On Saturday, a number of top ten coin values from the likes of bitcoin cash, cardano and XRP have jumped massively in value. After an extended offseason, the new-look front office for the Chicago Bulls finally had a chance to add some players… Stay up-to-date with the latest news, trades, transactions and moves in this chaotic, compressed and consequential NBA offseason.
A number of crypto-asset markets saw significant gains on Saturday, as a myriad of digital assets spiked between 4-40% in value during the last 24 hours. The entire crypto market capitalization had risen above $540 billion, as top-ten coin values from the likes of bitcoin cash, cardano and XRP jumped massively in value.
On Saturday, November 21, 2020, the overall market valuation of all 7,000+ crypto-assets in existence is around $520 to $540 billion. At the time of publication, there’s also around $20 to $32 billion in global trade volume as well.
The top digital currency in terms of market cap, bitcoin (BTC) jumped over 1% today and coasted along at a daily high at $18,840 per unit. BTC’s modest gains today is nothing compared to a number of coins that have jumped significantly in value.
— Du’An Lightfoot (@labeveryday) November 21, 2020
The altcoin spark has caused a number of speculators to believe that a highly anticipated ‘altcoin season’ is looming on the horizon. For instance, the third-largest market cap today is held by XRP and the asset saw a 33%+ spike on Saturday driving the price up to $0.42 per unit high.
The second-largest crypto by market valuation, ethereum (ETH) traded for $540 per ether at its high and is still up over 4% today. Chainlink (LINK) jumped over 8% and LINK now trades at over $15 per coin. Litecoin (LTC) has seen a phenomenal week gaining 38% during the last seven days. LTC is up over 7% on Saturday afternoon (EST) and had traded at a daily high at $87.46 per coin.
#Altcoin season is back!!! 🌊
— Justin Nguyen (@justinizc00l) November 21, 2020
Bitcoin Cash (BCH) is up 14% this week and most of that stems from the 18%+ jump BCH experienced this Saturday. BCH is was swapping for $303 per coin, as the crypto asset crossed over the psychological $300 resistance zone. Currently, BCH is trading between $296 and $301 at the time of publication.
Polkadot (DOT) bounced 6.9% and the crypto asset BNB gained 5% on Saturday. The tenth position in terms of market cap, cardano (ADA), leaped over 17.6% this weekend and was trading at a $0.128 per unit daily high.
The biggest gainer on Saturday is crypto.com’s MCO coin, which gathered 109% in value and the biggest loser is indorse token (IND) which lost 59% today.
According to a number of posts on the Reddit forum r/cryptocurrency and trending conversations on Twitter, numerous individuals believe “altcoin season is back,” because of Saturday’s altcoin market performances. Other notable gainers today include; EOS (15%), XLM (20%), VET (19%), IOTA (19%), DOGE (18%), and ALGO (14%).
“November 2020: Official Altcoin Season Starts. Let the games begin,” tweeted the Twitter account ‘Cryptobud.’
What do you think about the altcoin performances this weekend? Let us know what you think about this subject in the comments section below.
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Bulls News: Latest Buzz on Wendell Carter Trade, Patrick Williams, More
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After an extended offseason, the new-look front office for the Chicago Bulls finally had a chance to add some players.
During the 2020 NBA draft, executive vice president of basketball operations Arturas Karnisovas led the charge to select Patrick Williams and Marko Simonovic. Shortly afterward, the Bulls signed a high-priority undrafted free agent.
The path to Chicago’s draft results may have involved a trade involving Wendell Carter Jr. and the Golden State Warriors. But either it didn’t happen, or the Bulls—wisely—aren’t willing to admit it.
That storyline leads off a review of a newsworthy week in Chicago.
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Leading up to the draft, Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer reported the Bulls had offered Wendell Carter Jr. and the No. 4 overall pick to the Golden State Warriors for the No. 2 selection.
Karnisovas denied the rumor, per K.C. Johnson of NBC Chicago, saying Chicago never considered trading up.
Might be true! Might not be. You’re welcome to adjust your tin-foil hat accordingly, if you’d like.
But it’s no surprise Karnisovas wouldn’t acknowledge if the Bulls had considered a trade. There is no upside to revealing Carter whether was on the trade block. He’s a third-year player who should play a key role next season. The 21-year-old Carter has averaged 10.8 points and 9.4 rebounds in 87 appearances.
Alienating a promising, young player is never a good idea, so Karnisovas handled this topic publicly as well as possible.
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Although the Bulls have a few quality pieces on the roster, they’re not built well enough to draft a specific position of need.
Williams gives them flexibility anyway.
“He’s a versatile defender who can guard one to five. I don’t even know what position he is,” Karnisovas said, according to Sam Smith of NBA.com. “If you watched Florida State games even after baskets he would be full-court pressing on guards. That’s a very unique skill for such an athletic and big player.”
“He can play one through five,” Karnisovas added of Williams offensively. He scored 9.2 points per game for FSU last season.
Chicago drafted Montenegrin center Marko Simonovic in the second round, but don’t expect to see him immediately. Darnell Mayberry of The Athletic noted Karnisovas said Simonovic will remain overseas “for at least a year.”
The 7-footer averaged 16.8 points and 8.0 rebounds for KK Mega Bemax (Mega Soccerbet) of the ABA League last year.
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While the Bulls shouldn’t have limited themselves to filling a specific role in the draft, they nevertheless have positions of need.
And the biggest one is point guard.
Moments after the draft concluded, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported the Bulls had signed Kansas standout Devon Dotson. Karnisovas confirmed the signing during his Thursday appearance on 670 The Score, according to Johnson.
Dotson averaged 18.1 points and 4.0 assists as a sophomore, landing second-team AP All-American honors.
Chicago recently declined to extend qualifying offers for Kris Dunn and Shaq Harrison. While the Bulls could bolster the position in free agency, Dotson has a path to minutes behind Tomas Satoransky and Ryan Arcidiacono as a rookie.
Author: David Kenyon
2020 NBA trade and free-agency tracker: Latest news and rumors
In this compressed NBA offseason, the moves and the news are coming fast and furious. Trades, draft capital (we’re looking at you Thunder and Pelicans), contract extensions. We’ve already seen Chris Paul, Jrue Holiday and Dennis Schröder on the move. Is James Harden next? You name it, it’s happening. Follow our great staff of news breakers, reporters and insiders all offseason for the latest breaking news and rumors.
