But Thompson — who just muttered “probably” and walked off when asked if he expected free agency questions this weekend — doesn’t seem interested in stoking any flames that’ll produce more attention for himself. “Reason why he’s going to get those questions is because of his skill,” Durant said. “He knows how to handle himself. He knows who he is. He has his own identity. He’ll field those questions perfectly and answer them the right way.”
San Antonio Spurs power forward LaMarcus Aldridge said he wasn’t surprised to learn he was the last pick in the inaugural 2018 NBA All-Star Draft. “I’m not a flashy player,” the six-time All-Star said. “That’s OK.” Aldridge was the last player chosen by LeBron James’ team, and Boston Celtics power forward Al Horford was the last pick by Stephen Curry’s team, league sources told ESPN’s Chris Haynes.
Kevin Love, a week removed from Cleveland’s overhaul with several weeks left in his recovery from a broken hand, says the Cavaliers have found “joy” again and that his return won’t pose a problem with the team’s newfound chemistry. “We have a lot of selfless guys added, young guys who are playing extremely hard,” Love said Friday in an appearance on ESPN’s The Jump. “I think you’ve seen that in the last two games in wins over Boston and OKC. So we just to continue to keep playing hard.”
Love said he would be out of a brace that covers his hand and lower arm within a week and was progressing as expected. “Hopefully, I’ll be back before the eight,” Love said, referencing the six-to-eight-week window of his expected timetable for return. “But I’m excited to get back with this new team.”
Adam Mares: On the Bill Simmons podcast, Richard Jefferson said Millsap should be back “in a week or two.” Doubt that’s the official timeframe but maybe the Nuggets quietly hope he’ll be back a bit ahead of schedule.
As things started heading south for the Cavs in January, Dwyane Wade was an instigator in the infamous team meeting Jan. 22, hours before they flew to San Antonio. Yes, Thomas was upset that Kevin Love went home with an illness before a 24-point loss to Oklahoma City had concluded on Jan. 20, and that he was not at practice the following day. But, sources said, it was Wade who first made an issue of it on Monday, challenging Lue to disclose where Love had been. Numerous players verbally attacked Love, who eventually explained his absence as part of a wide-ranging, heated discussion in which virtually no one was immune from criticism.
Kyrie Irving hasn’t ruled out the possibility of teaming up with LeBron James again in the future. While on Jimmy Kimmel Live Thursday, Kyrie admitted that he and James still keep in touch, and when pressed by Kimmel about the possibility of a reunion Irving said “I mean, in professional sports anything can happen, so you never know.”