Kelly Dwyer

  • David Lee will be dealt to Boston in a salary-clearing move for Golden State

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 9 hrs ago

    The Golden State Warriors have followed through on their promise to find a better situation for power forward David Lee. The 2015 NBA champions have dealt the scoring forward to Boston in exchange for Gerald Wallace:

    Source tells me that David Lee has been traded from Golden State to the Boston Celtics.

    Lee was dropped as a starter to begin 2015-16 in favor of Draymond Green, who went on to earn himself a five-year, $85 million deal for his stellar work. Lee contributed in spurts during some parts of 2015-16, but by and large he was relegated to a deep bench role and often watched as other reserve big men walked to the scorer’s table ahead of him.

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    It’s just what was out there. And while it might be annoying to have $3.3 million on your books in 2016-17 in exchange for a player whose contract expired a year earlier, knocking nearly $12.2 million off of the books in 2015-16 will be massive for the Warriors.

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  • Kevin Garnett will return to the Minnesota Timberwolves for two (!) more seasons

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 10 hrs ago

    When the Minnesota Timberwolves dealt for Kevin Garnett in February, bringing him back to Minnesota after trading him in 2007 and nearly 19 years after drafting him, it was assumed he would be a late-season novelty piece. A spindly bit of nostalgia to not only help tutor the team’s younger players (some of whom were born the very year he was drafted into the NBA), but also distract the fans from a season that would end with the league’s worst record.

    Then, later on trade deadline day, it was reported that the Wolves wanted to keep Garnett as an active player beyond 2014-15, which was somewhat of a surprise. Now we’ve got official word: Kevin Garnett will sign a contract that will take him into his 40s, as Minnesota is inking the future Hall of Famer to a two-year deal:

    Correct. Guaranteed two years for KG. #twolves https://t.co/BSfBG5OauL

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  • Your winners and losers from the NBA's 2015 free-agent market

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    It seems a bit daft to declare a set of winners and losers after less than a week of the NBA’s official offseason, but after a few dozen free-agent agreements and quite easily the busiest first day in the league’s free-agent history, one can’t help but stand back and take stock. Presuming your spine is straightened out after hours of bleary-eyed staring at Woj’s Twitter account.

    Because more happened in the first week of July than will happen between now and October, I think it’s best to start judging. So it goes:

    WINNERS

    LaMarcus Aldridge

    The league’s last great unknown struck a bit of blow for himself this offseason. This was in place even before he decided to sign with the San Antonio Spurs.

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    Los Angeles Lakers

    You heard me.

    Cleveland Cavaliers

  • DeAndre Jordan spurns the Los Angeles Clippers to join the Dallas Mavericks

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 4 days ago

    Former Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, shockingly, will leave tens of millions of dollars on the table to join the Dallas Mavericks. The athletic center will sign a four-year, $80 million deal with Mark Cuban’s team:

    ESPN sources say DeAndre Jordan is on verge of accepting Mavs' four-year, $80M+ max offer. Dallas firmly in lead and decision likely today

    LAC free agent center DeAndre Jordan plans to announce that he will be signing with the Mavericks early this evening, a source told Yahoo.

    Ex-Clippers center DeAndre Jordan’s announcement he is signing with the Mavericks is expected to be around 5 P.M. CST, a source told Yahoo.

    The Clippers stated prior to the offseason that they would throw every bit of available money they had at Jordan, up to five years and $109 million. Rumors swirled that Jordan was both unhappy with an understandably contentious relationship with the perpetually disagreeable Chris Paul, and the idea that he was a tertiary figure on the Clippers’ totem under Paul and forward Blake Griffin.

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  • Becky Hammon will serve as head coach for San Antonio's Summer League entrant

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 4 days ago

    Becky Hammon is a decorated basketball player and a second-year assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs.

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    She will become the first woman to act as the head coach of an NBA Summer League team.

    This is the usual plan for young assistant head coaches, as San Antonio’s previous young assistant Ime Udoka was the head coach for the Spurs’ entry in the 2014 NBA Summer League.

    We are one more “first” away from this not being news, anymore. Just coaching as usual.

    And that is a fantastic thing.

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    Kelly Dwyer is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at KDonhoops@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @KDonhoops

  • Dwyane Wade will return to the Miami Heat on a one-year contract

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 5 days ago

    Dwyane Wade gave up money in order to help the Miami Heat build a superteam in 2010.

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    He gave up money in 2014 in order to help the Heat attempt to retain its superteam.

    He’s not giving up any more money.

    Wade agreed to a one-year, $20 million contract with the Miami Heat on Thursday, ending the months-long questions about whether or not his time with the only organization he’s ever known would be up. The Associated Press’ Tim Reynolds was the first to report the news.

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    From a statement released by Wade:

    This could have been worse, but some semblance of sanity did prevail.

     

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  • Greg Monroe may have found himself a perfect fit, cash, and sustained flexibility

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 5 days ago

    For the second offseason in a row, one of the NBA’s most coveted talents has decided to leave the greater New York City metropolitan area for the Midwestern sprawl and 2 AM last calls of Milwaukee. Greg Monroe, rumored to be headed to the New York Knicks for the duration of 2014-15, declined the Knicks’ maximum contract offer in order to agree to sign with the emerging Milwaukee Bucks.

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    He’ll work for $50 million over three years, according to Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, but the contract also has an opt-out clause after 2016-17 that will allow him to take advantage of what will then be a salary cap that will jump over $100 million.

    Monroe will change that. What we hope he doesn’t change is the defense.

    This Bucks lineup is eminently tinker-a-ble, however.

    Far more time will be needed to figure out just how well Monroe’s work in free agency helped him out, but the early and anticipated returns are fantastic.

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

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 5 days 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 6 days 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 6 days 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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