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.”
Tim Bontemps: Kevin Durant currently hanging out in the gym here in Orlando with former teammate Reggie Jackson & fellow Roc Nation client Justise Winslow
July 4, 2015 | 1:52 pm EDT Update
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent center Bismack Biyombo has agreed to a two-year, $6 million deal with the Toronto Raptors, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
Tim MacMahon: Mavs source doubts 3-way SNT that would send Roy Hibbert to Clips happens. Indy working other deals. Mavs not motivated to help LA.
David Aldridge: While continuing to monitor David West pursuit, Wizards moving on to re-sign Drew Gooden and add wing player, per sources.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Sources: Cleveland hasn’t only worked itself into contention for David West, Cavs took slight lead on Spurs. Pop isn’t done recruiting yet.
Mike Bresnahan: Kosta Kofous is “on our radar,” according to Lakers source. No signing imminent. They need somebody. Anybody, really.
Marc Stein: ESPN sources say Mavs firmly in mix for Jeremy Lin — who broke into NBA as a Dallas summer leaguer — but Lin can make more money elsewhere
Jody Genessy: Brazilian point guard Raul Neto has arrived in Salt Lake City, according to #airportsources. He will discuss his Jazz future while in Utah.
Jabari Young: BTW, informed LaMarcus Aldridge came to his decision last night. Hours after meeting with Popovich again #Spurs #Blazers
July 4, 2015 | 1:08 pm EDT Update
Chris Haynes: Truth of matter is LaMarcus wanted out of Portland for a while and #Blazers knew it, no matter how they tried to spin it. It was inevitable.
Marc Stein: With David West willing to play on a bargain contract, as @Sam Amick reported earlier this week, Spurs and Cavs have a real shot at him
Shams Charania: Aside from L.A. teams, Atlanta is a strong candidate for free agent Wesley Johnson, league sources tell RealGM. He’s awaiting right deal.
July 4, 2015 | 12:51 pm EDT Update
Adrian Wojnarowski: Spurs are aggressively pursuing free agent David West with a veteran minimum offer now, sources tell Yahoo Sports.: 17 more rumors
Marc Stein: ESPN sources say that Cleveland has aggressively entered the bidding for David West, so Spurs have to beat out both Cavs AND Wizards for him
Marc Stein: ESPN sources say that Gregg Popovich, as of now, is intent on coaching out his entire five-year contract that he signed last summer