With training camp fewer than three weeks away, the Wolves have had discussions with veteran free-agent forward Luol Deng and as least eight other free agents to fill one or two of their remaining roster spots, according to two league sources. The Wolves had former Timberwolf Corey Brewer, shooter Nick Young and veteran guard Arron Afflalo in for workouts Wednesday and have perhaps as many as five more scheduled through next week.
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Darren Wolfson: Scoop that didn’t make podcast episode 171, but I can elaborate on in episode 172 later this week: #Twolves are hosting some recognizable names for free agent workouts this week. Among those here, I am told: Nick Young, Arron Afflalo and Corey Brewer. #AllEyesNorth pic.twitter.com/beM3BoTNHH
He was hopeful a reunion with his former Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni might happen in Houston. “He’s one of the best coaches I played with,” he says. But the Rockets’ signing of Carmelo Anthony likely will force him to look elsewhere. “I just have to find that exact spot. That’s more key than anything for me than just rushing out there,” says Young. “It’s my 11th year. But I’m not used to it. I’m used to signing early. My agent’s telling me to relax and to be more patient.”
Mark Berman: NBA sources: About six teams continue to express interest in free agent guard Nick Young (@NickSwagyPYoung) and the #Rockets continue to be one of those teams.
Darren Wolfson: Among many FAs the #Twolves have registered some level of interest: Tolliver, Nick Young, Lance Stephenson, Dante Cunningham, Amir Johnson, Trevor Booker, Jabari Bird, Ennis.
After the Warriors spent $5.2 million last summer to acquire Nick Young for secondary scoring, they are watching with a curious eye if any breakout postseason performances can offset his inconsistent regular-season. “No matter what, I’ll be somewhere. But winning a championship, I want to feel that,” Young said. “I want to feel the champagne, do the partying and all that good stuff.”
Mark Medina: ICYMI: @NickSwagyPYoung still has love for Lakers: “I love LA. I might be back and retire here one day.” bit.ly/2vujq4k pic.twitter.com/KuY8CKnKZc
While Young saw the Lakers’ lack of interest in retaining him with Kuzma taking his number before free agency even started, he acknowledged he was not as clairvoyant about joining the Warriors on a one-year, $5.2 million deal through the mid-level exception. After Young’s agent. Mark Bartelstein, informed him about Golden State’s interest on the first night of free agency, Young initially sounded more confused than flattered. “They’re too stacked,” Young told Bartelstein. “They don’t want me.”
The 2017 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors have signed free agent guard Nick Young, the team announced today. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not released.
Anthony Slater: Nick Young at the Warriors facility today to sign his deal. Will chat with media briefly.
Tim Bontemps: Including Nick Young, Warriors have over $137 mil in payroll for 13 guys. With two more minimum signings, payroll & tax will exceed $188 mil
Tim Kawakami: Durant took $6.8M less than he could’ve gotten from GSWs. Nick Young got $5.2M. Iguodala got $2M more per year more than last offer.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent guard Nick Young has agreed to a one-year, $5.2M deal with the Golden State Warriors, agent Mark Bartelstein tells ESPN.
Sam Amick: Agent Mark Bartelstein confirms Nick Young to Warriors on a one-year, $5.2 million deal.
Chris Fedor: That’s the Warriors midlevel exception, the biggest addition they could make this summer. twitter.com/wojespn/status…
Mark Medina: Even with this move, I’m told Warriors still interested in Nick Young
Durant is expected to opt out of this contract next summer, and will likely sign another one-plus-one deal before eventually landing a long-term maximum salary deal with full Bird rights in the summer of 2019. After coming to terms with point guard Steph Curry on a five-year, $201 million maximum salary deal on Saturday, the Warriors are still expected to re-sign center Zaza Pachulia and also hope to land free agent Nick Young.
David Aldridge: While waiting for inevitable Gordon Hayward Players’ Tribune story… another team making strong push for Nick Young, per sources: Minnesota.
There’s a strong possibility that either LA Clippers’ super reserve Jamal Crawford or free agent Nick Young could end up with the Golden State Warriors this offseason, league sources tell ESPN.
Zach Lowe: Another free agent expected to make his choice today or tomorrow: Nick Young, with GSW and Pelicans among leading bidders, sources say
Mark Medina: Add the Minnesota Timberwolves as another team that’s interested in Nick Young. Young also has interest from Warriors, Thunder & Pelicans
Sam Amick: While Nick Young to the Warriors remains a possibility, I’m told there are several other teams still in the mix for the Swaggy P services.
David Aldridge: Interest between Warriors and @Nick Young is mutual, real. Dubs’ intel is positive & they see role for him. But, others still in play.
Sources tell me the Warriors are in pursuit of Swaggy P. They believe their locker room can handle, even do some good for, the reputed eccentric guard. And after his production last season with the Lakers last season, the Warriors think he can be potent surrounded by all their talent.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Young’s eligible for part or all of Warriors’ $5.2M exception, if he’s willing to pass on more lucrative mid-level exception opportunities. twitter.com/wojespn/status…
While the 32-year-old Young hopes to maximize his earnings on a multi-year contract for a playoff team, the Lakers want to sign players to one-year deals to save cap space for the 2018 offseason when LeBron James, Paul George and Russell Westbrook might be available.
David Aldridge: Hearing Pelicans, fresh off re-signing Jrue Holiday, will be engaging with veteran G Nick Young, last with the Lakers, today.
Young is likely to seek a more lucrative contract with a playoff-bound team, and the Lakers would like to preserve salary-cap flexibility for the 2018 offseason. “He felt like he’s at a point where he knows the Lakers are going in a different direction,” said Mark Bartelstein, Young’s agent. “They were clear with that at the end of the season and the way things went. Nick loves to play. He felt like this is an opportunity to choose his own destiny and pick the best spot where he can get a chance to contribute at a high level. That’s what is most important to him.”
Ramona Shelburne: The Lakers would have loved to have Swaggy back this year, but it’s all about cap space next year. Unlikely they’d give him a new deal
Brad Turner: Nick Young just declined his option with the Lakers to become a free agent, per source.
Brad Turner: Nick Young was due to make $5.6 million next season.
Tania Ganguli: Asked Nick Young if he plans to opt-out of his contract this summer. Said he hasn’t decided, but would love to be here/see young guys’ grow.
Young might opt out of his $5.7 million player option for next season in hopes of a more lucrative deal. “I’m a wanted man now,” Young said, smiling. Young and his agent, Mark Bartelstein, said they have not decided, but Young prefers to stay with the Lakers for obvious reasons. “It’s L.A. I’m from here, family is here,” Young said. “I’ve been here for four years.”
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Will Cherry is expected to join the Golden State Warriors on an Exhibit 10 contract, a source told Sportando. The guard, who has played 8 games with Cavs in 2014-2015, spent last season with KK Cedevita in Croatia averaging 10.5 points in the domestic league, 11.1 points in AB Liga and 11.8 points with 4 assists in EuroCup.
If McCaw doesn’t show up, maybe the Warriors will just stage an open competition and see if one of those younger options seizes the opportunity. But the most likely result remains McCaw’s eventual concession. A similar situation happened with center Alex Len in Phoenix last summer. He didn’t love his $4.2 million qualifying offer. He dragged the process deep into the summer. He finally accepted it on Sept. 21, right before camp.
Wade, 36, waited until the end of the video before revealing his choice. He began by stating the reasons he considered walking away. The red-eye flights, nightly ice baths and hours on the training table were all factors but nothing made retirement look more appealing than spending more time with family. “Is it selfish of me wanting to continue being away from family,” Wade said. “Can I miss my son’s games? Can I miss my son? Can I not be there in moments that they need me? Can I not read to my kids as much as I want. Can I not be there to support my wife? It’s all these things.”
Before entering the league in 2003, Wade always thought time was forever on his side. He was quickly corrected by veteran teammates. Sixteen years later, the warnings proved true. “When you first come in the league, the vets tell you, they say, `Young fella, it’s going to go by fast,’” Wade said in the video. “You think at that time, `I’m just getting started.’ … I’m here to tell you it goes by fast. It’s been a tough summer. This has been a summer for me that not a lot of athletes want to see this time come, where you have to decide if you want to continue to play the game that you love.”’
The Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club has signed center Cole Aldrich, it was announced today. Aldrich has played eight NBA seasons with Oklahoma City, Houston, Sacramento, New York, the LA Clippers and Minnesota, averaging 3.1 points and 3.3 rebounds in 10.0 minutes (.527 FG%, .738 FG%) in 339 career games (23 starts).
Brown said Fultz took around 150,000 shots this summer under Hanlen’s supervision. “When I see him now come back into our gym, you look at his swagger, his cocky, his mojo,” the coach said. “He’s seeking shots.”