Tristan Thompson wants a five-year max contract. He’s willing to accept a three-year max contract.
Chris Haynes of Cleveland.com:
The Cavaliers view both of the offers the same: They aren’t interested. However, they are willing to up their five-year, $80-million offer, sources informed Northeast Ohio Media Group, but to what extent is unknown at this time.
The Cavaliers reportedly increased their offer to reach five years, $80 million. Earlier this month, they were reportedly holding firm on that.
But if they’re willing to bend again, maybe Thompson will meet them in the middle.
With a few days before Thompson’s qualifying offer is due to expire, the Cavaliers must time their next offer. Too early, and Thompson will wait for another, even better offer before the deadline. Too late, and the Cavaliers begin practicing without him.
There’s nothing more important the Wizards can do this season to lure Kevin Duran than have a good season.
But that alone won’t get Durant to D.C. in free agency next summer.
A little love from the Wizards’ top player could help.
John Wall, via CSN Mid-Atlantic:
There’s going to be an opportunity to where you have an opportunity to throw a pitch at him and to try to get him to come back home. But I know one thing of just knowing him, he’s really going to be very focused on taking care of Oklahoma City Thunder this season, and I’m going to be focused on taking care of the Washington Wizards. But when the time is right and he can get away from all that, yeah, we’ll probably do have some conversation and throw your pitch.
Durant will have many players recruiting him, including Carmelo Anthony to the Knicks. So, I doubt Wall puts Washington over the top.
But the Wizards don’t want to fall behind. Wall can at least help them remain in contention.
Every little bit helps.
The Nuggets reportedly planned to waive Kostas Papanikolaou – acquired in the Ty Lawson trade – but they held off.
They finally did it – before his $4,797,664 salary would have become guaranteed next Sunday.
Marc Stein of ESPN:
The Denver Nuggets have waived forward Kostas Papanikolaou, according to league sources.
Chris Dempsey of The Denver Post:
The 25-year-old Papanikolaou didn’t shoot well with the Rockets as a rookie last season, which really undermined his game. But he at least flashed the versatility that makes him an intriguing prospect.
He should have some teams kick the tires on him, apparently including the Nuggets. But as an unrestricted free agent, why would he choose Denver? He was just included in the Lawson deal to make salaries match. He might choose to re-sign with the Nuggets, but I doubt he’ll have more allegiance to them than any other suitor.