Adrian Wojnarowski

  • Sources: John Henson agrees to $44 million extension with Bucks

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 2 days ago

    Center John Henson has reached agreement on a four-year, $44 million extension with the Milwaukee Bucks, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    The deal could rise to as much as $48 million over the four years if Henson meets incentive clauses, league sources said.

    The deal also includes a signing bonus and front-loaded payments, sources said.

    The front-loading of money will minimize the financial impact of a potential work stoppage in 2017.

    For Henson and his modest numbers thus far in the NBA, this is a tremendous deal. For the Bucks, it is a calculated hedge on the restricted free-agent market next summer – which could have included Henson – that could be a boon for big men.

    Jim Tanner, Henson's agent, and Bucks general manager John Hammond had been negotiating the deal throughout the summer and finalized the terms Friday, league sources said.

    At 6-foot-11, Henson is a dependable complementary player to the Bucks' talented young frontcourt core of Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jabari Parker and Greg Monroe.

    Henson’s ability to play without the ball, defend and block shots gives the Bucks an important element for a franchise that promises to become a major factor in the Eastern Conference.

  • Refreshed and recharged, Ty Lawson taking aim at Steph Curry, NBA's elite

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 3 days ago

    HOUSTON – Before Ty Lawson texted James Harden with a plea – “Man, get me over there” – he had studied the NBA’s Most Valuable Player in the Western Conference Finals and come to a conclusion: Half the time, Steph Curry was coasting.

    “Steph Curry needed someone to go back at him,” Lawson told Yahoo Sports. “I thought Steph was just chillin’ on defense – and then going crazy on offense. He looked like he was just putting shots up and not working so much on the defensive end. He would just come down and hit three or four 3s. He can shoot when he’s got his legs under him.”

    Now, Ty Lawson is sitting at a table in a room in the Toyota Center. He’s wearing a Houston Rockets practice top and a smile that keeps coming, and feeling so, so sure of himself again. “I’m not saying, ‘Oh, I’m going to stop Steph,' but just make him work harder at the other end. I saw that in the Cavs series too.

    “He wasn’t really working at the other end.”

    Lawson wanted out of Denver, and ultimately Denver wanted out of Lawson, too. He wanted a contender to compete for a championship, and the team wanted a point guard whom it could trust with the franchise.

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  • Why David West gave back $11 million to join the Spurs

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 5 days ago

    SAN ANTONIO – Everyone else had left the floor in the Spurs' practice facility, but the NBA's oldest star is listening to music on his earbuds, catching and shooting again and again. Beneath the five championship banners hanging on the wall, this is the sweet, soft and comforting rhythm of a dynasty, mesmerizing to the San Antonio Spur paying $11 million for the privilege of playing with Tim Duncan.

    "I find myself staring at Tim," David West tells Yahoo Sports. "I have just been trying to find little corners to watch him – and I just stare at him."

    West is sitting in one of those quiet corners now, wearing No. 30 because No. 21 is the forever jersey of this franchise. West is a 35-year-old power forward, decorated with the unimpeachable respect of league personnel. His assimilation into these Spurs has a chance to be one of the most seamless the organization's ever seen. Never had a player come to this franchise with such pure intentions.

    Some people talk about wanting to win, about championships superseding money but West lived it.

    David West does drive a Lexus now.

    He bought it over a decade ago.

    "I needed that."

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  • Sources: Lakers sign Metta World Peace to nonguaranteed deal

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 9 days ago

    Free-agent forward Metta World Peace has reached agreement on a one-year, nonguaranteed deal to return to the Los Angeles Lakers, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    World Peace signed his contract Thursday, and take a physical to formalize the agreement on Friday, league sources said.

    "I'm excited for Metta to be rejoining the Lakers in this next chapter in his career," agent David Bauman told Yahoo Sports. "Metta is looking forward to working with Kobe and the young players to help the Lakers now and in the future. Los Angeles and the Lakers have always held a special place in Metta's heart."

    World Peace is expected to make the roster and play a role as a small forward off the bench, and a veteran extension of coach Byron Scott in the young Lakers locker room.

    He will join the Lakers in Hawaii on Monday for the start of training camp.

    World Peace has been out of the NBA for a year, and eager for the chance to potentially end his career with the Lakers, where he won a championship and became a fan favorite.

    World Peace has been out of the NBA since the New York Knicks waived him during the 2013-14 season. He played last season in China and Italy.

  • Doc Rivers opens up about regrets, rifts and second chances after nearly losing DeAndre Jordan

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 10 days ago

    LOS ANGELES – Doc Rivers is sitting on the veranda overlooking the first tee of the Bel-Air Country Club course, awaiting a Sunday morning round of 18 holes, grateful for the mulligan of his basketball life. When the Los Angeles Clippers lost DeAndre Jordan – and found him again – they found the truth about the fragility of the championship chase. Here today, gone tomorrow.

    "Losing him would've always gnawed at me," Rivers told Yahoo Sports. "But it wouldn't have stopped me. I would've said, 'F--- that, we're going to figure out a way to get this right.' But it also triggered something else for me. It might have been my front-office wake-up call. I was not a pleasant guy to me, or my staff, after I thought we lost him – and even after we got him back. We had a lot of 'come-to-Jesus' meetings.

    "I told them, and told myself: 'We've got to get f------ better. I don't care if we don't like how this was done, or we thought there was some injustice. We didn't get him. We've got to be f------ better.'

    In other words, the Clippers have learned: Don't screw this thing up.

    "That's on me."

  • Kobe Bryant, Metta World Peace lead Lakers' education of Julius Randle

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 10 days ago

    LOS ANGELES – Months had passed for Julius Randle, his fractured leg had mended and, still, he sat as a solitary, seething customer in a Southern California restaurant. The trainers had let him back into the gym in March to start his long, lonely return to the Los Angeles Lakers' lineup, and Randle desperately resisted the slow, steady churn of the regimen. He wanted to go longer, harder. He wanted to stay in the gym.

    "I'm frustrated," Randle texted. "I just want to play basketball."

    "Patience," Kobe Bryant responded to him.

    "I'm 19 years old," Randle wondered. "How do I have patience?"

    "It's the only choice," Bryant told him.

    "You'll see."

    Now, Randle is sitting in a corner booth of Don Chuy's in Playa Vista on a sunny September afternoon and laughs, "I do see it now."

    Randle is forever grateful about the way his boyhood idol climbed down from the posters on his bedroom and into his basketball life.

    "The biggest person to help get me through this was Kobe – by far," Randle says.

  • Sources: Former Magic coach Jacque Vaughn returning to Spurs

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 13 days ago

    Former Orlando Magic coach Jacque Vaughn is returning to the San Antonio Spurs in a player-personnel role, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    Vaughn will replace Trajan Langdon, who recently accepted a front-office job with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

    Vaughn was fired as the Magic’s head coach in February, finishing 58-158 in two-plus seasons of undertaking the rebuilding project.

    Vaughn has a longstanding relationship with the Spurs’ organization, where he served as an assistant coach (2010-12) and played the final three seasons (2006-09) of his 12-year NBA career.

    Vaughn could eventually find his way back to the bench as an assistant coach, but there are no openings for him now. The Spurs hired James Borrego as an assistant this summer. Borrego had been promoted in Orlando to interim head coach in the wake of Vaughn’s firing. Vaughn and Borrego had previously worked together with the Spurs.

  • Sources: Warriors offer Harrison Barnes $64 million extension

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 13 days ago

    The Golden State Warriors delivered forward Harrison Barnes an initial four-year, $64 million contract extension proposal, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    The $16 million annual offer wasn’t accepted, but appears to be a starting point in talks that could last until the Oct. 31 deadline for rookie extensions.

    The Warriors are trying to prevent Barnes from reaching restricted free agency in July 2016, when a rising salary cap and scores of teams with financial flexibility will couple with Barnes' burgeoning talent and potential to make him a significant target on the market.

    As a member of the 2012 NBA draft class, Barnes is eligible for his rookie contract extension. Without an agreement by Oct. 31, Barnes would become a restricted free agent next summer. Golden State would be able to match any offer sheet for Barnes and re-sign him.

    Under coach Steve Kerr, Barnes started to blossom amid the Warriors' deep roster of talent during their championship season. Barnes, 23, averaged 10.1 points and 5.5 rebounds last season, and graded out as one of the league's most efficient players.

  • Sources: Heat's Dan Craig hired as Skyforce coach

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 13 days ago

    Miami Heat assistant Dan Craig has been hired as the head coach of the franchise's Development League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    Craig has steadily risen in the Heat organization over the past 12 years, beginning in the video room and advancing into his most recent role on Erik Spoelstra's staff as the assistant coach for player development. Craig has coached the Heat's summer league teams for the past three years.

    The Skyforce have had a steady stream of coaches moving to the NBA since the Heat took it over as its D-League affiliate in 2013. Pat Delany (Charlotte Hornets) and Phil Weber (New Orleans Pelicans) advanced into the NBA from Sioux Falls the past two years.

  • Sources: Bucks extend GM John Hammond through 2016-17

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 20 days ago

    Milwaukee Bucks general manager John Hammond has agreed to a contract extension through the 2016-17 season, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    Hammond has been instrumental in reshaping the Bucks’ roster, drafting cornerstones Giannis Antetokounmpo with the 15th overall pick in 2013 and Jabari Parker with the No. 2 overall pick in 2014.

    Hammond has successfully co-existed with new ownership and new coach Jason Kidd, who has significant input into player personnel.

    Milwaukee signed prominent free-agent power forward Greg Monroe to a three-year, $50 million maximum contract in July.

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    Milwaukee re-signed forward Khris Middleton to a four-year, $70 million contract in the summer, too. The Bucks were 41-41 in the Eastern Conference a year ago, earning a sixth seed before losing to the Chicago Bulls in a tough, six-game series.

    Hammond was the 2009-10 NBA Executive of the Year. He was hired as the Bucks’ general manager in 2008 after a successful run with Joe Dumars and the Detroit Pistons.