Dwyane Wade is expected to leave the Chicago Bulls at some point this upcoming season. It is unlikely that the parts will reach a buyout agreement before the season starts. Per ESPN (via NBC Sports), This is inevitable. It’s coming. It’s a matter of when, not if. But right now, guys, it’s just kind of a staring contest. Everybody’s looking at each other saying, “OK, how much money are you willing to give up?” And Gar Forman, the Bulls’ GM, at summer league, said, “Oh, we’re not having conversations.” I don’t think that’s the case. I think Dwyane’s agents and the Bulls are wanting to get this thing done. But I’d really be surprised if it happened before the season. I still think it’s more likely that it’ll happen probably somewhere in December or January. But this is a divorce that’s going to happen. It’s just going to take some time. The young players on the Bulls really can’t stand Dwyane, and it’s the little secret in Chicago. They have had enough. Source:
The Erie BayHawks (Atlanta Hawks), Memphis Hustle (Memphis Grizzlies), Wisconsin Herd (Milwaukee), and Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario (Los Angeles Clippers) have each obtained the rights to 11 players following the results of the 2017 NBA G League Expansion Draft. The teams will hold the rights to those players for two seasons. The selections made in Wednesday’s Expansion Draft came from a pool of players from 2015-16 and 2016-17 NBA G League rosters. Each 2016-17 NBA G League team was able to protect the rights of up to nine players while the four expansion teams were able to select up to 11 unprotected players, with no more than two selections coming from any one NBA G League team. The NBA G League will tip off its 17th season with a record 26 teams heading into the 2017-18 season. Following are the complete results of the 2017 NBA G League Expansion Draft*: (*Prior NBA G League team in parentheses.) Erie BayHawks Round 1: DeAndre Daniels (Raptors 905) Round 2: Sean Kilpatrick (Delaware 87ers) Round 3: Ronald Roberts (Reno Bighorns) Round 4: Terran Petteway (Maine Red Claws) Round 5: Casey Prather (Windy City Bulls) Round 6: Jordan Crawford (Grand Rapids Drive) Round 7: Jordan Sibert (Iowa Energy) Round 8: Beau Beech (Long Island Nets) Round 9: Raphiael Putney (Rio Grande Valley Vipers) Round 10: Luke Harangody (Lakeland Magic) Round 11: Will Bynum (Windy City Bulls) Memphis Hustle Round 1: Marquis Teague (Fort Wayne Mad Ants) Round 2: Okaro White (Sioux Fallas Skyforce) Round 3: DJ Stephens (Iowa Energy) Round 4: Omari Johnson (Fort Wayne Mad Ants) Round 5: Jamaal Franklin (Long Island Nets) Round 6: Adonis Thomas (Grand Rapids Drive) Round 7: Manny Harris (Texas Legends) Round 8: Mark Tyndale (Reno Bighorns Round 9: Jordon Crawford (Canton Charge) Round 10: Jimmer Fredette (Westchester Knicks) Round 11: Terrance Drisdom (Santa Cruz Warriors) Wisconsin Herd Round 1: Vince Hunter (Sioux Falls Skyforce) Round 2: Gracin Bakumanya (Northern Arizona Suns) Round 3: Perry Ellis (Greensboro Swarm) Round 4: Corey Walen (Maine Red Claws) Round 5: Josh Davis (Greensboro Swarm) Round 6: Michael Dunigan (Canton Charge) Round 7: Jarvis Summers (Rio Grande Valley Vipers) Round 8: James Siakam (Raptors 905) Round 9: Kyle Casey (Northern Arizona Suns) Round 10: Cady LaLanne (Austin Spurs) Round 11: Tyler Harvey (Lakeland Magic) Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario Round 1: Andre Dawkins (Texas Legends) Round 2: Bryce Cotton (Oklahoma City Blue) Round 3: Corey Hawkins (Delaware 87ers) Round 4: Will Cummings (Delaware 87ers) Round 5: J.J. O’Brien (Salt Lake City Stars) Round 6: Jamil Wilson (South Bay Lakers) Round 7: Keith Steffeck (Santa Cruz Warriors) Round 8: Julian Jacobs (South Bay Lakers) Round 9: Aaron Craft (Salt Lake City Stars) Round 10: Thanasis Antetokounmpo (Westchester Knicks) Round 11: Youssou Ndoye (Austin Spurs) Source:
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The Milwaukee Bucks offered Malcolm Brogdon, Khris Middleton and a future first-round pick to the Cleveland Cavaliers in order to acquire All-Star guard Kyrie Irving, according to a report from John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports 98.7. However, Cleveland accepted the trade offer made by the Celtics and traded Irving to Boston.
