The Sacramento Kings are indeed willing to trade Rudy Gay, sources say, after fairly frequent speculation on that topic in recent weeks.
September 30, 2016 | 12:54 pm EDT Update
He had interest from other teams but he kept coming back to the Hawks even for a non-guaranteed training camp invitation. The odds are long as the Hawks already have 16 guaranteed or substantially guaranteed contracts. “I thought it was a really good fit in terms of the style of play,” Ryan said. “They are a team that has been calling me all summer because I think they value what I do. I needed a change, that’s for sure. Where I was, was just not working. I’m excited about this whole thing, a new home, a new opportunity and not to mention being on the east coast and a little closer to family.”
“My last couple years have been rough, both individually and as a team,” Kelly said. “It was good for a change. I’m excited about the future. I learned a lot from my experience there, I don’t want to say never because you never know where you are going to end up, but this is a great opportunity for me and I want to take advantage of it. “It’s going to be a fight. It’s going to be a battle. I’m going to try to take advantage of every opportunity. One, show the Hawks what I can do and that I’ve gotten better. And also, get an opportunity to show everybody in the league that I deserve to be here.”
The Rockets also hired John Lucas as the head of player development to work on weaknesses in Capela’s game, such as free throw shooting. Last season, Capela shot 38 percent from the line, so over the summer, Lucas said the 6-foot-10 center made 2,500 free throws a week. “The biggest thing is his confidence,” said Lucas, whom the Rockets took first overall in the 1976 draft. “This is going to be a process — he’s never been counted on like this; he had Dwight. He’s fighting here for his minutes, and he’s going to have to learn to play 30 to 35 minutes, but I expect if we continue to work with him, he will be an All-Star in a year or two at the most.”
Kendrick Perkins on Kevin Durant leaving OKC: “It’s cool that KD – you’re a man, you decide the decision that you want to make. But at the end of the day, there’s a way about how you go about it. And you don’t send Russ a text and say, ‘Hey, I’m going to the Warriors.’ No, you do like LeBron James did when he left Miami. He went down and he sat and had dinner with Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade to tell the that he was leaving, that he was going to sign with Cleveland. That’s what you do. That’s what you do. That carries a long way. It don’t take you nothing to call Nick Collison and Russell Westbrook and go and sit down and have a conversation with them and say, “Guys, hey look, it’s been fun. I still love y’all like my brothers. But I’m going to Golden State.”
Kendrick Perkins on Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook: “And trust me – I’m telling you this right now – when they think about this 10 years later, they’re going regret that. They’re going to regret that they didn’t value each other the way that they should have. And I’m talking about both of them. And I ain’t saying they didn’t like each other, because it wasn’t none of that. I mean, we all played cards. They laughed and joked. We all had conversation. We had a group text going about Redskins and Cowboys football, because it was all good.”