More from Hollinger: What he’s hearing, plus analysis of free agent moves
Shams Charania: Free agent Serge Ibaka has agreed to a deal with the Los Angeles Clippers, sources tell The Athletic. Ibaka is signing a two-year deal with the Clippers, with a player option in second season, sources said.
Jovan Buha: Clippers land a 3-and-D big that can start or come off the bench, play the 4 or the 5 and instantly makes this offseason a success.
Shams Charania: Free agent Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has agreed to a three-year, $40M deal with the Lakers, Klutch Sports CEO Rich Paul tellsThird year for Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and the Lakers contains a partial guarantee, sources say. The deal gives him a $15M average salary over next two seasons and $68M guaranteed over five years — and last year’s championship ring soon.
Joe Vardon: Tristan Thompson is going to the Celtics on a two-year, $19 million deal, a source tells The Athletic. Meanwhile, the Boston Globe is reporting that Teague will sign a one-year deal.
Mike Vorkunov: Knicks get a center. Noel, a former Sixers lottery pick, was the backup in OKC the last two years. Will he back up Mitchell Robinson in NY? The deal was first reported by ESPN.
Shams Charania: The Golden State Warriors have applied for the Disabled Player Exception worth $9.3M due to the season-ending loss of Klay Thompson sources tell The Athletic. Also, ESPN is reporting free agent Brad Wanamaker is headed to Golden State on a one-year, $2.25 million deal.
Tim Cato: The Mavericks have agreed to terms on an Exhibit 10 deal with Devonte Patterson, SWAC player of the year out of Prairie View A&M. Also, ESPN is reporting that Wes Iwundu is joining the Mavericks on a two-year deal.
Shams Charania: One-year deal for Carmelo Anthony in Portland, sources tell The Athletic. Anthony wanted to show loyalty to the Trail Blazers, who gave him his opportunity to return to the NBA last season. He understands what to expect in Portland, where he will play a key role on a potential contender.
Jason Quick: What can Portland expect from Anthony over a full season?
The initial optics suggest that Anthony understands and has accepted a role as part of a crowded stable of forwards that includes Robert Covington, Zach Collins, Derrick Jones Jr. and Rodney Hood. Anthony has never come off the bench in his career, but at age 36, it appears he has embraced the idea. The Blazers love his locker room presence, his penchant for hitting pressure shots late in games and his ability to post smaller players. How much of a chance he gets to showcase those skills remains to be seen.
Shams Charania: Free agent Paul Millsap has agreed to a one-year, $10M-plus deal to return to the Denver Nuggets, his agent DeAngelo Simmons tells The Athletic. After receiving interest from over half of the league, Millsap returned to continue his Nuggets career –which began on a free-agent deal in 2017. Earlier, our Jared Weiss reported the Celtics were also showing strong interest in Millsap. The Celtics were looking to strengthen the roster in the wake of Gordon Hayward’s departure.
Shams Charania: Rajon Rondo has agreed to a two-year, $15M deal with Atlanta Hawks, sources tell The Athletic.
Chris Kirschner: Hawks shore up backcourt, and there’s still one major piece Atlanta can land
The Hawks’ backup point guard position was so abysmal last season that they traded for Jeff Teague a month before the trade deadline. Atlanta went into the season thinking Evan Turner was going to back up Young. That experiment failed almost instantaneously leaving them in dire straits. The Hawks had a putrid 95.7 offensive rating when Young sat.
While Teague provided some stability to the Hawks’ backcourt, he didn’t show enough in his 25-game stint though to warrant him returning as the backup point guard.
Enter 14-year veteran Rajon Rondo, who is now Young’s backup after agreeing to a two-year, $15-million deal, sources told The Athletic. His contract will not be official until noon on Sunday. It’s a somewhat surprising move for a non-contending team because Rondo was not good during the regular season for the Los Angeles Lakers last year. Los Angeles’ net rating of 7.1 decreased to 1.4 with Rondo in the lineup. He played a career-low 20.5 minutes per game and his points and assists totals per game were his lowest since his rookie season. His defensive intensity was inconsistent and he was a liability, at times, for the Lakers. Here’s how The Athletic’s John Hollinger described Rondo in his free agency rankings: “Rondo’s much larger regular-season sample was bad enough that the playoffs only increased his rating from “way below replacement” to “barely above replacement.”
Gordon Hayward, Charlotte Hornets agree to 4-year, $120 million deal: Sources
The Charlotte Hornets and Gordon Hayward have agreed to a new contract, Hayward’s agent announced on Twitter. Sources confirm to The Athletic that the deal is for four years, $120 million. The contract is fully guaranteed. Hayward, who played the last three seasons in Boston, chose not to exercise his 2020-21 player option worth $34.2 million, which made him a free agent. Hayward, 30, signed an offer sheet with Charlotte in 2014 as a restricted free agent, but the Jazz matched the offer and kept him in Utah.
David Aldridge, Joe Vardon, Sam Amick, John Hollinger: Gordon Hayward’s huge contract with Hornets: A really bad deal? Insiders weigh in
David Aldridge: Of course, it’s an overpay, and even moreso if the Hornets are going to have to stretch Nic Batum’s last year to have enough room to bring in Hayward. But people act like players and agents are lining up to come to Charlotte. They are not.
Joe Vardon: Michael is tired of losing. He watched his own doc at the outset of the pandemic, and was like, “winning is dope.” Gordon Hayward is a big name, once an All-Star, and with Kyrie Irving gone he started every game he played for the Celtics last season, averaging 17.5 points and a career-high 6.7 rebounds. I wouldn’t call him lightning quick, but he seemed to have recovered some of the speed that eluded him in his first year back from the devastating leg injury suffered in his first game as a Celtic in 2017.
Sam Amick: You could tell that MJ and Hornets GM Mitch Kupchak were getting itchy for a splashy/risky/expensive move when the rumors spread about their possible involvement in a Russell Westbrook trade. If they hadn’t been able to land LaMelo Ball on draft night, there was a strong sense that they’d look harder at the prospect of taking on the Houston point guard’s $130 million deal (over the next three seasons).
Alas, Ball is in Charlotte and now Hayward is the one to whom their fate is largely tied in these next few years.
