NBA Rumor Roundup

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NBA Rumor Round Up For Tuesday, July 28:

  • Jamal Crawford: There have been rumors for several months which put Crawford in the trade market. Crawford, as Dan Woike of The Orange County Register writes about, is not happy with all the talk as he enters the final year of his contract with the Los Angeles Clippers. There is a chance Crawford may carry those feeling into training, which would be an issue. Woike writes: "Can the Clippers and the team’s delicate chemistry that’ll exist with so many new faces handle a disgruntled Crawford? Can they deal with the tweets and the interviews he’ll surely give? If Crawford comes to camp intent on forcing a trade from the Clippers, things could get ugly. And all of a sudden, the luster from the Clippers’ winning offseason would wear off really quickly. The Clippers are currently $13.07 million over the tax line. The team may decide to lower that amount at some point before the February 2016 trade deadline by removing Crawford and his $5.67 million salary. The Clippers currently have plenty of backcourt options off the bench, so Crawford is expendable. Those bench options include Wesley Johnson, Austin Rivers, Lance Stephenson and Pablo Prigioni.

  • Nicolas Batum: The Charlotte Hornets only have Batum locked in for this season as he becomes an unrestricted free agent in 2016. Once we get to that point, Batum may look at playing north of the boarder. Zach Lowe of Grantland writes: "Batum’s people have already made noise about how much Batum would like to play in Toronto, a city that appeals to his international roots, per several league sources. He is a flight risk, even though both (GM Rich) Cho and Chad Buchanan, the team’s assistant GM, know Batum well from their days in Portland." The Hornets do have an advantage over the Toronto Raptors and other teams as they can give Batum a five-year deal if he re-signs. He is limited to four years if he moves on to another team next year.

  • Miami Heat: The Heat will fall under the "Repeater Tax" this coming season and to reduce the amount they will owe in 2016, they made the following transactions on Monday: 1) Traded Shabazz Napier to Orlando; 2) Traded Zoran Dragic to Boston; and 3) waived Henry Walker. After those moves, the Heat are now $7.27 million over the tax line, which adjusts to a $18.75 million tax bill.

  • James Ennis: When Ennis signed his contract with the Heat last year, there was a provision in the deal that would fully guarantee his 2015-16 salary if he was not waived on or before August 1, 2015. That provision will be modified this week to push the deadline to the day before the start of the regular season, reports the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

  • Charlotte Hornets: According to The Charlotte Observer, the team will sign guard Elliot Williams to a make-good contract. Williams will likely compete with Aaron Harrison for the final backcourt roster position.

  • Ekpe Udoh: After spending last season with the Los Angeles Clippers, Udoh is heading to Turkey as he signed with Fenerbahce, reports Eurohoops.net. According to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports, the contract is for one season and does not include an NBA-Out provision.

  • Ognjen Kuzmic: Five days after the Golden State Warriors withdrew Kuzmic's qualifying offer, the young center signed a contract with Greek club Panathinaikos. Kuzmic may spend the rest of his playing career in Europe.

  • Carlos Boozer: According to Michael Scatto of Sheridan Hoops, Dallas, Houston and New York still have interest in Boozer. There is a good chance he'll have to accept a veteran minimum contract to continue playing in the NBA.

  • Orlando Magic: The team acquired Shabazz Napier on Monday and he will serve as the third point guard behind Elfrid Payton and C.J. Watson. The addition of Nappier means Keith Appling, a training camp invitee, will probably not make Orlando's regular season roster, speculates Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel.