Jerome Dyson

Odds & Ends: Abdur-Rahim, Kazemi, Butler

According to a team press
, former NBA All-Star and Kings' director of player
personnel Shareef Abdur-Rahim has
been named as the general manager of the Reno Bighorns, which serves as Sacramento's D-League affilliate. Abdur-Rahim will be joined by Chris Gilbert,
who was named assistant general manager. Here are some more of this evening's miscellaneous news and notes:

  • Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer tweets that the 76ers could still send second-round pick Arsalan Kazemi overseas for the coming season. 
  • Caron Butler is "thoroughly excited" about returning home to Wisconsin to play for the Bucks, writes Gery Woelfel of The Journal Times
  • Suns GM Ryan McDonough issued a statement about the team's trade agreement with Milwaukee, saying that the deal was about creating more cap space (Paul Coro of 
  • Yannis Koutroupis of Hoopsworld profiles this year's rookie head coaches and identifies some challenges that may lie ahead for each of them. 
  • Later in the same piece, Koutroupis wonders if Marcin Gortat is the next player in Phoenix to be on the move. 
  • The newly created Delaware 87ers of the NBDL acquired the rights of 16 players via the D-League's expansion draft last night ( Among the more notable names on that list with NBA experience are Ish SmithSean Williams, Willie Warren, Jerome Dyson, and Josh Akognon. Smith and Akognon remain on NBA rosters, but if they were released and wanted to play in the D-League, Delaware would hold their rights.

Free Agents Ineligible To Sign With Specific Teams

Among the myriad rules in the NBA's collective bargaining agreement is a stipulation that says teams that trade players can't claim those players off waivers or re-sign them until the earlier of the following two dates:

  • One year after the trade was completed.
  • July 1st after the player's contract ends.

In some cases, this rule is simple to apply to practical cases. For instance, the Nets traded Mehmet Okur's expiring contract to Portland last March at the trade deadline, and the Blazers waived Okur shortly thereafter. Because Okur's deal was set to expire at season's end, he was ineligible to re-sign with the Nets during last season, but regained that ability as of July 1st, when his contract expired.

Other cases are trickier, however. For example, Derek Fisher was traded to the Rockets by the Lakers last March 15th, and was bought out by the Rockets shortly thereafter. Fisher had a player option on his contract for 2012/13, which raises the question: When exactly is his contract considered to be "over"? In his CBA FAQ, salary cap expert Larry Coon provides an answer:

  • For contracts with options or ETOs, the end date of the contract is interpreted as the June 30th before an option year, and the June 30th after an ETO year.

Fisher's option wasn't an ETO, so the June 30th before his option year should be considered the "end" of his contract, making him eligible to sign with the Lakers beginning in July, right? Well, not quite.

As confirmed by Coon, Fisher's player option for 2012/13 actually was exercised when he worked out his buyout with the Rockets, allowing the team to split his buyout amount in half between the 2011/12 and '12/13 seasons. That means Fisher is still on the Rockets' books for this season, and his contract isn't considered to be over until next June 30th. As such, the earliest date he can re-sign with the Lakers is March 15th, 2013, a year after the trade.

Since players acquired in trades generally aren't waived immediately, this situation doesn't arise all that often. And many of the players who found themselves in such a position have since signed with other teams — for instance, Josh Harrellson was ineligible to rejoin the Knicks after being waived by the Rockets, but ended up signing with the Heat.

By my count, the eight players listed below, plus Fisher, comprise the group of NBA free agents who are currently ineligible to sign with a specific team, but feel free to contact us if there are any I've missed.

Note: Players who were waived via the amnesty clause are also ineligible to re-sign with their old teams until the amnestied contract expires.

Jerome Dyson Signs In Israel

It's been a busy offseason for Jerome Dyson, who started the summer with the Hornets before being traded to the Suns in a three-team deal involving Robin Lopez. After he was waived by Phoenix, Dyson worked out for the Heat, but it appears he'll continue his playing career overseas rather than in the NBA. According to the Twitter feed for Israel's Winner League, Dyson has signed a contract with Israeli team Hapoel Holon (hat tip to Sportando).

Dyson, 25, played his college ball at the University of Connecticut before going undrafted in 2010. He was one of a handful of players to sign 10-day contracts with the Hornets last season, making his NBA debut late in the year. In nine games with New Orleans, the 6'3" guard averaged 7.4 points, 2.1 rebounds, and 2.0 assists in 20.0 minutes per contest.

Dyson becomes the latest NBA free agent to sign a non-NBA deal this summer. Besides Dyson, Craig Smith was among the free agents to sign in Israel for the coming season.

Heat Sign Mickell Gladness, Jarvis Varnado

The Heat have signed a pair of bigs to make-good contracts, according to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel. Mickell Gladness and Jarvis Varnado have received invitations to the team's training camp, with a chance to earn a spot on the regular-season roster.

