But with the Mavs eager to retool this summer in order to build a championship contender, Nowitzki says he’s ready to work with team owner Mark Cuban and president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson to help with the reconstruction of the roster. “You know, if you go on with a team like I have for so long, if that’s what it takes, I guess that’s what it takes. I did that decision last summer when I decided to sign on,” Nowitzki explained after completing the first season of a reported two-year deal worth $50 million. “I obviously knew there was a possibility (of rebuilding), and at the end of the day I just can’t imagine myself in a different uniform, so that’s why I made that decision. Whatever comes, if we’re rebuilding, then I’m the face of that. If we’re (competing) for a championship, then I’m here for that.”
August 18, 2017 | 6:38 am EDT Update
So now it’s mid-August and Muhammad — a 24-year-old who can score and should still be improving — remains a free agent and shows up on a lot of those “best remaining NBA free agent” lists. If he was hoping to cash in this offseason, that prospect seems far less likely by the day. Muhammad might be in a spot soon where he has to take a short-term “prove-it” deal in hopes of improving his leverage the next time he’s a free agent. That makes a tweet last night from another new Wolves signee — guard Jamal Crawford — pretty interesting. In it, he implores Muhammad to “c’mon back home,” presumably meaning back to the Timberwolves.
Enes Kanter: One of the most beautiful city I have ever visited and also really kind and warm people. My thoughts and prayers with #Barcelona ❤️🙏
DeMarcus Cousins says there’s no question about it … every single Confederate statue needs to COME DOWN ASAP. With Confederate monuments coming down in Tampa, Baltimore and Virginia … we asked the Pelicans star about rebel statues in New Orleans and in his home state of Alabama. “Take all them motherf*ckers down,” Cousins said … “Take ’em all down.”
Rudy Gobert: Shoutout to @Ronnie2K for my #2KFirstLook screen. A little low as usual but started from a 52 so we good 😏. What you guys think?
Justin Patton: Everyone take a look! This is crazy still! Huge shoutout to @Ronnie2K @NBA2K #NBA2K18 #2KFirstLook