NBA Rumor: Moritz Wagner Trade?

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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.

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.

Anthony Davis officially a Laker

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.

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.
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May 17, 2021 | 7:44 am EDT Update

Raptors bringing back Khem Birch?

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.”
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May 17, 2021 | 4:43 am EDT Update

Marcus Morris apologized to Luka Doncic

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.