NBA trade rumors: Jaylen Brown, Ben Simmons and more with Jake Fischer

https://open.spotify.com/embed/episode/2TurWlaJGMNdmH7sjSsFcI HoopsHype’s Michael Scotto and Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer discussed the latest rumors regarding Jaylen Brown, Ben Simmons, Russell Westbrook, Jerami Grant, Terrence Ross, De’Aaron …

HoopsHype’s Michael Scotto and Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer discussed the latest rumors regarding Jaylen Brown, Ben Simmons, Russell Westbrook, Jerami Grant, Terrence Ross, De’Aaron Fox, Buddy Hield, Joe Harris, Nicolas Claxton, and more on the NBA trade market in the latest edition of the HoopsHype podcast.

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Out-of-rotation players who could become trade candidates

Here are some NBA players getting healthy DNP-CDs who could have a potential role in a different team’s rotation.

We are more than three weeks into the NBA regular season and most teams have settled on their rotations. Some aren’t fully healthy and will have tinkering to do when key players return, but some others have some rotation players that are not playing.

Here are some players consistently getting DNP-CDs despite being healthy who could become candidates for a trade.

The top trade candidate on each NBA team this season

Ben Simmons and Marvin Bagley are the early trade rumors leaders, and there will be plenty more to come this season. The 2022 free agency market could be dry, as colleague Yossi Gozlan previously wrote on HoopsHype, meaning teams could look to …

Ben Simmons and Marvin Bagley are the early trade rumors leaders, and there will be plenty more to come this season.

The 2022 free agency market could be dry, as colleague Yossi Gozlan previously wrote on HoopsHype, meaning teams could look to improve via the trade market.

So with the regular season already underway,  HoopsHype spoke with four NBA executives to gauge potential trade candidates and listed the player(s) most likely to be traded on each team.

Podcast: Turmoil surrounding Ben Simmons, Deandre Ayton, Marvin Bagley and NBA award predictions

The latest updates surrounding unhappy NBA players, Ben Simmons, Deandre Ayton and Marvin Bagley, and NBA season awards predictions.

On the latest edition of the HoopsHype podcast, hosts Michael Scotto and Yossi Gozlan discuss the latest turmoil surrounding Ben Simmons, Deandre Ayton and Marvin Bagley. Plus, the duo reports on players who agreed to rookie-scale extensions, those who didn’t sign extensions and share their NBA awards predictions for this season.

For more interviews with players, coaches, and media members, be sure to like and subscribe to the HoopsHype podcast on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and anywhere else you listen to podcasts. Listen to the podcast above or check out some snippets of the conversation in a transcribed version below.

Sources: Sacramento Kings and Terence Davis agree to two-year, $8 million deal

The Sacramento Kings and free agent guard Terence Davis agreed to a two-year, $8 million deal league sources told HoopsHype’s Michael Scotto

The Sacramento Kings and free-agent guard Terence Davis have agreed to a two-year, $8 million deal, league sources told HoopsHype.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski was first to report the Kings and Davis had a two-year agreement. HoopsHype followed that report with the dollar amount figure.

Davis averaged a career-high 11.1 points per game in 27 games played for Sacramento last season and personal bests in rebounds (3.3) and steals (1.0) per game.

At the conclusion of the two-year deal, the Kings will have full Bird Rights on Davis, who will be eligible for unrestricted free agency at 26 years old.

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Kyle Lowry rumors, Bucks offseason and Richaun Holmes’ free agency with Michael Scotto and Yossi Gozlan

A look at NBA free agency for Kyle Lowry and Richaun Holmes, plus an offseason preview for the Milwaukee Bucks on the HoopsHype podcast.

On the latest edition of the HoopsHype podcast, host Michael Scotto is joined by HoopsHype’s Yossi Gozlan. The duo discussed the offseason for the NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks, including the free agencies of Bobby Portis, PJ Tucker, and Bryn Forbes. The duo also discussed the rumors surrounding the New Orleans Pelicans having interest in free agent point guard Kyle Lowry and four teams expected to be in the mix for free-agent center Richaun Holmes.

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For more interviews with players, coaches, and media members, be sure to like and subscribe to the HoopsHype podcast on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and anywhere else you listen to podcasts. Listen to the podcast above or check out some snippets of the conversation in a transcribed version below.

Nerlens Noel: ‘I’m one of the best big men defensively in this league’

Knicks center Nerlens Noel discussed what he wants in NBA free agency, his time with the Knicks, 76ers, and Chris Paul with Michael Scotto.

New York Knicks center Nerlens Noel will soon enter the unrestricted free agent market as one of the most coveted centers.

The Sacramento Kings and Toronto Raptors, as reported by HoopsHype, along with the Charlotte Hornets, Dallas Mavericks, and Brooklyn Nets, per SNY, are among those expected to have interest in Noel.

After making $5 million this past season with the Knicks, Noel could double that salary this summer. Noel helped anchor a Knicks defense that ranked 13th in opponent rim field goal percentage last season (63.2 percent) to the best in the league this year (60.5 percent). The Knicks also had a 25-16 record when Noel started and 16-15 when he did not.

