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Western Notes: Durant, Rondo, Crawford, Mack

Kevin Durant has concluded his meeting with the Heat, tweets David Aldridge of TNT. The session lasted about two hours, according to Manny Navarro of The Miami Herald (Twitter link). Durant plans to meet with representatives from the Thunder this afternoon before making his final decision. He also talked to the Warriors, Clippers, Spurs and Celtics this weekend, although L.A. is now out of the running.

There’s more news from the Western Conference:

  • The Kings are “moving on” from free agent point guard Rajon Rondo, according to Aldridge (Twitter link). Aldridge says Sacramento is comfortable with Darren Collison as its starter and will seek a backup in free agency.
  • The Sixers have made a “significant” offer to Clippers free agent combo guard Jamal Crawford, tweets Dan Woike of Orange County Register, and several other teams are interested. The reigning Sixth Man of the Year has been contacted by the Kings, Hawks, Nets, Mavericks, Celtics and others, according to Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders (Twitter link).
  • The Jazz have to make a decision on point guard Shelvin Mack this week, tweets Jody Genessy of The Deseret News. Mack’s $2.4MM salary for next season will become fully guaranteed on Thursday. Mack became the starter in Utah after a midseason trade from Atlanta and averaged 12.7 points and 5.3 assists in 28 games. The Jazz are trading backup point guard Trey Burke to the Wizards.
  • The Timberwolves are interested in Jordan Hill, but Pau Gasol remains their top priority in free agency, tweets Darren Wolfson of 5 Eyewitness News.

RFA Rumors: Dellavedova, Waiters, T. Johnson

Earlier tonight, we heard that the Warriors plan to retain restricted free agent Harrison Barnes if they’re unable to land Kevin Durant. Here are several more updates on RFAs around the league:

  • The Kings, Hawks, Mavericks, and Bucks have all reached out to Matthew Dellavedova‘s camp early in free agency, league sources tell Chris Haynes of Cleveland.com. Dellavedova is in Australia preparing for the 2016 Olympics, so he’s unlikely to have face-to-face meetings with any suitors anytime soon, but it sounds like he’s interested in exploring his options. A return to the Cavaliers remains in play for the RFA guard, but it’s possible the price will get too high for Cleveland’s liking, Haynes writes.
  • Dion Waiters‘ representatives fielded interest from the Kings, Nets, Sixers, Bulls, Heat, and Thunder tonight, a source tells Dave McMenamin of ESPN.com (Twitter link). Oklahoma City extended a qualifying offer to Waiters earlier this week, making him a restricted free agent and giving the Thunder the right of first refusal.
  • On The Vertical’s free agency broadcast earlier tonight, Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Tyler Johnson has received interest from a handful of teams, including the Nets and Pelicans, and is expected to begin taking meetings on Friday (Twitter links via Scott Kushner of The Advocate and Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald. The restricted free agent guard, who got a qualifying offer from the Heat, could earn up to $10MM annually, per Wojnarowski (Twitter link via Brian Lewis of the New York Post).

Vince Carter Officially Announces Retirement

Veteran NBA forward Vince Carter has officially announced his retirement from basketball, confirming and discussing the decision on the latest episode of his Winging It podcast with Annie Finberg.

“I’m officially done playing basketball professionally,” Carter said.

Carter’s career came to a slightly earlier-than-expected end when the NBA was forced to suspend its season on March 11 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Hawks still had 15 games left at that point, but they won’t be part of the resumption of the season in Orlando this summer.

Atlanta’s last game of 2019/20 against the Knicks was still in progress when the NBA announced the suspension of the season. Recognizing that it might be the Hawks’ – and Carter’s – last game, head coach Lloyd Pierce had the 43-year-old check in with just 19 seconds left in overtime — he knocked down a three-pointer on the last shot of his career before time expired.

The fifth overall pick in the 1998 draft, Carter spent his first six-and-half NBA seasons in Toronto, emerging as a star and helping lead the Raptors to the first three playoff appearances in franchise history, including their first postseason series win in 2001. He earned the nickname “Air Canada” during those years and played a large role in growing basketball’s popularity in the country, contributing in part to the influx of Canadian players we’ve seen enter the NBA in recent years.

Carter played his next four-and-a-half seasons in New Jersey with the Nets, then began bouncing around the league with a little more frequency, spending time with the Magic, Suns, Mavericks, Grizzlies, Kings, and Hawks before retiring this year following his record-setting 22nd NBA season.

For his career, the former UNC standout averaged 16.7 PPG, 4.3 RPG, and 3.1 APG in 1,541 regular season games (30.1 MPG). He also appeared in another 88 postseason contests, averaging 18.1 PPG.

A two-time All-NBA selection and an eight-time All-Star, the veteran swingman also won the NBA’s Rookie of the Year award in 1999 and the Slam Dunk Contests in 2000. He earned a gold medal with Team USA at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, memorably dunking over French center Frederic Weis during those games.

Carter never won a championship, but didn’t prioritize chasing a ring during his final few NBA seasons, opting instead to join young teams like the Kings and Hawks, where he could play regular minutes and impart veteran wisdom upon those clubs’ up-and-coming prospects.

