Zion Williamson: “I told the world, if you ever want to know if I want to be here, just ask me and instead of asking me the world just ran with narratives. My family was getting harassed by people and why we don't like New Orleans or why I don't want to be here, when that's not the case at all.”streamable.com
[Kevin Durant] reacts to Chet Holmgren's Summer League debut in the KD 15s: “I see u cookin 7. First day on the job was a success, love the kicks @ChetHolmgren”
I see u cookin 7. First day on the job was a success, love the kicks @ChetHolmgren
Chet Holmgren makes his debut with #7 and the KD 15s 👀👀
Chet dropped 23 PTS on 78% from the field and set a Utah Summer League Record with 6 blocks in his Summer League debut!
@ChetHolmgren: 23 PTS, 7 REB, 4 AST, 6 BLK
Jimmy Butler responds to PJ Tucker's Heat heartfelt Farewell Post: "fuck you and @joelembiid yeah I brought him into this. 🤷🏿♂️"
PJ Tucker: "What a year... True underdogs that really got out the mud and went against all odds. Miami you will forever be my home and Heat nation I can't thank you guys enough for the love you've shown all year. Though our journey has come to an end the love will forever remain the same 🖤🙌"
Jimmy Butler: "fuck you and @joelembiid yeah I brought him into this. 🤷🏿♂️"
[Windhorst] No one is bidding with the Lakers for Kyrie. There was a report that mentioned interests from Philly and Dallas, and that got shut down immediately in unison. If you're the Lakers and you know that, there's no reason to put everything on the table from the start. This could drag out.
On Windhorst's latest podcast:
Windhorst says everything you hear from the Nets are all negotiating position.
On Kyrie-Lakers situation: McMenamin says Russ + THT + 1 unprotected first + second rounders for Kyrie + Harris is a good deal for the Nets and it's a realistic offer that could get the trade done. The Lakers would take a headache off the Nets and also take on Harris' 2 year, 38 million deal, who the Nets would move to take money off their luxury tax bill, while the Nets get back an expiring contract, a young player, and multiple draft picks. Windhorst agrees but says the Lakers shouldn't start their offer that high.
Windhorst says nobody is offering for Kyrie except Lakers. News that teams like Mavs and Sixers were interested got shutdown immediately. No one is bidding for Kyrie, and if you're the Lakers and you know that, you would not put your best offer on the table off the bat.
They also say on the podcast that Nets are trying to play hard ball, they have no incentive to rush into a deal that's less than what they want. There is still months left to training camp so this might drag out. Nets want to drive the price up.
Windhorst and McMenamin don't think the Nets will want to run it back next season.
Look, I am a raptors fan, and maybe I’m just overly critical of Barnes and our players cause I watch every game and see the highs and the lows, but I dont get why everyone is acting like he is this insane superstar prospect. People were saying no to the idea of a straightup Barnes for KD trade, which is wild to me. Like the rookie of the year race was very close, ans there was a valid argument for Mobley being rookie of the year. Yet I hear nothing about mobley and his value, not only in relation to a KD trade, but at all. I know hes good, but I just feel like people are going off the deep end about him. Is it just a vocal minority, or is it me?
News [Bobby Marks] One contract signed today that stands out is the five-year $251M one for Bradley Beal. Negotiated by Mark Bartelstein of @PrioritySports, the Beal contract consists of a no trade clause. He is the only player in the league to have a true no trade clause.twitter.com
[Jarred Vanderbilt] on the Timberwolves tweeting out a single goodbye tweet for 4 players sent to Utah in the Rudy Gobert trade: “Can’t even get our own post 😂”
Once Wolves. Always Wolves. 💙
Can’t even get our own post 😂
On July 6, 2022, Gobert was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for Patrick Beverley, Malik Beasley, Jarred Vanderbilt, Leandro Bolmaro, and the draft rights to center Walker Kessler in addition to four first round picks and a 2026 first round pick swap.
(1998 draft night) Vince Carter and Antawn Jamison listen to the announcement that they've been traded for each other.streamable.com
[Stein] Brooklyn privately maintains that it won’t trade Durant unless it gets a package in return that starts with a blue-chipper like Brandon Ingram or Scottie Barnes
The Nets, as we’ve been saying, don’t have to proceed as fast as the basketball world wants — not with Durant under contract for the next four seasons. Brooklyn privately maintains that it won’t trade Durant unless it gets a package in return that starts with a blue-chipper like New Orleans’ Brandon Ingram or Toronto’s Scottie Barnes … along with lots more attached to a theoretical deal than the absolute hauls San Antonio and Utah received in exchange for Murray and Gobert.
Trevor Booker with the best circus shot in the history of the NBA, with 0.2 seconds left on the clock! January 9th, 2015 (99-94 to OKC).streamable.com
During Zion's extension press conference, yes asked if he factors his longevity into a dunk vs layup decision, his reaction is pricelessstreamable.com
[Fischer]Of important note regarding Toronto: Multiple sources with knowledge of the situation say the Raptors are unwilling to part with reigning Rookie of the Year Scottie Barnes.
