Author: Dan Feldman

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Report: Jazz not interested in Anthony Bennett

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The 76ers and Trail Blazers have enough cap space to claim Anthony Bennett, whom the Timberwolves just waived in conjunction with a buyout agreement.

The Cavaliers also have a trade exception large enough to claim him.

Plus, a fourth team – the Jazz – could easily make room for Bennett’s $5,803,560 salary.

Utah would just need to waive two of Chris Johnson,Jeff Withey,Grant Jerrett,Raul Neto,Jack Cooley, Bryce Cotton,Elijah Millsap,Treveon Grahamand J.J. O'Brien (though a Graham-O’Brien combo wouldn’t work).


Zach Lowe of Grantland:

Utah has theoretical cap room, but its roster is almost full, and it’s not touching Bennett, per several league sources.

The Jazz are set with Derrick Favors as starting power forward, but I’m hardly sold on his backups – Trevor Booker, Trey Lyles and Grant Jerrett.

Bennett – while worse than Booker right now and maybe having less upside than Lyles – would strengthen that group. There’s a reason the Cavaliers drafted Bennett No. 1 and he held a consensus top-10 rating just two years ago. Bennett is still only 22, and his shooting and athleticism offer potential, even if it’s unlikely he realizes his potential.

Simply, Utah could hedge its bets with another talented player.

But the Jazz are also building a culture, and the lethargic Bennett might not fit. He’s especially a long way from defending the way Utah coach Quin Snyder demands.

More importantly, $5,803,560 is a lot of money to pay Bennett. Rather than tie up that cap space now, the Jazz can – and seemingly, will – wait for a better deal to emerge.

Report: Grizzlies signing Ryan Hollins

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Ryan Hollins reportedly received interest from a few teams earlier in the offseason – the Kings, Wizards and Clippers.

He chose another.

Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports:

The Memphis Grizzlies have agreed in principle to sign veteran free-agent center Ryan Hollins, a source told Yahoo Sports.

Hollins, 30, is expected to sign a one-year veteran’s minimum contract.

Hollins is no great shakes, but the Grizzlies need a third center behind Marc Gasol and Brandan Wright. They’re so desperate there, I at least wondered whether Michael Holyfield – an undrafted center from Sam Houston State – could make the regular-season roster.

Memphis has 14 players with guaranteed salaries plus JaMychal Green ($150,000 guaranteed), Patrick Christopher (unguaranteed), Lazeric Jones (unguaranteed) and Holyfield (unguaranteed). Even if Hollins’ contract isn’t guaranteed, the Grizzlies’ positional needs could give Hollins an edge over Green.

Hollins is a decent interior defender, but he’s extremely limited offensively and a poor rebounder for his position. Still, he’s been around the league and fills the role Memphis needed filled.

For a win-now team, he’s a nice – maybe even necessary – addition at this stage.

Report: Cavaliers signing Austin Daye

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The Cavaliers have 13 players with guaranteed salaries plus Tristan Thompson, who’s a near lock to return (on the qualifying offer or long-term contract).

Who will claim Cleveland’s 15th and final regular-season roster spot?

Jared Cunningham, D.J. Stephens, Nick Minnerath and Quinn Cook have reportedly agreed to unguaranteed contracts.

They’ll face at least one more training-camp competitor – Austin Daye.

Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports:

Free agent Austin Daye has reached agreement on a one-year contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Daye committed to training camp with the Cavaliers

The 6-foot-11 Daye has a nice shooting stroke that has sporadically translated to shooting success. When his shot is falling, he provides value as a floor spacer.

But his rail-thin frame limits him in nearly every other area – especially defense.

Daye has spent six years in the NBA, more than Cleveland’s four other camp invitees combined. Perhaps, that experience could give him an edge, though it also means he’s likely closer to his ceiling.