Once Celtics GM Danny Ainge came to the conclusion that Boston’s aging core was no longer capable of contending for a title, he traded away Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, and plunged the team into a full-fledged rebuild in the process.
It was widely believed around the league that All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo was available, too, and could have been had for the right price. But a rebuild has to begin with elite-level talent at some point, and Rondo is a piece that the team apparently had no intention of trading at this time.
From Sean Deveney of Sporting News:
The wave of phone calls the Celtics received in early July about Rondo has passed, and according to league sources, Boston never seriously entertained dealing their flighty point guard. Rumored talks with Detroit were “overblown,” a source said, and Rondo does not want out of Boston. Rondo is coming off ACL surgery, which bumps down his value, and the Celtics were not planning on selling low regardless.
The low trade value may have had as much to do with Boston standing pat as anything, and unless there was a combination of cap relief (in the form of packaging a bad contract in a Rondo deal — you know, like the one Gerald Wallace is on the books for) and future first round draft picks, the Celtics weren’t going to give up on Rondo before they see what he’s capable of under new head coach Brad Stevens.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry has finalized his new contract, signing his $201 million, five-year deal after he reached agreement when the free agency period began July 1.
His contract initially was the richest ever, until James Harden topped it with a $228 million extension from the Houston Rockets.
NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant also signed his new contract worth approximately $53 million over the next two years.
On Tuesday, NBA champion Golden State announced its other signings of returning free agents.
Starting center Zaza Pachulia has a $3.5 million, one-year contract. Andre Iguodala, the 2015 Finals MVP, received a three-year contract with $48 million guaranteed; fellow key reserve Shaun Livingston is getting $24 million and three years, and David West earned a one-year deal for the veteran minimum $2.3 million.
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Take one more NBA veteran off the free agent board.
According to report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Arron Afflalo has signed a one-year deal with the Orlando Magic. Afflalo’s deal with the Magic is $2.1 million according to Wojnarowski, which is the veteran’s minimum for a player with his experience.
Afflalo, 31, previously played for the Magic from 2012 to 2014 before being traded to the Denver Nuggets.
Afflalo played for the Sacramento Kings last season averaging 8.4 points, 2 rebounds, and 1.3 assists per game.
Phoenix Suns point guard Brandon Knight could be out for the 2017–18 NBA season with a torn ACL in his left knee.
That’s according to a report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowksi, who released the news on Tuesday afternoon.
Knight, 25, has roughly three years and $45 million left on the contract he signed in 2015.
Knight has been speculated as a potential trade chip for some time, but with him out it is unclear whether Phoenix will want to make a move with the players currently on their roster.
Knight averaged 11 points, 2.4 assists, and 2.2 rebounds per game for the Suns last season in 54 contests.
Kyrie Irving‘s trade request has injected excitement into an NBA offseason that was slipping into a slow period, give or take a Carmelo Anthony trade.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver on The Rich Eisen Show:
I love the interest. I’m not ecstatic about the drama.
I feel bad for what’s-ever is going on in Cleveland, and I have no first-hand information. But I assume where there’s smoke, there’s fire. Brian Windhorst has sort of been cataloguing LeBron’s career for a long time, and he usually has very accurate insights from that team.
It’s upsetting to hear that, when you see superstar players who have co-existed, who had so much success together – obviously three Finals in a row, one championship – to hear that, for whatever reason, there’s a sense that they can’t continue to co-exist. Yeah, that’s drama, but it’s not necessarily the kind of drama that the league wants.
Silver knows he probably can’t break up the Warriors, so he wanted teams to step up and compete with Golden State. The Cavaliers had been the league’s best hope the last few years, and LeBron James ensures they remain a title contender. But this disarray hurts their chances.
If you’re wearing a tin-foil hat, remember what happened last time Silver felt bad for Cleveland…