Greek Basketball Federation: A series of clues by which we were particularly worried about since Giannis arrived in Greece and the national team training camp started, had created the conviction of an organized and well-staged plan by the NBA franchise in which Giannis has signed. Everything was in full knowledge of the NBA, if not encouraged by the NBA, and the athlete was put in a very difficult place and ultimately was obliged today to inform that he can’t be a member of the national team.
September 22, 2017 | 8:56 am EDT Update
At one time the Cavs were searching for the right return for Iman Shumpert and his contract (he’s owed $10.3 million this year and has a player’s option for $11 million next). All summer and even now, they have been unable to find a taker.
Of course there’s a possibility Cleveland trades the Nets pick. Cousins could be out there. Paul George. Russell Westbrook. Maybe someone we haven’t even considered. I reported weeks ago that the calls have already poured in to GM Koby Altman, gauging his interest in moving the pick. The Cavs could also keep the pick, or trade it on draft day.
When the Cavs signed Cedi Osman in July, I asked Lue if he had watched film of Osman. It was a necessary question because Osman is a rookie who’s played in Turkey and the Euroleague. He’s a 22-year-old and 6-8. A hustle defender. Lue’s reply…”nope.” OK, then. Osman is not going to get the first chance on this team.
The NBA is permitting teams to put advertisement patches on their jerseys beginning this season, and South Florida-based Ultimate Software has won the competition to occupy that space on Heat jerseys, according to two league sources. The Heat confirmed our story.
September 22, 2017 | 5:33 am EDT Update
Anthony’s reps have lobbied for the Knicks to trade him to Houston, but sources told The Post talks never gained traction. According to a source, Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni has been told through an intermediary Anthony would be eager for a player-coach reunion despite past differences in New York.