The NBA free agency frenzy has died down and with the summer league complete, the NBA has reached a quiet point. However, there are a few trade rumblings and roster moves being made. Here are the latest NBA rumors and news you need to know from around the Association.
Greg Monroe Trade?
The Milwaukee Bucks tried to find a taker for Greg Monroe before, during and after the draft, but were unable to do so. However, ESPN's Zach Lowe said the Bucks might have been closer than originally thought.
“I think [the Bucks] got closer than maybe has been reported with New Orleans during either the draft or free agency," Lowe said on his podcast at the 54-minute mark.
ESPN's Marc Stein was also on the podcast and said he thinks Monroe ultimately ends up with the Pelicans. Monroe is New Orleans native and he should be an upgrade over Omer Asik.
Jimmy Butler On Trade Rumors
The Bulls, according to several reports, had trade talks around the draft about dealing Jimmy Butler. The Timberwolves and Celtics were among the most linked teams, but Butler said he wasn't worried about any of those rumblings.
"It’s not their job to report anything to me," Butler said of the Bulls' front office in an interview with the Chicago Sun-Times. "I’m a big boy. I don’t need you to tell me, ‘No, you’re not going to be traded.’ I know it’s a business and if it happens it happens, but I’m here. I don’t pay attention to it. I was in the gym working out during the draft. My phone was blowing up, but what can I do? I can go in the office and be like, ‘Hey please don’t trade me?’ If they were going to do that, that’s on them not me."
Butler also played a critical role in getting Dwyane Wade to come home.
Wade: "This wouldn't have happened if it wasn't for Jimmy Butler."— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) July 29, 2016
Wade and Butler are both shooting guards, so they'll need to get along when they share the court and/or minutes.
Richard Jefferson Contract
The Cavs had reportedly signed Richard Jefferson to a two-year contract. As it turns out, he's getting a longer deal.
Richard Jefferson's deal is actually for 3 yrs w/Cavs -$2.5 mil of their MLE - $2.5 mil 17/18 + non-guaranteed $2.6 mil 18/19 @BBallInsiders— Eric Pincus (@EricPincus) July 28, 2016
Jefferson said after the NBA Championship that he planned on retiring, before changing his mind. Jefferson is 36-years-old, so he might not play all three years.Back to the NBA Newsfeed