MONDAY, 7:40am: Kendall Marshall will also work out for the Grizzlies, Wojnarowski tweets. The former 13th overall pick is coming off a near triple-double in his debut for the D-League affiliate of the Sixers.
SUNDAY, 10:53pm: The Grizzlies are bringing in several guards to workout early this week, including Darius Morris, Reggie Williams, and Seth Curry, sources tell Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports (via Twitter). Memphis has been ravaged by injuries early on in the season, requiring extra depth in the backcourt.
Morris was cut loose by the Sixers earlier this season along with Kwame Brown. The guard, 23 in January, has an offer in hand from Turkey but might be able to ply his craft in the U.S. this season if he can impress Memphis brass.
Williams, 27, was a victim of a numbers crunch in Houston, where the Rockets cut his 50% guaranteed contract at the end of the preseason to get under the 15-man roster limit. He worked out for the Bulls last month but didn’t wind up inking a deal.
Curry, of course, is the younger brother of Warriors star Stephen Curry. The Duke University product is currently with the Warriors’ D-League affiliate in Santa Cruz after missing the cut in training camp over the summer.
Tonight’s look at the Pacific Division..
- Warriors GM Bob Myers told reporters, including Tim Kawakami of the Mercury News, that he’s not looking to make any changes at this stage, given Andre Iguodala‘s injury. ”No, I think we want to see. It may be one game, two games, three games where we’ve actually been healthy. I think it’d be way too rash to start looking at something until you’ve actually seen the team for a good, extended period of time,” said Myers.
- Not much was expected from 18-year vet Jermaine O’Neal when he inked a one-year, $2MM deal with the Warriors, but he’s proven to be a pivotal part of the team, writes Marcus Thompson of the Mercury News.
- Turkish team Trabzonspor made an offer to former Lakers guard Darius Morris, according to a report from Djordje Matic passed along by Emiliano Carchia of Sportando. Morris averaged 6.9 PPG in 12 games for the 76ers this season before he was waived along with Kwame Brown in November.
The Sixers have waived former No. 1 draft pick Kwame Brown and guard Darius Morris, league sources told Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.
Brown, 31, had been sidelined by a right hamstring injury and has yet to play this season. The big man was in a two-year, $6MM contract with the Sixers and has made approximately $64MM across his 13 NBA seasons, despite career averages of 6.6 points and 5.5 rebounds. Brown was taken first overall in the 2001 draft by Wizards president Michael Jordan, ahead of talents like Tyson Chandler, Pau Gasol, Joe Johnson, Zach Randolph and Tony Parker.
Morris, 22, has played in 79 games over the past three NBA seasons, averaging 4.1 PPG and 1.6 APG in 13.2 minutes per contest. Morris’ deal was only partially guaranteed, so he’ll receive $200K from the 76ers as he seeks out his next gig.
With most of the top free agents off the board by mid-July, September generally consists of minimum-salary signings with little or no guaranteed money. That's certainly the case for most of the contracts mentioned below, but since we at Hoops Rumors are interested in the minutiae of teams' cap moves, we'll pass along these updates nonetheless. Courtesy of Eric Pincus of HoopsWorld, here are a few notes on recent signings:
- Fab Melo actually signed a two-year contract with the Mavericks, albeit one that's entirely non-guaranteed, says Pincus (via Sulia). Dallas still has 15 players on fully guaranteed deals, so it'll be an uphill battle for Melo to earn a spot on the roster, but if he does, the Mavs will have him under team control for two seasons at the minimum salary.
- After I devoted a post yesterday to explaining how and why the Sixers have stayed above the cap and could continue to do so this offseason, Pincus renders my points moot (via Sulia), writing that the team has dipped below the threshold and started using cap room.
- It's interesting that the Sixers would choose this point to claim its cap space — unless the team was caught off guard by Royal Ivey and Damien Wilkins signing with the Hawks and coming off Philadelphia's books, it seems the Sixers could've stayed above the cap line, since they recently finalized their deals with Rodney Williams and Darius Morris. Of course, I'm not privy to what's going on behind the scenes in Philadelphia, so perhaps it wasn't possible or the club felt it was no longer worthwhile.
- In any case, getting back to Pincus' notes: He passes along the specifics on Williams' and Morris' deals with the Sixers, noting that both players signed four-year pacts. For Williams, it's a minimum-salary contract with a $35K guarantee in year one. Years two and three are fully non-guaranteed, while year four is a team option.
- Morris' deal is worth slightly more than the minimum, and will pay him exactly $4.2MM if he plays out his full contract without being released. The first season is guaranteed for $200K, and the remainder is structured in the same way as Williams' — two non-guaranteed seasons plus a fourth-year team option.
Nearly two and a half months after 2013's free agent period got underway, the Sixers are set to sign their first NBA free agent. The team is finalizing an agreement with former Laker Darius Morris, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.
It's not clear yet whether Morris will sign a one-year contract or a multiyear deal, or whether he'll earn more than the minimum. But Wojnarowski suggests that Morris' salary for 2013/14 will be at least partially guaranteed. The 22-year-old is also expected to make the team and play meaningful minutes, making him more than just a training camp invitee.
