All 30 teams have begun training camp, but many of them spent the last week tying up loose ends as they finalized their camp rosters, with a wide spectrum of familiar names, long-forgotten figures, and virtual unknowns all striking 11th-hour deals. There was also a pair of trades this week, as Keith Bogans and his sizable non-guaranteed contract went from the Celtics to the Cavs and finally to the Sixers, allowing Boston and Cleveland to create identical $5,285,817 trade exceptions. Many teams have already shifted their focus to negotiations with extension candidates, and the Suns got a head start, securing Markieff and Marcus Morris until 2019. We can talk about it all starting at the top of the hour, and you can go ahead and start asking questions if you click below!
Two members of the Thunder front office made the list of a dozen potential candidates for future GM openings that SB Nation’s Tom Ziller compiled. Assistant GM Troy Weaver, who excels in scouting and relationships, and Michael Winger, a salary cap expert, have already drawn interest from other teams, as their respective rumors pages show. Many believed that Winger would have been in line for the Cavs GM job if the team had decided against retaining David Griffin this summer, Ziller adds. While we wait to see if the presence of Sam Presti and perhaps two other future GMs gives Oklahoma City the necessary edge to get over the hump and win this year’s title, here’s more from around the Western Conference:
- The Pelicans considered waiving and stretching Austin Rivers in addition to the notion of trading the former No. 10 overall pick as they sought to clear room to acquire Omer Asik this summer, according to Grantland’s Zach Lowe. Still, the Pelicans held on to Rivers, and they demanded “real assets” in any trade that would involve him, Lowe writes, adding that New Orleans regarded waiving him as the least desirable option. The Grantland scribe suggests that ties between coach Monty Williams and the Rivers family complicate the team’s decision about whether to pick up the fourth-year option on Rivers’ contract by the October 31st deadline.
- The Wolves offered 40th overall pick Glenn Robinson III a four-year contract, but he turned it down for his partially guaranteed one-year pact, similar to the dynamic between No. 32 pick K.J. McDaniels and the Sixers, tweets Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.
- Alonzo Gee‘s pact with the Nuggets is non-guaranteed for the minimum salary and covers one season, but it becomes guaranteed if he remains on the roster through October 29th, tweets Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders. The team’s non-guaranteed deal with Pops Mensah-Bonsu is of the identical structure, except his wouldn’t become guaranteed until the leaguewide guarantee date in January, Pincus adds.
- Ronnie Price‘s non-guaranteed deal with the Lakers becomes partially guaranteed on November 15th, Pincus writes for the Los Angeles Times, though he doesn’t say just how much Price would be assured of that day. In any case, the veteran point guard has picked up a key supporter, since Kobe Bryant likes what he sees from his teammate so far, as Pincus details.
WEDNESDAY, 1:14pm: The deal is official, the Pelicans announced via press release.
MONDAY, 8:27am: The Pelicans and former Bucks swingman D.J. Stephens have reached agreement on a deal for training camp, reports Shams Charania of RealGM (Twitter link). It’ll have to be a minimum-salary deal for the one-year veteran, since the sliver of the mid-level exception that New Orleans has left is only enough for the team to exceed the minimum for a rookie. It’s not clear whether there’s any guaranteed money involved.
The 23-year-old was set to work out for Utah earlier this month, but it appears he’ll wind up in New Orleans instead. Stephens appeared in three games for Milwaukee on a 10-day contract last spring, scoring seven points and grabbing five rebounds in a total of 15 minutes. He saw significantly more playing time overseas last season after going undrafted out of Memphis in 2013, averaging 8.4 points and 7.0 rebounds in 23.8 minutes per game in 25 combined games with Ilisiakos BC of Greece and Anadolu Efes of Turkey.
New Orleans had been carrying 18 players, so the addition of Stephens leaves room for one more player to join the team in advance of Tuesday’s start of camp. A dozen Pelicans have fully guaranteed deals and three more are on partially guaranteed arrangements, and the team has Dionte Christmas, Kevin Jones and Vernon Macklin on non-guaranteed pacts, making it tough to see a clear path to opening night for Stephens.
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- Not liking this signing. Are they going to resign Goran Dragic after next season and have $28MM+ in their starting backcourt? I’d rather have Dragic. If this deal is so “reasonable”, maybe Bledsoe can be moved if he shows he can stay healthy – a BIG if.
