He’ll have unprecedented freedom next summer. A renegotiation-and extension could have kept him off the market, giving him security with a team that uses him well. But Hill isn’t dwelling on it. “It’s over. There’s nothing we can do about it now,” Hill said. “But I’m here to help the Jazz win basketball games. I’m not focused on a contract right now. We’ll get to that when the season is over, but right now, our main focus is to win basketball games and me to play my butt off.”
December 14, 2017 | 7:11 pm EST Update
Michael Wallace: Bickerstaff simply cut to the chase about Grizzlies’ predicament entering Friday/Sat back-to-back: “You wake up in the morning and you’ve got two choices – you can fight or you can run. Our backs are against the wall. We’ve got nothing to lose. I expect us to come out and fight.”
Mike Trudell: Cavs coach Ty Lue said Dwyane Wade is available to play tonight (he missed Cleveland’s last game with knee soreness).
Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Isaiah Thomas will have his No. 2 jersey retired by the University of Washington. “God is good. God is GREAT,” Thomas posted to his social media accounts Thursday evening.