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Van Gundy Calls Motiejunas Acquisition ‘Calculated Risk’

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After picking up big man Donatas Motiejunas and guard Marcus Thornton on Thursday, in addition to Tobias Harris on Tuesday, the Pistons are positioned to make a run toward the playoffs, sooner than later.

Van Gundy admitted that he was leery of any big man with back issues, but the upside far outweighed any risk that the Pistons might be taking with Motiejunas.

“He supposedly is healthy and ready to get going right now. You always worry about a back, certainly,” Van Gundy said. “In terms of a physical, we’re going to have him checked out very, very well as he comes in.

“But it’s a calculated risk. A little more risk, maybe, than some of the other deals we’ve had, but with a very high reward.”

Source: Rod Beard of The Detroit News

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Sources: Nuggets Will Decline Nikola Jokic’s Team Option

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The next major contract domino for Denver is [Nikola] Jokic’s max deal. As of Sunday morning, one league source told The Denver Post that the Nuggets had not yet declined their $1.6 million team option for Jokic for 2018-19 but “will” do so, making him a restricted free agent and eligible to sign a max contract with Denver.

“Nikola’s going to be here for a long, long time,” president of basketball operations Tim Connelly said following Thursday’s NBA draft. “I think whatever we do, we’re going to ensure he’s here as long as possible. When that moment happens, we’re going to talk to Nikola and his brothers and his representation. He’ll be in Denver for a long, long time. He’ll be buying (a home) here.”

Source: Gina Mizell of The Denver Post

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Sources: Milos Teodosic Exercises Player Option with Clippers

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Los Angeles Clippers guard Milos Teodosic has exercised his $6.3 million player option for the 2018-19 season, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Teodosic’s salary will become fully guaranteed for next season if he is on the Clippers’ roster past July 15.

Teodosic, 31, had impressive moments in his rookie NBA season in 2017-18. He averaged 9.5 points, 4.6 assists and 25.2 minutes per game in 46 contests with the Clippers. Teodosic served as a starter for 36 games and was one of the Clippers’ key playmakers.

Source: Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports

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Sources: Mike Muscala Exercises Player Option with Hawks

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Hawks forward Mike Muscala has exercised his $5M player option, source tells ESPN. He will be back with Atlanta.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

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