m told, did not offer a contract to Marreese Speights.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent Marreese Speights has reached agreement on a deal with the Los Angeles Clippers, league sources tell @TheVertical.
On his prospects for returning to the Warriors last year, Speights remained non-committal. But he wants to come back. “It’s been a hell of a lot of fun,” he said. “I feel like I put myself in position on this team and in this city to make a name for myself and be one of the core guys who’s been here. It would be best to be back here, but I understand it’s a business. I’m going to give everything in these Finals, and after that, whatever happens happens.”
“I think people know that everyone on this team is more valuable than their contract says just from the basis of what they’ve given up,” Bogut said. “You look at a guy like (Andre) Iguodala and even Mo Speights right now, Festus, all these guys probably could make more on other teams. Mo’s been absolutely huge for us this season, and someone’s obviously going to give him a lot of money. Hopefully, it’s us.”
The Warriors hold the team option on forward/center Marreese Speights, and general manager Bob Myers says they’re likely to bring back the man nicknamed “Mo Buckets.” “He was good for us,” Myers said Thursday night, “so I think we’re inclined to. “We’ve just got to meet tomorrow to discuss those options . . . I would think we’re leaning that way. But we haven’t committed to it. We haven’t talked to his agent and decided it 100 percent.”
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And as is usually the case when the Celtics don’t turn a highly publicized rumor into a reality, we’re getting a reason why that deal never went through. According to ESPN’s Zach Lowe, the Celtics were never really that high on Turner. Boston apparently didn’t see him as a very big upgrade to their frontcourt, and was even exploring other deals to trade Turner had the deal with Indiana come to fruition. “Talking to people and reading the tea leaves as best I could, it really comes down to the Celtics didn’t want Myles Turner,” Lowe said on The Lowe Post Podcast. “I did hear from some teams around the league that the Celtics have done some preliminary research on what Myles Turner’s trade value would have been to them had they acquired him either in this deal or in a separate deal, and obviously didn’t like what they saw.”
For quite some time during his 2020 offseason, Marc Gasol was rumored to be considering a return to Europe and his native Spain by joining Barcelona. Now a player of the Los Angeles Lakers, Gasol shut down those rumors as pure speculation, saying that there wasn’t even a talk with Barcelona. “That was not accurate at all,” Gasol said when asked how close he was to going back to Spain during first official presser by the Los Angeles Lakers. “I think someone made that assumption just because I’m not very ‘out there’ and communicate on things. I think people just try to make that decision for me and thought that was a very good time to try it. I never stated that. I was never close to that. I never even spoke to Barcelona about it.” “That came as surprise to me but that’s the world we’re living now. You’re hearing something and everybody runs with it,” Gasol added.
Have you gotten a chance to speak to those guys – Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum? How are they feeling about you returning to the team? Enes Kanter: The day I got traded to Portland, Dame texted me, and he said, ‘Let’s go out there and win a championship.’ I was just super excited. I also saw CJ yesterday, and he was just very happy for me being here. But not only them, all the other guys as well. They were my ex-teammates, and they were so happy to see me come back. It was reported that Boston gave you two choices. Either the Blazers or the Grizzlies. Was this report accurate? Enes Kanter: Most of the time, they were talking to my agent. When my agent called me and said that you’re getting traded to Portland, I was like, ‘I was here two years ago, and I had an amazing time, so let’s do it again.’
Wanamaker racked up titles and All-Star appearances during his overseas career, but he didn’t make his NBA debut until Oct. 16, 2018. He was 28 at the time, just over three months removed from signing a one-year contract with the Boston Celtics and still trying to prove that he belonged. “The NBA was always my dream, and I always wanted to play in the NBA,” Wanamaker told reporters on a video conference call Wednesday. “As I got older, I kind of doubted myself that maybe I wasn’t good enough to play in the NBA. And then when the Boston situation came, it was a thing where I wanted to prove to myself if I was able to play. … I wanted to take the chance and see, ‘Am I really made for the NBA, or am I just a guy that’s going to play high-level basketball overseas?’ “
Who’s to say what Silas knew about the discord inside the organization he was about to join? Mike D’Antoni chose to leave, and Morey was out too — that much was obvious. Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta preferred Jeff Van Gundy for coach, sources say, while Harden and Westbrook wanted Tyronn Lue. Silas was to be the brokered compromise, but both star players chose to try to push their way out after he was hired anyway.
The world has changed drastically in the two years since D1 Capital launched. And Dan Sundheim has made money through it all, thanks to a string of bets that have emerged as winners in the new normal. The Wharton grad now has at least $1 billion in personal wealth between his assets in his firm, stake in the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets, real-estate portfolio, and art collection. The former Viking Global Investors chief investment officer started trading at D1 in July 2018 with more than $5 billion – including more than $500 million of his own money – and hasn’t looked back.
Josh Gerben: LeBron James has blocked Carnival Cruise Line’s attempt to register a trademark for KING JAMES. Carnival’s trademark filing indicated it wanted to use KING JAMES as the name of a ship. LeBron filed a formal opposition to the application last week. 👇