The Hawks are interested in bringing back Joe Johnson. And a reunion is a real possibility. The Hawks are one of several teams with serious interest in signing the seven-time All-Star and Johnson has serious interest in the returning to Atlanta, according to several people familiar with the situation. The Nets bought out Johnson’s contract and waived the guard/forward on Thursday. Another team can claim Johnson and assume his salary. More likely, he will become a free agent when he clears waivers at 5 p.m. on Saturday.
August 30, 2016 | 1:30 pm EDT Update
Adrian Wojnarowski: Denver has traded forward Joffrey Lauvergne to Oklahoma City for two future second-round picks, league sources tell @The Vertical.
Gery Woelfel: After Ra’shad James rejects camp invite and instead chooses to play in Croatia, Bucks will bring in journeyman Xavier Henry.
The class includes three heralded rookies — Joel Embiid, Dario Saric and Ben Simmons — that will suit up for the Philadelphia 76ers. Embiid could have been the No. 1 pick in 2014, Simmons was the No. 1 pick this year, and Saric comes with experience in Europe. But none of the three are the pick for Kia Rookie of the Year, according to their classmates. Instead, it’s No. 5 pick Kris Dunn, who more rookies feel is in position to take home the hardware. He’d be the Minnesota Timberwolves’ third straight Kia Rookie of the Year award winner (following behind Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins) if they’re right.
Reed says he thought fired coach Derek Fisher was initially a “good choice” to lead the team, but Reed also likes new head coach Jeff Hornacek. Even if Hornacek was a pain in Reed’s side when Reed coached at Creighton University and Hornacek was a rival NCAA player on Iowa State. “I like Hornacek. My wife don’t like him, because we used to play him when I was (coaching) at Creighton and he was playing for Johnny Orr (at Iowa State). He used to beat the hell out of us,” says Reed, laughing. “She never liked him. But those were the old days. I liked the way he played the game. I wish him well.”