So, if I’m really being honest with myself, I want to play basketball, but if I had to sign today or tomorrow, the answer would be “No!!” I look at it like this: I’m not willing to play the role that I’ll be needed for right now, which is to provide veteran leadership, a locker room presence, insurance in case someone gets hurt, etc. In a few months, if the right team that has an identity and a need for what I bring calls me, then maybe. Rosters are full and everybody is trying to figure out what type of team they want to be. I’ve watched training camp practices on NBA TV and I don’t have a desire to go through that right now. I don’t think I need to be on a roster – and go through pre-season – for a team that doesn’t quite need me yet, doesn’t have an identity or know what they are going to be in the future. I have an identity and I know what I bring to a team. I’d rather sit back and enjoy my family and see my kids off to school every morning than sign with a team that has so many unknowns.
October 26, 2016 | 8:52 pm EDT Update
Jeff Goodman: The Chicago Bulls have agreed to deal with former Celtics guard R.J. Hunter, source told ESPN.
Adam Johnson: NBA vet Jannero Pargo has signed an NBADL contract, league source tells D-League Digest. Pargo will play for the Oklahoma City Blue.
Russell Westbrook said after shootaround Wednesday that he didn’t watch Kevin Durant’s debut with the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday. “Nah,” he said when asked whether he had watched any basketball. When asked whether he’d seen any scores from Tuesday, he said the same thing. “Nah.”
Ben Simmons took a spot in the Philadelphia 76ers locker room instead of the starting lineup on opening night. Simmons, the 2016 No. 1 overall draft pick, hoped to return at some point this season from a broken bone in his right foot and said he was never involved in any discussion about sitting out the season. “I’ll come back when I’m ready,” Simmons said. Simmons was expected to become the franchise player for a forlorn Sixers team coming off a 10-72 season. Simmons instead attended the season opener on Wednesday in street clothes and was set to watch the game against Oklahoma City from the locker room. Simmons was injured last month during a training camp scrimmage. The Australian forward played at LSU last season. “As soon as I get out there, I’d love to play,” he said.