Lakers coach Byron Scott reiterated Saturday that Young needs to return with a more balanced game, one that includes passing and defense to supplement his high-volume shooting. With Young averaging 13.4 points per game this season on a career-low 36.6-percent shooting, Scott also threatened to reduce his minutes if the Lakers upgrade their roster this summer. “I’m used to it right now, hearing what Byron has to say,” said Young, who is in the first season of a four-year deal worth $21.5 million “I take it with a grain of salt.”
July 2, 2015 | 10:43 pm EDT Update
Marc Stein: Wes Matthews Update: Sacramento offer to free-agent swingman is actually four-year deal at $16 million annually for total of $64 million: 18 more rumors
David Aldridge: Situation same as last night’s reporting re: Wiz/David West. They’d love to use MLE 4 him, but he’s scanning the post LaMarcus/Jordan field.: 11 more rumors
July 2, 2015 | 10:25 pm EDT Update
Marc Stein: ESPN sources say David West is most likely to wind up with one of two teams after leaving Indiana: San Antonio or Washington: 11 more rumors
The Heat and free agent guard Lou Williams (the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year) have mutual interest, according to someone with direct knowledge, but this would require a sign-and-trade with Toronto because Williams will command more than the taxpayer’s midlevel.: 3 more rumors
As the Heat tonight pursues a long shot bid for free agent star forward LaMarcus Aldridge (which would very likely require a sign-and-trade), the Heat has reached out to a few skilled veteran three-point shooters, including Marco Bellinelli and Marcus Thornton, according to a Heat source. Other teams also are interested in Williams, who averaged 15.5 points last season, and I have no indication of any ongoing sign-and-trade discussions on this front.: 6 more rumors
Marc J. Spears: Lavoy Allen landed a three-year deal paying around $12 million from the Pacers, a source said.: 1 more rumor
Eli: Beverly? Chris Herring: I’m hearing that’s unlikely at this point, too. twitter.com/ebvine4/status…: 7 more rumors
July 2, 2015 | 10:02 pm EDT Update
Bill Ingram: A front office source was told no point in meeting with Aldridge…he’s sold on the Spurs… awesome fit if he lands @San Antonio Spurs: 76 more rumors
The Knicks also met with DeAndre Jordan on Thursday morning. Prior to the meeting, New York was considered a long shot to sign Jordan, a source said. Jordan left the meeting undecided about his future but he came away with a good impression of the Knicks, said a person familiar with the meeting. But New York is still believed to be low on Jordan’s list of potential destinations.: 38 more rumors
Adrian Wojnarowski: Yahoo Sources: Clippers meeting with free agent DeAndre Jordan includes Doc Rivers, Steve Ballmer and Gillian Zucker. No players.
Alex Kennedy: As I said earlier, this is expected to be Jordan’s final meeting and then he’ll make a decision relatively quickly.: 38 more rumors
New York met with Robin Lopez on Wednesday night in Los Angeles and one source said after the meeting that there was mutual interest between the Knicks and the free-agent big man.: 8 more rumors
One other big man on the Knicks’ radar is Golden State’s David Lee. Sources say the Knicks have discussed internally the possibility of trading for Lee, who was drafted by New York in 2005 and played his first five seasons there. Lee, 32, is due to make $15.5 million next season and is looking for a new home. The Knicks have approximately $19 million in cap space and can absorb Lee’s contract in a trade. Lee’s deal would come off the books in 2016 and the expiring contract would give the Knicks an extra $15 million in cap space to spend in the summer of 2016, when the cap is expected to increase by $22 million.: 8 more rumors
July 2, 2015 | 9:36 pm EDT Update
Marc Stein: ESPN sources say that the Sacramento Kings have offered Wes Matthews a three-year deal in the $45 million range. But ESPN sources say Dallas is Wes Matthews’ preferred destination — over both Kings and Raptors — and that Mavs are favorites to land him: 18 more rumors
July 2, 2015 | 9:28 pm EDT Update
First, it was a tweet. Now, Damian Lillard is taking a trip Los Angeles hoping to meet with free agent LaMarcus Aldridge and try to recruit the All-Star power forward to re-sign with the Trail Blazers. Lillard is hoping he’ll get an opportunity to meet with Aldridge, but has yet to set up a face to face sitdown Lillard’s agent Aaron Goodwin told The Oregonian/OregonLive. Aldridge, who lives in Los Angeles during the offseason, has met with the Los Angeles Lakers (twice), Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs, Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks, and Toronto Raptors since free agency opened on Tuesday.
Lillard on Thursday agreed to a five-year contract worth over $120 million to stay with the Blazers before hopping on a plane bound for Southern California. Lillard’s personal recruiting trip is not insignificant as Aldridge’s jealousy of Lillard’s marketing prowess as the face of franchise has created some undeniable friction. But Lillard and Aldridge remain cordial and the face to face meeting should allow Lillard to clear the air of any remaining doubts Aldridge harbors about a return to the Blazers with Lillard.
Brad Turner: Heard meeting DeAndre Jordan had with Knicks “went really well.” NY let DJ know why playing there could be great for his “growth.” Sources: 38 more rumors