The tension between Rondo and Carlisle about play-calling had been brewing for a little while, team sources told ESPNDallas.com. It reached a boiling point when Rondo appeared to blow off a play call from the bench, prompting Carlisle to storm onto the court while calling a timeout and shouting at Rondo, who responded in kind.
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
Marc Stein: Signing of Aldridge all but clinches notion that Popovich, as we’ve been writing for a year now, will NOT go out when Tim Duncan goes out
July 4, 2015 | 12:02 pm EDT Update
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent LaMarcus Aldridge will sign with the San Antonio Spurs, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.: 94 more rumors
Star free-agent forward LaMarcus Aldridge has agreed to sign a four-year, $80 million maximum contract with the San Antonio Spurs, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Aldridge, who turns 30 on July 19, had spent all nine seasons of his NBA career with the Portland Trail Blazers, developing into one of the league’s best big men. He informed the Trail Blazers on Friday night that he had narrowed his choices to either the Spurs or Phoenix Suns, then chose the Spurs on Saturday morning.
LaMarcus Aldridge: I’m happy to say I’m going home to Texas and will be a Spur!! I’m excited to join the team and be close to my family and friends.
Jeff Zillgitt: Let me clarify on C.J. Watson’s deal with the Orlando Magic: Third year is partially guaranteed.
Alex Kennedy: Surprisingly, the Lakers and Knicks did not reach out to Tobias Harris, according to source.
Quincy Miller is out for summer league with broken nose. No surgery, but no basketball for 4-6 weeks.
However, owner Mark Cuban is preaching caution, emphasizing that the Mavs recruited Matthews with long-term goals in mind. “We’re not putting a timetable on it,” Cuban said Friday on 1310 The Ticket. “Like I told Wes, if he opens up with camp, great. If he starts the season, great. If he misses 30 games, great. I don’t care because we didn’t sign him for this year. “We signed him because having Chandler [Parsons], having DeAndre [Jordan] and having Wes Matthews, that’s a great young core. And so the goal isn’t to try to rush them: ‘Oh my goodness, we might miss something.’ It’s really to get them all healthy, which we know we can, and have them playing together and be something special for a lot of years as opposed to being worrying about the first 30 games of this season.”
Stephen Curry is lethal from the three-point line and frighteningly consistent from half-court. The sweet-shooting NBA champion tried to make things more difficult on himself by throwing a PhunkeeDuck into the mix. Predictably, he was still efficient. Sinking long-range shots is a more basketball-centric use for the ride than, say, exiting a postgame press conference. But Curry still has a long way to go in supplanting J.R. Smith as the NBA’s true Face of the PhunkeeDuck.
July 4, 2015 | 10:46 am EDT Update
Marc J. Spears: The Magic has agreed to a three-year, $15 million deal with guard C.J. Watson, a source told Yahoo.
Alex Kennedy: Source confirms @Marc J. Spears report that C.J. Watson is close to a 3-year, $15 million with the Magic. Final terms still being discussed.
Alex Kennedy: There’s been mutual interest between the Magic and C.J. Watson for years. In 2010, ORL nearly signed Watson but inked Chris Duhon instead.
Steve Kyler: Hearing Tobias Harris received MAX offer from the Kings, strongly considered it. Appeal of staying in Orlando and a solid offer sealed deal
Paul Garcia: Marco Belinelli via @Davide Chinellato: “I have to thank Coach Popovich who believed in me, who has been a father.” gazzetta.it/Nba/03-07-2015…
Paul Garcia: Belinelli: ‘I had the privilege of playing with 3 giants of the basketball world in Duncan, Ginobili & Parker.’ gazzetta.it/Nba/03-07-2015…
Steve Kyler: HEAT summer league Joshua Smith listed at 360lbs – and looks like thats a generous number
Alex Kennedy: I’m hearing that Kevin Durant may make an appearance at the Orlando Summer League at some point, showing his support for the Thunder squad.
Tim MacMahon: Mark Cuban jokes he wants Chandler Parsons to run sales for all his companies after NBA career. CP seriously wants to run a front office.
July 4, 2015 | 8:48 am EDT Update
Candace Buckner: I’m hearing the Cleveland Cavaliers have “huge interest” in David West. Most definitely aligns with his desire to play for a contender: 17 more rumors
Emiliano Carchia: Another source confirms that the Kings are seriously considering Miroslav Raduljica. The Serbian big man is free agent
“I’m happy and excited,” Harris told the Orlando Sentinel late Friday night from his family’s home on Long Island. “It’s still surreal for me. I just think back when I first came to the NBA, and I wanted to just really be here for more than four years. You know, that’s the average expectancy as an NBA player. I’m blessed to have the opportunity to be in Orlando, to get an opportunity where I can showcase my game and be on a great team with great teammates and a great organization. So it’s a true blessing. It really is.”: 8 more rumors
Skiles was the Milwaukee Bucks’ coach when the Bucks drafted Harris in 2011, and Harris played sparingly during the period that Skiles’ and Harris’ tenures in Milwaukee overlapped. Harris refuted those rumors on Friday night. “First off, me and Scott have a great relationship,” Harris said. “What people don’t understand is that when he first coached me, I was 18 years old. And from 18 to being about to turn 23 now, I’m a completely different player. Even in Milwaukee, where I didn’t play as much, we still had a great dialogue. He just wanted me to work harder. He just said, ‘Your time is coming.’ So he was always encouraging for me.
Derrick Williams: Sacramento was more than I expected, thank you to all the fans for all the the support the last year and a half ! But I’m a New York Knick now. If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere #Knickstape !