George Karl calls Cousins rumors “fibs and lies”. Jim Crandell of Fox40 caught up with Coach Karl at the Del Paso Country Club today with the conversation being taped by the Sacramento Bee. You can view the video here. Crandell asked some good questions, although I would have liked some stronger responses from Karl myself.
July 6, 2015 | 10:08 pm EDT Update
July 6, 2015 | 10:02 pm EDT Update
Adrian Wojnarowski: Williams had considered deals with San Antonio, Dallas and New Orleans before committing to a reunion with the Cavaliers and LeBron James.: 7 more rumors
July 6, 2015 | 9:42 pm EDT Update
Adrian Wojnarowski: Mo Williams agreed to a two-year, $4.3M deal with Cleveland, including a player option, league sources tell Yahoo.: 7 more rumors
According to an NBA source, the Knicks are contemplating offering productive Russian combo guard Alexey Shved their $2.8 million room exception given to under-the-cap teams that have reached the cap benchmark. Shved, appreciative the Knicks gave him a chance after a couple of rocky, unfulfilled seasons with Minnesota, Philadelphia and Houston, would probably accept it.: 1 more rumor
According to the source, Shved has two other NBA teams interested as well a handful of European offers. Shved, 26, told The Post after last season he hoped to return to New York after grasping team president Phil Jackson’s triangle offense before suffering a broken rib in late March, ending his season.: 1 more rumor
The Knicks are still shopping what is left of their money to spend this offseason — sans the minimum contracts they can offer. They have had talks with 35-year-old shooting guard Caron Butler, who played last season with Milwaukee, and veteran shooting guard Willie Green, 33, who played for Orlando last season.
Ira Winderman: As for those Jamal Crawford-Heat rumors, have been told Heat continuing to examine all possibilities, as with Aldridge, David West.
Mark Murphy: Colton Iverson has left the Celtics to sign with a European team. He’s been played on roster by Ralph Sampson III.
Basketball Insiders: How did this deal come together? When did the Lakers start showing interest in you? Louis Williams: “Well, they were one of the first teams to reach out to me once free agency began and they just started to touch base with us. At that point, we weren’t sure what direction we were heading in because we wanted to see if [returning to] Toronto was going to work out. Then, yesterday, the talks got a little bit more serious and it just looked like a good opportunity for me to take. It really only took, like, five minutes to get done once we entered serious talks.”
Basketball Insiders: This is a great opportunity for you, but you’re also leaving a situation in Toronto where you were successful, won Sixth Man of the Year and got name-dropped in Drake songs (laughs). Was it tough to move on from the Raptors and leave that organization? Louis Williams: “Just to speak candidly, it caught me by surprise that we didn’t get something done. I made it clear that I wanted to be there and I thought, with the type of year that I had, the feeling would be mutual. Unfortunately, it wasn’t. I think they wanted to go in a different direction and become more of a defensive-minded team. With the way that the playoffs ended, I think it left a sour taste in management’s mouth and they went out and picked up defensive players. They got DeMarre [Carroll], they got Cory Joseph, they got [Bismack] Biyombo – guys who they feel like can help them on the defensive end. They told me, basically, that I could walk. That was unfortunate, but it’ll work out for both sides. They got a guy who is from Toronto, Canada who will replace me in Cory and now I have an opportunity to continue my career as well, so it worked out for everybody.”
Brad Turner: Update: Larry Sanders is scheduled to play in Drew League on Nick Young’s team Sunday at 3:15 — if Saunders shows up.
July 6, 2015 | 8:09 pm EDT Update
Joe Ingles: Absolutely pumped to be back with the @utahjazz for another 2 years! Lots of exciting times ahead with the group we have! #JazzNation http://instagram.com/p/40DR9ZDh-2/
Alex Kennedy: I asked Dewayne Dedmon about Mario Hezonja’s dunk. He corrected me: “That wasn’t a dunk, that was catching a body!” vine.co/v/enObd13WOat
Martell Webster: I’m incredibly excited to announce the launch of my record label and lifestyle brand, EYRST. We will throw our official launch party July 16th at Holocene Portland and I will be performing my music live for the first time ever, something I have been dreaming about for many years. Also performing will be our starting roster, Myke Bogan, Blossom, Ripley Snell & Neill Von Tally with special guests. If you are in Portland, OR please come celebrate with us! This is bigger than any one of us – part of a larger philosophical and cultural movement among many creatives in Portland, we hope to contribute to the growth of the arts and community. #MusicIsMedicine
July 6, 2015 | 7:04 pm EDT Update
Adrian Wojnarowski: Joe Ingles has agreed to a two-year, $4.5M deal to return to the Jazz, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.: 1 more rumor