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The Magic signed Carter-Williams to a second 10-day contract on Monday, and it appears certain the team will sign him for the remainder of the season when that contract expires on Apr. 4. If Orlando makes the playoffs, the Magic would have to waive someone for Carter-Williams to be playoff eligible. The reason? Because Mo Bamba, Isaiah Briscoe, Markelle Fultz and Timofey Mozgov were all dealing with long-term injuries that prevent them from playing, the NBA granted the Magic an injury hardship waiver to allow Carter-Williams to become the 16th player on a conventional contract on their roster.
But if a team finishes the regular season with 16 or more players on its roster, a player signed via a hardship waiver would be ineligible to play or practice during the postseason. If a team finishes the regular season with 15 or fewer players on its roster, any of those 15 would be playoff eligible, even if he was signed via a hardship exception (assuming he was otherwise eligible). The two most likely candidates to be waived would be Jerian Grant or Briscoe.
Josh Robbins: The Magic intend to sign Michael Carter-Williams to a 10-day contract to improve their point guard depth. The team applied for an injury hardship exception and was granted that exception.
The Orlando Magic have signed free agent guard Michael Carter-Williams to a 10-day contract, President of Basketball Operations Jeff Weltman announced today.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Six players hit waivers at 5 PM: MarShon Brooks, Michael Carter-Williams, Patrick McCaw, James Nunnally, Lorenzo Brown and Ron Baker. Rest of non-guaranteed contracts are locked in for season now.
Jonathan Feigen: Rockets announce the signing of Michael Carter-Williams. Signed a one-year minimum deal. MCW sat with Mike D’Antoni and John Lucas at yesterday’s summer league game in Las Vegas.
Free agent guard Michael Carter-Williams, who played this past season with the Charlotte Hornets, is thrilled to have reached an agreement on a one-year contract with the Houston Rockets. “It’s a great moment,” Carter-Williams said in an interview with FOX 26 Sports. I get to play on a team that’s a contender for a championship. I’m really looking forward to it. It’s a great opportunity for myself, and I just really want to go in there and just help the team any way I can.”
He is looking forward to playing with James Harden and Chris Paul. “I’m excited,” Carter-Williams said. “They are two great players in this league. James, obviously is the MVP. I just can’t wait to learn from them, and help be a part of their success.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Michael Carter-Williams has reached deal with Rockets, source tells ESPN.
Adrian Wojnarowski: One-year, minimum deal
When All-Star Kemba Walker approached Hornets general manager Rich Cho about signing free agent Michael Carter-Williams, Cho said he couldn’t help but lend an ear. “Anytime your best player is endorsing another player and is excited about acquiring another player you have to listen,” Cho said.
Now Carter-Williams is eager to get his career back on track and said Walker is a “big part of the reason” why he chose to sign with Charlotte. “I can learn a lot from him,” Carter-Williams said of Walker. “He was eager to play with me as much as I am to play with him.”
Charlotte Hornets General Manager Rich Cho announced today that the team has signed guard Michael Carter-Williams. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Rick Bonnell: MCW: “I love the guys on the team they have already.”
Charlotte with the one-year, $2.7M Michael Carter-Williams signing now has $112M in guaranteed contracts. The Hornets are $7M below the $119M luxury tax and still have part of the $5.7M mid-level available along with the $3.2M bi-annual.
Michael Carter-Williams has agreed to a deal with Charlotte, source told ESPN.
Chris Haynes: Michael Carter-Williams and Charlotte agree to one-year, $2.7 million deal, league sources tell ESPN.
Michael Carter-Williams: So happy to be joining the hornets this year! Thank you to Chicago for having me I appreciate. Time to move to the next chapter! BUZZZZCITY
Marc J. Spears: PG Michael Carter-Williams got a call from the Rockets last night, a source said. New York, OKC, Dallas, NO & Charlotte have interest, too.
David Kaplan: Bulls will not submit a qualifying offer to Michael Carter-Williams + he will become unrestricted free agent. Per John Paxson on @ESPN1000
Traded twice in four seasons, Carter-Williams is looking forward to restricted free agency. He didn’t rule out a return to the Bulls. “This is the first time I have control,” he said. “I want to feel that comfort where I can get better, and be in a good situation.”
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May 23, 2019 | 2:47 pm EDT Update
Chris Mannix: Kevin Durant is unlikely to be ready to play when the NBA Finals open on May 30th, per Warriors. Team is hopeful he can return during the series. @Kevin Durant has yet to begin on-court activities.
Mark Kreidler: Warriors announce that Durant hasn’t been cleared to return to on-court activity. Team says it’s “hopeful” that “at some point” he plays in NBA Finals. Cousins is more likely at this point.
Mark Medina: Warriors say they “anticipate” DeMarcus Cousins will play at some point in the NBA Finals. Warriors they are “hopeful” Kevin Durant plays at some point in the NBA Finals. But nothing is certain. Warriors will re-evaluate both players on Wednesday
Tim Bontemps: The NBA has announced its All-NBA teams. By being named to one of the three teams, Damian Lillard is now eligible for four-year, $191 million extensions this summer, and Kemba Walker is eligible to sign a five-year, $221 million deal as a free agent July 1. No Beal or Thompson.
Rod Boone: It’s third-team Alll-NBA team honors for Kemba Walker. That means he’s eligible for the supermax contract, which in his case is five years, $221 million. Equates to a salary of $38.2 million per season. Now GM Mitch Kupchak has the financial parameters he must work with.
Christopher Hine: The league just released its All-NBA teams. Karl-Anthony Towns DID NOT make it. Rudy Gobert beat him out for the third team. His 5-year extension will be worth around $158 million instead of $190 million.