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 | 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: 16 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 !
LeBron James and Dwyane Wade have reunited … all aboard an insane $29 MILLION yacht in the Bahamas … TMZ Sports has learned. James and his wife, Savannah — along with Wade and Gabrielle Union — have been staying on a yacht called the Just J’s … a top of the line ship built in 2011 … and owned by billionaire businessman Jay Schottenstein.
July 4, 2015 | 1:21 am EDT Update
Josh Robbins: The Magic are finalizing an agreement with unrestricted free agent point guard C.J. Watson, as @Marc Stein has noted.
Alex Kennedy: One executive I spoke to speculated that the Clippers may shop Jamal Crawford (who’s owed $5,675,000) as they look for a replacement center.
In an interview with the sports-talk radio station The Ticket, Cuban said he sees DeAndre Jordan as a franchise player. On the Clippers, Jordan was playing behind superstars Blake Griffin and Chris Paul. “We see him as “Shaq-like” but never having been given the opportunity,” Cuban told the radio show. “We told him if he came to the Mavs, he would be a focal point. He would grow into being a franchise player.”
Orlando Magic restricted free-agent forward Tobias Harris agreed to four-year, $64 million deal to remain with the Magic, a person with direct knowledge of the agreement told USA TODAY Sports. The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the agreement until the free agent moratorium is lifted on July 9. There are no options on that four-year deal.
The Orlando Magic and Tobias Harris agreed to a four-year, $64 million deal Friday night, league sources told the Orlando Sentinel. “I’m happy and excited,” Harris told the Orlando Sentinel late Friday night from his family’s home on Long Island.
Until then, Cooley will continue to work hard to keep earning a spot in the NBA. “I don’t think there will ever be a (time) when feel I like I’ve made it. There will never be a time when I’m content. I’ll always be working,” he said, pointing out how he’s continued working in Santa Barbara and Utah with Jazz coaches. “I’ll never be content. I know the alternative.”
Eventually, Cooley would like to combine his love of finances and hoops to become a financial advisor for guys in the NBA. “Mainly what I would like to do is help athletes invest money and avoid (bad financial) situations,” he said. “I know how hard all these athletes work, and to see how some of them don’t spend their money wisely just because they don’t have someone telling them (otherwise), I’d like to help them avoid that.” If they’re lucky, he’ll even help build a Girl Scout cookie allowance into their budget. Financial advisors who are born somewhere in Illinois at some point in April like to do things like that.
Throughout the process, rumors surfaced — always from unnamed sources — that Harris didn’t want to return to the Magic because the Magic had recently hired Scott Skiles as their coach. 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.
“Today, we communicated. He wants me to be a leader. He wants me to lead. He’s a fantastic coach. I think he’s the perfect coach for our team. Actually, I know he’s the perfect coach for our team. And he’s a coach I want to play for. He’s a fiery guy. He gets after you. He has that passion to win, that fire to win. Me and him, we have no problems. That passion, that’s the passion that I play with, so that’s what I love in a coach.” The deal was reported first by Real GM.