“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 7, 2015 | 3:25 pm EDT Update
July 7, 2015 | 2:53 pm EDT Update
Marc Stein: ESPN sources say that the Boston Celtics have agreed to trade for David Lee
July 7, 2015 | 2:24 pm EDT Update
There might not be a more fascinating long-term situation in the league. In the meantime, bringing Wade back on a one-year, $20 million deal puts the Heat about $13 million over the projected tax line, and Miami wants no part of the harsh repeater penalties that would come with paying the tax for a fourth time in five seasons. Mario Chalmers and Chris Andersen are available for nothing, per several league sources, and the Heat have even put out Shabazz Napier feelers with an eye on carving out extra cap room next summer.
July 7, 2015 | 2:07 pm EDT Update
Tim MacMahon: I’m told Mavs have agreed to a deal with Charlie Villanueva to bring him back for the veteran’s minimum.
Good news Dallas fans! I’m ecstatic to announce that I will be returning back to a Mavericks uniform this upcoming season. My agent, Jeff Schwartz, just called me like literally 2 hours ago. We’ve been going back and forth on calls…he’s been making calls to negotiate the best scenario for me. We were all waiting for a few more dominos to fall before I sign anything. I know Dallas was always in the mix and I really wanted it to work out, which I’m thankful it sure did. We’ve come to terms and I’m returning back to Dallas. It’s only right. Since Day 1 the organization has welcomed me and my family with open arms. I felt an immediate brotherhood with my teammates. I have nothing but respect for Mark Cuban and Donnie Nelson. Those guys operate a first-class organization. They’ve been straight up with me and that’s something that I value a lot…communication. And Coach Carlisle, what can I say about a man that wants to see the best in me and most importantly that BELIEVES in me. I thank you Coach. I don’t see myself anywhere else. I love Dallas and I’m coming back.
Chris Broussard: Pelicans join Clippers, Mavs and Raptors as teams showing interest in Carlos Boozer, sources say
The Trey Lyles contract drama is about to come to an end. Lyles is expected to sign his rookie contract with the Utah Jazz this afternoon, pending results of a scheduled routine physical with team physicians at the University of Utah Health Care, the Deseret News has been informed. It’s uncertain when Lyles will first play for the Jazz, but it’s most likely it won’t happen until at least Thursday. Utah, which beat Boston Monday, plays San Antonio tonight at 7 at EnergySolutions Arena.