League sources said Saturday night that Kirilenko — if he and his $3.3 million contract clear waivers as expected — is eyeing a potential return to European basketball as opposed to resuming his NBA career. There are a handful of teams stateside still interested in pursuing him, sources say, but Kirilenko has not yet made it clear whether he’s prepared to consider fresh NBA offers.
August 28, 2016 | 2:23 pm EDT Update
Indeed, don’t expect Terry to simply be a Bucks’ cheerleader this season. Some NBA officials contend he signed with Milwaukee and rejected overtures from a handful of teams, including the reigning NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers, because of potential playing time. “He wants his minutes,’’ said an NBA executive, whose team had shown some interest in signing Terry. “He didn’t go there (Milwaukee) to sit on the bench.’’
But Terry isn’t the least bit concerned about playing time, according to his agent Ryan N. Davis. “Whether he gets 40 minutes, four minutes or no minutes, he’ll accept it and be professional about it,’’ Davis said. “He’s excited to be with Milwaukee and help them.’’
Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley has long been considered one of the league’s best on-ball defenders. It’s a reputation he began building in his early years playing with the trio of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen and harassing opponents the entire way up the floor, and it’s one he cultivated enough to earn All-Defense First Team honors this past season. One of his secrets? Bradley said he isn’t afraid of getting embarrassed. “I love the challenge. I love going up against the best players. I don’t care who it is. I don’t care about getting embarrassed. I don’t care. Kyrie Irving, none of those guys scare me. I know some players in the NBA probably get butterflies before the game, but not me. I’m licking my lips. I come excited. They need to prepare for me at the end of the day. That’s how I think,” Bradley said on Friday, making an appearance at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Police charged two men with murder for the fatal shooting death of the cousin of Chicago Bulls star Dwyane Wade, officials said Sunday. Nykea Aldridge, 32, the mother of four, was pushing a baby stroller Friday afternoon in Chicago’s South Side when she was shot. Police said she was not the intended target of the shooting. Aldridge’s child was not injured. Anthony Guglielmi, a Chicago Police Department spokesman, said two brothers, Darwin, 26, and Derren Sorells, 22, were charged in the shooting.
August 28, 2016 | 7:59 am EDT Update
Cousins, who turned 26 during the Rio Games, wants to return to Team USA. “I’m open to [coming back for Tokyo 2020]. I’ll be older then, so it depends on how my body feels. As of right now, where I’m at, absolutely, I’m open to it,” he said. “I think people don’t understand [how hard this winning is]. They see the guys on the roster and they think automatically, they’re supposed to win. This [international game] isn’t our game. This isn’t the way we play. This is an adjustment for every guy on the roster.
Lowe also inquired about the fourth-year head coach’s relationship with Kings All-Star DeMarcus Cousins, who flew into Sacramento to meet Joerger following his introductory press conference. “We’ve had a good beginning to our relationship, a good start this summer. I think the Olympic experience is only going to help him.”