Quincy Acy, who was waived by the Mavericks last week, has entered the D-League player pool, tweets ESPN’s Marc Stein. With the top choice on the wavier wire, the L.A. D-Fenders will have the first chance to claim Acy, but Stein reports that Dallas’ affiliate, the Texas Legends, are trying to make a deal with L.A. to get his rights (Twitter link). The well-traveled forward has played with four NBA teams in four seasons.
There’s more basketball news tonight:
- LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Dirk Nowitzki are the only players with no-trade clauses in their contracts, notes Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders, who adds that players who re-signed with their teams on one-year contracts also have the right to block deals. Pincus offers a preview of trade season, which unofficially begins December 15th when the first group of offseason signees is eligible to be moved. The player who currently has the longest wait before he can be traded is Pelicans guard Anthony Brown, who can’t be dealt until February 21st.
- Five teams have active trade exceptions, Pincus notes in the same piece. The Cavaliers have three: $845,059 through January 12th, $9.6MM through February 18th and $1.3MM through August 15th. The others belong to the Hornets at $1.7MM expiring July 12th, the Clippers at $1.2MM expiring August 15th, the Bucks at $1.7MM expiring September 22nd and the Thunder at $7.4MM expiring November 1st.
- As the owners and players put the finishing touches on a new collective bargaining agreement, there are three issues that both sides are trying to improve, writes salary cap expert Larry Coon of ESPN.com. The issues are making it harder for players to form superteams, creating more opportunities for restricted free agents and turning the D-League into more of a minor league feeder system.