“No matter how (the season) ends, I think Timmy is going to look at (retirement) again,” Popovich told USA TODAY Sports on Tuesday. “And if you ask me, my guess is that he’ll go for another one because he has been so consistent this season. It’s just consistent stuff: another double-double, over and over and over again. Because of that, I think in his mind that if it continues through the rest of the year, I think he’ll say, ‘I’m going to go another year and see what happens.’ Because what he has told me is that the minute he feels like he’s a hindrance to his team or he’s not on the positive end or helping him, he’s going to walk right off the court. It might be during the third quarter of a game. He’s not going to hang on to finish a contract or make the money or have the notoriety that you know he doesn’t give a (expletive) about. So the way he’s playing now, he’s going to look in the mirror and say, ‘Hey, I’m doing all right.’ ”
July 1, 2015 | 8:31 pm EDT Update
Adrian Wojnarowski: Sources: Suns have legitimately closed the gap in pursuit of LaMarcus Aldridge. Tyson Chandler, perimeter talent. They’re a real factor.: 56 more rumors
With an intricate plan in place for the first day of free agency, the Suns showed Aldridge what type of team that they envision being before they even met with him. The Suns opened free agency by adding veteran center Tyson Chandler with a four-year, $52 million agreement and by coming to terms to keep guard Brandon Knight on a five-year, $70 million contract.
Shams Charania: Portland, Damian Lillard negotiating a 5-year, approximate $129 million max deal that could include fifth-year option, source tells RealGM.: 3 more rumors
The Nuggets and unrestricted free agent Darrell Arthur have been in productive talks about a new contract, according to sources close to the situation. No deal, however, is imminent.
July 1, 2015 | 8:16 pm EDT Update
Adrian Wojnarowski: Yahoo Sources: Two small market teams have made significant inroads in the pursuit of free agent Greg Monroe: Milwaukee and Portland.: 19 more rumors
Jorge Castillo: Pierce choosing the Clippers is a good indication DAJ is likely to return to Los Angeles. Pierce to LA was seen as tied to Jordan.
Calvin Watkins: Just heard Rockets felt real good about their meeting with LaMarcus Aldridge.: 56 more rumors
Paul Millsap: Blessed and Excited to be back with the Atlanta Hawks!!! Great things ahead. Thank you all for your support.