Week in Review

Five Key Stories: 9/14/19 – 9/21/19

If you missed any of this past week’s biggest headlines from around the NBA, we’ve got you covered with our Week in Review. Here are some of the most noteworthy stories from the last seven days:

The NBA’s Board of Governors unanimously approved new anti-tampering rules and guidelines. The league is looking to crack down on free agent tampering and his instituted harsher penalties for teams that violate those policies, including potential fines worth up to $10MM.

New Nets owner Joe Tsai was unanimously approved by the NBA’s Board of Governors. Tsai has now officially assumed control of the franchise from Mikhail Prokhorov. He has also named a new CEO, installing former Turner executive David Levy in that position.

Isaiah Thomas will miss approximately six to eight weeks due to a thumb injury. The Wizards announced this week that their newly-signed point guard underwent surgery to repair a ruptured ligament. Thomas isn’t expected to be ready for the start of the regular season.

The Magic exercised their 2020/21 team option on Markelle Fultz. The former No. 1 overall pick has yet to play a game for Orlando, but the team was willing to guarantee his $12.3MM salary for ’20/21. The Magic also picked up rookie scale options on Jonathan Isaac and Mohamed Bamba.

Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson expressed a desire to play in the 2020 Olympics. After Team USA’s disappointing World Cup showing, a handful of stars are showing interest in playing in Tokyo next year. Damian Lillard also said he’d like to participate.

Here are 10 more noteworthy headlines from the past week:

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Five Key Stories: 9/7/19 – 9/14/19

If you missed any of this past week’s biggest headlines from around the NBA, we’ve got you covered with our Week in Review. Here are some of the most noteworthy stories from the last seven days:

Joe Johnson returned to the NBA, agreeing to sign a partially guaranteed one-year deal with the Pistons. The 38-year-old sat out all of last season, but talk of a comeback was sparked by a dominant performance in the BIG3, where he earned MVP honors and led his team to the title. The Sixers, Bucks and Nets were also reportedly interested.

Team USA failed to medal at the World Cup and had its 58-game international winning streak snapped by France. The Americans also lost to Serbia and settled for a seventh-place finish. However, they did qualify for a spot in next year’s Olympics.

Shaun Livingston, who played an important reserve role for the Warriors during their five straight trips to the NBA Finals, announced his retirement. Livingston was able to overcome a severe knee injury in his third NBA season and put together a 15-year NBA career.

The Lakers petitioned the league for a disabled player exception to replace injured center DeMarcus Cousins. If granted, L.A. would have $1.75MM — half of Cousins’ $3.5MM salary — that could be used any time through March 10.

Kevin Durant discussed the free agency process, plus his experiences with the Warriors and Thunder, in an interview with The Wall Street Journal. Durant revealed that he didn’t talk to anyone from the Nets’ organization before deciding to sign with Brooklym

Here are 10 more noteworthy headlines from the past week:

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Hoops Rumors Originals: 8/31/19 – 9/7/19

Every week, the Hoops Rumors writing team creates original content to complement our news feed. Here are our original segments and features from the past seven days:

  • This week in our Community Shootaround discussions, we focused on:
  • Luke Adams provided details of how many trades each teams has made during the offseason.
  • Every team has $5.617MM in cash available to include in trades. How much money does your favorite team have left? Take a look here.
  • In this week’s Poll, we asked:
    • Which veteran player will have a bigger impact this season, Joe Johnson or Carmelo Anthony? Our readers chose Johnson, but the margin was close. Check the results here.
  • We broke down what teams can do with players on Exhibit 10 contracts.
  • Which teams are currently above the luxury tax line? Find out here.
  • This year’s Remaining Offseason Questions series continued as we focused on the Western Conference:
  • Luke Adams detailed why sign-and-trades have become popular again.
  • We took a closer look at the 12 players whose contracts include salary guarantees in October.
  • In our Hoops Rumors Glossary, we took an in-depth look at rookie scale contracts.

