If Chalmers somehow makes it to training camp with the Heat, he would be the obvious choice to back up Dragic. But Miami appears intent on trying to purge the final year of his contract; his $4.3 million salary could result in a tax bill three times that amount, depending on the Heat’s final payroll number. The Heat has time to move Chalmers, because a team’s tax bill is based on the roster on the final day of the regular season, an NBA spokesman said. But Miami appears interested in moving as soon as it can find a suitable deal, according to a league official who has spoken to the Heat.
October 9, 2015 | 3:36 pm EDT Update
New Orleans general manager Dell Demps signed 6-foot-10 power forward Greg Smith to a non-guaranteed deal on Friday afternoon, sources confirmed to The Advocate.
“The Spurs know I want to play until I’m 38,” Parker told Yahoo Sports in a recent phone interview. “That will be 20 seasons for me. That’s my goal. This year is No. 15. And if I’m lucky enough and I’m healthy, hopefully I can play 20 seasons and then I’ll be ready to retire.”
Duncan, 39, and Ginobili, 38, are expected to retire several seasons before Parker. Without them, Parker still expects the Spurs to have a talented roster with Aldridge, Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard by his side. “It’s very rare for any player in any sport – soccer, football, baseball – to play their whole career with the same team,” Parker said. “So it would definitely mean a lot to me to do like [former Spurs Hall of Fame center] David Robinson and Timmy and Manu. It would be great to be a part of the history of being with the same team. “My time will come soon. But I definitely want to enjoy my last years in the NBA.”
At 33, Wade is embracing the role of professor with Winslow as his student. “As his career develops, hopefully he’s able to do multiple things on the floor, but right now there’s gonna be certain things (Erik Spoelstra) wants him to do, and some of those things I’m good at,” Wade said. “I’m just passing down knowledge to someone who I think could be good at things that I have strengths at. It’s gonna take a while, but if he figures it out at 21, he’s ahead of the curve. I figured it out at like 27.
Matthews, who once played in 250 consecutive games before being forced to sit with a hip injury, takes his Iron Man nickname seriously. His emphasis now is on moving forward and not suffering any setbacks. “He and I had that conversation the other day,” Smith said, referring to Matthews’s return to live game action. “It’s not going to be a situation where I watch him and say, ‘OK, you look great, you’re ready to go.’ He’s got to feel it and be comfortable with it.” When that time comes, Matthews will be back on the court, confident as always. “My body of work speaks for itself,” Matthews said. “If people put my numbers next to other people at my position who they deem are the top, and you just showed the numbers, I’m sure people would be surprised to see it’s my name and not someone else’s. I don’t have anything to prove. I’m just excited to go out there and show.”
That gritty confidence was instilled by Moore. “Making sure he was just tough,” she said. “I think it really was around sports and you just carried it over: ‘You save the tears for home. You never let them see you cry.’ I think that stemmed from me trying to overcompensate for a man not being in the house.” As a single parent, Moore wanted to ensure that her son would never look back on his life and ask what if. “Maybe I was too hard at times,” she said. “I don’t see too many negative repercussions with Wesley, only that sometimes it does scare me that he thinks he needs to be perfect. … He has this idea in himself that he is Iron Man. I have to remind him: ‘Wesley, that’s a fictional character.’”
JW: You talked about rumors earlier, I’ve heard this stuff with Mark Jackson and me. Mark Jackson is a friend of mine. I’ve known him a long time, OK. And Mark will grow from being here as a coach. He will get an opportunity somewhere else. He’ll probably be a better coach going forward.
JW: Coaches who have been players in the league, they get so attuned to playing how they were successful, and who their coaches were. Mark was a real pick-and-roll guy and very, very good at it. Steve played for two championship coaches, and I think the coach obviously he has replicated is [Gregg] Popovich. He liked his style of play, even if he had great success in Chicago. Moving the ball, moving your body, all the little things you do to get defenses to make mistakes and to try to be able to counter. I think that’s been his philosophy offensively.
What’s your role these days? JW: If there’s things that I see that I think are pertinent to how Steve wants to play, more importantly to how he wants to try to build this team to be better, I give him my opinions about players. I talk about how the way we play can dictate a lot about the players we bring in here. Obviously we like versatile players, and we have a lot of them, and I think we have almost a perfect age for our team. How do we get better? I think by finding the kind of players who will fit within the system he’s going to do and someone who’s the same size. We can defensively cover a lot of ground with bigger people and not get hurt. A bunch of smaller guys switching, you can get hurt that way.
JW: For me, I’m just ultracompetitive. I will be till they put me in the grave. That’s what drives me. Joe and I had a couple of great conversations. I felt he sincerely wanted me, that he’d allow me to be a voice within our franchise, but only a voice and an honest voice. And the only thing I care about is winning. That’s all.
