Harden leads Washington’s John Wall by four-tenths of an assist for the assist lead. He is on pace to have the top scoring average of an assists leader since Nate Archibald in the 1972-73 season. He has produced 56.4 points per game with his scoring or assists, four-tenths of a point behind the NBA record Archibald set that season. “He’s so fantastic in the way he plays,” Rockets center Nene said. “He can involve other players. He can make other players better, especially shooters and we have big men who can roll, open up space for him. He can do a lot of damage.”
August 18, 2017 | 8:35 pm EDT Update
Darren Wolfson: Told former #Twolves forward Adreian Payne is close to signing a 1-year, 2-way contract w/ Orlando. @David ‘Dubi’ Pick first to hint at Magic news.
Erik Horne: Morrow, a free agent, is living and training in Charlotte. Still “wait and see” as far as next season and where he’ll be.
Candace Buckner: Some tidbits from John Wall event: the annual team mini-camp is supposed to be next week in LA. Wall has spent many weeks in Miami (every morning riding bikes for at least 18 miles). You’ve seen Sheldon Mac w/ him via Instagram. However I was told Kelly Oubre Jr. also came down to Miami for some of those workouts..
August 18, 2017 | 6:26 pm EDT Update
Michael Beasley: “I’ve always been the quiet, not-stand-up-for-myself-kind-of-guy. Not being disrespectful. But I want my respect. For the last nine years, I’ve been a walking bucket, man. Anytime you want a point, I’ll give you a point, no matter what the circumstances, who the player is defending me.’’
A series of marijuana incidents and being scrutinized under the lens of a No. 2 pick, Beasley suggests, has prevented the 28-year-old old from getting his due on the court. “It’s exactly the reason,’’ Beasley said. “People meet me. First thing they say: “You’re totally different than I thought you are. A large part of my career is due to perception, what people think what I am or should be. My past is my past. They keep harping on it.