“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.
July 26, 2017 | 10:02 am EDT Update
Anthony has a no-trade clause in his contract that he would be willing to waive to play for the Rockets or Cavaliers. But a league source said his first choice is to play with Houston. Crabbe, a second-round pick of the Cavaliers in 2013, started only 24 games with the Blazers over the past four seasons. But he developed into a reliable reserve for Portland.
Andre Drummond is keeping it pretty real when it comes to his future — telling TMZ Sports when it comes to blockbuster trade rumors, “Anything is possible in this league.” The rumors are heating up that the Detroit Pistons star could be shipped out before the season starts — and even engaged with a Twitter fan this week who suggested Drummond could be part of a mega trade to Cleveland for Kyrie Irving. But when we asked about it, he didn’t exactly rule it out — “I play for Detroit now, so we’ll keep it at that.”
July 26, 2017 | 9:13 am EDT Update
Seven years ago, a Chicago Bulls executive stood on a practice facility court, holding a phone, practically pleading with his franchise star: Please, please call him. Derrick Rose loathed the idea of recruiting LeBron James. In Rose’s mind, he was available to answer whatever questions James had about joining the Bulls in free agency. Chase him? The world was changing rapidly, and Rose wanted no part. The prospect of pitching praise on a fierce rival felt distasteful, desperate. Perhaps this was becoming common practice, but that made it no easier for Rose.
Rose finally shot James a text message, but it all felt too hollow. As the rest of the NBA desperately tried everything to recruit James, Rose walked away from the phone, grabbed a ball and returned to work. He was on his way into a season when he would become the youngest MVP in league history, confident that he could battle James for years of Eastern Conference supremacy. Rose was always an enigma to his peers, a shy, quiet, but fiercely proud player who compromised nothing.