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.
August 3, 2015 | 10:51 am EDT Update
Adidas has made a big play for the biggest basketball sneaker free agent of the summer of 2015. The company has submitted a bid of $200 million over 13 years to sign Houston Rockets guard James Harden, sources told ESPN.com. Nike, whose deal with Harden recently expired, has until the end of next week to match the deal or lose him.
With incentives, if the deal is consummated, Harden could very well make more from Adidas in the coming years than the Rockets. Harden signed an $80 million contract extension with Houston in 2012 that goes through the 2017-18 season.
There’s also international hope for Harden, as the Rockets already are very popular in China thanks to former player Yao Ming. Sources say part of what Adidas is willing to pay has to do with the potential for the masses to embrace Harden on a even greater scale if the Rockets can make more of a splash in the playoffs in the coming years.
August 3, 2015 | 8:26 am EDT Update
On Saturday night, there were rumors about Denver releasing him. However at this point there are just rumors. Until now, the player’s side has no knowledge for this matter and the Nuggets hasn’t informed them about those kind of intentions. According to Eurohoops sources, the Nuggets’ plan when they aquired Papanikolaou was to keep him in their roster and take their decision about him during Eurobasket, probably at the end of the tournament. That was their intention and that’s why they didn’t try to use his contract as a trade asset.
Billy King and Lionel Hollins were in South Africa and are headed out on much-delayed vacations. It would appear from that and from Mikhail Prokhorov’s video that the Nets are done other than some training camp invites. They have 17 players under contract, including Earl Clark who reportedly would like the Nets to waive him so he can move on, perhaps overseas.
Veterans with four or more years of service are at a clear disadvantage when it comes to preparing for training camp. The current rules state that only rookies and minimum players with three years or less in the league can be reimbursed for travel, meals and lodging for the four weeks leading up to camp. If you are Reggie Williams of the San Antonio Spurs and have six years of service in the NBA, then you are on your own dime getting prepared for training camp.
Ask any front office executive what is the worst part of their job and the majority will tell you it’s cutting a player during training camp. There is nothing worse than releasing a player from a job they love. In my 20 years with the New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets, I was the unfortunate participant in many of those roster cuts. Releasing Williams in 2006 is the one that still haunts me to this day. Williams had worked vigorously to get back on the basketball court, but his injuries wouldn’t allow him to get back to a high level. After Williams was released, I knew that his professional basketball career was over.
The common misconception is that players who sign non-guaranteed contracts to participate in training camp will receive a salary. They don’t. Like summer league, players will receive roughly $127 in per diem, hotel and all travel expenses to take part. The one added bonus is that players are eligible to receive $2,000 in camp compensation per week for roughly four weeks.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver and then deputy commissioner Mark Tatum took to a stage in New York to read off 60 names. As Alexander waited more than three hours, the party slowly dissipated. That’s when reality set in. His name wasn’t going to be called. “It blindsided me,” Alexander told SB Nation. “I was disappointed, but I always play with a chip on my shoulder. Now I’m playing with a bunch of chips on my shoulder.”
As the NBA continues to downsize in the frontcourt, many around Alexander believe he could grow into a quality small ball center option. He lacks the height of a traditional five, but makes up for it with a 7’3 wingspan and enough strength to hold his own in the post. In a world where Draymond Green was the starting center for the team that won the NBA Finals, it seems foolish to discount Alexander’s potential fit at the five.
Dedmon’s 2015-16 minimum salary was fully unguaranteed if not waived by Saturday. Orlando let that deadline pass, fully guaranteeing Dedmon’s salary, according to Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders. Eric Pincus: Dewayne Dedmon got past 8/1 deadline, updated for Napier, Deadlines, etc. @BBallInsiders Orlando Magic http://www.basketballinsiders.com/orlando-magic-team-salary/
McGrady, nicknamed T-Mac, is in Shanghai for the last stop of the T-Mac All-Star Series. His American all-star team will play against local side Shanghai Sharks at Pudong’s Yuanshen Stadium on Friday. The tour, which began on July 5, is probably McGrady’s last China tour as a professional. It has already visited 14 cities before coming to Yao’s hometown. “Shanghai is a beautiful city. Having been a teammate with Yao for six years, it’s meaningful to spend some time with Yao on the last stop of the tour,” he said.
To be fair, Stephenson AKA “Born Ready” can rap, so he penned a wee track as an ode to his new city, and it’s something, we need to all come together and enjoy it. Let us go through some of his rhymes: “Out in Cali with my brothers, out in Cali with my brothers”
Karen Taylor’s dream was to see her son, Stanley Johnson, play in the NBA. She reminded him that he was just the second best player in the family, which he took to heart. Johnson’s heart is heavy right now as he confirmed the loss of his mother in a tweet on Sunday.
August 2, 2015 | 9:52 pm EDT Update
August 2, 2015 | 5:39 pm EDT Update
August 2, 2015 | 4:39 pm EDT Update
Becky Hammon has had quite the summer. San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich entrusted NBA Summer League head coaching duties on Hammon, making her the first female head coach in NBA Summer League history. If the story were to end there it’d still be one of the most significant storylines of the year. But Hammon and the Spurs weren’t satisfied with just an appearance in Summer League. No, they wanted to take home the championship. And they did. Hammon guided the Spurs to the Summer League title in a win over the Phoenix Suns. Since then Hammon has rightly received much laud. On Sunday, she was recognized once again for her contributions – this time on the court. The New York Liberty inducted Hammon into their Ring of Honor, a recognition bestowed on players “who have made the most significant contributions to the Liberty’s tradition of excellence and to the growth of the WNBA.”