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  • Report: Grizzlies, Ja Morant agree on massive extension
    By Field Level Media / Friday, July 1, 2022

    The Memphis Grizzlies and star point guard Ja Morant reportedly agreed Thursday to an extension that could be worth $231 million.

    • Morant, the 2020 Rookie of the Year and a second-team All-NBA player last season, agreed on a five-year, $193 million deal, ESPN reported Thursday. Supermax escalators could increase the value to $231 million.

      On his Twitter account Thursday night, Morant posted, "Memphis is my home"

      Morant, 22, put up 27.4 points, 6.7 assists and 5.7 rebounds per game last season as the Grizzlies matched the franchise record with 56 wins. However, Morant missed 25 games during the season and was sidelined by a bone bruise in his right knee for the last three games of a second-round playoff loss to the eventual NBA champion Golden State Warriors.

      In 187 games during his three-year career, Morant has averaged 21.2 points, 7.1 assists and 4.5 rebounds.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Wolves give Karl-Anthony Towns super-max extension
    By Field Level Media / Friday, July 1, 2022

    The Minnesota Timberwolves locked up forward Karl-Anthony Towns with a super-max contract extension, multiple media outlets reported Thursday night.

    • The additional four years tie Towns to the Timberwolves through the 2027-28 season. The extension is worth $214 million to $224 million, per varying media reports.

      Towns, 26, is a three-time All-Star who had a down season by his standards in 2021-22. He averaged 24.6 points, his lowest figure in four seasons, and a career-low 9.8 rebounds in 74 games.

      Through seven NBA seasons, all with Minnesota, Towns has averaged 23.2 points, 11.3 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.4 blocks in 482 games, all starts.

      He was the Rookie of the Year in 2015-16 after the Timberwolves selected him first overall in the 2015 draft out of Kentucky.

      The Timberwolves made another move on Thursday, reaching an agreement with free agent wing Kyle Anderson on a two-year, $18 million deal, according to multiple media reports.

      Anderson, 28, played four seasons with the San Antonio Spurs before playing the past four years with the Memphis Grizzlies. He averaged 7.6 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 69 games (11 starts) last season. Those figures were all higher than his career norms of 6.7 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 505 games (248 starts).

      --Field Level Media

  • Reports: Bulls reach agreement with C Andre Drummond
    By Field Level Media / Friday, July 1, 2022

    Andre Drummond appears headed to his fifth team in a four-season span as the free agent center agreed to a deal with the Chicago Bulls, The Athletic and ESPN reported on Thursday.

    • According to ESPN, the deal is for two years and $6.6 million, with the second season a player option.

      The 28-year-old veteran has changed teams midseason each of the past three campaigns.

      A first-round pick of the Pistons in 2012, Drummond was with Detroit until he was traded to Cleveland in February 2020. The Cavaliers released him in March 2021, and he quickly signed with the Los Angeles Lakers.

      After opening the 2021-22 season with the 76ers, the two-time All-Star was dealt to the Brooklyn Nets along with Ben Simmons in the February deal that sent James Harden and Paul Millsap to Philadelphia.

      Drummond averaged 7.9 points and 9.3 rebounds in a combined 73 games (36 starts) for Philadelphia and Brooklyn last season. In 718 career NBA games (630 starts), he is averaging 13.8 points and 13.3 rebounds.

      He led the NBA in rebounding four times in a five-season span from 2015-16 to 2019-20.

      --Field Level Media

  • Reports: Wizards, Delon Wright reach two-year deal
    By Field Level Media / Friday, July 1, 2022

    The Washington Wizards and veteran guard Delon Wright agreed to a two-year deal worth $16 million on Thursday, according to ESPN and NBC Sports Washington.

    • Wright, 30, played 77 games for the Atlanta Hawks last season, making four starts. He averaged 4.4 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists per contest.

      Wright, a first-round pick of the Toronto Raptors in 2015, has played for six teams. The others were the Memphis Grizzlies, Dallas Mavericks, Detroit Pistons and Sacramento Kings.

      In 411 career NBA games, he has averaged 7.2 points, 3.2 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.2 steals.

      The Wizards' biggest deal of the day was agreeing to a five-year, $251 million contract extension with guard Bradley Beal.

      --Field Level Media

  • Victor Oladipo returns to Heat for one-year, $11M
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, June 30, 2022

    Victor Oladipo plans to re-sign with the Miami Heat, agreeing to a one-year, $11 million deal on Thursday, ESPN and The Athletic reported.

    • Oladipo and the Heat reached the pact as free agent PJ Tucker was exiting for a three-year contract with the Philadelphia 76ers, according to reports.

      The South Florida Sun Sentinel reported Oladipo and Dewayne Dedmon were set to re-sign, even as the Heat reportedly entered trade talks involving Jazz forward Donovan Mitchell and Nets forward Kevin Durant.

      Oladipo played for the veteran's minimum last season -- $2.7 million -- as he worked to return to his pre-injury, All-Star form. Oladipo, an All-Star with the Indiana Pacers in 2018 and 2019, has rehabbed extensively from a torn quadriceps and another major knee operation.

      He ended the 2021-22 season with a 40-point game against the Orlando Magic, but has played in only 12 regular-season games the past two seasons with Miami.

      The 30-year-old Oladipo averaged 12.4 points, 3.5 assists and 2.9 rebounds per game last season.

      --Field Level Media

  • Reports: Mavericks sign JaVale McGee
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, June 30, 2022

    Veteran center JaVale McGee is headed back to the Dallas Mavericks, agreeing to a three-year, $20.1 million deal, with the third year as a player option, according to multiple reports on Thursday.

    • The 7-footer had a successful 2021-22 season as the backup center and stopgap starter for the Phoenix Suns, averaging 9.2 points and 6.7 rebounds in 74 games.

      McGee, 34, told ESPN he expects to be the starting center and is excited about how he'll fit on the court with Mavericks All-NBA guard Luka Doncic.

      "I saw some opportunities out there where I was like, ‘Oh yeah, if they had a rolling big, they could dominate in a different aspect,'" McGee told ESPN.

      Among McGee's 821 career games are 34 played with the Mavericks during the 2015-16 campaign. Playing under coach Rick Carlisle, McGee clocked under 11 minutes a game, scoring 5.1 points and grabbing 3.9 rebounds.

      His return to Dallas re-connects McGee with two former colleagues from his days with the Los Angeles Lakers, where he earned one of his three championship rings.

      Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd was an assistant coach with the Lakers, and Dallas assistant coach Jared Dudley was a reserve on the 2020 title-winning Lakers team.

      Going into his 15th season in the NBA, McGee has averaged 1.5 blocks while shooting 57.6 percent from the field for his career.

      --Field Level Media

  • Reports: Joe Ingles agrees to 1-year deal with Bucks
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, June 30, 2022

    Joe Ingles and the Milwaukee Bucks have agreed to a one-year contract worth $6.5 million, multiple outlets reported Thursday.

    • The 34-year-old forward averaged 7.2 points, 2.9 rebounds and 3.5 assists during the 2021-22 season before tearing his ACL on Jan. 30 while playing against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

      After eight years with the Utah Jazz, Ingles, on an expiring contract, was traded to San Antonio Spurs for salary purposes as a part of a three-team trade.

      Wife Renae Ingles confirmed the move in a tweet, saying she was "thrilled" for Joe and their family.

      The Australian has played 590 games (313 starts) throughout his career, averaging 8.6 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 3.8 assists per game.

      --Field Level Media

  • Reports: Malik Monk joins former Kentucky partner with Kings
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, June 30, 2022

    Free-agent shooting guard Malik Monk agreed to a two-year, $19 million deal with the Sacramento Kings, according to reports on Thursday.

    • The move reunites Monk with point guard D'Aaron Fox, his high-octane backcourt partner with Kentucky for the 2016-17 season.

