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.
August 4, 2015 | 6:46 pm EDT Update
Jody Genessy: Initial concern is that Dante Exum might have suffered a torn ACL in his left knee, per a source. Jazz will know more when he’s evaluated.
Basketball Australia will hold a press conference on Friday at 1030am when the Boomers return. Further details will be about the press conference will be provided later today. The entire Basketball Australia family wishes Dante Exum well on his return to Utah and hopes for positive news on his injury.
Nike is unsure if it’s gonna just do it with James Harden — TMZ Sports has learned the Swoosh isn’t jumping to top his $200 million Adidas offer. We spoke with some Nike honchos who told us they held a war room style gathering in the wake of Adidas trying to nab last year’s MVP runner-up, and former Nike client. We’re told they were unable to reach any consensus about a counter offer amount, or if they even want to make a counter.
His “massive” closet turned out to be too small to contain his collection of more than 150 pairs of shoes. In a new video interview with Slam Magazine, the NBA player says his solution is to build a mini-house behind his regular house to act as “a little showroom” for his footwear.
August 4, 2015 | 5:58 pm EDT Update
The L.A. Clippers announced today the team has signed guard Pablo Prigioni Prigioni, 38, joins the Clippers after playing in a total of 67 regular season games (three starts) last season with the Houston Rockets (24 games) and the New York Knicks (43 games), averaging 4.1 points, 1.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 17.9 minutes.
August 4, 2015 | 4:29 pm EDT Update
David ‘Dubi’ Pick: Rakim Sanders – MVP of the Italian finals – has undergone wrist surgery, forced to postpone NBA interest. Rakim Sanders was killing the Italian finals with a broken wrist. He averaged 18 & 6 after getting hurt. Targets mid-season comeback. http://bit.ly/1Drddc3
August 4, 2015 | 3:18 pm EDT Update
“He was saying they were trying to do something about it,” Gallinari said Tuesday in a phone interview. “And then after that my agent called and we started talking more about what the extension was about.” Less than a month later, a deal was struck and the contract — three years, $45 million — was signed.
The Nuggets knew they wanted Gallinari, and Gallinari knew he wanted to stay in Denver. “I was very fast in saying yes to this extension,” Gallinari said. “I’m very happy to stay in Denver. This extension came because of the people in Denver, the fact that I’ve been in Denver for awhile now and the fact that I love the city.”
Mike Trudell: How did you come upon the decision to step down from the job you’ll have held for 32 years after this season? Gaty Vitti: The plan was always to get to 62 (years old), so that I could begin to collect my NBA pension. You can start collecting at 59-and-a-half, but you get a bump if you stick it out. I had to stick it out, but I could have gone longer if I wanted to. That said, 32 years in this position is enough. I’ve spoken to my children quite a bit about it, and I’ve spoken to my wife. I kind of looked at my life as being divided into thirds. I took this job when I was 30 years old, or a third of my life until I began with the Lakers. It will be 32 years that I will have worked here, so that’s another third. My parents are 94, so theoretically I may live for another 30 years. So that’s a third, a third and a third. Two-thirds are behind me, and I’m looking to the third ahead of me to enjoy the fruits of my labor and the experiences and the memories and the relationships that I’ve had through the first 62 years of my life.
Mike Trudell: What’s the plan for you after this season? Gary Vitti: I have a three-year contract: one more year as the head guy, and I have all the intentions of fulfilling that contract, just like I have the last 31 years of being the head guy; not with one foot out the door, but with both feet in the door. And then the year after I think the title is something like “Athletic Trainer in Residence/Special Consultant to the General Manager.” I’ll have a business card probably the size of your computer screen. I think it would be helping transition the new person into that head trainer position. Still working with the players, coaches and the new staff. I look forward to that as more of a mentorship position. Just like the term represents itself: a consultant.
LaMarcus Aldridge signed a 4-year, $84 million contract with the San Antonio Spurs last month. The 30-year old power forward is from Dallas and just built a new house in Houston. Unfortunately, his new house is not big enough to house his massive sneaker collection. So, like any rich sneaker head, he’s building a smaller house behind his main house where his sneaker collection will live.
August 4, 2015 | 12:00 pm EDT Update
Kobe Bryant says this absolutely could be his last NBA season, but the Los Angeles Lakers’ superstar says he has not made a final decision. Bryant, 36, told Yahoo Sports in a phone interview on Tuesday during a business trip to China that he won’t decide whether he will retire until after the upcoming NBA season.
Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak has hinted that next season can be your last. Could it be? Kobe: “We haven’t set anything in stone and I’ve talked about it before. But could this be the last [season]? Absolutely. It’s tough to decide. It’s really tough to make those types of decisions. Players I have spoken to say, ‘Kobe you will know.’ “I’m making this very simple. Either I like playing the game and going through this process or I don’t. I try to strip it down to the simplest form. Either I like playing some more or I don’t. But I think that decision needs to be made after the season. It’s hard to make a decision like that before the season.”
What do you think about the state of the Lakers right now? Kobe: “They have really set themselves up for a promising future going on years. I think they drafted very well. The free agents that we picked are extremely solid, [Roy] Hibbert, [Brandon] Bass, Lou [Williams]. We have a very good mix of young and veteran leadership. The challenge is going to be blending the two and cutting down the learning curve.