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Marc Berman: As expected, Knicks plan to exercise $4.2M option on swingman Reggie Bullock today. Is a no-brainer as 3 and D guy. Thibodeau likes defense and veterans. Bullock missed OTAs because girlfriend having twins, as we reported.
A big factor in the Knick offseason is what the club chooses to do with Taj Gibson, Bobby Portis, Elfrid Payton, Wayne Ellington and Reggie Bullock. The Knicks have considered scenarios where they pick up the option for Payton and retain Bullock, per SNY sources.
The idea of taking a bad contract into cap space could be one of several avenues the Knicks are considering this offseason. Depending on what they decide to do with the contract options for Bobby Portis, Wayne Ellington, Taj Gibson and Reggie Bullock, New York could have more than $60 million in cap room in the offseason. The Knicks, who told teams recently they’d be open to taking on a bad contract, have not made decisions on any players with options yet.
Bullock, coming off spinal-fusion surgery that delayed his Knicks debut until January, is a free agent. The Knicks have to decide whether to enforce the final guaranteed year for the 29-year-old swingman — at a team-friendly $4.2 million. Originally, the Knicks had to make that decision by June 28 but when the season/free agency was delayed, so was that deadline.
In addition, the spokesman for LGBT issues still will be on the cap for $1 million even if they waive him. Lastly, Bullock is also close with Thunder point guard Chris Paul, having played on the Paul-sponsored AAU team “CP3 All-Stars’’ in North Carolina. Late in the season, Paul rocked a No. 25 Bullock Knicks’ jersey to a game. Knicks president Leon Rose has his former favorite client, Paul, on his trade radar.
With a plethora of open roster spots next season because of their glut of one-year free-agent signings, Bullock’s modest option year is likely to be picked up, according to an NBA source.
Steve Popper: Knicks announce signing of Bullock and Morris.
Ian Begley: Knicks GM Scott Perry on the signings of Marcus Morris & Reggie Bullock: “With Reggie & Marcus we are adding two more versatile, hard-nosed & accomplished players to an already improved roster. We value both players’ perimeter shooting & their strong presence” on & off the court.
Ian Begley: Reggie Bullock has signed a 2-year deal with the Knicks for less than the $4.7 million exception. His agent, David Bauman, says the “Knicks were fantastic through this process.”
Reggie Bullock: Done Deal!
Marc Berman: As reported here earlier this month, Damyean Dotson will not be cut today before his $1.5M contract for next season becomes guaranteed by midnight. Despite his shoulder rehab, Dotson figures more in plans with Reggie Bullock’s lingering plantar fasciitis.
Ian Begley: A league source confirms that Marcus Morris will sign a one-year deal for roughly $15 million with the Knicks. New York is also expected to reach an amended agreement with Reggie Bullock, per sources. The Athletic first reported Morris’ agreement with the Knicks.
There remains mutual interest between the Knicks and Bullock to negotiate a new deal after a medical issue hampered their original agreement, sources said. Bullock’s agent, David Bauman, and the Knicks continue to work together on a new agreement for the six-year veteran. The medical issue that caused a hiccup is unclear, but Bullock has dealt with plantar fasciitis in the past. The Knicks originally agreed to a two-year, $21 million deal with Bullock that contained a player option in Year 2.
Marc Berman: Agent David Bauman tells The Post “we are working toward a deal”, Knicks won’t back out from Bullock and calls Steve Mills and Scott Perry “mensches.”
The Knicks have announced the signing of five players but not shooting guard Reggie Bullock, whose signing is on hold. An NBA source indicated an issue with his physical has delayed his signing.
Adrian Wojnarowski: In a brief conversation with ESPN, David Bauman was complimentary of how the Knicks handled this emerging situation with Bullock. He cited how accommodating ownership, front office and medical staff had been in dealing with new issues facing deal: “First-class throughout,” Bauman said.
Ian Begley: A league source confirms @wojespn’s report that the Knicks and Reggie Bullock are re-working their original 2-year, $21 million agreement. The original deal contained a team option for Year 2. Bullock’s medical issue is unclear.
Mike Vorkunov: Knicks and wing Reggie Bullock have agreed on a 2-year, $21 million deal after Bullock met with Knicks brass in Beverly Hills tonight, as @Shams Charania reported. Knicks need shooting and Bullock, a 39% career 3-pt shooter, helps. They’ve spent about $135 million today in all.
