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 25, 2016 | 8:37 am EDT Update
Speaking of the seven years with the Thunder, did you have a sense that Kevin Durant was going to leave? Serge Ibaka: No, not really. And it’s tough for him. It’s tough to make that kind of decision and it’s not easy, but at the end of the day he needs to do what makes him happy. What he thinks makes him happy, makes his family happy, that matters. We have to accept that and from the position of Oklahoma City, from the team, it’s tough if your star leaves like that and I understand that. But, there’s some stuff in life that we can’t control. The fans in Oklahoma City and the team can’t control that and if that makes Kevin Durant happy, then good for him.
Were you personally surprised by his move? Serge Ibaka: Yeah, of course you’re going to be surprised. But, as I say again, if that’s going to make him happy then that’s good. Everyone should be happy, that’s why we play this game. To have fun and if that’s the case for him, then good for him.
Free agent Stephen Jackson was asked on SiriusXM NBA about his relationship with Tony Parker, a former teammate he recently criticized for his performance in the 2012 Spurs-Thunder series. As expected, Jackson didn’t hold anything back. “It wasn’t never a point where we had words verbally, it was just a lot of things that happened on the court where as a player and as a guy who knows and loves the game, I felt like it was done out of being selfish and not for the team,” Jackson said. “You know, not being one of of Pop guys, not being Ginobili, Tim or Tony, it was only so much so you can say that will get respected. I was not the only guy seeing his selfish ways, I’m the only one who had balls to say it.”
Mario Chalmers: My late night thoughts b me wanting to just be on the court again. I miss the game. #rehablife
However, the NBA tweeted out their top 50 blocks of the 2015-16 season recently and not one of Whiteside’s rejections made the cut. When a fan tweeted the Heat center asking how this could possibly be, the chip on Whiteside’s shoulder came to life from its dormant state.