Hidayet Turkoglu: “I have not decided yet what to do when the contract with the Clippers expires. I will play again in the NBA? I will return to Turkey? I will play again basketball? I don’t know. I’ll decide about my career in August. If I return to Turkey I’ll play just for Fenerbahce” Turkoglu said (via Ajansbasketbol).
October 13, 2015 | 4:15 pm EDT Update
With almost the entire young roster back again this season, the confidence of winning a championship and upgrades to the bench, the Warriors see plenty of room for improvement. “That second year of that new offense is when things start to really click,” Curry said. “(Kerr) always was telling us that second, third year is when you really take off. So if we did what we did last year and we’re still learning about the system and how we’re going to go out and play it, I like our chances going into this year, too.”
Gordon gives the Warriors a needed shooter off the bench as a former 20-point-a-game scorer who has shot better than 40 percent from 3-point range in his career. “One of the things I heard a lot of guys say is they want to get better than they were last year,” Gordon said. “With most of the team here, the chemistry is already there. And the style of play is just a lot of ball movement. The longer guys are together, the easier the reads are going to be. I think they’ll definitely be able to do that.”
Now, despite Rose shooting a few free throws on Tuesday, the Bulls said Rose “most likely” will miss all eight exhibition games and placed his participation for the Oct. 27 regular-season opener against the Cavaliers in jeopardy.
“They still want him to be a little bit careful just with the swelling, make sure that his vision is back to where it’s supposed to be, to where it was before he got hit, before they want him to get anything going on with his blood pressure spiking is how I understand it,” coach Fred Hoiberg said following Tuesday’s practice. “So he’s probably at least a week away from that happening to where he’s able to get out and work up a sweat, and then hopefully it’s full go from there to where we can get him out into some contact drills, get him back out there running our offense, and hopefully get him ready to play. So I think it’s still yet to be determined if we’re going to have him for the opener. But the good news is he’s progressing, he’s getting better. His vision is getting better, and hopefully we’ll get him back soon.”
October 13, 2015 | 3:43 pm EDT Update
October 13, 2015 | 3:19 pm EDT Update
“Towards the end of my career, it’s just (about) having options and being able to make decisions based on everything but the fact that I need, need, need money and have to scrape every last dollar out of the NBA. I see guys all the time make decisions based on the money, especially toward the end, just hanging on and trying to make up for mistakes they made earlier. But we’re not in that situation,” said West, who has a son and a daughter with his wife, Lesley, and is known as one of the more charitable players in today’s game. “I’m beyond that at this point in my professional and personal life.
“My whole career, I’ve been very strategic about what I’ve done with my money and how we’ve invested,” West said. “The future is very bright, so when it came down to this basketball decision, I was saying, ‘Well, it’s not about money at this point, it’s about finding … a good basketball environment where I might learn and ultimately compete at the very top. These guys (the Spurs) are there every year. The organization, there’s like a mythological lure about them and the way people talk about them.”
“I’ve been a Spurs fan my whole life, and having an opportunity and wanting to learn from (Tim) Duncan and Manu (Ginobili) and Tony (Parker) and obviously Coach (Gregg) Popovich and all his knowledge, I just felt like it was a good environment, and it was the best environment.”
Mike McGraw: Rose probably a week away from running. Hoiberg says. Not sure if he’ll be ready for opener. #Bulls
The Minnesota Timberwolves have firmed up a timeline for the long-planned renovation of Target Center. The team said Tuesday that the project will begin in the summer of 2016 and be completed in time for the NBA season starting in 2017. It has a budget of $129 million and plans to redo the exterior of the 25-year-old building. It will also add new locker rooms and suites, upgrade the bathrooms and bring a new scoreboard. The Timberwolves will play in the building through the renovation. But the WNBA’s Lynx will have to move out of the building for the 2017 season while renovations are completed. It is not yet known where the Lynx will play. The Wolves also announced an extension of the naming rights deal with Target.
October 13, 2015 | 2:25 pm EDT Update
Jody Genessy: Jazz have waived J.J. O’Brien and Jack Cooley.
Having already acknowledged he has a good feel for the combinations that he likes to see on the floor, it appears Boston’s first four bigs will be starters David Lee and Tyler Zeller, with Amir Johnson and Kelly Olynyk off the bench. That leaves Jonas Jerebko and Jared Sullinger, potentially on the outside looking in as far as the regular rotation is concerned.
Sam Amick: Tidbit from agent ranks: Blazers big man Ed Davis is now represented by Paolo Zamorano of IT Sports Management. Was previously w/ Relativity
Tim Bontemps: Bojan Bogdanovic said he sat out the last week because of the lingering effects of an ankle sprain he suffered w/ Croatia before Eurobasket. Bogdanovic said he still isn’t 100 percent, but he’s good enough to practice and play with his teammates. Said he didn’t want to fall behind