During a Thursday interview with 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich, Ainge fielded a question about whether his mentality has changed due to the Celtics’ recent success or the potential vulnerability of Eastern Conference opponents. “I’m certainly aware of of our competition all around the East,” Ainge replied. “It’s not from a lack of desire to want to do a trade, but as an organization we have priorities and a plan. … We’re not looking for Band-Aids and we’re not looking to give up future assets. We’re trying to build something that is a little bit more sustainable than we are to rent a player.”
September 21, 2017 | 9:58 am EDT Update
Barring an unforeseen change of events, Phoenix Suns center Alex Len is planning to sign the team’s $4.2 million qualifying offer before training camp, clearing the way to become an unrestricted free agent in 2018, league sources told ESPN.
COMMENT: Who cares what people think . Just do you. Someone of stature, shouldn’t worry about stuff like that. DURANT’S REPLY: of my stature, I play basketball, I got acne, I grew up with nothing, in still figuring myself out in my late 20, I slide in DMs, I make fun of my friends, I drink beers and play Xbox. I’m closer to you than u think
“You just won a championship. You were the Finals MVP,” Kanter said. “I understand interacting with fans, but having a fake account and just answering back and trying to have a conversation with them and stuff, come on, man. If you’re Kevin Durant, you don’t do that. He is one of the top five players in the league. Come on, man. Just go do your thing. Play basketball and try to be the best. When he’s doing all these little things to all those people who sit on their laptop and just writing comments – they got no life. Come on, man. You don’t do that.
The NBA’s pursuit of draft lottery reform is significantly rooted in research that “many fans continue to say that tanking is making them less interested in the league,” president of league operations Byron Spruell told ESPN. Lottery reform is moving toward a Sept. 28 vote at the NBA’s Board of Governors meeting in New York. The league’s competition committee has recommended passage of commissioner Adam Silver’s proposal intended to curb chasing the bottom of the standings for higher draft positions.
ESPN has obtained further detail on proposed draft reform, which includes data on the “expected pick,” based upon the new odds. The top three teams in the draft lottery’s expected pick would drop from 2.6 percent to 3.7 percent, three percent to 3.9 percent and 3.4 percent to 4.1 percent, sources said. The continuation of low odds on the back end of the lottery (Nos. 11 to 14) gives the NBA confidence that teams will not see a benefit to tanking out of the playoffs into the lottery. Under the proposed draft lottery changes, the last lottery team at No. 14 would keep the same two percent odds of rising into the top five of the draft.
September 21, 2017 | 5:25 am EDT Update
Darren Wolfson: As stated on @1500ESPN today and on recent podcasts for weeks, free agent Aaron Brooks is worth watching to fill the #Twolves guard want.