      Monk, 24, averaged a career-best 13.8 points last season for the Los Angeles Lakers. He also recorded career highs for rebounds (3.4), assists (2.9) and 3-point baskets (173).

      Monk spent his first four NBA seasons with the Charlotte Hornets, twice scoring in double digits but starting just one game during his tenure.

      Overall, he has a career scoring average of 10.3 points in 309 games (38 starts).

      Monk was the No. 11 overall pick by the Hornets in the 2017 draft. Fox was chosen fifth by the Kings.

      --Field Level Media

  • Reports: Lonnie Walker IV joins Lakers on one-year deal
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, June 30, 2022

    Former San Antonio Spurs guard Lonnie Walker IV is signing a one-year, $6.5 million deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, multiple reports said Thursday.

    • Walker was the Spurs' first-round pick in the 2018 NBA Draft and played in 208 games for them, starting 56. But the Spurs reportedly pulled Walker's qualifying offer earlier Thursday, making him an unrestricted free agent.

      Walker, 23 posted career highs of 12.1 points and 2.2 assists per game in 2021-22, while matching his career mark with 2.6 rebounds.

      The Lakers also signed small forward Troy Brown Jr. to a one-year deal worth the veteran minimum, multiple reports said.

      Brown was the Washington Wizards' first-round pick (15th overall) in 2018 and was traded to the Chicago Bulls in 2021. He played 66 games for Chicago last season, starting seven, and averaged 4.3 points and 3.1 rebounds per game.

      Brown's best season came in 2019-20, when he averaged 10.4 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.2 steals per contest. Brown will turn 23 in July.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Patty Mills, Nic Claxton return to Nets on two-year deals
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, June 30, 2022

    The Brooklyn Nets brought back point guard Patty Mills and center Nic Claxton on two-year deals Thursday at the opening of NBA free agency, ESPN reported.

    • Mills agreed to a two-year, $14.5 million contract and Claxton is inking a two-year, $20 million deal, per the report.

      Mills joined Brooklyn in free agency last August and averaged 11.4 points and 2.3 assists while shooting 40 percent from 3-point range over 81 games (48 starts). He became a part-time starter with Kyrie Irving out of the lineup due to his inability to play while unvaccinated for COVID-19.

      The Australian will turn 34 before next season. He turned down a $6 million option with the Nets on Wednesday in search of a bigger deal.

      The Nets picked Claxton in the second round (31st overall) of the 2019 draft. He has averaged 7.3 points and 5.0 rebounds per game in 94 career appearances (20 starts).

      In 2021-22, his third NBA season, the 23-year-old posted career highs of 8.7 points and 5.6 rebounds per game while shooting 67.4 percent in 47 games (19 starts).

      The Nets added Mills and Claxton to the fold on the same day they acquired forward Royce O'Neale from the Utah Jazz -- and reportedly received a trade request from superstar Kevin Durant.

      --Field Level Media

  • Reports: P.J. Tucker agrees to join 76ers on $33.2M deal
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, June 30, 2022

    Veteran forward P.J. Tucker and the Philadelphia 76ers were finalizing a three-year, $33.2 million deal on Thursday night, according to multiple reports.

    • The 37-year-old Tucker has played deep into the playoffs the past two seasons. He was part of the Milwaukee Bucks' squad that won the 2021 NBA Finals and last season played for the Miami Heat, who lost in the Eastern Conference finals to the Boston Celtics.

      Also important is that Tucker is a former teammate of James Harden with the Houston Rockets. Harden is slated to re-sign with Philadelphia in the upcoming days.

      Tucker averaged 7.6 points and 5.5 rebounds in 71 games (70 starts) for Miami last season. He has career averages of 7.1 points and 5.6 rebounds in 777 games (581 starts) over 11 NBA seasons.

      Philadelphia also signed forward Danuel House Jr. to a two-year, $8.5 million deal. House also played in Houston with Harden and Tucker.

      House, 29, played in 42 games (seven starts) among three teams last season -- the Rockets, New York Knicks and Utah Jazz. He averaged 5.9 points and 2.6 rebounds.

