Anonymous GM: Our team isn’t good enough to win and we know it. So this season we want to develop and evaluate our young players, let them learn from their mistakes — and get us in position to grab a great player. The best way for us to do that is to lose a lot of games. This draft is loaded. There are potential All-Stars at the top, maybe even franchise changers. Sometimes my job is to understand the value of losing. I know that sounds crazy, but if you’re an NBA general manager like me, the last place you want to be is in the middle. There are only two outcomes there: Either make the playoffs and be first-round fodder for one of the premier teams or miss the playoffs and pick somewhere around 11th to 14th in the draft. Either way, the odds are that you stay in that middle range. It’s a recipe for disaster.
June 28, 2017 | 7:07 pm EDT Update
A. Sherrod Blakely: The @Celtics haven’t nailed a date down to meet with Gordon Hayward yet, but the C’s will get to make their pitch says league source.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have had their eye on Patrick Beverley for quite some time now — the current front office group under assistant general manager Koby Altman has as much esteem for the defensive pest as the Cavs’ FO did under former GM David Griffin — but a source familiar with Cleveland’s thinking told ESPN the Cavs don’t believe Beverley is available.
Darren Wolfson: One FA on the #Twolves radar: Mike Dunleavy Jr. Played for, and enjoys Thibs. Can help w/ shooting want. Many roster openings exist.
The Atlanta Hawks will have the NBA’s first courtside bar. The team announced the Hawks Bar on Wednesday as part of revealing details of its $192.5 million renovation of Philips Arena, which will take place over 16 months.
June 28, 2017 | 6:24 pm EDT Update
Gordon Hayward’s free agency schedule is starting to take shape. The All-Star forward will meet with the Utah Jazz on Monday, two days after the moratorium begins, multiple sources told The Tribune on Wednesday.