Eastern Notes: Harris, Cherry, Hawks

We’ve already gone out West earlier tonight. Now let’s check in on the Eastern Conference, where Wizards-Knicks and Magic-Bulls highlight the Tuesday night schedule. Here is what else is going on in the East:

  • The Magic raised the idea of an extension with annual salaries of about $9MM in negotiations with Tobias Harris around Labor Day, but the sides never resumed negotiations, according to Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders. Harris said that left him a “little disappointed” but with the understanding that it’s “a part of the game,” as he told Kyler. The Magic have told Harris’ camp that they’re likely to match any offer for him in restricted free agency next summer, Kyler writes.
  • The Cavaliers‘ two-year deal with Will Cherry, agreed to on Sunday, is non-guaranteed for the minimum this season and next, reports Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders (via Twitter). Cherry will make the prorated amount of $495,399 this season and then the full minimum of $845,059 next season, assuming he remains on the roster.
  • With the ownership and front office of the Hawks in disarray — not to mention the shortcomings of the other teams of note in the Atlanta area — the ability of Mike Budenholzer and his players to keep their focus on the court has been refreshing, writes Jeff Schultz of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Chuck Myron contributed to this post.

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