Five Key Stories: 8/31/19 – 9/7/19

If you missed any of this past week’s biggest headlines from around the NBA, we’ve got you covered with our Week in Review. Here are some of the most noteworthy stories from the last seven days:

Veteran big man Nene re-signed with the Rockets and will play an 18th season in the league. When Nene opted out of the final year of his most recent contract back in June, many NBA experts believed he would retire. He instead chose to play at least one more season with Houston and will join another veteran center Tyson Chandler on the bench to back up starter Clint Capela.

The Kings and guard Buddy Hield are trying to reach an extension agreement. Sacramento GM Vlade Divac said that the two sides are trying to work toward a new deal before opening night. “We are … every day is working and Buddy’s a big part of this team, and we’ll figure something out down the road,” Divac said. “We’re working on it and we’ll figure out something. Buddy is (a) very important piece to this franchise.” Based on the NBA’s latest salary cap projection for 2020/21, Hield would be eligible for up to nearly $170MM on a five-year contract.

Joe Johnson‘s possible return to the NBA seems imminent after he lined up workouts with the Pistons, Bucks and Nets. Johnson, 38, did not play for an NBA team during the 2018/19 season. But he joined Ice Cube‘s BIG3 league this summer and excelled in the 3-on-3 format. He was named the BIG3’s MVP after leading the league in points and assists, then scored 28 points in the 2019 championship game.

Nets forward Rodions Kurucs was arrested on a domestic violence charge. Kurucs was accused of choking and other acts of violence toward his ex-girlfriend. Kurucs’ arrest in New York City has spurred the Nets to investigate the incident and he could be facing a suspension from the team and the league.

The Nuggets signed second-year pick Bol Bol to a two-way contract. No player drafted as high as 44th overall has signed a two-way contract to start his career since the NBA introduced two-way deals in 2017. However, the Nuggets and Bol had incentive to go this route for a variety of reasons. Bol is returning from a stress fracture in his foot that sidelined him for much of lone college season. At the same time, Denver has luxury-tax concerns.

Here are 10 more noteworthy headlines from the past week:

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Five Key Stories: 8/24/19 – 8/31/19

If you missed any of this past week’s biggest headlines from around the NBA, we’ve got you covered with our Week in Review. Here are some of the most noteworthy stories from the last seven days:

After an ex-girlfriend/mother of DeMarcus Cousins’ child accused the injured Lakers’ center of threatening her life, an arrest warrant was issued for the 29-year-old former All-NBA performer. Cousins, who allegedly made the threat after the woman refused to allow the former couple’s seven-year-old son to attend Cousins’ wedding, is accused of telling Christy West that he would “put a bullet through [her] f—ing head.” Both the Lakers and the NBA are currently performing investigations of the matter.

Nets swingman Caris LeVert signed a rookie scale extension worth $52.5MM over three years. The deal, which will go into effect during the 2020/21 season, will pay the 25-year-old LeVert $16.2MM, $17.5MM, and $18.8MM through the 2022/23 season. The deal will essentially use up all of Brooklyn’s cap space for next summer, but with an expected weak free agent class of 2020, that shouldn’t be an issue for a team that just signed Kevin DurantKyrie Irving, and DeAndre Jordan this summer.

The Rockets and shooting guard Eric Gordon have reached an agreement on a four-year contract extension worth $75.6MM. The deal, which will go into effect during the 2020/21 season, will pay the 30-year-old Gordon $16.9MM, $18.2MM, $19.6MM, and $20.9MM through the 2023/24 season. Gordon’s 2023/24 salary is non-guaranteed, becoming fully guaranteed if the Rockets win a championship or Gordon is named an All-Star. As a result of the deal, Gordon can’t be traded during the 2019/20 season.

Nets forward Wilson Chandler has been hit with a 25-game suspension after testing positive for Ipamorelin, a banned performance-enhancing drug. Wilson released a statement accepting responsibility, claiming that he was prescribed the drug during an injury rehabilitation process and that at the time, he was not aware that it was a banned substance. The suspension will cost Chandler nearly $600K in salary.

Pelicans forward Darius Miller underwent surgery earlier this week to repair a ruptured right Achilles tendon. No recovery timetable was provided by New Orleans, but it’s certainly possible that the 29-year-old veteran will miss the entire 2019/20 campaign. The earliest conceivable return date is probably late March to early April 2020.

Here are 10 more noteworthy headlines from the past week:

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Five Key Stories: 8/17/19 – 8/24/19

If you missed any of this past week’s biggest headlines from around the NBA, we’ve got you covered with our Week in Review. Here are some of the most noteworthy stories from the last seven days:

Dwight Howard completed an unlikely return to the Lakers this week, reaching an agreement to sign with L.A. once he clears waivers. He consented to a buyout deal with the Grizzlies and was waived this morning. Howard had a messy parting with the franchise when he left as a free agent in 2013, but an ACL injury to DeMarcus Cousins last week created an opening for him to return.

The final roster decision for the U.S. World Cup team was simplified when a sore left ankle took Kyle Kuzma out of the running. Team USA suffered its first international loss in 13 years earlier today when Australia pulled off a 98-94 victory in an exhibition game.

The NBA and the Kings concluded their investigation into a sexual assault lawsuit filed against Sacramento coach Luke Walton. The league ruled that there isn’t enough evidence to take disciplinary action against Walton. His accuser, Kelli Tennant, refused to participate in the investigation.

The Hawks promoted Travis Schlenk to president of basketball operations and gave him a multi-year contract extension. Schlenk has put together one of the league’s most impressive collections of young talent since joining the organization in 2017.

Tyronn Lue reached an agreement to become part of Doc Rivers’ staff with the Clippers. Lue, who was considered the favorite to become the Lakers‘ next head coach earlier this summer, compiled a 128-83 record in Cleveland.

Here are 10 more noteworthy headlines from the past week:

  • In amendments to a lawsuit filed against his former representative, Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson alleges that Gina Ford and Prime Sports Marketing started recruiting him in January, three months before he declared for the NBA draft.
  • Williamson and Grizzlies guard Ja Morant are the favorites to be named Rookie of the Year in a survey of their peers. However, it’s been more than a decade since that survey picked the correct winner.
  • Some WNBA players are discussing a work stoppage that could wipe out all of next season. The league’s base salary is about $75K and the average player makes $116K, but attendance is down and a $12MM loss was reported last year.
  • There’s speculation that the Thunder will be patient in their effort to trade Chris Paul. Oklahoma City found few takers in its attempt to move Paul after acquiring him from Houston, and the front office hopes to build some leverage before trying again.
  • A source says Bradley Beal would give “serious consideration” to joining the Heat if he can’t work out a long-term deal with the Wizards. Beal is eligible for an extension this summer, but he plans to wait until Washington can make a larger offer before deciding on his future.
  • Rockets forward P.J. Tucker said he’s optimistic about an extension with the team. Tucker will make $8.3MM this season, but only has a $2.57MM guarantee on his $7.97MM salary for 2020/21.
  • Free agent power forward Trevor Booker is getting interest from three of the NBA’s top teams. Booker worked out for the Nuggets this week and has upcoming sessions with the Bucks and Clippers.
  • Veteran guard Isaiah Canaan has reached a deal to play in China this season. The 28-year-old will join Shandong in the Chinese Basketball Association.
  • Jerryd Bayless, who split last season between the Sixers and Timberwolves, is also headed to China. The 31-year-old guard signed with the Sichuan Blue Whales.
  • Long-time Maverick J.J. Barea officially signed up for another year with the franchise. He is still recovering from an Achilles tear and hopes to be ready for training camp.

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Five Key Stories: 8/10/19 – 8/17/19

If you missed any of this past week’s biggest headlines from around the NBA, we’ve got you covered with our Week in Review. Here are some of the most noteworthy stories from the last seven days:

DeMarcus Cousins suffered his third serious injury in the past 19 months, tearing his left ACL while working out Monday in Las Vegas. Although no timetable has been set, there’s a possibility that Cousins will miss all of the 2019/20 season. Because the injury happened so late in the summer, the Lakers have limited options for replacing Cousins, who signed as a free agent last month.

De’Aaron Fox announced that he was leaving Team USA to concentrate on the upcoming season. The Kings guard is the latest in a series of high-profile withdrawals that have dwindled the number of players competing for roster spots. P.J. Tucker, Kyle Lowry and Marvin Bagley also left the team this week.

Joseph Tsai reached an agreement with Nets majority shareholder Mikhail Prokhorov to acquire full ownership of the team. Tsai also receives the Barclays Center in the deal, which still must be approved by the NBA’s Board of Governors.

The Clippers are reportedly nearing a deal to add Tyronn Lue as the top assistant to Doc Rivers. Lue, who coached the Cavaliers to the NBA title in 2016, is a long-time friend of Rivers and has been in demand since he was fired early last season.

The NCAA amended its new regulations for agents who represent prospects considering the NBA draft. The change got rid of the controversial “Rich Paul Rule” that required all prospective agents to have a bachelor’s degree.

Here are 10 more noteworthy headlines from the past week:

  • The NBA released its schedule Monday for the 2019/20 season, with the Pelicans visiting the Raptors and the Lakers facing the Clippers on opening night. Full schedules for all 30 teams are available here.
  • Michael Beasley reached an agreement with the Pistons and is expected to battle for the final roster spot. If he makes the team, Beasley will miss the season’s first five games because of a drug suspension.
  • The Clippers signed forward Patrick Patterson to a veteran’s minimum deal. He reached a buyout with the Thunder at the beginning of August.
  • Justin Patton, whose time with the Timberwolves was derailed by injuries, signed with the Thunder. Patton, who was traded to the Sixers last season, got into just three games for Philadelphia before being waived in April.
  • The Bucks invited Hasheem Thabeet for a private workout. The second player picked in the 2009 draft, Thabeet hasn’t played in the NBA since 2014.
  • Speculation grew about a possible destination for Carmelo Anthony amid a report that he was working out regularly with several Nets players. However, a source said Brooklyn has no current interest in adding Anthony.
  • A knee injury will prevent Heat big man Kelly Olynyk from representing Canada in the FIBA World Cup. He is expected to recover in time for the start of the regular season.
  • Several Chinese teams are willing to welcome Jeremy Lin if he doesn’t get invited to an NBA training camp.
  • Shabazz Muhammad, who spent five seasons with the Timberwolves and Bucks, and Zhou Qi, who played briefly for the Rockets, both reached new deals in China.
  • Jonas Jerebko, who appeared in 73 games with the Warriors last season, has signed to play in Russia.

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Five Key Stories: 8/3/19 – 8/10/19

If you missed any of this past week’s biggest headlines from around the NBA, we’ve got you covered with our Week in Review. Here are some of the most noteworthy stories from the last seven days:

Vince Carter agreed to a new one-year contract with the Hawks. The deal ensures that Carter will become the first player in NBA history to play a 22nd season. It’s expected to be his last.

Kevin Durant said he only considered the Warriors and Nets in free agency. In his first in-depth interview since his free agent decision, Durant also said that he doesn’t blame the Warriors for the Achilles injury that will sideline him for most or all of the 2019/20 season.

The Heat have re-signed Udonis Haslem to a one-year contract. Haslem, who has been with the franchise since 2003, will be Miami’s 14th man. He’ll also likely be the last player the team can fit within its hard cap, barring additional cost-cutting moves.

Michael Beasley was suspended for five games for violating the NBA’s anti-drug policy. Beasley is still a free agent, but would have to serve the suspension if he signs with an NBA team. He may end up returning to China instead though, as he reportedly has an offer worth about $5MM from a Chinese team.

The Mavericks signed second-round pick Isaiah Roby to a four-year contract. The deal will pay Roby $1.5MM in his rookie season, which is the highest ever first-year salary for a second-rounder entering the league out of college.

Here are 10 more noteworthy headlines from the past week:

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Five Key Stories: 7/27/19 – 8/3/19

If you missed any of this past week’s biggest headlines from around the NBA, we’ve got you covered with our Week in Review. Here are some of the most noteworthy stories from the last seven days:

Warriors forward Draymond Green agreed to a four-year, $100MM extension. The free agent class next summer took another hit as Green decided to stay with the team that drafted him. Green potentially could have signed for much more next summer with either Golden State or another team. However, the defensive specialist elected for long-term security before hitting the market. His decision may have been influenced by seeing Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant suffer serious injuries just before hitting free agency.

The Blazers signed shooting guard C.J. McCollum to a three-year, $100MM extension. McCollum still has two years left on his current deal but both sides were eager to make a longer commitment. McCollum, who has averaged at least 20.8 PPG in each of the last four seasons, won’t be eligible for unrestricted free agency until 2024. Portland locked up McCollum’s backcourt partner Damian Lillard with a four-year, super-max extension earlier this summer.

Pelicans top executive David Griffin said he was miserable running the Cavaliers’ front office when LeBron James was there. Griffin was quoted in the Sports Illustrated article as saying that he and others were unhappy there because  “LeBron is getting all the credit and none of the blame. And that’s not fun for people.” He also questioned James’ desire after Cleveland won the championship. Griffin later clarified his comments on ESPN’s The Jump, saying he was miserable in his former job because of the pressure to build a title team, not because of a rift with James. He also said James proved he didn’t lose his desire by reaching the Finals again.

Forward Patrick Patterson was bought out by the Thunder and plans to sign with the Clippers. Patterson’s playing time and production diminished last season but he’ll rejoin Paul George on a serious title contender. Los Angeles is limited to offering the veteran’s minimum, which is roughly $2.3MM for a player with Patterson’s level of experience. He had one year and approximately $5.7MM left on his deal with OKC.

Carmelo Anthony is hoping another NBA team will give him a chance to extend his career. Following a brief and unhappy experience with the Rockets last season, Anthony finds himself in limbo. The 35-year-old forward says he’s ready and willing to play a reduced role and is “in the gym every single day” as he awaits another opportunity. He also denied that he was looking for a farewell tour.

Here are 10 more noteworthy headlines from the past week:

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Five Key Stories: 7/20/19 – 7/27/19

If you missed any of this past week’s biggest headlines from around the NBA, we’ve got you covered with our Week in Review. Here are some of the most noteworthy stories from the last seven days:

The league has launched a tampering investigation due to early commitments in free agency. Suspicions were raised as some free agent deals were announced immediately upon the arrival of the negotiating period, which began at 6 p.m. Eastern Time on June 30. A few agreements were leaked ahead of that hour, prompting questions about the legality of the process. A number of options are being considered to prevent a repeat in future summers.

Tim Duncan was named an assistant coach with the Spurs. The decision by the future Hall of Fame big man to take a spot on Gregg Popovich’s staff was a surprise to many people around the league. Popovich joked that it was only fitting that the perennial All-Star serve under him “after I served loyally for 19 years as Tim Duncan’s assistant.”

Pau Gasol signed a one-year, veteran’s minimum contract with the Trail Blazers. The veteran big man finished last season with the Bucks, who let him go as an unrestricted free agent. Gasol, 39, underwent surgery in May to repair a navicular stress fracture in his left foot. He’s expected to make a full recovery in advance of training camp. He’ll provides insurance with Jusuf Nurkic recovering from a serious leg injury suffered in late March.

Reserve swingman Furkan Korkmaz signed a two-year deal with the Sixers after flirting the possibility of playing overseas. Philadelphia renounced its rights to Korkmaz earlier this month and it appeared he was headed overseas to play in Turkey. He ultimately decided to stay in the NBA and he’ll provide depth at the wings behind starters Tobias Harris and Josh Richardson. The Sixers now have 14 players with guaranteed contracts and a pair of two-way players.

Nearly half of the players on Team’s USA original 20-man roster have declined to participate in the FIBA World Cup. Paul Millsap and Kevin Love are the latest defections. Damian LillardDeMar DeRozanAnthony DavisJames HardenBradley BealCJ McCollum and Eric Gordon have also withdrawn their names.

Here are 10 more noteworthy headlines from the past week:

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