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.
Every year the NBA makes a tentative schedule and gives it to teams. It’s tentative because they also give it to the television networks that broadcast the NBA and let them make some suggestions, so things can change. But this is usually pretty much it, which is why we get leaks about what teams are playing on Christmas and the like.
Another leak: The New Orleans Pelicans will open the season at the Golden State Warriors, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
But if the game occurs it will be a rematch of last season’s first-round playoff matchup in which the Warriors swept the Pelicans in four games. The game also will feature Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry making his coaching debut against his former team.
The Pelicans are also rumored to be playing the Heat on Christmas Day. That would be two marquee games we know about for New Orleans, a team that was almost nonexistent on national television a year ago.
The NBA is all about marketing its stars, and Anthony Davis is a fast rising one, just like the Pelicans are a fast rising team. It shouldn’t be a shock the NBA is starting to feature them in big-time games, like against the champs on the night they raise the banner at Oracle. Casual fans will tune in to see Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, only to come away realizing Davis is the next big thing in the NBA.
The Pelicans waived Toney Douglas before having to guarantee the rest of his contract.
The Pacers didn’t submit a claim, but now that he has cleared waivers, they’ll take him.
Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today:
The Pacers probably got a couple advantages by signing Douglas rather than claiming him. If it’s a one-year minimum contract, the NBA will pay a portion of it. That wouldn’t have happened by claiming him, because he was on a two-year deal, even though that was for the minimum. Indiana can also negotiate a new guarantee date rather than Aug. 1 – and that’s particularly important.
The Pacers have 15 players with guaranteed salaries, and their four lowest-paid players – Shayne Whittington, Joseph Young, Rakeem Christmas and Glenn Robinson III – signed this offseason. It’s hard to see Indiana making room for Douglas on its regular-season roster.
George Hill, Monta Ellis, Rodney Stuckey, Joseph Young can all play point guard or some proximity to the position. If Indiana makes a trade, Douglas could provide depth – especially because some of those other players will see most of their minutes on the wing. Otherwise, Douglas probably gets squeezed out in late October.
But at minimum, the six-year veteran will have training camp to make his case. Maybe a point guard-needy team with a roster vacancy will be watching.