July 28, 2015 | 2:04 pm EDT Update
Norris Cole continues to receive interest from the 76ers, but it’s unclear whether they will spend enough to pry the restricted free agent from New Orleans. At this point, signing his one-year qualifying offer and playing in Alvin Gentry’s system with the Pelicans remains a viable option, a league source tells SheridanHoops. In addition, Anthony Davis wants Cole back in New Orleans.
The New Orleans Pelicans today announced that the team has signed free agent center Kendrick Perkins. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Perkins, 6-10, 270, appeared in 68 games for Oklahoma City and Cleveland in the 2014-15 season, averaging a combined 3.6 points and 4.7 rebounds in 16.9 minutes per contest.
Charlotte Hornets General Manager Rich Cho announced today that the team has signed free agent guard Elliot Williams. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. The 22nd overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, the 6-5 Williams has played in 104 games for the Trail Blazers, 76ers, Jazz and Pelicans with career averages of 5.1 points and 1.5 rebounds in 13.7 minutes. During the 2014-15 season, he played in 13 total games for Utah and New Orleans, averaging 2.8 points in 9.2 minutes. Williams also signed a 10-day contract with the Hornets on February 4, 2015, but did not see game action before being released on February 10, 2015.
The Denver Nuggets have signed center Nikola Jokić to a multi-year contract, General Manager and Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly announced today. Jokić, 6-10, 250, was selected by the Denver Nuggets with the 41st overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.
Since he is still a teenager, Towns grew up watching Garnett and is thrilled to be learning from the future Hall of Famer. “The biggest thing that I want to really take away from Kevin Garnett, is learn how to be a champion,” Towns said on the Boomer & Carton show. “He has a ring. I want to get a ring also, in my career. Possibly multiple. I want to do that and I want to actually bring that to Minnesota first.”
The world’s tallest, and perhaps most famous, barista is stationed behind a busy coffee counter. His smile and easy-going style welcome customers looking for their Starbucks fix as they fastbreak to work or South County’s beaches. “I love North Kingstown. It reminds me of my hometown, so it’s comfortable,” says the man, who stretches to 6-feet-11. “I like this community. Starbucks draws a lot of repeat customers and so many know me now.”
Like all recovering alcoholics, Baker says every day is both a challenge and a blessing. He now clearly has the perspective of a middle-aged man, not a fresh-faced, 22-year old newly minted millionaire who’s the life of the party. He just wants a chance to keep bouncing back. “For me this could have ended most likely in jail or death. That’s how these stories usually end,” he says. “For me to summon the strength to walk out here and get excited about retail management at Starbucks and try to provide for my family, I feel that’s more heroic than being 6-11 with a fade-away jump shot. I get energy from waking up in the morning and, first of all, not depending on alcohol, and not being embarrassed or ashamed to know I have a family to take care of. The show’s got to go on.”
July 28, 2015 | 12:27 pm EDT Update
The Knicks are searching for a new head coach – the Westchester Knicks, that is. Former Bulls sniper Craig Hodges, a triangle disciple of Phil Jackson who took over as their D-League head coach for fired Kevin Whitted late last season, has been let go, according to sources. He was 0-4 as interim head coach and his contract has not been renewed.
Hodges was a triangle devotee, having played at Long Beach State for original practitioner Tex Winter. The veteran 3-point specialist won two titles as a player under Jackson in Chicago and two titles as a Lakers developmental coach under Jackson. “Tex told me he wanted me to help him get the players to understand the different movement and actions,’’ Hodges told The Post in an April interview. “For me it should be the only way you should teach basketball. Everybody gets an opportunity to touch the basketball and it’s not out of context with the purity of the game.’’
In a special message for Brooklyn fans, Nets Principal Owner Mikhail Prokhorov talks about the current state of the team and what’s to come in the future. Complementing the core of Brook Lopez, Thaddeus Young and Joe Johnson, Prokhorov highlights the shift to a youth-focused team with high levels of athleticism. The one thing that remains constant, Prokhorov reiterates, is that the team is here to win, and the Nets are committed to doing whatever it takes to make that happen.
The Brooklyn Nets will host Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul of the Turkish Basketball League for a preseason game on October 5, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. at Barclays Center, General Manager Billy King announced today. “We are excited to be hosting Fenerbahce, as it will be a reunion for Bojan Bogdanovic with his former team,” said King. “Our fans will have an opportunity to see one of the best coached teams in all of Europe when they come to Brooklyn.”
And one more note: you may remember my promise to get married if we didn’t win a championship within five years. Sadly to say, five years have passed. And today, I am very happy to say that NBA commissioner Adam Silver has agreed to take the plunge in my place. Adam, you are a much better man than me. Thank you very much, and I wish you and your new bride every happiness. And to the Nets fans, have a best rest of the summer, and I will be seeing you soon.
This is the son of the late Manute Bol, 15-year-old Bol Bol, who looks really, really good at basketball. The kid can dribble, he’s got a weird 3-point shot that he can get off because he’s a foot taller than everyone else, and he doesn’t look afraid to go to the hoop.
July 28, 2015 | 10:18 am EDT Update
Batum is an impending unrestricted free agent on a borderline playoff team, diving into an unprecedented cap frenzy in which two-dozen suitors could offer $20 million per season. Batum’s people have already made noise about how much Batum would like to play in Toronto, a city that appeals to his international roots, per several league sources.
Zeller and Kidd-Gilchrist are solid players, but for now, they don’t project to produce at levels at or above expectations for no. 2 and no. 4 picks; Charlotte has been willing to discuss Zeller in trade talks with several teams, sources say.
The Celtics offered four first-round picks for the chance to move up from no. 16 to no. 9: that 16th pick, no. 15 (acquired in a prearranged contingency deal with the Hawks), one unprotected future Brooklyn pick, and a future first-rounder from either the Grizzlies or Timberwolves, per sources familiar with the talks.1
Some members of Charlotte’s front office liked the Boston deal, but Michael Jordan, the team’s owner and ultimate decision-maker, preferred Kaminsky to a pile of first-rounders outside the lottery, per several sources. That’s justifiable, if you think your guy at no. 9 has a chance at stardom. The talent gap between no. 9 and no. 15 is real; ask Boston how it felt to squeeze into the playoffs, get demolished by a Cavs team in chill mode, and watch Justise Winslow fall right where it could have picked had it won three fewer games.
Agents have at times sidestepped Cho to chat directly with Jordan, according to league sources. The team has turned over almost its entire scouting and analytics departments in the past year. (Though the Hornets recently hired Mike Born, a well-regarded Cho ally from Portland, to a key scouting position.) The relationship between Cho and Clifford has been cool since the team dismissed Rod Higgins, a Jordan ally with whom Clifford felt he could talk hoops, per sources familiar with the matter. Cho, Clifford, and Polk all downplayed the idea of a rift, and the two wings of the organization worked well together this summer to upgrade the team’s shooting across all positions — a goal they shared.
July 28, 2015 | 7:32 am EDT Update
Tim Reynolds: Pat Riley and Goran Dragic have collectively decided that he won’t be playing for Slovenia this summer. No surprise, but still newsworthy.