Teams from across the NBA executed a flurry of moves in preparation for regular season. The Suns added veteran guard Jamal Crawford, the Pacers negotiated an extension with Myles Turner, and a handful of teams completed trades.
Free agent guard Jamal Crawford has reached an agreement with the Phoenix Suns, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) October 15, 2018
Crawford, age 38, will continue his playing career in Phoenix. The Suns were in desperate need of a veteran presence in their backcourt, and Crawford should be in line for regular playing time once he gets acclimated.
With Crawford onboard, the Suns will have to trim their roster. Guard Davon Reed appears to be on the chopping block according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Sources on @TheAthleticNBA @WatchStadium: Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner has agreed to a four-year, $80 million contract extension.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 15, 2018
Turner was selected No. 11 overall in the 2015 NBA Draft. In three years with the Pacers, Turner has blossomed into a multi-facet threat on both ends of the court. With Victor Oladipo and Turner under contract, the future looks bright in Indiana.
According to Wojnarowski, Turner and the Pacers are expected to have the extension finalized before today’s deadline.
New Orleans is acquiring Clippers forward Wesley Johnson in a trade for center Alexis Ajinca, league sources tell ESPN. Clippers will waive Ajinca and guard Juwan Evans to get to 15 for opening night.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 15, 2018
The Clippers and Pelicans completed a trade to balance their respective rosters. According to ESPN’s Bobby Marks, both teams are up against the clock. The deal must be completed in time for the Clippers to officially waive Alexis Ajinca.
Wizards are trading guard Jodie Meeks and cash to the Bucks, league sources tell ESPN. Bucks will waive Meeks.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 15, 2018
The Bucks will add a future second-round pick for helping the Wizards shed Jodie Meeks’ contract from their books. Meeks played in 77 games last season for Washington.