Author: Brett Pollakoff

DeAndre Jordan, Chris Paul

Report: DeAndre Jordan’s relationship with Chris Paul was ‘demonstrably poor’


DeAndre Jordan agreed to a four-year free agent deal with the Mavericks, and shunned a Clippers team that was, by most accounts, much more ready-made to contend for a title in the immediate future.

So, why go? There are two very legitimate reasons.

First off, Jordan would never fully get the praise and recognition that he craved while playing alongside two big-time players in Blake Griffin and Chris Paul. Young NBA players have egos, and that fact undoubtedly played a part in Jordan’s free agent decision.

But so did the reality that he and Paul weren’t always on the best of terms.

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On one hand, there was Jordan’s relationship with Clippers All-Star Chris Paul, which sources told was demonstrably poor. These things are never one man’s fault, but they believe that Jordan’s relationship with the man who got him the ball in LA played a role here.

Paul, like his Staples Center co-inhabitant Kobe Bryant, is among the game’s fiercest competitors, and will ride his teammates mercilessly in pursuit of winning, while prioritizing it above all else.

That act can wear thin on younger players, who want to enjoy the NBA lifestyle more than they necessarily want to win night in and night out, at any cost.

The Clippers locker room wasn’t the most pleasant of places at times last season. And once the opportunity presented itself, Jordan chose an option that wouldn’t harm him financially, but that would provide him with a level of star power and enjoyment that were clearly missing from his current situation.

Report: Patrick Beverley re-signs on four-year deal to remain with Rockets

Houston Rockets v Sacramento Kings

Patrick Beverley is known as being an agitator on the defensive end of the floor, and that schtick provides a perfect complement to the offensive brilliance of James Harden in the backcourt of the Houston Rockets.

Beverley was a restricted free agent this summer, but re-signed in Houston on an extremely reasonable deal that will help secure the future of the team that finished last season with the second-best record in the Western Conference.

Sam Amick of USA Today:

Pat Beverley’s deal with Houston, I’m told: $ 18 million over 3 with a 5 million non guaranteed year in year 4.

Incredibly cost-effective deal for the Rockets.

Beverley averaged 10.1 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.1 assists in Houston last season, and started in 55 of his 56 regular season appearances while playing 30.8 minutes per contest.

Kenyon Martin announces retirement from professional basketball

Milwaukee Bucks v Orlando Magic

A year ago at Summer League in Las Vegas, Kenyon Martin was eying a full-time return to professional basketball, and was hopeful of receiving an opportunity to once again play for the Knicks.

“Definitely,” Martin said, when asked if he hopes to return to New York. “I’m comfortable here. Me and Melo have got history, so of course this is where I would love to play. I’m not done by any stretch of the imagination, and I would love to be a Knick again. I’m going to try to make it happen.”

It never happened.

Martin’s only shot last season was in Milwaukee, where a former teammate in Jason Kidd, now the Bucks’ head coach, saw it fitting to give him a chance.

He appeared in just 11 contests, and once it became clear that he was finished, Martin saw fit to announce his retirement in advance of next season.

From Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports:

“It’s been a great 15 years,” Martin, 37, told Yahoo Sports. “Thanks to all the fans that supported me over the years. But a time does come when you have to walk away, and the time is now for me. I’m ready for the next chapter of my life. I would like to thank the Nets, Nuggets, Clippers, Knicks and Bucks for the opportunity to play the game that I love.

“It’s been real. Thanks for the love.”

Martin was the consensus 2000 college basketball player of the year at the University of Cincinnati. He also played briefly for the China Xinjiang Flying Tigers during the NBA lockout in 2012. His basketball career ended when the Bucks opted not to sign him for the remainder of the season after he completed two 10-day contracts and was waived on Feb. 19.

Martin played a total of 15 NBA seasons, and was an All-Star with the Nets back in 2004. He was a member of those New Jersey teams that went to the Finals in consecutive seasons in 2002 and 2003, and played with Carmel Anthony in Denver for the bulk of his time with the Nuggets.

Martin was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2000 NBA Draft, and leaves the game with career averages of 12.3 points and 6.8 rebounds in 30.6 minutes per contest.

Report: Kings offer Wes Matthews four-year deal in $64 million range

New York Knicks v Portland Trail Blazers

The Sacramento Kings have been, for the last full season, an unmitigated disaster.

The Kings had three head coaches last year, and after forcing out their GM out and anointing Vlade Divac as the man in charge, ownership flirted with the idea of replacing him (and George Karl) with John Calipari, just to continue to mix things up.

Sacramento will need to vastly overpay in order to bring free agent talent into this hornets nest, and the reported offer on the table for Wes Matthews would certainly qualify.

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ESPN sources say that the Sacramento Kings have offered Wes Matthews a three-year deal in the $45 million range

But ESPN sources say Dallas is Wes Matthews’ preferred destination — over both Kings and Raptors — and that Mavs are favorites to land him

Wes Matthews Update: Sacramento offer to free-agent swingman is actually four-year deal at $16 million annually for total of $64 million

Monta Ellis is a recent example of someone who could have earned more money by signing in Sacramento, but ended up (for now) choosing to play with the Pacers instead.

Matthews might not be in line for a $15 million per year deal from anyone else, thanks to the Achilles injury he suffered last season. But if another team comes anywhere near that number, Matthews would likely choose that offer instead of the one given by Sacramento, simply because of the insanely dysfunctional current state of the Kings franchise.

Report: Robin Lopez discussing $12 million per year deal with Knicks; Lakers also a consideration

New York Knicks v Portland Trail Blazers

The Lakers and the Knicks may be the biggest markets the NBA has to offer, but the current state of their respective rosters makes them less-than-desirable destinations from the perspective of the majority of the league’s marquee free agents.

LaMarcus Aldridge may technically be still deciding, but L.A., despite their second chance at convincing him, increasingly seems like a long shot. Greg Monroe, linked to the Knicks since the middle of last season, has already chosen to play somewhere else.

That leaves the glamor franchises clamoring to convince second-tier talent to sign, and Robin Lopez is the most recent name that has evidently garnered a significant level of interest.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

Free agent center Robin Lopez discussing deal with Knicks that would earn him in range of $12M-$13M per season, league sources tell Yahoo.

Another serious consideration for Robin Lopez: The Lakers.

Lopez has evolved into an excellent defensive big man, and one who is at least capable on the offensive end of the floor. He averaged 9.6 points and 6.7 rebounds in Portland last season, while shooting 53.5 percent from the field in 27.8 minutes per contest. He’s a fine piece to build around, especially for teams like the Lakers and Knicks who are desperate at this point to add foundational pieces to the roster.