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PBT Podcast: NBA Free Agency roundup (pre Durant decision)


Al Horford chose Boston and made that franchise a bigger threat in the East.

Mike Conley stayed in Memphis — and brought Chandler Parsons with him.

Bradley Beal, Nicolas Batum, Hassan Whiteside, and DeMar DeRozan all get maxed out.

There has been no waiting around in free agency for Kevin Durant to make his decision. In this latest PBT Podcast Kurt Helin and Sean Highkin of NBC’s ProBasketballTalk break it all down. This podcast was recorded before Kevin Durant made his call (and before Jamal Crawford made his, so that part of the podcast is dated).

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Trey Burke with a classy farewell to Utah fans on Instagram

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Trey Burke being traded to the Wizards was good for both sides. Utah already traded for George Hill and has Dante Exum coming back, those are their point guards. Burke was the odd man out. In Washington he will get run behind John Wall and a green light to score. The Jazz get a second round pick. Everybody wins.

But before he left, Burke posted a classy farewell to Jazz fans on Instagram.

Well done Burke.

Fans in The District are going to like him.

Report: Tomas Satoransky reaches deal to come over from Europe, play for Wizards

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A couple of months after he was drafted 32nd in the 2012 draft, Tomas Satoransky was honest: He was not ready to play in the NBA.

He believes he is now. And so do the Washington Wizards, who have reached a deal to bring him stateside, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical at Yahoo Sports.

Satoransky is a tall combo guard who spent the last couple seasons playing for FC Barcelona in Spain. He’s got game. Here is how PBT’s own Brett Pollakoff described his play after seeing him first hand at the Adidas Eurocamp before he was drafted:

“Satoransky ran the point and played off the ball equally well, and whipped the ball around the perimeter with confidence, always looking to create the best shot for his teammates. When it was his turn to score, he showcased a smooth stroke from the outside, and was able to put the ball on the floor and finish in traffic, as well.”

It will be interesting to see how that translates to the NBA, and how Scott Brooks chooses to use him. Can Satoransky and Trey Burke serve as the backup ball handlers with the second unit behind John Wall?

It looks like we will find out next season.

James Ennis signs two-year, $6 million deal with Grizzlies

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James Ennis played just 40 minutes across 10 games in a stint with Memphis last season, but apparently GM Chris Wallace likes what he saw.

Or maybe he saw the nine games at the end of the disastrous Pelicans season where they gave the athletic wing out of Long Beach State (Go Beach!) a chance, starting him five games, and he averaged 15.9 points a game, shot 48 percent from three, and had a PER of 17.8. Small sample size, but it should have been enough to get him a chance somewhere next season.

It was back in Memphis, reports Shams Charania of The Vertical at Yahoo Sports.

Evans is long all kinds of athletic — remember this dunk?

However, athleticism and a high motor would only take Ennis so far, he needed to round out his game and become a more consistent defender and, more importantly, develop a steady outside shot. He showed that in a small sample size in New Orleans at the end of last season, he’s now got to do it regularly.

The Grizzlies have Chandler Parsons at the three (and Tony Allen at the two), Ennis could become a backup there getting steady run if he continues his growth. Memphis saw enough to take a couple year gamble on him to become that guy.

Rumor: Portland offers two-years, $40 million for Pau Gasol; he may wait for Kevin Durant’s decision


This year there hasn’t been a domino effect this year, free agents have not been waiting to see what Kevin Durant is going to do. Al Horford didn’t wait even though a couple of teams in the Durant sweepstakes may have wanted to talk to him when they missed out (including Oklahoma City). Chandler Parsons, Nicolas Batum, Mike Conley, DeMar DeRozan, nobody was waiting around.

Except maybe Pau Gasol. However, he may have a big offer on the table if wants it, as reported by Ramona Shelburne and Marc Stein of ESPN.

The market for Pau Gasol appears to be around $18-22 million/year. Raptors, Bulls, Blazers, Wolves, Spurs among the teams in discussions with him, per sources. Not clear yet if he’ll wait until Durant decides.

Add the Timberwolves to the mix as well, according to Marc Spears of ESPN.

T-Wolves have made an aggressive two-year offer to Bulls free agent big man Pau Gasol to reunite him with coach Thibs, source said. Keep eye on Blazers & Spurs, too.

Even at age 36, Gasol is still efficient, averaging 16.5 points and 11 rebounds a game last season as an All-Star for the Bulls. Gasol’s high IQ game where he can operate in the low or high post would be a great fit for a number of teams. The questions become lifestyle — where does the very urban Gasol want to live? — and fit on the court. Is Gasol willing to accept a smaller role, maybe coming off the bench, for a chance to contend? If he chooses Portland, he will be far more featured inside (where the Blazers need some scoring).

We may get that answer soon. Or at least not long after Durant makes his call.