Mike Vorkunov: The Knicks will meet with Reggie Bullock tonight in Los Angeles, according to a league source. Bullock is a 39 percent career 3-point shooter and the Knicks need a shooter. Bullock played for the Pistons and Lakers last season.
Dave McMenamin: Lakers free agent guard Reggie Bullock has a free agency meeting planned with the Knicks in Los Angeles on Sunday night, sources told ESPN. The six-year vet is a career 39 pct 3-point shooter.
If the Knicks sign both of those players – or even if they strike out on them – they have their eyes on two veteran free agents. New York is expected to show interest in veteran guards George Hill and Wayne Ellington when free agency officially begins on Sunday, per SNY sources. The Knicks are among the teams who will have interest in Reggie Bullock, per SNY sources. There is mutual interest between New York and Bullock, SNY sources say.
That means the Warriors will need one of three things to happen. First, they can hope for a repeat of the scenario that played out last summer with Cousins: A free agent doesn’t receive the offers he expects to land and decides that he’d rather take less money to play one season in Golden State before reentering the market the following summer. Sources mentioned Reggie Bullock and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope as players who could potentially find themselves in that situation.
The source also said Reggie Bullock enjoyed his role as second fiddle to Blake Griffin in the Pistons’ oft-used DHO actions. Furthermore, Bullock is fond of the Michigan lifestyle, per the source. Following the trade, the source said that Bullock understood the business aspect of the decision and would still be willing to return to the Pistons as a free agent if, again, the finances were in order. Bullock has been in the league since 2013 and hasn’t made more than $2.5 million in a season.
Vincent Ellis: And from what I’m hearing, #Pistons are also interested in bringing him back. Depends on what Bullock can get elsewhere. Played poorly for Lakers so price may go down. #Pistons just have MLE and part of it likely goes to PG.
While he presumably will garner some interest from other teams, Bullock already expressed interest in re-signing. “I would love to be back here with the Lakers,” he said. “I was a fan of this organization pretty much my whole life, and the connection me and ‘Bron are building, it’s continuing to build trust. We’ll see how it plays out in the summer.”
Harrison Faigen: After practice today, Reggie Bullock said he would “love” to be back with the Lakers this summer pic.twitter.com/af8PZErrJX
Bullock, making $2.5 million this season, will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason so the Pistons must weigh re-signing him, trading him or risk losing him for nothing. The Pistons would like to re-sign Bullock and Smith (also a free agent) this offseason, according to the team source. It makes for a tricky situation. There are certain trade proposals that would be a no-brainer. If a team offers a first-round pick, it would be smart for the Pistons to move Bullock. Adding a solid first-rounder to their own pick would go toward the Pistons accumulation of assets. But a second-rounder? The decision becomes hazy.
The Pistons retained wing Reggie Bullock by exercising their team option for an economical $2.5 million for next season. It was a predictable outcome for Bullock, who had a breakout season with career highs of 11.3 points, 2.5 rebounds and 44.5 percent on 3-pointers — which ranked second in the NBA — last season.
Barring a major trade, the Pistons won’t be very active during the draft or during free agency. They have no first-round selection in the draft on June 21 — their No. 12 pick was sent to the Los Angeles Clippers in the Blake Griffin deal — and they likely won’t find an impact player with their second-round pick (42nd overall). They will pick up the team option on Reggie Bullock for $2.5 million by July 15 and they’ll have to make decisions on whether to fully guarantee the contracts of Eric Moreland ($1.8 million) and Dwight Buycks ($1.6 million).
The Detroit Pistons have signed free agent Anthony Tolliver and have re-signed Reggie Bullock. Terms of the deals weren’t disclosed.
Shams Charania: Free agent Reggie Bullock has agreed to a two-year, $5M deal to re-sign with the Detroit Pistons, league sources tell The Vertical.
Should both sides not come to an agreement, Caldwell-Pope and Bullock would become restricted free agents at season’s end. “We haven’t been able to reach an agreement with either guy right now,” Van Gundy said before the Pistons hosted the Milwaukee Bucks. “We’ll see what happens. We don’t think it’s a make-or-break thing for us.”
Market value and a rising salary cap in 2017-18 could mean Caldwell-Pope, 23, could command around $20 million a season. Re-signing him — and the Pistons have said they want to — would push them into the luxury tax, a play team owner Tom Gores has said he’s willing to make. “I don’t look at it as a necessity, but we would like to get something done,” Van Gundy said. “We like both guys; we’d like to have them around long-term. But it has to be something obviously that works for both sides. At this point, we don’t have that.”
Bullock, acquired in a 2015 trade from the Phoenix Suns, has been inactive in the first three games for the Pistons. He averaged 3.3 points and 1.8 rebounds in 37 games for Detroit in 2015-16. “There’s not a lot of talking to be done because there’s not a lot of time,” Van Gundy said. “So there’s a little talking to be done. Jeff (Bower) is still in contact with both guys’ agents and they’re still talking. But obviously, the time is getting short right now. We’ll just see what happens.”
With roughly 24 hours remaining before the deadline for contract extensions for swingmen Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Reggie Bullock, Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy told the Free Press this morning “it’s hard to be optimistic.” Caldwell-Pope and Bullock would become restricted free agents next off-season if they don’t sign agreements by 5 p.m. Monday. “We don’t have anything yet,” Van Gundy said. “We still would like to, but it’s not the end of the world. On those things, it’s gotta be something that both sides feel good about.”
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November 27, 2020 | 6:18 am EST Update
Real Madrid lost star guard Facu Campazzo to the NBA (the Denver Nuggets to be specific) and there is a reported possibility that this may also happen with another player of the team. According to Marca, Real Madrid forward Gabriel Deck will be using the exit clause on his contract with “Blancos” and sign with an NBA club even next week if his team doesn’t present him with an extension offer really soon. There are some NBA teams that have “shown an interest” for the Argentinian player and he’s ready to make the jump, unless something changes with his contract situation with Real.
One longtime league executive said the past week was the most hectic of his career. In addition to the draft and free agency crammed together in an abbreviated offseason, there are so many other less-publicized tasks that teams are trying to sort through, from COVID-19 protocols to fans possibly attending games to scheduling. It’s wild to think that regular-season games are scheduled to tip off in less than a month.
Olgun Uluc: An interesting development: Brisbane Bullets big-man, Tyrell Harrison, has been classified by the NBPA as eligible for the 2021 NBA Draft, his agent tells ESPN. The Kiwi is 21 years old, a legit 7-foot, and should get a minutes bump with Magnay gone. An intriguing, raw prospect.
For example, every day at 5 a.m., inside room 950 in the Gran Destino (where all the top-seeded teams stayed), Masai Ujiri would wake up, read his book, hop on the Peloton, and work out before heading down for breakfast. He thought nothing of his daily ritual until one morning, several weeks into the bubble, when he got a text from another former player of his: “Morning boss, you good up there?” The text was from Kawhi Leonard—Finals MVP with the Raptors, now a star on the Clippers—who was staying in room 850, directly below his old boss. Ujiri had been waking Kawhi up with his noisy workouts for weeks, but Kawhi was reluctant to say anything.
Ujiri told Kawhi that he would stop for the time being and joked that he would continue again when the Raptors met the Clippers in the Finals, messing with Kawhi’s sleep. Kawhi responded with the kind of trash talk that’s best read aloud in Kawhi’s dry monotone: “Haha, you know the saying ‘Don’t poke the bear’? I’m gonna call the NBA on you…get you out the bubble.”
NBA star Markelle Fultz is taking Wakanda Forever literally … he just got a foot-long image of the Black Panther tattooed on his thigh — and it’s AMAZING!! TMZ Sports has learned back in the summer, Fultz hit up “Ink Master” star Roly T-Rex about getting some ink done. And, with Chadwick Boseman’s death and the Black Lives Matter movement at its peak … the two got to thinking a “Black Panther” piece would be perfect.
November 27, 2020 | 1:58 am EST Update
And as is usually the case when the Celtics don’t turn a highly publicized rumor into a reality, we’re getting a reason why that deal never went through. According to ESPN’s Zach Lowe, the Celtics were never really that high on Turner. Boston apparently didn’t see him as a very big upgrade to their frontcourt, and was even exploring other deals to trade Turner had the deal with Indiana come to fruition. “Talking to people and reading the tea leaves as best I could, it really comes down to the Celtics didn’t want Myles Turner,” Lowe said on The Lowe Post Podcast. “I did hear from some teams around the league that the Celtics have done some preliminary research on what Myles Turner’s trade value would have been to them had they acquired him either in this deal or in a separate deal, and obviously didn’t like what they saw.”