Royce Young: If you care about Clay Bennett’s money, upside to Russell Westbrook’s pending one game suspension: It’ll cost him $245,891 in salary, and the Thunder will save $522,518 toward the luxury tax. So, $768,409 total in savings.
Shams Charania: The Minnesota Timberwolves and forward Cam Reynolds have agreed to terms on a multiyear contract, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. Reynolds‘ second 10-day was set to expire next week.
Two other important parts of this agreement for Milwaukee are the structure and partial guarantee. Starting Bledsoe’s extension at $15.6 million for the 2019-20 season gives them some additional certainty about how much they can spend while either staying under the luxury tax or keeping their tax bill modest. For the sake of comparison, Jrue Holiday will make about $10.4 million more than Bledsoe next season and while the two are different players with different negotiations, any savings matter a lot.
That financial pressure is also a major reason why the partial guarantee could be incredibly useful for the Bucks. In June 2022, the front office will have to decide whether they would rather pay Bledsoe $19.4 million to be on the team that season or $3.9 million to play elsewhere and they could choose to stretch that $3.9 million over three seasons if preferable. That will be Bledsoe’s age-33 season and a light partial guarantee provides flexibility that mitigates risk of regression or injury.
Albert Nahmad: Rockets will only have Non-Bird rights to Danuel House Jr. as a restricted free agent this summer, which means the highest first year salary they’ll be able to pay/match is likely to be about: (i) $2.0M with his Non-Bird rights or (ii) $5.7M by using the Taxpayer-MLE.