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Second-rounder Tyler Harvey opting for D-League over Magic’s required tender

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Dakari Johnson rejecting the required tender to play for the Thunder’s D-League team.

Tyler Harvey doing that for the Magic is another.

Oklahoma City has 15 players, the regular-season roster limit, with guaranteed salaries. Plus, the Thunder have a strong developmental track record.

The Magic have just 13 players with guaranteed salaries. Presumably, there’d be room for Harvey, the No. 51 pick out of Eastern Washington.

Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel:

To keep Harvey’s rights, the Magic had to offer him a required tender – a one-year contract presumably unguaranteed at the minimum.

Harvey should have accepted it. That would have allowed him to attend training camp and try earning a spot on the regular-season roster. If he made the team, he would’ve gotten an NBA salary. If he got cut, he would’ve at least been an NBA free agent – and he still could have gone to the D-League, as he’s doing now.

Orlando has six players on partially guaranteed or unguaranteed contracts competing for the final two spots:

Harvey doesn’t believe he could beat out at least five of that group?

Maybe the Magic promised him a better contract if he waited until next offseason. But, even if they did, should he count on that? Why would they pay him more next summer when they could pretty easily accommodate him onto the roster now?

Perhaps, Harvey agreed to forgo the tender on condition of being drafted. It is cool to hear your name called. But that probably would have been a financial mistake. Being drafted limits a player.

Take Sibert. He went undrafted out of Dayton, and he’s getting $100,000 guaranteed from the Magic. If he makes the regular-season roster, he’ll get even more. Harvey will be limited to about a third of Sibert’s guarantee in the D-League.

Plus, if Sibert gets waived, he becomes an NBA free agent, free to sign with any team that wants him. Harvey can sign in the top league for the next year only if Orlando wants him.

It’s very nice of Harvey to let the Magic keep his rights without paying him or using a roster spot on him. I’m just not sure why he’s letting them do that.

Marc Gasol: Grizzlies will try to sign Pau Gasol

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Do the competitive Gasol brothers try to distract the other by creating rumors about him?

Before last season, Pau Gasol said Marc Gasol would consider the Knicks in free agency. Of course, Marc seemingly seamlessly re-signed with the Grizzlies.

Now, Marc is talking about the next destination of Pau, who has two years (including one following a player option) remaining on his Bulls contract.

Marc, via EuropaPress (as translated by HoopsHype):

It’s not impossible that one day we could play together. I think he has two more years in Chicago and I think it’s difficult that he would leave the team, I wouldn’t like it. But for us, and for Memphis to add someone like Pau, it would be unbelievable. We will try. Why not?

The brothers shared a nice moment together by starting the All-Star game last season, but even then, they were on opposing teams.

If they want to play together, it’d probably have to be in Memphis, where Marc is the franchise player and just beginning a five-year deal. Pau previous played for the Grizzlies, but he could return without nearly as much pressure. The Gasols and Zach Randolph would form one heck of a big-man rotation.

It’s an interesting idea, one I bet Pau will consider. But it’s a ways off, and he might not want to mix family and business. I’d put the odds against it, though I’d hardly be surprised.

Phil Jackson and Shane Larkin have weird thing going about Larkin’s hands

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Phil Jackson calling Andrea Bargnani a “big tease” drew the most attention, but Shane Larkin sure noticed what the Knicks president said about him a final-evaluation article with Charley Rosen of ESPN:

“His play did improve, but he’s still a long shot to be back with us. He’s incredibly quick but he doesn’t use his speed the way he should. Shane mainly wants to get his shot off a high screen-roll situation when he should be pushing the ball and getting his shots in an open floor. Another problem is that he can’t control the ball because he has such tiny hands. For sure, every team needs a small, quick guard, but there are a lot of guys like that available.”

Larkin signed with the Nets this summer, and the guard is doing his part to boost the fledgling New York-Brooklyn rivarly:

Devin Kharpertian of The Brooklyn Game:

Larkin’s hands are relatively small. At the pre-draft combine, his hands measured 7.5 inches long (tied for fourth-smallest in the DraftExpress database) and 8.75 inches wide.

But Michael Carter-Williams has smaller hands. It’s not a deal-breaker. For what it’s worth, Larkin showed the media he could palm a basketball.

Larkin has talent. I’m not sure whether he’ll develop into a reliable NBA rotation player, but he could – in spite of his hand size. If Jackson overly obsessed with it rather than merely viewing it as the minor weakness it is, that’s his mistake.

After Larkin’s comments, I’m curious how often Jackson brought it up before the Rosen interview.