From Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving to Donovan Mitchell, there are some big names who could be on the road this NBA offseason.
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HANDELSBILD: Where KD and Kyrie could end up ahead of next season
SIXERS ARE INVESTIGATED OVER $49M MOVE
The Sixers will “likely be put under the examining microscope” for being manipulated after taking over from The Heat’s PJ Tucker, according to Marc Stein’s substack.
After Philadelphia signed the veteran to a three-year, $33 million ($49 million) deal, questions surfaced as to whether the Sixers had closed the deal so quickly. Tucker’s agent Andre Buck announced the new contract just minutes into the free agency period this offseason began.
Tucker, a 37-year veteran who has bounced back and forth between competitors for the past five seasons, was already linked with Philadelphia due to his ties to James Harden and Daryl Morey.
The forward was previously linked with the two during his time with the Rockets.
Morey, the current Sixers president, has a track record of manipulation — mostly over unwise posts on social media.
Despite his age, Tucker is extremely tenacious, playing 89 games last season mostly as a starter for Miami.
The 2021 NBA champion has a career average of 7.1 points per game while shooting 42.5 percent from behind the arc.
– New York Post
A PRACTICAL SOLUTION WILL BE AROUND TO LAKERS’ $69M HEADACHE USD
As pointed out by Windhorst, the Lakers are the party most interested in Kyrie Irving, but trading for the Nets superstar will be difficult.
The Lakers would likely have to switch to Russell Westbrook and his hefty salary, although it’s almost guaranteed they would need a third team to pick up his contract.
The San Antonio Spurs could be that team Spurs Talks LJ Ellis, who joined the Hawks from Dejounte Murray as they enter a rebuilding phase.
“How do Spurs plan to use their cap space? Ellis wrote.
“Spurs are actively looking to lease their Cap acreage in exchange for draft capital. With all-stars like Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant and Donovan Mitchell in the trade market, Spurs are hoping for a generous reward for helping to facilitate the acquisition of one of these big names.”
Ellis added that multiple sources told him that “the closest deal to what happened” would send Irving to the Lakers while Westbrook would be headed to the Spurs.
“To facilitate this trade, the sources tell me the Spurs want an unprotected first-round pick from the Lakers,” Ellis wrote.
Westbrook is expected to earn $47 million ($69 million) in the 2022-23 season, $11 million ($16 million) more than Irving.
KD WAIT CONTINUES WHILE WARRIORS BOSS TRADE DROP IN
Kevin Durant might want out of Brooklyn, but that doesn’t mean the Nets will rush to move him on.
Indeed acc ESPN Insider Brian Windhorst, it looks like Brooklyn won’t be making any deals any time soon unless the offers they’re receiving from opposing teams improve drastically.
“Boy is that vibe coming out of Brooklyn right now is primed for that [keep Durant and Kyrie Irving into next season]’ he said on ‘Get Up’.
“This could be a negotiating position, or it could be a wise decision if you don’t like the trade offers you have. The market for Durant hasn’t been as lucrative as the Nets had hoped, and the market for Kyrie is very thin.
“It’s essentially the Lakers and the trade offer isn’t great. If you don’t like what you have, just close the ranks and try starting again.
With Durant still having four more years left on his remaining contract, he’s hardly in a position of power to dictate where he might end up.
Reports Friday indicated there were rumors Durant would want a return to the Golden State, though comments from Warriors co-owner Joe Lacob suggest that won’t happen.
Speaking to The Point Forward, Lacob again hinted that Golden State wants to win both now and in the future by holding on to its young assets.
“I run a business here, my job is not to do that, the only thing I cannot and will not stand for is not fighting for championships,” he said.
“I don’t want to jump off the cliff like other teams do when they’re all-in like really all-in, they don’t have young players, no draft picks, I just don’t think that’s a good strategy.
“I really want to make sure we keep these young players because I really believe in James Wiseman. I know a lot of people when they’re not in front of them they forget how good this guy is.
“He’s incredibly talented. I’m not selling him, I won’t do anything. Let’s make sure we give him a chance, let’s see, and it takes a lot longer with a big guy, so that’s number one. This guy, our two lottery picks, [Jonathan] Kuminga and [Moses] Moody, I totally agree with you, I think they are incredibly talented and Jordan Poole has already shown what he can do, you add Andrew Wiggins by the way who many people have criticized us for this deal.
HIGHER PRICES BRAKE MITCHELL TRADE
The New York Knicks have close ties to Utah jazz superstar Donovan Mitchell.
But initial talks have made it clear that while it appears RJ Barrett may not be part of a potential blockbuster deal, the price of acquiring Mitchell from Jazz will be incredibly steep.
Trade talks between the teams took place this week to bring Mitchell, the All-Star Guardian, who hails from Westchester County, to New York.
But acc the athleteUtah CEO Danny Ainge has prioritized acquiring additional first-round picks and the Knicks’ cheap youngsters over Barrett, who is eligible for a maximum contract extension this summer worth up to $185 million ($272 million). ) Has.
ESPN Insider Adrian Wojnarowski said Friday that the Jazz “have time on their side,” noting Mitchell’s contract runs through 2025. He added that the Knicks remain “a motivated supporter” but expects the talks will be “an extended process over time” with negotiations expected to “revisit in the coming weeks.”
The Jazz said they were initially interested in Barrett and center Mitchell Robinson SNYbut Robinson now cannot be negotiated until at least December 15, after the Knicks re-signed the center to a four-year, $60 million ($88 million) deal last week.
The 22-year-old Barrett, the No. 3 pick overall in Duke’s 2019 NBA draft, averaged a career-high 20 points in 70 games last season.
Corresponding the athleteReconstruction Jazz doesn’t want to allocate long-term dollars to Barrett, however, and instead asked the Knicks for up to six first-round draft picks and a combination of rookie-scale players like Quentin Grimes, Obi Toppin, Immanuel Quickley and Miles McBride.
The report says Ainge has decided to receive offers for Mitchell, 25, after acquiring a huge package – four first-round picks and several players – from the Timberwolves for all-star center Rudy Gobert earlier this month .
Utah also added a 2023 first-round pick from the Nets for forward Royce O’Neale last month.
The Knicks control 11 first-round picks over the next seven years, and eight of those may go on sale this summer. The Salt Lake Grandstand reported that Grimes is “perhaps the number one target” among Knicks players for Utah, with either Evan Fournier or Derrick Rose “likely” also being included in an agreement to meet the salary cap.
The Heat are also believed to be interested in landing Mitchell, although Miami would likely need to get the initial draft-pick equity to match what the Knicks can offer.
Mitchell, a three-time All-Star who averaged 25.9 points last season, was selected 13th overall in the 2017 draft, five picks, after the Knicks picked the late guard Frank Ntilikina. He would team with newly-signed guard Jalen Brunson (four years, $104 million) in a remodeled backcourt with the Knicks.
Mitchell, whose father, Donovan Sr., is the Mets’ senior director of player relations, will make a public appearance this weekend in New York. The former Louisville star is scheduled to throw the first pitch Saturday before the Single-A Brooklyn Cyclones game – at Donovan Mitchell Jr.’s Bobblehead night at Maimonides Park in Coney Island.
– New York Post