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Ryan McDonough: Details of the Celtics/Wizards/Bulls deal, per league sources: Wizards get D. Gafford, C. Hutchinson Celtics get L. Kornet, M. Wagner Bulls get D. Theis, J. Green, T. Brown Jr. , $1.3m (from BOS) $250k (from WAS)
KC Johnson: It’s still unclear how big the Wagner-for-Theis deal is as of right now. Talks involved a third team and Javonte Green and Jeff Teague, per sources. Looks like luxury tax reduction for Celtics. But Theis will be a Bull.
KC Johnson: The Bulls are in talks to trade Mo Wagner to the Celtics for Daniel Theis, per sources. Working it to deadline. Not official yet.
The Wizards go from $747,000 under the luxury tax to $2.3 million by trading Troy Brown and Moritz Wagner for Chandler Hutchinson and Daniel Gafford. They also clear $5.2 million of Brown’s money for next season and are now projected at around $20 million below next years luxury tax, which includes their 2021 lottery pick. Chicago gets some more depth pieces to help them compete now while also getting further away from having cap space this summer.
Bobby Marks: To Washington Chandler Hutchison- $2.4M and $4M (extension eligible) Daniel Gafford- $1.5M, $1.8M (non-guaranteed) and $1.9M (team) $2.1M TE created To Chicago Troy Brown- $3.8M and $5.2M (extension eligible) Mo Wagner- $2.2M
Adrian Wojnarowski: Washington is trading Troy Brown and Mo Wagner to Chicago for Daniel Gafford and Chandler Hutchinson, sources tell ESPN.
Wagner and guard Troy Brown Jr., the No. 15 pick in the 2018 draft, are generating the most interest of the Wizards’ group, according to multiple people in the league. But whatever moves the Wizards make by Thursday afternoon, they are likely to be modest and cost-minded. Washington is less than $1 million under the luxury tax, a line it does not want to cross.
League sources have mentioned four young candidates Washington is open to moving: Troy brown, Mo Wagner, Jerome Robinson and Isaac Bonga.
The Wizards have been headlining negotiations with names such as Troy Brown Jr. and Moe Wagner, however those have only gotten them so far in talks for obvious reasons. More intriguing assets like Rui Hachimura and Deni Avdija would likely land Washington a player(s) that fits in one, if not two of the three aforementioned categories of needs. Rightly so, the front office has maintained it’s desire to hang on to their potential-loaded youngsters.
League sources have mentioned four young candidates Washington is open to moving: Troy Brown Jr., Moe Wagner, Jerome Robinson and Isaac Bonga. All four are either consistently or occasionally outside the Wizards’ rotation.
The Los Angeles Lakers have acquired forward Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, Brandon Ingram, the draft rights to De’Andre Hunter, two first round picks, a first-round pick swap right and cash. As part of the trade, the Lakers also sent Isaac Bonga, Jemerrio Jones, Moritz Wagner and a future second round draft pick to the Wizards, who in return, sent cash consideration to the Pelicans.
On Thursday, Washington acquired three players (Moritz Wagner, Jemerrio Jones and Isaac Bonga) in a trade with the Los Angeles Lakers, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. By doing so, the Wizards lodged themselves into the Anthony Davis saga as the third team in the monumental trade between the New Orleans Pelicans and Lakers.
Last spring as Wagner went through the pre-draft process, he participated in a workout with the Wizards. At the time, Wagner was viewed as an intriguing stretch-five solution for Washington, who expressed a goal to shoot more threes. Though the Wizards, who possessed the 15th and 44th picks in the draft, could not claim him, the team now adds Wagner to its burgeoning collection of big men.
Since the trade with the Lakers is not expected to be completed until July 6, Wagner, Jones and Bonga may not be available to play in Washington’s Summer League opener later that night against the other team in this deal, the Pelicans.
Albert Nahmad: Wizards will likely take Mo Wagner and Isaac Bonga into their $5.5M trade exception (leaving $2.0M remaining), while Jemerrio Jones will be taken into the minimum salary exception.