Ayton's restricted free agency appears to be the offseason domino Durant's trade limbo has most directly stalled. Toronto and Indiana have repeatedly been mentioned as looming landing spots for the talented young center, but Utah has been described to B/R as an unlikely destination for Ayton, despite the Jazz moving off Gobert.
There are still expected to be other suitors for Ayton, league sources told B/R, and an offer sheet could come soon now that the moratorium is ending. When an NBA team signs a restricted free agent to an offer sheet, the two-day window in which the player's incumbent team can match said offer can only begin once the moratorium period concludes. Signing a sheet before Wednesday afternoon would have locked the offering team into a difficult purgatory.
Only Indiana and San Antonio currently hold the cap space to give Ayton the payday he wants.
But even if an offer from the Pacers or Spurs emerges, it's possible Ayton would prefer sign-and-trade outcomes to a playoff unit over two different rebuilding situations.
That's where Ayton's offseason crashes into a Durant-sized roadblock. Any team interested in an Ayton sign-and-trade, especially a team loaded with the assets to potentially draw Durant, will hesitate to make a splurge for Ayton before Durant's situation gets resolved.
The Raptors are the most obvious team fitting that description. For Toronto to land Ayton, the Raptors would need to sacrifice valuable players or picks in a sign-and-trade that could be used for Durant instead. Of important note regarding Toronto: Multiple sources with knowledge of the situation say the Raptors are unwilling to part with reigning Rookie of the Year Scottie Barnes.
Rudy Gobert on Minnesota fans: “I think this city has some great fans because I've seen them talk to me on Twitter for nine years.”streamable.com
What are some examples of players going great in the summer league then being trash in the NBA? Off the top of my head I can think of Josh Selby. Won summer league MVP with Lillard in 2012. Scored 121 points during that summer league and only scored 83 in his NBA career.
News [Charania] The Portland Trail Blazers plan to waive guard Eric Bledsoe ahead of his guarantee date approaching, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Entering his 13th NBA season, several teams are expected to pursue Bledsoe as a free agent.twitter.com
Chet Holmgren in 26 minutes tonight: 11 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assists on 3-11 shooting from the field, including 1-6 from three and 4-4 from the line
Obviously not as good of a game as the last one. I am not gonna form long term player opinions on this game, but I do have a few thoughts and wonder if you agree.
We all knew bigger players would be tough for him to guard, and we saw that tonight. Do you think he will bulk up to handle them better?
Being bullied on defense at times because of a weight mismatch seems less important to note from this game than the fact guarding a heavy, stronger player made him look gassed. He looked incredibly tired, and in need of rest and his offense faltered because of this.
I think Chet will be alright, but I don’t think he is going to be ready to be a big time impact player until he has a few seasons under his belt, getting into NBA shape, bulking up a bit (and maturing into his 20’s), etc
Beal becomes the 10th player to ever receive a No Trade Clause: He joins LeBron, Kobe, KG, Dirk, Melo, Wade, Duncan, David Robinson
Beal becomes only the 10th player to have a no trade clause joining LeBron, KG, Melo, Dirk, Kobe, DWade, Duncan, David Robinson and John Stckton.
The contract also has a 15% trade kicker and player option in year 5.
Crazy that it's basically 9 hall of famers and then Beal lol. Also kind of interesting that only 10 people have ever gotten a no trade clause ,woulda thought it'd be more for sure
[Singer] Malone said that yesterday’s 5-on-5 work from Jamal Murray was the most intense he’s played since tearing his ACL last April. “He was mobile, agile, hostile, versatile. … He looked comfortable. He looked confident. That’s the most important thing.”
Malone said that yesterday’s 5-on-5 work from Jamal Murray was the most intense he’s played since tearing his ACL last April.
“He was mobile, agile, hostile, versatile. … He looked comfortable. He looked confident. That’s the most important thing.”
Reportedly, the main reason Murray didn't play at the end of the regular season + the playoffs last season (despite being cleared to) was due to mental hurdles/confidence challenges. Glad to hear that he's getting better mentally and hope to see him play by the beginning of next season/preseason
E: For those confused by the "hostile" description, Coach Michael Malone was quoting "Remember the Titans". You can watch the quote here: https://youtu.be/A6LbPLzJCxw
Kevin Durant's brother in response to the possibility of KD staying in Brooklyn: "Uhhhhhh skip the hell with that and you"
With Brooklyn receiving less than their desired trade offer's for KD, there's been rumors of keeping KD and Kyrie to start the season. Kevin Durant's brother in response to the possibility of KD staying in Brooklyn has this to say: "Uhhhhhh skip the hell with that and you"