- Great fit…I mentioned it a few times previously. I would have liked to see him back in Miami, especially for that type of a contract, but I guess they decided to go in a different direction with Shawne and Reggie Williams instead (ugh)…The Grizzlies could use someone like Beasley who can get his own shot and score, and his defensive deficiencies shouldn’t be as noticeable on a team with that type of defense, and the rim protection they get from Marc Gasol.
Gustavo Ayon was one of the noteworthy figures who didn’t end up with an NBA contract, finally closing on a deal to play for Real Madrid in Spain and passing on a minimum-salary offer from the Spurs, leaving statsnasty wondering why the center didn’t generate more interest stateside.
- Gustavo is good. He should be in the NBA. Hopefully this won’t become a trend, where all good second-string players can’t get good enough offers to stay in the NBA.
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The Pacers and Heat have met the last two years for the Eastern Conference title, but chances are they’re not going to do so again this coming spring. The Nets, too, seem to have taken a step back, though there’s still a distinct possibility that all three will make the playoffs. We’ll touch on three Eastern mainstays amid our look around the conference:
- Paul George refuses to rule out the notion that he might return this season, even though the Pacers assume he’s out for the year, though he told reporters Monday that he’s “come to peace” with the idea that his broken leg will keep him out. Mark Montieth of Pacers.com has the details.
- David West said he considered retirement last year and suggested that the thought passed through his mind again after George broke his leg this summer, as he tells Candace Buckner of the Indianapolis Star. The 34-year-old can opt out of his contract at season’s end.
- Shawne Williams made an impression on the Heat during the same workout in which Chris Douglas-Roberts and MarShon Brooks made bids to join the team, notes Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.
- Kevin Garnett made it clear that he has no intention of coaching after he retires as a player, as Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News observes (Twitter link).
SEPTEMBER 8TH Free agent forward Elijah Millsap has signed a non-guaranteed deal with the Bucks, agent Daniel Hazan tells Shams Charania of RealGM (on Twitter). Millsap was in summer league this offseason with the Sixers.
The shooting guard/small forward has spent parts of the last four seasons in the D-League and the last three with the Los Angeles D-Fenders. In January, Millsap signed with Maccabi Ashdod for the rest of the season but returned to the states in March to hook up with the D-Fenders once more.
In 114 D-League games, Millsap has averaged 17.1 PPG, 5.9 RPG, and 3.1 APG in 31.7 minutes per contest. The 27-year-old was also named to the D-League All-Star team in 2011/12 in his first campaign with Los Angeles.
SEPTEMBER 25TH, 10:52pm: The signing has taken place, as is shown in the RealGM transactions log.
SEPTEMBER 23RD, 6:07pm: Eric’s deal with the Bucks is non-guaranteed, reports Charles Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (via Twitter).
SEPTEMBER 16TH: The Bucks have agreed to a minimum-salary deal with free agent big man Micheal Eric, reports Shams Charania of RealGM (on Twitter). The level of guarantee and the length of the arrangement aren’t immediately clear, but it’ll be the second trip to an NBA training camp in three years for the former Temple mainstay, who was with the Cavs for preseason in 2012.
Eric spent time in the D-League the past two seasons, his most extensive experience coming with Cleveland’s affiliate in 2012/13, when he averaged 8.1 points and 7.6 rebounds in 22.1 minutes per game. The 6’10″ 26-year-old has consistently displayed a mastery of the boards, grabbing 8.8 RPG in 25.1 MPG in his final season in college with the Owls.
It’ll be tough for Eric to make the opening-night roster in Milwaukee, where the Bucks have 14 fully guaranteed deals plus a non-guaranteed contract with Kendall Marshall, who figures to play a prominent role. The client of agent Pedro Power will join Elijah Millsap and Chris Wright among those hoping to show enough in training camp to force Milwaukee to think about cutting ties with one of its guaranteed pacts.
WEDNESDAY, 9:52am: The deal is official, the team announced.
SATURDAY, 3:21pm: Holt had cut ties to Ludwigsburg and had been receiving interest from some Euroleague teams, Pick tweets.
3:11pm: The Cavs and guard Stephen Holt have reached an agreement on a training camp deal, David Pick of Eurobasket reports (Twitter link). Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it’s likely a standard minimum salary arrangement with little or no guaranteed money included. This would bring the Cavs preseason roster count to 16 players, with 11 fully guaranteed and two partially guaranteed deals included in that number. Holt had reportedly turned down a training camp invite from the Hawks to sign with a German team, so it’s unclear if he reached a buyout arrangement or was let go by that team if the signing occurred.
