Cousy lives in Worcester during the summer, but he winters in Florida so he watches his share of Heat games on television and he was impressed when Whiteside came off the bench to record a triple-double on Jan. 25 against the Bulls with 14 points, 13 rebounds and a franchise-record 12 blocks. “I have never said this in the 40 years since I retired,” Cousy said in a recent telephone interview, “but he is the first big guy, not (Patrick) Ewing, (Hakeem) Olajuwon, Shaq (O’Neal), who reminds me defensively and on the boards of Russell. He runs the floor well, he has excellent timing, he blocks shots and keeps them in play the way Russell did.”
July 4, 2015 | 12:06 am EDT Update
Paul Coro: The Suns’ Aldridge recruitment team now includes the mayor of Phoenix. This looks like it’ll be west of the arena.
Greg Stanton: Hey @aldridge_12, check out what we’re dropping in Downtown PHX tomorrow! #WeArePHX #LMAtoPHX pic.twitter.com/963VFHu6QC: 93 more rumors
Bobby Marks: So here is your LaMarcus Aldridge cheat sheet going into Day 4 of FA: POR: Full Bird Rights. Can sign up to the max salary. 5yrs and most $. PHX: Would need to trade Mk. Morris and PJ Tucker to get to that $18.8m slot for Aldridge. Alex Len would be close but not sure you move him. SAS: TD would have to come in around $6m. Renounce Manu and sign for Room ML, Waive Reggie Williams. That will get you to $18.8m. But do not count out HOU in all of this. If LA really wants to go to HOU, the Rockets have the players to possibly make that work.: 93 more rumors
Alex Kennedy: Larry Sanders has tweeted that he’ll be playing in the Drew League. See, he’s back to hooping AND he’s already in L.A. Set up a meeting! Two years ago, Larry Sanders averaged 10.3 PPG, 10 RPG, 2.8 BPG starting for MIL. Ton of red flags, may be done with NBA, but he’s talented.
July 3, 2015 | 11:25 pm EDT Update
July 3, 2015 | 10:40 pm EDT Update
Shams Charania: Orlando restricted free agent Tobias Harris has reached agreement on a deal to re-sign with the Magic, league sources tell RealGM.
Shams Charania: Tobias Harris agreed on a four-year, $64 million deal with Orlando, league sources tell RealGM.: 7 more rumors
Chris Broussard: Sources: Derrick Williams agrees to 2-year, $10 million deal with Knicks. Player option for second year: 2 more rumors
As if San Antonio Spurs fans need to be teased more about free agent LaMarcus Aldridge and his possibility of joining the Spurs, comes video of him with coach Gregg Popovich, Ime Udoka, and Sean Marks in L.A. as the courting of the big man continues. There’s still no word on any decision from the big man as to whether he will or will not sign with San Antonio. The Suns are reprotedly in the hunt for LaMarcus as well.: 93 more rumors
July 3, 2015 | 10:28 pm EDT Update
What the Clippers can do is a sign-and-trade that could bring them Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert. A league source told this newspaper shortly after Jordan’s team announced he was leaving that the Clippers could aim for a deal like this that would bring them Hibbert, send Jordan to Dallas with Dallas shooting guard Monta Ellis heading to Indiana. Ellis on Thursday agreed to a four-year deal with the Pacers.: 6 more rumors
Tim MacMahon: No done deal, but sources are highly optimistic that J.J. Barea will be back in a Mavs uniform next season.: 7 more rumors
Q: Do you feel like Matthews and Jordan were a package deal? Mark Cuban: In no way, shape, or form. We committed to Wes before we committed to DeAndre. They weren’t a package deal. Wes was coming whether or not DeAndre came.
Q: Who knew Parsons was not just a pretty face, but a recruiter as well? Mark Cuban: I told Chandler when he retires, he’s running the sales for all my companies.
July 3, 2015 | 9:15 pm EDT Update
Ken Berger: The Spurs, Suns and Blazers have separated themselves in the chase for LaMarcus Aldridge, two people directly involved tell @CBSSports. One source stopped short of describing other teams (beyond obvious) as eliminated. But Spurs, Suns, Blazers at top of Aldridge’s list.: 93 more rumors
Rondo spent Thursday night in Sacramento and had dinner with close friend and new teammate Rudy Gay for over three hours. The two became close as McDonald’s high school All-Americans and Rondo even served as a groomsman in Gay’s wedding. Gay was advising his friend throughout the free agency process and even played matchmaker for the Kings and Rondo.
Friday morning, Rondo and his representatives met with Kings vice president of basketball operations Vlade Divac and interim general manager Mike Bratz.
Marc Berman: Knicks never made offer to Beverley despite interest. Didn’t want to get tied up, betting on Houston matching: 10 more rumors