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Report: Spurs not matching Boban Marjanovic’s $21 million offer sheet from Pistons

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How will the Spurs replace the retired Tim Duncan?

Pau Gasol will take over, but he’s 36. He isn’t the long-term solution in the middle.

One potential successor to the successor, Boban Marjanovic, is no longer an option. He’s headed to the Pistons, who signed him to a three-year, $21 million offer sheet.

David Mayo of MLive:

The writing was on the wall once the Spurs signed Dewayne Dedman, a lower-cost but lower-upside alternative as backup center. LaMarcus Aldridge will also play some center in San Antonio.

Marjanovic will earn $5,628,000 and $5,881,260 the next two years and the rest — $9,490,740 if his reported contract terms weren’t rounded — the following season.

His role is far less certain. Marjanovic dominated in limited minutes in select matchups as a rookie last season, but exposing the 7-foot-3 center to better and faster opponents could be disastrous. Marjanovic has the potential to usurp Aron Baynes as Andre Drummond‘s primary backup, but that could take time.

The Pistons bought themselves a few years of it with a highly intriguing player.

Spurs’ video commemorating Tim Duncan’s retirement

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The Spurs paid tribute to Tim Duncan‘s retirement with a perfectly fitting video.

No words — just a tranquil melody:

Tim Duncan retires

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It was a matter of when, not if, Tim Duncan would retire.

Just look at the date on the press release.

Spurs release:

SAN ANTONIO (July XX, 2016) – San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan today announced that he will retire after 19 seasons with the organization.

Duncan — not Kobe Bryant — was the greatest player of his generation until LeBron James came around to steal the title.

 

The No. 1 pick in the 1997 draft after four years at Wake Forest, Duncan entered the NBA to incredible expectations. And he exceeded them.

Duncan won five championships and made the playoffs each of his 19 seasons. He won two MVPs made 15 All-NBA teams (10 first teams) and 15 All-Defensive teams (eight first teams).

Known for his methodical consistency on both ends of the floor, Duncan defined this era of Spurs basketball. Gregg Popovich, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and even David Robinson, the Spurs’ incumbent superstar center when Duncan was drafted, followed Duncan’s lead.

Robinson created a quirk where Duncan was considered a power forward despite his 6-foot-11, 250-pound frame looking rather centerish. That’ll allow Duncan to go down as the greatest power forward of all time.

Years of solid, though declining, play have caused some to forget just how impactful Duncan was in his prime. In the 2002 and 2003 seasons, he averaged 24.4 points, 12.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.7 blocks per game.

San Antonio is well-positioned to move on. Kawhi Leonard had already supplanted Duncan as the Spurs’ top player, and LaMarcus Aldridge is a high-end big-man complement. Popovich, Parker and Ginobili return to provide their wisdom.

If San Antonio continues to pay Duncan’s $6,393,750 salary, it will count against the cap. That seems unlikely, but given everything Duncan has meant to the Spurs, it at least seems possible.

Report: Heat signing Willie Reed from Nets

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The Heat aren’t just preventing Brooklyn from getting free agents.

They’re taking the Nets’ players, too.

Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports:

Willie Reed, 26, played well in limited minutes for Brooklyn last season and in the D-League prior to that. He excels as an efficient interior scorer and rebounder. Reed will back up Hassan Whiteside, and Miami could also pursue an older veteran to share that reserve role.

None of Miami’s other additions prior to matching Tyler Johnson‘s offer sheet — Derrick Williams, James Johnson, Wayne Ellington, Udonis Haslem and Luke Babbitt — have guaranteed 2017-18 salaries. Matching Tyler Johnson’s deal probably made sense only because the Arenas rule limited his salary the next two seasons before it leaps the following two years.

Reed likely got just a minimum deal or the room exception, but the Heat putting his 2017-18 salary in his hands shows their fondness for him.

Report: Second-rounder Deyonta Davis gets more guaranteed money than half the first round

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA - JANUARY 10:  Deyonta Davis #23 of the Michigan State Spartans shoots the ball against the defense of Brandon Taylor #10 of the Penn State Nittany Lions during the second half at the Bryce Jordan Center on January 10, 2016 in University Park, Pennsylvania.  Michigan State won 92-65.  (Photo by Rich Barnes/Getty Images)
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Wade Baldwin, the No. 17 pick in the 2016 NBA draft, will have $3,668,160 of his contract guaranteed.

Thanks to an antiquated rookie scale and exploding salary cap, one of his later-picked teammates — second-rounder Deyonta Davis — has even more security.

Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports:

Memphis Grizzlies rookie Deyonta Davis – the No. 31 pick in the 2016 NBA draft – has agreed to a three-year, $4 million deal, marking the richest guaranteed salary for an American-born second-round pick, league sources told The Vertical.

Half the first round won’t get $4 million guaranteed, though first-rounders get just two seasons guaranteed. Davis has three.

Still, Davis’ salary trumps a few first-rounders.

He will earn 1,275,917, $1,333,333 and $1,390,750 the next three years. That’s more than six first-rounders, and, again, Davis is the only one with that third year guaranteed.

Plus, he’ll become a free agent in 2019 — a year before his first-round counterparts. Davis has a chance for a much bigger payday while they’re stuck on their rookie scale.

Davis, who expected to go in the first-round when he left Michigan State after his freshman year, looked quite sad during his draft-night tumble. Predictably, this turned out better for him than had he gone a few picks earlier and gotten that first-round status.