Milton Doyle

Northwest Notes: Jazz, Wolves, Forcier, Vanterpool, Thunder

With Ricky Rubio set to become an unrestricted free agent on June 30, the Jazz could be in the market for a new starting point guard moving forward, Kincade Upstill of the Deseret News writes.

Rubio made a rather interesting comment this weekend, sharing that Utah won’t be aggressively trying to re-sign him when he reaches the open market. “Utah has already let me know I’m not a priority for them,” he said, according to Ernest Macia of Catalunya Radio.

The Jazz could pursue other available point guards in free agency such as Kyrie Irving, Kemba Walker, Malcolm Brogdon, D’Angelo Russell or Derrick Rose if the franchise mutually agrees to part ways with Rubio, who has served as the team’s starting point guard over the last two seasons. However, Jazz vice president of basketball operations Dennis Lindsey went on the record to state that Ricky could still re-sign on a new contract.

“He’s got a decision to make on his end and we’ve got a decision to make on our end, but there’s a lot of scenarios I can see Ricky back. … We really appreciate who he is and we think we can get him better from a health perspective and skill standpoint,” Lindsey said, according to Upstill. “We know who he is — he has Jazz DNA. So he’ll have options, we’ll have options and we’ll talk to him and his agent.”

Rubio’s name surfaced in rumors around this season’s February 7 trade deadline, likely causing some trust issues between him and the organization. He holds career-averages of 11.1 points, 7.7 assists and 30.9 minutes across his eight NBA seasons.

There’s more out of the Northwest Division tonight:

Milton Doyle Signs With Spanish Team

Milton Doyle, a two-way player with the Nets last season, has signed with Club Baloncesto Murcia in Spain, tweets NBA writer Ben Stinar.

A 24-year-old guard, Doyle was in training camp with Brooklyn last year but was waived before the start of the season. He agreed to a two-way deal in mid-December and remained with the team for the rest of the year.

Doyle got into 10 NBA games, averaging 3.4 PPG in 12.5 minutes per night. He spent most of the season with Brooklyn’s G League affiliate in Long Island, where he put up a 20.5/6.2/4.5 line in 45 games.

Nets Renounce Rights To Quincy Acy, Milton Doyle

The Nets cleared the way for a few roster moves by renouncing the free agent rights to Quincy Acy and Milton Doyle, tweets Keith Smith of Real GM. The extra cap space will allow them to re-sign Joe Harris and add free agents Ed Davis and Shabazz Napier.

Acy, 27, spent the past year and a half with Brooklyn after signing with the team in January of 2017. He appeared in 70 games last season, starting eight, and averaged 5.9 PPG and 3.7 RPG. He also spent time with the Raptors, Kings, Knicks and Mavericks.

Doyle, 24, signed a two-way contract with the Nets in December. He appeared in 10 NBA games, averaging 3.4 PPG in 12.5 minutes.

New York Notes: Harris, Davis, Nets, Hezonja

Before he agreed to a two-year, $16MM deal with the Nets, free agent sharpshooter Joe Harris fielded competitive offers from rival suitors. However, he tells Michael Scotto of The Athletic that his priority was remaining in Brooklyn.

“I had some offers for longer-term deals, but ultimately from the get-go, I had basically said that I wanted to stay in Brooklyn and however we could come to an agreement on that,” Harris said.

Meanwhile, the Nets’ other noteworthy July 1 move involved reaching a contract agreement with Ed Davis, who will ink a one-year, $4.4MM contract with the club. According to Scotto, Davis received interest from the Warriors, Sixers, Thunder, and Trail Blazers before striking a deal with the Nets.

Here are a few more notes on the NBA’s two New York teams:

  • The Nets are not actively shopping anyone on their roster in trade talks, a league source tells Jordan Schultz of Yahoo Sports (Twitter link). That includes Jeremy Lin, who has a $12.5MM expiring contract in 2018/19 and will be part of a point guard rotation that also includes Spencer Dinwiddie and D’Angelo Russell.
  • Within his report on Mario Hezonja‘s agreement with the Knicks, Marc Berman of The New York Post notes that the forward chose New York over seven other teams, including the runner-up Trail Blazers. “The main reason is David Fizdale. He sold him,” a source told Berman. “The goal is to be here long term and finish his career. He was a fan of the team growing up.” Hezonja’s deal significantly reduces the odds of Michael Beasley returning to the Knicks, Berman adds.
  • Nets restricted free agent Milton Doyle has drawn interest from the Timberwolves and an Eastern Conference team, among others, reports Darren Wolfson of 5 Eyewitness News (Twitter link). A two-way player last year, Doyle could sign an offer sheet with another club, but Brooklyn would have the chance to match it.

Nets Won’t Issue Qualifying Offer To Nik Stauskas

Former eighth overall pick Nik Stauskas is on track to become an unrestricted free agent on Sunday, according to Michael Scotto of The Athletic, who reports (via Twitter) that the Nets won’t extend a qualifying offer to the 24-year-old guard.

Stauskas, who began his NBA career with the Kings, has been traded twice since then, first to Philadelphia and then to Brooklyn. Stauskas posted decent numbers for the Sixers in 2016/17, putting up 9.5 PPG, 2.8 RPG, and 2.4 APG with a .496/.368/.813 shooting line. However, he fell out of the team’s rotation early in the 2017/18 campaign and was sent to the Nets along with Jahlil Okafor.

