Ian Begley: Ex-#Knicks forward Amar’e Stoudemire is leaning toward signing with the Dallas Mavericks at this point, per sources.
October 4, 2015 | 9:09 pm EDT Update
Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge told the Boston Globe there is “nothing imminent” regarding contract extension negotiations for Jared Sullinger and Tyler Zeller, but the team will continue to speak to representatives for both players. The Celtics have until an Oct. 31 deadline to reach extensions with Zeller and Sullinger, who are entering the final seasons of their rookie contracts.
“I’m not sure how that’s all going to work out. But we’ll continue to talk throughout this month,” Ainge told the Globe’s Adam Himmelsbach.
October 4, 2015 | 4:41 pm EDT Update
When a reporter joked if they will have to cover another free agency in four years, Anthony laughed and said, “I’m here to stay.’’ Of course, he will feel less willing to finish his contract here if Porzingis turns out a bust.
As I started to settle in, I’m sure that you have heard about my struggles getting into the arena. The security lady was giving me a hard time so I tweeted it out and it picked up way more publicity than I anticipated. The media did exaggerate it a little bit. The conversation went something like this: Her: Hi how can i help you? Me: Hi im trying to get into the tunnel. Her: It’s only for players. My Friend: He plays on the team. Her [scans car]: Who?? Me: I do. Her: What team?!? Me: Uhh, Charlotte Hornets. Her: Players can’t park here today (there was a conference). Park across the street. Funny thing is I have experienced this multiple times in New York, Houston, and LA. I’m not sure if she believed me but I’ll give her the benefit of the doubt!
October 4, 2015 | 3:47 pm EDT Update
“I’m not going to go to them and tell them what they should do,” James said regarding the Cavs. “That’s their job, they know how to do it very well and they’ve done that to this point. They’ve brought in and did what they had to do for us to be a contending team. Obviously Tristan is a big part of that run we want to make. I believe that something will happen.”
LeBron James said friend and teammate Tristan Thompson’s contract holdout is a “distraction” and he’s calling for it all to end, but the Cavaliers’ superstar also insisted he wasn’t trying to apply pressure to the front office to accept Thompson’s demands. “That is not what I’m saying. Like I said, I believe both sides will get something done. Throughout the negotiation process, it’s always both sides. It’s not just one sided,” James said Sunday after Cavs’ practice, the seventh Thompson has missed this season. ”
James’ Instagram post – from the wedding of Majestic Steel president Todd Leebow – was perceived as his first formal application of pressure for the Cavs’ to accept Thompson’s terms. Thompson’s been seeking a maximum salary (an average of about $17.5 million per season) over five years or three. James, though, was steadfast in that he remains neutral in the negotiation, and team sources say James hasn’t pushed the issue internally.
The more you hear from 76ers coach Brett Brown, the more you realize that he’s not in denial about where the team is going this season. And you realize he’s the right person to coach the team through this rebuilding process. “When you lose the volume of games we lost over the years . . . holding a locker room together [is key],” Brown said Saturday at the conclusion of training camp at Stockton University. “The pain of losing is real. So you need spirit throughout. It’s my job to keep them together and keep them moving forward.”
October 4, 2015 | 2:09 pm EDT Update
October 4, 2015 | 1:08 pm EDT Update
Kidd-Gilchrist was transported to Florida Hospital South for X-rays, that were negative. The Hornets announced Kidd-Gilchrist’s injury is a dislocation. He is scheduled to fly back to Charlotte and be re-evaluated by doctors on Monday. The Hornets didn’t estimate how long Kidd-Gilchrist might be out, but typically a dislocation takes three to 12 weeks of recovery time before a patient can return to normal activity. That figures to cost Kidd-Gilchrist the rest of the preseason and quite possibly regular-season games. The Hornets’ regular season starts Oct. 28 in Miami and the first three games are versus Southeast Division rivals the Heat and Atlanta Hawks.
October 4, 2015 | 8:42 am EDT Update
“I don’t know if this is my position. We’ll sit and watch tape and I’m sure I’ll talk with coach (Frank Vogel). I’ll talk with Larry (Bird) as well to get both their inputs on how the first game went but…I’m still not comfortable with it regardless of the situation. It’s still something I have to adjust to or maybe not. Or maybe it’s something we can go away from.”
Through his four completed seasons with Indiana, George had grown accustomed to a shot going up and letting the bigs battle and box out. Then with his athleticism and quickness, George would swoop in and grab the rebound. Not so now. “Can’t do that at the four spot,” George said. “These guys are strong, they’re big. It’s almost like I’m just trying to keep them on my back but they got me in size. That’s the toughest part.”
LeBron James: Get it done!!!! Straight up. #MissMyBrother @realtristan13