Sources tell cleveland.com the Cavs are no longer expected to pursue Los Angeles Lakers free agent guard Alex Caruso or Indiana Pacers pesky reserve TJ McConnell — both of whom will garner interest from several suitors and could command the full mid-level exception, which starts around $9.5 million.
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[With Ricky Rubio in the mix], sources tell cleveland.com the Cavs are no longer expected to pursue Los Angeles Lakers free agent guard Alex Caruso or Indiana Pacers pesky reserve TJ McConnell — both of whom will garner interest from several suitors and could command the full mid-level exception, which starts around $9.5 million.
In more specific terms, given the lack of playmakers, the Cavs would be wise to search for someone to take shot-creation pressure off Garland and Sexton. Indiana Pacers feisty backup floor general TJ McConnell and Los Angeles Lakers rugged defender Alex Caruso are on Cleveland’s free agency target list, sources maintain.
Despite the percentages, McDermott isn’t quite on the same level as the leagues most elite three-point snipers. He doesn’t take as many outside shots each game as the top shooters, which lowers his impact as a perimeter threat. Still, though, McDermott is set up for a raise this summer thanks to his successes over the last three seasons. “They’ve given all indication that they want to be back. And we will have those discussions. They played so well that they’re going to have suitors, there’s no doubt,” Pritchard said when discussing McDermott and free agent point guard T.J. McConnell this offseason.
McDermott should get a contract that starts at a salary figure above those numbers, and since he has organizational familiarity and was part of the Pacers team building strategy in recent seasons, he has more value to the Pacers than an external free agent of equal value. Plus, he plays on the wing, an in-demand position in the NBA and a role that the Pacers are lacking. Thus, it’s logical to think that if the Pacers are going to use most of their space under the luxury tax on one player, McDermott is a strong option. “They just do things the right way. They treat us like professionals. It just feels like a family here,” McDermott said of Indiana. “It’s a great place to live. The fans are amazing.”
Any potential free agency list should start with Indiana’s T.J. McConnell and Los Angeles pest Alex Caruso. Both are Cavs targets. Both fit really well. Some prefer Caruso. He’s younger, bigger, stronger and can guard multiple spots. Others like McConnell more. Even though he doesn’t shoot many 3s, he’s more polished, capable of filling in as starter, puts pressure on the rim and was the league’s total steals leader.
J. Michael Falgoust: #Pacers president Kevin Pritchard on soon-to-be FAs McConnell and McDermott: “They’re core to what we’ve done. They’re two feet in on the Pacers. They were super thankful for Nate. … There’s certain roles they’re good at. At times we probably played them too much.”
The Indiana Pacers will not buy out T.J. McConnell’s $3.5 million contract for $1 million, a league source with direct knowledge of the situation tells IndyStar, though they’ve yet to make their intentions official. The league had to reset guarantee dates after COVID-19 interrupted the offseason but has not announced when it would be.
When McConnell was signed to a two-year deal last summer, the Pacers put in a $1 million buyout option on the backup point guard that they could exercise before the draft (which is now Nov. 18). McConnell would become a free agent and the Pacers would save $2.5 million while opening a roster spot.
Pacers: OFFICIAL: We have signed free agent guard T.J. McConnell to a contract. McConnell averaged 6.4 points, 2.3 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game while shooting 52.5 percent from the field over 76 games for the 76ers last season.
Scott Agness: Also, with the Pacers guaranteeing Alize Johnson’s contract for next season, they now have 11 players under contract and two more needing to sign: T.J. McConnell and Edmond Sumner. Two (of 15) roster spots open.
Mark Montieth: Kevin Pritchard told me today he is “in deep negotiations” with TJ McConnell and is hopeful of reaching a contract agreement within the next few days.
Michael Scotto: TJ McConnell’s two-year, $7 million deal with the Indiana Pacers is guaranteed for $1 million in Year 2, a league source told @The Athletic. The agreement was first reported by ESPN.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent TJ McConnell has agreed to deal with Pacers, league source tells ESPN.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Source: Deal is two-years, $7M.
John Gambadoro: Suns not shopping the 6th pick for a veteran point guard as per reports. A few names to keep an eye on in free agency are Cory Joseph, Pat Bev, Darren Collison, TJ McConnell. Look if Suns can come away with a true Power Forward, a starting caliber point guard, a backup big who can shoot and a young point guard to develop (draft) they will be on the right path. There is not unlimited money to spend here!
The 76ers expect to see how the season plays out before deciding whether to retain reserve point guard T.J. McConnell, a league source says. The Woj Pod mentioned that the Sixers had some “conversations” about signing McConnell to an extension. The podcast did not suggest that those talks have been serious.
There will be a market for the fourth-year veteran. Teams have already approached the Sixers about acquiring him in a trade. The Phoenix Suns did that in recent weeks, according to several sources. The Suns offered a second-round pick, and the Sixers declined.
Derek Bodner: Bryan Colangelo on T.J. McConnell: “We will exercise the [team] option in his contract.” #sixers
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August 2, 2021 | 7:49 am EDT Update
There is a strong possibility that Howard returns for a third go-around with the Lakers. Howard won a title with the Lakers in 2020, but he bolted to the 76ers last season. Now, there appears to be interest on both sides to have Howard back for his physical and defensive play. Howard, 35, averaged 7.0 points and 8.4 rebounds in 17.3 minutes last season in Philadelphia, his 17th in the NBA.
Rob Schaefer: Zach LaVine on what he’s conveyed to Bulls about a potential extension. If Bulls decide to take route to cap space, pursuing upgrades through free agency or renegotiating + extending LaVine’s current contract are two options on table.
Barry Jackson: ESPN reports tonight that New Orleans and Dallas – two Lowry suitors – have begun to look elsewhere for point guards. The Dragic/Achiuwa package should get this done for Lowry barring any late issues; Achiuwa hasn’t yet been informed because talks can’t begin until 6 p.m. Monday.
Donatas Urbonas: Ignas Brazdeikis will play for the Orlando Magic in the NBA Summer League, per sources. Brazdeikis averaged 11.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 2 assists in 8 NBA games with Orlando last season.
Rob Schaefer: Zach LaVine on keeping up with Bulls’ free agency from Tokyo: “I should have a good idea what’s going on. I take that very serious, keep up to date with what’s going on back home, but obviously still get my rest cause we got a game tomorrow. One way or another I’ll find out.”
August 2, 2021 | 1:19 am EDT Update
“It looks like [Kawhi] is expected to re-sign with the Clippers, but sources informed me that he will listen to other teams.” @ChrisBHaynes on Kawhi Leonard’s free agency