Month: August 2021

Thunder Will Sign Aaron Wiggins To Two-Way Deal

Aaron Wiggins has agreed to a two-way contract with the Thunder, tweets Joe Mussatto of The Oklahoman. The 22-year-old was the 55th player selected in Thursday’s draft.

A 6’6″ swingman, Wiggins played three seasons at Maryland, averaging 14.5 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists as a junior. He declared for the draft in April while keeping his college eligibility and eventually made the decision to turn pro.

OKC’s other two-way slot remains open, Mussatto adds. Josh Hall and Jaylen Hoard ended last season as the Thunder’s two-way players.

Rockets Extend Qualifying Offer To Anthony Lamb

Anthony Lamb has received a qualifying offer from the Rockets, tweets Kelly Iko of The Athletic. Because Lamb is a two-way player, his QO will carry a $50K guarantee, and it will make him restricted heading into free agency.

Lamb went to training camp with the Pistons last year, but was waived before the season began. He signed with Houston in early March and appeared in 24 games, making three starts and averaging 5.5 points and 2.9 rebounds per night.

A 6’6″ small forward, Lamb played for both the Canton Charge and the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the G League bubble this year. He was named the league’s Most Improved Player.

Earlier today, the Rockets tendered a qualifying offer to Armoni Brooks, so both of their two-way players have been addressed. However, the team also reportedly agreed to a two-way deal with undrafted rookie Matthew Hurt, so it appears unlikely that both Brooks and Lamb will return unless one is promoted to the 15-man roster.

Armoni Brooks Receives Qualifying Offer From Rockets

The Rockets have made a qualifying offer to Armoni Brooks, tweets Kelly Iko of The Athletic. The offer means Brooks will be restricted when free agency begins on Monday.

The 23-year-old shooting guard signed a two-way contract with Houston in early April. He averaged 11.2 points in 20 games, starting five times, and proved to be an effective three-point threat, connecting at 38.2% from behind the arc.

Brooks played three seasons in the G League after going undrafted out of the University of Houston in 2019. He posted a 16.8/3.7/3.3 line this season with Rio Grande Valley, the Rockets’ G League affiliate.

Because Brooks was a two-way player with just one season in Houston, he received a one-year, two-way qualifying offer with a $50K guarantee.

Serge Ibaka Opting In For 2021/22 Season

Clippers center/power forward Serge Ibaka will exercise his player option for next season, tweets Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Ibaka, 31, will make $9.7MM next season before becoming an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2022. He signed a two-year, $19MM contract last November that included the player option in the second season.

Ibaka’s first season in L.A. was marred by injuries that limited him to 41 games during the regular season and two brief appearances in the playoffs. He was the starting center before back issues derailed his year, averaging 11.1 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per night.

The decision by Ibaka virtually eliminates any thoughts the Clippers may have entertained about using the non-taxpayer mid-level exception this offseason, according to John Hollinger of The Athletic (Twitter link).

The Clippers, of course, are still waiting on another big player option decision, as Kawhi Leonard will have to decide whether to opt into a $36MM+ salary. Despite his ACL injury, the expectation is that Leonard will turn down his option to sign a more lucrative – and perhaps a longer-term – deal with Los Angeles.

Jarred Vanderbilt, Jordan McLaughlin Get QOs From Wolves

The Timberwolves have made qualifying offers to Jarred Vanderbilt and Jordan McLaughlin, tweets ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Both players will be restricted heading into free agency.

Minnesota has full Bird rights on Vanderbilt and Early Bird rights on McLaughlin, notes Bobby Marks of ESPN (Twitter link). The Wolves are currently $7.9MM away from the luxury tax, including a first-round hold for Leandro Bolmaro, who may join the team next season.

Vanderbilt, a 22-year-old power forward, is coming off his most productive NBA season, averaging 5.4 points and 5.8 rebounds while starting 30 of the 64 games that he played. He was acquired from the Nuggets in a four-team trade in February of 2020.

McLaughlin, a 25-year-old point guard, appeared in 51 games this season, averaging 5.0 points, 2.1 rebounds and 3.8 assists per night. He has been a two-way player for the Wolves the past two years.

Pistons Waive Cory Joseph, Deividas Sirvydis, Tyler Cook

5:07pm: The Pistons have officially waived Joseph and Sirvydis, the team confirmed in a press release. Detroit also announced that Cook has been waived. As noted below, his salary for 2021/22 had been fully non-guaranteed.


3:36pm: The Pistons are waiving a pair of players from their roster, according to Shams Charania and James Edwards III of The Athletic, who report (via Twitter) that Cory Joseph and Deividas Sirvydis will be released.

Joseph’s $12.6MM salary for the 2021/22 season was only partially guaranteed for $2.4MM. Sirvydis had a fully guaranteed salary for the coming season, but his cap hit was just $1.52MM and his 2022/23 salary was non-guaranteed.

Detroit will have the option of either applying the dead money for Joseph and Sirvydis solely to the team’s 2021/22 cap or stretching those cap charges across multiple seasons to generate more space this offseason. That possibility shouldn’t be ruled out, since the Pistons’ trade of Mason Plumlee suggested the club is looking to open up cap room for free agency.

John Hollinger of The Athletic (Twitter link) estimates that Detroit could get up to about $22MM in cap space by stretching Joseph and Sirvydis and cutting Rodney McGruder and Tyler Cook, who have non-guaranteed contracts.

Joseph, who will turn 30 in August, began last season with Sacramento and was sent to Detroit at the March trade deadline. He played well with the Pistons down the stretch, averaging 12.0 PPG, 5.5 APG, and 3.2 RPG on .506/.368/.878 shooting in 19 games (26.4 MPG). Joseph should be an appealing target for teams in the market for a backup point guard.

A Lithuanian wing, Sirvydis was the No. 37 pick in the 2019 draft and was stashed for a year overseas before signing his first NBA contract in the 2020 offseason. His rookie season was uninspiring, as he played limited minutes in 20 games, averaging 2.1 PPG and 1.5 RPG in 6.7 MPG. A return to Europe seems like a possibility for Sirvydis.

Knicks Exercise Team Option On Mitchell Robinson, Waive Norvel Pelle

The Knicks have picked up their option for next season on center Mitchell Robinson and have waived center Norvel Pelle, the team announced (via Twitter).

Robinson will make $1.8MM in the final season of the four-year deal he signed after being drafted in the second round in 2018. He was the team’s starting center before getting injured, so it was an easy decision for New York to exercise the option.

The 23-year-old averaged 8.3 points and 8.1 rebounds in 31 games before undergoing season-ending foot surgery in late March. He also suffered a broken hand during the season that caused him to miss 15 games.

Robinson is eligible for a four-year, $51MM extension during the offseason, tweets Bobby Marks of ESPN. The Knicks also have the option of using cap space to renegotiate his salary for next season and having that be the beginning of an extension. If no extension is reached, Robinson will be an unrestricted free agent next summer.

Pelle, 28, had a $1.7MM option for 2021/22 that New York chose not to exercise. He signed a pair of 10-day deals with the Knicks in April, shortly after Robinson broke his foot, and earned a contract through the end of the season. Pelle appeared in nine games, averaging 1.2 points and 1.2 rebounds in 5.8 minutes per night.

Pelicans Decline Team Option On Didi Louzada

The Pelicans have turned down their $1,517,981 team option on Didi Louzada, tweets Andrew Lopez of ESPN. However, the rookie small forward still may have a future in New Orleans.

Sources tell Lopez that the Pelicans extended a qualifying offer to Louzada and hope to reach a long-term agreement in free agency.

Louzada, 22, signed with New Orleans in late April and appeared in three games before the season ended, averaging 2.7 PPG in 18.7 minutes per night. The Brazilian native was drafted by the Hawks with the 35th pick in 2019 and traded to the Pacers, but didn’t have any NBA experience until he joined the Pelicans.

Louzada, who is also known as Marcos Louzada Silva, spent the past two seasons with the Sydney Kings in Australia’s National Basketball League.

2021 NBA Offseason Trades

As we did with last year’s offseason trades and the in-season swaps from 2020/21, Hoops Rumors will be keeping track of all of the trades made this offseason, right up until the start of the 2021/22 season, updating this post with each transaction.

Trades are listed here in reverse chronological order, with the latest on top. So, if a player has been traded multiple times, the first team listed as having acquired him is the one that ended up with him.

For our full story on each trade, click on the date above it. For more information on the specific conditions dictating if and when draft picks involved in these deals will actually change hands, be sure to check out RealGM.com’s breakdown of the details on traded picks. We’ll continue to update this list with the latest specific details on picks and other compensation, as they’re reported.

Here’s the full list of the NBA’s 2021 offseason trades:


Official:

July 31

July 30

  • Thunder acquire Derrick Favors and the Jazz’s 2024 first-round pick (top-10 protected).
  • Jazz acquire either the Thunder’s, Rockets’, Pacers, or Heat’s 2027 second-round pick (whichever is least favorable) and cash ($2MM).
  • Note: If the Jazz don’t convey their 2022 first-round pick (top-six protected) to Memphis in 2022, the first-round pick they send the Thunder will be pushed back until at least 2025.

July 30

  • Pacers acquire the draft rights to Isaiah Todd (No. 31 pick).
  • Bucks acquire the draft rights to Sandro Mamukelashvili (No. 54 pick), the draft rights to Georgios Kalaitzakis (No. 60 pick), either the Pacers’, Cavaliers, or Jazz’s 2024 second-round pick (whichever is most favorable), and either the Pacers’ or the Heat’s 2026 second-round pick (whichever is most favorable).
  • Note: If the Cavaliers’ and Jazz’s 2024 second-round picks are the two most favorable of the three, the Bucks would acquire the least favorable of those two picks.

July 30

  • Hornets acquire the draft rights to Kai Jones (No. 19 pick).
  • Knicks acquire the Hornets’ 2022 first-round pick (top-18 protected).

July 30

  • Clippers acquire the draft rights to Keon Johnson (No. 21 pick).
  • Knicks acquire the draft rights to Quentin Grimes (No. 25 pick) and the Pistons’ 2024 second-round pick.

July 30

July 30

  • Rockets acquire the draft rights to Alperen Sengun (No. 16 pick).
  • Thunder acquire the Pistons’ 2022 first-round pick (top-16 protected) and the Wizards’ 2023 first-round pick (top-14 protected).

July 30

  • Trail Blazers acquire the draft rights to Greg Brown (No. 43 pick).
  • Pelicans acquire the Trail Blazers’ 2026 second-round pick and cash ($2MM).

July 29

  • Clippers acquire the draft rights to Jason Preston (No. 33 pick).
  • Magic acquire the Pistons’ 2026 second-round pick and cash.

July 29

  • Sixers acquire the No. 53 pick in the 2021 draft.
  • Pelicans acquire cash ($2MM).

June 18

  • Thunder acquire Kemba Walker, the No. 16 pick in the 2021 draft, and either the Celtics’ or Grizzlies’ 2025 second-round pick (whichever is most favorable).
  • Celtics acquire Al Horford, Moses Brown, and either the Thunder’s, Wizards’, Mavericks’, or Heat’s 2023 second-round pick (whichever is least favorable).
  • Note: If the Mavericks’ and Heat’s 2023 second-round picks are the two least favorable of the four, the Celtics would acquire the most favorable of those two picks.

Agreed upon, but not yet official:

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  • Clippers to acquire the draft rights to Brandon Boston (No. 51 pick).
  • Pelicans to acquire a future second-round pick and cash.

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  • Grizzlies to acquire the draft rights to Santi Aldama (No. 30 pick).
  • Jazz to acquire the draft rights to Jared Butler (No. 40) pick and two future second-round picks.

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  • Wizards to acquire Aaron Holiday and the draft rights to Isaiah Todd (No. 31 pick).
  • Pacers to acquire the draft rights to Isaiah Jackson (No. 22 pick).
  • Note: We’re expecting this trade to be rolled into the Lakers/Wizards trade below to make it a three-team deal.

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  • Cavaliers to acquire Ricky Rubio.
  • Timberwolves to acquire Taurean Prince, the Wizards’ 2022 second-round pick, and cash ($2.5MM).

Date TBD

Jazz Not Expected To Extend QO To Juwan Morgan

The Jazz are not expected to tender a qualifying offer to 24-year-old forward Juwan Morgan, tweets Tony Jones of The Athletic. If Morgan doesn’t receive a QO, he’ll become an unrestricted free agent.

Although Morgan’s shooting dipped in his second season, Jones suggests that he is expected to have suitors on the open market because of his defense and his performance for the Jazz during the 2020 playoffs as a rookie, including starting multiple games.

Morgan saw his playing time drop in 2020/21, both in the regular season and the playoffs, though the fact that Utah’s better health luck and stronger depth played a part in that decline.

Jones adds that the two sides have not closed the door on a reunion, as the QO decision is more about the Jazz’s limited cap flexibility as they attempt to continue building a championship roster than it is about a lack of faith in Morgan as a player.