P.J. Tucker has reached an agreement with the Rockets that will have him in Houston for a long time. Tucker and Houston agreed to a four-year, $32 million deal that on the surface should be nothing more than the Rockets adding a strong defensive wing.
However, this trade could have an impact on not only the Rockets, but the Cavaliers and Raptors as well. Tucker’s deal has reportedly caused a stall in trade discussions between Houston and Cleveland. The Cavs had planned to trade Iman Shumpert to the Rockets in a salary dump, but with so much money committed to the Rockets, that might be an issue now.
Kyle Lowry is staying home. Lowry announced on The Players’ Tribune site Sunday that he will re-sign with the Toronto Raptors, adding that it was an easy decision.
A person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press that Lowry’s deal is worth $100 million over three years. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because neither Lowry nor the team publicly revealed those details. The three-time All-Star averaged 22.4 points and 7.0 assists last season for the Raptors, who also struck a deal to retain forward Serge Ibaka earlier Sunday to a $65 million, three-year deal. Lowry says : “I’m coming back to Toronto because my heart is telling me that it’s home.”
Taj Gibson is on his way to Minnesota, giving Tom Thibodeau another trusted veteran to join Jimmy Butler and the new-look Timberwolves.
Gibson agreed to terms on a two-year, $28 million deal on Sunday, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal cannot be finalized until the NBA’s moratorium ends Thursday. Gibson has spent the bulk of his career in Chicago, including five seasons under Thibodeau. Gibson and Butler brought a grinding, hard-nosed, defensive-minded attitude to those Bulls that embodied exactly what Thibodeau wanted in a team. The Bulls traded Gibson to Oklahoma City last season, and Thibodeau did not hide his admiration for the 32-year-old power forward when the Thunder visited Minnesota in April.
“Taj could fit into any team in any role, and that’s the thing that you really respect about him,” he said. “He not only embraces the role that you ask him to play, he stars in it.” Exactly where Gibson fits remains to be seen. He could start at power forward alongside Towns, allowing big man Gorgui Dieng to move to the bench and anchor the second unit. Or Gibson can come off the bench and give the backups a steady presence. “You need him to start? He’ll start and play great. You ask him to come off the bench, he’s got a great motor and can come off the bench,” Thibodeau said in April. “He’s one of those guys where it doesn’t take him five minutes to warm up.”
Serge Ibaka and the Toronto Raptors agreed to terms on a three-year, $65 million deal Sunday to extend his stay north of the border, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. Ibaka joined the Raptors through a February deadline deal with the Orlando Magic, and he filled an immediate need for the Eastern Conference contenders as a stretch 4 who could space the floor on offense and protect the rim on defense. Ibaka averaged 14.2 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocks while shooting 45.9 percent from the field and 39.8 percent from three in 23 regular-season appearances with the Raptors.
“I try to focus on bringing something that nobody brings,” Ibaka said, according to the Toronto Star‘s Doug Smith. “It’s hard work; I spend a lot of time working on my game”. Ibaka’s intensity as a rebounder and shot-blocker helped the Raptors, but the biggest stride he made last year was in terms of long-range shooting efficiency. Over the entire season, he shot a career-high 39.1 percent from three (minimum 50 attempts). An evolving weapon off the ball, Ibaka also drilled 38.3 percent of his catch-and-shoot triples, per NBA.com—attempts that accounted for 32.0 percent of his shots last season. That prowess proved particularly lethal when Ibaka was paired with the ball-dominant Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan—each of whom needed a more dependable outlet to trust beyond the arc.
The Boston Celtics needed to clear cap space as they try to make a big splash in free agency, and Tyler Zeller became a cap casualty Sunday. The Celtics announced they had waived the veteran center on Twitter. Zeller, who saw his role reduced with the addition of Al Horford, was set to be paid $8 million if he was not waived by Sunday. Zeller spent the past three seasons with the Celtics after coming over from the Clevland Cavaliers in a three-team trade with the Brooklyn Nets in July of 2014. The 27-year-old center averaged 3.5 points and 2.4 rebounds for the Celtics during the 2016-17 NBA season.
