Marcus Thompson II of the Bay Area News Group summarized Warriors GM Bob Myers' meeting with the local media today, and writes that the team has very important decisions to make in the near future. Thompson mentions that Golden State has the ability to significantly be under the salary cap in two years, but will also have to deal with the possible contract extensions of Stephen Curry and Andrew Bogut in addition to deciding the futures of players that are still on their rookie-scale deals. "The players can stay as long as they want if we win...but if we don't win, maybe some things do get turned over," said Myers.
With that being said, we have a few more links to share with you tonight out of the Western Conference:
John Reid of the Times-Picayune writes that Austin Rivers is on schedule to be fully healed in time for Hornets' training camp in October after undergoing surgery on his right ankle three weeks ago. The rookie joins a list of teammates, namely Xavier Henry and Robin Lopez, who are recovering from recent surgeries. Regardless, head coach Monty Williams looks to have all three ready by the time the regular season starts. With that aside, here are more noteworthy tidbits from around the Association:
Lopez was signed and traded last week from the Suns to the Hornets as part of a three-team deal that also involved the Timberwolves. As part of the trade, he reportedly signed a three-year deal worth $15.3MM.
7:40pm: The amount of cash going to the Hornets from the Suns is about $1.15MM, tweets Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic.
12:16pm: The Suns, Hornets, and Timberwolves have officially completed a three-team trade that will send Robin Lopez to the Hornets and Wesley Johnson to the Suns, the teams announced today. Per a Hornets press release, the deal breaks down as follows:
Lopez is the only player changing hands who was not previously under contract, so New Orleans receives him as part of a sign-and-trade. His contract is for three years and about $15.3MM, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.
Dyson's contract is non-guaranteed, and Miller, who has a partially-guaranteed deal, is expected to retire, so Phoenix will likely waive both of those players in the near future. The first-round pick the Suns acquire from the T-Wolves will be either the Wolves' or Grizzlies' pick depending on those teams' performances. Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic has the details (via Twitter).
Two of the three picks the Timberwolves receive in the deal are ones they sent to the Hornets earlier this month. The 2013 second-rounder is Brooklyn's, the 2016 second-rounder is New Orleans', and the 2014 second-rounder is the Lakers, acquired by Phoenix in the Steve Nash trade.
FRIDAY, 11:51am: The Hornets' acquisition of Robin Lopez is complete, says Jimmy Smith of the Times Picayune, who adds that New Orleans will end up with Hakim Warrick as well (Twitter links). We'll have to wait for further reports or an official announcement to see how the full deal looks.
THURSDAY, 8:20pm: There won't be a resolution to the deal on Thursday night but the odds of the trade going through have improved, tweets Coro. The Hornets' cap situation is not holding up the deal from progressing further.
1:40pm: Alex Laugan of Bright Side of the Sun provides a fantastic breakdown of why this deal is currently on hold, as the Hornets' side of the transaction needs to be modified to be legal under the CBA. In all likelihood, New Orleans will need to include at least one more player or remove Hakim Warrick from the deal to make it work.WEDNESDAY, 11:07pm: Coro confirms the pick going from the Wolves to the Suns is originally from the Grizzlies, meaning it's lottery protected through 2016, after which it becomes a 2017 second-round pick and cash.
10:15pm: According to a tweet by Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune, the Wolves are getting a third second-round draft choice in the deal, though it's unclear from whom. Two of them are the same picks Minnesota traded to the Hornets earlier this month, Zgoda says.
7:47pm: The Suns will waive Miller once the deal is finalized, reports Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic. Coro also notes that if the draft pick that goes to the Suns from the Timberwolves is the one that the Grizzlies owe Minnesota, it's lottery-protected for four years (Twitter links).
3:26pm: The three-way trade that would send Lopez and Warrick to New Orleans and Johnson to Phoenix has been agreed upon, reports Brent Martel of the Associated Press (link via the Star Tribune). According to Martel, all that's left is to work through "some routine logistical matters." To recap, while the deal isn't official yet, this is how it looks, as reported so far:
7:49am: If the three-team deal goes through, Lopez will receive a three-year contract worth $15MM+ from the Hornets, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.
TUESDAY, 9:43pm: According to ESPN.com's Chris Broussard, the Hornets would move Brad Miller's contract to the Suns. It's unclear what Minnesota would get from the deal, except cap space to acquire Andrei Kirilenko. New Orleans and Phoenix discussed a similar four-team trade last week, with Boston and Houston replacing Minnesota, but the Suns pulled out as the deal fell apart, which is when the Timberwolves entered the picture.
7:19pm: Minnesota will likely receive Brad Miller's contract, Jerome Dyson, and draft picks, tweets Wojnarowski. However, Mark Deeks of Shamsports.com has tweeted that the Timberwolves are unable to trade for Miller again this year.
6:27pm: The Hornets, Suns, and Timberwolves are nearing a three-team sign-and-trade deal that would send Robin Lopez to the Hornets, tweets Yahoo! Sports columnist Adrian Wojnarowski. Earlier today Wojnarowski reported that the Hornets and Suns were interested in conducting a sign-and-trade deal, but Minnesota's entry into the deal is a new development.
Only four names are left on our list of this summer's restricted free agents, and one is drawing significant interest from the Hornets. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports (via Twitter), New Orleans has "worked hard" to complete a sign-and-trade deal for Robin Lopez, but has been unsuccessful so far.
The Suns would like to retain their restricted free agent center, but have so far been unable to come to terms with Lopez, according to Wojnarowski (via Twitter). If the 24-year-old were to sign an offer sheet with another club, the Suns would likely match it, so the Hornets are looking to avoid that scenario by sending compensation to Phoenix. New Orleans pulled off a similar deal with the Magic, sending Gustavo Ayon to Orlando in exchange for a signed-and-traded Ryan Anderson.
Lopez has averaged just 14.4 minutes per game in his four seasons with the Suns, but has been reasonably efficient in his limited playing time, averaging 5.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 14.9 PER in 242 career contests.
Phoenix may have lost star point guard Steve Nash, but don't expect the team to bottom out this season, says Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic. The Suns have managed to add a few long-term pieces to the roster, including Goran Dragic, Luis Scola, and Michael Beasley, while maintaining spending flexibility for next summer. Let's round up a few Thursday afternoon Suns notes from Coro's piece and elsewhere....
We're less than 14 hours away from the July moratorium coming to an end and this season's signing period beginning in earnest. As of 11:00pm central time tonight, teams can officially sign free agents, trades can be consummated, and players can sign contract extensions. In the meantime, free agents have one more day to try to reach contract agreements before clubs start finalizing the moves they've agreed to over the last week and a half. We'll track today's rumors on free agents here, with the newest updates up top:
With a good chunk of cap room expected to be available, the Suns are scheduling meetings with both their own free agents and other teams', according to the team's official Twitter feed. President Lon Babby, GM Lance Blanks, and coach Alvin Gentry are in Los Angeles to meet with unrestricted free agent Michael Beasley and Suns restricted FA Robin Lopez. Babby also said the team hopes to meet with Eric Gordon, Raymond Felton, and Goran Dragic later in the week.The Suns only have about $32MM in guaranteed salary on their books for next season, and it's appearing more and more likely that they'll lose Steve Nash to a rival suitor, so the club figures to be active on other free agents. Dragic may not be a realistic target, given his salary demands and the presence of Kendall Marshall, and Gordon is likely to be retained by the Hornets. But Felton and Beasley aren't out of the realm of possibility for Phoenix, and the club is also expected to match any offer sheet Lopez signs.