Basketball Wiretap

Wizards To Offer Max Five-Year Contract To Bradley Beal

May 27, 2016 11:35 AM

The Washington Wizards are expected to offer Bradley Beal a five-year deal for the maximum amount when free agency begins on July 1st.

Based on the $92 million salary cap projection teams are working with, a max contract would pay Beal around $22 million next season because he could just under 25 percent of the cap amount as a four-year veteran.

Beal earned $5.6 million last season and will have a cap hold of $14.2 million. While the Wizards hope to quickly come to an agreement with Beal, they plan on waiting to sign the deal until they pursue free agents using his cap hold as a lower cap figure.

Beal has been injury prone in his career but productive when healthy.

Beal was the third overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft out of Florida.

Jorge Castillo/Washington Post

Tags: Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Roc Nation Ready To Be Kevin Durant's 'Guiding Light' In Free Agency

May 26, 2016 10:12 PM

While Kevin Durant will be a free agent for the first time in his career, his Roc Nation agency will also be having their first big NBA moment.

“We know this is a big deal and a big moment in his career,” said Rich Kleiman, Durant’s agent with Roc Nation. “We also have to be his guiding light in this. We can’t let the pressure of the situation be bigger than it is. Obviously, we understand all eyes are looking at him and looking at his decisions, and people want to see how we’re going to handle it, too.”

With the Thunder having an excellent playoff run, Durant is widely expected to re-sign with the Thunder.

Jay-Z played an active role in recruiting Durant to the agency but his day-to-day duties are nebulous.

Rick Maese/Washington Post

Tags: Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Joakim Noah Telling Teammates He's Leaving Bulls, Doesn't Trust Front Office

May 25, 2016 1:23 PM

Joakim Noah has begun to tell his Chicago Bulls' teammates he plans on signing elsewhere in free agency.

Noah allegedly said he “has no trust in the front office getting this in the right direction.’’

There appears to be a complete mistrust multiple players have towards Gar Forman.

Tom Thibodeau was always able to shield the players from the front office, having them buy into the idea that it was “us against them.’’ The wall became blurry when the Bulls hired Fred Hoiberg.

Noah had a difficult season that included injury.

“[Noah] represents a lot of things that we believe in,’’ VP of basketball operations John Paxson said in mid-April about re-signing Noah. “So we have an affinity for Jo. But we’ve got to talk, we’ve got to see where it goes.’’

Joe Cowley/Chicago Sun-Times

Tags: Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Bradley Beal 'Looking For' Max Contract In Free Agency

May 23, 2016 8:32 PM

Bradley Beal will seek a maximum contract from the Washington Wizards as widely expected.

Beal is a restricted free agent at the age of 22, which means he could sign a four-year deal with a rival team.

“I want to be valued the right way,” Beal said. “I feel like I’m a max player and that’s what I’m looking for. If Washington can’t meet that requirement then I may be thinking elsewhere. I’m pretty sure that they probably won’t [let me go]. At the end of the day, that’s where I want to be. I think a deal will probably get done but you just never know.”

As a four-year veteran, Beal could earn up to 25 percent of the cap. If the cap is $92 million then a max deal would pay him $23 million next season.

The Wizards didn't offer Beal a max contract extension in October.

Jorge Castillo/Washington Post

Tags: Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Miami's Top Priority Is To Get Meeting With Kevin Durant

May 20, 2016 1:05 PM

The Miami Heat continue to plan on pursuing Kevin Durant in free agency.

The Heat are limited in how they can pursue Durant while re-signing Hassan Whiteside and Dwyane Wade where it would be virtually impossible.

"The plan is and always has been: Go after Durant and free everything up – so much so that you insulted your superstar this offseason by telling Dwyane Wade no on multiple years, even though that’s what he wanted," said Dan Le Batard. "Dwyane, who deserves more of your allegiances as business and a company and management than Chris Bosh does. Because the whole thing is get in a room with Durant after this season.

"What I’m telling you, no matter how much you laugh at it, is that the Heat is getting in the room with Durant. Now, what happens from there, who knows? But you can sit here and laugh at it all you want, but the plan, the construct is – the priority, the No. 1 thing this offseason – is get in the room with Durant.

"You do what you want with the information. All I’m telling you is priority No. 1 is not get Dwyane locked up, Whiteside locked up. No. 1 on the list is can you get the superstar that is the big get in free agency while also taking care of your people around that?"

Miami could have more cap space in 2017 should Durant re-sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder on a one-plus-one deal.

Dan Le Betard/ESPN (via Dan Feldman/Pro Basketball Talk)

Tags: Kevin Durant, Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Miami's Top Offseason Priority Is Re-Signing Hassan Whiteside

May 19, 2016 3:37 PM

The top goal of the Miami Heat this offseason is to re-sign Hassan Whiteside.

Whiteside earned just $990,000 in his season season with the Heat and will likely receive a max contract.

"He's our No. 1 priority, period," Pat Riley said. "He's 26 years old, he's a game changer, and I don't even think he's reached his real ceiling in a couple of areas in his game. He's shown all of us he can be a 15 [points], 15 [rebounds] and four blocked shots a game. He'll be right there in front of the line for us."

The Heat need to use their cap space to re-sign Whiteside.

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Tags: Hassan Whiteside, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Dwight Howard Asked Daryl Morey 'Why Am I Here?' When Told Of Reduced Role

May 19, 2016 11:14 AM

Dwight Howard was asked to elaborate on why he felt "disinterested" during parts of his season with the Houston Rockets.

"There were times I was disinterested because of situations that happened behind the scenes that really hurt me," said Howard. "It left me thinking, 'This is not what I signed up for.'''

Howard was asked to specify what he was referring to.

"I felt like my role was being reduced. I went to [Rockets general manager] Daryl [Morey] and said, 'I want to be more involved.' Daryl said, 'No, we don't want you to be.' My response was, 'Why not? Why am I here?' It was shocking to me that it came from him instead of our coach. So I said to him, 'No disrespect to what you do, but you've never played the game. I've been in this game a long time. I know what it takes to be effective.'''

Jackie MacMullen/ESPN

Tags: Dwight Howard, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kings Won't Get Into Bidding War On Rajon Rondo

May 18, 2016 11:23 AM

The Sacramento Kings are prepared to not engage in a bidding war to keep Rajon Rondo.

Rondo had a return to form after signing a make good contract with the Kings, but they still finished outside of the playoffs.

The Kings have hired Dave Joerger to replace George Karl as head coach.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Tags: Rajon Rondo, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Evan Turner Appreciates Team Wanting Him Back For First Time In Career

May 16, 2016 12:45 PM

Evan Turner finally emerged as a productive NBA player with the Boston Celtics after being unwanted by the Philadelphia 76ers and Indiana Pacers.

Turner will be a free agent this offseason and the Celtics hold his Early Bird rights, which means they can only offer him a contract that starts around $6 million unless they use cap space.

Turner averaged 10.5 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 4.4 assists during the 2015-16 season.

"Hopefully we can figure out a way to make it work," Turner told CSN at a fundraising event for Horizons for Homeless. "It’s a lot going on with the team, with the roster, the draft picks, and things like that. ... [Celtics brass and Turner] didn’t have any surefire talks about [a return], but there’s definitely admiration on both sides. I trust that [Celtics president of basketball operations] Danny [Ainge] is going to do what’s best for the organization."

Pressed on whether he'd consider a hometown discount, Turner added, "Of course. I joke with people, this is the first time I left an exit meeting and the team wanted me back."

Chris Forsberg/ESPN

Tags: Evan Turner, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Rockets Identify Al Horford As Top Free Agent Target

May 16, 2016 12:43 PM

The Houston Rockets have identified Al Horford as their top priority in free agency.

Horford will be an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career since being drafted by the Hawks in 2007.

The Rockets are not expected to bring back Dwight Howard.

Ryan Anderson is also a possibility for the Rockets.

Sean Deveney/Sporting News

Tags: Al Horford, Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Heat Fear Chris Bosh May Be Forced Into Medical Retirement
Chris Bosh's salary would come off Miami's salary cap in the summer of 2017 if he doesn't return.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Spurs To Pursue Mike Conley In Free Agency
Mike Conley is several years younger than Tony Parker, who remains signed with the team through the 17-18 season.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili Not Ready To Make Decision On Future
Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili have yet to make a decision about whether they will continue their careers next season or retire.

Michael C. Wright/ESPN

Willy Hernangomez Has Four-Year Offer From Knicks
The Knicks acquired the draft rights to Willy Hernangomez during the 2015 NBA Draft.

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Kent Bazemore Would 'Love' To Re-sign With Hawks
The Hawks signed Kent Bazemore to a $4 million contract in 2014 and he figures to receive a substantial pay raise this offseason in free agency.

Chris Vivlamore/Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Dwight Howard Hasn't Made Decision Upon Future With Rockets
Dwight Howard could sign a max contract worth $30 million per season.

Calvin Watkins/ESPN

Al Horford: I Really Love Atlanta
Al Horford will be one of the NBA's most highly coveted free agents but the Hawks can pay him the most money and also give him one more season than any rival team.

Chris Vivlamore/Atlanta Journal Constitution

Jordan Clarkson Believes Luke Walton Decision Positively Impacts Future With Lakers
The Lakers figure to play a more uptempo style under Luke Walton.

Jovan Buha/ESPN

Kevin Durant: Money Isn't Everything In This Life
Kevin Durant has never been a free agent in his career, signing an extension in 2010 with the Thunder.

Anthony Slater/Oklahoman

Spurs Preparing Offseason Pursuit Of Kevin Durant
Just as the Spurs did last offseason with LaMarcus Aldridge and in 2003 with Jason Kidd, they plan on pursuing Kevin Durant.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Harrison Barnes Not Taking Warriors' Likely Pursuit Of Kevin Durant Personally
Harrison Barnes and the Warriors were unable to agree upon an extension last offseason, which gives him some level of control.

Tim Kawakami/San Jose Mercury News

Lakers Expected To Pursue Festus Ezeli
Festus Ezeli could command a three-year, $50 million deal.

Sean Deveney/Sporting News

Deron Williams Would Like To Re-Sign With Mavs
Deron Williams will decline his $5.6 million player option for next season with the Mavs.

Earl K. Snead/Mavs.com

Nicolas Batum Played How He Wanted For First Time In NBA With Hornets
Nicolas Batum is the most attractive free agent amongst many for the Hornets.

Rick Bonnell/Charlotte Observer

Dirk Nowitzki Opting Out Of Contract, Plans To Stay With Mavs
Dirk Nowitzki has an option for the 16-17 season worth $8.69 million.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Al Jefferson Would Like To End Career With Hornets
Al Jefferson is one of the many free agents of the Hornets this offseason.

Rod Boone/Charlotte Observer

Mavs Have Dwight Howard Atop Offseason Wishlist
Dwight Howard is expected to opt out of his contract with the Rockets.

Dwain Price/Star Telegram