With free agency at the start of August nearly upon us, Noel spoke with HoopsHype about his time playing for coach Tom Thibodeau, what he’s looking for in free agency, and a look back at his career thus far, including his time with the 76ers during the “Trust the Process” era.

NBA trade intel: Aaron Gordon, Spencer Dinwiddie, Nemanja Bjelica and more

NBA trade updates on Aaron Gordon, Spencer Dinwiddie, Nemanja Bjelica, and Aaron Holiday from HoopsHype’s Michael Scotto.

This week the Milwaukee Bucks and Miami Heat fortified their frontcourts for a run in the East by acquiring PJ Tucker and Trevor Ariza. With less than a week before the NBA trade deadline, other forwards could be on the move as well.

Here’s the latest intel HoopsHype has gathered on some of the top players available on the trade market.

Potential Kings trades with Sam Amick and Michael Scotto

The Athletic’s Sam Amick and HoopsHype’s Michael Scotto discuss potential trades for the Sacramento Kings.

The Athletic’s Sam Amick joins Michael Scotto on the latest edition of the HoopsHype podcast. The pair discuss potential trade scenarios for the Sacramento Kings involving Harrison Barnes, Marvin Bagley, Buddy Hield, and Nemanja Bjelica. Plus, a look at Luke Walton’s coaching future and the upcoming free agency of Richaun Holmes. Listen to the podcast above or check out some snippets of the conversation in a transcribed version below.

2:08 What does Luke Walton need to do to keep his job through the season and beyond? 

Amick: The Kings have been battered economically by the pandemic. It’s in the neighborhood of $100 million that they’re projected to lose, so they’re not in the mood to cut a check to Luke Walton for what would by the next two years, $11.5 million. A lot of that is going into the fact that he’s still got a job.

7:34 If making the playoffs is a mandate from Kings management or ownership

Amick: I don’t know that they care. And that’s what their fans don’t want to hear. Going into this season, it’s funny for me because I felt like it was their dirty little secret going into the year… I know the fans are tired because they haven’t been in the playoffs since 2006. It’s the longest playoff drought in the NBA, but this new GM, Monte McNair, is looking at this thing from 2020 and beyond.

The truth is it feels like a soft tank. They have their first-round pick for this year and the tougher second half they have, the better off that pick is going to be.

10:22 What’s Sacramento’s view on Marvin Bagley? Is he part of the long-term core?

Amick: If he continues to develop, improve, and if they never came across a trade offer that blew their socks off, then I think they’d be more than happy to almost re-welcome him back into the core. I don’t think he’s part of it right now. I feel like they’re in wait-and-see mode with Marvin.

The stuff with his dad has not helped. It sends a strong message that even though Marvin hasn’t said it publicly, he’s never denounced what his father said. To be honest, it’s really awkward and uncomfortable. Marvin’s not a kid, but he’s a very young man, and that’s his father, so those dynamics are sensitive, but the bottom line is it sends the wrong message about his part in the Kings’ future. The flipside of that is the Kings have been open to talking about Marvin. My understanding is the offers have been just nothing to write home about at all. I’ve talked to other executives about this, Marvin’s owed $11 million for next year, and I think it’s a $14 million qualifying offer as he goes into restricted free agency. That’s the problem with being that high of a pick.

14:53 Will Harrison Barnes be traded at the deadline?  

Amick: I’m probably slowly shifting over to the opinion I’d be surprised if Harrison was back. We’ve got 15 days left before the deadline. This is not the time to show your hand as an executive. I think as the Kings get closer, the level of urgency is going to elevate. Harrison in particular, looking at him and the Celtics’ situation, I find it really interesting. I think he checks a lot of boxes for Boston. For the Celtics, his timeline on his contract I think is a major factor because he lines up with Kemba Walker, and it gives the Celtics a way to upgrade the roster now and try as best they can to stay up there among the Eastern Conference elite if they can get back there, but not compromise the future. The way their contracts are lined up, you could have Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown getting closer to their free agency in 2024 and 2025 while having an open payroll for the 2023 free agency class. You’re talking Joel Embiid, Nikola Jokic, Kristaps Porzingis, Bradley Beal. It’s pretty loaded.

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20:21 Buddy Hield’s future in Sacramento and if he’s part of the long-term core

Amick: I think the short answer is no. It’s not an indictment of Buddy’s ability to put together a long and productive career, but the Kings appear to be hyper-focused on the age factor. For that reason alone, Buddy doesn’t fit that timeline.

I also don’t think he’s going anywhere by this deadline because he’s got three years left after this one on his contract. I’m not hearing any real loud noise about anybody coming hard for Buddy. Philly is the team that was always mentioned. We all know they’ve been trying hard to surround Embiid and Ben Simmons with shooting.

22:46 Where Nemanja Bjelica could land by the trade deadline 

Scotto: My sense would be if they can get some type of draft compensation like a second-round pick and no long-term salary past this year, that would be ideal.

Amick: The Clippers were big on Bjelica last year. I was told that’s not the case anymore. The Warriors like him a little bit, but I don’t think it’s any sort of intense thing. The Celtics, Pacers, and Bucks are a few other teams I’ve heard tied to Bjelica.

