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Sean Marks Looking Forward To Meeting With Kyrie Irving To See If It's 'Right Fit For Both Sides'

May 18, 2022 11:00 AM

Sean Marks said the Brooklyn Nets haven't had conversations with Kyrie Irving about an extension.

Irving has a $36.9 million player option for the 22-23 season that he's expected to decline. Irving is eligible for a four-year, $182. million deal if he signs elsewhere. 

“I look forward to [it],” Marks told YES Network. “We have not had a conversation yet. So I look forward to getting in a room with him and Joe [Tsai] and his team, and we will. We’ll see what it looks like for Kyrie moving forward here, and what he needs from us and so forth.

“So, again, it wouldn’t be right for me to comment on what hypothetical could happen, because we don’t know. We haven’t had those conversations with Kyrie yet. But when they do, we’ll see if it’s the right fit for both sides.”

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Tags: Kyrie Irving, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Derrick Favors Opts Into $10.2M Option With Thunder

May 17, 2022 12:16 PM

Derrick Favors has opted into his $10.2 million player option for the 22-23 season with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Favors signed a three-year, $27 million deal with the Utah Jazz during the 2020 season.

The Jazz traded a first round pick in 2024 to the Thunder in order to unload Favors.

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Deandre Ayton 'Going To Get A Max Contract Somewhere'

May 16, 2022 10:14 PM

Deandre Ayton will be a restricted free agent this offseason after the Phoenix Suns were unable to sign him to an extension.

"Going into this season, Deandre Ayton did not feel valued by this Phoenix organization," said Adrian Wojnarowski on Monday. "They were not able to come to an agreement on a rookie extension. He saw many of the top players of his class get extensions. He wanted a max deal. He would not move off that.

"So now he moves toward restricted free agency this summer where now he'll have some more options. But ultimately Phoenix can still match an offer out there and keep him if he signs an offer sheet with another team."

Teams with cap space could pursue Ayton, but the Suns could also participate in a sign-and-trade. The future of Ayton with the Suns was already tenuous, but his confrontation with Monty Williams during Game 7 casts further doubt on the situation. 

"You're going to look at the teams with cap space. Let's say for example Oklahoma City, a San Antonio, Portland. Teams that can create enough cap space to go out and sign him. But also the discussions of a sign-and-trade...

"If Phoenix decides they want to get assets back for Deandre Ayton. They don't want to match an offer sheet and either decide to pay him that max, or allow him to leave for nothing, which I think is what they won't do. There will be a lot of conversations around the league. 

"Deandre Ayton is going to get a max contract in the marketplace somewhere. Phoenix really has to look at the allocation financially of how they want to distribute salaries. 

"The relationship with Monty Williams had been one of the real benefits. I think their ability to work together and build a relationship. It will be interesting how that season ended impacts this. It will really be one of the stories of this offseason because there are a lot of teams figuring out how to acquire [Ayton]."

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Tags: Deandre Ayton, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Chris Paul Won't Retire In Offseason, Quad Injury Issue During Playoffs Leaks

May 16, 2022 8:00 AM

Chris Paul confirmed he won't retire this offseason after the Phoenix Suns' disappointing Game 7 loss to the Dallas Mavericks in the Western Conference Semifinals.

"You play long enough and you don't win, every time you lose, they're going to say it was your best chance," said Paul. "But I think for me, us, it's we'll be right back next year. I'll tell you that much.

"I'm not retiring tomorrow, thank God. Hopefully, I'm healthy coming back. But I'm [going to] keep playing."

Paul re-signed with the Suns during the 2021 offseason on a four-year, $120 million that is partially guaranteed in Year 4.

Marc Spears of Andscape reported that Paul has a previously unreported quad injury. Paul didn't comment on the injury when asked after the game. 

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Deandre Ayton Limited To 17 Minutes After Confrontation With Monty Williams

May 16, 2022 7:57 AM

Deandre Ayton played just 17 minutes in the Phoenix Suns' 123-90 Game 7 elimination.

Ayton was removed from the game early in the third quarter and did not play again after a verbal confrontation with Monty Williams. 

"It's internal," said Williams when asked about Ayton's minutes after the game.

Ayton will be a restricted free agent this offseason after the Phoenix Suns were unable to sign him to a contract.

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76ers Plan To Re-Sign James Harden, Will Work With His Reps On Contract

May 13, 2022 3:45 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers plan on re-signing James Harden this offseason. The 76ers, however, may not simply offer Harden the full max. Harden has a $47.4 million player option with the 76ers though he can decline it and re-sign on a five-year, $270 million deal. Harden could also take less money, which could theoretically allow the 76ers to improve the roster around him.

"The plan is to have him back," said Daryl Morey. "That's been the plan since the trade. Obviously, we have to work with his representation, and that'll be between us to figure out how that works."

After forcing his way off the Brooklyn Nets in February with the 76ers giving up Ben Simmons, Seth Curry and multiple future first round picks, it is difficult to conceive of a scenario in which a rival team values Harden as much as they do. Harden struggled as a scorer during the playoffs, leading some to question whether he is worth a near max contract at his age. 

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Joel Embiid Critiques James Harden, Wishes Sixers Kept Jimmy Butler

May 13, 2022 1:05 PM

Joel Embiid spoke candidly about the state of the Philadelphia 76ers following their Game 6 elimination by the Miami Heat. For the second straight season and third time in four seasons, the Sixers were eliminated in the second round. 

"Since we got him, everybody expected the Houston James Harden," Embiid said. "But that's not who he is anymore. He's more of a playmaker. I thought, at times, he could have been, as all of us could have been, more aggressive. All of us whether it was Tyrese [Maxey] or Tobias [Harris] or guys coming off the bench.

"And I'm not just talking about offensively. I'm talking about, you know, as a whole offensively and defensively. I didn't think we were good defensively as a team. They took advantage of a lot of stuff that we tried to do defensively. And then offensively just really everybody being on the same page, obviously, only having probably what, three or four months to all work together and try to figure it out. Maybe it wasn't a lot of time. ... I don't think we played our best basketball."

Embiid also praised Jimmy Butler.

"Obviously, that's my guy," Embiid said. "That's my brother. Oh, man, it's tough. But I'm so proud of him. He's playing an unreal level right now. He's something else right now. I'm proud of him being at this level and carrying them and what he's been able to do. They've had ups and downs the whole season. Missing guys, not being healthy, and, they still found a way to be the No. 1 team in the East, and to be able to come in and do what they did, they deserve a lot of credit. They have a great team, great guys overall. And obviously great coaching and a great front offense. So a lot of credit to them.

"Like I said, I'm happy for him. I mean, I won't sit here and say I didn't wish he was my teammate. I still don't know how we let him go. I wish I could have gone to battle with him still. But it is what it is. I just gotta keep building and keep trying to reach that goal."

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Tags: Jimmy Butler, James Harden, Joel Embiid, Miami Heat, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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James Harden Says He'll Do 'Whatever It Takes To Help This Team' Following Sixers Elimination

May 13, 2022 1:39 AM

James Harden said he's willing to do "whatever it takes to help this team continue to grow" after the Philadelphia 76ers were eliminated from the Eastern Conference semifinals by the Miami Heat in 6 games.

Harden added "I'll be here" when asked if he would opt into his player option for next season.

It was reported earlier this month that Harden may not demand a max contract when he hits free agency. 

Harden would be eligible to sign a five-year, $270 million deal should he decline his player option. 

Harden scored 11 points on 4-of-9 shooting in Game 6.

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Zach LaVine 'Could Be In Play' In Free Agency

May 12, 2022 4:45 PM

Executives across the NBA have begun to think Zach LaVine could possibly leave the Chicago Bulls this offseason.

LaVine recently said he plans to "enjoy free agency" in what could be the final major contract of his career. LaVine was previously a restricted free agent and returned to the Bulls after they matched an offer sheet he signed with the Sacramento Kings.

"Zach LaVine gave an interesting interview," said Brian Windhorst. "Executives in the league kind of thought Zach LaVine was kind of off the market. [He] was going to stay in Chicago. They really thought that after Zach, at midseason, got checked out for three or four days in southern California. He left the team right before the All-Star break and had this cocktail of stuff done. He had PRP. He had the knee drained. He got a couple of things done. He pretty much admitted he probably needed knee surgery, but he was hoping that midseason refresh was going to help him get through the season.

"Executives in the league thought, 'well, if the Bulls and Zach are on the same page about him playing on a hurt knee, they must haven an understanding he's going to get a contract.'"

Windhorst added that the fifth-year Chicago could offer to LaVine would hold tremendous sway on his decision. The Bulls could sign LaVine to a five-year, $213 million deal. 

"That was the operating theory, at least amongst agents and executives that I talked to. But then Zach came out at the end of the season and he said, I'll just use this quote: 'I plan to enjoy free agency. We're going to have to experience A though Z without making any fast decisions. I think that's something me and agent Rich Paul are going to go through and experience.'

"Subsequently, as I've talked to league executives, there's now some belief and maybe only Zach knows, but there's some belief that Zach could be in play. That what a lot of people thought was a foregone conclusion of Zach staying in Chicago on whatever deal it was going to be might not be the case."

Windhorst later added that the Portland Trail Blazers are a team who could pursue LaVine with a max offer. The Detroit Pistons are another team who have been linked with LaVine. 

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Tags: Zach LaVine, Chicago Bulls, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Sean Marks: We're Looking For Guys Who Want To Play Team Basketball, Be Available

May 11, 2022 2:23 PM

Sean Marks was asked if the Brooklyn Nets are committed to Kyrie Irving.

"That's something we've been discussing and we will continue to debrief on and discuss this offseason," said Marks. "It's not just Kyrie. We have decisions to make on a variety of free agents throughout our roster.

"It would be unfair for me to comment on how it looks with us and Kyrie. To be quite frank, he has some decisions to make on his own. He has to look at what he's going to do on his player option...

"I think we know what we're looking for. We’re looking for guys that want to come in here and be something bigger than themselves, play selfless, play team basketball, and be available,” Marks said. “And that goes not only for Kyrie but for everybody here.”

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Knicks, Pistons, Pacers Expected To Pursue Jalen Brunson In Free Agency

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Robert Covington, Clippers Agree To Two-Year, $24M Extension

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James Harden May Take Less Than Max Deal With Sixers

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Pelicans Not Expected To Offer Fully Guaranteed Five-Year Max To Zion Williamson

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Zion Williamson On New Orleans: I Want To Be Here

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Zach LaVine Says 'I Plan To Enjoy Free Agency'

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Zion Williamson Intends To Sign Max Extension With Pelicans If Offered

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Nikola Jokic Plans To Sign Supermax With Nuggets In Offseason

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Pistons Hope To Sign Marvin Bagley To Three-Year Deal In Restricted Free Agency

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CJ McCollum Plans To Retire With Pelicans, Eligible For Extension On Aug. 9

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Cavs Would Like To Re-Sign Ricky Rubio

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Kyrie Irving Plans On Re-Signing With Nets, Managing Franchise With Durant, Tsai, Marks

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Mavericks Tried To Trade Jalen Brunson, Multiple Picks To Move Up To Select Tyrese Haliburton In Draft

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Rick Brunson: Ain't No Discount For Dallas To Keep Jalen Brunson

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