2018 NBA Season Team News
This is our very first test run of around the clock NBA coverage for 365 Sports Network. Coming during the second half of the season (following the All-Star Break) we will provide daily NBA news, rumors, and updates from all 30 teams.
- May 22nd (Paul Millsap opts out of contract): 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.
- July 27th (Heat interested in trading for Kyrie Irving): The chase for Kyrie Irving continues as the Miami Heat are said that they are willing to deal Justise Winslow and Goran Dragic in order to acquire Kyrie Irving from the Cleveland Cavaliers. Now both Winslow and Dragic will be the key pieces in the trade but more could go Cavaliers way if a deal does work out between the two. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, he says that due to the bad history between Cleveland and Miami a deal for Kyrie Irving could potentially not happen. It was reported yesterday that the Cavaliers have made calls in order to contact Kyrie Irving but all have failed. It is sounding like Kyrie is distancing himself from the team so that a potential trade will happen. Teams like the T-Wolves, Suns and Knicks have all expressed interest in acquiring Kyrie from Cleveland. The Miami Heat are the latest team to be reported on who they could give up to acquire Kyrie. We will continue to provide more updates on the Kyrie Irving sweepstakes so keep on checking back!
- June 27th (Spencer Hawes exercises player option): 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 dealt 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.
New York Knicks:
- February 13th (Ex-Wizard Brandon Jennings signs G-League deal): Brandon Jennings, 28, was last seen in the NBA with the Washington Wizards after a stint with the New York Knicks. Jennings was waived by the Wizards later waived by the Wizards in which he signed with China’s Shanxi Brave Dragons. Jennings was waived by the Dragons back in December and has been working out in Los Angeles ever since. It is currently unknown on what team signed him, but we will monitor the developing story. (Source: Adam Johnson | NBA G-League Writer)
- May 19th (Mavericks interested in Jrue Holliday?): With NBA free agency just weeks away the Dallas Mavericks are already thinking free agency are rumored to have interest in impending free agent Jrue Holiday. Once free agency opens up Jrue Holiday’s phone is sounding like it will be ringing off the hook as not only are the Mavs interested but also is the New York Knicks and also the Pelicans. Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry said that re-signing Jrue Holiday will be the team’s main priority entering free agency. Jrue Holiday will be looking at a nice payday this offseason. (Source: Ian Begly)
- June 24th (Re-signing Noel a priority for Dallas?): 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 course of the Mavs offseason.
- June 19th (Gallinari not considering Nuggets in free agency): Following an event appearance in Barcelona, impending free agent Danilo Gallinari spoke to the media and said that “Nuggets are not my first choice” once free agency opens up. Danilo Gallinari would go on to say “but they (Nuggets) are exactly at the same level of the other teams. Denver’s advantage is that they can offer me a five-year contract while other franchises can offer me a four-year deal. Nuggets are at the same level of the others.” It is sounding like Gallinari will be looking for a contract with the most money and Denver does have the cash to bring back Gallinari on a long-term deal. The Nuggets could be looking into bringing in a big name this offseason as they are prepared to speak with impending free agent Chris Paul once free agency opens up. (Source: Sportando.com)
Golden State Warriors:
- May 27th (Matt Barnes wants to continue to play): In an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, Matt Barnes says that he intends to play next season. In the interview, Matt Barnes says “I think I’ve still got a little bit left in the tank, Obviously, I’d like to come back here and finish up here, but I feel like I’ve got another year or two left in the tank.” Matt Barnes, 37, has been bouncing around the league over the past couple of seasons having played for the Grizzlies, Kings and now the Warriors. This season Barnes has had a decent season posting 7.1 PPG, 5.2 RPG and .391 FGP. Going forward he will likely be playing on a year-to-year contract on a veteran max deal. (Source: San Francisco Chronicle)
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Los Angeles Lakers:
- September 4th (Shabazz Muhammad considering joining Lakers): Free agent shooting guard Shabazz Muhammad is considering joining the Los Angeles Lakers according to Eric Pincus. Shabazz Muhammad has spent his entire career with the Minnesota Timberwolves but his inability to be productive on defense and healthy concerns did him in with the team this offseason. Spending most of the offseason weighing in all offers this is the first time in a while that Shabazz’s name is surfacing. Shabazz Muhammad has connections in Los Angeles as his former agent Rob Pelinka is now the general manager of the Los Angeles Lakers. This is all taking into consideration and nothing is a done deal, Lakers have yet to confirm or deny interest in him.
- August 4th (Lakers sign Vander Blue): 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.
- July 7th (Grizzlies sign Tyreke Evans): 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.
New Orleans Pelicans:
- September 19th (Pelicans interested in Dante Cunningham): It is sounding like the New York Knicks will be in the market for versatile players that can shoot but can also play defense. Dante Cunningham fits the build for what the Knicks will be looking for. In the past couple of seasons with the Pelicans, Cunningham improved as three point shooter going 71-181 this past year and 55-174 the season prior. The Knicks are also rumored to have interest in impending Toronto Raptors P.J. Tucker.