Month: February 2017

Brandon Roy To Consider Five Teams

10:52pm: Roy met with the Timberwolves on Friday, Wojnarowski reports. The meeting took place in Seattle and included Wolves owner Glen Taylor, GM David Kahn and coach Rick Adelman along with Roy and his agent, Greg Lawrence. Roy is expected to meet with the other teams on his list over the next several days, a source tells Wojnarowski.

9:43pm: Roy is meeting with the Mavs tonight, according to Jamal Crawford, who said the meeting kept Roy from competing in a charity game today, tweets Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune. 

6:09pm: Brandon Roy has narrowed his free agent finalists to the Bulls, Mavericks, Pacers, Timberwolves, and Warriors, league sources told Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.  Roy and his agent, Greg Lawrence of Wasserman Media Group, will hold meetings with those teams over the next several days.

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Nets Might Pursue Mayo, Almost Traded For Scola

The Nets, who are reportedly in discussions with the Hawks about trading for Joe Johnson, are considering making a significant offer to unrestricted free agent O.J. Mayo, tweets Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. The Nets were also "deep in discussions" today about a trade for power forward Luis Scola before talks with the Rockets broke down, Wojnarowski also reports via Twitter

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Mavs To Bring Back Vince Carter

The Mavericks have decided to guarantee Vince Carter's contract for next season, committing to pay his $3.09MM salary, reports Jeff Caplan of ESPNDallas.com. The Mavs could have cut ties to Carter, who signed a three-year deal in December, since only $2MM was guaranteed for each of the next two seasons. 

The decision on Carter was due by today. The move will have only a small effect on Dallas' salary cap space this summer as the Mavs try to land Deron Williams, the No. 1 free agent on the market.

Williams, Kidd Intend To Sign With Same Team

9:14pm: Williams has denied that he and Kidd have decided to play for the same team, ESPN's Chris Broussard reports. Williams told Broussard he's leaning toward either the Mavs or Nets, but wouldn't say which one (Twitter links).  Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld reported earlier this week that Williams is leaning toward the Nets.

2:06pm: Throughout the year, Jason Kidd has repeatedly voiced his desire to back up Deron Williams next season, and it sounds like he'll make good on that statement. According to Ric Bucher of ESPN, Kidd will sign with whichever team Williams does. Since D-Will has narrowed his choices to the Nets and Mavericks, Kidd figures to end up one of those two squads as well.

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Sacks Gaining Support For Clippers GM Job

Clippers director of player personnel Gary Sacks is gaining support from others within the organization to take over the GM job vacated earlier this month by Neil Olshey, reports Ramona Shelburne of ESPNLosAngeles.com. Sacks has teamed with Clippers president Andy Roeser and coach Vinny Del Negro to run L.A.'s front office since Olshey left.

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Hoops Links: Nets, Draft, Waiters, Teague

On this date in 1969, Bill Russell announced his retirement from the Celtics after a remarkable 13-year career that included eleven NBA Championships.  In 1980, Russell was named the “Greatest Player in the History of the NBA” by the Professional Basketball Writers Association of America.  In 2009, the league announced that the NBA Finals MVP trophy would be named after the legendary big man.

If you have a great blog piece that you think we should feature in Hoops Links, then send it to me at  HoopsLinks@gmail.com.  Here's this week's look around the blogosphere..

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Warriors Interested In Jordan Hill

The Warriors are intrigued by the prospects of signing Lakers big man Jordan Hill, according to Marcus Thompson of the Contra Costa Times.  The 6-foot-10, 235-pound forward/center is an unrestricted free agent.

Hill, 24, had a solid late-season finish after coming to the Lakers in a deadline deal from Houston.  The Arizona product showed some toughness in the postseason as he averaged 4.8 PPG and 6.3 RPG in 18.1 minutes per contest.  The Warriors will have legitimate competition for him, however, as there is mutual interest between the Lakers and Hill in a return.

Qualifying Offers: Saturday

Here’s our running list of qualifying offers extended to players this evening.  If a qualifying offer is not tendered to a player eligible for restricted free agency, he becomes an unrestricted free agent.

Players who are tendered qualifying offers have the option to accept the one-year contract and hit unrestricted free agency a year from now, but the primary purpose of the offers are to ensure that the player’s team can match any offers for him this summer.  Here are today’s qualifying offers, with the latest added to the top of the page….

  • The Cavs‬ have made a qualifying offer to center Semih Erden, according to Mary Schmitt Boyer and Jodie Valade. of The Plain Dealer (via Twitter).  The offer is just over $1MM for the Turkish big man.

Beasley, Randolph Become Unrestricted FAs

The Timberwolves announced that they will not be making qualifying offers to Michael Beasley and Anthony Randolph, making them unrestricted free agents.  Both moves were widely anticipated.

The qualifying offer for Beasley, the second-overall pick in the 2008 draft, would have been for $8.17MM.  Randolph, who averaged 7.4 PPG and 3.6 RPG last season, could have been given a qualifying offer for a shade over $4MM.

Hornets Buy Out Rashard Lewis

SATURDAY, 6:17pm: The Hornets announced that they have bought out Lewis.

TUESDAY, 11:02pm: Rashard Lewis will be bought out by the Hornets and is set to become an unrestricted free agent, tweets Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld. Lewis is under contract for over $22MM in 2012/13, but only about $13.7MM is guaranteed, so New Orleans will shave nearly $9MM off of its cap figure for next year.

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