Every day NBA rumors run rampant and today, Feb. 20, is no different. Rumors about Andrea Bargnani and Steve Novak top the rumors.
The Brooklyn Nets have waived veteran center Andrea Bargnani after agreeing to a buyout. Bargnani signed a two-year veteran minimum contract with the Nets this offseason that gave him a salary of $1.362 million this year as well as a player option worth $1.551 million for next year.
Bargnani averaged 6.6 points and 2.1 rebounds while shooting 45.5 percent from the field in 46 games for the Nets (15-40). The 30-year old will be eligible for the playoffs though Bobby Marks of The Vertical on Yahoo Sports believes he may not get through waivers as 29 teams have the ability to make a claim.
Marc Stein of ESPN is reporting that the Milwaukee Bucks will sign veteran forward Steve Novak when he clears waivers either Sunday or Monday. The 32-year old was traded by the Oklahoma City Thunder to Denver for guard Randy Foye prior to the trade deadline and was subsequently waived by the Nuggets. Novak, who the Cleveland Cavaliers were rumored to be interested in, only appeared in seven games for the Thunder.
Milwaukee will reportedly waive veteran forward Chris Copeland in order to make room for Novak. Copeland signed a $1.1MM deal with the Bucks last offseason, but hasn’t seen the court much during his time in Milwaukee. The 31-year-old is averaging 2.1 points and 0.5 assists in 6.5 minutes per game this season.
In other NBA news:
Orlando scored a $8.193 million trade exception in its deal for Channing Frye from Cleveland. The trade exception puts the Magic over the cap but they will likely renounce the exception as they have will have enough salary cap room to sign two players to a max-contract.
The New York Knicks are expected to sign Jimmer Fredette to a 10-day contract. Fredette has been with the Westchester Knicks in the D-League, averaging 22.3 points per game on 47.7 percent shooting from the field and 41.0 percent from 3-point range. He’s scored 25 or more points on 10 occasions.
According to Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Robert Covington along with Hollis Thompson and T.J. McConnell drew interest from other teams prior to the trade deadline though all three players are still with the team. The Sixers did make a couple of moves recently netting Joel Anthony and a 2017-second round choice from Detroit and they waived Jakarr Sampson. However, Philadelphia plans to cut Anthony and re-sign Sampson if he clears waivers.
Oklahoma City Thunder has an open roster spot and is reportedly among the teams interest in Anderson Varejao. Golden State, Los Angeles Clippers, San Antonio and Dallas are also reportedly interested in the 32-year old, 12-year veteran.
Speaking of the Clippers, they signed Alex Stepheson to a 10-day contract. Stepheson, the D-League’s leading rebounder, averaged 15.9 points, 13.9 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 34.2 minutes per night with the Iowa Energy. The 28-year old was in training camp with the Memphis Grizzlies