The Hawks issued a statement today congratulating Carter on his retirement and thanking him for the time he spent with the organization, calling it an “honor” to the franchise that “he completed his Hall-of-Fame career wearing Atlanta across his chest and representing our city.”

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

Draft Notes: Doncic, Bridges, Holiday, Diallo, Rodriguez

Kings owner Vivek Ranadive and general manager Vlade Divac are both in Madrid, Spain, to watch Luka Doncic in the ACB Playoffs, tweets basketball journalist David Pick. Doncic, widely expected to be a top-three selection in the draft, has already secured numerous accolades, including the EuroLeague MVP, Rising Star, and Final Four MVP.

While there has been talk of Doncic going No. 1 overall to the Suns, it’s more likely he ends up with either the Kings or Hawks, who own the second and third picks, respectively. Doncic has said that it’s not certain that he will come stateside next season despite the expectation that he will be a top draftee. Just recently, a report suggested that both the Hawks and Kings may pass on Doncic and instead focus on frontcourt players.

[The Kings] have a real hole there in the frontcourt. I don’t think that they’re in love with Willie Cauley-Stein by any means. They started Zach Randolph at the four all year long,” ESPN’s Jonathan Givony said“What do they do there? Do they go with Marvin Bagley who is going to be a compelling prospect for them? 

Check out more draft news below:

  • Michigan State’s Miles Bridges is set to work out for the Knicks this Saturday, reports ESPN’s Ian Begley. The Knicks own the ninth overall pick and Bridges, along with Villanova’s Mikal Bridges have been reported as possible targets for New York.
  • UCLA’s Aaron Holiday had his second workout with the Suns on Thursday, the team announced. Five other prospects were part of the workout, with Troy Brown (Oregon), Jalen Brunson (Villanova), Marcus Derrickson (Georgetown), Amine Noua (France), and Desi Rodriguez (Seton Hall) also participating.
  • Seton Hall’s Desi Rodriguez also worked out for the Thunder on Wednesday, tweets Adam Zagoria of SNY.
  • Kentucky’s Hamidou Diallo has scheduled workouts with the Lakers and Mavericks, Sean Deveney of Sporting News tweets. Diallo will have also worked out for the Bulls, Wizards, Suns, Blazers, Kings, Nets, Knicks, and Bucks.

Mavericks Sign Monta Ellis

JULY 23RD, 2:45pm: The Mavericks have finally made the Ellis signing official, announcing the deal today in a press release.

JULY 12TH, 3:36pm: The deal is expected to be in the $28MM range, tweets Sam Amick of USA Today.

2:47pm: The Mavericks and Monta Ellis have reached an agreement that will land the free agent guard in Dallas, reports ESPN.com's Marc Stein. Ellis will receive a three-year deal that figures to be worth between $25-30MM overall, depending on how the Mavs' cap situation shakes out.

It was just two days ago that GM Donnie Nelson told reporters that the Mavs likely wouldn't be too involved in the Ellis sweepstakes, but it appears that was just a smoke screen. The Kings, Hawks, and Bobcats were cited as other potential suitors for the free agent guard.

Ellis reportedly parted ways with longtime agent Jeff Fried recently, after being disappointed by the lack of interest he was receiving on the open market. Dan Fegan of Relativity Sports was expected to replace Fried as Ellis' rep, though players typically have to wait 15 days before hiring a new agent, so it's not clear if Fegan negotiated the deal with the Mavs.

Even if Ellis receives $30MM from the Mavs for three years, he'll be earning a lesser annual salary than he could have received from the Bucks. The 27-year-old turned down an $11MM player option to hit the open market, and reportedly turned down a three-year, $36MM extension offer from Milwaukee last season.

According to Stein, the Mavericks continue to negotiate with Samuel Dalembert, and could pursue other bigs as well, but Dallas may be capped out after Ellis' deal, leaving just the $2.65MM room exception to offer non-minimum players.

Kings Talk No. 8 Pick With Hawks, Eye Sanders

The Hawks have spoken with the Kings about a deal involving the No. 8 pick in this year’s draft, as Chad Ford of ESPN.com reports amid his chat with readers today. Ford wrote Tuesday about Sacramento’s interest in Dennis Schröder, though presumably much more would have to be involved to motivate the Kings to give up their pick. Ford’s Tuesday report also notes that Sacramento is merely listening to offers about the selection, rather than actively shopping it, so it sounds like Atlanta is the team that made the initial inquiry. Dario Saric and Nik Stauskas are likely players the Hawks would target with that No. 8 pick, Ford adds.

Ford also answered affirmatively when asked if his report of Sacramento’s interest in point guard Brandon Knight applied to Larry Sanders, too, though it’s not clear if the Kings are seriously thinking of making a play at either member of the Bucks. The No. 8 pick has also drawn mention in connection to Sacramento’s pitch for Kevin Love.

Kings GM Pete D’Alessandro has proven aggressive in his first year in charge of the front office, and Hawks GM Danny Ferry has constructed a roster that gives him plenty of flexibility to make trades. Atlanta possesses the 15th overall pick this year, not far from the 17th overall position at which the club landed Schröder in last summer’s draft.

