SF, Los Angeles Lakers
The NBA and NBPA have agreed to an amended CBA that will have free agency open at 6:00 PM Eastern on November 20, with signings allowed at 12:01 PM on November 22.
Buckle up. That means free agency will start less than two days after the draft, so we should get a crazy flurry of player movement with the season to start a month after signings can be made official. Additionally, there’s progress in talks that would open the league’s transaction window (for trades, opt-ins and opt-outs, etc.) two or three days before the draft. If you’re into the other nitty gritty details, the salary cap and luxury tax will remain the same as they were last season ($109.1 million and $132.7 million, respectively) and the two sides will keep the typical 10 percent escrow from player salaries.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
November 10, 2020, 12:03 am
PG, Brooklyn Nets
Multiple Western Conference contenders have shown interest in trading for Spender Dinwiddie, according to Ian Begley of SportsNet New York.
Dinwiddie is essentially in the final year of his contract as he has a $12 million player option for next season. Knowing the eccentric guard’s personality and factoring in his big counting stats in Kyrie Irving’s absence, it wouldn’t be surprising if he sought a pricier deal, one which the Nets may not be willing to offer. Given that dynamic it’s entirely feasible the team would look to move him this season. Begley’s report doesn’t mention any specific teams, but when you think of Western Conference contenders in need of a point guard, you think of the Clippers and the Lakers.
Source: Ian Begley for SportsNet New York
November 9, 2020, 2:13 pm
F, Washington Wizards
Multiple teams are preparing sign-and-trade offers for free agent Davis Bertans in an attempt to lure him away from the Wizards, per NBC Sports.
The Wizards have Bertans’ Bird Rights and as such will be in the driver’s seat for his free agency. The team can pay the sharpshooter as much as they’re willing or agree to one of these alleged sign-and-trade offers. The report doesn’t specify who these offers will come from but speculates that the Celtics, Lakers and Nuggets may be Bertans’ anonymous suitors. The Suns, Knicks and Hawks will also reportedly attempt to sign Bertans with their open cap space. Coming off the best season of his career, this level of attention in free agency will be a first for Bertans.
Source: Chase Hughes for NBC Sports
November 9, 2020, 12:13 pm
PF, Toronto Raptors
According to Sean Deveney of Heavy.com, the Lakers could be looking to lure some veteran talent to join their ranks on the promise of playing on a tried and tested title contender and Toronto’s Serge Ibaka is an example of one such potential target.
Ibaka would be a huge add for the Lakers, should they successfully land him. That said, the team doesn’t have much to offer as far as money is concerned and would be offering him far less than what the open market would likely be able to serve up on the table. As of now, consider this a rumor, served up by an unamed GM, something we should see more and more of as we approach the NBA Draft.
November 8, 2020, 8:17 pm
The Pistons intend to interview LaMelo Ball, per the Detroit Free Press.
Ball has been working out in Detroit, but this still comes as a bit of a surprise. Routinely ranked among the top three draft prospects, the Pistons didn’t figure to be on Ball’s radar (or vice versa) at pick No. 7. Ball, in fact, had previously only spoken with the top four teams in the draft. Amid speculation that Ball’s draft interviews haven’t gone well, perhaps the Pistons are getting the sense that he could be available to them after all. It could also signal that Detroit, who is in dire need of a playmaker, could be considering a trade up in the draft as well. In terms of landing spots for a young PG, the Pistons are pretty good in terms of playing time, usage and potential fantasy value.
Source: Detroit Free Press
November 8, 2020, 2:30 pm