The Memphis Grizzlies’ NBA Development League affiliate, the Iowa Energy, will hold their annual open player tryouts this Saturday, Oct. 10 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Hyde Gym on the Memphis University School campus (6191 Park Ave., Memphis, TN 38119). Doors will open for registration at 9 a.m.
Jordan is seen here wearing the Air Jordan XX9 Low in what appears to be the same colorway that he was spotted in at camp this summer. There’s still no sign of a retail release for the Air Jordan XX9 Low, but the XX8 before it came and went without a Low, so it’s possible these won’t ever be available to people outside of the Jordan Brand family. The photos here come from Jordan’s appearance at an event announcing the partnership of WINGS, his community action program, with Youth Outreach, a Hong Kong-based center for at-risk youth.
October 9, 2015 | 1:15 pm EDT Update
Kevin Love is eager to get back on the floor — perhaps even in time for the Cavaliers’ opener on Oct. 27. About six months after a shoulder dislocation ended his playoff run in the first round last season, Love feels optimistic about the start of this one. “I feel pretty good,” Love told Sporting News. “As far as the opener goes, I am not completely sure. I’ll probably get with the doctors and see what they have to say. I know that my six-month post-op is coming up here pretty fast. As far as getting the strength back, getting the range of motion, I feel pretty good, so I am looking forward to getting into some more contact, getting into a rhythm and getting out there as quickly as I can.”
“(Six months is) just a ballpark figure that has generally been thrown out there by anybody who has talked about the rehab process for this kind of an injury,” Love said. “I like to think that I am ahead of the game, but there’s different tests and the due diligence that the doctor will go through and the training staff will go through. So all I can do is go out there every day and attack my rehab and hopefully I will be able to go out there and help these guys as soon as possible.”
Boston Celtics center Tyler Zeller has said he would like to sign a contract extension this month, but knows he should be in good shape even if he doesn’t. “No stress,” Zeller told HoopsHype on Thursday. “I got one more year in my contract. I know I’m going to be here anyway. It’s not like the situation Tristan Thompson is going through in Cleveland. I’m just going to go out and play my game. It’s great if I get (a contract extension) and it’s great if I don’t. Next summer I’m going to be a restricted free agent and it’s kind of an open market and we’ll see what happens.”
That moment will happen when the Lakers host the Raptors Nov. 20. Still, Williams stressed he does not hold a grudge against Toronto for allowing him to sign with the Lakers to a three-year, $21 million deal despite posting a career-high 15.5 points per game last season and winning the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award. “I don’t think about it now,” said Williams, who is close with Raptors guard Kyle Lowry. “I’m over it. They’re over it. Everybody has moved on.”
Williams acknowledged it was “weird” how the situation turned out. But there were practical reasons for the breakup from both sides. “They were in a position where they were trying to get better at every position,” Williams said. “I was looking to make a decision faster than they were prepared to do so. We had a deal on the table, and they weren’t ready to make a decision. So I told them to go ahead.”
“There’s definitely more pressure now,” he told The Post after Tuesday’s practice. “You need to show people that you’re worth that money. I know I have my spot, but you need to prove to everybody that you deserve it. “There’s pressure, and you need to deal with it. I can do that.”
LeBron James appeared in a GQ video, and as one of the hosts discussed his leather jacket, LeBron noted he should’ve ridden his motorcycle to the set. It seemed the Cavaliers star might have been joking, but a few seconds later, he explicitly said he owned a different, three-wheel motorcycle. Asked what the team thinks of his riding, LeBron said: Oh, man. They’re like, “What are you doing?” I’m like, “What you think I’m doing? I’m getting a breath of fresh air. You know? I’ve got one life with this, man. So, that’s what I’m doing.”
October 9, 2015 | 12:01 pm EDT Update
Sefolosha wiped away tears of relief as he listened to the verdict, which the jury of three men and three women reached after less than an hour of deliberations. Prosecutors had charged Sefolosha with three misdemeanor counts, alleging that he disobeyed orders to move away from a crime scene and then resisted arrest.
As Demps tells it, the Pelicans will return the same core of players based in part on their own recommendation. “We felt our group played with a sense of desperation in the latter part of last season,” Demps said. “And at the end of the year, in talking to the players, we felt—and they expressed to us orally—that they enjoyed playing with each other and wanted to continue that. We listened.”
Now he wants to get back to playing basketball with the Hawks. Sefolosha hasn’t fully recovered from the injuries apparently suffered when a police officer kicked his right leg. He has been cleared for all basketball activities and has participated in training camp before leaving this week for the trial. He hopes to be ready when the Hawks season opens later this month. “I hope I still have a long career,” he said.
The reminders are constant. They also reinforce the stylistic compromise that Gentry and his staff have made in ramping up the tempo and relinquishing micromanagerial authority. “People can talk about wanting to go fast,” Pelicans assistant Phil Weber said. “At the end of the day, many coaches—I don’t want to label all coaches, but many coaches—invariably want to control. “[Gentry] is a special type of a coach.”