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According to an NBA source, the Knicks are contemplating offering productive Russian combo guard Alexey Shved their $2.8 million room exception given to under-the-cap teams that have reached the cap benchmark. Shved, appreciative the Knicks gave him a chance after a couple of rocky, unfulfilled seasons with Minnesota, Philadelphia and Houston, would probably accept it.
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Basketball Insiders: How did this deal come together? When did the Lakers start showing interest in you? Louis Williams: “Well, they were one of the first teams to reach out to me once free agency began and they just started to touch base with us. At that point, we weren’t sure what direction we were heading in because we wanted to see if [returning to] Toronto was going to work out. Then, yesterday, the talks got a little bit more serious and it just looked like a good opportunity for me to take. It really only took, like, five minutes to get done once we entered serious talks.”
Basketball Insiders: This is a great opportunity for you, but you’re also leaving a situation in Toronto where you were successful, won Sixth Man of the Year and got name-dropped in Drake songs (laughs). Was it tough to move on from the Raptors and leave that organization? Louis Williams: “Just to speak candidly, it caught me by surprise that we didn’t get something done. I made it clear that I wanted to be there and I thought, with the type of year that I had, the feeling would be mutual. Unfortunately, it wasn’t. I think they wanted to go in a different direction and become more of a defensive-minded team. With the way that the playoffs ended, I think it left a sour taste in management’s mouth and they went out and picked up defensive players. They got DeMarre [Carroll], they got Cory Joseph, they got [Bismack] Biyombo – guys who they feel like can help them on the defensive end. They told me, basically, that I could walk. That was unfortunate, but it’ll work out for both sides. They got a guy who is from Toronto, Canada who will replace me in Cory and now I have an opportunity to continue my career as well, so it worked out for everybody.”
July 6, 2015 | 8:09 pm EDT Update
Martell Webster: I’m incredibly excited to announce the launch of my record label and lifestyle brand, EYRST. We will throw our official launch party July 16th at Holocene Portland and I will be performing my music live for the first time ever, something I have been dreaming about for many years. Also performing will be our starting roster, Myke Bogan, Blossom, Ripley Snell & Neill Von Tally with special guests. If you are in Portland, OR please come celebrate with us! This is bigger than any one of us – part of a larger philosophical and cultural movement among many creatives in Portland, we hope to contribute to the growth of the arts and community. ‪#‎MusicIsMedicine‬
July 6, 2015 | 7:04 pm EDT Update

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