Kelly Dwyer

  • Tim Duncan confirms it: 'I'll be on court next year'

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 2 hrs ago

    It was always a formality, even in the minutes following the game-winning Chris Paul runner that barely made it over his fingertips. Tim Duncan was always going to go come back to play a 19th NBA season in 2015-16. Now it’s official.

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    (OK, not “official.” That’s not how the NBA works in the first week of July. More on that in a minute.)

    Duncan confirmed as much with San Antonio Express-News Spurs beat writer extraordinaire Mike Monroe on Thursday:

    Recruiting trip for Aldridge produced for #Spurs: Per Tim Duncan ... 'Finally had a chance to talk with Pop; I'll be on court next year.'

    A clubhouse that will, for the 19th time since he was drafted No. 1 overall in 1997, include Tim Duncan.

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  • The Lakers lost out on LaMarcus Aldridge by being the Lakers

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 23 hrs ago

    LaMarcus Aldridge, because he has a house in Los Angeles because it is a wonderful city to have a house in, and because he is a free agent, met with the Los Angeles Lakers first once the NBA’s free-agency period began. The Lakers showed up with coach Byron Scott, part-owner and president of basketball operations Jim Buss, general manager Mitch Kupchak, TV analyst and Basketball Hall of Famer James Worthy, Lakers president and president of business operations Jeanie Buss, and shooting guard Kobe Bryant. Between the various phases of that group’s Lakers career, they’ve collected 41 total individual championship rings.

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    As soon as the meeting ended, Lakers sources relayed to any reporter who would listen that the discussion went swimmingly with Aldridge, that the 30-year old All-Star was encouraged by the Lakers’ plan, and that they were still in consideration to give him a max contract and turn him into a Laker.

    Then the afternoon hit.

    Lakers didn't make strong impression in Aldridge meeting, sources say. Spurs can close on him. LMA expected to make decision fairly soon.

  • Jimmy Butler's 'quick' agreement with the Chicago Bulls was a long time coming

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    When Jimmy Butler turned down the Chicago Bulls’ four-year, $44 million contract extension offer in the fall of 2014, most rightfully assumed him to be a bit of a nutter. That’s a four-year extension for a player who was coming off of only his first year as a full time starter. He played standout defense during that season but also shot less than 40 percent from the field, hardly acting as a 3-and-D guy at 28 percent from long range. He was not much of a dribble penetrator or post-up artist despite a sturdy frame, and scored just 13.1 points per contest despite getting to stay on the court for nearly 39 minutes a game.

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    Just over eight months later, Butler has somehow developed from a consolation prize into one of those stars, signing on the first day of NBA free agency to a five-year, $95 million contract that the Bulls are more than happy with.

    The Bulls, as always, are in an interesting situation.

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  • Toronto locks up the emerging DeMarre Carroll, Chicago retains Mike Dunleavy

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    DeMarre Carroll was designed to keep you on your toes.

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    He’s a lovely guy, he really is, but his whole existence as a lockdown defender is meant to scare you away from swinging the ball to your go-to swingman, and his status as both the Atlanta Hawks’ leading postseason scorer through two rounds and the exact sort of dude who could have a great shot at limiting LeBron James were why some gave a beat-up Hawks squad a chance at downing Cleveland in last season’s Eastern Conference finals.

    We all know what happened next. Carroll went down in Game 1 with one of the more frightening injuries of the season, concussion-protocol scares excluded, and though he returned in spite of that bruised knee the Hawks were never the same.

    It’s the timing that worries.

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    Mike Dunleavy Jr.’s career always sounds about right.

    The terms of the deal, as with all things Bulls-y and Mike Dunleavy-um-y, are rather old school.

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  • With Adam Silver around, San Antonio's salary cap machinations are A-OK

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    The San Antonio Spurs and Kawhi Leonard wanted to sign a contract extension in July, 2014, probably with the same sort of alacrity that New Orleans and Anthony Davis used in agreeing to their no-brainer extension during this offseason. Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski has already reported that the Spurs and Leonard have agreed on the framework of a five-year, $90 million extension, and yet the signing process has been delayed while the Spurs attempt to finagle their way into more cap space in order to lure LaMarcus Aldridge to sign with them.

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    So why that figure?

    This is where we can’t help but wonder how David Stern would have “dealt” with this.

    Back in 1996, however, Stern fought tooth and nail against a Miami Heat franchise that came close to pulling off the same damn thing.

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  • Anthony Davis, star of the NBA's next era, signs a 'next era' contract extension

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    The NBA’s next “best player in the game” is going to be the first to sign a contract that reflects the league’s new financial era.