25:32 Richaun Holmes’ free agency future 

Scotto: In getting an early gauge of his value, this is a guy making $5 million and come free agency with the way he’s playing, averaging 13 or 14 points, eight rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game as one of the top field goal shooters, he could end up as a guy who either doubles or triples that salary on an average annual basis.

Amick: Organizationally, they’re so big and so positive on him, you feel like he’s part of the future. But you’ve got to look at the economics of it. I feel like there’s a chance, and this is just me talking not based on anything the team has told me, but I feel like if I’m in their shoes, I’ve got to think about moving him. As good as he is – and I like him a lot, his competitive spirit is off the charts, great leadership, locker room, and culture guy, plays both ends of the floor, defends his butt off – that contract he might be looking at this summer is a potentially very Kings-esque contract where you end up paying too much for a guy and kind of put a ceiling on your overall plan for how good you can be.

Richaun is an impact player that can help a playoff team this year and be a difference-maker.

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You can follow Michael Scotto on Twitter: @MikeAScotto

Kings’ Tyrese Haliburton is playing like a Rookie of the Year favorite

Sacramento Kings rookie Tyrese Haliburton was a lottery pick in 2020. But he is already showing flashes as a longtime franchise piece.

Sacramento Kings rookie Tyrese Haliburton was a lottery pick in 2020. But he is already showing flashes as a longtime franchise piece.

After a solid college career, in which he averaged 15.2 points and 5.9 rebounds and 6.5 assists with 2.5 steals per game as a sophomore, he was selected No. 12 overall. Then in the annual NBA.com GM survey, 43 percent of general managers said Haliburton was the biggest steal of the night.

As the first player selected by the new front office in Sacramento, led by executives Monte McNair and Wes Wilcox, his performance was going to be examined even more closely than the usual draft pick.

Fortunately for the Kings, the former Iowa State standout has made a splash early. He has looked hot coming out of the gates, looking like a seasoned veteran and Rookie of the Year candidate.

Against the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night, Haliburton established strong chemistry in the second-unit with big man Richaun Holmes. They shared the floor for 13 minutes and the Kings outscored the Nuggets by 16 points during that time.

Not only were the two able to connect on a big-time alley-oop but the rookie was also able to hit Holmes for 3 assists during just the fourth quarter of the match.

The most impressive moment of the game was arguably when Haliburton deceived his opponent by keeping his eyes laser-focused on the basket in front of him as he charged towards the basket. Then, at the last second, he perfectly delivered a no-look pass to Holmes in the paint.

As you can see in the play above, he is a natural fit operating the high screen and roll as a distributor.

When including passes, per Synergy, he has finished 23 possessions as the pick-and-roll ballhandler. Thus far, despite being in just his first professional season, he has yet to record a turnover on this play type.

In fact, his assist-to-turnover ratio (7.0) ranks second-best in the NBA among those who have averaged at least 20 minutes per game. That is especially wild considering, as a rookie, Haliburton already has the confidence to fire off absurdly impressive passes like this one.

One of the most alluring factors of his game is that he is not particularly ball-dominant but he still manages high effectiveness.

Simply put, the offense does not have to run through him in order for him to have an impact. This suggests that he will eventually be able to play far more minutes alongside De’Aaron Fox, offering a legitimate secondary playmaker without taking the ball out of the hands of their franchise player.

For example, as a sophomore for Iowa State last season, he was the only high-major underclassmen with an assist rate above 35 percent while recording a usage rate below 2 percent (via Bart Torvik). This season, per Cleaning the Glass, his assist-to-usage rate (1.87) trails only 10-time All-Star guard Chris Paul for the best in the NBA.

We can see flashes of this already. Through four appearances, Haliburton has recorded 42.7 passes and 7.0 assists per 36 minutes. This means 16.4 percent of his passes have been a dime. When considering No. 3 overall pick LaMelo Ball has recorded 70.6 passes and 6.3 assists per 36 minutes (9.0 percent assist-to-pass ratio) through his first three games, you can see the stark difference.

Few had worries about how his passing would fare as a pro, though, so perhaps the best news is that Haliburton has also been an above-average shooter.

NBA trainer Joe Abunassar told CBS Sports that while Haliburton has a “different, funky little release” on his jumpers, there were not any mechanical issues with his form.

Considering he shot 42.6 percent on his three-pointers during college, doubts may not have been valid. But raised eyebrows have calmed as Haliburton has started his pro career 8-for-16 (50.0 percent) from beyond the arc and 12-for-21 (57.1 percent) from the field when taking a jump shot.

Overall, his effective field goal percentage (72.0 percent) ranks as the best in the NBA among non-big men who have played at least 130 minutes thus far. Even with room for regression to the mean, that hot start should silence any remaining critics.

As a defender and rebounder, he has often used his plus-wingspan to gain an edge over his man. Commonly known as a cerebral player with a high-IQ for the game, he very rarely fouls and likely won’t be played off the court during crunch time.

Haliburton has shown why many were confident he was an incredibly special young player. As he continues to progress and earn a bigger role, fans around the league have plenty to look forward to in his basketball career.

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