Michael Singer: Lots of moving parts with Bol Bol leaving, Rodney McGruder coming, Davon Reed sticking, Petr Cornelie going and DeMarcus Cousins likely landing. For now, the #Nuggets have no intention of cutting McGruder, who has fans in the organization, source says. denverpost.com/2022/01/09/bol…
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Keith Langlois: And the Pistons now announce they’ve re-signed veteran Rodney McGruder
Michael Scotto: The Detroit Pistons signed Rodney McGruder to a one-year deal for the veteran minimum, league sources told @HoopsHype. The deal is fully guaranteed.
James Edwards III: The Detroit Pistons have waived Rodney McGruder, per sources.
James Edwards III: It’s very likely that Dedmon and McGruder are waived and stretched by the #Pistons, per sources. I believe @Vincent Goodwill was first on Dedmon.
The L.A. Clippers have signed free agent guard Rodney McGruder, it was announced today by President of Basketball Operations, Lawrence Frank.
The L.A. Clippers have claimed guard Rodney McGruder off waivers, it was announced today by President of Basketball Operations Lawrence Frank. McGruder is not eligible to participate in the 2019 NBA Playoffs.
Ira Winderman: Spoelstra on the Heat waiving of Rodney McGruder, “Sometimes the business of this can be a real pain. That’s one of the toughest business moves that our franchise has had to make.”
With the Rodney McGruder claim, the LA Clippers will now have early bird rights on the soon to be free agent. The Clippers have until June 29 to submit a one-year $3M Qualifying Offer. The combination of a low cap hold ($3M or $1.9M) and early bird rights (ability to exceed the cap once room is used) makes claiming McGruder a smart basketball decision for the future. McGruder is ineligible to participate in the playoffs since he was waived after March 1.
Barry Jackson: Heat is operating under the belief that McGruder will be claimed and they won’t be a tax team, per multiple sources. The Clippers, Atlanta, OKC, Toronto and Washington are among teams who can.
Shams Charania: The Miami Heat have waived forward Rodney McGruder, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.
Barry Jackson: …McGruder was just informed moments ago. Once Heat realized the odds of making the playoffs aren’t very good, avoiding tax became bigger concern, and thus his release late this afternoon.
Bobby Marks: The Heat will go under the luxury tax if the $1.5M contract of Rodney McGruder is claimed. A team must have a trade exception to claim his contract.
Bobby Marks: Rodney McGruder has now met the starter criteria in his contract. The Miami Heat guard has now started 41 games this season and will be eligible to receive a $3M (from $1.9M) Qualifying Offer. McGruder signed a three-year $3.4M contract with the Heat during the summer of 2016.
Translation: he’s about to get paid. McGruder acknowledges how distracting something like a contract year can be, but he doesn’t let it disrupt his day-to-day progress. The Heat give their players a meditation app called Vision Pursue, and McGruder uses it all the time. “Everyone thinks about their future and what that holds, but really you have to live in the moment, and expand your A before you worry about your B. And my A is my everyday, working out, trying to be a good teammate, you know, just living in this moment,” he says. “If I focus on [free agency] I wouldn’t be living right and I would be cheating myself, because I’m not living in this moment being the best me I can be. You think about it, but you have to stop your mind because your mind does wander to all different kinds of things. But you have to quiet that mind and live in this present moment.”
Albert Nahmad: Rodney McGurder’s $1.5 million non-guaranteed salary for 2018-19 becomes fully guaranteed if he’s not waived today. The Heat will surely keep him. They can make him a restricted free agent next summer if they choose.
When Erik Spoelstra was asked Monday about the battle for the final roster spot between Beno Udrih and Briante Weber, he gave a very interesting answer. “It’s not a competition just between those two,” Spoelstra said. It turns out that Udrih and Weber aren’t just competing against each other for Miami’s 15th roster spot. The pair of point guards are also competing against 25-year-old shooting guard Rodney McGruder. “Yeah, he is,” Spoelstra said Wednesday when asked if McGruder is still in the race for a roster spot. With the Heat’s roster still at the NBA preseason maximum of 20 players, Miami must cut its roster to the regular-season maximum of 15 players by Monday’s deadline. With 14 players pretty much guaranteed a spot on the roster, that leaves Udrih, Weber and McGruder fighting for the final opening.
The Miami HEAT announced today that they have signed free agent guard Rodney McGruder. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Shams Charania: Sources: Heat and summer league guard Rodney McGruder are finalizing a partially guaranteed three-year deal. He also played for Sioux Falls.
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Make no mistake, though: Much as Wood seemed to revel in the chance to take a breather and hang with young fans, he said he’s wholly focused on the possibilities that lie ahead with his tenure on the Mavs. “It’s a great opportunity for me and for this organization to try and take that next step,” Christian Wood said. “I just want to win games. My main objective is to try and get to the Finals.”
“I’m still counting my blessings and happy to be here,” he said. Specifically, the 6-foot-9 center was speaking about being a Maverick. But on Thursday, that gratitude could also extend to his time with the kids he got to work out with in Plano. “I was once that little kid that would look up to NBA players and hope that he would sign my shoe or hope that I would be able to meet him in person,” he said. “With kids, I can be myself and I can be a kid myself. So it’s fun.”
Anze Macek, the kinesiologist who has been working with Doncic for the past two years, gave some insight about the regime change the Slovenian wunderkind took this offseason. “Shortly after the end of the season, he contacted me and said that he wanted to start fitness training immediately. Together with Goran Dragic, they worked for three weeks,” Macek said to SportKlub Slovenija. “The national team action followed. When he went on vacation, he asked me for a work plan.”
“He remains active,” he said. “I am in contact with him almost on a daily basis. He keeps his shape. He will improve everything during the national team practices where he will prepare with maximum effort.” The comments about his body have no real impact on Luka, Macek says. On the contrary, they drive him forward, the Slovenian team fitness coach is certain.
“Luka is a global star. In plain sight. People follow him every step of the way, as far as possible. Therefore, evil tongues also appear very quickly. Maybe they are trying to get to him by commenting on each photo. But that’s really not a good way,” Macek explained. “He always has an answer. This only further motivates him and drives him forward.”