There are seven NBA teams that have never had a luxury tax payment since it came into existence with the 1999 collective bargaining agreement.
James Harden, Serge Ibaka
The Bulls, Warriors, Clippers, Wizards, Bobcats, Hornets and Sonics/Thunder have always been on the receiving end of tax distributions.
While the Clippers, Wizards and Hornets have taken on salary during the 2012 offseason and the Thunder face tax issues if James Harden and Serge Ibaka are signed to new deals, the Bulls and Warriors continue to be tax conscious in their decision-making.
Golden State has just one playoff appearance over that stretch.
A multi-team deal has emerged that could serve to clear cap space for Andrei Kirilenko to return to the NBA with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Kirilenko has spent the last two years in Europe playing for CSKA Moscow where he was named the 2012 Euroleague MVP.
The potential deal comes amid reports that the Timberwolves are interested in signing the 31-year-old Kirilenko.
In the deal, the Phoenix Suns would send Robin Lopez and Hakim Warrick to New Orleans, and the Suns would get Wesley Johnson and a future first-round pick from Minnesota. The source said New Orleans would trade Brad Miller to the Suns. It is unclear what Minnesota would get from the deal.
Blake Griffin injured his knee during Team USA’s Wednesday scrimmage and is returning to Los Angeles to be examined by team doctors.
Anthony Davis has been asked to return immediately to Las Vegas for training camp.
Griffin reportedly ‘twisted’ his knee and the extent of the injury is unclear.
Griffin will undergo an MRI as soon as possible.
Eric Gordon and the Phoenix Suns have agreed to terms on a maximum-salaried contract worth $58 million over four years.
Gordon, the New Orleans Hornets’ star shooting guard, will sign the offer sheet on July 11th. Because Gordon is a restricted free agent, the Hornets will then have three days to match the offer.
New Orleans has claimed all along that it will match any offer Gordon receives, but Gordon is hoping the Hornets do not match.
Gordon said Tuesday night that his preference is to play for the Suns, not the Hornets.
The Wizards and Hornets have agreed to a trade of Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza for Rashard Lewis and the 46th overall pick.
The Hornets can buyout Lewis’ $23.8 million contract for $13.7 million before July 1st.
Okafor and Ariza are owed a combined $43 million through the 13-14 season.
“We are pleased to add two more solid pieces as we continue to build our roster with a balance of proven veterans and the core of young talent that we have developed,” said Ernie Grunfeld in formally announcing the trade. “Emeka’s defensive presence and rebounding ability will combine with Trevor’s versatility to add new dimensions to our frontcourt, and both players fit in very well with the type of team-first culture that we have been working to establish.”
A league source said Wednesday night that the Pacers, one of several other teams reportedly in the mix for Hornets center Chris Kaman, could, in fact, be the leading candidate for a swap.
The Pacers apparently are looking for a backup to Roy Hibbert.
Cleveland, Golden State and San Antonio also reportedly have expressed interest in Kaman, who has not played since Jan. 23, was inactive on Jan. 25 at Oklahoma City, and was told two days later to stay away from the team as it attempted to negotiate a trade.
The Los Angeles Clippers have agreed to a deal with the league-owned New Orleans Hornets to acquire guard Chris Paul.
The Clippers will send guard Eric Gordon, center Chris Kaman, forward Al-Farouq Aminu and Minnesota’s unprotected 2012 first-round pick to the Hornets for Paul. The Clippers will also receive two future second-round picks.
The deal required the approval of NBA commissioner David Stern, but is expected to be approved Wednesday night, sources said.
The New Orleans Hornets and Los Angeles Clippers submitted a multiplayer blockbuster deal to the NBA on Sunday that would send All-Star point guard Chris Paul to Los Angeles, a source with knowledge of the discussions said Monday.
But the trade as presented has one hitch: The league, which owns the Hornets, wanted Eric Bledsoe, while the Clippers want to keep their point guard, the source said.
The deal would be done if the league had not asked for Bledsoe, according to the source.
The trade as submitted would cost the Clippers guard Eric Gordon, center Chris Kaman and forward Al-Farouq Aminu. It would also include Minnesota’s first-round draft pick in 2012.
David West is close to a three-year sign-and-trade deal just under $30 million with the Celtics.
Boston will send Jermaine O’Neal and another player in exchange for West. O’Neal will presumably be flipped by the Hornets to another team.
While West found the market less robust than he was expecting, he will take less money to play for a contender.
The blockbuster Chris Paul trade is off, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein. Other media outlets have confirmed that the deal is dead.
NBA owners have pushed David Stern to kill a proposed trade that would send Paul to the Lakers from the NBA-owned Hornets.
Owners were irate with Stern during Thursday’s Board of Governors meeting.
Hornets’ GM Dell Demps received pressure from the NBA to back out of the agreed-upon trade and keep Paul, say sources.
The Rockets were also involved in the trade that was agreed upon in principle. Pau Gasol would have gone to Houston, while Kevin Martin, Luis Scola, Lamar Odom and Goran Dragic were set to be deal to the Hornets.
“WoW,” wrote Chris Paul on Twitter as a response.
Paul will report for Hornets training camp on Friday.