May 2021 Basketball Wiretap

Lakers Still Consider Andre Drummond Part Of Long-Term Future

May 31, 2021 3:39 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers signed Andre Drummond after he was bought out by the Cleveland Cavaliers and they would like to keep him long-term despite their cap limitations.

"They have been so committed to him being the ceremonial starter," said Dave McMenamin of Drummond on The Lowe Post. "And obviously he gets more than just ceremonial minutes. That seems to be something that is important to Drummond, which makes it important to the Lakers' front office because they have signaled to everyone listening, 'This isn't just a half a season buyout market rental. Andre Drummond is part of the future moving forward with this franchise.'

"That's always a tough one though. When you are trying to make moves to think about the future rather than win in the moment, it's hard to do both simultaneously as well as you possibly can."

The Lakers would need to use the taxpayer's Mid-Level Exception to sign Drummond in the offseason. The Lakers also have Marc Gasol and Montrezl Harrell at center while Anthony Davis typically plays center in their best lineups. 

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Kendrick Nunn Could Receive Offers In $15M Per Year Range

May 29, 2021 1:32 AM

Kendrick Nunn could receive offers around the $15 million per year range, sources told John Hollinger of The Athletic.

Hollinger adds that Duncan Robinson could get even larger offers this offseason.

Both Nunn and Robinson are restricted free agents with a $4.4 million cap hold.

Nunn is averaging 14.6 points and 3.2 rebounds on the season, with Robinson at 13.1 points and 3.5 rebounds. 

John Hollinger/The Athletic

Tags: Duncan Robinson, Kendrick Nunn, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor

Mavericks Confident Of Odds To Re-Sign Tim Hardaway Jr.

May 27, 2021 3:18 PM

The Dallas Mavericks have confidence in their ability to re-sign Tim Hardaway Jr. during his free agency this offseason, sources tell Marc Stein of the New York Times.

Hardaway averaged 24.5 points during the Mavericks' pair of road wins at the Los Angeles Clippers.

Hardaway averaged 16.6 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 28.4 minutes per game this season for the Mavericks.

The New York Knicks signed Hardaway to a four-year, $71 million deal during the 2017 offseason and he was subsequently traded to the Mavericks in 2019 as part of the Kristaps Porzingis deal.

Marc Stein/New York Times

Tags: Tim Hardaway Jr., Dallas Mavericks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Warriors 'Pretty Confident' In Odds Of Signing Stephen Curry To Extension

May 24, 2021 2:34 PM

The Golden State Warriors hope to sign Stephen Curry to a contract extension this offseason.

Curry helped carry the Warriors to the Play-In tournament and will finish no worse than third.

"I feel pretty confident we'll get something done," said Bob Myers on an extension.

Curry is currently on schedule to be a free agent in 2022.

Curry could sign a four-year, $217 million extension this offseason.

Connor Letourneau/San Francisco Chronicle

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Lauri Markkanen 'Privately' Prefers To Play For Mavs Next Season

May 22, 2021 4:19 PM

Lauri Markkanen reportedly wants to play for the Dallas Mavericks next season, sources told Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times.

"The one place he privately wants to land is with the Mavericks, joining guard Luka Doncic and big man Kristaps Porzingis. The Mavericks will have serious cap room this offseason and were in the middle of the pack in three-point shooting, but Markkanen and Porzingis might be too similar in terms of their skills for that to happen," writes Cowley.

Markkanen will be a restricted free agent this summer.

Markkanen averaged 13.6 points and 5.3 rebounds this season, both career lows. 

Joe Cowley/Chicago Sun-Times

Tags: Lauri Markkanen, Dallas Mavericks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor

Mitch Kupchak: Hornets Looking To Add 'Center, Or Several Centers'

May 22, 2021 1:05 PM

Mitch Kupchak said that the Charlotte Hornets were looking to add at least one center this offseason.

“You’d love to get some rim protection, some better rebounding,” said Kupchak.

Kupchak added that it would be a "stretch" for Vernon Carey and Nick Richards to compete for the position next season.  

Daniel Theis could be a possibility for the Hornets, according to Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer. 

Rick Bonnell/The Charlotte Observer

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Kyle Lowry Discusses Priorities Ahead Of Free Agency

May 19, 2021 5:04 PM

Kyle Lowry will be a free agent this offseason and his future with the Toronto Raptors is incredibly uncertain after he was nearly traded at the deadline. 