Suns were never really in on Kyrie but here is a nugget - Milwaukee was close - offered Brogdon, Middleton and a 1st round pick.
— John Gambadoro (@Gambo987) 23 agosto 2017
Boris Diaw did not close any door for his future. Diaw is still free agent and did not rule out a return to Europe. “I won't close any door” the French forward told Le Figaro. “I will be in the NBA next season? I don’t have a club yet. I have a few contacts with teams but nothing concrete. So I am not sure I will be in the NBA 100% next season. A return to Europe? It may happen” Diaw added. Source:
Charlotte Hornets General Manager Rich Cho announced today that the team has signed guard Julyan Stone. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Stone (6-6, 200) has appeared in 47 career NBA games (two starts) over three seasons with Denver (2011-13) and Toronto (2013-14), averaging 1.3 points, 1.1 assists and 1.0 rebounds in 7.0 minutes per contest. He most recently joins Charlotte after a stint with Reyer Venezia Mestre of the Lega Basket Serie A in Italy, appearing in 26 games and helping the squad to a 2017 Serie A Championship. Prior to his time with Reyer Venezia Mestre, Stone played with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA G League last season, seeing action in 33 games (31 starts), averaging 7.9 points, 8.6 assists, 6.0 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 34.7 minutes per contest. The 28-year-old has additional playing experience with Royal Hali Gazientep (2015-16) of the Turkish Basketball Super League, a first stretch with Reyer Venezia Mestre (2014-15) and G League experience with the Iowa Energy (2013) and Idaho Stampede (2012). Stone was a four-year collegiate player at the University of Texas-El Paso (2007-11), earning 2010-11 All-Conference USA Second Team honors following his senior season, where he averaged 8.5 points, 7.5 boards, 5.3 assists and 1.5 steals in 36.5 minutes per contest. Stone will wear No. 32 for the Hornets. Swarm365 Memberships are currently available for the 2017-18 Hornets season. Swarm365 Memberships are about more than just attending basketball games, they are the attachment between the Hornets and the team’s fans. Member benefits include: access to member events, discounts on concessions and merchandise, invitations to exclusive player events and presale ability for other Spectrum Center events and concerts. Swarm365 Memberships start at only $12 per seat per game. Fans can experience the game, the passion and the atmosphere of Hornets basketball by calling 704-HORNETS (704-467-6387) or visiting hornets.com. Source:
Mitchell Robinson is expected to skip next college season to be focused on the 2018 NBA draft where he will be likely selected in the 1st round. Per Yahoo, Five-star recruit Mitchell Robinson is not expected to play college basketball this season, sources told Yahoo Sports Tuesday. Robinson had originally enrolled at Western Kentucky earlier this summer, but left the program soon after arriving on campus and had been contemplating a transfer to another school. Robinson is expected to focus his energies on preparing for the 2018 NBA draft. He had narrowed his potential transfer options to Kansas and hometown University of New Orleans. One source familiar with Robinson’s recruitment said he has not been in contact with Kansas since last Thursday, and another source said New Orleans has been informed that the 7-footer does not plan to join the Privateers and instead will work out in preparation for the draft. Robinson is considered a likely first-round NBA draft pick. However, his path to the draft has been unconventional.
Robinson's interest level in going overseas is unclear, but there are interested parties overseas willing to pay serious money. https://t.co/A27cyrs7ps
— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) August 23, 2017
The Boston Celtics have traded Isaiah Thomas to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Thomas suffered a hip injury during the last playoffs but he elected not to undergo surgery. Celtics president Danny Ainge said that his hip injury played a role in Boston’s decision to trade him. Per CBS Sports, "Some. There's gonna be probably a little bit of a delay for Isaiah as he starts the season this year, but I think that Isaiah should be fine and healthy as the season goes along," Ainge said. Source:
Andrew Wiggins decided to fire agent Bill Duffy of BDA Sports after he negotiated with the Timberwolves a five-year, $148 million contract extension. Per ESPN, Minnesota management sent Duffy and Wiggins a contract for a rookie extension deal, but Wiggins filed paperwork Tuesday with the National Basketball Players Association to terminate his relationship with the agency, Duffy told ESPN. While a player can leave an agent at any time, the NBPA has guidelines that compensate previous agents for deals negotiated under their watch. NBA agents can charge players as much as 4 percent commission on contracts. "We are disappointed that Andrew made this decision, especially after a three-year partnership where we worked closely with Andrew and his entire family," Duffy told ESPN. "Unfortunately, tampering is a common problem in our industry, and that's part of the reason why I've already been in contact with the NBPA to discuss my rights in this matter. Obviously, whenever Andrew signs the max extension that we negotiated with Minnesota, we will work with the NBPA to make sure that our interests are protected." Source:
Cecilia Zandalasini is signing in WNBA with the Minnesota Lynx. The Italian youngster dominated the last Eurobasket Women with Italy’s National Team and was included in the best starting five of the tournament. Zandalasini is already in the USA ready to pen a deal with the Lynx.
