If you missed any of this past week’s biggest headlines from around the NBA, we’ve got you covered with our Week in Review. Here are some of the most noteworthy stories from the last seven days:
The Bradley Beal trade rumors will have to wait as the high-scoring guard agreed to a two-year extension with the Wizards. The extension will pay Beal nearly $72MM, although he can opt out after the 2021/22 season. League rules prohibit players from being traded for six months after signing an extension, which takes him past this year’s deadline.
Two days before the deadline, the Raptors worked out a rookie scale extension for Pascal Siakam. The max deal will pay the reigning Most Improved Player nearly $130MM over four seasons and will keep an important piece of Toronto’s foundation in place through 2023/24.
The Pacers are reportedly looking for trade offers involving Domantas Sabonis. The talented young big man is eligible for an extension, but Indiana has long-term cap concerns that may make it wiser to move him.
The Jazz reached a multi-year extension agreement with coach Quin Snyder. It was a “top organizational priority” to keep Snyder, who is entering his sixth year as the team’s head coach.
The NBA had planned to feature Zion Williamson in this season’s first game, but the top pick in the draft will be sidelined for several weeks with a right knee injury. The Pelicans don’t believe it’s severe, but they’re handling the situation with “an abundance of caution.”
Here are 10 more noteworthy headlines from around the basketball world this week:
- Raptors guard Kyle Lowry agreed to a one-year extension that will pay him $31MM and takes another star off next summer’s free agent market.
- Luol Deng announced his retirement after 15 years in the NBA. Before making the announcement Thursday, he signed with the Bulls so he could retire from the franchise where he enjoyed the most success.
- A sprained right thumb suffered by Lakers star Anthony Davis turned out to not be serious. An MRI revealed no ligament damage and he was cleared to return to preseason action.
- Doc Rivers indicated that Paul George will likely miss the Clippers‘ first 10 games of the season. That would put his season debut at November 13.
- Rockets reserve forward Gerald Green may miss the entire season because of a possible fracture in his left foot.
- Cavaliers center Ante Zizic will be sidelined for about four weeks due to plantar fasciitis in his left foot.
- Buddy Hield may demand to be traded if he can’t work out an extension agreement with the Kings by Monday’s deadline.
- The Clippers were chosen to win the NBA title in an annual survey of NBA general managers. Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo was an overwhelming favorite to capture a second straight MVP award.
- The Celtics opted to keep fan favorite Tacko Fall on the roster, giving the 7’6″ rookie one of their two-way slots.
- Hasheem Thabeet will try to revive his NBA career through the G League, signing a contract that will make him eligible for next week’s draft.
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