July 2021 Basketball Wiretap

Rodney Hood, Raptors Agree To Push Guarantee Date Back To August 3rd

Jul 27, 2021 2:09 PM

The Toronto Raptors and Rodney Hood have agreed to push his contract guarantee date back to August 3rd. Hood's guarantee was originally scheduled for July 27th.

Hood is currently due $10.85 million for 21-22 and pushing back the guarantee allows them to potentially move him in a trade.

The Raptors are expected to explore sign-and-trade scenarios involving Kyle Lowry.

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Knicks To Pursue Kyle Lowry, Spencer Dinwiddie, Evan Fournier

Jul 27, 2021 1:55 PM

The New York Knicks are considering a push to sign Spencer Dinwiddie in free agency, but will also pursue Evan Fournier and Kyle Lowry.

The Knicks plan on offering Lowry a two-year contract in the $20 million to $30 million per year range.

Dinwiddie declined his player option for $12.3 million with the Brooklyn Nets. Dinwiddie has also been linked with the New Orleans Pelicans, Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers. Dinwiddie will seek $25 million per season in free agency.

Fournier is seeking approximately $18 million per season after finishing last season with the Boston Celtics. 

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Tags: Spencer Dinwiddie, Kyle Lowry, Evan Fournier, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Kyle Lowry Seeking Three-Year, $90M Deal

Jul 27, 2021 1:52 PM

Kyle Lowry is seeking a three-year, $90 million contract in free agency, sources tell Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia inquirer.

The New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas Mavericks, New Orleans Pelicans, Philadelphia 76ers and Miami Heat are expected to pursue Lowry in free agency. The 76ers, Heat and Lakers sought a trade for Lowry at last season's deadline and he then sought a two-year extension worth at least $25 million per year.

The 76ers and Lakers would need to acquire Lowry via a sign-and-trade deal. Ben Simmons makes $33 million next season, which would help the 76ers and Toronto Raptors facilitate a deal. 

“If there’s a sign-and-trade [with the Sixers] that can be done that can get him there, and he gets $25 to $30 million, he will consider it,” a source said.

The Knicks are believed to be preparing a two-year deal between $20 million and $30 million per season. 


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Tags: Kyle Lowry, Dallas Mavericks, Miami Heat, New Orleans Pelicans, New York Knicks, Philadelphia Sixers, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Mavericks Abandon Kawhi Leonard Plans, Will Focus On Kyle Lowry, Tim Hardaway Jr.

Jul 27, 2021 1:41 PM

The Dallas Mavericks were expected to wait to see if Kawhi Leonard might give any indication he would be willing to leave the Los Angeles Clippers before using their cap space elsewhere, but they have moved off those plans.

The focus of the Mavericks will be to sign Kyle Lowry in free agency and then re-sign Tim Hardaway Jr.

Hardaway was included in the Kristaps Porzingis trade in 2019 and had an outstanding 20-21 season with the Mavericks.

Dallas will face completion for Lowry from the Miami Heat Heat, New Orleans Pelicans and Philadelphia 76ers. 

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Tags: Kyle Lowry, Kawhi Leonard, Tim Hardaway Jr., Dallas Mavericks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Bryn Forbes Declines $2.5M Player Option With Bucks

Jul 27, 2021 11:05 AM

Bryn Forbes is declining his $2.5 million player option for the 21-22 season with the Milwaukee Bucks to become an unrestricted free agent.

Forbes shot 45.2 percent on three-pointers last season.

For the regular season, Forbes averaged 10 points in 19 minutes a game. Forbes signed a two-year deal with the Bucks last offseason with a player option for 21-22.

Milwaukee can offer Forbes $2.8 million or use up to $5.9 million of taxpayer midlevel exception. 

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Mavericks To Pursue Kyle Lowry, Mike Conley Jr.

Jul 27, 2021 10:51 AM

The Dallas Mavericks have shown interest in both Kyle Lowry and Mike Conley Jr., sources tell Brian Windhorst of ESPN.

The Mavericks would like to ease the ball handling and playmaking burden on Luka Doncic.

Lowry is expected to be one of the most coveted free agents on the market who will be able to pick of money, title contention and situation.

Conley will be a free agent after two seasons with the Utah Jazz. The Jazz would like to re-sign Conley but they have luxury tax concerns. League executives, however, tell ESPN that Conley is most likely to stay with the Jazz.

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Tags: Mike Conley, Kyle Lowry, Dallas Mavericks, Toronto Raptors, Utah Jazz, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Derrick Jones Jr. Picks Up $9.7M Player Option With Blazers

Jul 26, 2021 10:21 PM

Derrick Jones Jr. will pick up his $9.7 million player option for the 21-22 season with the Portland Trail Blazers. 

Jones signed a two-year, $19 million deal with the Blazers during the 2020 offseason, leaving the Miami Heat.

Jones averaged 6.8 points and 3.5 rebounds in 22.7 minutes per game for Portland while staring 43 of his 58 games.

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Raptors Extend Qualifying Offers To Gary Trent Jr, Nando De Colo

Jul 26, 2021 4:02 PM

The Toronto Raptors have extended qualifying offers to guards Gary Trent Jr. and Nando De Colo. Both players will now be restricted free agents when free agency opens on August 2.

Toronto acquired Trent from the Portland Trail Blazers at the 2021 trade deadline in exchange for Norman Powell. Because Trent met starter criteria, he was eligible for an increased qualifying offer. Trent's qualifying offer and cap hold will be $4.7 million.

De Colo hasn't played for Toronto since the end of the 2013-14 season. He's played overseas in Russia and Turkey for the past seven seasons, as well as being a mainstay on the French national team. The Raptors have issued qualifying offers to De Colo in each offseason since 2014. This allows Toronto to maintain match rights, should De Colo ever return to the NBA.

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Tags: Gary Trent, Jr., Nando De Colo, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Pistons Extend Qualifying Offers To Hamidou Diallo, Frank Jackson

Jul 26, 2021 2:36 PM

The Detroit Pistons have extended qualifying offers to Hamidou Diallo and Frank Jackson, sources told James Edwards III of The Athletic.

Detroit acquired Diallo from the Oklahoma City Thunder at the 2021 trade deadline. Jackson joined the Pistons on a Two-Way contract in late-December after being waived by the Thunder.

Both Diallo and Jackson will now be restricted free agents. As restricted free agents, Detroit retains the right to match any offer sheet either player may sign. Diallo's qualifying offer projects to be $2.1 million. Jackson's qualifying offer projects to be $1.7 million.

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Raptors Expected To Pursue Jarrett Allen

Jul 25, 2021 1:36 PM

The Toronto Raptors are expected to pursue Jarrett Allen in restricted free agency. The Raptors previously pursued a trade for Allen.

Allen and the Cleveland Cavaliers have mutual interest on agreeing to a deal in free agency. The Cavaliers acquired Allen as part of the four-team James Harden trade.

Allen averaged 13.2 points, 9.9 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 51 games for the Cavaliers.

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LiAngelo Ball To Sign With Hornets For Summer League

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JaMychal Green Declines $7.6M Player Option With Nuggets

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Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Spencer Dinwiddie Interested In Joining Lakers

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Lakers Extend $1.9M Qualifying Offer To Talen Horton-Tucker

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Hawks Extend Qualifying Offer To John Collins

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Reggie Bullock To Receive Interest From Knicks, Celtics, 76ers, Lakers

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Chris Paul Rules Out Retiring This Offseason

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Norman Powell Declines $11.6 M Player Option With Blazers

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Pelicans Plan To Pursue Kyle Lowry

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Will Barton Declines $14.7M Player Option With Nuggets

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Bulls Agree To Contract With Marko Simonovic

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Nets, Mavs, Raptors, Hornets Interested In Nerlens Noel

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Dennis Schroder Seeks Bigger Role, Payday Than Lakers Appear Willing To Provide

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Lakers Seeking 'Difference-Making Playmaker' To Unlock Small Ball Lineups

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Pelicans Unlikely To Match If Lonzo Ball Signs Significant Offer Sheet

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Mavs, Heat, Spurs, Wolves Interested In John Collins

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LeBron James Would Like To Play At Least Four More Seasons, Finish Career With Lakers

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Matthew Dellavedova Agrees To Sign With Melbourne United

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Hawks Will Try To Keep John Collins In Restricted Free Agency

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Jazz 'Will Make Every Attempt' To Re-Sign Mike Conley

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