The Bulls have discussed deals with multiple NBA teams on Gasol, but one discussion lingered on Tuesday, league sources told The Vertical’s Wojnarowski and Chris Mannix: Gasol and Tony Snell to the Sacramento Kings for Kosta Koufos, Ben McLemore and a lowering of the lottery protections on the 2016 first-round pick that Sacramento owes the Bulls.
The pick is protected Nos. 1-10, but the Bulls and Kings discussed lowering the protections further to give Chicago a better chance of obtaining use of the pick in 2016, league sources told The Vertical.
The Kings reached out to the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday, too, league sources said, because the Sixers have the right to swap picks with the Kings’ on the 2016 pick. The Kings wouldn’t be able to complete the deal involving the pick with Chicago unless they could reach an agreement with Philadelphia. The Sixers were preparing to ask for a further sweetener to allow the Kings to move on a deal with Chicago, league sources said.
Boston Celtics Officially Waive David Lee
The Boston Celtics announced today that they have waived forward/center David Lee.
“We thank David for his contributions to our organization and wish him nothing but the best in the future,” said President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge.
Lee will become an unrestricted free agent if he clears waivers (as expected). Prior to being waived, Lee was the Celtics’ highest-paid player this season since his 2015-16 salary was $15,493,680.
The veteran big man appeared in 30 contests for the Celtics this season. He averaged 7.1 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 15.7 minutes per game over that span.
Suns Expected to Waive DeJuan Blair
The Suns also acquire Blair, whose contract has a $2 million team option for next season, and Humphries, who is under contract for $4.6 million next season. The Suns are expected to waive Blair immediately.
VIDEO: NBA Trade Deadline Reaction
Did any move made before the NBA trade deadline make a true difference? BasketballInsiders’ Steve Kyler joins CineSport’s Noah Coslov to discuss what happened and didn’t happen on Thursday.
Did any trade-deadline deals make a true difference? Basketball Insiders’ Steve Kyler joins CineSport’s Noah Coslov to discuss what happened and didn’t happen on Thursday.[Editor’s Note: The Memphis Grizzlies received four second-round picks in the Courtney Lee deal, not first-round picks as stated in the video.]