The Toronto Raptors and team president Masai Ujiri are in advanced negotiations on a contract extension, according to league sources.
October 24, 2016 | 10:55 am EDT Update
Marc Stein: The Pelicans just announced that they’ve waived Alonzo Gee and kept Lance Stephenson, even though Gee is owed a full $1.2 million.
“I’m just fitting in,” Durant says. “I try to adjust to them, you know? I’m the new guy, so I’m trying to adjust. It’s been going well. This offense is not predicated on just doing one thing. It’s a bunch of guys who can shoot, pass, dribble, make plays, and I’m one of those types of guys. It’s not as difficult as you might think. You’re just out there playing a game. “You never know who (will hurt you). That’s what makes it so dangerous. From Steph to Klay to me, to S-Dot (Shaun Livingston) to Draymond to Andre, all of us can go and take over the game. It’s not just about scoring; it’s about just having an impact. And I think that’s what everybody brings.”
“He blends in pretty well with what we already do,” Kerr says. “As I said, we haven’t put in a lot of our offense, but he dominates play when he’s on the floor. He’s a dominant offensive player, which is a great thing. He’s a great playmaker. I think that’s what’s really intriguing about putting him with these guys, with Steph and Klay and Draymond, is you’ve got Andre, Shaun, you’ve got multiple playmakers. “And if you move the ball, we should be able to cut down on turnovers as long as we don’t make it about the show and we make it about execution. We should be able to cut back on our turnovers this year, should be able to get better shots, to compete at a high level, but to execute at a high level too, which you have to do — in June especially.”
Me: Where did this entrepreneurial passion come from? UH: When I was hurt in the playoffs (2010), the year we played Chicago, I spent all year out. I came back for that Chicago series. I just had a lot of time to think. The injury I had was so specific, which was the Lisfranc injury. I had never heard of it. I had never seen it. And I started to research it. It wasn’t good. I didn’t know if I’d be back. And so I just had to start thinking. Me: I’m sure you talked with Caron Butler about this? UH: Yeah. Definitely. I had extensive conversations with Caron about it. I played with Caron one year and I had a chance to sit down and talk to him this summer.
Tuesday night just got even better for Cleveland fans. Following LeBron James’ recent suggestion about adding an ice cream truck to the festivities on Oct. 25 — a night where the Cleveland Cavaliers will open their season and receive their NBA championship rings while the Cleveland Indians will host Game of the 2016 World Series — Blue Bunny Ice Cream will be bringing a semi-truck to give out free ice cream for fans. According to a release from a PR agency that represents Blue Bunny, the company read James’ thoughts about what else could enhance Cleveland’s special night and jumped at the chance to join the fun.
The Miami HEAT and Mountain Dew are teaming up to get HEAT fans ready for the 2016-17 season with a giant basketball installation in the Wynwood Art District. HEAT fans will have the opportunity to take photos with the basketball and there will also be an Opening Night ticket giveaway. The HEAT Experience will also be giving away HEAT fan kits and Mountain Dew products.