NBA Rumors: Bridges, Rockets, Trades, Lillard, Wiggins, Love

Mikal Bridges will be eligible for a rookie-scale extension with the Suns this offseason and ESPN’s Zach Lowe hears that some around the league believe Bridges will garner a deal approaching $20 million annually.

How the Suns navigate the situation will be interesting. Phoenix has several factors to consider this offseason in terms of how they keep the team together, including a rookie-scale extension for Deandre Ayton and Chris Paul‘s potential free agency (player option).

Bridges selected by the Sixers with the No. 10 overall pick in the 2018 draft and was subsequently traded to the Suns for Zhaire Smith and a future first-rounder. The Villanova product has progressed nicely since coming into the league, improving his three-point percentage each season, including this year’s 40.1% mark.

More NBA Rumors

  • The Rockets apparently offered Jay Bilas their GM job back in 2007 before ultimately deciding on Darly Morey, as Bilas explains to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Bilas met with former team owner Leslie Alexander and he got as far as negotiating terms with lawyers from the team. However, the sides were not able to come to an agreement.

  • While trades for Robert Covington and Norman Powell appear to be steps in the right direction for the Blazers, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports wonders if the Blazers should take a much more aggressive approach to pair Damian Lillard with an All-Star. Lillard will turn 31 this summer and the time is ticking on his prime.

  • Andrew Wiggins says he has nothing but love for Minnesota, where he played for the most of his first six years in the league. “Living here was great,” Wiggins said (via Chris Hine of The Star Tribune). “I got to meet a lot of people in the community. I made a lot of friends and people that I’ll talk to and be cool with the rest of my life. Just playing here with the organization it was cool. Helped me grow into the man I am today.”

  • ICYMI: Our own Sam Amico heard that Kevin Love‘s deal is going to be difficult to trade. “It’s an albatross that no one wants,” one opposing general manager told Amico. Love still believes he can be the guy that helps puts a team into contention.

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Chris Crouse
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2 Comments on "NBA Rumors: Bridges, Rockets, Trades, Lillard, Wiggins, Love"

  1. Extend Drummond | April 30, 2021 at 4:14 pm | Reply

    On Blazers, hearing Stotts name and hot seat in same sentence today is absolutely ludicrous in my opinion. He’s been overachieving with that roster for years. If he becomes available, Cavs should jump on that.

    As for the roster, Haynes nailed it. But thats been the case for years. They never pull the trigger on franchise altering trades. And they also seem to let good players go. Its always guys like they got this year at the deadline, good, but not enough to change the playoff picture. I was hoping they could end up with Drummond, just for a more noticeable change in what they could possibly do.

    Stotts needs to be dealt a winning hand, their front office is crazy if they think he’s the issue. Its their roster.

  2. Could Love be moved if he was packaged with somebody like Sexton, for somebody like CJ McCollum? The dollars work out.

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