K.J. McDaniels

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


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


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.

It’s official: K.J. McDaniels signs three-year, $10 million to stay with Rockets


We’ve known for a few days that K.J. McDaniels was close to a deal to stay with the Rockets.

It’s now official — and at a price that is much better than what had been rumored initially.

McDaniels himself confirmed the deal on Twitter.

Jake Pavorsky of Liberty Ballers broke the story, and it has since been confirmed by others.

This is a portion of the Rockets’ mid-level exception, they still have some left. This deal is well below the market value McDaniels and his agent thought he might find on the restricted free agent market, but the reality is nobody completely believed the numbers he put up in Philly because… well, Philly.

At this price (especially if there are no options), this is a good signing. McDaniels — coming off a broken elbow that kept him out of the playoffs — could be a good fit with the Rockets. He’s an athletic wing who can score in transition and defend.

He’s just got to prove he can crack the rotation in Houston, where they have Trevor Ariza, Corey Brewer, and Sam Dekker at the three, plus that James Harden guy eats up some minutes out there. McDaniels put up numbers and looked impressive in Philadephia, but they played fast and had limited offensive options, so he got touches. While the Rockets like to play fast, this team is loaded with better scoring options. McDaniels barely got off the bench last season in Houston.

Looks like he’s going to get a few years to prove he belongs.

Report: Celtics hit snag in contract negotiations with second-round pick Jordan Mickey

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The Celtics drafted four players last month – Terry Rozier (who likes weird sandwiches), R.J. Hunter, Jordan Mickey and Marcus Thornton.

Rozier and Hunter are bound by rookie-scale contracts for first-round picks, and Thornton will likely forgo signing for this season.

That leaves Mickey.

Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald:

Sources told the Herald there had been a breakdown in negotiations on a deal for the second-round draft pick, who has been extremely impressive the last two weeks.

According to sources, the Celtics were offering the No. 33 overall selection a four-year deal — two years guaranteed and two more at the team’s option — that was the richest given a second-round pick.

League sources here at the summer league said Mickey was looking for a shorter-term commitment and, when it appeared neither side would move, the 6-8 forward was prepared to sign the tender offer

By the afternoon, however, the sides were back discussing a longer-term arrangement.

“I’m comfortable,” said Mickey. “I’m still feeling good about it. I’m confident everything will work out.”

The Celtics must offer Mickey a one-year contract to keep his rights. Because that’s the only requirement, tenders for second-round picks are typically a non-guaranteed minimum contract. For rookies next year, that’s $525,093.

If Boston doesn’t make another offer Mickey likes, he could accept the required tender, a la K.J. McDaniels last year. (It seems that strategy will work for McDaniels.)

The Celtics obviously don’t want Mickey to hit free agency so quickly, so they have incentive to offer him more.

There are plenty of workarounds, including giving Mickey slightly more than the minimum in year one, guaranteeing a higher percentage of the deal’s final two years and/or dropping the final season. I bet Boston and Mickey reach a deal.

But expect these lengthy negotiations to become even more common in coming years. Not long ago, nearly all second-round picks accepted minimum or near-minimum contracts. But as the salary cap skyrockets, most player salaries will rise. There’s no reason second-round picks shouldn’t see some of that windfall.

First-round picks are stuck with a scale determined a few years ago – before the new national TV contract became part of the equation. It wouldn’t be surprising to see some second-rounders command more than first-rounders immediately after being drafted.

Mickey has more leverage than last year’s second-round class. Next year’s second-rounders will have even more.