Jazz ready to tear it down with ANOTHER big trade as Suns star meets rivals: Rumor Mill
The NBA trade and free agency market is expected to heat up in the coming days.
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JAZZ OPEN TO MITCHELL’S MOVE AS STAR QUESTIONS PLAN
The Utah Jazz aren’t actively buying franchise kingpin Donovan Mitchell, but would be willing to leave their superstar point guard for the right price, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst.
Windhorst also revealed on the Collective Hoop podcast that Mitchell reportedly asked Utah’s front office about the team’s future plan in light of the organization trading All-Star center Rudy Gobert and starting small forward Royce O’Neale last week, mostly in exchange for draft picks.
The NBA insider said Jazz decision makers, including basketball operations CEO Danny Ainge, responded to Mitchell’s concern by revealing their plan is to “do what’s right for the franchise. and felt the trades were in the best long-term interest of the franchise.
Whether Utah’s plan would preferably involve putting pieces in place around Donovan Mitchell or trading the 25-year-old for a series of draft picks to kick off a full rebuild remains to be seen.
SUNS STAR SEATS WITH SUCCENDORS
While many in the league believe the Phoenix Suns are looking to use star Deandre Ayton as a potential trade chip in a deal with the Brooklyn Nets for Kevin Durant, it is now being reported that Ayton has explored other options, according to Brian d ESPN. Windhorst via Tyler Conway from Launderer’s report.
Windhorst said on the Collective Hoop podcast that while it’s unclear if any formal contract offers have been made, it’s confirmed the restricted free agent center has taken meetings with teams who ‘are not involved in Durant’s potential negotiations’ .
The Indiana Pacers, as one of the few teams that have the ability to offer Ayton the maximum or near maximum contract he is seeking, have been touted as potentially interested in acquiring the 23-year-old, Windhorst even suggesting a possibility to sign and trade in exchange for Myles Turner.
According to Jake Fischer of Launderer’s report.
With KD making it clear to sources across the league that his preference is to join Phoenix next season, don’t expect Ayton’s future to be decided by the Suns until Durant’s next move has been confirmed.
THE RAPTORS SAY SCOTTIE STAY
One player who won’t travel to Brooklyn in a potential trade with Kevin Durant is reigning Kia Rookie of the Year Scottie Barnes, with multiple sources claiming the Toronto Raptors are unwilling to trade. separate from the former FSU star, according to Jake Fischer. of Launderer’s report.
TURN TO BE COMMERCIAL
Don’t expect to see Myles Turner wearing gold and navy in the 2022/23 NBA season, with Indiana apparently looking to offload their 2015 first-round pick, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst via Tim Daniels of Launderer’s report.
Windhorst disclosed on the Collective Hoop podcast that Turner could be on the move either via the aforementioned blockbuster trade with the Suns or another team in need of a big man.
“Plus Myles Turner is – he could be traded in a sign and trade for [Deandre] Ayton in Phoenix, or I was told he might go somewhere else,” Windhorst said. “…Chances are he won’t be a Pacer next year.”
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BEAL JOINS AN EXCLUSIVE CLUB WITH NEW DEAL
Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal has become the only active player in the league with a full no-trade clause, following the release of details of his recently signed five-year, $251 million deal. according to a report by Rob Goldberg of Launderer’s report.
The contract, which includes a 15% kicker and player option in the fifth year, makes Beal the 10th player in NBA history to have a no-trade clause, following in the footsteps of LeBron James. , Kevin Garnett, Carmelo Anthony, Kobe Bryant, Dirk Nowitzki, Dwyane Wade, Tim Duncan, David Robinson and John Stockton.
A player can only be eligible for a no-trade clause after having been in the league for at least eight years and on the signing team’s roster for at least four years.
GIBSON COULD GO AS INTEREST DEVELOPS
Reports suggest New York Knicks Taj Gibson could be set to leave the Knicks this offseason with ‘multiple teams’ expressing interest in acquiring the veteran forward during the free agency period if he is waived by the Knicks, according to SNY’s Ian Begley.
As Gibson’s $5.2 million salary for next season is not fully guaranteed, New York considers the 37-year-old expendable and should waive the former first-round pick in order to create space. cap for Jaylen Brunson among other planned roster changes. improve enough to take on the elite teams in the Eastern Conference.
BLAZERS SHOULD GIVE UP BLEDSOE
According to Shams Charania of Athleticism.
Sources say the Blazers plan to waive the 32-year-old by July 10 to ensure his $19.375 million contract for 2022-23 becomes fully guaranteed.
The savvy move would free up more than $15 million for the Blazers to reshape the roster around star point guard Damian Lillard, with only Bledsoe’s partial guarantee of $3.9 million remaining on the Blazers’ books for next season.
The former 18th overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft is expected to be pursued by multiple teams in free agency.