Donatas Urbonas: Kuzminskas told he almost signed with another NBA team after he left Knicks but he didn’t because of some circumstances. He got 2-way deal offer but didn’t want to be thrown between NBA and D League. Kuzminskas hopes to come back to the NBA in future: ‘I believe I can play there’
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Emiliano Carchia: Mindaugas Kuzminskas’ contract with Olimpia Milano will be till June 2019 with an NBA opt clause for next summer, as reported by Sportando’s @AlessandroMagg4
The Lakers are keeping tabs on free agent Mindaugas Kuzminskas. According to sources with knowledge of the team’s thinking, the Lakers, in need of perimeter shooting, are doing their due diligence and met with the forward recently while they evaluate their wing depth.
Michael Scotto: Milwaukee Bucks are among the teams interested in former Knicks forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas, league sources told @BBallInsiders. Milwaukee currently has a full roster and would need to create a roster spot to add Kuzminskas.
Free-agent forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas talked about his future after being waived by the New York Knicks. “My priority is NBA,” Kuzminskas told reporter Donatas Urbonas. “But who knows, maybe nobody needs me. Then I would consider return to Europe.” He confirmed that money won’t be his priority: “If I needed money, I would have stayed in New York. I want to play, not to sit on the bench.”
Marc Berman: Hornacek says Kuzminskas was “great” and it was numbers. So great he’s been cut with a hefty contract.
Ian Begley: One factor in decision to waive Kuzminskas over Ramon Sessions, as reported by @Adrian Wojnarowski, was due to the recent injury history of Jarrett Jack, per sources. The Knicks have to eat around $3 million to waive Kuzminskas— about 700K more than they would have if they waived Sessions.
Stefan Bondy: Kuz clarified his contract situation. He’s on an expiring deal, no options. He’s inactive tonight and is anxious to find out what happens tomorrow when Knicks need to trim roster to accommodate Joakim Noah’s return.
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According to sources, Okafor, the No. 3 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, worked out for four teams last Wednesday in Las Vegas, and remains hopeful of signing with a team ahead of training camp next fall. Okafor averaged 17.5 points per game as a rookie in Philadelphia in 2015-16. He has spent the last few months working out in Miami with trainers David Alexander and Idan Ravin, fueling speculation that he could land with the Heat, especially if Miami finds a trading partner for Hassan Whiteside.
He will not be back with the Nets, the last team for which he played, a source said. Okafor has had interest from the Pacers and Bulls, among others, this summer but neither were at the workout in Las Vegas.
These are the real boys of summer, the grinders using the 12-day audition in the desert to impress NBA executives enough to earn the honor of an invitation to training camp. Take Cooley, 27, the unofficial dean of NBA Summer League stars. This is Cooley’s sixth stint in Vegas. He’s a member of the Phoenix Suns now, a teammate of Ayton’s. Before that he was a Sacramento King, setting screens for De’Aaron Fox, and before that a Cleveland Cavalier, throwing outlet passes to Andrew Wiggins. For Cooley, this was never a dream. In 2009, he chose Notre Dame, not for a springboard to the NBA, but because it had a top business school. “I used basketball to get the best education,” Cooley said.
But when he graduated, NBA teams called. Some 18 brought him in for pre-draft workouts. When he went undrafted, he started getting invitations to Summer League. “I remember my first year I was struggling to remember all the plays,” Cooley said. “Now my sixth year, this is the most complicated offense I’ve had, but it’s second nature, basic easy stuff. It’s a lot easier to understand.”
There’s Justin Harper, with the New York Knicks. Casper Ware, with the Portland Trail Blazers. Brady Heslip with the Memphis Grizzlies. There are no paychecks for playing in Summer League. There’s per diem, around $100 per day. There’s a hotel room, two-hour practices, daily bus rides and no guarantee of playing time. “It’s a grind, man,” Machado said. “Every time you come out to Summer League, everyone is trying to prove themselves. Me, trying to facilitate, sometimes you overthink it. Every time you come back, you think, ‘Man I did this already.’ It’s a constant grind and constant pressure you put on yourself.”
As Summer League winds down, most of the boys of summer will disperse. Some will sign on with G League teams, to maximize exposure. Others will ink European contracts, where the money is better. They will ride buses to small towns in the U.S. or live in isolation in far-flung cities around the world. They will do it, and they will hope for an invitation back to Las Vegas next summer, for the opportunity to impress once again. “There’s only about 1% of me that thinks about not playing,” Cooley said. “This life is pretty intense. But I love it, I’m glad it’s not easy. Not playing would be a terrible itch that I wouldn’t be able to scratch. I know once the time comes, I will definitely be a part of the game, because I’ll go crazy if I go cold-turkey out of basketball. But right now, I’m a player. The body of work I have put together has caused a pretty good stir here. I believe I’m an NBA player. I believe I can play in the league for a long time.”