Gladness, 26, made his NBA debut in 2011/12, spending time with both the Heat and Warriors in his rookie season. The Alabama A&M product saw very limited minutes in his eight games for the Heat, but is viewed as a low-cost project, and didn't require a guaranteed contract.

Varnado, meanwhile, was the Heat's 41st overall pick in 2010, and has played overseas for the last two seasons. We heard a month ago from Emiliano Carchia of Sportando that Varnado would be leaving his team in Italy to join Miami's training camp, but the Heat didn't make it official until now.

The Heat now have 15 players under contract, but can continue to add players on non-guaranteed deals, up to a total of 20. Miami may not bring that many players to camp, but according to Winderman, the club is expected to offer non-guaranteed contracts to Terrel Harris and Robert Dozier, a 2009 second-rounder. The Heat have also worked out Josh Harrellson and Jerome Dyson this week.

Eastern Notes: Nets, Heat, Dyson, Pistons

There have been plenty of newsworthy items out of the Eastern Conference today, with the Knicks unveiling new uniforms, the Nets possibly having signed Andray Blatche, and the league's most popular 12th man landing a TV gig with the Celtics. Here are a few more Eastern-related links we've yet to cover:

Suns Waive Brad Miller, Jerome Dyson

The Suns announced today that they have waived Brad Miller and Jerome Dyson, according to a team release. Miller and Dyson were both acquired from the Hornets in a three-team July deal that landed the Suns Wesley Johnson and a 2013 first-round pick.

Dyson was on a non-guaranteed contract, so the Suns won't take a cap hit by releasing the 25-year-old. Miller, however, had a buyout worth a reported $848K, which the Suns will have to pay. With the veteran big man planning to retire this summer, his contract was used as a trade chip twice this summer, with the Timberwolves sending him to the Hornets, who flipped him to the Suns.

Having waived Miller and Dyson and officially signed Jermaine O'Neal, the Suns now have 13 players on their roster.

Suns, Hornets, Wolves Complete Three-Team Trade

7:40pm: The amount of cash going to the Hornets from the Suns is about $1.15MM, tweets Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic.

12:16pm: The Suns, Hornets, and Timberwolves have officially completed a three-team trade that will send Robin Lopez to the Hornets and Wesley Johnson to the Suns, the teams announced today. Per a Hornets press release, the deal breaks down as follows:

  • Hornets acquire: Robin Lopez (from Suns), Hakim Warrick (from Suns), cash (from Suns)
  • Suns acquire: Wesley Johnson (from Timberwolves), Brad Miller (from Hornets), Jerome Dyson (from Hornets), 2013 first-round pick (from Timberwolves)
  • Timberwolves acquire: 2013 second-round pick (from Hornets), 2014 second-round pick (from Suns), 2016 second-round pick (from Hornets)

Lopez is the only player changing hands who was not previously under contract, so New Orleans receives him as part of a sign-and-trade. His contract is for three years and about $15.3MM, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

Dyson's contract is non-guaranteed, and Miller, who has a partially-guaranteed deal, is expected to retire, so Phoenix will likely waive both of those players in the near future. The first-round pick the Suns acquire from the T-Wolves will be either the Wolves' or Grizzlies' pick depending on those teams' performances. Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic has the details (via Twitter).

Two of the three picks the Timberwolves receive in the deal are ones they sent to the Hornets earlier this month. The 2013 second-rounder is Brooklyn's, the 2016 second-rounder is New Orleans', and the 2014 second-rounder is the Lakers, acquired by Phoenix in the Steve Nash trade.

Now that the trade is complete, Minnesota should have the cap space to finalize its signing of Andrei Kirilenko.

Hornets Sign Jerome Dyson To 10-Day Contract

The Hornets have officially signed Jerome Dyson to a 10-day contract, the team announced today. Dyson broke the news himself yesterday, tweeting, "Got that call I've been waiting for headed back to the NO get to sign the contract in the morning."

Dyson, 24, has yet to appear in a regular season NBA game, though he played for the Hornets in the preseason. The 6'3" guard was waived on December 24th, and has spent the season playing for the D-League's Tulsa 66ers. In 44 games, he averaged 17.8 points in 34 minutes per contest.

As our 10-day tracker shows, Dyson is the fifth player to sign a 10-day contract with the Hornets this season.

Southwest Notes: Odom, Mavs, Dyson, Dragic

Lamar Odom parting ways with the Mavericks may be the biggest recent story out of the Southwest Division, and Odom's former teammate Metta World Peace took the opportunity to weigh in on his friend's next career move. As Dave McMenamin of writes, World Peace's suggestions for Odom ranged from becoming a ballboy to hiking "the biggest mountain in the world." Here's the latest on Odom and the rest of the Southwest: