There has been persistent chatter for weeks over the NBA’s front-office grapevine that the Orlando Magic and Rivers will explore a reunion down the road. Now, you’re certainly not alone if you’re wondering whether down the road in this case should be measured in months or years.
September 20, 2017 | 12:01 pm EDT Update
As much as he disliked the environment tailored to LeBron’s ball-halting, body-stagnating style — which Irving was encouraged by Tyronn Lue to clone in order to exploit his fabulous finishing touch, and make the Cavs twice as dangerous — he resisted crabbing about it, and waited wearily for the least unfavorable time to ask out. Did Kyrie resent LeBron having the Cavaliers’ comprehensive catering service on demand 24-7? Yes. That’s what I was told.
At the same time, Kyrie did not mind being one of LeBron’s caterers. It was the near-exclusivity that disturbed him, being unable to cater correctly to the other three players on the floor because LeBron handled at least half the time, and Kyrie was expected to penetrate and kick out to James many other times.
In a fresh start for Russell and a golden opportunity for the Nets, Marks — whose team was an NBA-worst 20-62 last season — gladly gambled on a budding young star. But while Russell has proven he can score, now he has to show he can lead. “The leadership, that’s in his court,’’ Marks said. “We can certainly help him get there. In the position that he plays, you’ve got to be a leader to some extent. [Coach] Kenny [Atkinson] is going to rely on that position — Jeremy or D’Angelo — a lot, both of them to direct traffic out there and so forth.”
Clifford feels the Hornets regressed defensively last season, and he plans to toughen his expectations in that regard. He has already discussed this in detail with Monk. “We’ve watched film. I’ve made edits of his defense in college. It won’t be OK” for Monk to guard as he did at Kentucky, Clifford said recently. “It’s just a different world, and they’re going to go at him more. “He’s a terrific athlete, he’s highly competitive and I’m confident we can help him figure that piece out.”
Jessica Camerato: The Sixers announced the “Spirit of 76” campaign. Here’s a look at the new court design with a special bell logo at center court. pic.twitter.com/7zBgZJIHLI
Jessica Camerato: The #Sixers will wear their Statement Edition jerseys for the following games, selected to honor dates in franchise history. pic.twitter.com/Uen41LMNr2
September 20, 2017 | 9:46 am EDT Update
At the onset of free agency, the Warriors’ preliminary offer of a three-year, $36 million deal, with a partial guarantee in the final year, was viewed by Iguodala and his camp as a disappointing overture, sources said. Rival teams believed he wanted a fully guaranteed, three-year deal closer to $50 million.