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Pelicans extend qualifying offers to Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart

The Pelicans have extended qualifying offers to Lonzo Ball and Josh Hart, making them restricted free agents this summer, tweets Andrew Lopez of ESPN. Ball’s qualifying offer is worth about $14.36M, while Hart’s is approximately $5.24M. Those are one-year contract offers that could theoretically be accepted, but Ball and Hart will likely earn more lucrative multiyear deals in free agency.
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Bucks’ Bobby Portis declining 2021-22 player option

Bucks forward/center Bobby Portis won’t pick up his player option for the 2021-22 season, agent Mark Bartelstein tells Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. If Portis had opted into the final year of his deal, he would’ve earned a $3,804,150 salary. Instead, he’ll become an unrestricted free agent in search of a new contract.
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Rockets decline option on veteran guard Avery Bradley

The Rockets will not pick up their $5.9M option on Avery Bradley, making the veteran guard an unrestricted free agent, Shams Charania of The Athletic tweets. The move was expected, as Houston is in full rebuild mode. Bradley is expected to draw interest from multiple playoff contenders once he hits...
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James Ennis looks to free agency after solid season with Magic

Ennis, who went on to average 8.4 points and 4.0 rebounds in 24 minutes per contest, managed to succeed in his mission during the games he played. He made 41 appearances — missing some due to calf, hamstring, and groin injuries — and shot 47.3% from the floor, including a scorching 43.3% from behind-the-arc.
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Mavericks to send Josh Richardson to Celtics

The Mavericks are finalizing a trade that would send swingman Josh Richardson to the Celtics, Shams Charania of The Athletic tweets. Richardson will exercise his $11.6M option in order to make the deal happen, Charania adds. The Celtics are using a $11.05M trade exception acquire in the Gordon Hayward sign-and-trade...
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Bulls extend qualifying offer to Laurie Markkanen

The Bulls have extended a qualifying offer to forward Lauri Markkanen, making him a restricted free agent, Shams Charania of The Athletic tweets. The QO is worth just over $9 million, but Markkanen is expected to receive an offer sheet in the market. Markannen is coming off a somewhat disappointing 2020-21 campaign in which he averaged a career-low 13.6 PPG and 5.3 RPG. His playing time diminished after Nikola Vucevic and Daniel Theis were acquired at the trade deadline.
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Heat extend qualifying offers to Duncan Robinson, three others

The Heat have extended qualifying offers to Duncan Robinson, Kendrick Nunn, Gabe Vincent and Max Strus, making the quartet restricted free agents, Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald tweets. The QOs for Robinson and Nunn are worth $4.736M apiece, while Vincent’s QO is $1.67M. Strus was on a two-way deal....
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Celtics trade Tristan Thompson to Hawks for Kris Dunn, pieces?

The Celtics are trading veteran big man Tristan Thompson to the Hawks for guard Kris Dunn, Bruno Fernando and a 2023 second-rounder, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN tweets. All of those players have expiring contracts. Thompson will make $9.7 million next season, while Dunn will secure just over $5 million, and Fernando will collect $1.8 million. The move pushes the Celtics another $3 million below the luxury-tax threshold, Bobby Marks of ESPN tweets. Dunn had a player option on his contract and opted in earlier this week, which made the trade viable.
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Jazz reportedly preparing three-year offer for Mike Conley

The Jazz will be “pressing hard” to re-sign point guard Mike Conley in free agency next week and are preparing an offer that’s expected to be in the range of $75M over three years, according to veteran NBA reporter Marc Stein (Twitter link). Multiple reports this week have stated that...
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Hawks not going to let John Collins go in restricted free agency?

NBA teams interested in signing restricted free agent John Collins are growing “increasingly pessimistic” that they’ll be able to pry away the big man from the Hawks, league sources tell Marc Stein. The Hawks and Collins couldn’t come to an agreement on an extension during the 2020 offseason, with Atlanta...
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76ers sign former Michigan State star Aaron Henry to two-way deal

The Sixers are set to ink undrafted Michigan State wing Aaron Henry to a two-way contract, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. The 6-foot-6 junior forward was named to the 2020-21 All-Defensive Team and 2020-21 All-Big Ten Third Team. He had a breakout final collegiate season, averaging career highs in points (15.4), rebounds (5.6), assists (3.6) and steals (1.3) over 28 games, including 26 starts.
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Full 2021 NBA Draft results

The 2021 NBA draft is in the books, and we tracked all of this year’s picks in the space below, taking into account each trade agreed upon over the course of the draft. Picks listed in italics are involved in trades that aren’t technically official yet. Here are 2021’s NBA...
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Clippers acquire No. 33 pick Jason Preston from Magic

The Clippers and Magic have agreed to a trade that will send the rights to No. 33 pick Jason Preston to Los Angeles, reports ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. According to Wojnarowski, Orlando is receiving a future second-round pick and cash in return for the 33rd overall pick. The second-rounder is a future Pistons pick, tweets ESPN’s Zach Lowe.
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Sixers reportedly not close to Ben Simmons trade

The Ben Simmons trade drama will extend beyond draft night and could last for much of the offseason. Appearing on ESPN’s draft coverage, Adrian Wojnarowski said the Sixers aren’t close to reaching a deal involving Simmons (Twitter link from Zach Lowe of ESPN). Woj added that the Sixers “don’t really...
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Blazers to acquire No. 43 pick Greg Brown from Pelicans

The Trail Blazers have agreed to acquire the No. 43 pick in the draft from the Pelicans, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, who reports (via Twitter) that Portland is using its newly-acquired selection to nab Texas power forward Greg Brown. Portland had no picks heading into the night. Andrew Lopez...
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Grizzlies to acquire 30th pick, draft Santi Aldama

The Jazz will send the 30th pick to the Grizzlies, tweets ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Memphis will select Loyola Maryland forward Santi Aldama, Woj adds (via Twitter). Utah will receive the 40th pick and two future second-rounders in return, according to Chris Herrington of The Daily Memphian (Twitter link). The 40th pick was part of a trade with the Pelicans earlier this week that won’t become official until the moratorium ends.
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Clippers acquire No. 21 pick from Knicks, select Keon Johnson

After trading the No. 19 pick to Charlotte, the Knicks have agreed to trade away their No. 21 selection as well, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. It’s going to the Clippers, who have used it to select Tennessee wing Keon Johnson, per Charania. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski,...
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Pacers trade Aaron Holiday, No. 31 pick to Wizards for 22nd selection

Washington is adding some point guard reinforcements, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports, who reports that the Wizards are sending the No. 22 draft pick they’re getting from the Lakers, 6-foot-10 Kentucky big man Isaiah Jackson, to the Pacers in exchange for point guard Aaron Holiday and the still-undrafted No. 31 selection (which the Pacers are set to acquire from the Bucks for two late second-round picks).
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Bulls, Celtics, Raptors reportedly interested in Lonzo Ball

Three new teams have emerged as potential candidates to tender offer sheets to restricted free agent Pelicans point guard Lonzo Ball. Shams Charania of Stadium reports that the Celtics, Bulls and the Raptors are interested in adding Ball’s services this summer. The Ball addition could make sense for either Eastern...