“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 3, 2015 | 11:25 am EDT Update
Marc Stein: Concurrent with their pursuit of David West, I’m told Wizards continue to shop Nene but clinging to hope they can trade him into cap space
Jeff McDonald: Hearing Marco Belinelli wants to return to SA. Spurs’ ability to bring him back to be clarified by Aldridge decision.
Giannis Antetokounmpo: My mind should be focused on basketball but it’s not possible for it not to wander back to Greece. Even if you don’t want to think about it, the events won’t let you. I’m young and inexperienced to talk about these kinds of issues. I don’t possess the knowledge to judge and have an opinion. The only thing I’m entitled to share is my feelings. I feel sorrow for Greece and everything the people are going through. I know how hard it is. Honestly, for many years in my life, before I became 18 and got into the draft and the NBA, I felt first hand the stresses of survival. The insecurity, the feeling of not knowing what tomorrow will bring and how you will manage to survive.
Giannis Antetokounmpo: It’s a very difficult situation to manage. I want to wish the people strength, courage, a positive mentality and patience. Personally, I managed to come out stronger from the difficult situations I experienced in my childhood and teenage years, with only one thing as a weapon: my love for my family, the emotional bond that we had between us, the fact that we were all going through it together, by giving strength to one another. When you have people by your side that love you, people you care about, and everyone supports each other, then even the greatest problems, if they cannot be overcome, they can at least be endured. It has been proven many times in history that no matter what Greece went through, Greece never perished. Greece always found a way to get up again and move forward. The same will happen now.
July 3, 2015 | 11:01 am EDT Update
Marc Stein: ESPN sources say Wizards pushing hard to land David West. Would be nice rally to get both Jared Dudley and D-West after losing Paul Pierce: 12 more rumors
Marc Stein: But San Antonio remains firmly in David West hunt. Hearing Golden State now highly unlikely for D-West; looks like SA or DC are his spots
Shams Charania: Oklahoma State’s LeBryan Nash — a top HS recruit — has agreed on a summer league commitment with the Houston Rockets, source tells RealGM.
The newest member of the Toronto Raptors spoke to TSN 1050 to talk about his decision to sign with the team. After signing a four year, $60 million deal, DeMarre Caroll said the team left a great impression. “I had 8 teams call me, and actually the Raptors were the very first team, and they gave me a great impression,” said Carroll. “They came to my house at 10 o’clock and I had four other teams: Detroit, Phoenix and New York. The Raptors were the first team to come in, and they blew me away with there presentation. They blew me away told me about the fan base, they told me about the city, they told me about how my family was going to live there and then last but not least, they told me about the team and I feel I can help this team in a lot of areas.”
July 3, 2015 | 9:53 am EDT Update
Jake Fischer: The Sacramento Kings will begin discussions with free agents Josh Smith and Lou Williams today, according to league sources.
The Heat and free agent guard Lou Williams (the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year) have mutual interest, according to someone with direct knowledge, but this would require a sign-and-trade with Toronto because Williams will command more than the taxpayer’s midlevel.
As the Heat tonight pursues a long shot bid for free agent star forward LaMarcus Aldridge (which would very likely require a sign-and-trade), the Heat has reached out to a few skilled veteran three-point shooters, including Marco Bellinelli and Marcus Thornton, according to a Heat source.
Greg Anthony’s second act in sports broadcasting begins on Saturday. Turner Sports will use Anthony as an NBA TV game analyst for NBA Summer League play in Orlando from July 4-10. His first appearance will be Saturday at 9 a.m. ET for the Heat-Pacers game. Turner Sports would not elaborate on whether this meant Anthony is back in the fold for the longterm, but it is clearly an entrée to getting reps again as an NBA studio or game analyst.
July 3, 2015 | 9:10 am EDT Update
Golden State has explored dealing ex-Knicks power forward David Lee, who wants to play in New York and has one year and $15.5 million left on his pact. According to a source, this scenario has been discussed among the parties. Pacers center Roy Hibbert, who opted in to the last year of his deal ($14 million) and shares an agent with Monroe, reportedly is available as well, and the Knicks have interest.: 9 more rumors
Jorge Sierra: CSKA Moscow would be the top European option for Freeland. Also considering five potential NBA destinations, source says.
Jae Crowder did take a bit of time to see if the grass was greener elsewhere, but he didn’t take long to decide to stick with the capital “G” Green. According to league sources, Dallas and New York were the other main suitors for the 6-foot-7 winger, but after finally finding a team that was willing to play to his strengths, he wasn’t about to leave the Celtics. The restricted free agent’s return was secured with a five-year, $35 million deal.: 4 more rumors
July 3, 2015 | 7:19 am EDT Update
Joel Freeland will return to Europe if he doesn’t agree on an NBA deal by July 10. And Moscow will be his next destination, according to sources.
Jahlil Okafor drew praise from one of his new coaches after his first minicamp workout for summer league play. The 76ers’ new cornerstone on Thursday displayed the characteristics of someone destined to be a fan favorite. “He did excellent today,” said Sixers assistant Billy Lange, who will coach the team’s Utah Jazz Summer League squad. “His energy was great. He looks you in the eye. He’s coachable. He’s engaged with his teammates. He asks the right questions. He’s humble. “And he’s exactly what you would want him to be on the first day.”
Emiliano Carchia: Aleksandar Vezenkov: I will declare for the NBA draft next season but I am not going to Barcelona to stay just one season
July 3, 2015 | 2:42 am EDT Update
Clippers executives touched on a variety of topics during the three-hour meeting, including increased marketing opportunities for a player who has lagged in that department behind teammates Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, star pitchmen for several national brands. Coach Doc Rivers also addressed tensions between Paul and Jordan that have given the center pause about his desire to continue playing for the only NBA team he has known in his seven professional seasons. A person close to Jordan who attended the meeting described the Clippers’ presentation as “tight,” saying “they had their stuff together.”: 45 more rumors
The Clippers’ alternatives if Jordan signs elsewhere do not appear to be enticing. The team has reached out to the representatives of Amare Stoudemire, the veteran power forward-center who would be interested in the Clippers if Jordan departed but not as a backup to Jordan and Griffin, according to one person close to Stoudemire.