Dan Devine

  • Reggie and the full effect: Is Jackson the right man for Pistons' present, future?

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 2 hrs ago

    We've written about this before: the primary reason that restricted free agency exists is to give NBA decision-makers one situation where they can help themselves.

    While unrestricted free agents can sign anywhere they'd like after wrapping up their contracts with their previous employers, restricted free agents tend to have fewer options. They can solicit offers from other suitors, but their incumbent teams can match those offers, a "right of first refusal" that allows teams to suss out the market value of their players coming off rookie-scale contracts before deciding whether to re-up or cut bait. The whole point is to keep front-office members from unnecessarily overspending by sharply limiting the scope of prospective bidding wars for this particular class of players. It's about cost control.

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  • Here's that Latvian rap song about Kristaps Porzingis you wanted

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 3 days ago

    You know what? I've been so wrapped up in all the free-agent wheeling and dealing that I haven't checked in on Kristaps Porzingis' Twitter account recently. Inexcusable, I know. So let's see what's up with everyone's favorite (OK, "favorite") brand new member of the New York Knicks:

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    Check out the latest song from @Transleiteris made about me! ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅhttps://t.co/eZBTaSf3Xa

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  • Knicks bring in Robin Lopez, continue to build toward a new normal

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 3 days ago

    Here's what's important to remember, the fact that casts the rest of it in proper context: the New York Knicks were terrible last year.

    I mean, sure, they were bad the year before, when they missed the playoffs just one season after winning 54 games, the Atlantic Division and a playoff series for the first time since the Clinton Administration. But they were intensely heinous last season, finishing with the second-worst record in the NBA and the worst mark in franchise history ... and, sepia-tinged remembrances of Willis and the Rolls Royce backcourt and the sweat of Patrick Ewing's labor aside, there's been an awful lot of "worst" in this franchise's history.

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    The two sides reached terms Friday, according to Woj, that come in a bit higher than the earlier report:

    The Knicks are finalizing a four-year, $54 million agreement with free agent center Robin Lopez, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.

    Only a highly improbable DeAndre Jordan change of heart on choosing between Clippers and Mavericks could derail Lopez deal in New York.

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  • Monta Ellis gets $44 million to bring points, playmaking to Pacers

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 3 days ago

    Two summers back, coming off an unsuccessful year-and-a-half-long stint with the Milwaukee Bucks, Monta Ellis struggled to generate interest in free agency. The former Golden State Warriors spark plug withered on the vine until the second week of July before eventually inking a three-year, $25.1 million make-good deal with the Dallas Mavericks.

    After spending two years making often-beautiful music with the likes of Dirk Nowitzki, Brandan Wright and Tyson Chandler in the high-screen game under Rick Carlisle, Ellis elected to opt out of the final year of his contract, betting that the promise of a rising salary cap would embolden some suitor to splash the cash and give the 29-year-old shooting guard a raise from the $8.7 million he was set to make.

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    Ellis chose the Pacers over the Kings, who offered about $4.3 million more, source says.

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  • Here's Nerlens Noel dunking 'on' a small child at a summer camp

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 4 days ago

    After a frantic start to the NBA's 2015 free agency period, you might need a bit of a breather โ€” a bit of a palate cleanser, a little something to decompress as we want for the next round of big honkin' deals to come down. To that end, allow me to present Philadelphia 76ers big man Nerlens Noel sending a child to the floor before dunking over and through his spirit:

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    Hat-tip to Jordan Heck at The Sporting News.

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  • Trail Blazers assistant coach: 'We didn't publicize it, but we lost LaMarcus Aldridge'

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 4 days ago

    LaMarcus Aldridge was a busy man on Wednesday, opening up the 2015 NBA free-agent period by meeting with the San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets and Phoenix Suns, all of whom were very eager to give the All-Star power forward boatloads of cash to leave the Portland Trail Blazers after nine seasons. Aldridge reportedly left three of the four meetings impressed โ€” sorry, Lakers โ€” but Yahoo Sports NBA columnist Adrian Wojnarowski suggested the Blazers were still very much in the mix to retain Aldridge's services.

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    Evidently, Blazers assistant coach Kim Hughes is a more pessimistic sort.

    FWIW: Blazers assistant Kim Hughes has, I'm told, ZERO knowledge of the team's free agent proceedings.

    You're up, Phoenix-area craft breweries. Let's see something.

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  • Knicks add Arron Afflalo on 2-year, $16 million deal

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 4 days ago

    After largely sitting out the frenetic first day of 2015 NBA free agency, a 24-hour period in which NBA teams and players agreed to an estimated $1.5 billion in new deals, the New York Knicks got in the game early Thursday morning, coming to terms with veteran shooting guard Arron Afflalo, as first reported by ESPN.com's Ramona Shelburne.

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  • Cavs think big, spend nearly $240M to keep Love, Thompson, Shumpert as LeBron waits

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 4 days ago

    OK, you guys: I think it's safe to say that the Cleveland Cavaliers are set at the power forward spot for a little while.

    Kevin Love announced in a first-person piece published Wednesday afternoon at The Players Tribune โ€” where he's a "senior editor," natch โ€” that he's going to stay with the Cleveland Cavaliers, the team he joined in a blockbuster trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves last summer.

    [Related: Complete 2015 NBA free-agency tracker | Latest from Woj]

    Kevin Love will accept a five-year, $110 million contract extension with the Cavs according to sources

    Everyone's taking these full 2015 cap maxes. Will be interesting to look back at these in a few years. Hindsight is always 20/20

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  • Danny Green takes $45M to stay with Spurs, starts recruiting LaMarcus Aldridge

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 5 days ago

    Danny Green was rumored to have all sorts of suitors as one of the premier "3-and-D" wing players on the free-agent market. Ultimately, though, the 28-year-old shooting guard decided that there's no place like home โ€” and was willing to give the San Antonio Spurs a hometown discount to stay put.

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    Green agreed to a four-year, $45 million contract on Wednesday morning that will keep him in San Antonio through the 2018-19 season, as first reported by ESPN.com's Chris Broussard and subsequently confirmed by multiple reports.

    Danny Green on return 2 SA: "I'm very excited to be back, esp bc it looks like we might be getting some other pieces. We have a good future.

    Shortly thereafter, Green decided to get a little more specific on the "other pieces" tip:

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  • Goran Dragic's 5-year, $90M deal turns Heat focus squarely to Dwyane Wade

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 5 days ago

    Pat Riley never got to see the team he rebuilt this past February take the floor. Injuries and circumstance conspired to keep his Miami Heat working at less than 100 percent capacity en route to a lottery finish, and he really wanted a shot at seeing how the on-court reality matches up with the version he envisioned.

    "I would like to see standing strong," Riley told reporters in a season-wrapping press conference after capping a 37-45 season that saw Miami miss the postseason for the first time since 2008. "Luol Deng, Hassan Whiteside, and Chris Bosh, Goran Dragic, Dwyane Wade, with Mario Chalmers coming off the bench, with Josh McRoberts."

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    Hang in there, Hassan. Your payday's coming next summer.

    Goran Dragic's $90M deal can be structured to meet Heat desire: 2015-16 salary from $15.7M to ~$19M max; 2016-17 salary from $16.2M to ~$20M