Western Notes: Jazz, D’Antoni, Clippers, Thunder

After trading away Derrick Favors and signing Bojan Bogdanovic, the Jazz had a little leftover cap room and took advantage of that remaining space by signing Miye Oni, William Howard, and Stanton Kidd to three-year contracts, tweets ESPN’s Bobby Marks. Utah would have been limited to two-year deals if the club had exhausted its cap space.

The Jazz intend to have Howard, Kidd, and others compete for the 15th and final roster spot in training camp, per Tony Jones of The Athletic (Twitter links), who notes that both Howard and Kidd received partial guarantees for the 2019/20 season.

Here’s more from around the Western Conference:

  • Appearing on SiriusXM NBA Radio this week, agent Warren LeGarie said that his client Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni is perfectly happy to enter the 2019/20 season – the final year of his deal – without a contract extension (Twitter link via Howard Beck of Bleacher Report). It’s not even something we’re considering right now,” LeGarie said of a potential extension. “We have a contract.”
  • Appearing on The Dan Patrick Show (video link) this week, Clippers consultant Jerry West raved about the team’s ownership and culture, as Dan Feldman of NBC Sports relays. “He’s just a great owner and one of the nicest men I’ve ever been around in my life,” West said of Steve Ballmer. “… He’s willing to spend on players. He’s willing to spend on personnel within the front office. And as I mentioned before, I’ve never been around any organization that is better than this one. That’s for sure.”
  • In trading Paul George, Russell Westbrook, and Jerami Grant, the Thunder appeared to be pivoting toward an all-out rebuild. Brett Dawson of The Athletic explores how that rebuilding process might be impacted if Chris Paul starts the 2019/20 season on Okahoma City’s roster.
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13 thoughts on “Western Notes: Jazz, D’Antoni, Clippers, Thunder

    • Dodgethis

      Yeah those millionaire athletes deserve everything new. They sacrificed so much.

  1. hoosierhysteria

    Coach DAn will be gone if they don’t win. Rick Pitino and the new owner will get it on!

    • Jason Lancaster

      Pitino was a mediocre NBA coach the last three (?) times he had the job. What’s going to be different this time?

  2. rxbrgr

    Hey Luke! Do two-way contracts count toward the minimum 12 offseason roster slots?

    • Luke Adams

      Marks’ tweet pretty clearly makes it sounds as if they do.

      I had been operating as if they didn’t, and this section of the CBA makes it sound as if they shouldn’t:

      “In determining whether a Team has fewer than twelve (12) players included in its Team Salary for purposes of Section 4(f)(1)above only, the only players who shall be counted are (i) players under Contract with the Team who are included in Team Salary, (ii) Free Agents who are included in Team Salary pursuant to Section 4(a)(2) above, (iii) players to whom Offer Sheets have been given, and (iv) unsigned First Round Picks who are included in Team Salary pursuant to Section 4(e) above.”

      I’ll see if I can touch base with Bobby to get further clarity.

      • rxbrgr

        Thanks. This was my assumption all along too, so his tweet sort of threw me for a loop. That would essentially allows teams to add $1.8mm to their space, something I never heard as a possibility with the Lakers’ quest for a max slot earlier this summer (as an example).

        • Luke Adams

          Yeah, for teams that need to carve out slightly more space, it would seem like a pretty quick/easy fix. I suspect that if two-way players do count toward “incomplete” offseason rosters, not every team knew about it and more will take advantage of it in future years.

        • Luke Adams

          Bobby has since clarified that two-way players DON’T count toward the minimum offseason roster count.

          Apparently there was some confusion on the subject, with more than one team believing they did.

          Bobby has deleted his tweet on Utah’s two-way guys, so I’ve removed that graf from this story as well.

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