Basketball Wiretap

Nikola Milutinov Signs Three-Year Deal With CSKA

Jun 2, 2020 4:17 PM

Nikola Milutinov has signed a three-year contract with CSKA Moscow.

Milutinov was a first round pick by the San Antonio Spurs in 2015.

Milutinov had spent the previous five seasons with Olympiacos. 

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: San Antonio Spurs, CSKA Moscow, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, International, International Teams

Jerami Grant Expects To Decline $9.3M Player Option For 20-21 With Nuggets

Jun 1, 2020 12:20 PM

Jerami Grant has a $9.3 million player option for the 20-21 season with the Denver Nuggets that he revealed he expects to decline to become a free agent.

Grant was asked how the suspension of the NBA season due to COVID-19 might impact his free agency decision.

“A hundred percent, a hundred percent, I’m not going to sit up here and lie," said Grant. "Being a potential free agent, I gotta play offense. So being a potential free agent this upcoming summer… me playing to the level I’ve been playing has surprised a lot of people… I definitely think about trying to figure out what I’m going to do next season, whether it’s come back or not.

It’s tough though… It’s tough with all this going on. It’s hard to even gauge what’s going on. The salary cap might drop… It might drop a lot, it might drop a little bit. So I think everything just kind of hangs in the balance of what the owners want to do, what the NBA’s doing, with the rest of the season.”

Grant signed a three-year, $27.3 million contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2018.

“I’m definitely not leaning towards picking up the player option," said Grant to Chris Haynes. "Like you said, I feel like I definitely outplayed the $9 million that I’m making each year right now. But at the same time… I’d love to come to a conclusion or something like that with Denver, it just depends what we discuss and negotiate when the time comes.”

Chris Haynes/Yahoo! Sports (via Quenton S. Albertie/NuggLove)

Tags: Jerami Grant, Denver Nuggets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Lauri Markkanen Wants To Sign Extension With Bulls

May 26, 2020 10:28 AM

The future of Lauri Markkanen with the Chicago Bulls has been an uncertain question as he becomes eligible for an extension this offseason.

The Bulls changed over their front office by hiring Arturas Karnisovas, so Markkanen will also be judged by a new regime.

Markkanen went on the record, however, by indicating his interest in remaining with the Bulls.

“I want to stay in Chicago and sign an extension (with the Bulls), no question. I love this city,” said Markkanen.

Markkanen is excited for Chicago's changes.

“Their work speaks for itself. I can’t describe how excited I am.”

Josh Jeffares/On Tap Sports Net

Tags: Lauri Markkanen, Chicago Bulls, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

John Collins Wants To Stay With Hawks, Feels He's In Conversation For Max

May 15, 2020 11:07 AM

John Collins will be eligible for a rookie extension this offseason and his future with the Atlanta Hawks remains uncertain.

“When we’re talking max numbers and money, I feel like I definitely (am in) the conversation to have earned that money with the Hawks specifically, but obviously I know there’s business and we don’t always get exactly what we want,” Collins said. “But I want to be a Hawk, I want to stay with the Hawks."

Collins will be a restricted free agent in 2021 if he doesn't sign an extension.

“I feel like we’ve both invested ourselves in each other… I feel like we both want to see our investments in each other pay off. In that sense, I just want to know where I am. I want to know I’m locked in as soon as I can rather than having to wait, which I know happens, but when you do wait, a lot of other stuff mentally creeps in during the season while I’m tired, while I’m playing, ups and downs, injuries, but that’s also a part of just being a pro athlete.”

As a team, the Hawks struggled during the 19-20 season, but Collins believes they're close to breaking through.

“I want them to know we’re not as far away as you think,” Collins said. 

Sarah K. Spencer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Tags: John Collins, Atlanta Hawks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Warriors Have Been Preparing For Years To Pursue Giannis Antetokounmpo

May 7, 2020 4:57 PM

The Golden State Warriors have been preparing for years to pursue Giannis Antetokounmpo, according to a source. The Warriors similarly planned for multiple years to pursue Kevin Durant as a free agent in 2016.

Antetokounmpo can sign a supermax extension with the Bucks in 2020, or opt for free agency in 2021.

League sources also believe Antetokounmpo would want to leave the Bucks if he loses confidence in the franchise's capacity to win championships. The Bucks had the NBA's best record when the season was suspended in March.

The Warriors' best chance of acquiring Antetokounmpo would likely come through a trade. 

ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne said on “The Jump” in September that Golden State has “always been the big threat” to the Bucks in the Antetokounmpo sweepstakes.

Connor Letourneau/San Francisco Chronicle

Tags: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Golden State Warriors, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor