Eric Moreland played all of two minutes total across three games for the Kings’ last season before suffering a labral tear in his shoulder that ended his season (he did get paid his full $507,336 salary because of that, though). Then this summer, with a pretty full roster, the Kings waived the undrafted 6’10” forward rather than guarantee his deal.
So where does he land now? Maybe Detroit, reports Shams Charania of RealGM.
Free agent Eric Moreland has multiple deals to compete for a roster spot in NBA training camp, with the Detroit Pistons as frontrunners, league sources told RealGM. The Los Angeles Lakers and Sacramento Kings are strong under consideration for Moreland, sources said, and their front offices expect the 6-foot-10 forward to settle upon a destination once the final offers are presented.
This would be a camp invite, make-good contract with maybe a little guarantee. Could he make the roster in any of those places? That’s an uphill climb.
Detroit has 17 guaranteed contracts and already is going to have to cut a couple of them. They also have a front line with Ersan Ilyasova and Anthony Tolliver at the four, then three centers in Andre Drummond, Aron Baynes, and Joel Anthony. Not sure where Moreland fits in there.
The Lakers have 12 guaranteed deals but a pretty stacked frontcourt, Mooreland would need to beat out someone like Tarik Black (whom the Lakers like). The Kings have 14 guaranteed contracts and already waived him this summer so he wouldn’t be a guaranteed deal on their books, plus they have Willie Cauley-Stein in his young, shot blocker role.
Mooreland likely chooses whoever gives him the biggest guarantee. It’s about the money.
The Spurs had to sacrifice some depth – Tiago Splitter, Cory Joseph, Marco Belinelli, Aron Baynes – to sign LaMarcus Aldridge and build one of the NBA’s strongest teams.
That has left San Antonio needing the preseason to round out its roster. The Spurs have:
- 13 players whose salaries are fully guaranteed
- 2 players whose salaries are mostly guaranteed (Matt Bonner and Jimmer Fredette)
- 1 player whose salary is unguaranteed (Reggie Williams)
- 1 player whose guarantee is unknown but probably low (Youssou Ndoye)
San Antonio is adding another player to the mix.
Shams Charania of RealGM:
Sykes is quick and explosive, and he uses those skills well to get the basket and pester opponents defensively. But he also has to maximize his athleticism, because he’s just 6-foot and not a good outside shooter.
He’ll have a tough time making the team, because the Spurs are loaded at point guard with Tony Parker, Patty Mills and Ray McCallum. All three already have fully guaranteed salaries. Most likely, Sykes gets waived and has his D-League rights assigned to San Antonio’s affiliate, the Austin Spurs.
Still, San Antonio’s roster instability gives Sykes at least a chance to make a strong impression and land a spot on the parent club.
The Spurs needed some size up front behind Tim Duncan after Aron Baynes bolted for the Motor City, so San Antonio went to Europe to get some serious size — 7’3″ Boban Marjanović.
Marjanović was set to play for the Serbian national team this summer in EuroBasket, but that’s not happening now due to an ankle injury, the Spurs announced in a press release.
“After a physical exam, which included a MRI, San Antonio Spurs center Boban Marjanović has been diagnosed significant bony edema in his left ankle… As a result of these findings and in the best interest of his future health, Spurs officials have informed Marjanović and the Serbian Basketball Federation that, under the agreement between FIBA and the NBA, Marjanović will not be allowed to participate with the Serbian National Team in Eurobasket 2015.”
The letter the Spurs sent the Serbian national team says Marjanović should spend three weeks in an air cast resting his foot, then be reevaluated.
The Serbian National Team will challenge this medical finding, according to Sportando, saying the physical he took with them a few weeks ago did not show this. FIBA could be forced to help a player decide between club and country.
A bony Edema means swelling of the bone due to water — basically what happens to your ankle when you sprain it, only with the bone. The press release doesn’t get into the cause, but it likely was direct injury (otherwise it’s due to a stress injury or arthritis).
Certainly the Spurs prefer to keep their players out of international competitions, but guys such as Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker often do participate.
Stan Van Gundy is going to start Andre Drummond at the five and Ersan Ilyasova as a stretch four next to him, with guys like Aron Baynes and Marcus Morris coming off the bench up front.
But like every coach, he’d like a little more depth up front.
Enter Joel Anthony.
The Pistons like what they saw from him last year (they traded for him from Boston at the start of the season) and now have reached a two-year deal to retain Joel Anthony as their third center, reports Vincent Ellis with the Detroit Free Press.
The 6-foot-9 center who provided a strong veteran presence in the locker room last season has agreed to a two-year, $5-million deal, according the person with firsthand knowledge of the situation. The second year of the contract is not guaranteed….
His playing time wasn’t consistent with Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe taking the majority of minutes at center, but he excelled when called upon. His player efficiency rating of 14.74 was a career high for the eight-year veteran.
For the record, that PER is below the league average (15). Best remembered for his time on LeBron’s Heat squads, Anthony doesn’t bring much on the offensive end, but he rebounds and defends, plus plays with a lot of energy. In the limited minutes he will get this season, that’s all the Pistons need.
At this price for one year, it’s a fair deal.
The Spurs, with Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green locked up, appear to be going all-in for LaMarcus Aldridge.
They traded Tiago Splitter to the Hawks, clearing cap room. They need to keep that open for Aldridge and likely Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili.
So, if you want Aron Baynes, this is the time to strike.
Apparently, the Pistons really wanted Baynes.
Marc Stein of ESPN:
Brandan Wright’s deal with the Grizzlies is probably worth about $17 over three years. So, we’re obviously dealing with imprecise figures here.
But no matter how you slice it, that’s a lot for Baynes.
Baynes is coming off a career year, averaging 6.6 points and 4.5 rebounds in 16.0 minutes per game. He can make mid-range jumpers, and he rebounds well. He’ll be a solid backup center to Andre Drummond.
But Baynes is already 28 and not very athletic. It’s hard to see much upside. Plus, he probably benefited from the Spurs’ system in ways he won’t in Detroit.
This is an overpay – not a crippling one, but an overpay nonetheless.