In 48 games last year, including 17 starts, Morris averaged 4.0 PPG and 1.6 APG, while playing 14.2 minutes per contest. With Kobe Bryant on the shelf in the postseason, the Lakers leaned more heavily on Morris, who responded by upping his averages to 10.5 PPG and 3.0 APG. The Brian Dyke client also ranked among the best three-point shooters still available when I explored the subject last month.
The Sixers have made a handful of trades this offseason, bringing in young players like Nerlens Noel, Royce White, and Tony Wroten. However, the club has been very quiet on the free agent front. Prior to Morris' agreement, the only player believed to have a deal with Philadelphia was undrafted rookie Rodney Williams, who reportedly agreed to a partially guaranteed multiyear contract.
Once the Sixers' deals with Williams and Morris become official, the team will have 15 players under contract, though only 11 of those deals are fully guaranteed. As for Morris, he'll likely see plenty of time at the point in Philadelphia, since Michael Carter-Williams and Wroten are the only point guards currently on the roster.
The Nets have stolen New York's backpage headlines from the Knicks, observes Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News, who believes that if Carmelo Anthony flees for the Lakers next summer, it wouldn't be the worst possible outcome for the Madison Square Garden faithful. While baseball decamps from New York following last night's All-Star Game, here's a look at the city's basketball beat:
There's a major shakeup going on in the Eastern Conference now that Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce are on their way to Brooklyn. An even more resounding move could happen in the West, where Dwight Howard's primary suitors are. We've got more on that storyline and others from the Western Conference:
- Mo Williams is expected to discuss re-signing in Utah with Jazz brass, but a source tells Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports that Williams isn't interested in returning if he's not the starter. Last night, the Jazz wound up with point guard Trey Burke in the draft, and he has eyes on the starting job, too, notes Jody Genessy of the Deseret News. (Twitter link).
- Mavericks owner Mark Cuban tells Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News that he has a couple of meetings with players scheduled to take place in Los Angeles, presumably referring to Howard and Chris Paul. Still, those two big fishes aren't the team's sole focus, as Cuban also says the Mavs were in discussions yesterday about a deal that would have prevented the team from making a maximum-salary signing this summer.
- Devin Harris dropped hints Friday about returning to the Mavericks, where he began his career, as Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News observes. "It’s always crossed my mind," Harris said. "It’s crossed my mind since I left. Obviously, I think it would be cool to come back. But I also like it in Atlanta. It comes down to what best fits me."
- Howard won't necessarily make the Lakers the last stop on his listening tour as he fields free agent pitches this summer, even though the purple and gold brass would like to see that happen, tweets Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News.
- The Lakers are declining the chance to tender Darius Morris a $1.2MM qualifying offer, but the team has interest in re-signing him to a deal worth less than that, writes Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times. Andrew Goudelock may return as well, but Devin Ebanks won't be back, Pincus adds in a look at the team's would-be restricted free agents.
- Brian Scalabrine is talking with the Warriors about joining the team as an assistant coach, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.
- The Spurs officially announced their hiring of Pacers assistant coach Jim Boylen as an assistant on Gregg Popovich's staff. Boylen is not to be confused with Cavs assistant Jim Boylan.
If you're looking for the complete results of the 2013 NBA draft, you can find those right here.
- Rasheed Wallace is in talks to join Maurice Cheeks' staff in Detroit as a Pistons assistant, tweets Frank Isola of the New York Daily News.
- Magic GM Rob Hennigan told reporters, including Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel (Twitter links), that Orlando was "semi-close" twice to trading the No. 2 pick, and that the team could revisit Eric Bledsoe talks with the Clippers at some point this summer.
- Trail Blazers GM Neil Olshey confirmed tonight that Eric Maynor wouldn't receive a qualifying offer from the team, and will become an unrestricted free agent, according to Chris Haynes of CSNNW.com (Twitter link).
- Olshey added that the Blazers "didn't come close" to making any substantial trades (Twitter link via Joe Freeman of the Oregonian).
- Don't expect Sergey Karasev to be stashed overseas next season. Shams Charania of RealGM.com tweets that the Russian forward will play in the NBA for the Cavaliers.
- There's also no guarantee Nemanja Nedovic will be a draft-and-stash prospect for the Warriors. Chris Broussard of ESPN.com tweets that Golden State wants to evaluate Nedovic in Summer League play before making a decision.
- The Lakers won't extend qualifying offers to Andrew Goudelock, Darius Morris, or Devin Ebanks, GM Mitch Kupchak confirmed (Twitter link via Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News).
The Lakers have recalled guard Darius Morris and center Robert Sacre from their D-League affiliate, the Los Angeles D-Fenders, according to a tweet from Los Angeles Times reporter Mike Bresnahan.
The 22-year-old Morris has averaged 4.2 PPG in 45 appearances this season, while Sacre, a rookie, is averaging 1.4 PPG in his 31-game career.
We'll track today's D-League assignments and recalls right here, with any additional moves added to the top of the page throughout the day….
- The Lakers have assigned a pair of players to the Los Angeles D-Fenders, according to the D-Fenders' official Twitter account. Robert Sacre and Darius Morris are headed back to the Lakers' D-League affiliate. Despite having been assigned to the D-League multiple times this season, neither player has logged much time with the D-Fenders. Sacre has averaged 11.0 PPG and 8.8 RPG in his six contests with the club, while Morris recorded 21 points in his lone game with the D-Fenders.