“Money talks, and years talk, and all that stuff,” Lowry said Tuesday. “Let’s be real. I play this game for the love of the game, but at the end of the day, I want to make sure my family is still taken care of for generations and the time to come. Even though they are now, I wanna continue to be able to do that for my family, and when I pass away, (their families). And then (I want to) be able to give back to the communities that I support and give back to the things that I love, and to continue to build my brand as an ownership-type person, entrepreneurship-type things.”

The Miami Heat, Dallas Mavericks and New York Knicks are likely the only three teams with the requisite cap space and roster fit to sign Lowry outright. 

Lowry believes the Raptors could become title contenders again. 

“I think the organization, the team, is still there,” Lowry said. “It still can play at a championship level. It needs to add a couple of pieces here and there, but with the leadership and the coaching staff and the players that the team has, it’s not far off. And there’s only one champion. Every year there’s only one champion. Only one team can get to that level and I think the leadership of the organization and the players, they’re in good hands.”

Eric Koreen/The Athletic

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Jarrett Allen Could Sign $100M+ Extension With Cavaliers

May 19, 2021 2:14 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers are expected to sign Jarrett Allen to a contract extension worth $100 million or more, according to Terry Pluto of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. 

Allen is eligible for an extension this offseason and would otherwise become a restricted free agent in 2022.

Allen averaged 13.2 points, 9.9 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.4 blocks in 30.3 minutes over 51 games with the Cavaliers following his trade from the Brooklyn Nets. 

Terry Pluto/Cleveland Plain Dealer

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Al-Farouq Aminu To Exercise $10.2M Option With Bulls For 21-22

May 18, 2021 2:05 PM

Al-Farouq Aminu intends to exercise his $10.2 million player option for the 21-22 season with the Chicago Bulls.

The Bulls acquired Aminu as part of the Nikola Vuceivc trade at the deadline with the Chicago Bulls.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

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Woj: 'Hard To See' Chris Paul Leave Suns In Offseason

May 17, 2021 7:50 PM

Chris Paul could become a free agent this offseason if he declines his 21-22 player option with the Phoenix Suns. Paul could also do an extension beyond the 21-22 season.

"It certainly seems to me it's hard to see him go somewhere else," said Adrian Wojnarowski.

"He wanted to be there. He had to convince Phoenix a little bit that they were ready for him."

Wojnarowski also mentioned that the New York Knicks could be a "leverage point" for Paul in any potential negotiations with the Suns. The Knicks are run by Paul's former agent Leon Rose and they both have cap space and a need for point guard.

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Bulls, Knicks Interested In Lonzo Ball In Restricted Free Agency

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Heat Sign Omer Yurtseven

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Rockets Sign Cam Reynolds For Remainder Of Season

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Heat Want Udonis Haslem Back As Player Next Season

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Julius Randle: I Want To Retire As A New York Knick

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Warriors To Sign Gary Payton II For Remainder Of Season

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Bucks Sign Elijah Bryant

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Juan Toscano-Anderson Signs Two-Year Contract With Warriors

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Zach LaVine Might Take Slight Discount To Help Bulls Build Out Roster

Joe Cowley/Chicago Sun-Times

Grizzlies Concerned About Durability Of Jaren Jackson Jr.

Marc Berman/New York Post

Bucks Waive Rodions Kurucs

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Terence Davis Sees His Future With Kings Ahead Of Restricted Free Agency

Jason Anderson/Sacramento Bee

Magic Sign Ignas Brazdeikis For Remainder Of Season

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76ers Sign Gary Clark To Two-Way Deal

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Rockets Sign Khyri Thomas To 10-Day Contract

Kelly Iko, Alykhan Bijani/The Athletic

Magic To Sign Admiral Schofield To 10-Day Contract

Josh Robbins, Shams Charania/The Athletic

Naji Marshall, Pelicans Agree To Three-Year, $5.3M Deal

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Julius Randle, Knicks Plan To Discuss Extension In Offseason

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Thunder Sign Charlie Brown To 2nd 10-Day Contract

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Luca Vildoza Agrees To Four-Year, $13.6M Non-Guaranteed Deal With Knicks

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