Lakers center Montrezl Harrell remains undecided on his player option as a Saturday deadline looms, sources tell Michael Scotto of Hoops Hype. Harrell is described as “50-50” on the option, which would pay him $9.7MM for next season.
Picking up the option would make the 27-year-old a trade chip for the Lakers, who are hoping to add another star to their roster. There was a report over the weekend that L.A. has discussed moving Kyle Kuzma and the 22nd pick to the Kings in exchange for Buddy Hield, and multiple sources tell Scotto that Harrell has been included in several variations of that hypothetical trade.
Sacramento may view Harrell as a replacement for Richaun Holmes, who is headed toward free agency. Scotto reiterates that the Mavericks, Hornets and Raptors are among the teams likely to enter the bidding for Holmes. He adds that the Lakers offered Kumza and the 22nd choice to the Pacers for pick No. 13 and salary filler, but Indiana turned it down.
There’s more from Scotto:
- The Cavaliers have been contacted about the No. 3 pick by the Raptors, Thunder, Warriors and Knicks, but Oklahoma City didn’t talk to Cleveland about Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who was reportedly part of an offer the Thunder made to the Pistons for the top overall selection. Cleveland would like to acquire another top-10 pick, Scotto adds.
- Before the Pelicans agreed to trade the 10th pick to the Grizzlies, the Knicks made an unsuccessful offer involving the 19th and 21st selections, according to league sources. New York is believed to be focused on Oregon’s Chris Duarte.
- Several people around the league believe that Gary Trent Jr., who received a qualifying offer from the Raptors on Monday, could get an offer in the neighborhood of $18-$20MM per season.
- The Grizzlies are making back-up point guard Tyus Jones available in trade talks, league sources tell Scotto. Jones will make $8.38MM next season in the final year of his contract.
20 thoughts on “Scotto’s Latest: Harrell, Cavaliers, Knicks, Trent Jr., Jones”
Warriors offer Wiseman to Cavs for 3?
Knicks offer RJ Barrett for 3?
Cavs say no. Knicks wouldn’t do that.
Cavs can get way more than that for the #3 pick.
Wiseman for 3 straight up? Doesn’t make a whole lot of sense for either team. Rebuilding Cavs either need 3 or a proven guy. Only reason Warriors would want 3 is to flip it and as it stands Wiseman’s value is probably near that of the 3rd pick.
I’d LOVE Tyus Jones on the Hawks
What did the Knicks want to discuss with the Cavs about #3? Toppin plus six 1st round picks?
Sorry, 2k’ers, Barrett isn’t getting traded (in 2k, perhaps, but it’s the real world, and a team can’t just start over again every time a newer and shinier toy becomes available, particularly with playoff expectations).
Toppin was considered one of most ready players of his draft. Don’t disrespect him lol. He’s been trying to fit in and please Thibs. He’s still a top 10 pick in This Draft. Cavs should be all over Toppin. He and Mobley could be the future for them. I’d take Okoro for Toppin. Cavs could then move Allen to Toronto. There are plenty of options that will be available for teams. Cause this draft is so deep. You can find a future star in the lottery. Knicks want to trade up for a player who can step in next yr. Not many of those. Most of talent in this draft after 10. You will have to be patient with. And wait on. Knicks aren’t going for that. It’s all about next yr now.
My trade proposal (tongue in cheek though it was) doesn’t disrespect Toppin. It overvalues him actually, at least relative to what’s likely market. We have no realistic path to any top 5 pick. As for Okoro, no indication that he or Toppin was discussed, but, sure, I’d do the swap. Knicks liked both guys.
This draft is nothing special after the top 5-6 guys. If it’s true (hope not) that the Knicks offered #19 and #21 for just #14 (massive overpay), then it’s clear the Knicks don’t think much of the players in this draft below the midpoint, AND aren’t sure other teams think any different. Not a good data point for the home team.
Really 6 picks. Is overvalued. First it’s not realistic that Knicks can trade in to #3. So you probably should just stop there. But Cavs have Allen and realistically can trade out or trade Allen. But Knicks can’t touch that.
I disagree, I believe there is real talent even in 20s. But you’ll have to wait 3-5 yrs to realize it and develop it. A guy like Cam Thomas could be special. Kai has loads of potential for a big. He just learned to play ball. Giddey could’ve best PG in this draft. Fact is we can’t wait. Thibs and NYK FO wants results NOW. You know what we deal with here. So it’s about getting a ready player or rotation players that will help now. It’s why all the rumors of Knicks trading up. Toppin has plenty gm. And some team will realize this.
I think after Kawhi and Giannis it’s pretty premature to label any draft class as weak after the top X. You just don’t know on some of these guys.
True, who knows what guys will turn into. But based on the profiles and comps as a draft class, I think it’s a typical class after the top 6. Giannis’ (weak) and KL’s (strong) drafts weren’t really mischaracterized. There are always going to be stars taken later, it’s a question of whether it was knowable at the time of the draft. If NBA teams without all their resources don’t know, then nobody really does.
For sure, I’m just of the mindset you can’t fully characterize a draft class until it’s a couple of years removed just because if you have a couple of extra guys from the class pop that nobody was expecting, it totally changes the perspective. You can definitely go in saying it looks like a draft with x amount of guys, but I never say weak or strong until it’s a couple years removed.
Unless it’s the 2000 or 2013 draft classes. THEY SUCKED overall.
Gary trent jr 18-20 M ? It’s a joke?
For a guy his age with his production that’s in the ballpark. Part of why Portland traded him
The Cavilers are not trading away the 3rd pick, they’re going to pick Mobley!!!!
They are better off trading pick and getting more with Suggs from Raptors. Or even both picks from Magic. Or even taking Mobley and trading Allen. Cavs are in drivers seat with Mobley as their pick.
All indications are that they are hoping like hell that HOU takes Green so they can team Allen and Mobley together. Throw in Okoro who is primed to become an elite NBA defender and possibly a very good to above average scorer and Garland who blossomed beautifully last season as a scoring PG and you have a very special core of young players who when teamed with the right role players (38 year old LBJ?) could win quite a few games for many, many seasons.
Why would Raps give up assets to move up 1 spot. Just take who is there, it’s a pretty clear top 4
Thunder thinking about the future seriously if they are putting SGA up for #1. Keeping that LT cap flex. If I were the Pistons I’d probably do #6, #16 and SGA.
Cavs are probably trading back because they don’t want Mobley and the top guards they want will be taken.