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.
July 27, 2016 | 9:19 am EDT Update
Steve Kyler: Larry (Sanders) is not looking for crazy money, in fact I think he’d play for the minimum, so everyone is possible.
Louisiana hasn’t been asked to chip in money for the 2017 NBA All-Star Game yet. Attracting such events usually requires the state to put up some money, but Gov. John Bel Edwards’ staff said the NBA hasn’t requested any funding at this point.
An NBA player who was called out by his playmate girlfriend on Instagram for allegedly cheating on her, has now become engaged. Utah Jazz center, Jeff Withey, 26, sealed the deal with Kennedy Summers with a massive diamond ring. The basketball player, who earns a million dollars a year shooting hoops, was caught out last month after Kennedy noticed that her boyfriend had bought two tickets for the movies, despite claiming he was going alone.
July 27, 2016 | 7:07 am EDT Update
Westbrook, however, isn’t the only one whose contract will expire after the 2016-17 season. New Thunder guard Victor Oladipo will be a free agent, too, and he’s reportedly seeking the maximum salary, sources told ESPN’s Zach Lowe. Under the projected 2017 salary cap ($102 million), Oladipo’s salary would jump to a little under $24 million in 2017-18 if he were to receive a maximum extension.
The potential playmaking void is one reason the Magic are in no rush to trade Vucevic despite the logjam, league sources say. They might need his post game, and especially his passing. Last season, Vucevic quietly morphed into one of the league’s best passing centers. He assisted on 16 percent of Orlando’s hoops while on the floor, a tidy number for a big man; only five centers racked up more potential assists, per SportVU tracking data.