      He has career averages of 8.5 points and 3.6 rebounds in 204 games (98 starts) over six seasons with five teams.

      --Field Level Media

  • Reports: Pistons, F Marvin Bagley III agree to 3-year, $37.5M deal
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, June 30, 2022

    Forward Marvin Bagley III has reached a 3-year, $37.5 million deal with the Detroit Pistons, multiple outlets reported Thursday.

    • After more than three seasons with the Sacramento Kings, the restricted free agent was traded to the Pistons last season, where he played 18 games, averaging 14.6 points and 6.8 rebounds.

      Sacramento selected Bagley as the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 NBA draft after one year at Duke, but his time with the Kings was rough.

      He missed 20 games in his rookie season due to knee issues and was limited to 13 games the next after sustaining a fracture in his right thumb before the remainder of the season was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

      --Field Level Media

  • Reports: Lu Dort remains with Thunder on five-year, $87.5M deal
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, June 30, 2022

    The Oklahoma City Thunder and guard Lu Dort agreed to a five-year, $87.5 million deal on Thursday, according to reports.

    • The club declined to pick up Dort's $1.93 million option earlier this week, which helped set the stage for a richer extension.

      Dort, 23, is one of the building blocks of a young roster that includes standout guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and rookie big man Chet Holmgren, the No. 2 overall pick of the 2022 draft.

      Dort averaged a career-best 17.2 points in 51 games this season, his third in the league. He also averaged 4.2 rebounds and 1.7 assists.

      Overall, Dort has averages of 13.3 points and 3.5 rebounds in 139 games (131 starts) over three seasons.

      Dort began his tenure with Oklahoma City as undrafted player out of Arizona State.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Blazers G Anfernee Simons agrees to 4-year, $100M extension
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, June 30, 2022

    Portland Trail Blazers guard Anfernee Simons has agreed to a four-year, $100 million contract extension, ESPN reported.

    • After fellow guard Damian Lillard's season was cut short due to abdominal surgery and CJ McCollum was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans in late February, Simons took a more active role throughout the season.

      He averaged a career-high 29.5 minutes per game in 57 games (30 starts), averaging 17.3 points, shooting 44.3 percent from the field and 40.5 percent from 3-point range.

      The 23-year-old was the No. 24 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft and was a backup guard for Portland before becoming the team's primary ballhandler.

      In 211 career games (35 starts), Simons has averaged 10.2 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.0 assists.

      --Field Level Media

  • Reports: Bobby Portis stays with Bucks on four-year, $49M deal
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, June 30, 2022

    Veteran big man Bobby Portis signed a four-year, $49 million contract to return to the Milwaukee Bucks, multiple reports said Thursday.

    • Portis spent the last two seasons in Milwaukee and earlier this week declined a $4.6 million option for 2022-23 to become a free agent in pursuit of a larger deal.

      Portis had early Bird rights with the Bucks, allowing the team to re-sign him at a max of four years and $49 million.

      The 6-foot-10 journeyman posted career highs of 14.6 points and 9.1 rebounds per game in 2021-22.

      After previous stays with the Chicago Bulls, Washington Wizards and New York Knicks, Portis signed with the Bucks in free agency ahead of the 2020-21 season -- just in time to help them win an NBA title.

      In 453 career games (120 starts), Portis has averaged 11.1 points and 6.6 rebounds per game.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Devin Booker on verge of signing $214M deal with Suns
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, June 30, 2022

    Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker is finalizing a four-year, $214 million max deal with the Phoenix Suns, The Athletic reported Thursday.

    • Booker will reportedly sign the extension sometime next week.

      The contract will begin after Booker's current deal runs out. He is owed $70 million over the next two seasons.

      The extension would put Booker under contract with the Suns through the 2027-28 season.

      Booker was a first-team All-NBA choice last season for the first time. He posted a career-best 26.8 points and 4.4 rebounds per game, along with 4.8 assists, to lead Phoenix to the best regular-season record (64-18).

      The 25-year-old Booker is a three-time All-Star with a 23.5 scoring average in 477 games (452 starts) over seven seasons. He also has career averages of 4.7 assists and 3.9 rebounds.

      Booker has made 978 3-pointers in his career, including a career-best 183 last season.

      Booker averaged 26.1 points in 32 playoff games in his career. He led the Suns to the 2021 NBA Finals before they fell in six games to the Milwaukee Bucks.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Nuggets, Nikola Jokic agree to record $256M deal
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, June 30, 2022

    Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets agreed Thursday to a five-year deal worth $256 million, the richest contract in NBA history, according to The Athletic.

    • Jokic is expected to sign the deal on Friday, the start of the NBA league year, with the base contract covering the next four years. The Athletic reported the fifth year of the deal is a player option for the 2027-28 season worth $60 million.

      Jokic edged 76ers center Joel Embiid in voting for the 2021-22 MVP award, becoming the 13th back-to-back winner, and was again named All-NBA First Team.

      Jokic averaged 27.1 points, 13.8 rebounds, 7.9 assists and 1.47 steals in 74 games last season for the Nuggets. He led the NBA with 19 triple-doubles and became the first player in NBA history to record at least 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 500 assists in a season.

      "I don't know what else you can say about Nikola at this point," Denver coach Michael Malone said. "He's consistently improved his game, he's consistently proven people wrong when they doubt him and he's consistently the best player on the floor night in and night out. I've said it many times before, I'm extremely grateful to coach Nikola Jokic and just as grateful for the bond that we've built off the court in our seven years together."

      The others to win consecutive MVPs are Antetokounmpo, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Larry Bird, Wilt Chamberlain, Stephen Curry, Tim Duncan, LeBron James, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Moses Malone, Steve Nash and Bill Russell.

      Jokic typically downplays his success but he is well aware he is now running with great company after a second MVP award.

      "Right now, I don't think about it," Jokic said of winning the award. "But when I'm old, fat and grumpy, hopefully I'm going to remember and tell my kids that back in the day I was pretty good at playing basketball.

      "Everybody knows I'm the same guy so hopefully I'm going to stay the same after this. Just to be in that company of Wilt and all the guys that made history in this league and this sport. That tells a lot and means a lot to have a legacy like that."

      --Field Level Media

  • Reports: Bradley Beal agrees to $251M deal to remain with Wizards
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, June 30, 2022

    Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal agreed to a five-year, $251 million max deal to remain with the club, multiple outlets reported Thursday.

    • Beal declined his $36.4 million player option for next season on Wednesday to pave the way to a richer deal.

      Beal has spent the past 10 seasons with Washington. He had the option of taking a four-year deal with another team as an unrestricted free agent in addition to resigning with the Wizards.

      Beal, who turned 29 on Tuesday, is a three-time All-Star who has twice averaged more than 30 points per game in a season.

      Last season, Beal averaged 23.2 points, 6.6 assists and 4.7 rebounds in just 40 games. He underwent season-ending surgery on his left wrist in February.

      Beal, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2012 draft, has career averages of 22.1 points, 4.2 assists and 4.1 rebounds in 645 games (611 starts) with Washington.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Grizzlies defensive star Jaren Jackson Jr. has foot surgery
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, June 30, 2022

    Memphis Grizzlies big man Jaren Jackson Jr. underwent right foot surgery and is slated to miss four to six months, ESPN reported Thursday.

    • Jackson, an elite defender, had a stress fracture in the foot repaired Wednesday.

      Jackson, who turns 23 in September, averaged 16.3 points and a career-best 5.8 rebounds in 78 games last season. He also led the NBA with a career-best 177 blocked shots and also set a career high with 73 steals.

      Jackson was an All-Defensive First Team selection this past season.

      In four NBA seasons, Jackson has averages of 15.8 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.8 blocked shots in 204 games (195 starts).

      Jackson was the fourth overall pick in the 2018 draft out of Michigan State.

      --Field Level Media

  • Knicks reportedly net Jalen Brunson with $104M deal
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, June 30, 2022

    The Knicks lured free agent Jalen Brunson to New York without the fourth-year point guard giving the Dallas Mavericks the chance to retain him.

    • Brunson agreed to a four-year, $104 million contract with the Knicks.

      Earlier Thursday, multiple reports indicated Brunson would allow Dallas a word in negotiations and also meet with the Miami Heat in New York before making a call on his future.

      Brunson, a second-round pick out of Villanova in 2018, averaged 16.3 points, 4.8 assists and 3.9 rebounds per game for Dallas in 2021-22. He had a breakout postseason with averages of 21.6 points and 4.6 rebounds, emerging as a go-to scorer in the first-round series against the Utah Jazz while star Luka Doncic was sidelined.

      The Knicks reportedly cleared ample space to offer a $110 million contract to Brunson, who still could have received a larger five-year offer from the Mavericks, for whom he has played all 277 games in his career.

      New York traded away Kemba Walker, Alec Burks and Nerlens Noel to free the cap space to add Brunson. ESPN reported Pacers point guard Malcolm Brogdon is also a target of the Knicks if Brunson signs elsewhere.

      Three picks after the Mavericks selected Brunson, the Knicks drafted high school center Mitchell Robinson in 2018.

      --Field Level Media

  • Nets to acquire F Royce O'Neale from Jazz
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, June 30, 2022

    The Brooklyn Nets acquired forward Royce O'Neale from the Utah Jazz in exchange for a first-round draft pick Thursday.

    • The Jazz will receive a 2023 first-round pick, whichever is the lower of the two opening-round picks the Nets have next year. The Nets own the Philadelphia 76ers' first-round pick, and the Houston Rockets have the right to swap first-rounders with Brooklyn via the James Harden trade.

      The news comes on the same day it was reported that Nets star forward Kevin Durant has requested a trade, with the Phoenix Suns or Miami Heat Durant's preferred destinations, according to ESPN.

      O'Neale, 29, has started in all 148 games he has appeared in over the past two seasons for the Jazz. He averaged 7.4 points and 4.8 rebounds in 31.2 minutes last season and has averaged 6.2 points with 4.8 rebounds over 370 career games (230 starts) in five seasons, all in Utah.

      --Field Level Media

  • Kevin Durant favored to land in Phoenix as Suns' title odds shorten
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, June 30, 2022

    News of Kevin Durant's reported trade request to the Phoenix Suns was enough to significantly shift NBA championship futures odds.

    • Even as reports circulated that the Suns or Miami Heat could end up being a trade suitor with the Brooklyn Nets for Durant's services, it was the Suns' odds that shifted enough to make them the championship favorites for next season, as of Thursday afternoon.

      On Wednesday, the Suns were listed +1000 to win the 2022-23 title at DraftKings, the sixth best odds to win it all behind the champion Golden State Warriors (+500), Los Angeles Clippers (+600), Boston Celtics (+650), Milwaukee Bucks (+700) and Nets (+850).

      Shortly after news broke of a requested Durant trade request, though, the Suns were briefly listed +550 at FanDuel, ahead of the second favorite Warriors and Bucks, both at +600. The Suns then settled into a tie with Golden State at +600, while the Bucks moved back to +700. The Clippers and Celtics were at +650 on Thursday.

      At DraftKings, the Suns' NBA title odds moved to +600, even with Boston and just behind the Clippers and Warriors, who were co-favorites at +550.

      PointsBet sees Phoenix as the most likely destination for Durant, with the Suns offered at -110 to be the next team he plays for. That is ahead of Miami (+125), New Orleans (+400), Chicago (+550) and Dallas (+600).

      Durant joined the Nets as a free agent in 2019 but did not play that first season as he recovered from an Achilles injury. He played in 90 total games over the past two seasons with the Nets, who fell in the second round of the playoffs in 2021 and bowed out in the first round this past season.

      As Kyrie Irving's future with the Nets remains in question, he did activate a one-year $36.5 million option with the team this week.

