JD Shaw: The Magic have officially re-signed guard Michael Carter-Williams, per release.
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Shams Charania: Free agent Michael Carter-Williams has agreed to a deal to return to the Orlando Magic, sources tell @The Athletic @Stadium.
Analysis: Another factor to consider is playing time. Are there teams out there that would offer Carter-Williams a larger role than he would have on the Magic? If there are, those opportunities could be counterbalanced by the mutual respect between Carter-Williams and Magic coaches. Odds he returns: 50 percent
Maybe Orlando ticks up his pay to keep him around. They seem to value continuity. His stock could rise some with a strong showing in the bubble. But most insiders around the league presume he will remain available at the minimum. If so, he’s as intriguing a piece as the Warriors may find bargain bin shopping for a backup point guard.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent guard Michael Carter-Williams has agreed to a one-year deal to return to the Orlando Magic, league source tells ESPN.
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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January 21, 2021 | 12:06 pm EST Update
Duane Rankin: Memphis next 3 games – 1-22 at Blazers 1-24/25 vs. Kings – have been postponed in accordance with #NBA health/safety protocols. They’re being postponed due to unavailable players for Grizzlies, contact tracing for other players on roster and to ensure health/safety of both teams
Adrian Wojnarowski: The NBA is erring on the side of caution with what still appears to be isolated COVID-19 exposure within the Grizzlies, sources tell ESPN. These postponements aren’t a result of several individuals being placed into the league’s Health and Safety protocol.
Chris Herrington: Per league source, the Grizzlies have one (and only one) active positive case. The rest of this postponement is due to contact tracing/caution. My sense is it’s another reflection of the league further tightening its protocols.
January 21, 2021 | 10:39 am EST Update
While the Nets starters tired and Harden, Irving and Durant played the final 18:45 together, Brooklyn’s best on-ball defender, Bruce Brown, sat on the bench. Brown’s 6-2 frame made for an ideal matchup to potentially cool down Sexton, who is 6-1, but after seeing the reserves struggle in the second quarter, Nash elected to tighten his rotations and play just nine all game. After the game, Brooklyn’s stars said Sexton hit a lot of difficult shots on them and his performance isn’t a total reflection of the defense. “He made some tough shots,” Harden said. “And if he missed those shots, is it good defense? No, he made some tough shots, everybody’s tired at that point, and I think we did enough, especially in the fourth quarter and first overtime. I don’t know how many points he had in that second overtime, but I think he had the majority of them. Chalk your hat up to him.”
Irving said his time in Cleveland with LeBron James and Kevin Love taught him that resolve, compromise and sacrifice was necessary for the Cavaliers to win at a high level. Irving thinks the same can happen in Brooklyn with his new star-studded team. Like his last one, it isn’t going to happen immediately. “We’ll have good nights, we’ll have great nights, but it’s how we galvanize as a group together,” Irving said. “It’s how we sacrifice and compromise for the greater good. And that still remains to be seen. Obviously, one game is out of the way, but I’m excited for what’s to come.”
His teammates have noticed a difference in him, too. Osman has noted the advancements in Sexton’s game from his rookie year to now. Sexton is competitive on the defensive end of the floor, he’s making the extra pass and his assists this season are up to 3.7 per game. “Obviously, last year he was better, and this year he’s even better,” Osman said. “He made like 14 or 15 points in a row, and then there was good defense on him, but then he found TP (new Cavalier Taurean Prince) in the corner for a 3-point shot that was wide open. That was a beautiful play from Collin. He could have taken that one too but saw TP was open, and that was the right play, so he made the right play. You can see from his first year until now — he’s just getting better every day.”