Contrary to reports, Jeanie Buss says the money from the Time Warner deal is set, guaranteed regardless of ratings. The stakes, and consequences, however, are still high. “The team is obviously not doing as well this year — injuries and whatnot. Knock on wood, so far the effect [on business] hasn’t been horrible,” says Lakers COO/senior VP of business operations Tim Harris. “You look at the key indicators: OK, how are the ratings? The ratings are a little down.12 They are down relative to the Lakers, but they are still strong relative to an NBA team. Sponsorship interest is up. That’s good. The big indicator is tickets, and so far we are holding our own. Yeah, there are some soft nights every now and again, but by and large the interest is maintained. Now, if the team stays exactly where they are now, and you and I are having this conversation in another year, am I gonna say the same thing? I don’t know.”
July 3, 2015 | 7:49 pm EDT Update
Adrian Wojnarowski: Spurs and Suns have solidified themselves as frontrunners in pursuit of free agent LaMarcus Aldridge, league sources tell Yahoo.
Once the free-agent dust settles, the Pacers will engage teams in trade scenarios for Roy Hibbert, league sources said. They’re looking for teams with room who can absorb Hibbert’s $15.5 million salary.
Gary Washburn: League sources say #Magic fully intend to match any offer sheet for Tobias Harris, meaning interested teams such as #celtics unlikely to bid
Ken Berger: The Mavs are close to a deal to bring back point guard J.J. Barea, league source tells @CBSSports. Need PG, same agent as DeAndre Jordan.
Melissa Rohlin: Blake Griffin visits Dodgers same day DeAndre Jordan says he’s leaving latimes.com/sports/clipper…
Becky Hammon is about to become the first woman to serve as the head coach of an NBA summer league team. San Antonio announced Friday that Hammon will lead the Spurs during summer league play in Las Vegas. She is entering her second season as an assistant coach for the Spurs.
July 3, 2015 | 7:35 pm EDT Update
Sam Amick: Update on the Rajon Rondo to Sac deal: being told its $9.5 million. They get their guy.: 15 more rumors
Marc J. Spears: Kings F Rudy Gay played an instrumental role in convincing his close friend Rajon Rondo to come to Sacramento, a source told Yahoo Sports.: 15 more rumors
Derek Bodner: For those paranoid about the Kings rescinding trade, can’t pay both Belinelli and Rondo without it. twitter.com/SpearsNBAYahoo…
Jordan McRae was asked Friday where he expects to play in the fall. The swingman knows the 76ers could stash him overseas for the second consecutive season. They could also put him on their 15-man NBA roster. “I would say I would be here,” McRae said after the Sixers’ morning minicamp session for the summer league. “Me just being here with the guys in the summer, and the relationships with the coaches and players and stuff, I think it will help me out a lot.”
July 3, 2015 | 7:08 pm EDT Update
Marc J. Spears: Rajon Rondo to sign one-year, $10 million deal with Kings, source told Yahoo: 15 more rumors
Marc Stein: ESPN sources say Kings and Rajon Rondo have a one-year deal at $9.5 million. @SpearsNBAYahoo first reported agreement
Adrian Wojnarowski: Patrick Beverley has agreed to a four-year, $25M deal to return to Houston, agent Kevin Bradbury tells Yahoo Sports.: 9 more rumors
Adrian Wojnarowski: Rockets still keep flexibility in LaMarcus Aldridge pursuit, via S-and-T scenarios. Houston hopes Brewer deal strengthens case w/ Aldridge.
Marc Stein: Sources say Kings/Brewer talks actually broke off BEFORE serious offer stage. Brewer then re-engaged w/Rockets, where he wanted to be along
Ian Begley: One player who remains on #Knicks’ radar: K.J. McDaniels. Just my opinion, but McDaniels, 22, seems a better option than Derrick Williams.