The Knicks have 10 roster spots to fill, and Brand said he hopes to hear from Jackson again. According to a friend of his mother’s, Daisy always hoped Brand would finish his career with the Knicks. Brand said he also may consider hanging it up after 16 seasons.
July 4, 2015 | 1:08 pm EDT Update
Chris Haynes: Truth of matter is LaMarcus wanted out of Portland for a while and #Blazers knew it, no matter how they tried to spin it. It was inevitable.
Marc Stein: With David West willing to play on a bargain contract, as @Sam Amick reported earlier this week, Spurs and Cavs have a real shot at him
Shams Charania: Aside from L.A. teams, Atlanta is a strong candidate for free agent Wesley Johnson, league sources tell RealGM. He’s awaiting right deal.
July 4, 2015 | 12:51 pm EDT Update
Adrian Wojnarowski: Spurs are aggressively pursuing free agent David West with a veteran minimum offer now, sources tell Yahoo Sports.: 17 more rumors
Marc Stein: ESPN sources say that Cleveland has aggressively entered the bidding for David West, so Spurs have to beat out both Cavs AND Wizards for him
Marc Stein: ESPN sources say that Gregg Popovich, as of now, is intent on coaching out his entire five-year contract that he signed last summer
Marc Stein: Signing of Aldridge all but clinches notion that Popovich, as we’ve been writing for a year now, will NOT go out when Tim Duncan goes out
July 4, 2015 | 12:02 pm EDT Update
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent LaMarcus Aldridge will sign with the San Antonio Spurs, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.: 94 more rumors
Star free-agent forward LaMarcus Aldridge has agreed to sign a four-year, $80 million maximum contract with the San Antonio Spurs, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Aldridge, who turns 30 on July 19, had spent all nine seasons of his NBA career with the Portland Trail Blazers, developing into one of the league’s best big men. He informed the Trail Blazers on Friday night that he had narrowed his choices to either the Spurs or Phoenix Suns, then chose the Spurs on Saturday morning.
LaMarcus Aldridge: I’m happy to say I’m going home to Texas and will be a Spur!! I’m excited to join the team and be close to my family and friends.
Jeff Zillgitt: Let me clarify on C.J. Watson’s deal with the Orlando Magic: Third year is partially guaranteed.
Alex Kennedy: Surprisingly, the Lakers and Knicks did not reach out to Tobias Harris, according to source.
Quincy Miller is out for summer league with broken nose. No surgery, but no basketball for 4-6 weeks.
However, owner Mark Cuban is preaching caution, emphasizing that the Mavs recruited Matthews with long-term goals in mind. “We’re not putting a timetable on it,” Cuban said Friday on 1310 The Ticket. “Like I told Wes, if he opens up with camp, great. If he starts the season, great. If he misses 30 games, great. I don’t care because we didn’t sign him for this year. “We signed him because having Chandler [Parsons], having DeAndre [Jordan] and having Wes Matthews, that’s a great young core. And so the goal isn’t to try to rush them: ‘Oh my goodness, we might miss something.’ It’s really to get them all healthy, which we know we can, and have them playing together and be something special for a lot of years as opposed to being worrying about the first 30 games of this season.”
Stephen Curry is lethal from the three-point line and frighteningly consistent from half-court. The sweet-shooting NBA champion tried to make things more difficult on himself by throwing a PhunkeeDuck into the mix. Predictably, he was still efficient. Sinking long-range shots is a more basketball-centric use for the ride than, say, exiting a postgame press conference. But Curry still has a long way to go in supplanting J.R. Smith as the NBA’s true Face of the PhunkeeDuck.
July 4, 2015 | 10:46 am EDT Update
Marc J. Spears: The Magic has agreed to a three-year, $15 million deal with guard C.J. Watson, a source told Yahoo.
Alex Kennedy: Source confirms @Marc J. Spears report that C.J. Watson is close to a 3-year, $15 million with the Magic. Final terms still being discussed.
Alex Kennedy: There’s been mutual interest between the Magic and C.J. Watson for years. In 2010, ORL nearly signed Watson but inked Chris Duhon instead.
Steve Kyler: Hearing Tobias Harris received MAX offer from the Kings, strongly considered it. Appeal of staying in Orlando and a solid offer sealed deal
Paul Garcia: Marco Belinelli via @Davide Chinellato: “I have to thank Coach Popovich who believed in me, who has been a father.” gazzetta.it/Nba/03-07-2015…
Paul Garcia: Belinelli: ‘I had the privilege of playing with 3 giants of the basketball world in Duncan, Ginobili & Parker.’ gazzetta.it/Nba/03-07-2015…
Steve Kyler: HEAT summer league Joshua Smith listed at 360lbs – and looks like thats a generous number
Alex Kennedy: I’m hearing that Kevin Durant may make an appearance at the Orlando Summer League at some point, showing his support for the Thunder squad.