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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby lakersin4 on Fri May 31, 2013 1:02 pm

Wouldn't be the 1st time Sterling shifted the blame, but I'm sure the players had some input on this decision.
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby lakerfan2 on Fri May 31, 2013 1:24 pm

khmrP wrote:
lakerfan2 wrote:Umm, come for mini-MLE, then sign for max in 2014. :man8:


dont work that way....Paul has to be with a team for certain amt of year before he can qualify for that bird exception so he can get max even with a team already over the cap.


why would it matter? 2014 all of our players are off the books and we have the cap to sign him to the max, even if dwight signs as well.
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby lakersin4 on Fri May 31, 2013 4:27 pm

lakerfan2 wrote:
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lakerfan2 wrote:Umm, come for mini-MLE, then sign for max in 2014. :man8:


dont work that way....Paul has to be with a team for certain amt of year before he can qualify for that bird exception so he can get max even with a team already over the cap.


why would it matter? 2014 all of our players are off the books and we have the cap to sign him to the max, even if dwight signs as well.

That's true, he could play 1 year for the mini mle & then we could use our cap space on him. But realistically we won't ever see a CP3 level player take a paycut that drastic at this stage in their career.
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby charvin on Fri May 31, 2013 6:37 pm

Be a man, do the right thing. Veteran's minimum :man10:
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby revgen on Sat Jun 01, 2013 1:57 pm

Darius Morris working regularly at the Lakers' training facility

By Eric Pincus

June 1, 2013, 1:40 p.m.

Lakers guard Darius Morris is a regular at the team's training facility.

In addition to improving his outside shot, Morris is working under the guidance of strength and conditioning coach Tim DiFrancesco.

While Morris is still learning to play at the right pace, offensively, he made a leap in his second season after sitting for most of his rookie year as the 41st pick in the 2011 NBA draft.

Through four postseason games against the San Antonio Spurs, Morris averaged 10.5 points on 45.7% shooting with 3.0 assists.

The 22-year-old guard will hit free agency for the second time in his short career in July. The team is expected to give him a qualifying offer of $1.2 million to make him a restricted free agent.

The Lakers have both Steve Nash and Steve Blake under contract at point guard but in addition to being being able to fill in as a low-minute third, Morris has the size to play multiple positions.

Coach Mike D'Antoni experimented with the 6-foot-4 Morris as the team's defensive stopper on the perimeter, even starting him against Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks.

While Morris wasn't necessarily ready for the role, his gym-rat personality suggests he'll continue to improve.

If the Lakers don't give him a qualifying offer, he would hit free agency unrestricted -- although the team could still look to re-sign him.


http://www.latimes.com/sports/lakersnow/la-sp-ln-darius-morris-lakers-workouts-20130601,0,2595017.story
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby lakerfan2 on Sat Jun 01, 2013 1:58 pm

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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby revgen on Sat Jun 01, 2013 2:04 pm

If Nash and Blake weren't older and prone to injury, I'd be okay with Morris. Every team needs a 3rd PG.

That's simply not the case for this team.
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby Battle Tested20 on Sat Jun 01, 2013 2:07 pm

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Darius Morris working regularly at the Lakers' training facility

By Eric Pincus

June 1, 2013, 1:40 p.m.

Lakers guard Darius Morris is a regular at the team's training facility.

In addition to improving his outside shot, Morris is working under the guidance of strength and conditioning coach Tim DiFrancesco.

While Morris is still learning to play at the right pace, offensively, he made a leap in his second season after sitting for most of his rookie year as the 41st pick in the 2011 NBA draft.

Through four postseason games against the San Antonio Spurs, Morris averaged 10.5 points on 45.7% shooting with 3.0 assists.

The 22-year-old guard will hit free agency for the second time in his short career in July. The team is expected to give him a qualifying offer of $1.2 million to make him a restricted free agent.

The Lakers have both Steve Nash and Steve Blake under contract at point guard but in addition to being being able to fill in as a low-minute third, Morris has the size to play multiple positions.

Coach Mike D'Antoni experimented with the 6-foot-4 Morris as the team's defensive stopper on the perimeter, even starting him against Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks.

While Morris wasn't necessarily ready for the role, his gym-rat personality suggests he'll continue to improve.

If the Lakers don't give him a qualifying offer, he would hit free agency unrestricted -- although the team could still look to re-sign him.


http://www.latimes.com/sports/lakersnow/la-sp-ln-darius-morris-lakers-workouts-20130601,0,2595017.story


great :nono2: Probably means Glock (our most promising guard in the SA series) won't be back
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby Doc Brown on Sat Jun 01, 2013 3:04 pm

What is the incentive to bring him back? For 1.2 million dollars?

That's a vet. min player right there that could contribute way more than Morris ever can or will.

Morris shouldn't even be in the league. :bang:
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby Doc Brown on Sat Jun 01, 2013 3:20 pm

And I hate reading articles that are full of brown nosing BS....

1.) He made a leap in his second year?

Season 1 - 9 min / 43%FG / 44% 3PT / 2 points / 1 assist / 1 TO
Season 2 - 14 min / 39% FG / 36% 3PT / 4 points / 1.6 assists / 1 TO

Shoots 65% from the free throw line? :freak2:

Big jump in production.

2.) Morris cannot play multiple positions. He can barely play PG as his playmaking skills are non-existent and he can't play SG because he can't create for himself. Defensively he does what exactly?

3.) He's a gym rat. So what? I bet 95% of the guys in the league are gym rats. It's kind of what you need to do to play at the NBA level. I bet 95% of the guys not in the league are gym rats. They need to be just to get a chance to make a team.

The FO should be thinking about getting an upgrade at the PG spot, considering the 40 year old and 34 year old injury prone PG's in front of him.
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby trodgers on Sat Jun 01, 2013 3:22 pm

Morris or Gouelock? gl0ck in a heartbeat.
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby Kobe8Fan on Sat Jun 01, 2013 10:58 pm

I admire the kid's work ethic but Lakers need to move on. Don't re-sign Darius.
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Raptors Will Attempt To Trade Andrea Bargnani By July 1

Postby Kobe8Fan on Sat Jun 01, 2013 11:15 pm

Raptors Will Attempt To Trade Andrea Bargnani By July 1

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First order of biz for new Raps GM Masai Ujiri: Word is he'll shop Andrea Bargnani everywhere he can in hopes of moving him before July 1


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David West Wants To Re-Sign With Pacers

Postby Kobe8Fan on Sat Jun 01, 2013 11:17 pm

David West Wants To Re-Sign With Pacers

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By CHRIS TOMASSON |
Published: Friday, May 31, 2013, 12:37am

MIAMI — David West has been a big challenge all season for the Miami Heat. Look for it continue next season.

The Indiana power forward said after Thursday night’s 90-79 loss to the Heat at AmericanAirlines he wants to re-sign with the Pacers this summer as a free agent.

“Yeah,’’ West said an interview with FOX Sports Florida after his team fell behind 3-2 in the Eastern Conference finals. “I love what we’ve been able to accomplish in the lockout season (of 2011-12) and this full season. And I just pretty much love how this group has grown together since I’ve been there.’’

West signed a two-year, $20 million deal with the Pacers before last season. He was asked if he’s had any talks yet with Indiana officials about re-signing.

“I don’t think we can officially,’’ said West of the free agency period starting July 1. “But these guys know that I’m with them (for the future).’’

West averaged 22.7 points against the Heat in three regular-season games and has averaged 18.2 points against them in five games in the East finals.

“They have a very good team,’’ Heat center Chris Bosh said of West wanting to re-sign. “He’d fit in there. I was kind of surprised when he went there. It was like, ‘Dang, they got a pretty good steal,' because that was a signing that didn’t get a lot of notice, but it was very huge. They’ve got something, so I’m sure they want to keep it intact.’’

West said he’s concentrating on keeping the Pacers alive in Saturday’s Game 6 in Indiana. But he reiterated Indiana is where he wants to be again next season.

“Yeah,’’ said West, who averaged 17.1 points and 7.7 rebounds during the regular season. “This group is a good group. Solid guys in here. I really enjoy being a part of it.’’

Chris Tomasson can be reached at christomasson@hotmail.com or on Twitter @christomasson.


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Source: Hawks May Consider Signing David West

Postby Kobe8Fan on Sat Jun 01, 2013 11:18 pm

Source: Hawks May Consider Signing David West

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The Atlanta Hawks may consider signing David West this summer, according to a source.

The Hawks are projected to have enough salary cap room this summer to sign two max free agents.

The Los Angeles Clippers and Memphis Grizzlies have also been mentioned as potential suitors for West, who will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.


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Nate Robinson Would Welcome Return To Knicks

Postby Kobe8Fan on Sat Jun 01, 2013 11:28 pm

Nate Robinson Would Welcome Return To Knicks

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By Jared Zwerling | ESPNNewYork.com

Nate Robinson, who will be an unrestricted free agent come July 1, would be open to returning to the Knicks, according to his agent, Aaron Goodwin.

"Nate's first thought would be to remain with the Bulls, but if the Knicks' opportunity presented itself, I am sure he would appreciate an opportunity to play in New York again," he told ESPNNewYork.com.

Robinson started his NBA career in New York, where he played four-and-a-half seasons before being traded to the Celtics in Feb. 2010. During his time with the Knicks, he averaged 12.5 points, 2.8 assists and nearly one steal in about 25 minutes per game.

Since then, Robinson has played for the Celtics, Thunder and Warriors, and he just wrapped up his first stint in Chicago, where he became one of the top playoff performers. Without Derrick Rose and mostly Kirk Hinrich due to injuries, Robinson took the reins at starting point guard and averaged 16.3 points, 4.4 assists and one steal in 12 postseason games. He helped lead the short-handed Bulls past the Nets in seven games in the first round, and then a Game 1 upset over the Heat.

In the playoffs, Robinson not only showed he can score on the bigger stage, but also his patience, consistency and decision-making as the main floor general were impressive. Those have always been question marks in his game. But against the Heat, he earned the respect of LeBron James, who wanted to guard him after Game 1.

Robinson will also be an attractive free agent for his many championship-level intangibles, including energy, spirit, confidence, fearlessness, hustle and leadership. Those qualities would win over the demanding, defensive-minded and old-school coach Mike Woodson.

The biggest question is: Would the Knicks be able to afford Robinson, who earned $1.15 million last season? Goodwin will likely seek a mid-level contract for his client, and the Knicks do have a taxpayer mid-level exception of $3.18 million to spend.

Whether or not Jason Kidd and Pablo Prigioni both return, the Knicks will at least explore the market for a younger backup point guard. Aaron Brooks (team option), Will Bynum, A.J. Price and Sebastian Telfair might be available, and Shane Larkin (University of Miami), Pierre Jackson (Baylor) and Nate Wolters (South Dakota State) could be free at the Knicks' pick (No. 24) in the draft.

But Robinson is arguably the best, most affordable point guard in the free-agent class. The Knicks, however, will need to evaluate how they're going to use Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith, who will likely re-sign, next season. The Knicks envision Shumpert handling the ball more, and with Smith coming off the bench, could he play alongside Robinson, who's also known as an instant scorer entering a game?

If Robinson continues to develop running a team, he could help Smith, and others, score more easily and consistently next season. He would also help the Knicks play at a faster pace. Imagine Robinson-to-Smith alley-oops in transition -- that would sure rock the Garden crowd. The Knicks' offense took a major step back in the playoffs because they couldn't get enough deep-paint penetration. That's Robinson game -- and a whole lot more.


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Prospective Kings' Owner Interested In Monta Ellis

Postby Kobe8Fan on Sat Jun 01, 2013 11:43 pm

Prospective Kings' Owner Interested In Monta Ellis

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Monta Ellis has yet to decide if he will opt out of his $11 million deal for the 13-14 NBA season, but he could have one potential suitor in the Sacramento Kings.

A member of the Kings' prospective ownership group has worked on a background check on Ellis as a potential player to sign if Tyreke Evans departs in the offseason.

