Somebody better order in Thai food, DeAndre Jordan has some house guests.
The Clippers came over to Jordan’s Houston home this afternoon to try and salvage their summer and chance at contending. Owner Steve Ballmer, coach Doc Rivers, plus Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, J.J. Redick and Paul Pierce pitched Jordan on changing his mind and re-signing with Clippers — and now like your drunk uncle on Christmas they will not leave. The Clippers are staying until he signs on the line that is dotted.
Jordan told then he would re-sign with the Clippers, going back on his verbal agreement with the Dallas Mavericks, according to multiple reports. Dallas owner Mark Cuban wants to meet with Jordan, Jordan’s agent Dan Fegan would like to get in the door, and none of it is happening (although he has to eventually to certify the contract). Jordan isn’t even taking phone calls from Cuban or Chandler Parsons. Here’s the latest reports.
The Clippers are not taking any chances. If Doc Rivers was building a moat around DJ’s home I wouldn’t be shocked at this point. It’s gotten to the point Blake Griffin is winning twitter with jokes.
This is a violation of the unwritten NBA code that once a player commits to a team they are off-limits — there are a number of other teams not happy about this. Plus other teams fear the cascade effect — will Dallas with its newfound cap space try to poach other guys that agreed to deals? There is concern this could become college football recruiting, where the first verbal commitment doesn’t stop the recruiting efforts of rivals.
If there is blame it is on Jordan — he made a choice, changed his mind, now will not stand face-to-face with the team he’s breaking up with and tell them.
The Clippers do not care. They note that Jordan started this — he called Doc Rivers and players saying he was unsure. Plus, let’s be honest, people are far more likely to bend/ignore rules when more is on the line, and for the Clippers their shot at contending for a title is on the line here.
Just three 7-footers have averaged 3.5 3-pointers per game and made 35% of them each of the last two seasons:
The Bulls will now have most of them.
Markkanen is Chicago’s top young player. Kornet will join him with the Bulls next season.
Shams Charania of The Athletic:
I’m a little surprised Kornet got more than his minimum ($3,383,360 over two years). But it’s worth taking a flier on him.
In addition to his outside shooting, Kornet has shown good timing as a shot-blocker in two seasons with the Knicks. The 24-year-old must get stronger and improve as a rebounder to play major minutes.
But the Bulls won’t have to press him into action. They also have Thaddeus Young, Markkanen, Wendell Carter Jr., Daniel Gafford and Cristiano Felicio as bigs.
The Bucks waived Christian Wood late last season to ensure avoiding the luxury tax. The Pelicans claimed him. Wood had played well in limited minutes with the 76ers, Hornets and Bucks and in the NBA’s minor league since going undrafted in 2015.
New Orleans gave him his biggest opportunity yet. In 24 minutes per game over eight games, he averaged 17 points and eight rebounds.
But the Pelicans filled their roster for next season and waived Wood.
Detroit will take advantage.
The Detroit Pistons announced today that the team has claimed forward/center Christian Wood off waivers.
Wood’s $1,645,357 minimum salary is unguaranteed until the regular season. So, Detroit could still waive him before the season. But it seems he’ll at least go to training camp and get a shot at a regular-season roster spot.
The Pelicans also could’ve kept him through the preseason then waived him before the regular season. They seemingly did him a favor of allowing him to get somewhere he has a realistic chance of sticking.
Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond will start in the frontcourt for the Pistons. Markieff Morris and Thon Maker appear to be first in line is backups.
But don’t be surprised if Wood earns playing time. At minimum, the 23-year-old should provide nice depth at both power forward and center.
The Pistons have also now acquired four members of last year’s Bucks – Tony Snell, Thon Maker, Tim Frazier and now Wood.
Reggie Bullock had his agreed-upon salary cut by more than half with the Knicks. He’ll reportedly miss at least a month of the regular season.
All because of a mysterious health issue.
The Knicks have finally disclosed what’s happening.
Reggie Bullock underwent successful surgery today at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York for a cervical disc herniation. The team will plan to provide an update on his rehab and progress around the start of training camp.
Bullock is a good shooter from the wing. New York could use him. Many teams could use him.
But Bullock must get healthy first.
At this point, we probably shouldn’t expect much from him any time soon. The best indication: how eagerly his agent praised the Knicks for their handling of this situation. Again, Bullock settled for less than half his initially agreed-upon salary.
The Suns went old in the draft, picking 23-year-old Cameron Johnson at No. 11.
Phoenix will go younger in free agency with 22-year-old Cheick Diallo.
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:
Barring another move, the Suns have only the minimum available. Diallo will get $1,678,854 next season and $1,824,003 the following season.
The No. 33 pick in the 2016 draft, Diallo worked his way into the low end of the rotation during his three years with the Pelicans. He’s a hustle big, committed rebounder and athletic player. But at 6-foot-9 and 220 pounds, he’s not strong enough to bang with most centers. His skill level is low for power forward.
Phoenix will stick him behind Deandre Ayton, Dario Saric, Aron Baynes and Frank Kaminsky in the frontcourt. Diallo might receive situation minutes, but he must develop further to hold staying power.