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James Edwards III: There are no options on Plumlee’s three-year deal, per sources. Okafor’s is a vet-minimum.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent center Mason Plumlee has agreed to a three-year, $25M deal with the Detroit Pistons, his agent Mark Bartelstein of @Priority Sports tells ESPN.
TJ McBride: “I would foresee us bringing back everyone we possibly could.” -Calvin Booth, who also said that Denver values continuity.
The Denver Nuggets have re-signed center Mason Plumlee to a multi-year contract, President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly announced today. Acquired in a trade with Portland on February 13th, Plumlee, 6-11, 245, appeared in 27 games for Denver in 206-17, averaging 9.1 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.10 blocks in 23.4 minutes per game.
Mason Plumlee: I am thrilled to be a Denver Nugget. I am grateful that we got a deal done and excited for the challenge of the season to come. I meant what I said when I was traded here last year. This is an exciting, talented young team with a bunch of high character guys and I’ve always admired the loyalty and dedication of Nuggets fans. With some of the big additions this summer and another year of experience for the young guns, I believe this team can compete with anyone in the league.
I want to get to know you. Like I said, my time in Denver was brief last season. I want to meet the people of this amazing city and explore as much as I can. I can’t wait to check out the galleries on Santa Fe, sample some of that Colorado green chile and see the Rockies in all their glory. A friend of mine told me about the “Mi Tierra” exhibit at the Denver Art Museum, so definitely adding that to my list. Any other fun ideas reach out on social media, or text me anytime on my Superphone at 931-805-4447. I want to hear your recommendations. I want to know what makes Denver great and why everyone keeps moving here.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Restricted free agent Mason Plumlee has agreed to a three-year, $41M deal to return to Denver, league sources tell ESPN.
Denver now with $5M in cap space after the Mike Miller waiver. The $3.5M contract for Miller would have been guaranteed if not waived by July 12. The Nuggets still have a $5.8M free agent hold of Mason Plumlee counting against the cap.
The Denver Nuggets have tendered a qualifying offer to Mason Plumlee, which will make him a restricted free agent. Plumlee’s qualifying offer is worth approximately $4.59 million.
The plan is to sign center Mason Plumlee to a new contract. Plumlee came to the Nuggets in a trade deadline deal with Portland. “Mase brought a lot of what we thought he would bring – intensity, a vertical threat at the rim,” Connelly said. “An athletic big. A very good passer. It’s not an easy transition going from a starter to the third or fourth big. … When we traded for him, we traded for him for the purpose of bringing him back. Barring something unforeseen or some dramatic shift, we’re pretty excited to talk to his representatives this summer and figure something out.”
“The deal was not done just for today. It was done for the years going forward,” Tim Connelly said. “We think having his restricted rights and having the ability for him to get to know him and for him to get to know us was important. We looked at our free agent board and he was a guy we circled early in the process and, quite frankly, we did not feel confident that we could get him without a move like this.”
“He’s here for the long-term,” Connelly said. “What is great about restricted rights and having a ton of money is that it is up to us to keep him. So I think he is a guy who can add to an already strong young core.”
David Aldridge: At the moment extensions not looking likely for Otto Porter, Kelly Olynyk, Mason Plumlee, per sources.
For Plumlee, the benefit of waiting to test the free agent market is a rising salary cap in 2017 and the chance to showcase his ability for one more season, while the benefit for the Blazers is a bigger sample size upon which to make an offer. “I’ve always thought your value can go up if you play on a good team,’’ Plumlee said. “When you are in the playoffs and GMs on losing teams look at you … everybody looks good on a winning team. We are a better team this year than last year, and I think my value could go up over the season.’’
First-round picks in their fourth season are eligible for extensions before the Oct. 31 deadline. Plumlee will now play out this season and will likely become a restricted free agent in July, providing the Blazers make a qualifying offer before June 30, which is extremely likely, if not certain. By extending a $3.4 million qualifying offer, the Blazers will retain the right to match any free agent offer in the summer of 2017.
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Now, in a recent Instagram post, Durant was less reserved in his criticism of Barkley. BasketballNews.com’s Etan Thomas posted about Barkley’s recent comment that NBA players “deserve some preferential treatment” when it comes to the COVID-19 vaccine because of how much they pay in taxes. “Yea, that’ll go over well Barkley smh,” Thomas wrote in the caption. In the comments, Durant responded: “I don’t know why they still ask for this idiot’s opinion.”
Today, on a different IG post, Durant seemed to weigh in on the exchange between Shaq and Mitchell. “Them old heads need to go enjoy retirement,” Durant commented. “These boys have coaches they work with everyday lol.” LeBron James also weighed in: “There’s a difference between constructive criticism and soft hating though. I’ve seen it both ways come my way, mostly the hate. You can hear it in their delivery.”
Will Guillory: Asked Stan Van Gundy about his starting backcourt. He said the entire team has been having issues staying locked in. It’s not just one or two guys. Added he doesn’t expect to make any changes with the personnel.