Sanders is “available,” according to Ford, and it seems the Bucks have gone back and forth on their willingness to trade the center who ran into all sorts of trouble after signing a four-year, $44MM extension last year. A December report indicated they were trying to trade him, but Milwaukee apparently began to rebuff offers shortly before he suffered a fractured orbital bone that prematurely ended his season. Sanders also broke his hand in a nightclub brawl and served a five-game drug suspension during his tumultuous 2013/14 campaign.

Traded Second Round Picks For 2020 NBA Draft

We’re using the space below to keep tabs on each team’s second round pick for 2020, continually updating it as necessary throughout the year. Our list of traded first round picks for 2020 can be found right here.

We’ve listed all 30 teams here, so even if a team hasn’t traded its second round pick, that will be noted. We’ll also provide details on protections for each traded pick, including what happens to the pick in 2021 if it doesn’t change hands in 2020.

Here’s the full breakdown on the status of each 2020 second round pick:

Atlantic

  • Boston Celtics: Traded to Hornets (top-53 protected).
    • If not conveyed, the Celtics’ obligation to the Hornets would be extinguished.
  • Brooklyn Nets: Traded to Sixers or Celtics.
    • The Sixers will receive the more favorable of the Nets’ and Knicks’ second-round picks; the Celtics will receive the less favorable of the two.
  • New York Knicks: Traded to Sixers or Celtics.
    • The Sixers will receive the more favorable of the Nets’ and Knicks’ second-round picks; the Celtics will receive the less favorable of the two.
  • Philadelphia 76ers: Own pick.
  • Toronto Raptors: Own pick.

Central

  • Chicago Bulls: Possibly traded to Wizards (56-60 protected).
    • The Wizards will receive the more favorable of the Bulls’ and Grizzlies’ second-round picks (both 56-60 protected); the Bulls will receive the less favorable of the two picks.
    • If both picks fall in the 56-60 range, the Grizzlies and Bulls would keep their picks and their obligations to the Wizards would be extinguished.
  • Cleveland Cavaliers: Traded to Hornets (unprotected).
  • Detroit Pistons: Traded to Kings (unprotected).
  • Indiana Pacers: Traded to Nets (45-60 protected).
    • If not conveyed, the Pacers will owe the Nets their 2021 second-round pick (45-60 protected).
  • Milwaukee Bucks: Traded to Pelicans (unprotected).

Southeast

  • Atlanta Hawks: Traded to Sixers or Celtics.
    • The Sixers will receive the pick if it lands between 31-55; the Celtics will receive it if it lands between 56-60.
  • Charlotte Hornets: Traded to Knicks (unprotected).
  • Miami Heat: Traded to Kings or Hawks.
    • The Hawks will receive the more favorable of the Heat’s and Rockets’ second-round picks; the Kings will receive the less favorable of the two picks.
  • Orlando Magic: Own pick.
  • Washington Wizards: Traded to Pelicans (unprotected).

Northwest

  • Denver Nuggets: Traded to Nets (unprotected).
  • Minnesota Timberwolves: Own pick.
  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Own pick.
  • Portland Trail Blazers: Traded to Nets (31-55 protected).
    • If not conveyed, the Trail Blazers’ obligation to the Nets would be extinguished.
  • Utah Jazz: Traded to Warriors (unprotected).

Pacific

  • Golden State Warriors: Traded to Mavericks.
  • Los Angeles Clippers: Own pick.
  • Los Angeles Lakers: Traded to Sixers (unprotected).
  • Phoenix Suns: Traded to Grizzlies (unprotected).
  • Sacramento Kings: Own pick.

Southwest

  • Dallas Mavericks: Traded to Warriors (unprotected).
  • Houston Rockets: Traded to Kings or Hawks.
    • The Hawks will receive the more favorable of the Heat’s and Rockets’ second-round picks; the Kings will receive the less favorable of the two picks.
  • Memphis Grizzlies: Traded to Bulls or Wizards (56-60 protected).
    • The Wizards will receive the more favorable of the Bulls’ and Grizzlies’ second-round picks (both 56-60 protected); the Bulls will receive the less favorable of the two picks.
    • If both picks fall in the 56-60 range, the Grizzlies and Bulls would keep their picks and their obligations to the Wizards would be extinguished.
  • New Orleans Pelicans: Own pick.
  • San Antonio Spurs: Own pick.

Information from RealGM was used in the creation of this post.

Warriors Waive Cunningham, Zeisloft

The Warriors have waived Jared Cunningham and Nick Zeisloft and confirmed the release of Alfonzo McKinnie (Twitter link).

Cunningham and Zeisloft both signed with the team earlier today, so expect them to be headed to the team’s G League affiliate in Santa Cruz.

Cunningham is trying to work his way back into the league after spending the past three seasons in China, Germany and Italy. The 28-year-old shooting guard appeared in a combined 84 games during brief stays with the Mavericks, Hawks, Kings, Clippers, Cavaliers and Bucks. Zeisloft is a 26-year-old guard who has spent time in the G League and in Europe.

Lou Amundson Hopeful That He’ll Sign Soon

At this stage of the offseason, Lou Amundson finds himself among the top remaining players on the open market.  Now, after meeting with two NBA teams last week, the forward is hopeful that he'll reach a decision on his next club, a source tells Shams Charania of RealGM.

Amundson has drawn interest from several teams seeking frontcourt depth, including the Knicks.  The Heat, Kings, Mavericks, Hawks, and Pacers have also been linked to the 6'9" forward at one point or another.

The 30-year-old averaged 1.9 PPG and 2.7 RPG with the Pelicans (née Hornets), Bulls, and Timberwolves last season.  Amundson, who went undrafted in 2006, has played seven seasons in the NBA with career averages of 3.7 PPG and 3.6 RPG in 12.8 minutes per contest.

B.J. Johnson Signs With Heat

Swingman B.J. Johnson has signed a contract with the Heat, according to a team press release.

It’s believed to be an Exhibit 10 contract. Johnson will compete with several other players for Miami’s remaining two-way contract, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald tweets. Point guard Gabe Vincent has already signed a two-way deal. The Heat now have a full 20-man camp roster.

Miami’s latest transaction comes as a surprise. Johnson was reported to be signing with the Suns, so either there was never an agreement in place with Phoenix or that deal fell through.

Johnson, 24, was on a two-way contract with Magic last season but entered unrestricted free agency after he did not receive a qualifying offer last month. He appeared in just 10 games for Orlando, averaging 8.3 MPG.

He also appeared in 28 games (all starts) with the Magic’s G League team, Lakeland, and averaged 22.9 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 2.1 APG, 2.1 SPG and 35.9 MPG while shooting 42.3% from 3-point range. The 6’7″ wing went undrafted out of La Salle in 2018.

In his rookie year, Johnson spent time with the Hawks, Kings and Magic.

Draft Notes: Blazers, Hawks, Hunter, Samanic, Kings, Warriors

The Trail Blazers, who hold just one pick – No. 25 overall – in this year’s draft, brought in a total of 24 prospects for workouts, according to Casey Holdahl of Blazers.com.

In addition to the 12 prospects whose names we previously relayed, the Trail Blazers also brought in David Crisp (Washington), Matur Maker (Slovenia), KZ Okpala (Stanford), Samir Sehic (Tulane), Jaylin Walker (Kent State), Cameron Young (Quinnipiac), Vic Law (Northwestern), Ignas Brazdeikis (Michigan), Talen Horton-Tucker (Iowa State), Louis King (Oregon), Admiral Schofield (Tennessee), Rayjon Tucker (Little Rock) over the last week.

Not all of those players are candidates to be selected 25th overall, so the Trail Blazers were also doing their homework on potential undrafted free agent signings — or possibly even second-round picks, if Portland opts to trade back into the draft.

Here are a few more draft-related notes and rumors worth rounding up:

  • The Hawks are “very high” on Virginia forward De’Andre Hunter, according to ESPN’s Jonathan Givony (Insider link). Sources tell Givony that Atlanta is the only team Hunter has worked out for, though if the Hawks want to secure him, they may have to trade up from No. 8. The Hawks are also said to like Jarrett Culver.
  • Croatian forward Luka Samanic isn’t interested in becoming a draft-and-stash player, sources tell Givony. That might cause his stock to fall a little, since he’s still “raw and inexperienced,” Givony writes. Some teams may be reluctant to guarantee him a roster spot until he’s a little more NBA-ready.
  • The Kings worked out Kyle Guy (Virginia), Jaylen Hands (UCLA), Rayjon Tucker (Little Rock), Miye Oni (Yale), Daulton Hommes (Point Loma), and Kenny Wooten (Oregon) on Monday, per James Ham of NBC Sports Bay Area (Twitter link).
  • The Rockets are among the teams that brought in Purdue Fort Wayne’s John Konchar for a pre-draft workout, tweets ESPN’s Jordan Schultz.
  • Jordan Poole (Michigan) and Jarrell Brantley (Charleston) auditioned for the Warriors today, per Gery Woelfel and Adam Zagoria, respectively (Twitter links).

Charania’s Latest: Heat, OKC, Hawks, Dedmon, Birch, Kings

The Heat and Thunder project to be taxpaying teams next season based on their current salary commitments, but according to Shams Charania of The Athletic, both clubs are already mulling possible ways to cut costs.

Sources tell Charania that the Thunder have had multiple conversations with teams about the No. 21 overall pick in the draft. Oklahoma City appears to be dangling that pick as a way to shed salary and relieve some of the financial pressure facing the club. While Charania doesn’t identify any specific players the Thunder would try to move, Andre Roberson ($10.74MM) and Patrick Patterson ($5.71MM) look like potential trade candidates.

As for the Heat, Charania reports that they’re among the teams that have expressed some interest in a J.R. Smith with the Cavaliers. As we’ve previously explained, Smith isn’t an attractive trade target for his on-court contributions, but for his contract — acquiring Smith in a trade and then waiving him could allow a team to save up to $18MM on its 2019/20 cap. The Heat, with several pricey guaranteed contracts on their books, would make sense as a possible trade partner for Cleveland.