      The Nets have made the playoffs in seven of the past 10 seasons, but never advanced past the second round.

      --Field Level Media

  • Reports: Kevin Durant requests trade from Nets
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, June 30, 2022

    Kevin Durant has requested a trade from the Brooklyn Nets, multiple media outlets reported on Thursday.

    • Nets general manager Sean Marks is working with Durant on finding a trade partner for the 33-year-old, his business manager Rich Kleiman told ESPN.

      Yahoo! Sports reported Durant has listed the Phoenix Suns as a preferred trade destination. ESPN cited the Suns and Miami Heat as teams on Durant's wish list.

      Durant is beginning a four-year, $194 million deal with the Nets. He is slated to make $42.97 million for the 2022-23 season, per Spotrac.

      A two-time NBA Finals MVP and 12-time All-Star, Durant joined Brooklyn as a free agent in 2019 alongside Kyrie Irving. Durant averaged 29.9 points, 7.4 rebounds and 6.4 assists in 55 games this past season with the Nets, who traded fellow All-Star James Harden to the Philadelphia 76ers in a blockbuster deal involving Ben Simmons.

      Irving, a seven-time All-Star, picked up his $36.5 million option with the Nets on Monday. ESPN reported that Durant and Irving did not have any contact since that decision.

      Durant, a four-time scoring champion, has career averages of 27.2 points, 7.1 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 939 games with the Seattle SuperSonics/Oklahoma City Thunder (2007-16), Golden State Warriors (2016-19) and the Nets.

      The Nets were unceremoniously swept by the Boston Celtics in the first round of the playoffs.

      --Field Level Media

  • Brett Brown returns to Spurs as assistant
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, June 30, 2022

    Former Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown is returning to the San Antonio Spurs as an assistant coach.

    • "I'm thrilled to be able to hire such a good coach, human being and dinner partner," Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said in the release.

      Brown, 61, was an assistant under Popovich from 2002-13 before taking the Philadelphia job in 2013. He replaces Becky Hammon, who left the Spurs to become the head coach of the Las Vegas Aces in the WNBA.

      Brown joins Mitch Johnson and Matt Nielsen on Popovich's staff.

      Brown went 221-344 in seven seasons as head coach of the 76ers. He guided the team to the playoffs the last three seasons of his tenure, going 12-14 in the postseason. He was fired Aug. 24, 2020, the day after getting swept by the Boston Celtics.

      Before his time in the NBA, Brown spent several years in Australia's National Basketball League, coaching 278 games. He also served as an assistant coach with the Boomers and was head coach of Boomers in the 2012 London Olympics, where they lost in the quarterfinals to the United States.

      --Field Level Media

  • Reports: Additional suitors to meet Mavs PG Jalen Brunson
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, June 30, 2022

    Jalen Brunson appears to be a prime target in free agency and will meet with at least three teams before making any decision, according to reports.

    • The Dallas Mavericks want Brunson back as part of a pairing with Luka Doncic and are scheduled to present their offer to the 25-year-old point guard in New York.

      But other teams already on Brunson's meeting schedule in New York include the Miami Heat and New York Knicks, Yahoo Sports and ESPN reported.

      Brunson, a second-round pick out of Villanova in 2018, averaged 16.3 points, 4.8 assists and 3.9 rebounds per game in 2021-22. He had a breakout postseason with averages of 21.6 points and 4.6 rebounds, emerging as a go-to scorer in the first-round series against the Utah Jazz while Doncic was sidelined.

      The Knicks reportedly cleared ample space to offer a $110 million contract to Brunson, who can still receive a larger five-year offer from the Mavericks, for whom he has played all 277 games in his career.

      New York traded away Kemba Walker, Alec Burks and Nerlens Noel to free the cap space to add Brunson. ESPN reported Pacers point guard Malcolm Brogdon is also a target of the Knicks if Brunson signs elsewhere.

      Three picks after the Mavericks selected Brunson, the Knicks drafted high school center Mitchell Robinson in 2018.

      --Field Level Media