The Cavs have been busy today, trading the recently acquired Keith Bogans to the Sixers in addition to completing their first training camp practice. Cleveland is still setting their training camp roster, and Holt will compete for the final roster spot, though he’s an extreme longshot to make it to opening night. The other roster wildcard involved is Ray Allen, who the Cavs have pursued despite Allen being non-committal on returning for another season. His signing would change a number of roster plans.
The 6’4″, 23 year-old Holt went undrafted out of Saint Mary’s back in 2012, after averaging 10.8 PPG, 4.2 RPG, and 2.4 APG for his career. His shooting numbers were .443/.381/.808.
9:47am: McDaniels will make the minimum salary this year, as Wojnarowski reveals in his full story, one that suggests that the small forward simply signed the required tender that teams must make in order to retain the rights to their second-round picks. He rejected a long-term offer with terms similar to what Grant has in his contract, as agent Mark Bartelstein explains to Wojnarowski.
“The 76ers have a philosophy that they’re adhering to, and we totally respect that, but it doesn’t fit for K.J. and us,” Bartelstein said. “I just totally disagree with the idea of doing a four-year deal that includes a structure of two non-guaranteed years. We think K.J. is going to be a good player, and it came down to doing a one-year deal and letting the market determine his value. There’s no hard feelings. The Sixers’ philosophy has worked for them. It just doesn’t work for us.”
WEDNESDAY, 8:51am: McDaniels is getting a one-year, non-guaranteed deal, setting himself up for restricted free agency next summer, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports (Twitter link).
TUESDAY, 9:10pm: McDaniels hasn’t signed his contract as of this afternoon and didn’t report to training camp Tuesday, reports Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Pompey implies that McDaniels isn’t happy with the team’s offer, but adds that the Sixers do expect him to sign it soon.
MONDAY, 4:22pm: The Sixers have signed K.J. McDaniels and Jerami Grant, two of the team’s second-round picks from June, the team acknowledged as it released its training camp roster via press release. The team has plenty of cap space, but it’s not immediately clear how much of it goes to McDaniels and Grant, nor is it known whether their deals are guaranteed. The roster also serves as an official announcement of previously reported deals with No. 3 overall pick Joel Embiid, Ronald Roberts Jr. and JaKarr Sampson. Absent from the roster are Malcolm Lee, Drew Gordon and Pierre Jackson, whom offseason reports indicated the Sixers had agreed to sign, so presumably those deals are off.
McDaniels, the 32nd overall pick, is a small forward who’s a heady player with a strong motor who seems poised to outperform his draft position, as Eddie Scarito of Hoops Rumors wrote when he examined the former Clemson Tiger’s prospect profile. Grant, a combo forward from Syracuse, carries plenty of athleticism but plenty of unknowns, too, though he appears to be a strong value as a second-rounder, as Eddie’s profile of the No. 39 overall pick reads. Vasilije Micic and Jordan McRae, the team’s other second-round picks, are playing overseas, as our list of draft pick signings shows.
Philadelphia is bringing 20 players to camp, though only eight are known to have fully guaranteed salary. Roberts, Sampson and Jarvis Varnado have partially guaranteed deals, but it’s seemingly an otherwise wide-open competition for opening-night roster spots.
The past week has seen a whirlwind of moves as teams readied for training camp. The period was the coda to an offseason of seismic shifts around the NBA, from the return of LeBron James to Cleveland, to Greg Monroe‘s bold decision to sign his qualifying offer from the Pistons, to Houston’s losing gamble with Chandler Parsons. In last several days, marquee names like Eric Bledsoe and Michael Beasley were sprinkled amid a flurry of signings for the preseason. Our Free Agent Tracker will help you evaluate and make sense of them all. Using the tracker, you can quickly sort through contract agreements and categorize by team, position, free agent type, and a handful of other variables.
A few notes on the tracker:
- Contract years and dollars are based on what’s been reported to date, so in some cases those amounts are approximations rather than official figures. There are a few cases in which details are especially scarce, so some fields are left blank.
- The salaries listed aren’t necessarily fully guaranteed, though fully non-guaranteed deals are marked as summer contracts.
- Separate entries exist for Chris Crawford and Christian Watford, both of whom were signed, waived, and then signed again by the same teams. However, only a single entry exists for Francisco Garcia, since the league never ratified his original contract.
- The tracker doesn’t include signed draft picks, since those players weren’t free agents. We’re keeping on top of 2014 draft pick signings in this post. The tracker also doesn’t include “draft-and-stash” players who’ve signed this summer, but they’re listed here. A list of all the offseason trade acquisitions is right here.
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