March 2021 Basketball Wiretap

DeMarcus Cousins To Sign 10-Day Contract With Clippers

Mar 31, 2021 11:37 AM

The Los Angeles Clippers plan to sign DeMarcus Cousins to a 10-day contract. Cousins will give the Clippers additional depth at center behind Ivica Zubac and Serge Ibaka.

Cousins will have to clear the NBA's health and safety protocols before signing the deal.

The Houston Rockets waived Cousins in late February.

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Alize Johnson, Nets Agree To 2nd 10-Day Contract

Mar 30, 2021 5:49 PM

The Brooklyn Nets will sign Alize Johnson to a second 10-day contract.

Johnson's original 10-day contract expires on Wednesday.

Johnson scored 23 points to go with 15 rebounds in 33 minutes in his one appearance with the Nets to date.

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Marc Gasol Will Lose Starting Job To Andre Drummond, Lakers Unlikely To Waive Him

Mar 30, 2021 4:12 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers are expected to start Andre Drummond at center over Marc Gasol, sources tell Jovan Buha of The Athletic.

Frank Vogel declined to go into any detail about any conversations the Lakers had with Drummond about his role before they signed him.

“I have talked to him personally,” Vogel said. “He’s really excited about this situation. I don’t want to go too far into the nature of those private conversations other than to say that he’s really excited — probably excited as we are. I think our team got a lot better.”

Either way, Drummond is expected to receive less playing time and touches with the Lakers than he did with the Cleveland Cavaliers. 

Gasol is unlikely to be waived by the Lakers, sources tell The Athletic. 

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Bulls Would Need To Do Renegotiation And Extend To Sign Zach LaVine Long-Term In 2021

Mar 30, 2021 3:05 PM

Zach LaVine will be a free agent in 2022 and the Chicago Bulls are limited in what they can offer him in an extension due to his four-year, $78 million deal. LaVine is making $19.5 million this season and will make $19.5 million the next.

"Because of that contract, because they can only build off that [$19.5 million] number, even if he wants to extend, he can only extend for four years and $105 million, which would be tens of millions of dollars less than his maximum salary," said Brian Windhorst on his podcast. "So I think it is unlikely LaVine extends this summer. Unless... Unless, the Bulls do a renegotiation and extend.

"This is rare in the NBA. You take salary cap space and instead of spending it on a free agent, you give it to a guy currently under contract and boost his salary up. So if he's scheduled to make $19.5 million next year. Let's say the Bulls had $10 million in salary cap space, they could him that extra $10 million, bump up his salary to $29 million and then extend off that. They could give him four years off of that. Now, you're talking about a contract in the $150 million to $160 million range. It would be a $40 million to $50 million difference."

Windhorst also referenced how Jimmy Butler wanted the Minnesota Timberwolves to do this for him in 2018.

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Lakers Offered Dennis Schroder Full Amount Allowed On Extension

Mar 30, 2021 2:02 PM

Dennis Schroder is scheduled to become a free agent with the Los Angeles Lakers this offseason and he appears unlikely to sign an extension during the season.

A report before the deadline indicated the Lakers and Schroder were far apart on extension talks.

"What is going to happen with Dennis Schroder and the Lakers long-term here?" said Brian Windhorst on his podcast. "They were absolutely offering him for Kyle Lowry last week. And here's the thing: so Schroder became eligible to sign a contract extension in late February, so at least a month now. From what I understand, they've had contract talks and they couldn't agree to an extension. Now, the most that Schroder could extend for under his current contract, because when you extend a contract, you're under some limit on how much you can get a raise. The maximum he can sign for is four years and $84 million if he totally maxes out what he's able to do on an extension. That is very close to the contract Fred VanVleet signed with the Toronto Raptors last offseason."

The Lakers may have already offered Schroder the full amount allowed on an extension.

"What I've been told and this rumor is pretty widely out there so I doubt it's very surprising, is that the Lakers did indeed offer him that $84 million over four years. Now, this is where we get in a gray area. Was it fully guaranteed? Was it partially guaranteed? Were there incentives? Blah, blah, blah. But I believe he was offered a contract in that realm and he said 'no' to that extension. And the Lakers subsequently offered him in trade for Kyle Lowry.

"What does this mean for Schroder coming out of this season? There is not going to be a deep free agent market for point guards. There are going to be a number of teams out there who need to sign them."

Marc Stein of the New York Times also reported on Tuesday that Schroder rejected a four-year deal worth approximately $80 million.

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Evan Fournier Not Ready To Think About Free Agency With Celtics

Mar 30, 2021 1:48 PM

While Danny Ainge expressed optimism of the Boston Celtics' ability to re-sign Evan Fournier this offseason, the newly acquired wing isn't ready to talk about his free agency.

“Obviously yes but that’s not my focus at all, to be honest,” Fournier said. “My focus right now is just to learn the plays, learn how to play with my teammate, and win games. Obviously, if I can have success here and help the team win and have an impact on winning, that’s too forward. I like to stay in the present, stay in the moment. Just help the team win tonight.”

“We had an obvious need for another wing that can do what he does, and we’re fortunate he’s with us, and he’s on our team,” Brad Stevens said. “So I got a chance to go over to the gym yesterday while he was shooting around when we got back and then this morning we went through some stuff prior to our shoot around, we shot around as a team for 30 minutes, so he’s gotten the crash course in a very short amount of time.

“He’s a veteran. He’s been there, done that. He’s played against us, you know, tons of times, probably knows our plays as well as anybody, and certainly we just want him to play to his strengths and not worry about anything else.”

Tom Westerholm/Boston Globe

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Jeff Teague Agrees To Sign With Bucks

Mar 29, 2021 5:19 PM

Jeff Teague has agreed to sign with the Milwaukee Bucks.

Teague was traded by the Boston Celtics to the Orlando Magic at the deadline and subsequently waived.

Teague previously played for Mike Budenholzer with the Atlanta Hawks.

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Lakers To Pursue 3-And-D Wing For Final Roster Spot

Mar 29, 2021 1:33 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers are expected to pursue a 3-and-D wing with their final available roster spot, sources tell The Athletic.

The Lakers signed Andre Drummond on Sunday to bolster their frontcourt.

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Thunder Waive Austin Rivers, Bucks Leaders To Sign Rivers

Mar 28, 2021 1:06 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder waived Austin Rivers, sources told Shams Charania of The Athletic.

The Bucks are reportedly in the lead to sign Rivers once he clears waivers, with mutual interest on both sides. 

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Lakers Are 'Strong Frontrunner' To Sign Andre Drummond

Mar 27, 2021 7:54 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers are a "strong frontrunner" to sign Andre Drummond, sources told Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Lakers players have been recruiting Drummond, who has an opportunity to start at center. 

Drummond is reportedly close to finalizing his decision. 

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Pistons Expected To Sign Tyler Cook To Second 10-Day Contract

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Grizzlies Waive Gorgui Dieng

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Cam Reynolds Agrees To 10-Day Deal With Spurs

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Dennis Schroder, Lakers Remain Far Apart On Extension Negotiations

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LaMarcus Aldridge To Talk With Heat, Lakers, Clippers, Nets

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Andre Drummond To Meet With Knicks, Lakers, Clippers, Celtics, Hornets

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Osahe Brissett Agrees To 10-Day Contract With Pacers

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Thunder Waive Meyers Leonard

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LaMarcus Aldridge, Spurs Agree To Contract Buyout

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T.J. Warren Out For Remainder Of Season

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Kings To Release Jabari Parker

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Knicks Considered 'Serious Potential Destination' For Andre Drummond

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John Collins Still Prefers To Re-Sign With Hawks

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J.J. Redick Likely To Be Bought Out By Pelicans, Sign With East Coast Team

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

Kyle Lowry Seeking Two-Year, $50M Extension From Potential New Team

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GM: Kyle Lowry's Free Agency Is Happening Right Now

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Execs Expect Andre Drummond To Sign With Lakers After Buyout

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Pistons, Raptors, Spurs, Wizards Expected To Pursue Jarrett Allen In Restricted Free Agency

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Cavaliers Sign Quinn Cook To 2nd 10-Day Contract

RealGM Staff Report

Execs Expect Norm Powell To Receive $20M Per Season In Free Agency

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