Here’s more from Charania:

  • The Hawks may once again be among the teams willing to accommodate salary dumps, according to Charania. Atlanta has acquired first-round picks in each of the past two offseasons by taking on Jamal Crawford‘s and Carmelo Anthony‘s unwanted contracts.
  • The Hawks also have interest in re-signing center Dewayne Dedmon, per Charania, who suggests that a one-year “balloon” deal or a short-term contract similar to Dedmon’s previous pact (two years, $14MM) would appeal to Atlanta.
  • With Khem Birch eligible for restricted free agency, the Magic will almost certainly issue him a qualifying offer and try to re-sign him, Charania writes. However, the Sixers expressed interest in Birch during the season and could target him again in free agency, and they’ll likely face competition from other interested teams.
  • The Kings have been prioritizing centers as they prepare for the free agent market, sources tell Charania. Although Charania doesn’t identify any specific targets, Nikola Vucevic has frequently been cited as one name on Sacramento’s wish list.

Draft Notes: Doncic, Maye, Roach, Konate

While he has long been considered a strong candidate to be the No. 1 pick in this year’s draft, Luka Doncic no longer appears to be a lock to even be a top-three selection, according to ESPN’s Jonathan Givony (Insider link). While it’s hard to know what to believe at this time of year, Givony explains to Kevin Pelton that the Kings, Hawks, and Grizzlies didn’t send anyone to watch the EuroLeague Final Four in person last week, and several NBA evaluators seem to have cooled on Doncic.

Givony believes those evaluators are overthinking matters, but admits “the skepticism is a lot more prevalent than expected.” As ESPN’s draft guru explains, some people around the league have concerns about Doncic’s athleticism – or lack thereof – and his ability to keep improving. However, Givony points to Doncic’s incredible workload over the last 18 months, along with European teams’ relative inattention to players’ diets and conditioning, as reasons why the young star may have not looked quite as impressive in recent months as he did last fall. On an NBA schedule, working with NBA coaches, those issues could be addressed.

Ultimately, Givony and Pelton both believe that Doncic is worthy of the No. 1 pick, with Givony writing that the 19-year-old is “too productive, too skilled, too smart and too good a fit in the modern game to pass up.” However, it remains to be seen how many teams at the top of the draft will agree with that assessment.

Here’s more on the 2018 NBA draft:

  • UNC forward Luke Maye has decided to return to the Tar Heels for his senior year after testing the draft waters, he announced today on Instagram. Maye, who earned a spot on the All-ACC First Team and was named the conference’s Most Improved Player, averaged a double-double (16.9 PPG, 10.1 RPG) in 2017/18.
  • Texas guard Kerwin Roach II has withdrawn his name from the 2018 draft and will head back to the Longhorns for his senior year, the school announced in a press release. “I’m hungry for the opportunity to make a career in the NBA, but I realize I have to improve in so many areas on the court,” Roach said in a statement. “I’m also on pace to earn my degree, and that is a big deal for me and my family.”
  • After testing the draft waters without an agent, West Virginia forward Sagaba Konate will head back to school for his junior year, he confirms to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman (Twitter link).
  • Sean Deveney of The Sporting News and the staff at Basketball Insiders are among those who have released new mock drafts this week.

C.J. Miles Drawing Interest From Heat, Hawks, Others

Veteran swingman C.J. Miles is receiving interest from a handful of teams, according to Darren Wolfson of 5 Eyewitness News, who reports (via Twitter) that the Heat, Hawks, and Kings are among the teams in the mix. The Timberwolves also maintain interest in Miles, but don’t currently have the cap flexibility to make a competitive offer, Wolfson notes.

Miles, 30, hits the free agent market this summer after one of the strongest seasons of his career. In 76 games (29 starts) for the Pacers, the 6’6″ sharpshooter averaged 10.7 PPG and 3.0 RPG, converting a career-best 41.3% of his three-point attempts.

The Heat, Hawks, and Kings all have cap room left over, though Miami has a number of balls up in the air as the club waits for Gordon Hayward‘s decision. As for the Wolves, their commitments to Jeff Teague and Taj Gibson have eaten up virtually all of their cap space, so the most they could offer Miles – without moving salary or working out a sign-and-trade – would likely be the $4.3MM room exception.

Miles is expected to take free agent visits soon, according to Wolfson.

Kings Notes: Bogdanovic, Hield, GRIII, Kaminsky, Whiteside

After reporting earlier today that the Kings passed on a Hawks sign-and-trade offer for Bogdan Bogdanovic that would have allowed Sacramento to acquire either a lottery-protected 2022 first-round pick or two future second-rounders in exchange for the restricted free agent, Sam Amick of The Athletic has updated his story with some new intel.

As Amick explains, that Hawks offer came with caveats. Atlanta wanted Sacramento to accept Tony Snell‘s expiring $12MM+ salary and asked for an answer within an hour. Additionally, the Kings didn’t know at that point what sort of contract the Hawks were offering Bogdanovic, so they were reluctant to agree to a sign-and-trade if Atlanta’s offer was one they were comfortable matching.

