“The fifth Italian in the NBA is going to be Alessandro Gentile. He will move to the Rockets this summer” said Hackett. Alessandro Gentile signed a contract extension with EA7 last summer and he was supposed to remain in Europe for two more years before moving overseas. But his plans seem different now and he is ready to join the Rockets in 2015.
September 28, 2016 | 7:07 am EDT Update
Neil Olshey, the Blazers’ president of basketball operations, said this week he has “dabbled” in extension talks with Plumlee’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, but feels no rush before the Oct. 31 deadline. Bartelstein, meanwhile, says he remains in “constant” contact with Olshey about Plumlee, but their talks haven’t gained traction. “I can’t say whether or not we will get something done or not,’’ Bartelstein said Tuesday. “We are fine either way, we really are. If we get a deal done now that works for both sides, great. If not, we will revisit it in the summer.’’
“I’ve been pretty consistent with this: I don’t have extension discussions — unless it’s a no-brainer max discussion – until the week that the deadline hits,’’ Olshey said. “But unless it’s a no-brainer Damian Lillard max (contract), or a no-brainer CJ max, nothing gets done over the course of four months that can’t get done over the course of four days.’’
Very few believed Young would still have a job with the Lakers. The Lakers have tried trading Young for the past two years because of his aforementioned poor play and tension with Scott. Those efforts intensified because of the potentially lingering awkwardness between Young and Russell, who represents a key part of the Lakers’ long-term future. After not finding any suitable trade offers this past summer, however, the Lakers passed on buying out the rest of Young’s two-year, $11 million contract. And yet Young sounded aware he has not landed on fertile ground. “I didn’t know what to think. I’ve seen so many rumors for a long time,” Young said. “They’re still there. Things still could happen. You never know in the league. I’m here now. That’s all I can focus on.”
He admitted “it kind of hurt” to hear about the Lakers’ efforts to trade him all summer. Young then reminded himself of a few things. The Washington Wizards traded him as part of a three-team deal to the Clippers in 2012. Neither the Clippers nor the Philadelphia 76ers retained Young after playing one season for both teams. But after the Lakers signed Young to a four-year, $21 million deal in 2014, the former Cleveland High and USC standout sounded relieved he has a chance of writing a new chapter that will make his hometown proud. “I love L.A. This is where I grew up,” Young said. “I think I’ll be all right here.”
“I haven’t really thought about it like that,” Curry said of Durant’s arrival, “because that would kind of cheat my process. I have the same mentality. I don’t really think about any other expectations. I want to get better. I want to be better than I was last year. That’s going to be the same, regardless if KD was here or not. You would think there is a blessing with pressure or whatever, but that’s not how I can think, because I’ve got to still do my job and do it at a high level for us to be as great as we want to be.”
“That’s life. It’s all part of it,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said of Curry. “Pick a player in history – maybe not Bill Russell, he won every year – but I remember Michael [Jordan] when we lost to Orlando [in 1995] and he came back. His summer was different. He was upset. [Larry] Bird, Magic [Johnson] used to beat each other, those guys would go home and try to get better. Unfortunately, losing is kind of part of this. We lost last year. We all had to lick our wounds. So now Steph wants to be better. He’s ready to roll and I think our guys have good perspective, too. We’re lucky to do what we do. We’re lucky to have a really good team and have a chance to have fun every day.”
Privately, the Warriors realized they had put too much pressure on Curry before his body eventually broke down and it was one of the reasons players were busy recruiting Durant while feverishly chasing 73 wins and a second ring.