Marc J. Spears: The Celtics are getting a lot of interest in guard Marcus Thornton, but teams are concerned about his $8.6 million salary, a source said.
July 7, 2015 | 7:36 pm EDT Update
This one isn’t even done. According to league sources, the sides are still figuring out how best to structure the transaction to take advantage of the “War and Peace” tome that is the NBA collective bargaining agreement. In addition, the Celtics are said to be hard at work on potential corollary moves that will give more sense to all of this, though at present they have no other solid agreements. But right now what you have is David Lee arriving in exchange for Gerald Wallace and another contract (most likely Chris Babb, but possibly Phil Pressey). Taking the bigger picture out of the picture for a moment, this is an absolute steal for the Celts.
Michael Carter-Williams might want to be a little careful about how he phrases his tweets right now. Milwaukee Bucks fans are on edge about the potential of the team relocating elsewhere. Team president Peter Feigin said Monday that the NBA could buy the franchise and relocate it if Wisconsin’s state legislature does not approve public funding for a new arena in Milwaukee. Feigin named Las Vegas and Seattle as the two possibilities of where the Bucks would move. Las Vegas is also home to one of the NBA’s summer leagues, but when Milwaukee fans saw their point guard tweet “Vegas here we come!” on Tuesday it naturally put a scare in them.
July 7, 2015 | 7:10 pm EDT Update
While his brother, Will, is working out the details of a contract to bring him back to the Nuggets, Antonio Barton is working to stand out. Barton, a 6-foot-2 point guard, is playing with the Nuggets summer league team, and, above all else, is grateful for the chance. “It’s exciting,” Barton said. “Being able to play with him on this level, it’s exciting.”
But Nurkic has enough work of his own to do. He’s rehabbing after surgery in May to repair a partially torn left patella tendon and that’s going to cost him a summer in which he hoped to work on his game. Though the timetable is in the four-month range, his return date is unknown. Nurkic does not sound optimistic he’d be ready by training camp. Instead he’s focusing on being 100 percent whenever he does return. “I’m going to be patient,” he said. “Everything is going good. (Trainers and doctors) tell me that everything is good. I feel so good, but I must be patient day-by-day.” On the prospect of being ready for training camp: “It’s not important for now,” Nurkic said. “Let’s think about the next 15 years, not one month before, or one less. I just make sure my career is not (hurt) again with this so I just want to make sure I’m fine. It’s not a big deal. I just want to make sure that when I’m back, I’m 100 percent here.”
July 7, 2015 | 5:58 pm EDT Update
David Aldridge: David Lee’s agent, Mark Bartlestein, says he and his client are happy with the trade to Boston and that Lee does not want to be re-routed elsewhere. Bartlestein: “They really like him. They pursued him for a long time. Bob Myers worked very hard with me to try and get David to a place he wanted to be. Boston is a great basketball town, great history with that franchise. It’s an up and coming team. Everywhere David has been–Golden State, New York and now Boston–there has been a great basketball tradition. Every player wants to go where they can have a huge impact on a team’s success.”
July 7, 2015 | 5:23 pm EDT Update
David Aldridge: Wizards near agreement with Nets free agent swingman Alan Anderson, per source. Anderson will get part of Washington’s mid-level exception, which the Wizards held in hopes of signing David West.
July 7, 2015 | 4:16 pm EDT Update
Klay Thompson: It’s tough to see my big bro D Lee go, Boston gotta great player and true pro. A true vet who looked out for me and all the young guys. I’m not alone in saying this but DubNation is gonna miss u my man! http://instagram.com/p/42Nk_6ixJ-/