The Kings asked for some of the Hawks’ young talent in a deal, but didn’t have any luck, and Atlanta ultimately took its chances by signing Bogdanovic to an offer sheet. Sacramento didn’t match it.

While The Athletic’s new information lets the Kings off the hook to some extent, Amick says there’s “strong reason” to believe that Atlanta would have done a sign-and-trade for Bogdanovic that included a draft pick even if the Kings hadn’t been willing to take on Snell’s contract. However, sources tell Amick that scenario wasn’t discussed.

Here’s more out of Sacramento:

  • In talks with teams about a possible Buddy Hield trade this offseason, the Kings were asking for draft compensation, according to Ian Begley of SNY.tv. There’s nothing imminent on the Hield front though, Begley adds. At this point, it would be a surprise if Sacramento doesn’t open the season with Hield on its roster.
  • Glenn Robinson III and Frank Kaminsky each received modest guarantees on their new one-year contracts with the Kings. Keith Smith of Yahoo Sports tweets that Robinson got a $100K partial guarantee, while James Ham of NBC Sports California tweets that Kaminsky’s partial guarantee is worth $50K.
  • Hassan Whiteside‘s first stint with the Kings a decade ago saw him play just 19 games in two seasons for the team before he spent two years out of the NBA. He’s counting on having more success this time around, as Ham writes for NBC Sports California. “My first (time) around, I had a couple of injuries that kept me from being the player that I wanted to be,” Whiteside said. “But I think this is a great opportunity to come back and revamp that.”
  • The Kings confirmed today that they won’t have any fans in attendance at Golden 1 Center to start the 2020/21 season (Twitter link via Ham). Given the COVID-19 restrictions in place in California, that was a given.

Repeat Camp Invitees Rare

If one of this year's camp invitees doesn't appear in a regular season game this year, don't expect him to wind up as a camp invitee again next fall. Only nine of this year's players on non-guaranteed deals without regular season NBA experience have gone to camp with NBA teams before.

Some repeat camp invitees are trying again to make their official NBA debuts on partially guaranteed deals this time around, like Dionte Christmas of the Suns, so a few are able to break through and at least ensure themselves of an NBA paycheck. In many cases, players may not be as willing to accept a second non-guaranteed camp invitation as they were the first time around, since a fruitless October spent with an NBA team can impinge upon opportunities in overseas leagues.

Ron Howard is the ultimate exception to this rule. He'd already been on non-guaranteed camp deals on three different occasions when he accepted yet another invitation this summer, this time from the Pacers. Once more without a guarantee, the 6'5" swingman and longtime D-League standout is competing with three other camp invitees for as many as two open spots on the Indiana roster, hoping that experience will give him an edge.

Players currently on non-guaranteed deals who've yet to play in an NBA regular season game are below, listed by team. Their previous camp teams are listed in parentheses, along with the season in which the camp took place. For the sake of this exercise, we'll include players on fully non-guaranteed multiyear contracts, like Hollis Thompson of the Sixers, as well as those on non-guaranteed one-year camp deals. 

  • 76ers: Hollis Thompson (2012/13 Thunder)
  • Bobcats: None
  • Bucks: None
  • Bulls: None
  • Cavaliers: None
  • Celtics: None
  • Clippers: Mustapha Farrakhan (2012/13 Bucks)
  • Grizzlies: Tony Gaffney (2009/10 Lakers, 2010/11 Celtics), Willie Reed (2012/13 Kings)*
  • Hawks: None
  • Heat: None
  • Jazz: None
  • Kings: Brandon Heath (2008/09 Lakers)
  • Knicks: None
  • Lakers: Eric Boateng (2010/11 Nuggets)
  • Magic: None
  • Mavericks: None
  • Nets: None
  • Nuggets: Kyle Fogg (2012/13 Rockets)
  • Pacers: Ron Howard (2008/09 Bucks, 2009/10 Knicks, 2011/12 Bucks)
  • Pelicans: None
  • Pistons: None
  • Raptors: None
  • Rockets: None
  • Spurs: None
  • Suns: None
  • Thunder: None
  • Timberwolves: None
  • Trail Blazers: None
  • Warriors: Cameron Jones (2011/12 Heat)
  • Wizards: None

*— The Grizzlies signed Reed shortly before the end of the regular season this past April, but he has yet to appear in a regular season game.

RealGM.com was used in the creation of this post.

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Bucks Acquire Dellavedova From Cavs

JULY 7, 3:53pm: The Cavs and the Bucks have agreed to a sign-and-trade deal that sends Dellavedova to Milwaukee in exchange for cash and the rights to Albert Miralles, Chris Haynes of The Northeast Ohio Media Group reports. Cleveland will also create a trade exception worth $4.8MM as a result of the swap, Haynes adds. The Cavs have announced the deal is official via press release.

JULY 4, 1:13pm: The Cavaliers won’t match the Bucks’ offer sheet for Dellavedova, league sources tell Chris Haynes of Cleveland.com.

JULY 1, 3:40pm: LeBron James has tweeted congratulations to Dellavedova, wishing him good luck in Milwaukee, which makes it sounds as if the Cavs won’t match Milwaukee’s offer sheet.

3:04pm: An agreement between the Bucks and Dellavedova is now in place, tweets Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com. Meanwhile, Brian Windhorst of ESPN (Twitter link) says Milwaukee and Cleveland have had some sign-and-trade discussions, but there’s no traction there at this point. The Bucks aren’t expecting the Cavs to match an offer sheet.Matthew Dellavedova vertical

2:59pm: The Bucks are nearing an agreement with Matthew Dellavedova on a four-year, $38MM deal, reports ESPN’s Zach Lowe (via Twitter). David Aldridge of NBA.com confirms (via Twitter) that the two sides are close to a deal, pegging the exact value at $38.4MM.

Dellavedova is currently a restricted free agent, having received a qualifying offer from the Cavaliers. Assuming the Cavs don’t take that qualifying offer off the table, Milwaukee would have to sign the guard to an offer sheet, and hope Cleveland doesn’t match. If the Cavs were to rescind the QO, the Bucks could sign Dellavedova outright as an unrestricted free agent.

The Kings, Hawks, and Mavericks were among the other teams that reached out to Dellavedova’s camp to express interest after free agency got underway last night. According to Jason Jones of The Sacramento Bee (Twitter link), Sacramento viewed Dellavedova as a sign-and-trade possibility, so perhaps the Bucks and Cavs will discuss that option as well. If it’s an offer sheet, Cleveland will have three days to match once it’s formally signed.

Dellavedova, 25, was a part-time player for the Cavs during the last three seasons, averaging 7.5 PPG and 4.4 APG while shooting 41.0% from three-point range in 2015/16. He also played some key minutes in the postseason for Cleveland the last two years, though his minutes were reduced in this year’s playoffs.

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Jared Cunningham To Work Out For Rockets

Jared Cunningham, a former first-round pick who spent time with six NBA teams, will participate in a free agent workout with the Rockets this week, tweets Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated.

The 28-year-old shooting guard hasn’t been in the NBA since he played a combined 44 games for the Cavaliers and Bucks during the 2015/16 season. He was also traded to the Magic that season, but was waived immediately. He has been overseas since then, spending one year each in China and Germany before playing for Basket Brescia Leonessa in Italy last season.

Cleveland selected Cunningham with the 24th pick in the 2012 draft and traded him to the Mavericks the next day. He also had brief stops with the Hawks, Kings and Clippers.

With only nine guaranteed contracts, the Rockets are looking for players who can compete for roster spots. They have 17 players headed to camp, along with the possible addition of Terrence Jones.

Mavs Out Of Mix For Monta Ellis?

Although they've frequently been cited as one of the potential landing spots for Monta Ellis, the Mavericks are esssentially out of the running for the free agent guard, according to GM Donnie Nelson (link via Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News). Sefko, seemingly passing along Nelson's thoughts, says the Mavs probably have too many bodies in the backcourt already to make Ellis a realistic possibility.

If the Mavs are truly out of the mix for Ellis, it appears to be "Andrew Bynum or bust" for the club, writes Sefko. Bynum met with the Mavs today, and Sam Amico of FOX Sports Ohio is hearing that the Cavs believe the big man may want to play in Dallas (Twitter link). But so far, the former Laker and Sixer has given no indication of which way he's leaning. As Amico notes (via Twitter), the Mavs likely aren't equipped with enough cap space to match Cleveland's offer, but perhaps they'd be willing to give Bynum more than a one-year guarantee.

The Kings and Hawks appear to be among the most likely destinations for Ellis if he doesn't end up in Dallas. As we heard earlier today, the 27-year-old will be negotiating this week without his longtime agent, after he parted ways with Jeff Fried.

Traded Second Round Picks For 2019 NBA Draft

We’re using the space below to keep tabs on each team’s second round pick for 2019, continually updating it as necessary throughout the year. Our list of traded first round picks for 2019 can be found right here.

We’ve listed all 30 teams here, so even if a team hasn’t traded its second round pick, that will be noted. We’ll also provide details on protections for each traded pick, including what happens to the pick in 2020 if it doesn’t change hands in 2019.

Here’s the full breakdown on the status of each 2019 second round pick:

Atlantic

  • Boston Celtics: Traded to Grizzlies (top-55 protected).
    • If not conveyed in 2019, Celtics’ obligation to Grizzlies is extinguished.
  • Brooklyn Nets: Traded to Magic (unprotected).
  • New York Knicks: Traded to Nets (unprotected).
  • Philadelphia 76ers: Own pick.
  • Toronto Raptors: Own pick.

Central

  • Chicago Bulls: Traded to Sixers (unprotected).
  • Cleveland Cavaliers: Traded to Magic, Kings, Knicks, or Clippers.
    • Sixers will receive most favorable of Magic’s, Cavaliers’, Rockets’, and Trail Blazers’ second round picks; Kings will receive second-most favorable of Magic’s, Cavaliers’ and Rockets’ second round picks; Knicks will receive least favorable of Magic’s, Cavaliers’, and Rockets’ second-round picks; Clippers will receive less favorable of (a) Trail Blazers’ second rounder or (b) most favorable of Magic’s, Cavaliers’, and Rockets’ second-round picks.
  • Detroit Pistons: Own pick.
  • Indiana Pacers: Traded to Nets (45-60 protected).
    • If not conveyed in 2019, 45-60 protected in 2020.
  • Milwaukee Bucks: Traded to Sixers or Kings.
    • Sixers will receive more favorable of Bucks’ and Kings’ second round picks; Kings will receive less favorable of the two.

