Brandon Rahbar: Mike Muscala got emotional talking about OKC: “Coming to OKC, it helped me a lot. As a man, as a player. I feel like the organization’s values and the fans here, it aligns with what I feel. Whatever happens this offseason, I’d love to come back, but I’ll always be a Thunder fan.”
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Adrian Wojnarowski: Forward Mike Muscala has exercised his player option to return to Oklahoma City this season, source tells ESPN.
Michael Scotto: The Oklahoma City Thunder signed Mike Muscala to a two-year, $4.31 million deal, which includes a player option Year 2, league sources told @The Athletic.
The Thunder reached agreements with Muscala and Burks to open free agency last week, but after George’s stunning trade to the Los Angeles Clippers, Oklahoma City granted both players the opportunity to re-evaluate their options, league sources told ESPN. Muscala will remain with the Thunder while Burks is signing with a different team, league sources said.
The Thunder were prepared to honor the commitments on the agreements while also allowing the players to reconsider their situations. With George traded, the Thunder are changing course, focusing on rebuilding with draft assets and young players. They traded Jerami Grant to the Denver Nuggets on Monday, league sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, collecting their sixth first-round draft pick in the past three days.
Darren Wolfson: Here’s how badly OKC wanted former Roseville HS star Mike Muscala: GM Sam Presti flew up here to recruit him in person at his house. Tip of the hat to the few of you who alerted me to seeing Presti at MSP airport.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent F/C Mike Muscala has agreed to a deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder, agent Sean Kennedy of Excel Sports tells ESPN.
Bobby Marks: With Mike Muscala exercising his $5M player option, Atlanta projects to enter the offseason with $20M in room and 15 players (12 guaranteed) under contract. The Hawks could be a landing spot for teams looking to move contracts (with a draft pick) to clear cap space.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Hawks forward Mike Muscala has exercised his $5M player option, source tells ESPN. He will be back with Atlanta.
The Atlanta Hawks have re-signed power forward Mike Muscala to a two-year, $10 million deal. The 6-foot-11 Muscala, who was an unrestricted free agent, could play a bigger role as he returns for his fifth season following the departures of Paul Millsap and Dwight Howard.
The Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club has re-signed forward Mike Muscala, it was announced today by General Manager and Head of Basketball Operations Travis Schlenk. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Last season in 70 games (three starts) with the Hawks, Muscala averaged career-highs of 6.2 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 17.7 minutes (.504 FG%, .418 3FG%, .766 FT%). He scored in double figures 20 times, ranking second on the club in FG% and fifth in rpg.
Shams Charania: Free agent forward Mike Muscala has agreed to a two-year, $10M deal to stay with the Atlanta Hawks, league sources tell The Vertical.
Shams Charania: Muscala’s deal has a player option that will allow the young forward to reenter free agency next summer, sources say.
Darren Wolfson: Roseville native Mike Muscala drawing interest from the #Twolves, Hawks, Mavs, Pacers, Heat, and more. Stretch bigs are in demand.
Q. What are your thoughts about becoming an unrestricted free agent because this is new territory for you? Mike Muscala. It’s new territory. I’m going to take some time to decompress after the season. You are very emotionally involved. It’s a long season. There were ups and downs along the way. Take some time and take it day by day from there. Q. Would you like it if it worked out to remain here? Mike Muscala. Absolutely. Obviously, this is where I was drafted. Atlanta is a special place for me. I feel like the organization is headed in the right direction with the ownership and the coaching staff, practice facility. I’ve loved my time here. It’s sure a lot warmer than where I’m from in Minnesota. That doesn’t hurt either.
Q. Did they give you any indication how much they want to have you back? Mike Muscala. We haven’t talked much yet. It’s business. Right now, it’s just reflecting back on the season and taking some time most importantly.
Muscala admits free agency is on his mind but feels if he continues putting in the same work, it will ultimately be rewarded. “Yeah, you know I think [free agency is] always in the back of your mind, but you just got to take it game by game,” Muscala told Basketball Insiders. “I think I’ve been trying to do that my whole career. The league is like that. You can have a great night one night and then the next night things just don’t go your way at all. So you got to be mentally prepared, you got to be ready to go every night, you can’t look past any games, you can’t get too complacent or also get too frustrated. If things aren’t going your way, there are 82 games, so luckily you can try to bounce back. “I thought I worked pretty hard this offseason. I had a good offseason in Atlanta. I’ll just try to take it game by game though.”
Alex Kennedy: No surprise: The Atlanta Hawks officially exercised their contract option for the 2016-17 season on Mike Muscala, the team announced.
The Hawks picked up their team option on center Mike Muscala on Wednesday. Muscala will return for a fourth season with the team with a salary of $1,015,696. It will be the final season of the rookie contract he signed in 2014.
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June 12, 2021 | 1:33 pm EDT Update
After more than six months on the sidelines due to an ACL injury, Dinwiddie is eyeing a return to play if the Nets make it to the Finals, the Daily News has learned. A source close to the Nets’ combo guard also says after spending most of the regular season rehabbing in Los Angeles, Dinwiddie is planning to return to the team “sooner than later.” “He’s going to be in Brooklyn to support his team,” the source said. “He definitely is.”
Justin Kubatko: Chris Paul has 61 assists and six turnovers over his last six games. Since the NBA started tracking individual turnovers in 1977-78, Paul is the only player to record 60 or more assists with six or fewer turnovers over a six-game postseason span. He also did so in 2008 and 2015. pic.twitter.com/B4aQFCrQAc
Chris Grenham: Ohio State guard Duane Washington Jr. participated in the Celtics’ pre-draft workout on Thursday, per source. He has received a G League Elite Camp invite, which begins next weekend in Chicago prior to the NBA Draft Combine.
June 12, 2021 | 8:31 am EDT Update
Sergio Scariolo is a strong candidate for Virtus Bologna head coaching job, as reported by Il Corriere dello Sport and confirmed to Sportando. Sasha Djordjevic’s departure from Virtus Bologna was almost certain when Serie A playoffs started, also considering the elimination in EuroCup semifinals against Unics Kazan and the missed chance to play in EuroLeague next season.
In the locker room after the Nets’ 86-83 loss, there were lots of “atta boys” and “pick your head ups” and “we’ll live with that shot” from teammates, but Irving had a little piece of extra advice. Be like dad. Dunk it. “Kyrie was like, ‘Hey, you gotta try and dunk it, get a foul or something,’” Brown said. “That’s definitely what I should have done. I had the lane and the angle too, so maybe if I did that I’d have gotten a foul call, gotten to the line. If I had taken my two steps toward the rim, I probably could’ve dunked the ball.”
The available replays call into question this very idea. Lopez is 7-feet tall, and he’d recovered quickly from where he was on the sideline to get in Brown’s way. Brown faded left as he shot the ball, and, “I shot it too hard, I was trying to get it up a little higher, but he was nowhere near the ball, looking at the pictures and the film. “I could’ve just really did a simple layup and made the shot,” he said. “I made it difficult for myself just thinking too much during the shot.”
Harris wasn’t the only one misfiring in the Nets’ 86-83 loss. Add in Landry Shamet (1-for-4) and Mike James (1-for-5), and three Nets who can make a defense pay for double-teaming Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving were a combined 3-for-20 from the field, including 2-for-11 from 3-point range. If those supporting cast numbers are repeated Sunday in Game 4, the series soon could be tied. “If you look at it, only one or two buckets in the last three or four minutes that we needed to fall and they just didn’t,” coach Steve Nash said. “I thought plenty of opportunities. Now, would I want Kevin or Ky shooting every single ball? Of course, but that’s not always the way it works out. We can learn from it.”