Sources: Ben Simmons could rejoin Sixers this week

Been Simmons could be back in Philadelphia sooner than it was assumed and not as a visiting player. According to a report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, talks have progressed between the team and Simmons’ agent Rich Paul that could potentially have the disgruntled star back with the team as soon as this week. Simmons time in the City of Brotherly seemed to be on the clock since the David Copperfield he pulled in conference semifinals against the Atlanta Hawks. Following the series, Simmons was subsequently and unceremoniously chucked completely under…

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DeAndre Jordan to reportedly sign 1/$2.6 million deal once waivers are cleared

From Paul Kasabian of B/R DeAndre Jordan will sign a one-year, $2.6 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers after clearing waivers, per Shams Charania of Stadium and The Athletic. Per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Brooklyn Nets dealt Jordan to the Detroit Pistons earlier Friday: Charania and Wojnarowski both reported that the Pistons intended to waive Jordan following a buyout, making him a free agent if he clears waivers. Charania and James Edwards III of The Athletic also added that Jordan intends to give back $4 million of the remaining $20 million on his deal as…

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Joel Embiid agrees to supermax extension with 76ers

From nba news services: All-Star center Joel Embiid is reportedly staying with the Philadelphia 76ers after agreeing to a supermax contract with the team. Per Shams Charania of The Athletic and Ramona Shelburne of ESPN, Embiid has agreed to a four-year, $196 million deal that will keep him with the 76ers through the 2026-27 season. Per reports, the deal guarantees Embiid a total of $261 million because he was already set to make $65 million in the final two seasons under the terms of his current deal. Sources: 76ers star…

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Nate Bjorkgren out as Pacers head coach

For the second time in less than a year, the Indiana Pacers are on the market for a head coach. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Pacers have fired head coach Nate Bjorkgren. While it seems like a quick hook to run a head coach after just one year, this doesn’t come as a shock to many within and close to the organization. Bjorkgren’s abrasive and problematic communication style rubbed many in the Pacers organization and caused him to completely lose the locker room. This disconnect translated into the suboptimal…

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Grizzlies add guard Tim Frazier for rest of season

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Memphis Grizzlies will be retaining the services of guard Tim Frazier for the rest of the 2020-21 campaign. Frazier’s deal will kick in at the conclusion of the 10-day contract he is currently under. In the three games he has played for the Grizzlies, Frazier has averaged 1.3 points, 2.3 assists and 1.3 rebounds in 11.0 minutes of work.

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Raptors slapped with $250k fine

The NBA fined the Toronto Raptors $250,000 for violations of rules pertaining to the rest of players and reporting of injuries. At this juncture no specifics have been offered on what rested player(s) and reporting triggered the fine.

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Ben McLemore and Lakers agree on contract

The Los Angeles Lakers and guard Ben McLemore have come to terms on a contract, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium. The Rockets waived McLemore recently, as they continue their painful March towards a complete rebuild. After a solid campaign for the Rockets last season in which he averaged 10.1 points in 22.8 minutes per contest and shooting 40.0 percent from three-point range, McLemore has taken a step back this season, scoring just 7.4 points on a career-low 35.7 percent from the floor. The Lakers are hoping…

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Clippers to sign DeMarcus Cousins to 10-day deal

from Joseph Rucker of B/R: Veteran center DeMarcus Cousins is signing a 10-day contract with the Los Angeles Clippers, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium.  Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN noted Cousins needs to test negative for COVID-19 six times before he’ll be cleared to exit the NBA‘s health and safety protocols. The four-time All-Star should be cleared by Monday barring any setbacks. ESPN’s Bobby Marks noted how the timing would benefit the Clippers: Cousins averaged 9.6 points and 7.6 rebounds in 25 appearances for the Houston Rockets. He struggled offensively, though, shooting 37.6 percent…

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Some NBA teams have issues with the buyout system

From: Rob Goldberg of B/R: The buyout market might have played a significant role in determining the 2021 NBA championship, which has caused complaints from small-market teams. “The system is flawed,” a small-market general manager told Howard Beck of Sports Illustrated. “You shouldn’t be adding to your team this deep in a season without giving things up.” The Brooklyn Nets added veterans LaMarcus Aldridge and Blake Griffin after they agreed to buyouts with the San Antonio Spurs and Detroit Pistons, respectively. Andre Drummond signed with the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday after parting…

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Andre Drummond to sign with Lakers

Before the injuries to Lebron James and Anthony Davis the Los Angeles most glaring weakness was their lack of size. Losing both Javale McGee and Dwight Howard in free agency hurt them and Marc Gasol has looked like even a shell of what he was in Toronto. That issue may be , in part, addressed in the form of Andre Drummond. According to Adrian Wojnarowski the big man will sign with the Los Angeles Lakers once he clears waivers Sunday afternoon. Drummond and the Cleveland Cavaliers agreed to a buyout…

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