The Boston Celtics announced today that they have acquired four-time All-Star and 2016 NBA Champion Kyrie Irving from the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for guard Isaiah Thomas, forward Jae Crowder, center Ante Zizic and the rights to the Brooklyn Nets’ 2018 first round pick. “Kyrie is one of the best scorers in the NBA. He has proven that on the biggest stage, the NBA Finals, the last three years,” said Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge. “He’s been an NBA Champion, an Olympic Gold Medalist, and a four-time All-Star. For all he’s accomplished, we think his best years are ahead of him.” “Isaiah and Jae have been a huge part of our success,” said Celtics Co-Owner and Governing Partner Wyc Grousbeck. “Isaiah’s playoff performance under very difficult circumstances will live on in history, and we wish them all the best.” Selected by Cleveland with the first overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, Irving, 25, has posted career averages of 21.6 points (45.7% FG, 38.3% 3-PT, 87.3% FT), 3.4 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 1.32 steals and 34.2 minutes in 381 games (all starts) throughout six seasons with the Cavaliers. The 6-3 guard has registered a scoring average north of 20.0 points in four of his six NBA seasons, including a career-high 25.2 points in 2016-17. Irving played a vital role in helping Cleveland capture its first NBA title in 2016, averaging 25.2 points on 47.5% shooting (44.0% 3-PT), and 4.7 assists during the Cavaliers 21-game playoff run to history. He scored a postseason-high 41 points on 17-of-24 shooting (5-7 3-PT) in a win against the Warriors in Game 5 of the NBA Finals that season, one of 18 games in which the Duke product logged at least 20 points. In three career postseason appearances, all of which resulted in trips to the NBA Finals, Irving has averaged 23.9 points (46.5% FG, 41.5% 3-PT, 87.6% FT), 3.1 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 1.46 steals and 36.4 minutes in 52 games. In parts of three seasons with the Celtics, Thomas averaged 24.7 points (44.3% FG, 36.8% 3-PT, 88.9% FT), 2.7 rebounds and 6.0 assists. Crowder produced 12.8 points (44.4% FG, 35.3% 3-PT, 80.4% FT), 5.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists in parts of three seasons in Boston. “Isaiah embodied what it meant to be a Celtic. He captured fans’ hearts not only with his spirit, but his personality,” said Ainge. “Jae’s toughness was contaigious for our team. He improved his skills each year, but it’s his energy and fight that will be remembered. We wish them and their families the very best.” Source:
According to Shams Charania of The Vertical, Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers are in serious talks about a potential trade that would involve Kyrie Irving and Isaiah Thomas. Irving requested a trade from the Cavs several weeks ago and now may find his new home with Cavs' rivals in the Eastern Conference.
Cleveland and Boston engaged in active trade discussions centered on Kyrie Irving and Isaiah Thomas, league sources tell The Vertical.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 22, 2017
Jerry West left the Warriors this summer to join the Clippers as a consultant. West has worked with the Warriors since 2011 and helped the franchise to win two NBA titles. The “NBA logo” did not want to leave the Warriors. Per The Athletic (via USA Today), When asked about his thoughts on leaving the Warriors, West said "Frankly it was very sad, OK? It really was. A place where I thought that if I was going to work another year or if somebody wanted me to work another year, I thought I could contribute; I did not want to leave. I did not want to leave. I was very happy there." West went on to say that the Warriors were a group that embodied the team concept as well as any he had been around and that "there’s a lot of joy there." He said that's why the team is successful. But the question is, why would West leave such a great situation with the Warriors? "It was time for me to leave," he said. "I’m in Los Angeles again. For me, I’ll have a chance to go in the office a little bit and watch some of the people that have been hired, to watch our coaches coach. I’ve often said I’ve done some crazy things in my life because of the timing and maybe the timing was right." Source:
Dwyane Wade may buyout his contract with the Chicago Bulls at some point this upcoming season. And LeBron James is confident that Dwyane Wade, as a free agent, will join his Cavaliers. Per Cleveland.com, As of right now, people close to James are fairly confident that, at some point this year, Dwyane Wade is going to end up on the Cavs. Source:
The Indiana Pacers announced Tuesday they have signed Alex Poythress to a two-way contract. Poythress, a 6-7, 238-pound forward out of the University of Kentucky, spent a majority of the 2016-17 season with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, the Pacers' affiliate in the NBA G League. With the Mad Ants, he averaged 18.5 points and 7.1 rebounds in 46 games. He was called up by the Philadelphia 76ers on April 1, 2017 and played in six games with the Sixers. In those six games he averaged 10.7 points and 4.8 rebounds. Source:
Southern Miss men's basketball head coach Doc Sadler has announced that Omar Thomas has joined his staff as the new director of basketball operations. "I'm just grateful and thankful for Doc Sadler," Thomas said. "We've had a great relationship and he trusted me as a player. He came to my wedding. I'm just happy to be part of the Golden Eagle family and to bring my experience of the last 12 years to help these younger kids fulfill their goals." Thomas was a star at UTEP and played for Sadler when he was both an assistant and head coach from 2003-05. Thomas then went on to have an illustrious career overseas that ended this past spring. Thomas averaged 18 points per game in his two years as a Miner upon transferring from Panola Junior College in Carthage, Texas. Under Sadler's tutelage, he and teammate Filberto Rivera earned first-team All-WAC honors, the first time UTEP had two earn that distinction in a season in 20 years. Thomas also went on to be the WAC Tournament MVP in 2005, helped by his 29 second-half points in a semifinal win over Rice. The Miners earned an 11-seed in the NCAA field. "I've had the opportunity to hire a lot of assistant coaches, and this hire is probably the most special one I've ever had," Sadler said. "I had the chance to coach Omar at UTEP, and I've never had a player that brings energy, passion and enthusiasm every day like he did." The early years of Thomas' pro career included workouts with NBA teams and later a spot with the Austin Toros of the NBA Development League. He then spent a season in the Dominican Republic before a solid five-year stint in Italy, capped off by an Italian League MVP honor in 2011. The Philadelphia, Pa., native spent the second half of his pro career in Serbia, Russia, Lebanon, Mexico and Georgia. His teams have claimed multiple championships, and Thomas even took home the Serbian League scoring title in 2012. Thomas has three MVP honors to his name, including Italy's Second Division (2010), Italian League (2011) and for the Serbian Playoffs (2012). Source:
Steve Kerr is expected to coach all year. The Warriors coach had several back problems over the last two seasons. But he feels better.
With Kerr being absent in two of the last three seasons there might be concern of him missing even more time this year. However, in an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, Kerr laid that all to rest immediately.
"I fully expect to coach all year," Kerr says in a no-nonsense tone. "That's my expectation. And for many years to come."
Nerlens Noel, who is still restricted free agent, has hired agent Rich Paul of Klutch Sports for representation. Noel is trying to reach an agreement with the Dallas Mavericks and with Paul as agent he hopes to struck a deal as soon as possible. Paul is also LeBron James’ agent.
Nerlens Noel has hired agent Rich Paul of Klutch Sports for representation, @BBallInsiders has learned.
— Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) 21 agosto 2017
The Los Angeles Clippers are expected to hire Trent Redden as new assistant GM, as reported by Kevin Arnovitz of ESPN. Redden worked for the Cavs in the past and left the franchise when David Griffin was dismissed as Gm.
Longtime Cavs exec Trent Redden will join the Clippers as their new assistant general manager, league sources say.
