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Sacramento Kings: Kings power forward Zach Randolph could possibly get banned from the league | August 15th, 2017
King’s power forward Zach Randolph could possibly be banned from the league due to his recent run-in with law enforcement.
Zach Randolph had a busy offseason which saw him leave the Memphis Grizzlies after 8-seasons and sign a 2-year $24 million dollar contract with the Kings on July 10th. On July 10th, Zach Randolph was arrested in Los Angeles, California with possession of two pounds of marijuana and later charged with “intent to sell”, Randolph’s bail was set at $20,000 dollars.
Memphis writer Ronald Tillery noted that Zach Randolph could be suspended due to new CBA rules. The new CBA rules state on page 24 of the CBA rules “A player will be dismissed and disqualified from the NBA if he is convicted of, or pleads guilty, no contest or nolo contendre to, a crime involving the felony distribution of marijuana.”
Zach Randolph’s name is not the only name linked to a league ban as his former teammate in Memphis O.J. Mayo was banned from the league for league drug violation, he was banned from the league in July of 2016 but is eligible to return in 2018. The Sacramento Kings commented saying they are aware of the situation but are not commenting right now on Randolph’s situation. We will continue to monitor this situation and post updates on this as news presents itself. Please keep on checking back with us.
Los Angeles Lakers: Lakers sign D/G-League standout Vander Blue | August 4th, 2017
The Los Angeles Lakers signed Vander Blue to the team’s NBA roster. Vander Blue is the 2017 NBA G-League MVP and could emerge as a potential threat to Tyler Ennis. In 47-games for the Los Angeles D-Fenders, Vander Blue averaged 24.8 PPG and 3.0 Assists per-game. Vander Blue had a cup of coffee with the Lakers back during the 2014-2015 season but the opportunity in the present day is much bigger and better for him.
Memphis Grizzlies: Grizzlies sign Tyreke Evans to a 1 year, $3.3 million dollar deal | July 7th, 2017
Coming off another injury ridden season, the Grizzlies give Tyreke Evans a very manageable contract.
Last season Tyreke Evans spent the season split with the New Orleans Pelicans (26 games) and the Sacramento Kings (14 games) playing in 40 games total. Last season Evans saw a decrease in minutes with the Pelicans but got a handful more when he joined the Kings in February. Tyreke Evans finished the season averaging 10.3 PPG, 3.1 APG and 3.4 RPG. Tyreke Evans will hit the bench and will play behind Tony Allen.
Oklahoma City Thunder: Thunder acquire Paul George in exchange for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis | June 30th, 2017
The Paul George offseason saga storyline swerved us all as he was dealt to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
For weeks there was a lot of rumors coming from Paul George’s camp as he was interested in parting ways from the Pacers following his contract at the end of next season and play for the Los Angeles Lakers. As time went on there were rumors of him possibly joining up with Chris Paul and James Harden in Houston but trade talks with Houston were put “on hold” and Oklahoma City, out of left field, ran in and gave a trade that benefits both sides.
The addition of Paul George to Oklahoma City gives them a solidified “BIG 2” but the only thing is that they are missing is that big addition to getting a “BIG 3” back in OKC. Oklahoma City is out of the running for Blake Griffin as he decided to return to Los Angeles and stay with DeAndre Jordan so the Thunder are now looking at different avenues to bring in help. The Thunder will be meeting with Zach Randolph this week in hopes of getting to join Westbrook and George but bringing him in will be a tough task as he has a handful of suitors after him.
If Paul George does indeed stay with the Thunder following the 2017-2018 season in due time the Oklahoma City Thunder could be a lethal team like they once were when Kevin Durant was in town.
Milwaukee Bucks: Spencer Hawes exercises his $6 million dollar player option for 2017-2018 season | June 27th, 2017
Journeyman, Spencer Hawes will play another season with the Milwaukee Bucks and it will cost the Bucks $6 million dollars. Spencer Hawes was not a huge factor last season and even lost more when he was delt to the Bucks for Miles Plumlee. Spencer Hawes lost minutes when he transitioned in with the Bucks and he could be looking at the same route as he will be playing behind Thon Maker and Greg Monroe.
Dallas Mavericks: Mavericks making re-signing Nerlens Noel a priority this offseason | June 24th, 2017
According to Marc Stein, the Mavericks are making re-signing Nerlens Noel a priority. This past season, Noel had a rocky first year in which is to blame on lingering knee injuries. In 22 games last season Noel averaged 8.5 PPG, 6.8 RPG while having .575 field goal percentage. The Mavericks are in the rebuilding process and have a nice core of players well on the rise in Dallas such as Nerlens Noel, Harrison Barnes, Wesley Matthews and recently draft-steal Dennis Smith Jr.. Keeping this core together and having Noel be a part of it could mean a payday for Noel as he could be given a max contract despite his history of injuries. It’s going to be something to keep tabs during the coarse of the Mavs offseason.
San Antonio Spurs: Pau Gasol will opt out of his contract but intends to re-sign with San Antonio | June 20th, 2017
This is a trend that has been going around the league and that is having big name players decline options on their contract to help their team save money. Pau Gasol is joining Kevin Durant as a player who is declining a contract option in order to save money for his team. Pau Gasol was due $16.2 million if he was to cash in but has decided to decline the option.
Adrian Wojnarowski (The Vertical) reports that Pau Gasol is expected to sign a long-term contract with San Antonio but the contract will be much cheaper. Spurs power forward David Lee has also declined his player worth $2.3 million but it is unknown if his plan is to return to the Spurs on a long-term deal, he is looking at a vet minimum of $1.4/1.5 million.
Atlanta Hawks: Paul Millsap has opted out of his contract with Hawks, will become a free agent
The Vertical’s Shams Charania has confirmed that Atlanta Hawks power forward Paul Millsap has officially opted out of his contract with the Atlanta Hawks and will become a free agent.
With Paul Millsap deciding to opt out of his contract it does not completely close the books on a return to Atlanta next season. The Atlanta Hawks have made re-signing Paul Millsap their top priority and Millsap has also expressed interest in returning to the team as well but if the terms of a deal are right in his ballpark.
Last season, Paul Millsap averaged 18.1 PPG, 7.7 RPG and 0.9 BLKPG. Paul Millsap will be pursued heavily this offseason.