From Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving to Donovan Mitchell – there are a few big names that could be on the move this NBA season.
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The move by the SIXERS over $49 million is subject to scrutiny.
The Sixers “could be put under the microscope” for offense after acquiring P.J. Tucker from the Heat, according to quarterback Marc Stein.
After Philadelphia signed the veteran to a $33 million (A49m) deal, questions began to arise about the Sixers rushing the deal. Tucker’s agent, Andre Buck, announced the new contract minutes before the free agency period this offseason.
Tucker, a 37-year-old veteran who has been among the contenders for the past five seasons, has already been linked to Philadelphia because of his ties to James Harden and Daryl Morey.
The forward was previously linked with the two when he was at the Rockets.
Morey, the current president of the Sixers, has a history of being swindled — mainly because of well-advised posts on social media.
Despite his age, Tucker is extremely durable, playing in 89 games this past season, primarily as a starter for Miami.
The 2021 NBA Champion is averaging 7.1 points per game while shooting 42.5 percent from behind the arc.
– New York Post
Convenient solution for the Lakers $69 million headache
As previously mentioned by Windhorst, the Lakers are very interested in Kyrie Irving, but it will be difficult for the Nets to trade the superstar.
Although it is certain that they will need a third team to participate in taking on the contract, the Packers will have to move on Russell Westbrook and his high salary.
Based on that, it could be the San Antonio Spurs team. SpursTalk’s LJ Ellis, moved to the Hawks over Dejonte Murray as they enter a rebuilding phase.
“How do Spurs plan to use their cap space? Ellis wrote.
“The Spurs are actively looking to rent their position in exchange for draft capital. With all-stars like Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant and Donovan Mitchell on the trade market, the Spurs hope to receive a handsome reward for helping to facilitate the acquisition of one of these big names.”
Ellis added that multiple sources are telling him that the “closest trade to happen” is when Irving is sent to the Lakers and Westbrook goes to the Spurs.
“In order to facilitate that trade, sources tell me the Spurs want an unexpected first-round pick from the Lakers,” Ellis wrote.
Westbrook is set to earn $47 million (A69m) in the 2022-23 season, $11 million (A16m) more than Irving.
KD White to continue as Warriors boss drops trade hint
Kevin Durant may want out of Brooklyn, but that doesn’t mean the Nets are in a rush to keep him.
In fact ESPN Insider Brian Windhorst said it doesn’t look like Brooklyn will be making a trade anytime soon unless the offers from rival teams improve significantly.
“Boy coming out of Brooklyn right now, that’s the feeling that they’re ready for. [keep Durant and Kyrie Irving into next season]”Get up,” he said.
“This can be a bargaining chip, or it can be a smart decision if you don’t like the trade deals you have. The market for Durant wasn’t as lucrative as the Nets had hoped, and the market for Kyrie is very thin.
“They’re basically the Lakers, and the trade offer isn’t great. If you don’t like what you have, write down the latest steps and look to reset.
With four years remaining on his contract, Durant is not in a position to decide where he might end up.
Reports on Friday indicated that there were rumors that Durant wanted to return to Golden State, though comments from Warriors co-owner Joe Lacob suggested that would not be the case.
Speaking to The Point Forward, Lacob hinted once again that Golden State wants to win both now and in the future by retaining its young assets.
“I run a business here, my job is not to, the one thing I can’t and won’t stop at is not competing for championships,” he said.
“I don’t want to go off the cliff like other teams do, when everyone goes in like everyone else, they don’t have any young players, they don’t have any options, I don’t think that’s a good strategy.
I have good faith in James Wiseman because I want to make sure we keep these young players. I know a lot of people, when they’re not in front of them, they forget how good this person is.
“He’s incredibly talented. I’m not trading him, I’m not doing anything. Let’s make sure we give it a shot, let’s see, and it takes a lot with the big guy, so that’s number one. This man, our two lotteries, [Jonathan] Kuminga and [Moses] Moody, I totally agree with you, I think they are incredibly talented and Jordan Poole has shown what he can do, by the way add Andrew Wiggins to that deal, a lot of people have criticized us for that deal.
Asking prices put the brakes on Mitchell’s business
The New York Knicks have been heavily linked to Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell.
But initial discussions made it clear that the price to acquire Mitchell from the Jazz would be incredibly steep, even if RJ Barrett wasn’t part of the blockbuster deal.
Trade talks between the teams took place this week to bring All-Star guard Mitchell, a native of Westchester County, to New York.
But as he says The athleticsUtah general manager Danny Ainge has prioritized acquiring additional first-round picks and the Knicks’ inexpensive youth over Barrett, who is eligible for a massive contract extension of up to $185 million (A272m) this summer.
ESPN Insider Adrian Wojnarowski said Friday that the Jazz “have time on their side,” noting that Mitchell is under contract through 2025. The negotiations “may be revisited in the coming weeks.”
The Jazz initially expressed interest in Barrett and center Mitchell Robinson. CutBut Robinson is now unavailable until at least December 15 after the Knicks re-signed the center to a four-year deal worth $60 million (A88m) last week.
Barrett, 22, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2019 NBA draft out of Duke, averaged a career-high 20 points in 70 games last season.
according to The athleticsHowever, the rebuilding Jazz did not want to pay Barrett long-term dollars and instead asked the Knicks for up to six first-round draft picks and rookie players like Quentin Grimes, Obie Toppin, Emmanuel Quickley. and Miles McBride.
The report indicated that Ainge offered Mitchell, 25, a large package — four first-round picks and several players — from the Timberwolves earlier this month for All-Star center Rudy Gobert.
Utah added a 2023 first-round pick from the Nets last month for forward Royce O’Neill.
The Knicks control 11 first-round picks over the next seven years, and eight of those are eligible to be included in trades this summer. Salt Lake Tribune Grimes reported that among Utah’s Knicks players, “probably the leading target,” Evan Fournier or Derrick Rose could be included in any deal, for salary-cap purposes.
The Heat are believed to be interested in acquiring Mitchell, though the Miami Knicks would need to find early draft-pick equity to match what they can afford.
Mitchell, a three-time All-Star who averaged 25.9 points last season, was selected 13th overall in the 2017 draft. He will match up with newly signed guard Jalen Brunson (four years, $104 million) in a revamped backcourt with the Knicks.
Mitchell, whose father, Donovan Sr., is the Mets’ senior director of player relations, will make an official appearance in New York this weekend. The former Louisville star is set to throw out the first pitch Saturday before the Single-A Brooklyn Cyclones start a game — on Donovan Mitchell Jr. Bobblehead Night at Maimonides Park in Coney Island.
– New York Post