John Hollinger: Of course they overpaid! Didn’t we already go through this with Nic Batum? Hayward is 30 and hasn’t been nearly as good since leaving Utah. They’ll be paying him over $30 million dollars when he’s 34 years old in 2023-24, and this contract is bad enough that it will have little trade value. Not the best way to conduct a rebuild.
Jay King: Gordon Hayward is gone. Where do the Celtics go from here?
The Hornets. Gordon Hayward chose the Hornets.
In a surprising twist to anyone expecting Hayward to land on a proven winner, the former All-Star agreed Saturday to a four-year, $20 million contract with the Hornets, league sources confirmed to The Athletic. The destination opened eyes among a number of people around the league who were skeptical Hayward would sign with such a mediocre team.
Still, it made sense for him financially, and word around the league lately has been that he also wanted out of the Celtics so he could take on a bigger role elsewhere. In Boston, Hayward was the fourth option with little room for upward mobility. In Charlotte, he should become the undisputed go-to guy next to the third pick, LaMelo Ball, and a supporting cast with some interesting pieces, including former teammate Terry Rozier. Hayward has been interested in Charlotte for a long time. He signed an offer sheet with the Hornets six years ago before the Jazz matched it to keep him.
Shams Charania: Fred VanVleet has agreed to a four-year, $85 million deal to re-sign with the Toronto Raptors, his agent tells The Athletic. VanVleet’s deal includes a player option in the fourth season, sources said.
David Aldridge: Toronto president Masai Ujiri, just coming out of meeting, and just before going into another meeting, on the new deal: “He always wanted to come back. We love Fred; he loves us. When free agency comes, other teams go after good players. We all do the same thing.”
Blake Murphy: What Fred VanVleet’s new deal means for the Raptors now, next summer and beyond
Fred VanVleet has bet on himself at every turn. The Toronto Raptors have continued betting on him, too. On Saturday, they pushed a heavy stack to the middle of the NBA free agency table with a four-year, $85-million deal, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
The deal, which contains a player option for the fourth season, locks in VanVleet as a key piece of the Raptors’ core for the foreseeable future. VanVleet’s deal runs through 2024, alongside Pascal Siakam’s, creating the baseline for the team’s next era. OG Anunoby is another part of that core, whether on a rookie-scale extension between now and Dec. 21 or on a new deal in restricted free agency next summer. With Kyle Lowry only having one year left on his deal and Serge Ibaka and Marc Gasol both free agents now, the Raptors’ can move forward with VanVleet, Siakam and Anunoby as the foundation they’ll be building upon for their next competitive window.
This was always the likeliest outcome, in a thin market due to limited cap space and a paucity of good teams with this kind of financial flexibility, plus VanVleet’s relationship with the organization. The Raptors under president Masai Ujiri have shown a consistent appreciation for their homegrown talent and it would have been a minor surprise if VanVleet went elsewhere over a difference of a few million.
Shams Charania: Free-agent guard DJ Augustin has agreed to a three-year, $21 million deal with the Milwaukee Bucks, sources tell The Athletic. Free agent Bobby Portis has agreed to a deal with the Milwaukee Bucks for two years with a player option, sources tell The Athletic. David Aldridge of The Athletic reports the deal is likely to come in at around $8 million as a 1+1 contract.
Also, ESPN is reporting that the Pat Connaughton deal is longer than first reported – 3 years, $16 million. Also, ESPN is reporting free-agent guard Jaylen Adams has agreed to a two-way deal with the Bucks.
John Hollinger: Nice low-key pickup for Bucks. Jaylen Adams is too good to be on a 2-way.
ESPN is reporting that Denver has pulled the qualifying offer on forward Torrey Craig, which allows him to become an unrestricted free agent. The Nuggets have valued Craig, but ran out of roster spots for him.
ESPN is reporting that Elfrid Payton has agreed to one-year, $5M deal with Knicks.
Josh Robbins: The second year of the agreed-upon two-year contract between Gary Clark and the Magic will be a team option, according to a league source.
Shams Charania: Free-agent Avery Bradley has agreed to a two-year, $11.6M deal with the Miami Heat, his agent Charles Briscoe tells The Athletic while Jae Crowder will sign a three-year, $30M deal with the Suns.
Free agent Jeff Green has agreed to a deal with the Brooklyn Nets, sources tell The Athletic.
Shams Charania: Free-agent guard Raul Neto has agreed to a one-year deal with the Washington Wizards, sources tell The Athletic.
Shams Charania: Restricted free agent De’Antony Melton agreed to a four-year, $35 million deal with the Memphis Grizzlies, sources tell The Athletic. The 46th pick n the 2018 NBA Draft now has the highest net salary from his class for the upcoming 2020-21 season ($9.6M).
Melton was the No. 1 rated SG on John Hollinger’s BORD$ tiers.
Charania: Former undrafted two-way player John Konchar has agreed to a four-year, $9M deal with the Memphis Grizzlies, agent Happy Walters tells The Athletic.
Free agent guard Kris Dunn and the Hawks agreed to a two-year deal worth $10 million, Chris Kirschner of The Athletic has confirmed. ESPN first reported the agreement.
Per Kirschner: The Hawks just got one of the best guard defenders in the league. Talks with Rajon Rondo must’ve stalled because a deal was very close last night.
Free agent forward Moe Harkless agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million deal with the Miami Heat, according to ESPN.
That four-team deal involving Steven Adams continues to unfold. ESPN reports that the deal, which was first reported to involve Adams in the early hours of Saturday morning by The Athletic, now also includes the Thunder acquiring George Hill, Darius Miller, Denver’s 2023 protected first-round pick and second-round picks in 2023 (via CHA) and 2024 (via WAS).
To update, here is where the trade currently stands amid all the reports:
Will Guillory of The Athletic New Orleans has also confirmed that Eric Bledsoe will be remaining with the Pelicans.
Shams Charania: Free agent Michael Carter-Williams has agreed to a deal to return to the Orlando Magic, sources tell The Athletic.
Shams Charania: Free agent Denzel Valentine has signed a one-year, $4.7M (qualifying offer) deal with the Bulls, sources tell The Athletic.
Shams Charania: The Rockets have claimed former Knicks two-way forward Kenny Wooten off waivers, sources tell The Athletic.
Shams Charania: Sources: The NBA and NBPA have agreed that players who elect not to play in 2020-21 season must notify of election by Dec. 1. Players who elect not to play will be prohibited from signing a contract for which 2020-21 season is covered.
Shams Charania: Oklahoma City is in serious talks to move center Steven Adams to New Orleans, sources tell The Athletic.
ESPN and the New York Times report that the deal also includes the Denver Nuggets and Dallas Mavericks. Per reports:
It is the third trade this week that has involved Ariza.
Shams Charania: Free agent JaMychal Green has agreed to a two-year, $15M deal with the Denver Nuggets, with player option in second season. After losing Jerami Grant to Detroit, the Nuggets are acquiring a starting-caliber forward in Green who is able to provide versatility on both ends of the floor.
Jovan Buha: This is a blow for the Clippers. They could’ve replaced Montrezl Harrell w/the nontaxpayer MLE, but tough to replace Harrell AND Green. Their best bet might be to split the full MLE on two bigs now. If they spend the full MLE on one player, he has to really be worth it.
John Hollinger: What I’m hearing on NBA free agency: Malik Beasley overpay
Consider this: If Malik Beasley had already been signed to a four-year, $60-million deal and was playing for another team, I don’t think there’s any chance Minnesota would have exchanged a first-round pick for him.
But because the T’wolves already sunk a first-round pick into Beasley at last season’s trade deadline, it made it hard for Minnesota to walk away when the numbers got wildly far above Beasley’s projected value. The four-year, $60-million deal he signed does at least contain a fourth-year team option for Minnesota, but it definitely represents an overpay – roughly double his projected worth via BORD$ — for a team that doesn’t have huge amounts of financial flexibility.
One can also presume that Beasley’s trade value took a ding when he was arrested this offseason and charged with felony threats of violence and fifth-degree drug possession, so the “delayed sign-and-trade” angle to a deal like this isn’t as rosy as with some others.
Also, there is the little matter of the player they just took first overall playing the same position. Anthony Edwards has to start at the 2 and get the bulk of the minutes, leaving the question open of where the 6-5 Beasley might play. Further crowding the backcourt is the presence of both Ricky Rubio and DeAngelo Russell, with Russell likely taking some minutes at 2 when he pairs with Rubio.
James Edwards III: Trying to make sense of the Pistons’ wild opening day of free agency
After nearly eight months out of the spotlight, the Pistons have spent the past 72 hours making up for lost time. Five trades, four new rookies and now four new free-agent agreements in less than five days. The NBA offseason isn’t even a week old, yet Detroit has aged it greatly. The Pistons are the talk of the NBA right now — whether for good reasons or bad — and those words haven’t been grouped together very often over the past decade.
General manager Troy Weaver has a plan. Right now, though, it’s so muddied up that the optics don’t look charming. The Pistons entered Friday with three centers on the roster — Tony Bradley, Dewayne Dedmon and Isaiah Stewart — and added two more shortly after 6 p.m. on Friday when they came to terms with Mason Plumlee and Jahlil Okafor. Per sources, Plumlee will soon sign a three-year, $25 million contract and Okafor will get a two-year deal for the veteran minimum.
In all, that’s five centers for a team playing in a league that is going smaller, not bigger. On the surface, it’s hard to understand Detroit’s strategy. However, while it’s easy to get caught up in the moment, it should be said that the offseason has just started. Sources tell The Athletic that more moves are on the horizon as Weaver does more work to make all the puzzle pieces fit. Those pieces, as of now, are sprawled across the dining-room table.
Kelly Iko: What Christian Wood’s agreement means for the Rockets
On the first day of the NBA’s free-agency period, the Rockets agreed on a three-year, $41 million deal with center Christian Wood, a source confirmed to The Athletic. ESPN was first to the deal. Per league rules, free-agent agreements won’t become official until Sunday.
Houston’s front office, led by new general manager Rafael Stone, quickly secured Wood’s services — arguably the best available big man on the market. The deal will be a sign-and-trade agreement with Detroit and will include recently acquired Trevor Ariza, according to The Athletic’s James Edwards III.
The fit is obvious for Houston, as the Rockets have been desperately seeking upgrades at center after the departure of Clint Capela at February’s trade deadline. Wood instantly becomes Houston’s best big man as the Rockets attempt to shift back to a more traditional style of play and away from the uber small ball that former head coach Mike D’Antoni employed last season. The Rockets never intended to be a one-dimensional team, something that Stone spoke to during his introductory news conference.
John Wall wants trade after Wizards’ Russell Westbrook talks stall: Sources
Washington Wizards All-Star point guard John Wall has made it clear he wants to be traded after talks regarding a possible trade with the Houston Rockets for Russell Westbrook stalled, sources told The Athletic’s Shams Charania on Friday. Earlier this week, Charania reported that the Wizards had discussed a deal with the Rockets centered around Russell Westbrook but negotiations had yet to gain traction, with the Rockets seeking more assets. Charania reported last week that Westbrook wanted out of Houston. Wall, 30, hasn’t played since Dec. 26, 2018 after having heel surgery and then suffering a ruptured Achilles. In his 32 games played in the 2018-2019 season, he averaged 20.7 points, 7.7 field goals and 8.7 assists per game while hitting 30.2 percent from 3-point range.
Fred Katz: Tommy Sheppard said 11 months ago that he wanted Davis Bertans back. He has perpetually said Bertans is the Wizards’ No. 1 priority this offseason. Well, he got his man. Five years, $80 million — per ESPN.
David Aldridge: Wizards likely to use part of their MLE as they work on deal for veteran center Robin Lopez (@KeithSmithNBA first). Anything else going on with the Wiz tonight?
Mike Vorkunov: Gordon Hayward is projected to be valued at $17.1 million next year by @johnhollinger‘s BORD$ model, w/ some dips each year thereafter as he ages. So even a 2-year/$50 could be an overreach for the Knicks, and that’s half of the 4 years/~ $100 mil he seeks.
David Aldridge: Since lots of people seem curious: the Blazers are still hoping they can re-sign Carmelo Anthony despite adding Robert Covington via trade and signing Derrick Jones Friday. Still minutes and an important role to play. His impact on the team last year was substantial.
John Hollinger: What I’m hearing on NBA free agency: For the love of Jerami
• Pistons, Nuggets, Rockets: The most wildly overrated player in free agency has a home after Jerami Grant inked a three-year, $60 million with Detroit that, amazingly, the Nuggets apparently were willing to match. But Grant preferred the opportunity to be more prominently featured in Detroit and flew the coop.
Detroit went all in to get the Nuggets’ fourth-best player, waiving the recently acquired Dewayne Dedmon and Rodney McGruder and incurring an additional $3.7 million cap charge each of the next five seasons. My BORD$ formula says Grant will be worth about $7.6 million next season; the Nuggets were significantly better when he was of the floor in both the regular season and the postseason. His contract is, by leaps and bounds, the worst free agent value thus far.
In fact, now the full plan has come together, one can see that the entire reason the Pistons traded FOUR second-round picks to turn Luke Kennard into Saddiq Bey and Rodney McGruder was because the non-guaranteed second year on McGruder’s deal was much more favorable to using the stretch provision. Similarly, trading Tony Snell and Khyri Thomas for Dedmon – who also had a lightly guaranteed second season – permitted the same maneuver.
The Pistons wouldn’t have needed to do any of these gymnastics had they not inexplicably also dropped a three-year, $25 million deal on Mason Plumlee (BORD$ value: $3.3 million), a pretty generic backup 5 who is not likely to be demonstrably better than recently acquired Tony Bradley or first-round draft pick Isaiah Stewart.
In a separate part of this same transactional ecosystem, the Pistons also will send Christian Wood to Houston via a sign-and-trade. Wood gives the Rockets a center and he should be able to thrive in that system, depending on whether it’s still that system by the time he gets there. But as a 24-year-old on a fairly reasonable deal for his production (three years, $41 million, below his BORD$ value of $15.9 million), he’s a perfect piece to slot in on a rebuilding team.
I’ve knocked the Rockets for some other moves this week, but the value proposition on this signing is hard to ignore. The only part we don’t know yet is what they had to send to Detroit to execute the sign-and-trade, which will presumably be part of the Trevor Ariza deal once trades can be completed on Monday.
Shams Charania: Denver was willing to match the three-year, $60M offer Jerami Grant received from Detroit. Grant enjoyed his time in Denver, but leaves for Pistons where he is expected to have an enhanced offensive role.
Jovan Buha: The Clippers paying Marcus Morris $16 million per season is a bit higher than expected and near the max of what they could have offered him ($18 million a season). That said, the 3-and-D wing market was bleak and Clips couldn’t afford to lose him. He slots back in as their starting 4.
NBA free agency latest: Hawks add Danilo Gallinari; Lakers get Montrezl Harrell
The defending-champion Lakers watched Dwight Howard leave for Philadelphia, but they made two key moves of their own, adding ex-Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell and former Bucks guard Wesley Matthews, sources told The Athletic’s Shams Charania. Harrell, the reigning Sixth Man of the Year, averaged career highs of 18.7 points and 7.1 rebounds in 63 games last season with the Clippers, his third season with the team. Matthews, who agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million deal per Charania, averaged 7.4 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 67 games with the Bucks.
Bill Oram: The Lakers won a title with just one bench player counted on for scoring. Now, depending on Schröder’s role, they will have the reigning Sixth Man of the Year, his runner-up and Kyle Kuzma.
Jovan Buha: In conversations around the league, I had heard that the ideal type of big to pair Montrezl Harrell with would be a high-end two-way star like AD, who could cover for him defensively and also space the floor offensively. Now, we’ll see what that duo looks like together. Based on the bubble and the Clippers’ offseason needs, think them going in a different direction with their backup center spot — particularly seeking out a better defender and rebounder at the 5 — was the right call.
Alex Schiffer: Joe Harris was the Nets’ No. 1 priority in free agency. The team kept its word
Joe Harris isn’t going anywhere.
The 6-foot-6 sharpshooter has agreed to terms with the Brooklyn Nets, his agency announced on Twitter Friday night. ESPN reported the sides agreed to a four-year, $75 million deal ($18.75 million annually). Harris’ contract last season paid him roughly $7.2 million. With the agreement, Harris gives Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving a complementary weapon who should get plenty of open 3s based on how defenses will likely attack the Nets’ franchise players. Harris’ return also ensures a member of the core who helped make Brooklyn an attractive destination for Irving and Durant will be with the organization as it enters its most anticipated season in franchise history.
Mike Vorkunov: Knicks need wings and Alec Burks can provide some shooting. He was drafted by the Jazz when assistant GM Walt Perrin was there and assistant Johnnie Bryant was an assistant in the latter part of his time in Utah. NYK now has about $30 mil in cap space left.
Dwight Howard agrees to deal with 76ers
Free-agent center Dwight Howard has agreed to a one-year deal with the Philadelphia 76ers, his agent told The Athletic’s Shams Charania. The 16-year veteran just won his first championship as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers. Howard, who turns 35 in December, tweeted Friday night that he would be returning to the Lakers, but deleted it after five minutes. Charania announced the move to Philadelphia a little over an hour later.
Jason Jones: De’Aaron Fox agrees to max extension with Kings on first day of free agency
De’Aaron Fox is widely regarded as the fastest player in the NBA, and he believes he’d beat anyone in a sprint.
Friday, he was the fastest player to agree to a maximum extension this year.
Sacramento’s point guard agreed to a five-year, $163 million contract less than 90 minutes after the start of free agency, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported. The deal could be worth the $195.6 million super-max if Fox hits clauses in the deal. The deal begins for the 2021-22 season.
John Hollinger: What I’m hearing on NBA free agency: Danilo Gallinari lands with Hawks
Danilo Gallinari agreed to a three-year, $61.5 million deal with Atlanta Friday night, adding one of the league’s most dangerous stretch 4s to an arsenal that includes rim-runner Clint Capela, lottery big man Onyeka Okongwu, and All-Star pick-and-roll maestro Trae Young. It is a bit of an overpay – BORD$ had him rated as a $19.1 million value, and that number will decline as the 32-year-old Gallinari gets deeper into the contract.
However, that’s hardly the biggest thing to talk about right now. Atlanta has more cap room than it can possibly use, and if it sets the contract up with declining money, the “overpay” is less likely to play out in real life.
More importantly, you might have noticed that Gallinari will be paid quite generously to fill the same position as John Collins, the high-flying 23-year-old forward who was usually seen as the Hawks’ second-most important building block after Young.
Gallinari’s contract, and the glaring needs Atlanta has at the wing positions, raise the obvious question: Could Collins be on the move?
• Chris Kirschner: What Danilo Gallinari’s agreement means for the Hawks
The Hawks have a three-year, $61.5 million agreement in place with former Oklahoma City Thunder forward Danilo Gallinari, sources told The Athletic on Friday. Contracts cannot become official until noon ET on Sunday.
Gallinari is an interesting fit on this roster, especially for that price. He is strictly a power forward at this stage of his career, and obviously the Hawks have a starting-caliber power forward on the roster in John Collins. Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk spoke about Collins and his being extension eligible earlier this week.
“As I’ve stated before, John is a big piece of our team, and we’re able to begin talking with agents Friday at 6 p.m.,” Schlenk said. “We’ll certainly engage with them, and our hope is to get something done with John, but we have to wait until Friday at 6 p.m.”
Jason Quick: Rodney Hood agrees to return to Trail Blazers on two-year deal worth $21 million
In April, Rodney Hood said he was coming back to the Trail Blazers. On Friday, he indeed agreed to come back, coming to terms on a two-year, $21 million deal with Portland that won’t become official until he signs next week.
The second year of the deal is not guaranteed, a Blazers source confirmed. ESPN first reported the deal.
Hood never actually left the Blazers, but earlier this week he declined his player option to play the 2020-21 season for $6 million. Declining the option allowed him to re-negotiate a deal with the organization he fell in love with in 2019 after he was acquired from Cleveland.
De’Aaron Fox gets free agency’s first max deal
Sacramento Kings point guard De’Aaron Fox agreed to a five-year, $163M maximum extension, with a clause to reach the $195.6M supermax, sources tell The Athletic’s Shams Charania. Fox, 22, was selected by the Kings as the fifth overall pick of the 2017 NBA Draft. During his three seasons with the team, he’s averaged 16.2 points, 6.1 assists and 6.0 field goals. Sacramento finished the 2019-2020 season 12th in the Western Conference after a disappointing 3-5 record in the Orlando bubble.
What Fox means to the Kings
Jason Jones, Kings beat writer: Fox is the Kings’ best player. They’ve built their style of play and are now constructing a roster that can keep up with his speed, as Fox is expected to lead a fast-paced offense and aggressive defense that can move turnovers and missed shots into quick offense. The Kings have missed on many first-round picks over the last 14 years, so there was no way new general manager Monte McNair was not offering Fox the max to keep him in Sacramento. When Fox is at his best, the Kings have a potential All-Star and couldn’t risk losing him in the near future.
John Hollinger: What I’m hearing on NBA free agency: Utah retains Jordan Clarkson
We have our second big fish of the 10 players I listed earlier in the afternoon, as Jordan Clarkson will return to Utah on a four-year, $52 million deal. It will be interesting to see how protected the back end of this contract is, as Clarkson is 28 and the last year could get ugly.
Regardless, the key number here is $11.5 million, the first-year salary on Clarkson’s deal. That number allowed the Jazz to use their entire mid-level exception and still maintain some wiggle room below the hard cap line. Utah will likely start the year over the luxury tax but should be able to get under it relatively easily in-season with some small cash transactions. (Incidentally, my BORD$ formula saw Clarkson as an $11.5 million value this coming season. Applause!)
Understanding that is important, because it explains why the Jazz sent out two second-round picks and veteran center Ed Davis, who makes $5 million, a day earlier. The Jazz also swapped out Tony Bradley for Udoka Azubuike on draft night to cut just under $2 million from their wage bill, although this move wasn’t technically necessary.
Tony Jones: League sources confirm the Jazz are bringing back Jordan Clarkson on a 4-year, $52 million deal.
John Hollinger: What I’m hearing on NBA free agency: Trying to make sense of the Plumlee signing
Mason Plumlee signed a three-year, $25 million deal with Detroit, and then minutes later Detroit announced it signed Jahlil Okafor to a two-year deal (presumably for the minimum).
I’m sorry, but … WHAT?!?!?!
Plumlee is a halfway decent backup center that BORD$ rated as a $3.5 million proposition. He’s also 30, so his best years are almost certainly behind him. This deal would be a bad value on the face of it, but it gets worse the deeper you dig.
For starters, this deal likely takes Detroit out of the market for Christian Wood – you know, the center they already had who is actually good – because it cuts the Pistons to just $3.45 million in cap rom. Technically Detroit can still keep Wood if he re-signs as an Early Bird free agent for $10 million or less, but that prospect seems increasingly dim based on the hordes of centers the Pistons keep acquiring.
Josh Robbins: The Magic’s agreed-upon deal with Dwayne Bacon, first reported by Yahoo’s Vince Goodwill will include a team option for the second year, a league source said. All indications are that Bacon will sign via the minimum salary exception.
Alex Schiffer: Sean Marks says re-signing Joe Harris remains the top priority in free agency.
Kelly Iko: Former Rocket Isaiah Hartenstein is drawing interest from Denver, a league source tells The Athletic. Hartenstein last played with the Rockets during the 2019-20 season.
John Hollinger: What I’m hearing on NBA free agency: What reported Kanter move means
We finally know, mostly, the terms of the draft-day trade that sent the 30th pick to Memphis. As suspected leading into the draft, Boston attached the pick to Enes Kanter’s $5 million salary for this season, in exchange for future picks from Memphis. (We still don’t know the exact nature of those picks)
The twist came when the deal became a 3-team transaction that sent Kanter to Portland for Mario Hezonja, as ESPN has reported, saving the Grizzlies $3 million for a player who they didn’t really need.
Tony Jones: The Jazz are making Jordan Clarkson their top priority in free agency, according to league sources. They want to re-sign their sixth man.
Tony Jones: Derrick Favors is expected to have contact with the New Orleans Pelicans and the Utah Jazz as free agency opens, league sources tell The Athletic. He also holds interest from other teams.
Shams Charania: Gordon Hayward is fully focused and wants to sign a deal with the Pacers.
Sam Amick and Eric Nehm: The Bucks’ Bogdanovic mess: The investigation, Giannis factor, what’s next
As first reported by The Athletic on Wednesday, the sign-and-trade that was initially reported by ESPN on Monday and would have sent restricted free agent Bogdan Bogdanovic to Milwaukee for Donte DiVicenzo, Ersan Ilyasova, and D.J. Wilson unraveled in the most uncomfortable of ways. After all, such a deal is tough to pull off while adhering to the very rules the NBA has put into place because, as we mentioned, free agency negotiations can’t legally begin until today.
