The Perth Wildcats have signed star Australian centre Will Magnay for the remainder of the 2020/21 NBL Season. It’s a major coup for the Wildcats, with the 208cm big man only recently becoming available following a stint with the New Orleans Pelicans in the NBA. The 22-year-old is excited to have put pen to paper with the reigning NBL Champions
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Olgun Uluc: Will Magnay currently has “multiple offers” from NBL teams, but “hasn’t decided if he’ll play or just train with a team”, his agent, Michael Oakes, tells ESPN. Magnay is currently 8 days into his 14-day mandatory hotel quarantine in Sydney.
Olgun Uluc: More from Magnay’s agent: “…specialist decided not to operate (on bone spurs in his foot) in the end so he’d prefer to be in a team dynamic rather than train on his own with Summer League or Olympics around the corner.”
Will Guillory: The Pelicans are waiving two-way center Will Magnay, per a source. @Shams Charania reported earlier that the team intends to fill that spot with James Nunnally.
Olgun Uluc: Will Magnay is finalizing a two-way deal with the New Orleans Pelicans, league sources told ESPN.
Olgun Uluc: Just filed a story to @ESPNAusNZ, ahead of tonight’s 36ers-Bullets preseason ‘test’ game. In the story: Will Magnay did not travel with the Bullets, sources told ESPN. Magnay has NBA interest; the team is proceeding with the expectation that he won’t be with them next season.
Olgun Uluc: The expectation is that Magnay will get on an NBA roster for the 2020-21 season, so the Bullets have begun planning for life without him. They’ve already fielded calls for replacement bigs, sources said.
Brisbane Bullets star Will Magnay has set the record straight on the Golden State Warriors rumours surrounding him earlier this year. It had been reported the Warriors had offered Magnay a 10-day contract and while a conversation took place and that deal was mentioned, the NBL20 Most Improved Player has revealed a contract was never officially offered.
“The Golden State Warriors had asked the Bullets if they had offered me a 10-day contract, would the Bullets release me,” Magnay said on the Gibbo Goes One-On-One podcast. “That was the conversation that went down and somehow that news got out. There was never anything on paper, there was interest and whatnot but never anything on paper. It got out and runs away like it does in the media.”
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September 22, 2021 | 2:15 am EDT Update
There are many who believed then and continue to insist now that Damian Lillard was about ready to ask out; a source with knowledge of the situation believes Lillard is held back by both his loyalty to Portland and an unwillingness to go back on things he’s already said about sticking things out. He ultimately decided to give this another go, and Lillard has been provided roster upgrades and had a big voice in the coaching search. He may still ask out down the road, but only time will tell how long this honeymoon lasts.
It is clear Simmons wants out though and when you consider that alongside his poor form in the playoffs, the Sixers have little leverage to work with and the offers have reflected that. “The Sixers are yet to find a deal they are willing to do,” Wojnarowski said. “They want Ben Simmons in camp, they want to see his trade value improve and then find a deal out in the marketplace but right now they are going to do it with him on the sidelines because his intention now is to not play another game for that organisation.
“They’ve asked for a steep return. It is hard to trade a star player when you are a contender because you are trying to get back the pieces that keep you a contender now. “The offers on the marketplace just did not meet the threshold that Daryl Morey and Doc Rivers want in Philly. Now there is a standoff.”
The Sixers are expecting at least some sort of absence to open the preseason, sources say, though most are convinced he will eventually show up, citing a lack of precedent for extended holdouts in the NBA. There has been some public debate over whether the Sixers would fine him for such a move in the midst of trying to work through all this, though it seems pretty black-and-white on Philly’s end.
It almost goes without saying that bridge-building would need to be done between Simmons and Doc Rivers. The head coach tried to walk back the despair he showed after Game 7 during exit interviews the very next day, and his defenses of Simmons far outnumber his one high-profile shoulder shrug. Even still, getting the two to connect during the offseason has been close to impossible, sources say. Ultimately, this is in Simmons’ hands. Rivers would tell you himself that he regrets letting his guard down during Simmons’ lowest moment as a professional. Some missteps are just harder to come back from than others.
Paul, who also manages Anthony Davis, LeBron James and Trae Young, has built a $2.7 billion empire and knows how to get what he wants. “I talked to Rich Paul,” former NBA player Jay Williams told ‘Bart & Hahn’. “He was the one that told me: ‘We want out and we’ll go to what ever degree we have to’”.
Kyle Neubeck: One detail I left out from this was the suggestion from a team source that firing Rich Paul (however unlikely) would be one way for Ben to try to rectify what some view as a self-created problem. “He could just say, ‘my agent talked me into this stupid fucking strategy.'”