Aldridge said he’d love it if the story was a simple one — Randolph and the team welcomed him with open arms, preparing him for his destined role as the franchise’s prized post player. “I wish I could say that,” Aldridge said. “I want to give you that story so bad. But I’m trying to tell you, they did not believe in me in the beginning. I was a ‘project.'”
June 29, 2015 | 6:45 pm EDT Update
Sources say the Pelicans will make a push to bring Asik back, although he sputtered in their first-round playoff series this past April against the eventual NBA champion Golden State Warriors. But despite his limited offensive skills, Asik ranked fifth in the NBA this season in rebounding percentage at 21.4 and he totaled 54 blocks. The Pelicans also inherited Asik’s bird rights from the Houston Rockets, which means they can go above the salary cap to re-sign him.
Forward Luke Babbitt, shooting guard Jimmer Fredette and point guard Toney Douglas are the Pelicans’ other remaining free agents. Babbitt could draw some interest from the Pelicans, but Fredette and Douglas don’t appear to be in their plans to pursue.
Darren Wolfson: I’m told no QO for Justin Hamilton. So he is now an unrestricted free agent. #twolves
Marc J. Spears: Guard Pierre Jackson, returning from torn Achilles, will play for Sixers’ summer league team, source said, but uncertain if Vegas & Orlando.
Royce Young: Thunder have officially announced their coaching staff: Monty Williams, Mo Cheeks and Anthony Grant are assistants. The Thunder also add Billy Schmidt as “quality control coach.” Mark Bryant and Darko Rajakovic will also remain on staff as assistants.
Arash Markazi: Life Update: I will begin teaching at USC this fall and I’ll be moving from ESPNLA to ESPN to cover more national stories starting in July. I will be living, working and teaching in L.A. but I’ll be covering a lot more than just the teams in L.A. starting next month for ESPN. And for undergraduate & graduate journalism students at USC the class is JOUR 432. I think there’s only one spot left for the fall semester.
June 29, 2015 | 6:28 pm EDT Update
Van Gundy has made it clear he wants Jackson to return and Jackson has stated publicly he expects to be back so the first item on the Pistons agenda seem likely to get done. Van Gundy said Jackson will be the first person he calls when free agency starts. “He’s priority No. 1, even above small forward,” Van Gundy said. “Priority No. 1. Reggie is priority No. 1. There’s nothing more important to our summer than getting that situation resolved.”: 1 more rumor