Evans will be a restricted free agent in the offseason.


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Execs: Bucks Prefer To Re-Sign Monta Over Brandon Jennings

Postby Kobe8Fan on Sat Jun 01, 2013 11:44 pm

Execs: Bucks Prefer To Re-Sign Monta Over Brandon Jennings

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And a free-agent rumble: There's a rising belief in exec circles that Bucks prefer to re-sign Monta Ellis over Brandon Jennings this summer


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Monta will become an unrestricted free agent July 1 if he opts out of his current deal by June 20. Jennings will be a restricted free agent


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Bucks still have coaching choice to make: Larry Drew or Kelvin Sampson. But in backcourt there is sense they prefer Monta/Redick next season


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Monta Increases Interest In Kings With Mike Malone Hire

Postby Kobe8Fan on Sat Jun 01, 2013 11:44 pm

Monta Increases Interest In Kings With Mike Malone Hire

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By Marc J. Spears

The Sacramento Kings' decision to hire Michael Malone as their next head coach should improve their chances of signing guard Monta Ellis in free agency, a league source told Yahoo! Sports.

Ellis plans to opt out of the $11 million final year of his contract with the Bucks to become a free agent this summer, the source said. Ellis became acquainted with Malone, an assistant on Mark Jackson's Golden State Warriors' staff, during his last season in Golden State before he was traded to Milwaukee. During that brief time, Ellis quickly gained a great deal of respect for Malone's basketball IQ and his ability to teach and relate to players.

The Kings were recently purchased by an ownership group led by former Warriors minority owner Vivek Ranadive. Ellis averaged 19.2 points and six assists last season for the Bucks and averaged more than 20 points in each of his last three seasons with the Warriors.


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Re: Monta Increases Interest In Kings With Mike Malone Hire

Postby Savory Griddles on Sun Jun 02, 2013 1:00 pm

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By Marc J. Spears

The Sacramento Kings' decision to hire Michael Malone as their next head coach should improve their chances of signing guard Monta Ellis in free agency, a league source told Yahoo! Sports.

Ellis plans to opt out of the $11 million final year of his contract with the Bucks to become a free agent this summer, the source said. Ellis became acquainted with Malone, an assistant on Mark Jackson's Golden State Warriors' staff, during his last season in Golden State before he was traded to Milwaukee. During that brief time, Ellis quickly gained a great deal of respect for Malone's basketball IQ and his ability to teach and relate to players.

The Kings were recently purchased by an ownership group led by former Warriors minority owner Vivek Ranadive. Ellis averaged 19.2 points and six assists last season for the Bucks and averaged more than 20 points in each of his last three seasons with the Warriors.


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Smart decision to opt out this year. There are a lot of players of his quality next year. This year should be one of the few second tier stars out there.
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby Chillbongo on Sun Jun 02, 2013 2:28 pm

I believe he made a good decision in regards to the current free agency market but he must have his heart set on leaving the Bucks. There is no way Monta should be making or receiving $11M a season. Winning & culture over money? I can respect that.
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby XXIV on Sun Jun 02, 2013 2:44 pm

Yeah I don't think he'll be making $11 million again, but maybe something in the $7-9 million range. Should be interesting to see if he really does go to the Kings.
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby therealdeal on Sun Jun 02, 2013 3:47 pm

It's not about yearly salary at his stage in his career. It's about a long term contract that's also lucrative. Who knows whether or not he'll be healthy enough next season to earn a long term deal? This was a great decision for him.
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby The Rock on Mon Jun 03, 2013 12:00 am

Interesting

https://twitter.com/ESPNSteinLine/status/341375590215073793
Hearing early projections given to GMs and owners in May have NBA salary cap rising to just $58.5 mil next season. This season: $58.044 mil
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby The Rock on Mon Jun 03, 2013 9:41 am

https://twitter.com/ESPNSteinLine/status/341591785795117056

NBA teams being told PROJECTED luxury-tax threshold for next season:$71.6 million. Reminder: Projections not binding until full July audit
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