— Kevin Arnovitz (@kevinarnovitz) 21 agosto 2017
After just one season in his hometown Atlanta, Dwight Howard will play for the Charlotte Hornets next season. Howard will be coached by Steve Clifford, who was an assistant coach in Orlando when Howard was drafted. The big man believes that this season will be the right opportunity for him to prove people wrong:
"Cliff's going to push me, but he’s not going to ever be one of those guys who I would say would break my spirit,” Howard said in an interview with ESPN. "He really believes in me. Throughout all the mess that has happened the last couple of years, this is a great opportunity for me to prove to myself that I know exactly who I am - to just shut people’s mouths.” Source:
In July 2018, O.J. Mayo will have the opportunity to ask for his reintegration in the NBA after facing a two-year suspension for drug use. In a long interview with Sports Illustrated, Mayo opened up about his future and his desire to come back playing in the league:
“I want to go back to what I left [in Milwaukee],” Mayo said, “I was real close with Jason Kidd. That was the best relationship I had with a coach besides [Dwaine Barnes]. I had great relationships with Giannis [Antetokounmpo] and Khris Middleton. I was comfortable there. I felt like I let them down, cheated them for two years. They paid me $8 million to be, in my eyes, a subpar player. They invested millions of dollars for me to be on top of my s---, and when you’re not on top of your s---, it shows. I’ll be 30 next summer. If they just give me the chance, I can make it up. I owe them.” Source:
French big man Joakim Noah had a rough season last year and was surrounded by critics by fans and media. But the veteran is not going to quit and wants to bounce back from a difficult year, as he recently said during an interview:
"I wouldn’t trade it for s–t,” Noah said. “I know a lot of people are mad about it, but I’m not. I don’t feel sorry for myself. Everything that happened were my decisions. I’m a grown-ass man. I’m playing in New York City. It sucked because I didn’t play well. I get to bounce back and come back next year. … I’m not going to quit. I know New York — I know if I can come back and get it right, that could be a big story, too,” Noah added. Source:
The Lakers are being investigated for tampering with Paul George. Per ESPN, If the league office's probe can prove the Lakers were guilty of tampering with George while under contract with Indiana, Los Angeles can be punished in several ways, including a loss of draft picks, financial fines up to $5 million, future restrictions on acquiring George and possible suspensions of offending officials.
The Los Angeles Clippers are expected to name Michael Winger as GM of the franchise. Per ESPN, The LA Clippers have offered Oklahoma City Thunder executive Michael Winger its general manager's job, league sources told ESPN. A deal could be finalized soon, league sources said. Winger, an assistant GM/team counsel for the Thunder, would report directly to new Clippers President of Basketball Operations, Lawrence Frank. Source:
The New York Knicks have officially announced the signings of Nigel Hayes, Xavier Rathan-Mayes and Jamel Artis. All three players will attend the training camp. Roster now stands at 19. Source:
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Undrafted guard Daniel Dixon has reached an agreement for the training camp with the Boston Celtics, a source told Sportando. Dixon, a former William & Mary alum, averaged 19.2 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game in his senior year.
Daniel Dixon (@Mr_HeatCheck), rookie out of William & Mary, will sign a veteran camp deal with the Boston Celtics, according to a source.
— Nicola Lupo (@NikiLupo25) 18 agosto 2017
The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) announced the winners of 2017 Players Voice Awards exclusively via @theNBPA on Twitter today. The Players Voice Awards — solely voted on by NBA Players — recognized Russell Westbrook as the Most Valuable Player. Westbrook was also named Hardest to Guard and Best Dressed. In addition, players named Vince Carter Most Influential Veteran and gave LeBron James its Global Impact award, and named James the “Player You Secretly Wish was on Your Team.” In all, fourteen individual awards were given, along with a Teammate of the Year for all 30 teams. Voting took place at the end of the regular season and did not consider postseason performances. The NBPA Players Voice Awards were introduced in 2015. 2017 Players Voice Awards Winners: Best Rookie-Malcolm Brogdon Comeback Player of the Year-Joel Embiid Best Off the Bench-Lou Williams Best Defender-Kawhi Leonard Hardest to Guard-Russell Westbrook Player You Secretly Wish Was On Your Team-LeBron James Best Dressed-Russell Westbrook Home Court Advantage-Golden State Warriors Coach You’d Most Like to Play For-Gregg Popovich Clutch Performer-Isaiah Thomas Best Social Media Follow-Joel Embiid Most Influential Veteran-Vince Carter Global Impact-LeBron James Most Valuable Player-Russell Westbrook Best Teammate (one per team)-Winners Below Source:
