“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 | 4:02 pm EDT Update
Mark Medina: Clippers center DeAndre Jordan met with Dallas this a.m. He will meet with Lakers tonight, Knicks Thurs morning & Clippers Thurs afternoon: 23 more rumors
Cleveland still has plenty of work to do in free agency — with Iman Shumpert, J.R. Smith and Matthew Dellavedova all in line for new contracts, as well — but the commitments Cavs owner Dan Gilbert already has made in the first few hours of free agency to Love and Thompson send a strong message to James about the franchise’s commitment to winning, since it ensures that the Cavaliers are headed for a massive luxury-tax bill after the upcoming season.
Royce Young: With Kyle Singler re-signed (and Kanter likely to come), it’s likely the Thunder will look to move Perry Jones or Steve Novak (or both).
Brian Robb: Amir Johnson will be the highest-paid player on the Celtics at $12 million, just edging out Gerald Wallace at $10.1 million.
John Canzano: Luke Ridnour on being traded four times: “I’m definitely not buying a jersey every time I’m traded.”: 1 more rumor
John Canzano: Just talked with Luke Ridnour. Said if he doesn’t find NBA situation that is good for family life, “I’ll just hang it up and call it good.” Ridnour has four children under the age of 6. “You miss out on a lot of things,” he said.
July 1, 2015 | 3:53 pm EDT Update
Alex Kennedy: League source says one of the first teams to reach out to Iman Shumpert last night was the Los Angeles Lakers.: 2 more rumors
Alex Kennedy: Sources say that the New York Knicks have reached out to Jeremy Lin. This lines up with my report from Sunday. twitter.com/AlexKennedyNBA…: 2 more rumors
John Reid: Pelicans are in discussions to re-sign starting center Omer Asik, sources say. Robin Lopez doesn’t appear to be an option at this point.