In 35 games for Brooklyn, Stauskas averaged 5.1 PPG in 13.7 minutes per contest, with a .404 3PT%. His qualifying offer would have been worth $4,333,932 after he failed to meet the starter criteria.

The Nets did issue a qualifying offer to two-way player Milton Doyle, per Keith Smith of (Twitter link). That QO is a one-year, two-way contract offer with $50K guaranteed, and gives Brooklyn the right of first refusal if Doyle signs an offer sheet with another club.

Nets Sign Milton Doyle To Two-Way Deal

DECEMBER 18, 7:29pm: Brian Lewis of the New York Post has tweeted that Doyle’s two-way contract is for this season only.

DECEMBER 18, 11:12am: After officially waiving two-way player Yakuba Ouattara on Sunday, the Nets have moved quickly to replace him. As expected, Brooklyn has signed Milton Doyle to a two-way contract, the club announced today in a press release.

Doyle, 24, initially joined the Nets in August as a training camp invitee after graduating from Loyola, where he averaged 15.3 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 4.4 APG, and 1.8 SPG in his senior year. The 6’4″ guard didn’t earn a spot on Brooklyn’s regular season roster, but after waiving him in October, the Nets made him an affiliate player for their G League squad, the Long Island Nets.

In 17 G League games so far this season, Doyle has averaged a team-high 21.3 PPG to go along with 5.7 RPG, 3.9 APG, and 1.6 SPG. He’s also launching a ton of threes, attempting 8.8 per games and making 3.4, good for a .383 3PT%.

Signing a two-way contract won’t change Doyle’s situation significantly — he’ll remain with the Long Island Nets, but he’ll earn a little more money and could see some playing time with the NBA club in Brooklyn. Our full breakdown of how two-way contracts work can be found right here.

Nets Waive Yakuba Ouattara, Will Sign Milton Doyle

The Nets have waived guard Yakuba Ouattara, per an official report from the team. Ouattara signed a two-way contract with Brooklyn back in July, but appeared in only one game for the Nets’ G League affiliate, the Long Island Nets, recording 14 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals in 31 minutes.

Adding some context to the Nets’ move is ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, who tweets that Brooklyn is signing guard Milton Doyle to its now vacant second two-way roster spot alongside Jacob Wiley.

Doyle, a 24-year-old 6’4″ undrafted combo guard from Loyola University Chicago, is averaging 21.3 points per game for the Long Island Nets to go along with 5.7 rebounds and 3.9 assists.

Nets Make Roster Cuts

The Nets have waived Milton Doyle, Jeremy Senglin and Akil Mitchell, according to a team press release. The team’s roster now sits at 17 players.

Doyle and Senglin each signed partially guaranteed deals with Brooklyn back in August and neither player was expected to make the opening night roster. The duo is expected to head to the Long Island Nets, as the affiliate owns each player’s G-League rights.

Mitchell came to the Nets late last month to round out their training camp roster. The Virginia product may also be heading to the franchise’s G-League affiliate, a team he played for last season.

Nets Sign Milton Doyle, Jeremy Senglin

The Nets have added a pair of players to their roster, announcing today in a press release that guards Milton Doyle and Jeremy Senglin have signed with the club. The signings appear to be training camp deals, making it likely that both players will ultimately end up with the Long Island Nets in the G League.

Senglin’s agreement with Brooklyn was first reported shortly after the draft. and was said to be partially guaranteed. Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders reports (via Twitter) that Doyle’s one-year deal is also partially guaranteed.

Doyle, who worked out for the Nets a week before June’s draft, played his college ball at Loyola, averaging 15.3 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 4.4 APG, and 1.8 SPG in his senior year.

Senglin, a point guard out of Weber State, averaged 21.1 PPG during his senior season, with an impressive shooting line of .522/.429/.766. Jonathan Givony of ranked him 48th among NCAA seniors in this year’s draft class.

Both Doyle and Senglin played for the Nets’ Summer League team last month in Las Vegas.

After adding Doyle and Senglin, the Nets now have 16 players on NBA contracts, including 13 with fully guaranteed salaries. That total doesn’t include Yakuba Ouattara, who has a two-way contract with the club, and Jacob Wiley, who reportedly agreed to a two-way deal as well.

Atlantic Notes: James, Celtics, Pre-Draft Workouts

Rumors are swirling that LeBron James will look to leave Cleveland for a second time after next season and potentially head out west. If he is not on the Cavaliers after 2017/18, James’ departure would have a domino effect across the league. A. Sherrod Blakely joined Mike Felger and Gary Tanguay at CSN New England to discuss Celtics general manager Danny Ainge‘s potential moves if James heads out West and weakens the Eastern Conference.

Blakely believes that no matter James’ future, Ainge should not focus on what’s going around the league, focusing instead on his own team. The Celtics have the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s NBA Draft and are coming off a year where they were the first seed in the East. The Celtics have their own issues to address, including the impending free agency of Isaiah Thomas, Marcus Smart, and others.

In any case, the Celtics are in the best position of any Eastern Conference team to unseat the Cavaliers as the class of division and a James departure after next season only strengthens that.

Here are other notes from around the Atlantic Division: