Basketball Wiretap

Chris Paul To Exercise ETO To Enter Free Agency

Jun 23, 2017 7:41 PM

Chris Paul has will exercise his early termination option with the Los Angeles Clippers to become a free agent.

Paul can sign a five-year, $201 million contract with the Clippers, or a four-year, $149 million deal with a rival team.

Paul is expected to consider signing with the San Antonio Spurs and Houston Rockets, along with the Clippers. The Denver Nuggets are also considered an option for Paul.

As president of the NBPA, Paul was instrumental in moving the over-36 rule up to 38.

Broderick Turner/Los Angeles Times

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Dwyane Wade Could Consider Return To Heat If Bought Out By Bulls

Jun 23, 2017 6:48 PM

With the Chicago Bulls rebuilding following their trade of Jimmy Butler, the future of Dwyane Wade with the franchise remains uncertain. Wade has already signed the paperwork on his $23.8 million player option for 17-18.

Wade could conceivably join LeBron James with the Cleveland Cavaliers, or he could even return to the Miami Heat. In May, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reported that Wade is open to considering a return at some point in his career.

"Dwyane Wade can apply pressure to be bought out and be bought out immediately," said Brian Windhorst on The Lowe Post.

"I don't think a return to Miami is necessarily impossible. It depends on what Dwyane wants to do. It depends on Dwyane wants to play a bit role on a serious contender, or he wants to set himself for another contract after this season. 

"If he went to Cleveland, for example, his role on the Cavs would be more as a supporting player, even a bench player. If he went to a different team he might be a starter, or still be able put up good numbers and position himself for one final contract."

Windhorst expects Wade to pursue a buyout with the Bulls.

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Tags: Dwyane Wade, Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Blake Griffin Opts For Free Agency

Jun 23, 2017 6:30 PM

Blake Griffin has opted out of his contract for the 17-18 season with the Los Angeles Clippers to become a free agent.

Griffin can sign a five-year max contract with the Clippers worth approximately $172 million or a four-year, $128 million max with a rival team.

Griffin is expected to receive interest from the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

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Lakers Sign P.J. Dozier To Undrafted Free Agent Deal

Jun 23, 2017 5:04 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers have agreed upon a free agent deal with P.J. Dozier.

Dozier went undrafted out of South Carolina.

Dozier averaged 13.9 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.7 steals per game as a sophomore with a PER of 17.1

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Kings Release Arron Afflalo Before Guarantee Date

Jun 23, 2017 4:53 PM

The Sacramento Kings will release Arron Afflalo.

Afflalo had a guarantee date of June 23rd with only $1.5 guaranteed.

Afflalo signed a two-year, $25 million deal with the Kings last offseason.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

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Spurs Extend Qualifying Offer To Jonathon Simmons

Jun 23, 2017 1:07 PM

The San Antonio Spurs have extended the qualifying offer of $1.6 million to Jonathon Simmons.

The Spurs will have match rights on any offer Simmons receives.

Simmons averaged 6.2 points and 2.1 rebounds in his second season with the Spurs, but had his biggest impact in the postseason.

At least 12 teams will be interested in Simmons in free agency.

Jabari Young/San Antonio Express-News

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Jimmy Butler Loses Potential $29M On Next Contract With DPE Now Unavailable

Jun 23, 2017 12:06 PM

While Jimmy Butler will receive a trade bonus of $1.8 million as part of his move from the Chicago Bulls to the Minnesota Timberwolves, the inability to sign a Designated Veteran Player Exception will be massive.

Butler will lose approximately $31 million over the life of a five-year contract he re-signs with the Wolves at 30 percent of the cap as opposed to 35 percent of the cap.

Butler was a third team All-NBA selection in 16-17.

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Tags: Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Kennedy Meeks Signs Partially Guaranteed Deal With Raptors

Jun 23, 2017 11:27 AM

Kennedy Meeks has agreed to a partially guaranteed deal with the Toronto Raptors.

Meeks went undrafted out of North Carolina.

Meeks averaged 12.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game as a senior for the Tar Heels. Meeks was on the NCAA Final Four All-Tournament Team.

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Rob Pelinka: Lakers 'Need Two Superstar Players To Come Here'

Jun 23, 2017 10:38 AM

The Los Angeles Lakers drafted Lonzo Ball this week while also freeing up cap space for the 2018 offseason by unloading the contract of Timofey Mozgov.

Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka are hoping to add two superstars to their core of Ball and Brandon Ingram with Paul George and LeBron James mentioned most frequently as potential free agents they sign.

"There's just a renewed energy around here," Rob Pelinka said. "We feel it in the offices every day. We felt through this draft process. I think clearly with Earvin's vision and just his persona, I think the organization is really taking on that positive joy that he seems to live with every day. I think players around the NBA feel that as well and are going to be attracted to that energy here.

"We know the goal here is to compete for championships. That's what we want to do. I think with the leading teams in the league today, we felt like, to be able to look them in the eye and challenge them, we need two superstar players to come here and join this platform and join our core group of players we now have. That's our plan, and we're going to put all of our energy and all of our hard work toward that."

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Dwyane Wade Still Exercising $23.8M Option With Bulls Despite Butler Trade

Jun 22, 2017 11:01 PM

Despite the Chicago Bulls' trade of Jimmy Butler on draft night, Dwyane Wade will stand by his decision to exercise his player option worth $23.8 million, sources tell Vincent Goodwill.

Wade signed a two-year deal with the Bulls last offseason in a surprising decision to part ways with the Miami Heat after 13 seasons.

Wade averaged 18.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.8 assists in 29.9 minutes per game in 60 appearances for Chicago.

Wade was almost certain to be unable to make up that money even over several seasons on the open market.

Brian Windhorst of ESPN reported Wade has already signed the paperwork on the player option.

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George Hill, Spurs Have Mutual Interest
George Hill has long been interest in returning to the Spurs and maintains a residence in San Antonio.

Jabari Young/San Antonio Express-News

Spurs Have 'Strong Interest' In Chris Paul, Derrick Rose
Derrick Rose would come at a significantly lower cost for the Spurs than Chris Paul.

Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

New Max Contracts Detailed At $99M Salary Cap For 17-18
With the NBA cap now estimated to be $99 million, the max salaries we penciled in for several 2017 free agents will now be lower.

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Grizzlies Extend $2.82M Qualifying Offer To JaMychal Green
JaMychal Green averaged 8.9 points and 7.1 rebounds with a PER of 13.5 during the 16-17 season.

RealGM Staff Report

Nuggets Tender Qualifying Offer To Mason Plumlee
Mason Plumlee will be a restricted free agent this offseason.

RealGM Staff Report

Nick Young Declines Player Option With Lakers
Nick Young has declined his player option with the Lakers for the 17-18 season to become a free agent.

Broderick Turner/Los Angeles Times

Rockets Looking To Unload Salary To Pursue Chris Paul, Griffin, Lowry, Millsap
The Rockets are shopping Ryan Anderson, Lou Williams and Patrick Beverley in hopes of clearing cap space for this summer's free agency class.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Hawks Seeking Paul Millsap Sign-And-Trade Interest From Suns, Kings, Nuggets
There was reportedly a revolt in the Hawks' locker room when they put Paul Millsap on the trading block in the middle of the season.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Langston Galloway To Decline $5.4M Player Option With Kings
Langston Galloway will have a $6.8 million cap hold and would become a restricted free agent if the Kings extend a $6.5 million qualifying offer.

Michael Scotto/Basketball Insiders

Greg Monroe To Exercise $17.9M Player Option With Bucks
Greg Monroe averaged 11.7 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 81 games for the Bucks this past season.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Dwyane Wade Exercises $23.8M Player Option With Bulls
Dwyane Wade was almost certain to be unable to make up that money even over several seasons on the open market.

Vincent Goodwill/CSN Chicago

Jimmy Butler, Dwyane Wade Prefer Bulls To Move On From Rajon Rondo
While Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade have no issue with Rondo personally, they would like the Bulls to have a point guard who could spread the floor.

Joe Cowley/Chicago Sun-Times

Rockets To Offer Full Four-Year $168M Extension To James Harden
The extension would give James Harden a starting salary of $37.5 million in 19-20.

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

David Lee To Decline $1.6M Option With Spurs
David Lee signed a two-year, $3.2 million deal with the Spurs last offseason.

Tom Orsborn/San Antonio Express News

Pau Gasol Declines $16.2M Option With Spurs, Intends To Re-Sign On Longer Deal
Pau Gasol's decision will presumably give the Spurs more cap space to operate in free agency.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Dwyane Wade Likely To Stay With Bulls On $24M Player Option
Dwyane Wade's decision on his player option will be made independent of whether they trade Jimmy Butler.

Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Aron Baynes Declines $6.5M Player Option With Pistons
The Pistons had anticipated Aron Baynes would become a free agent this offseason.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Rival Teams Have Been Told Kyle Lowry Has 'Zero Interest' In Re-Signing With Raptors
Rival teams were being told Kyle Lowry had "zero interest" in returning to Toronto as recently as mid-May.

Bruce Arthur/Toronto Star

Knicks Had Opportunity To Sign Chris Paul If Not For Alienation Of Carmelo
Chris Paul may stay with the Clippers if only because there isn't a perfect alternative for him.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Pacers Had Interest In Jrue Holiday, Danilo Gallinari
Kevin Pritchard was attempting to clear cap space to pursue free agents.

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