Once the deal-that-allegedly-wasn’t-a-deal fell apart, you knew two things were coming: The blame game, and a league investigation. And make no mistake, both are well underway.
Bogdan Bogdanovic deal to Milwaukee is off
The Milwaukee Bucks are moving on from their pursuit of restricted free agent Bogdan Bogdanovic, and the Kings guard is expected to meet with other teams as free agency begins Friday, sources told The Athletic’s Sam Amick and Shams Charania. The NBA is investigating the proposed sign-and-trade that would have sent Bogdanovic to Milwaukee, The Athletic confirmed on Thursday.
Raptors will open 2020-21 season in Tampa
The Raptors will start the 2020-21 NBA season in Tampa, Fla., the team said Friday. The Canadian government denied the team’s request to play in Toronto, according to multiple reports. “Ultimately, the current public health situation facing Canadians, combined with the urgent need to determine where we will play means that we will begin our 2020-21 season in Tampa, Florida,” Raptors president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri said in a statement.
Mike Vorkunov: The trade for Immanuel Quickley is complete. It ends up being a 3-team trade, with the Knicks also getting the 2023 Pistons 2nd round pick and the rights to Mathias Lessort. Lessort, 25, was the No. 50 pick in 2017 and currently plays for AS Monaco.
John Hollinger: What I’m hearing on NBA free agency: Pistons cap, Celtics options and more
As the current gets ready to go up on free agency negotiations — technically they can begin at 6 p.m. today, even though in reality they’ve been going on for weeks – here are a few teams and situations that I have my eye on:
Free-agency and trade round up
Thunder agree to trade Kelly Oubre Jr. to Warriors: Sources
The Oklahoma City Thunder agreed to trade Kelly Oubre Jr. to the Golden State Warriors for a 2021 first-round pick on Thursday, sources confirmed to The Athletic’s Anthony Slater, just days after Oubre was acquired from the Phoenix Suns. The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported earlier Thursday that a deal was close.
For Oubre, the Thunder will receive a 2021 top-20 protected first-round pick. If the Warriors don’t finish among the top 20 teams in the NBA, they will send two second-round picks to Oklahoma City. The Thunder traded Chris Paul and Abdel Nader to the Suns on Monday for Oubre, Ricky Rubio, Ty Jerome, Jalen Lecque and a 2022 first-round pick.
Gordon Hayward is now a free agent
Celtics’ Gordon Hayward has opted out of his $34M deal for the 2020-21 season and will become a free agent, sources tell The Athletic.
Hayward originally signed his four-year, $127.8 million contract with Boston in 2017 after playing the first seven years of his career in Utah. In his first game in a Celtics uniform, Hayward suffered a gruesome leg injury that cost him his initial season with the team. He returned the following year to play in 72 games but only start in 18 as he worked his way back into form.
Ethan Strauss: The end of the Warriors dynasty and where to go from here
Klay Thompson’s Achilles tear is obviously, principally, devastating to Thompson himself and the basketball world feels his pain. Thompson is nearly a folk hero in the Bay Area and beyond. Not only is his game aesthetically pleasing but it’s admirably tough. His accidental charisma had so much resonance during a time when it seemed like much of the world ran on social media fraudulence. Thompson is most definitely not a fraud. To observe him is to know him, mostly because he doesn’t much care about your observations. So the people love him for that, just like they love him for legendary Game 6 performances.
Beyond all that, in the broader scheme, this finally ends the Warriors as we’ve come to know them.
Klay Thompson suffers season-ending Achilles tear
Golden State Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson will miss the 2020-21 season with an Achilles tear, a source told The Athletic’s David Aldridge, confirming multiple media reports. Thompson suffered the injury during a workout in Southern California Wednesday, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
The five-time All-Star missed the entire 2019-20 season after suffering a torn ACL in his left knee during Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors.
Is Kelly Oubre Jr. headed to the Bay Area?
The Oklahoma City Thunder are in serious talks to move Kelly Oubre Jr. to the Golden State Warriors, sources tell The Athletic.
Ed Davis headed to New York
From Tony Jones: The Utah Jazz have an agreement to trade Ed Davis to the New York Knicks, league sources tell The Athletic.
Celtics trade Poirier
Team tweet: We have traded center Vincent Poirier and cash considerations to the Thunder in exchange for a conditional future second-round pick.
Shams Charania’s free-agent and trade round-up
You can follow all of the NBA Draft news here: Live 2020 NBA Draft Tracker Results: Picks, grades, trades, team fits
Klay Thompson injured?
Shams Charania: Warriors star Klay Thompson suffered an apparent lower leg injury today and is undergoing tests to determine severity, sources tell The Athletic, Stadium.
Charania: Klay Thompson was unable to place weight on his lower leg injury leaving the gym today, sources said. Everyone is hoping for the best.
Presti, Thunder add Al Horford, more draft capital
The Philadelphia 76ers agree to trade Al Horford to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Danny Green, a source told The Athletic, confirming ESPN’s initial report. Oklahoma City will also receive a first- and second-round pick for Green who was traded to the Thunder from the Los Angeles Lakers earlier this week.
Erik Horne: Thunder tried to get Al Horford back in 2016 to strengthen the team around Kevin Durant, but Horford signed with the Celtics after he couldn’t get assurances that KD would be around.
Bogdan Bogdanovic to the Bucks in jeopardy?
Sam Amick: As it stands, source says the Bogdan-to-Milwaukee scenario is off the table from his vantage point. The Bucks have been hopeful that it could be saved, but all signs point to him heading elsewhere ultimately.
Bucks-Kings trade for Bogdan Bogdanovic in peril: Sources
Bogdanovic never agreed to join the Bucks and that has become a major issue, sources told Amick. A high-ranking team official told Amick the deal has issues and the outcome is unclear. On Monday, the Bucks agreed to trade for New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday and to a sign-and-trade for Bogdanovic to strengthen their roster around two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo. Milwaukee was set to send Donte DiVincenzo, Ersan Ilyasova and D.J. Wilson to the Kings in exchange for Bogdanovic.
Sam Amick: Sources tell The Athletic the Bucks-Kings sign-and-trade which was expected to send restricted FA Bogdan Bogdanovic to Milwaukee for Donte DiVincenzo, D.J. Wilson and Ersan Ilyasova is in peril, as there was never an agreement from the 28-year-old small forward to join the Bucks and that element has become a major issue. High-ranking team official says deal has issues and outcome is unclear.
Bucks acquiring more second-rounders in 2020 NBA Draft
Josh Robbins: Breaking, per an NBA source: The Magic have agreed to trade their second-round pick (45th overall) in tonight’s draft to the Milwaukee Bucks for two future second-round picks.
Seth Partnow: Second-round picks are very useful for a team up against the hard cap as it allows a roster spot to get filled for less than the veteran minimum salary, so the Bucks are acquiring this pick for a guy who will likely be on their roster next year.
John Hollinger: NBA Draft Storylines
Who’s No. 3? Okongwu medical and Celtics trade intrigue: While it’s still generally assumed the top three picks will, in some order, be LaMelo Ball, James Wiseman and Anthony Edwards, the mystery begins after that.
More on the Knicks pick swap from Mike Vorkunov
How to make sense of Knicks trading up to No. 23 and why bigger moves might come: The Knicks did not wait to make their move on draft day. They traded the No. 27 and No. 38 picks Wednesday morning to Utah for the No. 23 pick and the rights to Ante Tomić. The deal positions the Knicks to be more aggressive in the draft Wednesday night.
By consolidating their last two picks into one, the Knicks have presented themselves a number of options, not least of all an increased ability to trade up higher in the lottery, something the Knicks are believed to be weighing.
Seth Partnow: NBA Draft: How to analyze incoming rookies and set expectations
The first point to address is the notion that there are players who are “NBA ready” available for selection. Especially after the first few picks most drafts, very few players have been able to provide competent let alone helpful minutes. Looking back at the 2000-2017 draft classes (ignoring the last few seasons for consistency with the next few bits of analysis), fewer than 1 in 3 draft selections has played at least 500 minutes with a Player Impact Plus/Minus (“PIPM”) of at least -2.0/100 possessions — a value genuinely used as an approximation for “replacement value.” Even if we only look at those players who actually appeared in a game to eliminate players who are injured or stashed overseas, only 35 percent of draft selections reach this minimum standard of competence.
Sam Vecenie’s NBA Mock Draft, Live Updates: Anthony Edwards now No. 1, LaMelo Ball down to No. 3
Sources have told The Athletic that the Wolves have not made a decision yet on what they’re going to do at No. 1. The players in the mix here are LaMelo Ball and Anthony Edwards if they keep the pick. James Wiseman seems much less likely as the team is worried about the pairing with Karl-Anthony Towns. Over the last 24 hours, the tide has shifted a bit to where I think Edwards is a bit more likely than Ball. Essentially, the conversations boil down to this: do they take the guy who fits better on this roster in Edwards, who can clearly slide into the 2-guard spot? Or do they take Ball, who probably has a bit more upside? One thing worth noting: this front office led by Gersson Rosas will absolutely consider the idea of which player they believe will retain trade value best going forward as they develop this roster around Towns and D’Angelo Russell.
Movement on the Russell Westbrook front?
Shams Charania: The Rockets and Wizards have discussed a deal centered on Russell Westbrook for John Wall, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. No traction yet, Rockets are seeking more assets.
Kelly Iko and David Aldridge: Beyond counseling: Why James Harden and the Rockets are on the verge of divorce
The Rockets don’t want to trade Harden. He’s been the best thing to happen to the franchise in a long, long time. But that’s no longer the same as being adamant about not trading him at all.
The team is well aware of how much Harden now wants to leave. It will take a substantial package and an impact player. But there is a combo out there that will get them to yes. While this has been the stance Houston has taken for years, sources tell The Athletic, past inquiries about the former MVP in seasons past have been discarded, with Houston simply not entertaining the notion of moving the 2018 league MVP.
Notes on when players return to their markets
Shams Charania: NBA teams will be able to begin group practices on Dec. 4 or 6, depending on arrival track of players.
“What about a Bradley Beal tra—”
Fred Katz: Tommy Sheppard reasserts for the 472nd time: “Bradley Beal’s not going anywhere.”
Bucks trade for Jrue Holiday, Bogdan Bogdanovic
The Milwaukee Bucks reshaped their roster around two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo Monday night, agreeing to trade for New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday, sources told The Athletic’s Shams Charania. The Bucks are sending Eric Bledsoe, George Hill, three first-round picks and two future draft pick swaps to New Orleans, sources told Charania.
Later Monday, the Bucks agreed to a sign-and-trade for Sacramento Kings guard Bogdan Bogdanovic, The Athletic confirmed, as first reported by ESPN. Milwaukee will send Donte DiVincenzo, Ersan Illyasova and D.J. Wilson to the Kings in exchange for Bogdanovic.
Suns acquire Chris Paul from Thunder
The Oklahoma City Thunder have traded Chris Paul to the Phoenix Suns for four players and a first-round draft pick on Monday. The Suns sent Ricky Rubio, Kelly Oubre, Ty Jerome, Jalen Lecque and a 2022 first-round pick to Oklahoma City. The first-round pick is protected from the first 12 picks in 2022, the first 10 picks in 2023, the first eight selections in 2024 and is unprotected in 2025.
Trail Blazers acquire Robert Covington from Rockets
The Houston Rockets agreed to trade veteran forward Robert Covington to the Portland Trail Blazers, The Athletic confirmed Monday night, as first reported by ESPN. The Rockets will receive Trevor Ariza, the No. 16 overall pick in Wednesday’s NBA draft, and a first-round pick in 2021, a source told The Athletic’s Kelly Iko.
Pistons trade Bruce Brown to Nets for Dzanan Musa
From John Hollinger: Initially, I was pretty surprised that Detroit traded Bruce Brown to the Nets for Dzanan Musa, cash and a 2021 second-round pick. The more I studied it, the more I came around to like it okay for Detroit, even without much draft equity coming back. The second-round pick is from Toronto, which means it’s likely to be in the 50s. The hit rate on those picks is about a 10% shot of a back-end rotation player.
Los Angeles Lakers acquire Dennis Schroder from Oklahoma City
The Los Angeles Lakers have an agreement in principle to acquire Oklahoma City Thunder guard Dennis Schröder, sources told The Athletic’s Shams Charania. The Lakers would send the No. 28 pick in Wednesday’s NBA Draft to the Thunder as part of the deal, sources said. Guard Danny Green is being discussed as the player going to Oklahoma City in return.
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Author: The Athletic NBA Staff