Southwest Notes: Richardson, White, Harden, Green, McLemore

Mavericks guard Josh Richardson plans to become an unrestricted free agent next summer, according to Marc Stein of the New York Times. Richardson is eligible to sign an extension at any point this season but apparently doesn’t plan to take that path (Twitter links). The Sixers dealt Richardson to Dallas last month along with second-round pick Tyler Bey for Seth Curry. Richardson holds an $11.6MM option for the 2021/22 season, the final year of his current contract.

We have more from around the Southwest Division:

  • The Spurs signed guard Derrick White to a four-year, $73MM rookie scale extension prior to Monday’s deadline and White is brimming with optimism at the organization’s direction, Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express News writes. “I’m excited with the direction we’re going,” White said. “I’m excited to keep getting better and improving and getting back to where the Spurs should be. I’m excited to be here for that process.”
  • James Harden dismissed a question about his future with the Rockets when he met with the media on Monday, Kristie Rieken of The Associated Press writes. Harden also downplayed his late arrival to training camp. “We keep talking about what I missed,” he said. “I think everybody, the entire league is in catch-up mode in a sense of we only had a short time for training camp, so everybody’s trying to get into game shape because obviously the season just ended a few months ago.” There’s reportedly tension between the disgruntled All-Star and his teammates as the season approaches.
  • The Rockets are hopeful are bringing back Gerald Green as a player or in another role, according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle. Green was placed on waivers over the weekend due to cap constraints after he signed a non-guaranteed contract prior to camp. “He’s still going to be part of the family, obviously,” coach Stephen Silas said. “We’re going to figure out a way if he doesn’t get picked up by somebody else for him to be a Rocket, which he should be.”
  • Rockets guard Ben McLemore is not with the team because he’s self-isolating, according to the league’s injury report, Tim MacMahon of ESPN tweets. Houston hosts the Thunder on Wednesday.
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36 thoughts on “Southwest Notes: Richardson, White, Harden, Green, McLemore

  1. Little_Dunker_45

    Is it just me or does Curry look like that girl in middle school who went to the DR over christmas break lol

  2. Simmons>Russ

    Mavs should try trade J-Rich, Dwight Powell and a protected first for Myles Turner.
    Can easily replace J-Rich in the rotation with Josh Green who they just drafted. He’s a great defensive SG than can hit open shots. And with Hardaway and Turner giving you the spacing his lack of efficiency shouldn’t be a huge liability.

    Turner and KP as the bigs would be crazy for the Mavs. Both capable of spacing the floor, blocking shots at the rim and both still young and improving. Turner is also a Texas kid having gone to high school and college there. So returning home in the future with some success he would probably be willing to take small pay cuts.

    Plus then I’m the offseason release Hardaway and James Johnson freeing up enough money for Kawhi Leonard. You’ve all of a sudden got a big 3 which is really a big 4. Potentially the next dynasty and capable of being successful for many many years.

      • Simmons>Russ

        They have their 2022 and then 2024 and every year after that they do. Aka only don’t have a first this year and 20223

        • Howie415

          The Stepien rule says a team can’t trade out of the 1st round in consecutive seasons. They have to keep their 1sts in ’22 & ’24 picks. They could trade the picks in ’25 & ’27. What team would want to wait that long?

          • Simmons>Russ

            As their picks in both 21 and 23 are top 10 protected they could probably re work them so they could use them in trades if they were desperate

            • Howie415

              That doesn’t matter. The league rules say you can’t trade out of the 1st round in consecutive seasons.

              • Simmons>Russ

                It does, they could drop the protections on the first pick and make for the second pick to be top 20 protected then be able to use the 2023 pick 1-20 and still be able to use the 2025 pick

                • Howie415

                  Nope. Protections don’t matter. A team has to have a 1st round pick every other year. They can’t go consecutive years without a 1st. The rule has been around 40 years.

    • david-45

      is maff hard for you??? because that doesnt clear up enough cap for a max player…. even though hardaway, johnson and richardson will be free agents, the rest of the mavs players contracts go up year over year. in addition, taking on turner contract over dwight powell is an additional 9m. clearly maff wasnt your strong suit in middleschool

      • Simmons>Russ

        Cleary English wasn’t your strong suit. Cause I said JRich and Powell (22mil) for Turner (18mil) which actually saves the team money. Secondly Hardaway + Johnson (35mil) plus the 3mil cleared in this deal makes 38mil.

        With a little research if he opts out the most a team can offer him is 141mil over 4 years which is roughly 35mil.

        So with these two moves they could afford to get Kawhi in FA. Also maff is spelt math :)

        • david-45

          Going into the 2021 offseason, the Mavericks project to have roughly $34 million in cap space to use, that is if Richardson opts out of his $11.61 million player option. Dallas will also be one of only 10 teams to have at least $20 million in cap space next year, per ESPN’s Bobby Marks.

          so even if richardson did opt opt, you have 34 mil. but if you do a stright up trade of dwight for turner the contract difference is 7million. so now you have 27ish m in cap space…. not enough for a max contract

          • Simmons>Russ

            Bro are you deaf, blind or stupid. I never said Powell for Turner straight up so that’s completely irrelevant.
            Now like I said even without J-Ricj opting out between Hardaway and Johnson they will lose (35mil) and if they flipped JRICH AND POWELL for Turner then it could create 3 more mil. They could also decline WCS 4mil team option which create another 4 m. Jalen Brunson also has a 2mil team option that they could decline to create money, then pay to bring him back as a RFA. Both these moves make another 6mil.
            So between Hardaway Johnson the trade and these two moves that’s 44mil freed up. Easily enough to get Kawhi Leonard, bring back Brunson, then use your MLE and sign some players on the vets minimum.
            Even then by some miracle it was enough money they could waive and stretch a players existing contract to create money. If they want max space Dallas can create it.

            • david-45

              BRO. DALLAS IS -17M IN CAP SPACE RIGHT NOW. jrich and powell for turner saves 5 million. nowdallas is at -12m. then going into next season johnson comes off books. dallas is +4m now. thj comes off +22m in cap space now. boban coming off +25m now. decline wCS +29m now. MLE was used on tyrell terry and burke (do research and look it up). also if you decline burnson you have to send him a qualfiying offer which cost money to make him a RFA (not to mention another team could sign him for way more and than dallas can match it or not). but even if you decline him you are still at +31 in cap space. (and 6 players less than what we had). do you not know dallas is negative 17m in cap space right now? clearly not

              • david-45

                Going into the 2021 offseason, the Mavericks project to have roughly $34 million in cap space to use, that is if Richardson opts out of his $11.61 million player option. Dallas will also be one of only 10 teams to have at least $20 million in cap space next year, per ESPN’s Bobby Marks.

        • david-45

          james johnson, thj and jrichardsons contract is pretty much a moot point. none will be on the books next season…. either dallas has 34 m in cap space without Jrich or if he opts in, dallas has 22 m. the difference between powell and turner contract is about 6 m. so if richardson opts in and then you trade both powell and richardson (23m) for turners 17.5m you only gain 6m in cap space. whats 22 + 6? 28? thats how much dallas will have in cap space.

          like i said maff (i say maff to belittle you because you are wrong) is hard…….

        • david-45

          also dallas is over the cap by 17m. so getting rid of james johnson puts them at roughly 0 for next season. maybe you should do a little research

    • david-45

      also why would kawhi leave his city? he already won the finals twice. might as well just make money and be in the city he loves. hes already a champion

      • Simmons>Russ

        He didn’t go to LA to retire. When he had that FA decision he said to Jerry West he would go there if they could trade for another all nba player which they did in PG. But it seems over the past season he has become frustrated with the playoff performance, the coaching under Doc, the locker room issues with Beverly Lou Will and Harrell. Also I’m not sure how much it plays into it but they paid PG heaps after his poor playoffs, they paid Kennard heaps for no apparent reason and they didn’t get him a better point guard that he asked for.

    • david-45

      Going into the 2021 offseason, the Mavericks project to have roughly $34 million in cap space to use, that is if Richardson opts out of his $11.61 million player option. Dallas will also be one of only 10 teams to have at least $20 million in cap space next year, per ESPN’s Bobby Marks.

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  3. Tatsumaki

    Warriors fans punching air right now, warriors don’t look like a playoff team.

    • harden (mvp),wall, and wood

      They never did, at least not since early-mid 2019. Of course the Nets fans think their team is great after winning by 26, but it’s not much of an accomplishment these days against the Warriors (30-42 at best).

      • Howie415

        You also said Wiseman wouldn’t play. He looks like he’ll be a solid fixture in the rotation for some time to come.

    • piechucker

      To be fair any team with their second and third best players out would get blown out by a switched on Nets team

    • jump shot

      Curry looked like a senior playing with a group of juniors and sophomores that just made Varsity

    • Simmons>Russ

      First game of the season calm down. They were without their best defender and biggest leader in Draymond Green and they also shot the ball awful going 37-30-65.
      Obviously they probably won’t shoot that badly again or very very rarely. Plus because it’s the first game players a still rusty and getting fit. Plus that starting 5 had a bunch of dudes that haven’t played together. Wiseman was a rookie, Curry was out for a year, Oubre the team just acquired and so on. This team will need time to get fit, get comfortable playing together and build some chemistry but that Nets team they played was very good.
      Warriors at minimum will get a place 7-10 in the play in tournament but I think will actually take the 6th seed

    • Howie415

      Why? 1st game of the season with a revamped lineup. Of course they are going to struggle out of the gate.

  4. KnickerbockerAl

    Oh yYeAh one game tells it all. No camp no preseason . It’s going to take 20 gms to see the real NBA. Try to enjoy it.

  5. KnickerbockerAl

    All of you who just come here to criticize and insult. Players teams you don’t like. Just cause you can. Know that I know all of you. We all have opinions. You shouldn’t judge on bad games or bad yrs. A team is a function of its parts. You need them all running good. To have success no matter how much talent.
    So I hoped you watched the Laker vs Clippers. PG and Ibaka just outed all of you. You know who you are. It’s a long season. I always said Clippers are built to beat Lakers. Laker D without rim protection. Didn’t look too good. Now if only Clippers learned to beat Denver. They could have a nice run. Lakers showed they will have to address their inside D. Clippers showed Ibaka is a nice fit. They still need a real PG. But good start. It’s a long season. But I’m already looking forward to their next game. Nets looked good and deep

    • Simmons>Russ

      Lol hahaha you start of by calling everyone out like your Jesus and we are all sinners.
      They you go on to say the Clippers are built to beat the Lakers. Oh yeah cause they did an amazing job last season when they won the first game of the season last year then didn’t even get past the Nuggets and the Mavs gave them issues.

      • Simmons>Russ

        Lakers paint defense will improve, Gasol played like 12 mins he’s just coming back into things but he was a former DPOTY, AD is the favourite to win DPOTY this year, Harrell does well occasionally, Morris is there and come buy out time I’m sure they will be fine.
        Clippers played well but first game doesn’t mean much. I wouldn’t read into it much. It was nice PG bounced back strong he looked clean. Definitely think they need an upgrade at point tho and Kennard didn’t look good after they paid him.

  6. The Nets are good. They also will be where buyouts will go too. When Tauren Prince is your 11th best player your are loaded..

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