Kevin Durant said that he won’t go to the White House if invited by president Donald Trump. Per ESPN, Kevin Durant says he will not visit President Donald Trump at the White House if the NBA champion Golden State Warriors are invited. "Nah, I won't do that," said Durant, the 2017 NBA Finals MVP. "I don't respect who's in office right now." "I don't agree with what he agrees with, so my voice is going to be heard by not doing that," said Durant, who said it wasn't an organizational decision. "That's just me personally, but if I know my guys well enough, they'll all agree with me." "He's definitely driving it," Durant said. "I feel ever since he's got into office, or since he ran for the presidency, our country has been so divided, and it's not a coincidence. “ Source:
Andrew White has signed a one-year deal with the Boston Celtics. The product of Syracuse will likely spend the season in G-League with the Maine Red Claws. Per Syracuse.com, White and the Celtics agreed to a one-year deal that's partially guaranteed. Source:
The Boston Celtics will retire Paul Pierce’s No.34 jersey next season. The news was confirmed by Steve Pagliuca, a co-owner of the Celtics. Pierce has played 15 seasons with the Celtics. Per Boston Globe, Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca said that Paul Pierce’s No. 34 will be retired this upcoming season. “It’s going to be fantastic,” Pagliuca said. “For our era, the most recent era, he embodied the Celtics’ leadership, the Celtics’ brand and was the MVP of the championship team. So it’s going to be fantastic to see that happen.” Source:
Dikembe Mutombo is trying to acquire the Rockets with a group of investors. Per USA Today, “I’m putting together a group to buy the Houston Rockets, and we’re getting close,” he said. “Getting close in the next couple weeks, maybe I’ll have a chance. Lot of people, lot of people and good people with a lot of money.” Source:
Canadian youngster RJ Barrett, a recent MVP of the FIBA World Championship Under 19 (21.6ppg, 8.3rpg and 4.6apg) with a post on Twitter named top five schools he will consider joining. The player born in 2000 recently decided to reclassify to the 2018 class.
I want to thank all the schools that have recruited me.. these are my top 5 in alphabetical order. Haven't figured out any visits yet. pic.twitter.com/hID9BVGWUg
— Rj Barrett (@RjBarrett6) 16 agosto 2017
The Atlanta Hawks reached a five-year agreement with Sharecare that will become the jersey sponsor of the franchise. Per WSBTV, Channel 2 Action News and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution have exclusively learned that Atlanta-based Sharecare has reached a five-year deal to become the official jersey patch sponsor of the Atlanta Hawks. Founded in 2010 by Jeff Arnold and Dr. Mehmet Oz, Sharecare is a digital health company that helps individuals manage all aspects of their health in one place. Source:
Despite opting in for the next season, Dwyane Wade's future won't be in Chicago. As reported by Nick Friedell of ESPN, Wade and the Bulls are expected to reach a buyout agreement in the next few months. As a free agent, Wade would become a very intriguing option for several contenders. Source:
Former NBA big man Dikembe Mutombo is a big fan of Sixers' big Joel Embiid and would love to see the young player succeed in the league. Mutombo, who also played for the Sixers during his career, said to Jake Fischer that considers Embiid like his son and pray for his health almost every day.
In a recent interview with ESPN, Mutombo said about Embiid: "I love that kid. I will tell you the truth. I love that kid. He’s very talented. I think he is more talented than me at that age when I came into the NBA. One thing he can’t do better than me is he can’t block shots like I do. I know he is watching a lot of my tapes and a lot of my videos. He will get there. But I just love the kid. I love his game. I love the approach the game he has on any given night the way he plays. There is not much concern if he can get hurt every game or not. He just wants to play the game. I’ve been praying a lot for him, a lot that he will get an opportunity to play a full season in the NBA. I hope it’s coming. He really wants to follow in my footsteps, and I’m happy to see that.
Dikembe Mutombo told me he views Joel Embiid "like my son." Mutombo daily tries to "find a place where I can pray for him, may God heal him"
— Jake Fischer (@JakeLFischer) 16 agosto 2017
The Denver Nuggets have named Calvin Booth their Assistant General Manager, President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly announced today. Booth, 41, joins the Nuggets after spending the past four seasons with the Minnesota Timberwolves front office, most recently serving as the Director of Pro Personnel. Prior to his promotion last season, Booth was a scout for the New Orleans Pelicans during the 2012-13 season before transitioning to the same position in Minnesota for the start of the 2013-14 season. While in Minnesota Booth continued his rise as a basketball executive as he worked his way from a scout, to the Director of Player Programs and then to the Director of Player Personnel. Before beginning his front office career, Booth played for seven different teams over a 10-year career in the NBA. He appeared in 366 games (83 starts), averaging 3.3 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.00 blocks per game. The Reynoldsburg, OH native was drafted by the Washington Wizards in the second round (35th overall) of the 1999 NBA Draft after playing four years at Penn State University. Booth and Connelly are no strangers, having worked together on two separate occasions with the Washington Wizards and also later with the New Orleans Pelicans. Booth had two separate stints as a player with the Wizards, first bet ween 1999-01 while Connelly was a scout and again from 2005-07 while Connelly was the Director of Pro Personnel. Most recently the pair came together in the Pelicans front office where Booth was a scout during the 2012-13 season and Tim Connelly was finishing his last year as New Orleans’ Assistant General Manager before being hired as the Nuggets General Manager and Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations. Source:
Tayshaun Prince will enter in the Grizzlies front office. Per the Memphis Commercial Appeal, Retired forward Tayshaun Prince will soon be named special assistant to Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace, according to several NBA sources. Prince, 37, played for the Grizzlies from Jan. 2013-15. Source:
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The Indiana Pacers have signed free agents Damien Wilkins and Ben Moore. The 6-6 Wilkins is a 37-year old veteran who last played in the NBA with Philadelphia in 2012-13, averaging 6.3 points and 2.4 rebounds. Since then he has played in China, Puerto Rico, Venezuela and with NBA Development League franchises in Iowa and Greensboro. Before joining the 76ers, Wilkins played with Oklahoma City, Minnesota, Atlanta and Detroit. Moore is a 6-8 rookie forward who played at SMU. His senior season, he averaged 11.4 points and 7.8 rebounds. He will be designated as an affiliate player and play with the Pacers’ Gatorade League affiliate, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. Moore played five games with the Pacers’ summer league team in Orlando, averaging 3.8 points and 3.0 rebounds. Source:
Kyrie Irving wants to leave the Cavaliers. Spurs and Celtics are interested in the guard. Per ESPN, The Spurs have interest in Irving, league sources say, and Irving's willingness to commit to an extension with the Spurs makes for legitimate win-now deal possibilities for Cleveland. Without James beyond next season, though, the likes of LaMarcus Aldridge, Tony Parkerand Danny Green hold no appeal. Boston has expressed interest in Irving and could offer the best combination of short-term (Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder) and long-term (Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, picks) assets. Boston knows that Cleveland is mostly intrigued with Tatum, but the sides have not formally discussed that deal, league sources said. Source:
The Cleveland Cavaliers are interested in Kristaps Porzingis. But the Knicks are not interested in talking with the Cavaliers unless Cleveland Per ESPN, Porzingis has emerged as a primary Cleveland target, but that's a conversation that can occur only with Cleveland's willingness to unburden the Knicks of the three years and $55 million left on Joakim Noah's contract. For now, the conversation is a nonstarter for the Knicks, league sources said. Source:
The NBA today released its complete game schedule and broadcast schedules for TNT, ESPN, ABC, NBA TV and ESPN Radio for the 2017-18 regular season. The league’s 72nd regular season will tip off on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, and conclude on Wednesday, April 11, 2018. The 2017-18 schedule includes the elimination of stretches where teams play four games in five nights, down from 20 total instances last season. This marks the first season in NBA history with no four-in-fives. In addition, the number of back-to-backs has been reduced to 14.4 per team from 16.3 per team – an all-time low for the third consecutive season. Since 2014-15, four-in-fives have dropped from 70 to zero and back-to-backs have been cut by 26 percent (or 4.9 per team). In a new feature, the NBA is labeling its schedule by week to enhance the ability of fans to follow the 1,230-game season. Starting with Week 1 and ending with Week 26, the weekly structure will help reinforce awareness of upcoming games and communicate key storylines. Each week will run Monday through Sunday. Source:
Lamar Odom could join the Big3 from next season. But he is unlikely to play for Charles Oakley’s team Killer. Per TMZ, We spoke with the NBA legend and current BIG3 player/coach about L.O.'s hopes of getting back on the court and while Oak praises Lamar's game ... he admits "I don't like him like that." He explains ... "In life, sometimes you only get but one chance. He had 3 or 4 chances." Source:
