July 4, 2015 | 4:31 pm EDT Update
CJ Watson: Had a great 2 years in Indy thanks to all the fans for the support. Meet so many good ppl there and made life long friends in teammates. Ready and excited for the next chapter in Orlando can’t wait to get started with the young bucks lol they will keep me youthful I’m sure lol. Blessed!!! God is good still lots of work to do tho but words can’t describe how happy I am.
Eric Moreland: It’s officially been 6 months since surgery! I’m all healthy and ready for that action! How fun is that going to be with me WCS lurking
July 4, 2015 | 3:44 pm EDT Update
The Indiana Pacers have engaged the Dallas Mavericks in discussions about a three-way sign-and-trade agreement that would potentially bring former All-Star center Roy Hibbert to the Clippers, a league executive told The Times on Saturday, though the Mavericks’ motivation to complete such a deal seemed doubtful.: 7 more rumors
Indiana is seeking to trade Hibbert after failing to get him to decline his player option for $15.5 million for next season by publicly implying in April he might be benched if he returned. The Pacers are expected to engage other teams for Hibbert’s services if the sign-and-trade agreement with the Mavericks and Clippers falls through.
Alex Kennedy: KD was asked if seeing stars get attention this week has made him think about free agency. He said no, he’s just excited about OKC’s team. Kevin Durant made it clear that all he’s focused on is basketball and OKC. Not thinking about free agency and seems sick of the questions.
July 4, 2015 | 3:26 pm EDT Update
Ramona Shelburne: In addition to making a push on David West, heard Spurs have expressed an interest in Carlos Boozer as they fill out their bench: 3 more rumors
Brian Windhorst: Cavs indeed have interest in David West. But LeBron James has no plans to communicate with anyone while still a free agent, sources said.: 19 more rumors
Vincent Goodwill: Sources: OKC offering RFA Enes Kanter a deal starting at 15.5 per and will match any offer sheet: 4 more rumors
Free-agent center JaVale McGee is a serious consideration for the Los Angeles Clippers, and plans to have a telephone conversation with president and coach Doc Rivers on Saturday, league sources told Yahoo Sports. The Clippers, who lost center DeAndre Jordan to the Dallas Mavericks in free agency, are taking a strong look at McGee, league sources told Yahoo Sports. The Clippers have roughly $2.2 million in exception space left to pay a player beyond the league’s minimum salary slot of $1.4 million.
The Dallas Mavericks are firmly in the mix to sign free-agent point guard Jeremy Lin, according to league sources. Dallas has limited funds to offer, but sources told ESPN.com that Lin is giving the Mavericks strong consideration even though he can likely make more money elsewhere. Lin’s relationship with Mavericks forward Chandler Parsons from their days as teammates in Houston, sources said, has kept Dallas in the race despite its lack of financial flexibility. Parsons, of course, had a huge hand in the recruiting of DeAndre Jordan to the Mavericks in the richest free-agent score in team history.: 3 more rumors
The Mavericks are close to striking a deal to re-sign veteran guard J.J. Barea and still have Raymond Felton on the books, but Lin has emerged as Dallas’ top free-agent priority at this point after the team landed Jordan and Matthews. One possibility, sources said, is that the Mavericks could waive-and-stretch Felton’s contract if they get a commitment from Lin to create a salary slot of $2.6 million.
July 4, 2015 | 2:39 pm EDT Update
Mark Medina: I’m told there’s some “active conversations” regarding Jeremy Lin’s free agency options. Likely something will finalize early next week
Mark Medina: I’m also hearing Wayne Ellington could get a deal finalized in next few days too, not sure where yet.
After his final game, I stood beside Aldridge in the visiting locker room in Memphis. the media scrum broke. The cameras were gone. He was holding three cellular telephones he carries, two of them he told me don’t even work. They just hold music he likes. There was just a somber feeling about the whole thing, as if this was some kind of ending. He’d rented that house owned by Damon Stoudamire in West Linn all season. He gave notice to his landlord the following day. Neighbors say Aldridge moved out within 72 hours of that loss, and his belongings were shipped to Texas.
I wrote a column two seasons ago about Portland potentially alienating Aldridge by going too far with the Lillard-palooza. Aldridge reached and out told me how much he liked the column. The Blazers decided prior to last season that they’d spend Aldridge’s final season under contract celebrating his milestones, pitching him as the all-time Mr. Trail Blazer.
To their credit, Aldridge and Lillard worked well enough together on the court. They’re both too intelligent and socially aware to take their philosophical differences public. But they were co-workers, and not great friends. Those deeply entrenched in both camps told me on multiple occasions, basketball aside, that the two men were not huge fans of each other. Which only makes Lillard’s inability to get a face-to-face sit-down with Aldridge in that 11th hour trip to Los Angeles less shocking.
Clippers Coach Doc Rivers’ son Spencer, who plays basketball at UC Irvine, was clearly not pleased by Jordan’s decision and took to Twitter to vent. Spencer Rivers tweeted: “If true I don’t see why someone signs with a team that might not make playoffs and have 0% chance of winning a championship… “Hope he does well and of course I’m mad he left lol am I supposed to be happy…”
Two of Rivers’ other kids weighed in on Jordan’s decision to leave. Tweeted his son Jeremiah: “Disappointed As I May Be. Can’t even be Mad, DJ Gave His All To The Clippers, Good Luck In Dallas Man.” Tweeted Rivers’ daughter Callie: “Doesn’t make sense, had a championship team. but ALWAYS wish him the very very best.”