2020 N.B.A. Free Agency Updates: Trades and Signings

The league is looking into whether the reported transaction violated its anti-tampering rules, according to the person, who was not authorized to discuss the investigation publicly. The N.B.A. will seek to determine if the Bucks and Kings, as ESPN first reported early Tuesday, had already reached an agreement on a sign-and-trade deal that would bring Bogdanovic to the Bucks — several days before free-agent discussions were allowed to start.

The Bucks and the Kings declined to comment.

Adam Silver, the N.B.A. commissioner, pledged in September 2019 that the league would enforce its anti-tampering rules more stringently after numerous free-agent deals in June 2019 became public within minutes of the start of free agency, suggesting that they had been negotiated in advance. The maximum penalty for a tampering violation was raised to $10 million from $5 million and set at $6 million for teams making unauthorized agreements with players, with Silver adding that penalties could also include voiding contracts, suspending team executives and forfeiting draft picks.

Goran Dragic is staying with the Miami Heat.

Dragic told The Associated Press that he had agreed to a two-year deal to remain with the Miami Heat after helping lead the team to the N.B.A. finals last season.

“Happy to be back,” Dragic told the A.P. “That was my plan, to come back, but in this crazy business you never know.”

Dragic, 34, had a terrific season in Miami, averaging 16.2 points and 5.1 assists a game — mostly off the bench. He excelled as a starter in the postseason, averaging 19.1 points a game as the Heat made a deep run in the bubble. But he injured his foot in Game 1 of the N.B.A. finals, and his absence at point guard went a long way toward derailing the Heat’s title hopes against the Los Angeles Lakers.

What does Klay Thompson’s injury mean for the Warriors?

Bob Myers, the general manager of the Warriors, recalled getting the bad news from one of Thompson’s agents. It came in the form of a text message:

Klay might have hurt himself. Call me.

It was only hours before Wednesday’s draft, and the news quickly circulated among Thompson’s teammates and friends around the league, and among fans who had been rooting for the Warriors to reassemble the pieces needed this season for another title chase.

But that calculus had all changed by Thursday, when tests revealed that Thompson — one of the great shooters of his generation and a key cog in three championship runs — would miss the season after tearing his right Achilles’ tendon during a workout in Southern California.

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AFL trades 2020: Jason McCartney interview, Essendon president Paul Brasher hits back, Adrian Dodoro, Jye Caldwell deal

Essendon president Paul Brasher has hit back at the Giants’ recent trade criticism of his club, describing the comments as “unprofessional” and “sour grapes”.

Giants footy boss Jason McCartney last week criticised both the Bombers and Adelaide for their underwhelming offers for two outgoing players, Jye Caldwell (Essendon) and Jackson Hately (Adelaide).

Regarding the deal for Caldwell, who the Bombers secured along with Picks 44 and 74 for Pick 29 and a future second-round selection, McCartney took aim at Essendon for how they conducted themselves.

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“In isolation (as a deal), I was disappointed in what Essendon Football Club … you need to be fair and reasonable to try and facilitate a transaction and that was somewhat frustrating, I’ll be honest with that,” he said on the club’s website.

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The days are quickly ticking down until the 2020 national draft.

And while trade period might’ve only just finished, AFL clubs are working hard behind the scenes to finalise their draft boards and conduct final interviews before the event is held in the second week of December.

Foxfooty.com.au looks at which draftee your club could target in the 2020 draft with their first pick.

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Pies admit salary cap squeeze


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AFL Trades 2020: Damian Barrett Eddie McGuire comments, trade period, Collingwood, Nathan Buckley, Geoff Walsh, the sounding board

AFL reporter Damian Barrett has slammed Collingwood president Eddie McGuire for displaying double standards and being “pathetic listening” when quizzed on his club’s horror trade period.

As McGuire’s club controversially offloaded contracted players, the usually vocal footy figure was uncharacteristically muted when asked about the moves, refusing to divulge what was going on behind closed doors.

Speaking on The Sounding Board podcast, Barrett said McGuire’s silence was deafening.

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Buckley: Brutal but necessary


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AFL Trades 2020 | Essendon boss hits back at GWS Giants, defends Adrian Dodoro on Jye Caldwell deal

Essendon president Paul Brasher has described Greater Western Sydney’s reaction to the Jye Caldwell trade as “sour grapes” and unprofessional.

Responding to criticism of the club – and implicitly of list manager Adrian Dodoro by his GWS counterpart Jason McCartney over the Caldwell trade – Brasher said he was annoyed to hear Dodoro criticised over that deal, in which GWS received pick 29 and a future second round in return for Caldwell, picks 44 and 74.

McCartney had said he found Essendon “frustrating” in the dealings suggesting the Dons were not “fair and reasonable” and that the deal had been “a millimetre away from not getting done.” GWS had considered letting Caldwell, a first round pick in 2018, go into the draft without a trade.

In response, Brasher backed his list manager Dodoro and, without naming McCartney, hit back at the GWS list manager.

“We’re really, we’re disappointed with (not getting) Josh Dunkley, we’re happy we’ve got three good players you know I think will be ready to go and make an impact,” Brasher told The Age, referring to the acquisitions of Caldwell, Peter Wright (from Gold Coast) and Nick Hind (from St Kilda).

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“We’re open-minded.”

Get used to hearing that phrase from AFL club representatives a lot ahead of the 2020 national draft.

Yet as cliche as it sounds, it’s never been more crucial for all 18 teams at this time of the year to be open-minded to all options.

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Even though the trade period is over, all teams are still in trading mode, with the ability to swap picks with rival clubs in the lead up to December’s national draft, as well as strike deals on the night itself.

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AFL 2021 preview: Best 22s after trade period, trade news, 2020 trades, team analysis, new players, ins and outs, changes

The most dramatic team makeovers are done, with 33 AFL players switching clubs during the trade period and free agency.

That’s one and a half teams worth of stars – and while the draft and delisted free agency will mean more changes, we now have a good sense of how teams will look in 2021.

Foxfooty.com.au predicts your club’s best 22 for next season.

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Nathan Buckley explains reasons behind Adam Treloar, Jaidyn Stephenson trades

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley says the club was forced to drive Adam Treloar and Jaidyn Stephenson out of the club due to their ongoing salary cap problems.

Treloar, Stephenson, Tom Phillips and Atu Bosenavulagi were all traded by the Magpies in what Buckley described as the “toughest day” in his football career.

“Yes, we had to (drive them out), we had to,” Buckley told SEN’s Whateley.

“The conversations were pretty short and sharp and for a varying number of reasons – some inside of their control and some with absolutely nothing to do with those individuals.

“We needed to make those decisions and force those outcomes. There was a forced element to it, and it’s been on the cards for probably the last three or four years.

“We decided to keep the group together as much as possible and that required us to push back these cap issues – for right or for wrong – and there’s a lot of things that have come to pass in the last 12-24 months that have brought these decisions forward.

“We felt that this was the time that we needed to stop pushing out pain into the future and take it all in one gulp now.”

Buckley said trading Treloar to the Western Bulldogs with five years to run on his contract was ultimately a “business decision”.

“As soon as we determined that this was the way we were going to go, I didn’t think it was going to be pretty,” he said.

“Adam’s a heart and soul person. My personal relationship with him is important to me. We’re really close but obviously it’s strained at the moment and the dust is yet to settle on that.

“This is a break-up. This is something that he was aware of 12 months ago that became more real and it’s been difficult – difficult for him and difficult for us as a football club.

“But it was a business decision, unfortunately.

“The leaders were aware of decision that the list management group had made soon after the season. It was done to be able to provide genuine support and to have a knowledge of what Adam was facing.

“There was one element of specific on-field feedback that I gave Adam in the early stages immediately after the season which related to on-field connection and that came through reviews from the last couple of years. It was something that he understood.

“Potentially those two things put together were perceived as your teammates don’t support you or don’t want you at the football club – and clearly there’s something in my communication that has failed there for Adam to feel that (not wanted).

“I needed to be better in that regard.”

Buckley also explained how Stephenson’s situation played out after the forward told SEN Drive that he called the Magpies coach to clarify whether he was up for trade.

“This is the reason they have managers, to manage their football and professional affairs,” he said.

“That was communicated – the concept of exploring a trade for Jaidyn who had a couple of years to run on his contract.

“That concept was floated through our list management crew with his management. Jaidyn was aware in his exit (meeting) that there was a possibility that we would explore that.

“The call that he gave to me was two weeks later in the middle of the trade period which was basically he wanted to confirm is this what I was looking for?

“I had to be clear to him that this was where the football club needs to go, if you’ve got an opportunity to go elsewhere, I would take it.

“And that’s where that conversation came about. Jaidyn called me but he was aware of his situation through his management before that.”

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Australian netball star Kim Ravaillion has hit out at Collingwood over its handling of fiancee Adam Treloar at the club.

In one of the messiest exits of a football club in recent times, Treloar was shown the door despite being contracted until the end of 2025, joining the Western Bulldogs in the final minutes of the 2020 trade period.

Speaking to Fox Footy on Thursday, Collingwood list manager Ned Guy claimed the club wouldn’t have considered moving the midfielder on if Ravaillion hadn’t chosen to play netball for Queensland in 2021.

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List boss explains exodus


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One of the AFL’s brightest young forwards Jaidyn Stephenson has spoken openly of his disappointment in being pushed out of Collingwood.

North Melbourne may have secured one of the biggest bargains of the 2020 trade period after the club received the services of Stephenson on the final day of trade period.

The Roos were forced to part with Pick 26, Pick 33 and a future fourth-round selection, with the club also securing small forward Atu Bosenavulagi and Pick 39.

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