Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin is expected to return to the team on Sunday or Tuesday, multiple sources told ESPN.com. Griffin went through a full workout in Los Angeles without any limitations Friday during the Clippers’ 129-99 loss to the Mavericks in Dallas. The plan is for him to return Sunday against the Houston Rockets, but there is a chance the Clippers will want to see him go through a practice and a shootaround with the team first, pushing his return to Tuesday against the Hornets.
July 2, 2015 | 7:10 pm EDT Update
Marc Stein: ESPN sources say that the Washington Wizards are closing in on a trade for Milwaukee’s Jared Dudley. On course to be completed July 9
Ken Berger: As @Marc Stein says, Bucks trading Jared Dudley to Wizards. Source says Bucks get “extremely protected” second-round pick.
When the season ended, there were reports that you had issues with Derrick Rose. Jimmy Butler: I don’t think we have any issues. I think we’re fine. I think we’re two basketball players that want to win games. That’s where I’ll leave it at. I think we just wanna win, bring a championship the city, to the organization. I think that’s our job. And I think we’re gonna do whatever it takes to make that happen. I have a lot of respect for the guy.
So there’s no truth to the reports? Jimmy Butler: I never read the reports so I couldn’t tell you what they said. To tell you the truth, if you read it, something’s going to piss you off, so I really don’t. There’s a lot of people that think I’m a terrible basketball player, so it’s just gonna piss me off. And if it’s people who think I’m good, I’ll be happy. I’m just not gonna read it at all and stay content in my own mind.
So basketball’s a day job? Jimmy Butler: Yeah, basketball’s just a day job. I’m like Batman, except for singing. No, Superman. I dress up in a basketball uniform by day. I mean night, because I play at night. But after the game, I take off my uniform and it’s the Superman of singing outfits. I don’t think that was a good comparison now that I’ve thought about it.
On Tuesday, he traveled to the U.S. for just the second time in his life. He’s eager to see more of his new home city, Orlando — so eager that he has peppered Orlando Magic general manager Rob Hennigan with questions about Central Florida. “I think it’s a completely other world here, everything positive,” Hezonja said during an introductory press conference Thursday afternoon for him and second-round pick Tyler Harvey.
July 2, 2015 | 6:53 pm EDT Update
Executives around the league told Sporting News on Wednesday that Love eventually could wind up back on the trading block, but the Cavs needed to re-sign him rather than risk losing him for nothing in return. Thompson deserves a starting spot, and the Cavs are confident that, eventually, a smaller lineup with Thompson at center and Love at power forward will work.
From Dwyane Wade, who reportedly will sign a one-year, $20 million deal with the Heat for next season: “It has been an honor and a privilege to play with the Miami Heat the past 12 years. The Heat family and I have shared incredible moments over the years and I look forward to continuing our journey. I am extremely proud of my personal contributions in helping to build the Heat franchise and for bringing three NBA championship wins to our great city. For my entire NBA career, Miami has always been my city and my home. I’m overwhelmed with the love and support the Miami community have consistently shown me and my family throughout the years.”
Jabari Young: Something to note: Damian Lillard’s deal could stretch to $145M if he makes an All-NBA Team next year. Same deal as Anthony Davis
Sean Cunningham: Wesley Matthews stopped by Rudy Gay’s camp in Rocklin today.: 16 more rumors
Mark Medina: Ed Davis said he “wanted to come back” to the Lakers. But Davis added, “I didn’t really want to wait around” bit.ly/1T8Rf1a
Anthony Puccio: Key about TRob signing: It’s for the minimum. They can still use some of their MLE to sign another player.: 3 more rumors
July 2, 2015 | 6:12 pm EDT Update
Tim Reynolds: FLASH: Dwyane Wade accepts deal to stay with Miami Heat, source tells The Associated Press.
Wade informed the Heat on Thursday that he will accept their one-year offer to re-sign for $20 million for next season, said a person familiar with the negotiations. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because no NBA deals can be finalized this summer until July 9.: 15 more rumors
Marc J. Spears: Damian Lillard’s maximum contract extension with Portland is expected to be between $125 million and $129 million, source told Yahoo Sports.: 6 more rumors
Alex Kennedy: Unrestricted free agent Quincy Acy has received interest from Orlando, Sacramento, New Orleans, Atlanta and San Antonio, per sources.: 1 more rumor
July 2, 2015 | 5:58 pm EDT Update
Marc J. Spears: Damian Lillard’s five-year, $120 million max extension deal with Blazers is getting “closer” to getting agreed to, source told Yahoo Sports.: 6 more rumors
Sam Amick: Damian Lillard’s extension with Blazers is done, I’m told: designated player max between five years $125-29 million. A payday in Portland.: 6 more rumors
Marc J. Spears: Damian Lillard has agreed to a five-year, $120 million maximum contract extension with the Blazers, a source told Yahoo Sports.
Damian Lillard: Thank you so much to @PaulGAllen and the @trailblazers organization I’ll be in #RipCity 6 more years! Oakland to Ogden to Oregon..TO STAY