Miloš Teodosić has agreed to a four-year, $48M deal with Chicago Bulls and will sign contract on 5th of July if nothing “unpredictable” happens. Chicago Bulls are reportedly set to announce 30-year old Serbian international point guard Milos Teodosic (195-89kg-87) who played last time at CSKA Moscow in Russia. Teodosic has played there for the last six years. In 29 Euroleague games he had very impressive stats: 16.1ppg, 2.1rpg and 6.8apg last season. Teodosic helped them to make it to the Euroleague Final Four. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague 2nd Team. Teodosic also played 21 games in VTB United League where he recorded 11.3ppg, 2.4rpg and 6.0apg (top 4). He contributed to his team winning the VTB United League championship (twice) (also twice). Teodosic has never been drafted by the NBA.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Russian PBL Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-Russian PBL Bosman Player of the Year back in 2013. Teodosic has been also a member of Serbian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Serbian senior team since 2007 and previously for U20 National Team in 2007. Teodosic represented Serbia at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. He has played previously professionally in Greece (Olympiacos) and Serbia (Crvena Zvezda, Borac and FMP II Beograd).
Washington Wizards tabbed 30-year old guard Jodie Meeks (193-94kg-87, college: Kentucky) from Orlando Magic. In 36 NBA games he averaged 9.1ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.3apg last season. The previous (15-16) season Meeks played at the Pistons where in four NBA games he had 6.0ppg and 1.3rpg. In 2009 he was drafted by Milwaukee Bucks in second round (41st overall). The former University of Kentucky standoutis in his ninth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements he received USBasket.com All-NCAA D1 2nd Team award and All-SEC 1st Team award back in 2009 at his college time.
Meeks has played previously for two other teams: LA Lakers and Phi.76ers.
Michael Carter-Williams and the Charlotte Hornets have agreed to a one-year deal, according toThe Charlotte Observer’s Rick Bonnell. The deal will be worth $2.7 million, per ESPN’s Chris Haynes, and provides the Hornets with a backup to Kemba Walker after presumably losing several guards from last season to free agency. Last season, Briante Weber, Ramon Sessions and Brian Roberts all spent time on Charlotte’s roster, although none really locked down the backup point guard spot. Perhaps Carter-Williams can do that, the former Rookie of the Year winner who has seen his career decline ever since the first season in Philadelphia.
Carter-Williams’ most recent stint was in Chicago, were he averaged a career-low 6.6 points on an also career-low 36.6-percent shooting from the field. Before last season, Carter-Williams had averaged double-digit points in the previous three seasons, although his averages had declined three straight seasons. In Chicago, though, Carter-Williams was almost entirely ineffective overall. In Charlotte, the Hornets must still see a role for Carter-Williams, who is primed to become a reclamation project for someone.
Kyle Korver agreed to return to the Cavaliers on a three-year, $22 million contract, sources told cleveland.com. Korver, 36, was perhaps the Cavs’ top priority as a free agent this offseason. He led the NBA in 3-point field-goal percentage (.451) last season and has made the fifth-most 3s in NBA history (2,049) in his 14 pro seasons. Joining the Cavs in a trade in January from Atlanta, he shot .485 from 3-point range and averaged 10.7 points off the bench. Because Cleveland traded for Korver last season, the team was eligible to pay him without restriction by the league’s complex salary rules.
With Korver’s contract and the one-year deal Jose Calderon agreed to on Saturday, the Cavs’ payroll is already up to an estimated $137 million (for 12 players) — $18 million over the league’s luxury tax line next season.
According to ESPN, the Cavs would pay an estimated $42.7 million in luxury taxes after the Korver contract. And of course there are still three roster spots available. Teams can announce signings of free-agent contracts beginning Thursday. Sources indicate that the third year of Korver’s deal is partially guaranteed. He would turn 39 in March of his final season of that contract.