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Report: Nets doing Earl Clark a favor and waiving him


Earl Clark, after spending most of the season in China, was looking for an NBA contract late last season.

The Nets obliged, but they made the deal a little more advantageous for themselves. In addition to signing Clark for the rest of the season, they added a unguaranteed year to his contract. That would allow them to test him at training camp this year – at no cap cost – before deciding whether to keep him

Clark’s contract would have become $200,000 on Oct. 26, according to Basketball Insiders.

Clark, of course, didn’t want to get stuck going through training camp only to get cut at its conclusion. He wants to pursue overseas deals now if he wasn’t going to make Brooklyn’s team.

So, the Nets are doing him a favor.

Shams Charania of RealGM:

Waiving Clark would give Brooklyn 16 players, one more than the regular-season limit. Four players without fully guaranteed contracts – Willie Reed ($500,000 guaranteed), Markel Brown ($150,000 guaranteed), Ryan Boatright ($75,000 guaranteed) and Quincy Miller ($50,000 guaranteed) – are probably competing for the final three roster spots.

That race gets a little easier for them with Clark bowing out.

Report: Nets signing Willie Reed

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The Nets clearly want another big man behind Kevin Garnett, Brook Lopez, Mason Plumlee and Mirza Teletovic.

So, Brooklyn is widening its pool of candidates.

The Nets signed Jerome Jordan to a partially guaranteed contract, and they tried to add Hamady Ndiaye before he failed his physical. They also drafted Cory Jefferson, who has a partially guaranteed deal.

Willie Reed will get his shot, too.

Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News:

Reed signed with the Grizzlies for the last day of the 2012-13 regular season but didn’t play. The Kings signed him late last season, but again, he didn’t play.

Between, the 6-foot-10 Reed spent most of his time with the Nets’ D-League affiliate, averaging 14.7 points on 58 percent shooting and 8.8 rebounds per game in two D-League seasons.

The Nets have 13 players with guaranteed contracts. So, Reed will be competing with Jordan ($150,000 guaranteed), Jefferson ($75,000 guaranteed) and Jorge Gutierrez (fully unguaranteed, becomes $25,000 guaranteed before training camp begins) for the remaining roster spots.

In isolation, I like Reed’s chances. The Nets know him well, and he’s been productive enough in the D-League to warrant NBA callups elsewhere.

But if Brooklyn signed him only because Ndiaye failed his physical, that wouldn’t bode well for Reed. As a second-tier choice, he’d have to really impress during training camp to get the job.

Darren Collison signs three-year, $16 million contract with the Kings

Darren Collison, Isaiah Thomas

Darren Collison, scheduled to earn less than $2 million next season, opted out of his contract seeking two things:

  • To re-sign with the Clippers
  • To make more money

The Clippers are most concerned with upgrading at small forward, leaving Collison hanging in the open.

At least he’ll get paid.

Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times:

Forget the Kings re-signing Isaiah Thomas and remaining under the luxury tax. They’re now hard-capped, and even if they waive Quincy Acy and Willie Reed, I project they could offer Thomas a stating salary of less than $5,745,652 – which could max out at $33,037,499 over a five-year contract. However, that starting salary must be lowered by the amount of Carl Landry’s potential incentives, an amount I do not know.

Even if Landry’s incentives are only $1 – an exaggeratedly low figure – that’s not enough space to keep Thomas. Unless the Kings make another deal, they’re likely rolling with Collison as their starter and Ray McCallum as his backup.

Essentially, if another team offers Thomas, a restricted free agent, a contract that would take the Kings over the hard cap, they can’t match. I bet someone does that, unless Sacramento makes other moves to clear room before Collison’s deal becomes official July 10.

The Clippers will miss Collison, especially the relief he provided for Chris Paul. This might make the them hesitant to trade Jamal Crawford now. Though a starting small forward is a bigger concern than having a scoring guard off the bench, both matter.

Update: Ken Berger of CBSSports.com:

That would be the other shoe to drop. Jason Terry, Carl Landry, Jason Thompson and Travis Outlaw are all candidates. (Man, Sacramento has a lot of bad contracts.)

That could give the Kings room to re-sign Thomas below the hard cap. Perhaps more importantly, it could give them room to leverage a sign-and-trade for Thomas.

Report: Memphis Grizzlies waive Fab Melo

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Just a couple weeks ago, Memphis traded the expiring contract of Donte Greene plus sent some cash to Boston for the rights to Fab Melo.

Friday they waived Melo, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

Melo was owed $1.3 million this season fully guaranteed, part of his rookie contract. If no team picks ‘Melo up off waivers Memphis will have to eat that salary (and it still counts against their salary cap).

The fact that Memphis is willing to do that rather than let go of Josh Akognon or Willie Reed (guys without fully guaranteed contracts who make less money) speaks to what Memphis thought of Melo. There have been questions about his maturity and his desire to work at his game since he entered the league.

That said, ‘Melo is a 7’0” shot blocking big who could develop into a good NBA defender — last season he was named to the D-League All-Defensive First Team and D-League All-Rookie First Team — so a team may well claim him off waivers. If not, he will land a spot on a minimum contract.

Memphis didn’t really need Melo at center: They start Marc Gasol and now back him up with Kosta Koufos, plus Jon Leuer is the third center on the roster.