March 27, 2017 | 12:02 pm EDT Update
Jimmy Butler told members of the Chicago media the choice to return for $23.8 million “is weighing” on Wade, who is out for the rest of the regular season because of an elbow injury. “I still think he’s got a lot more basketball left if you ask me,’’ Butler said last week. “I think everybody knows that I really like the guy as a person. He’s taught me so much on the floor, off the floor, but that’s his decision. You’ve always got to do what’s right and not only for him but for his family. But that choice is weighing on him because it is a player option. “I tell D, ‘You do what you have to do.’’’
Traded twice in four seasons, Carter-Williams is looking forward to restricted free agency. He didn’t rule out a return to the Bulls. “This is the first time I have control,” he said. “I want to feel that comfort where I can get better, and be in a good situation.”
Williams, 30, views Clippers reserve Jamal Crawford as an intriguing career template. Both rely on craftiness, range and a unique ability to score with minimal lift, which can foster career longevity. Crawford, 37, has long envisioned playing into his 40s. “Until the wheels fall off for us,” Williams told The Vertical. “I already have 12 [seasons] in the can. Forty for me probably would be a little farfetched, because of being in my 12th season, being 30. Forty would be, what, 22 seasons? “I don’t know if I got 22 seasons in me, but God willing, I’ll get close.”
Two weeks before the NBA trade deadline, a rival player called Lou Williams. The Houston Rockets’ James Harden watched Williams flourish this season, helping lead the perennial All-Star’s hometown Los Angeles Lakers to a strong start, and he had an idea to pitch. “When James called, he asked me if I was interested in playing with them,” Williams told The Vertical. “I told him that I loved the Lakers, but James and them have a group that fit my personality, fit how I play. He said he was going to make it happen.”
Williams then laughed, sitting on the edge of a visiting court following a recent practice. “I’ve heard that before, so I didn’t really put stock into it,” Williams told The Vertical. “I guess James did put the word in, and the team made it happen.”
The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they have recalled forward Davis Bertans and guard Bryn Forbes from the Austin Spurs of the NBA Development League. In their one game on assignment with Austin, a 125-109 win over the Oklahoma City Blue yesterday, Bertans registered 8 points, 5 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks in 23 minutes, while Forbes posted 16 points and 7 assists in 31 minutes.
Lowry is older than DeRozan, and conventional wisdom would suggest hanging on to the younger of the two stars. But over the last three postseasons, the Raptors perform better when Lowry is on the floor without DeRozan. There are variables, such as opponents’ lineups and game situations, that play a role in that net rating differential, but it’s been a consistent-enough trend that we can safely say the Raptors’ postseason offense sputters with just DeRozan on the floor. Here’s the data, via NBA Wowy: