NBA Rumor: Rayjon Tucker Free Agency
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Shams Charania: The Milwaukee Bucks are signing forward Rayjon Tucker to a multiyear contract out of their NBA G League affiliate Wisconsin Herd, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. The Bucks had an open roster spot following release of DeAndre’ Bembry.
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Chris Haynes: The Milwaukee Bucks have reached a three-year deal with forward Rayjon Tucker of the NBA G League’s Wisconsin Herd, league sources tell @YahooSports.
Nuggets sign Rayjon Tucker
The Denver Nuggets have signed guard Rayjon Tucker to a 10-day contract, President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly announced today.
Nuggets signing Rayon Tucker
Mike Singer: Nuggets are signing Rayjon Tucker to a 10-day hardship exception, league source tells @denverpost.
Rayjon Tucker joining Timberwolves
Shams Charania: The Minnesota Timberwolves are signing G/F Rayjon Tucker of NBA G League Wisconsin on a 10-day hardship deal, sources tell me and @JonKrawczynski.
JD Shaw: The Bucks signed Rayjon Tucker to an Exhibit 10 contract, according to a league source. Tucker holds NBA experience with the Jazz and Sixers. He also played 16 games with Wisconsin back in 2019-20.
Sixers announce two-way signings of Rayjon Tucker and Aaron Henry
Rayjon Tucker is back under contract with the Sixers on a new two-way deal, according to NBA.com’s official transactions log.
Keith Smith: The Philadelphia 76ers have issued a qualifying offer to Rayjon Tucker, making him a restricted free agent, sources tell @spotrac.
Sixers to sign Rayjon Tucker
Shams Charania: The Philadelphia 76ers are planning to sign swingman Rayjon Tucker to a two-way contract, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Tucker is expected to join the 76ers‘ G League affiliate (Delaware Blue Coats) in the Orlando bubble.
Clippers release Rayjon Tucker
JD Shaw: The Clippers have waived guard Rayjon Tucker, the team announced today.
After waiving Rayjon Tucker early Saturday afternoon, the Cavs have 14 NBA players under contract. Lamar Stevens and Matt Mooney are both on two-way deals. The Cavs have also agreed to Exhibit 10 contracts with 2019 undrafted swingman Charles Matthews and Canton Charge center Marques Bolden.
Cavs to waive Rayjon Tucker
Kelsey Russo: The #Cavs are waiving Rayjon Tucker, sources told @The Athletic.
In the hour before the Heat defeated Utah 107-104 at AmericanAirlines Arena, the Jazz traded point guard Dante Exum to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Jordan Clarkson. In the moments following that defeat, the Jazz waived forward Jeff Green, sources told The Athletic. And in the moments following that, the Jazz signed shooting guard Rayjon Tucker to a guaranteed deal for the remainder of the season. The flurry of moves can be traced to one constant, according to league sources: The Jazz have not been happy with their bench play.
Tucker’s deal is guaranteed for the rest of this season, sources said. Several teams were in pursuit of Tucker in the wake of his G League season and a recent terrific performance at the G League Winter Showcase in Las Vegas. “Utah is getting a fantastic young man with a great work ethic and passion for the game,” Herd coach Chase Buford told ESPN. “Rayjon is an elite athlete who competes at a ridiculously high level every night. He’s a human highlight reel and a very exciting prospect for now and the future.”
Tony Jones: Rayjon Tucker’s deal is fully guaranteed for the remainder of the season, and partially guaranteed next season, per league sources.
Ian Begley: The Brooklyn Nets were among the teams that expressed strong interest in signing Rayjon Tucker, per SNY sources. Brooklyn, presumably, would have added Tucker via a Disabled Player Exception created in the wake of David Nwaba’s season-ending surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles.
Ian Begley: Correction: as @NetsDaily notes, Nets would have had to waive someone to add Rayjon Tucker. Or they could have signed him if granted a hardship waiver, which can be applied for later this month, per @BobbyMarks42. The Disabled Player Exception doesn’t create a roster spot.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Utah is finalizing a multi-year deal with Bucks G-League forward Rayjon Tucker, league sources tell ESPN.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Tucker, undrafted out of Arkansas-Little Rock, made a strong impression on several teams at G-League Showcase. He’ll get a guaranteed deal for rest of season, per sources. Utah waiving Jeff Green to create roster spot, per source.
Rayjon Tucker, an athletic 6-5 guard, auditioned for the Heat during three days last week, according to a league source. The Heat was interested in signing Tucker to an Exhibit 10 contract, which comes with a $50,000 guarantee and a training camp invitation. But Tucker’s preference is to sign a two-way contract, and the Heat did not immediately offer one.
Tucker joins former St. John’s guard Justin Simon as the second confirmed prospect to be brought to Heat headquarters in recent weeks, and there are believed to have been others, too.
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Payton Pritchard has made it clear he hopes to be traded this offseason
With the new onerous CBA rules looming after next season, the front office will likely have to decide in the next 12 months whether it can afford its expensive veteran depth. Payton Pritchard has made it clear he hopes to be traded this summer, according to multiple team sources, so will the Celtics move him if they trade one of their core guards? Then there is the coaching staff, which is widely expected to add a veteran with head coaching experience at the very least. Some of Udoka’s hires, such as Ben Sullivan and Miles, will likely be recruited by Udoka and the Houston Rockets, but sources told The Athletic it’s too early in the process to know what will happen.
After the All-Star Game, one Celtics source believed some of the team’s best players “just lost focus.” While going 7-6 coming out of the break, Tatum, Marcus Smart and Horford all had negative net ratings, meaning the team was outscored when each of them were on the court. The Celtics’ defense was ripped apart with the starters in the lineup, a revealing development for a team so capable of shutting down opponents.
With the season on the line following a 128-102 Game 3 loss to the eighth-seed Heat, Grousbeck came in hot. After Grant Williams asked everyone to clear the room so the players could have some space, Grousbeck went off. His message to the effect that he has been building this franchise for over 20 years and the players need to play with some balls left the locker room stunned, several team sources who were in the room told The Athletic. The sources were granted anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the record. “(Grousbeck) was right, but we shouldn’t need that,” Blake Griffin told The Athletic. “As soon as we got to the locker room, we were just so frustrated.”
In addition to the players who credited Udoka for their drastic turnaround and Finals berth one season ago, several Celtics assistants considered Udoka a close friend and joined the staff specifically to work for him. When Boston elevated Mazzulla, not even a front-row assistant last season, sources around the team said it could have created a divide between him and the other coaches with more experience and loyalty to Udoka. There was initially an “awkwardness” according to several members of the coaching staff, but Mazzulla worked to establish a culture of open communication and trust.
Beyond Udoka, the Celtics staff faced a depletion of talent that raised the difficulty of Mazzulla’s job. Will Hardy took over as Utah Jazz head coach in June and turned them into one of the NBA’s biggest surprises. Multiple team sources both on the roster and the staff said Stoudamire’s departure to lead Georgia Tech in March left a significant void in the team’s leadership structure. He was known for having a good feel for when and how to talk to players, understand their motivations, and pull from his own experiences when making recommendations for how the team should operate.
“It’s not like Damon had a certain power, but players really respected him,” said one team source. “Joe used Damon to have a guy that’s been here that’s played that can speak to them. Damon could speak their language and no one else on the staff can do (it).”
As the coaching staff and players prepared for Mazzulla to take over, the looming question was whether this was his team or whether Udoka would still be involved, multiple team sources told The Athletic. Eventually, it was clear Mazzulla was in charge.