The Los Angeles Lakers are trading Moritz Wagner, Isaac Bonga and Jemerrio Jones to the Washington Wizards as part of a three-way deal that landed New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis with L.A., clearing the way for maximum salary space in free agency, league sources tell ESPN. As part of the deal to unload those contracts and salary, Davis plans to waive his $4 million trade bonus, which will push the Lakers cap space to $32M for the start of free agency.
Bobby Marks: The mindset for now for LAL is to use the $32 million salary slot on one All-NBA player or split the money up between 2-3 players. Washington will take back the players sent from Los Angeles with the $5.45M trade exception that was created in the Dec. 2018 Jason Smith trade.
Candace Buckner: Confirming @Adrian Wojnarowski’s report: #Wizards send cash to New Orleans and get three players in trade with LAL
Adrian Wojnarowski: The Lakers are trading Mo Wagner, Isaac Bonga and Jemerrio Jones to Wizards as part of the Anthony Davis deal with New Orleans, league sources tell @Zach Lowe and me. Deal clears contracts and creates more cap space for free agency.
The Lakers were engaging additional teams on Tuesday to take on the contracts of three of the remaining five players on the team’s roster — Mo Wagner, Isaac Bonga and Jemerrio Jones — league sources said. Kyle Kuzma and LeBron James are the only other two Lakers remaining on the team’s end-of-season roster.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Lakers are trying to expand Anthony Davis trade and create ability to open max salary slot on July 6, sources tell @Bobby Marks and me. Lakers offering contracts of Mo Wagner/Jemerrio Jones/Isaac Bonga to additional teams, so LA can satisfy CBA rules on creating $32M in space.
In the West, the Lakers have to be part of the conversation because of the LeBron James factor, though it’s not clear to rival executives whom they’re willing to trade in any deal and whom they aren’t. “At one point a month ago, they were dangling Lonzo [Ball] a little bit, but now they don’t want to trade him,” one of the execs said. Josh Hart, Ivica Zubac and Moritz Wagner are available, rival executives say, while pretty much everyone else is off the table. To get Beal, it’s going to take a lot more than that.
Wagner, the 25th overall pick in June’s draft, now cannot be included in any trade for 30 days as the Lakers continue to monitor the Kawhi Leonard trade front and any other potential deals that could help them clear cap space or land assets that could help acquire a superstar this offseason.
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May 17, 2021 | 7:44 am EDT Update
Birch certainly gives the impression that he would love to be back with Toronto and it’s hard to imagine the Raptors wouldn’t have a role for him. But he’ll be 29 next season, so the contract will have to be right also. He’s coming off a two-year deal that paid him $6 million and would doubtless like some security on his next deal. “I think [on-court] fit and financial is probably what’s tied right now,” said Birch. “I’ve seen a lot of guys who actually go for financial but they get flushed out after their contracts [are over]. So I think fit is very important because I don’t want to just be the kind of guy who gets money and gets flushed out. I actually want to have a career and play a big part on a championship-level team or just win. That’s my goal.”
Sports tech company Genius Sports is partnering with the National Basketball Association’s league in Africa, which will see the firm provide official real-time stats and incorporate new technology. The agreement, announced Monday, could be the first step in introducing a wave of new sports data and gaming features for media and betting companies.
Genius is a major player in sports. This deal will allow the company to innovate with BAL and create second- and third-screen engagement for viewers. Genius has clients including top sports betting companies Penn National, DraftKings and Fan Duel, and networks including Disney’s ESPN and ViacomCBS.
May 17, 2021 | 4:43 am EDT Update
With a first-round rematch between their teams set, Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic said there are no hard feelings remaining from the heated rivalry that he developed with LA Clippers forward Marcus Morris Sr. during last season’s playoff series. According to Doncic, Morris apologized to him during a game earlier this season about stepping on the back of Doncic’s left ankle in Game 5, a controversial play that the Mavs considered dirty with their star playing on a sprained ankle.
“He’s a hell of a player, hell of a defender,” said Doncic, who averaged 31 points, 9.8 rebounds and 8.7 assists per game in last season’s series during his first NBA postseason. “Trash talk is always there, and if it’s not, you’re not really competing. It’s going to be great.”