Billionaire Dan Friedkin, owner and CEO of Gulf States Toyota and the president and CEO of the Friedkin Group, is interested in the purchase of the Houston Rockets. Per Fox26 Houston, “I’ve expressed interest in exploring the purchase of the Houston Rockets,” Friedkin said in a statement released by his company. “Les Alexander has done an outstanding job building a high caliber organization with a winning tradition. Over the years we have enjoyed a close partnership with the Rockets and Les through Toyota’s naming rights of the arena. “As a Rockets fan and Houstonian it would be exciting and a privilege to build on the storied legacy of NBA basketball in this city.” Forbes lists Friedkin’s net worth at $3.1 billion. Source:
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Top prospect Marvin Bagley III reclassified up to the Class of 2017 and committed to Duke. Bagley could be the 1st pick at the 2018 NBA Draft. Per ESPN, Along with his decision to reclassify, Bagley said on SportsCenter that he will play at Duke for Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski. "I would like to thank Danny Ferry and Coach K [for allowing me] to wear his retired No. 35 at Duke University," Bagley said as he pulled a blue Duke jersey out of a bag on the SportsCenter set in Los Angeles. He was referring to the 1989 Naismith Award winner who played for the Blue Devils from 1985 through '89. Source:
The Brooklyn Nets have signed Jacob Wiley to a two-way contract. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released. Wiley (6’8”, 213) appeared in 34 games for Eastern Washington University last season (2016-17), recording averages of 20.4 points, 9.1 rebounds and 2.8 blocks in 34.3 minutes per contest while shooting 64.3 percent (265-of-412) from the field. He was named the Big Sky Conference Most Valuable Player and earned first team honors after finishing the season ranked first in the conference in field goal percentage, rebounding and blocked shots per game and sixth in scoring. The Newport, Wash., native was also named an honorable mention All-America selection by the Associated Press while ranking sixth in NCAA Division I basketball in field goal percentage and eighth in blocked shots per game. Prior to suiting up for Eastern Washington, Wiley played two seasons (2014-16) for Lewis-Clark State College in Idaho and one season (2012-13) for the University of Montana. He most recently was a member of Brooklyn’s 2017 NBA Summer League team in Las Vegas. Per NBA rules, teams are permitted sign two players to two-way contracts in addition to the 15-man regular season roster. A two-way player for the Nets will provide services primarily to the team’s NBA G League affiliate – the Long Island Nets – but can spend up to 45 days with Brooklyn, not including any time prior to the start of Long Island’s training camp and at the conclusion of their season. Source:
The Los Angeles Lakers have signed guard Briante Weber, it was announced today by General Manager Rob Pelinka. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released. Weber (6-2, 165) appeared in 20 games with Golden State and Charlotte in 2016-17, averaging 3.1 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 10.3 minutes per game. In his NBA career, the Virginia Commonwealth University product has played in 27 games (four starts) for the Warriors, Hornets, Memphis Grizzlies and Miami Heat, recording averages of 3.4 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.6 assists. Undrafted in 2015, Weber was a three-time Atlantic 10 Conference Defensive Player of the Year at VCU, where he finished his career ranked third in NCAA history for all-time steals. Source:
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After renouncing to his rights at the beginning of free agency, the Minnesota Timberwolves are still interested in keeping Shabazz Muhammad next year. Of course, the Timberwolves can only offer him a minimum deal, way less than the expectations of the player.
Hawks, Nets and Bucks have also expressed interest in Muhammad during the summer.
Kyrie Irving asked the Cavaliers to be traded. But his frustration was apparent months ago, during the last NBA Playoffs. Per ESPN, ESPN NBA reporter Dave McMenamin joined the BBall Breakdown Podcast this week to discuss the Irving situation
“Phoenix, of course, hired James Jones this offseason. He’s been inside that locker room. He’s seen Kyrie Irving — I think I reported this on SportsCenter this week — he saw Kyrie Irving in the playoffs this year — in between the first round when they beat Indiana and the second round when they played Toronto — go consecutive days without speaking to a teammate at practice. On that stage. It’s one thing to say people go through ups and downs during the regular season. But when you get to the playoffs, when the main thing is the main thing, and we’re brothers and pulling together to get this thing done, even at that level there were still things that made him sullen or reclusive from his teammates. I’m not so sure if Phoenix would be interested in that type of deal.” Source:
Ice Cube would love to have Kobe Bryant in Big3 from next season. Per TMZ, Ice Cube says he's been in touch with Kobe Bryant about joining the BIG3 ... and he's gunning to get the Black Mamba back on the court as early as next year!! The rap legend and 3-on-3 league commish talked to KTLA Morning News Thursday about his talks with the retired Lakers superstar ... and Cube says he's hoping Kobe will get the competitive itch again. Source: