“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 5, 2015 | 10:59 pm EDT Update
Jackson hadn’t pursued offer sheets on the market this summer, focusing on working out a deal with Detroit. In October, Jackson turned down a four-year, $48 million-plus extension offer with the Oklahoma City Thunder, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Restricted free-agent guard Reggie Jackson has reached agreement on a five-year, $80 million extension with the Detroit Pistons, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Pistons president and coach Stan Van Gundy wanted to fully commit to Jackson as one of the franchise’s cornerstones and will do so with a substantial investment of $16 million per season. There is no player option in the contract, league sources said. Van Gundy and general manger Jeff Bower negotiated the deal with Jackson’s agent, Aaron Mintz of CAA, over the past 48 hours at the Orlando summer league.
July 5, 2015 | 9:56 pm EDT Update
Adrian Wojnarowski: Restricted free agent guard Reggie Jackson has agreed to a five-year, $80M extension with the Detroit Pistons, league sources tell Yahoo.: 3 more rumors
Chris Broussard: Sources: Reggie Jackson just agreed to contract terms with the Detroit Pistons 5 years, $80 million. No options: 3 more rumors
Jon Krawczynski: Bucks spokesman Jake Suski calls a report that Kidd will replace Hammond as GM “unequivocally not true. Owners extremely happy. Our owners are extremely happy with the team we have in place and the tremendous strides we’re making.”
July 5, 2015 | 9:15 pm EDT Update
Los Angeles Lakers have engaged in negotiations with free agent guard Lou Williams and free agent forward Brandon Bass and intend to enter into player contracts with them at the conclusion of the NBA Moratorium Period, it was announced today by General Manger Mitch Kupchak.
As the Lakers work to clear cap space to sign free agents and absorb Hibbert’s contract, Nick Young is a strong candidate to be unloaded, sources told Yahoo Sports. The Lakers are finalizing details to acquire Hibbert, and there remains a possibility Los Angeles could send a player to the Pacers in the agreement, sources said. The Lakers and Pacers had agreed on a future second-round pick as compensation for Hibbert and his $15.5 million 2015-16 salary getting absorbed into Los Angeles’ salary-cap space. The Lakers are exploring trades for Young, Ryan Kelly and Robert Sacre. Sacre and/or Kelly are possibilities to go to Pacers, sources said.: 13 more rumors
McGary says he’s actually lost close to 30 pounds since the end of last season. And the second-year Thunder forward is feeling how much of a difference the dropped weight has made. “I’m still trying to get used to the change,” McGary said before cracking a sly smile. “I didn’t know I could jump this high.” McGary credits the weight loss to cooking classes, a healthier diet and rigorous workouts. By eating better and transforming his body, McGary believes he’ll put himself in a better position to stay healthy and play the best basketball of his life.
July 5, 2015 | 7:31 pm EDT Update
Marc J. Spears: Celtics free agent forward Brandon Bass to sign with the Lakers, a source told Yahoo Sports
Marc J. Spears: While free agent F Brandon Bass has agreed to sign with the Lakers, a source said his deal is work in progress. @Bobby Marks understands.
Adrian Wojnarowski: It is still possible the Lakers could include a player to Indiana in the Roy Hibbert trade, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.: 13 more rumors
Adrian Wojnarowski: Yahoo Sources: As Lakers work to clear cap space to sign free agents and absorb HIbbert, Nick Young is a strong candidate to be unloaded.
David ‘Dubi’ Pick: Former NBA veteran Dominic McGuire leaning toward accepting deal in China, a source said. He’s a do-it-all freak.
July 5, 2015 | 7:15 pm EDT Update
Adrian Wojnarowski: Sources: Dallas engaging Lakers on sign-and-trade options for free agent Jeremy Lin. Mavs low on space to sign him to market-level deal.
Mike Monroe: Per league source, #Spurs have withdrawn qualifying offer to @Cory Joseph making him unrestricted FA
Chris Broussard: With QO withdrawn, newly unrestricted FA Cory Joseph is hot topic. SA didn’t renounce CJ. Some think SA may bring back Pop favorite later
David Pick: Maccabi received a verbal commitment from Gal Mekel to three-season deal, a source said. NBA outs included.
July 5, 2015 | 6:22 pm EDT Update
The Grizzlies have guaranteed backup point guard Beno Udrih’s contract for next season, a source confirmed to The Commercial Appeal.
Aldridge and Lillard are no different. Was Aldridge jealous of Lillard at times, probably so, but teammates consistently told CSNNW.com that there was never any friction between the two, certainly not on Lillard’s behalf. The 24-year-old point guard went out of his way to acknowledge Aldridge as the captain of the Blazers on many occasions.
But it was also discovered that Aldridge was at the point of his career where championships really started to matter, not money. Allen once recalled the disappointment Aldridge felt after Seagoville fell in the Class 4A state tournament before he departed to the University of Texas. Said Allen, “I’ve never seen a player cry as hard as LaMarcus did.”
July 5, 2015 | 5:31 pm EDT Update
Marc Stein: Yes, friends: Mavs’ deal is with Jeremy EVANS. As in former slam-dunk champ. Dallas continues to PURSUE Jeremy Lin but no deal with him yet