And-Ones: Drummond, Farmar, Mekel

The Pistons could reap greater cap flexibility for next summer if they wait until then to sign Andre Drummond as a restricted free agent instead of giving him an extension this summer, but the team will leave that choice to the Jeff Schwartz client, writes Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press. Drummond reportedly wants an extension, so it would seem it’s a strong bet he’ll end up with one before the October 31st rookie scale extension deadline. Here’s more from around the NBA and related circles:

  • Jordan Farmar has signed with Israel’s Maccabi Tel Aviv, the team announced (hat tip to David Pick of Agent Tony Dutt searched for NBA deals for the point guard who spent part of last season with the Clippers, but found nothing, as Pick hears (Twitter link).
  • Maccabi Tel Aviv management pushed for the deal with Farmar, while the coaches were higher on former Mavs and Pelicans point guard Gal Mekel, according to Pick, who earlier reported that Mekel and the team had a verbal agreement on a three-year deal with NBA out clauses (Twitter links). However, fellow Israeli club Hapoel Jerusalem is still pursuing Mekel, who remains in talks with teams from the NBA and Europe, reports Marc Stein of (on Twitter).
  • Lakers co-owner Jeanie Buss clarified in a radio appearance on KPCC-FM last week that this past year was the first on brother Jim Buss‘ three-year window to guide the team to at least the Western Conference Finals, as Baxter Holmes of details. Jim Buss would resign his job as executive VP of basketball operations if the Lakers aren’t back to that point by the end of the 2016/17 season, his sister said.
  • The Lakers, Heat, Knicks, Suns and Pelicans have expressed interest in Justin Hamilton, reports Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN Twin Cities (Twitter link). The Timberwolves elected not to retain the right to match offers for him when they decided against making a qualifying offer.
  • Serge Ibaka failed to meet an incentive worth $100K this past season, so his cap hit for the Thunder for this coming season shrinks by that amount, to $12.25MM, reports Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders (on Twitter). That’s unlikely to matter for the Thunder, who are expected to be well above the cap and exceed the tax line. Ibaka’s salary for tax purposes will be determined based on the bonuses that he either triggers or doesn’t trigger this coming season, whereas last season’s figures only affect his cap number.
  • The Nuggets are hiring German national team coach Chris Fleming, former Magic assistant Wes Unseld Jr., and Kings assistants Ryan Bowen and Micah Nori as assistants to new head coach Michael Malone, reports Christopher Dempsey of the Denver Post. They’ll join Bulls assistant Ed Pinckney, who’s also reportedly joining the Denver coaching staff.
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5 thoughts on “And-Ones: Drummond, Farmar, Mekel

  1. Shawn

    Jim Buss better step down but knowing that punk ass he would make his sister fire him b4 he leaves on his own. Karma is a b**** you screwed over Phil Jackson and made him look like an idiot and now its coming back around. It just shows that when little Jimmy Buss’ feelings where hurt because Phil was getting all the credit for winning titles he decided to prove it wasnt Phil and that it was him and Mitch. Well since Phil has left we’ve been pathetic, signing Mike NO-D’Antoni was the worst hire ever by LA and they proceed to get worse every season. Losing players, having free agents laugh at their free agent pitches, signing washed up veterans. The days of the REAL Lakers are over until Jim Buss steps down. WE WANT JEANIE !!!

    • Z.....

      To be fair, Phil Jackson is currently failing in New York because he is two decades in the past instead of living in 2015. He did nice by adding Afflalo and Robin lopez, but if they play the way he says they want to play, they will remain bad

      Meanwhile, the lakers have accumulated some nice young assets. I personally think they figure it out before the knicks do, and they don’t have to pay Phil $60 million to fail

  2. Z.....

    If the heat can move McRoberts and Birdman, I wouldn’t mind having Justin Hamilton back. He knows the system, and I’ve liked his game for the last year or 2. He could be a good option as a stretch 4/5 in some minutes off the bench

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