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    New Orleans Pelicans big man Anthony Davis, just seconds into the NBA’s free agent season, agreed to a no-brainer five-year, $145 million contract extension with the team, as first reported by Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski. The deal will allow Davis to make 30 percent of the league’s salary cap number, one that will likely hit for right at $90 million in 2016-17, and well over the $100 million mark the following season.

    This is the best move for this point in Davis’ career. Various restricted free agent machinations could have kept him in New Orleans even if he wished to leave, so it was in his best interest to at least be paid as much as possible as soon as possible.

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  • Your 2015 NBA free agent primer

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    The NBA has just one offseason left before the salary cap jumps by tens of millions of dollars because of an upcoming television deal and the subsequent increased revenue that will result. It also has just two offseasons before the next unending NBA owners lockout probably hits, which is why this free-agent period (which starts at 12:01 a.m. ET on Wednesday) will mean so much as teams and players slyly work up some machinations with the next two summers in line.

    This is why we’ve decided to break down some of the futures of the more notable 2015 free agents, divided into four completely relatable categories.

    Superstars

    Kevin Love, unrestricted free agent

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    Where he should sign: Cleveland.

    Where he’ll probably sign: Cleveland.

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    LeBron James, unrestricted free agent

    Where he should sign: Cleveland.

    Where he’ll probably sign: Cleveland.

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    Dwyane Wade, unrestricted free agent

    Where he should sign: Miami.

    Where he’ll probably sign: Miami.

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    LaMarcus Aldridge, unrestricted free agent

    (Yeah. Watch him sign with the Lakers.)

    Where he should sign: San Antonio.

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    Where he should sign: Memphis.

  • Grading the 2015 NBA draft

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 6 days ago

    The 2015 NBA draft took place on Thursday, after a flurry of rumors and trades preceded the festivities. We thought we’d go in depth and look at each team’s haul for the week, grading each team in terms of context, potential, scouting, and the idea that half of these damn kids are 20 – so let’s give ‘em a little room to figure things out, OK?

    On to the grades

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    Atlanta Hawks

    Acquired: Tim Hardaway Jr. (via trade with New York), Dimitrios Agravanis at No. 59, two future second-round picks.

    Because the Hawks’ outright theft of a midrange first-round draft pick from the Nets (a swap of selection from the three-year old Joe Johnson deal) was so cunning, it feels like a bit of a disappointment that the team was only able to parlay the 15th overall pick into Hardaway Jr. and a pair of second-rounders from Washington. Atlanta chose Kelly Oubre for the Wizards in the deal, moving them down to 19th in what seemed like a head-scratcher at the time – the price of moving up four slots in the middle of the first-round is only two second-rounders?

    Grade: C

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    Boston Celtics

    Acquired: Terry Rozier at No. 16, R.J. Hunter at No. 28, Jordan Mickey at No. 33, Marcus Thornton at No. 45.

    Grade: C+

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    Grade: B

  • Report: LaMarcus Aldridge has already told the Blazers that he's out of Portland

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 7 days ago

    It’s been a long, steady decline in the relationship between LaMarcus Aldridge and the Portland Trail Blazers – the only NBA team in nine years that he’s played for. Just under a year ago Aldridge went on record as stating that he wanted to retire as “the best Blazer ever,” while turning down the opportunity to sign a contract extension prior to his 2015 free agency. At the time, with the emerging Trail Blazers coming off of a second-round playoff run, the pass on the extension was accurately portrayed as a sound financial decision – the smart move to make more money while playing for a team Aldridge loved.

  • Luke Ridnour just joined his fourth team (and counting) in a 24-hour span

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 7 days ago

    Luke Ridnour entered the 2015 NBA offseason having played for five teams in his 12-year NBA career. One of those teams, the Milwaukee Bucks, featured him twice. That novelty was kind of canceled out by the fact that one of the other teams, the much-missed Seattle SuperSonics, doesn’t exist anymore.

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    He’s the very definition of a “journeyman;” until this week, at least. Because we’re going to have to find a new word for the guy.

    In a span of 24 hours, the former Orlando Magic guard was dealt three times. On Wednesday, the former Minnesota Timberwolves guard was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies for the rights to Jannis Timma, a 22-year old Latvian small forward. On Thursday morning, the former Charlotte Bobcats guard was sent from the Grizzlies to the Charlotte Hornets in exchange for Matt Barnes.

    (There’s also this bit of bad news for Thunder fans: