NBA Rumor Round Up For Friday, September 4:
Markieff Morris: The tension between the starting power forward and Phoenix Suns has not diminished and Thursday night he tweeted: "My future will not be in Phoenix.... #thatisall #backtothegrind #FOE." The Suns control this situation as they can hold onto Morris for the duration of his contract or deal him as soon as possible as to not cause a split in the locker room. The Suns are likely working to trade Morris, but questions about his character on and off the floor may keep interested teams to a minimum. Morris is set to earn $8 million for 2015-16, which is the first season of his four-year, $32 million extension.
Bradley Beal: According to J. Michael of CSN Mid-Atlantic, no progress has been made regarding an extension between Beal and the Washington Wizards. This is not a surprise as both sides have been on vacation. ... While the Wizards and Beal might sign a deal prior to the Nov. 2 deadline, both sides will probably hold off, at the Wizards' request, as the team will have more salary cap room in 2016 if they deal with their shooting guard as a restricted free agent. The Wizards are expected to go hard after Kevin Durant once we get to July. By waiting to sign Beal, the Wizards should have salary cap room to offer a max deal to Durant and sign another free agent before dealing with Beal. The Spurs took this approach with Kawhi Leonard last year and it allowed them to sign LaMarcus Aldridge and bring back most of the roster.
Hassan Whiteside: According to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Heat have fully guaranteed Whiteside's $981,348 salary for the upcoming season. The deal has been gradually increasing to full salary protection, which would have occurred at the start of training camp later this month. Whiteside had a terrific season in 2014-15 and if he does the same in 2015-16 he will earn himself a huge contract next July as an unrestricted free agent. Miami now has 13 fully guaranteed salaries for the upcoming season.
Deron Williams: The point guard quickly signed with the Dallas Mavericks after reaching a buyout with the Brooklyn Nets in July. Williams is excited to jump-start his career playing for his hometown team. “Just getting started, man. A fresh start is what I’m most excited about,” Williams told Mavs.com. “You know, playing with this group of guys, I feel like we have a great group of guys here, and so (I’m looking forward to) just getting everybody healthy and getting on the court with them.” The Mavs are paying Williams $5.37 million this season and $5.61 million in 2016-17 if he picks up his player option. As part of his buyout with the Nets, he will get $5.47 million from them each season through 2019-2020.
Miami Heat: Per Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports, the team has agreed to terms with Virginia Commonwealth point guard Briante Weber. His contract will likely have little to no salary protection for 2015-16 and he may be a candidate to spend the season playing for Miami's D-League team. Weber averaged 8.1 points, 4.3 assists and 1.7 turnovers last season. ... The Heat now have 19 players under contract, which leaves one remaining spot on the preseason roster.
Houston Rockets: The team added four players to their training camp roster as they agreed to terms with guard Denzel Livingston, power forward Chris Walker, guard Will Cummings and Remi Yusuf, according to the Houston Chronicle. Cummings, Livingston and Walker played for the Rockets 2015 Summer League team. All four will have a tough time making the roster and they are likely going to spend the season playing for Houston's D-League team, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
Dante Exum: The surgery to repair his torn ACL has been completed and soon he will begin the long rehab. The Jazz won't put a timeline on when Exum may return, however based on history he will likely miss all of the 2015-16 season.
Sacramento Kings: After waiving forward Eric Moreland on July 29, the team and player have agreed to another deal, reports Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports. The contract will offer "significant guarantees," according to Charania. Moreland played in just three games last season with the Kings. Moreland will likely take the 15th spot on the Kings' roster for the upcoming season.
Landry Fields: The free agent has not been able to garner too much interest and that will last a while as he is sidelined following surgery to repair a labral tear to his hip, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. Landry has a five month timeline to recover from the surgery, so at best he won't be ready to play until the start of February. There is a chance his only options at that time will take him overseas or to the D-League. Landry averaged 1.8 points and 1 rebound in 26 appearances with the Toronto Raptors last season.