Chris Fedor: #Cavs will waive Thon Maker and Yogi Ferrell, sources tell @clevelanddotcom
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Michael Scotto: Thon Maker and the Cleveland Cavaliers have agreed to a deal, league sources told @HoopsHype.
Chris Fedor: #Cavs have agreed to a training camp deal with Thon Maker, sources tell @clevelanddotcom.
Adrian Wojnarowski: The Detroit Pistons aren’t extending a qualifying offer to Thon Maker and he’ll become an unrestricted free agent, source tells ESPN.
Maker, by default, was able to show more, but his future with the organization is also in limbo. Whenever free agency finally does open, Maker has a qualifying offer of roughly $4.9 million for next season. Sources told The Athletic earlier this year that it was “very unlikely” the Pistons would extend that offer, eventually turning Maker into an unrestricted free agent. I have no indication the team has changed its stance on that.
Thon Maker. Contract status: Restricted free agent this summer (qualifying offer: $4,861,854). Odds he returns: 50 percent. Analysis: Maker is all heart and hustle, and I believe that will keep him around the NBA for some years. As far as skills go, I don’t think he does anything particularly well, but he’s only 23 and has shown flashes of being a decent spot-up shooter from distance. I thought he was starting to figure out how to use his length and long arms more to his benefit this season, and I think he has a role as a bench player for some years. I don’t think, though, there’s any way the Pistons give him his qualifying offer, even with cap space to use and a rebuild ahead, which will make him an unrestricted free agent. I don’t see Maker being high on other teams’ free-agency boards. If he comes back to Detroit, it’ll be for less than $4 million a year.
The coronavirus pandemic has forced the NBA and almost every other sports league in the world to pause, however, the Makers are determined to stay fit and ready for the day they are allowed to compete again. All three Makers are approaching critical points in their careers. Detroit Pistons’ Thon is in the fourth and possibly final year of his NBA contract. If the Pistons do not offer him a qualifying offer he can test the free market.
Matt Velazquez: The Bucks are picking up Thon Maker’s fourth-year option as well as D.J. Wilson’s third-year option. Bucks “love” both players and see them as important to the team both now and in the future. Deadline for deciding on options for players on rookie-scale contracts is tomorrow.
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Meanwhile, Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer reported on a podcast with Andrew Yang, the former presidential candidate, that the Nets have their eyes on Drummond who’s playing on an expiring $28.7 million contract. ”People around the league say the Nets are hoping that Andre Drummond, the Cavs center, gets bought out. That’s what people say they’re hoping for but that’s unlikely because Cleveland is still in it,” referring to the playoff hunt.
“I just wish I would have known up front and not have to beat around the bush to figure things out. That’s just my motivation there. They thought I was done. Basically, that’s how I feel. This is my opportunity to show them that I’m not done. But the most important thing for me is get the win. I don’t care how many numbers I have, it’s about getting the win. That’s the most important thing because if I get 40 and then we lose, the trade don’t look as bad from their aspect because they beat us that one game they did play us. So, my ultimate goal is to try to get a win for my team tomorrow.”
Well, that’s going to be hard to imagine once you hear his extended thoughts on playing the Wizards on Tuesday, which he shared with NBC Sports Washington’s Chris Miller. Now with the Rockets, Wall admitted facing the Wizards is personal after how his exit was handled, and that he is out for revenge. “Just seeing everybody that’s over there, a lot of people that’s on that side that probably didn’t believe I could come back to be the person I am. And probably some people that had a little say so into me being traded,” Wall told Miller. “I feel like it was a whole process and it wasn’t just something that happened overnight. I think this was in the works. That’s my motivation. Who wouldn’t want to beat the team that traded them and felt like I was done?”
“Most importantly, all I really wanted from the start of all of it was just to be told the truth. That’s the most important thing and what made it so hard for me to understand what was going on because I wasn’t told the truth. I understand it’s a business and things go on and people move on and you get traded, organizations in different ways. When I heard the rumors, I called and asked are these true or are these something not to worry about? From that day forward, all I heard was ‘no, those rumors aren’t true, don’t worry about it.’ In all reality, it was true,” Wall said.
“Outside of James [Harden] not showing up to training camp and not wanting to be here, everything else was amazing,” Wall told NBC Sports Washington’s Chris Miller. “The most important thing is we couldn’t control what he wanted to do and at the same time as an organization, you’ve gotta understand they wanna handle it the way they wanna handle it.”
“He’s always happy. I’ve never seen LeBron mad — he’s always happy,” Davis told CBS Sports. “But on the flipside, he’s so determined and hard-working for basketball. So it’s a balance, and you’ve got to find a balance.”