Southeast

  • Atlanta Hawks: Traded to Wizards (top-55 protected).
    • If not conveyed in 2019, Hawks’ obligation to Wizards is extinguished.
  • Charlotte Hornets: Traded to Hawks (unprotected).
  • Miami Heat: Traded to Timberwolves (unprotected).
  • Orlando Magic: Traded to Sixers, Kings, Knicks, or Clippers.
    • Sixers will receive most favorable of Magic’s, Cavaliers’, Rockets’, and Trail Blazers’ second round picks; Kings will receive second-most favorable of Magic’s, Cavaliers’ and Rockets’ second round picks; Knicks will receive least favorable of Magic’s, Cavaliers’, and Rockets’ second-round picks; Clippers will receive less favorable of (a) Trail Blazers’ second rounder or (b) most favorable of Magic’s, Cavaliers’, and Rockets’ second-round picks.
  • Washington Wizards: Traded to Nuggets or Hornets.
    • Nuggets will receive more favorable of their own second round pick (56-60 protected) and Wizards’ second round pick; Hornets will receive less favorable of the two. If Nuggets’ pick falls between 56-60, Hornets will instead receive Wizards’ pick.

Northwest

  • Denver Nuggets: Traded to Pelicans (top-55 protected) or possibly traded to Hornets (56-60 protected).
    • If top-55 protected in 2019, Nuggets’ obligation to Pelicans is extinguished.
    • Nuggets will receive more favorable of their own second round pick (56-60 protected) and Wizards’ second round pick; Hornets will receive less favorable of the two. If Nuggets’ pick falls between 56-60, Hornets will instead receive Wizards’ pick.
  • Minnesota Timberwolves: Traded to Kings or Hawks.
    • Kings will receive more favorable of Lakers’ and Timberwolves’ second round picks; Hawks will receive less favorable of the two.
  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Traded to Hornets (unprotected).
  • Portland Trail Blazers: Traded to Sixers or Clippers.
    • Sixers will receive most favorable of Magic’s, Cavaliers’, Rockets’, and Trail Blazers’ second round picks; Kings will receive second-most favorable of Magic’s, Cavaliers’ and Rockets’ second round picks; Knicks will receive least favorable of Magic’s, Cavaliers’, and Rockets’ second-round picks; Clippers will receive less favorable of (a) Trail Blazers’ second rounder or (b) most favorable of Magic’s, Cavaliers’, and Rockets’ second-round picks.
  • Utah Jazz: Own pick.

Pacific

  • Golden State Warriors: Own pick.
  • Los Angeles Clippers: Own pick.
  • Los Angeles Lakers: Traded to Kings or Hawks.
    • Kings will receive more favorable of Lakers’ and Timberwolves’ second round picks; Hawks will receive less favorable of the two.
  • Phoenix Suns: Own pick.
  • Sacramento Kings: Possibly traded to Sixers.
    • Sixers will receive more favorable of Bucks’ and Kings’ second round picks; Kings will receive less favorable of the two.

Southwest

  • Dallas Mavericks: Traded to Warriors (top-55 protected).
    • If not conveyed in 2019, Mavericks’ obligation to Warriors is extinguished.
  • Houston Rockets: Traded to Sixers, Kings, Knicks, or Clippers.
    • Sixers will receive most favorable of Magic’s, Cavaliers’, Rockets’, and Trail Blazers’ second round picks; Kings will receive second-most favorable of Magic’s, Cavaliers’ and Rockets’ second round picks; Knicks will receive least favorable of Magic’s, Cavaliers’, and Rockets’ second-round picks; Clippers will receive less favorable of (a) Trail Blazers’ second rounder or (b) most favorable of Magic’s, Cavaliers’, and Rockets’ second-round picks.
  • Memphis Grizzlies: Traded to Bulls.
  • New Orleans Pelicans: Own pick.
  • San Antonio Spurs: Own pick.

The four-way mess involving the Cavaliers’, Rockets’, Trail Blazers’, and Magic’s second round picks is confusing, so here’s a quick breakdown of how it would work based on this year’s projected standings:

Let’s assume the Rockets finish first among those four teams, followed by the Trail Blazers, Cavaliers, and Magic. In that scenario…

  • The Sixers would get the Magic’s pick (the most favorable of the four).
  • The Kings would get the Cavaliers’ pick (the second-most favorable out of the Orlando, Cleveland, and Houston picks).
  • The Knicks would get the Rockets’ pick (the least favorable of the Orlando, Cleveland, and Houston picks).
  • The Clippers would get the Blazers’ pick (the less favorable of the Portland and Orlando picks).

Information from RealGM was used in the creation of this post.

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