OAKLAND The Clippers matched the Warriors four-year, 43 million offer sheet on Monday for DeAndre Jordan, ensuring that the restricted free-agent center will remain in Los Angeles.The Warriors had hoped to acquire Jordan, a young and athletic center, and have him man the center position along with Andris Biedrins.The Warriors have now tried and failed two times when its come to finding more size for their roster. A week ago, Tyson Chandler spurned the Warriors 60-plus million offer for four years and instead signed with the New York Knicks.Warrirors owner Joe Lacob and general manager Larry Riley both expressed disappointment on Monday but still remained hopeful the team can bolster its frontcourt.We still feel like we can add a quality player up front, Riley said. Weve have plans in place in case this happened.It appears as though the Warriors will miss out on the four biggest names in the frontcourt free agent pool: Chandler, Jordan Marc Gasol and Nene. The Rockets signed Gasol to an offer sheet, but Memphis is expected to match for Gasol.As far as Nene is concerned, the Warriors have turned their attention elsewhere. Internally they dont believe hes the best fit of the four to play alongside starting power forward David Lee.One silver lining to the Clippers matching for Jordan so quickly they had three days but used less than one is that now rookies Klay Thompson and Jeremy Tyler can begin practicing with the team.Both those players had gone unsigned because the Warriors put all their financial resources into trying to sign Jordan.
The Washington Wizards' long-term future is now a lot clearer, as superstar point guard John Wall agreed to terms on a four-year contract worth $170 million. David Aldridge first reported the news.
Wall, 26, re-ups with the Wizards through the 2022-23 season. By the time it expires he will be 32 years old, meaning the Wizards have locked him up for the majority if not all of his prime.
Wall was able to earn the dollar amount he did in part because of his selection to third team All-NBA for the 2016-17 season. Under the recently installed collective bargaining agreement, honors like All-NBA and Defensive Player of the Year allow players to earn more money on contract extensions.
The Wizards drafted Wall first overall in 2010 out of the University of Kentucky. In his seven NBA seasons since, Wall has blossomed into one of the NBA's best players with career averages of 18.8 points, 9.2 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game. He has been an All-Star in each of the past four seasons and is a one-time All-Defensive team selection.
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On Friday afternoon, news broke that Kyrie Irving reportedly requested a trade from the Cavs.
Shortly thereafter, a Twitter account with over 296,000 followers tweeted the following:
Hi @KevinLove, how are things— InsideHoops.com NBA (@InsideHoops) July 21, 2017
A little over an hour later, Kevin Love responded:
Life is amazing. No complaints. Things are a little peculiar. But no complaints. Now go kick some rocks 🙌🏼 https://t.co/Tz62YyGeYt— Kevin Love (@kevinlove) July 21, 2017
On Tuesday night, Irving told Sports Illustrated the Cavs are "in a very peculiar place."
In the weeks between Cleveland's Game 5 loss to the Warriors and the start of free agency, Love was reportedly on the trading block.
The Cavs and GM David Griffin "mutually" parted ways three days before the NBA Draft.
Cleveland is finally finalizing a deal with assistant GM Coby Altman to become the permanent general manager, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
LeBron James can opt out and become a free agent next summer, and there is already speculation about where he may go.
Man. The last six weeks in Cleveland have been wild...
Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller