Tag: K.J. McDaniels

New Orleans Pelicans v Houston Rockets

Report: Jason Terry unsatisfied with Rockets offer, considering Pelicans


Jason Terry said he was close to re-signing with the Rockets, but that was also around the time they renounced him.

Houston can still re-sign the guard. It will just take a cap exception other than a Bird exception to do so. The Rockets have two exceptions available:

  • The part of the mid-level exception not already used on K.J. McDaniels ($2,274,206)
  • The minimum-salary exception ($1,499,187)

Using any of the mid-level exception would push Houston past the non-taxpayer level and into the taxpayer level – triggering the hard cap. I doubt Daryl Morey wants to be bound by that restriction, which would limit his ability to make a big splash during the season

So, you can bet the Rockets are offering just the minimum-salary exception. I figured that would have been enough, given Houston’s title chances and proven ability to put Terry in position to succeed.

Alas, he sees it differently.

Marc Berman of Fox 26:

The Pelicans, already hard-capped, can offer the bi-annual exception ($2,139,000). It’s unlikely the hard cap – even with Terry in the fold – would significantly restrict New Orleans to the degree it would Houston.

Besides, the Pelicans really need Terry. They’re mighty thin behind Jrue Holiday and Eric Gordon, both of whom have faced significant injuries in recent years. Even re-signing restricted free agent Norris Cole wouldn’t alleviate New Orleans’ backcourt depth concerns – and he’s not re-signed yet. Terry, a combo guard, would give the Pelicans flexibility to prioritize help at either backcourt position.

The Rockets – with James Harden, Ty Lawson, Patrick Beverley and Marcus Thornton – aren’t nearly as needy at guard. Houston will almost certainly sign another point guard, and Terry is probably the first choice. But if Terry won’t accept a minimum salary, the Rockets would likely let him walk and find someone who will.

Report: Second-rounder J.P. Tokoto will sign with 76ers, after all

Los Angeles Lakers v Philadlephia 76ers

At face value, it didn’t make much sense for No. 58 pick J.P. Tokoto to play overseas or in the D-League rather than signing with the 76ers.

Even if Tokoto had to accept the required tender – a one-year contract, surely unguaranteed at the minimum, a team must extend to retain a draft pick’s rights – he’d be better off with the 76ers.

First of all, they might keep him. The rookie minimum probably bests offers in other leagues.

And if they waive him, he could seek an offer from any NBA team, not just the one that drafted him. He wouldn’t be stuck negotiating with just Philadelphia. Given that Tokoto fell all the way to No. 58, he might not get any other NBA offers. But, even in that worst-case scenario, he’d be in the same boat – headed overseas or to the D-League. This way, when he tried to return to the NBA, he could seek an offer from any team.

So, despite a previous report to the contrary, Tokoto will apparently sign with Philadelphia.

Shams Charania of RealGM:

We’ll see whether Tokoto just accepts the tender or signs a longer contract. The 76ers surely want to lock him up for as long as possible on a low-paying deal in case he develops. They also surely want to minimize his guarantees in case he doesn’t. So, it’s a tradeoff. They can offer more guaranteed money in exchange for lengthening the contract.

Tokoto always has the required tender, which K.J. McDaniels took, in his back pocket if Philadelphia doesn’t make a satisfying offer.

To be clear, Tokoto can attend training camp only with an NBA contract. At that point, the 76ers can either keep him or waive him. If they waive him, they’d lose his rights. Once he signs, there’s no way for the 76ers to keep his rights while he develops elsewhere unless they assign him to the D-League. But in that event, he’d continue to count against Philadelphia’s cap at his NBA salary and take up a roster spot.

Report: Rockets put team option on K.J. McDaniels’ contract

Utah Jazz v Houston Rockets

K.J. McDaniels won.

He accepted the 76ers’ required tender – a one-year, unguaranteed, minimum-salary contract – rather than a low-paying, partially guaranteed four-year deal.

Then, he cashed in this summer with a three-year, $10 million contract from the Rockets.

But he still couldn’t escape the reach of the NBA’s system geared toward giving teams strong control over their young players.

When McDaniels initially agreed to terms with Houston, reports conflicted whether the final season was a player option. Turns out, it’s a team option.

Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders:

Houston’s big advantage is not being able to get out of paying McDaniels $3.48 million in 2017-18. With the salary cap skyrocketing, it’s very unlikely McDaniels would be worth less than that.

The big advantage is the potential to make McDaniels a restricted free agent in 2017 by declining the option. If he completes the contract, he’ll become an unrestricted free agent in 2018.

Would the Rockets rather hold matching rights on McDaniels in two years or get a potentially cheap year of service from him?

They’ll have the option, and it’s a nice choice to have.

Once again, a good deal for Houston looks even better.