The Oklahoma City Thunder are expected to spend time evaluating the partnership with coach Scott Brooks before committing to bring him back for the final year on his contract, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Brooks is guaranteed for the 2015-16 season on his deal, with the Thunder holding a team option for 2016-17, sources told Yahoo Sports.
August 4, 2015 | 12:00 pm EDT Update
Kobe Bryant says this absolutely could be his last NBA season, but the Los Angeles Lakers’ superstar says he has not made a final decision. Bryant, 36, told Yahoo Sports in a phone interview on Tuesday during a business trip to China that he won’t decide whether he will retire until after the upcoming NBA season.
Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak has hinted that next season can be your last. Could it be? Kobe: “We haven’t set anything in stone and I’ve talked about it before. But could this be the last [season]? Absolutely. It’s tough to decide. It’s really tough to make those types of decisions. Players I have spoken to say, ‘Kobe you will know.’ “I’m making this very simple. Either I like playing the game and going through this process or I don’t. I try to strip it down to the simplest form. Either I like playing some more or I don’t. But I think that decision needs to be made after the season. It’s hard to make a decision like that before the season.”
What do you think about the state of the Lakers right now? Kobe: “They have really set themselves up for a promising future going on years. I think they drafted very well. The free agents that we picked are extremely solid, [Roy] Hibbert, [Brandon] Bass, Lou [Williams]. We have a very good mix of young and veteran leadership. The challenge is going to be blending the two and cutting down the learning curve.
What do you think about playing small forward? Kobe: “I don’t see what the big deal is about it, honestly. What does that even mean anyway? Everyone plays [expletive] small ball anyway. You got forwards that play like [guards]. [Centers] that play like [small forwards]. What’s the difference? Find me some actual [small forwards] and [power forwards] that actually post up now and then.
And the cameos are to die for. From Don Shula and Larry Csonka early on to current NFLers like Jared Odrick, Victor Cruz and DeSean Jackson, it’s loaded with famous faces that will make you smile. None more so than this weekend’s episode “Ends,” in which Miami Heat fan favorite Chris “Birdman” Andersen makes a memorable appearance. Toward the end of the episode, Ricky has been dumped by girlfriend Annabella, and he realizes that he wants to try to win her back. He follows her to a club where, of course, she is partying and dancing with none other than the Birdman himself.
August 4, 2015 | 11:14 am EDT Update
Agents will push teams to price that second cap jump — from about $90 million to $110 million — into any four-year extension struck over the next two months. Both sides knew that Alec Burks wasn’t “worth” $10.3 million per season in 2015 terms when Utah inked him to a four-year extension almost a year ago, but the Jazz understood that if Burks made a leap he could outproduce his salary on the back end. Per several league sources, agents are striking a tough posture in preliminary talks. That doesn’t mean the next two months will produce stalemates, short-term deals, or near-max contracts for anyone who demands one. These same dynamics hovered over contract talks during the past year, and players, with more choices than ever, still opted mostly for long-term security; the risk of injury always looms, and the threat of another work stoppage in 2017 clouds everything.
Boston could always trade a big to ease the roster crunch, and Sullinger might be the likeliest candidate to go. He’s had constant conditioning issues, he’s still a sub-30-percent shooter from deep after two years of hoisting, and he’s probably never going to be a plus defender. His agent, David Falk, does not mess around in extension talks. If Falk can’t get Sullinger a huge deal, he will have no qualms taking him into free agency.
John Henson: Our own Marc Stein reported weeks ago that Milwaukee and Henson were close to a deal, but things have gone radio silent since. The two sides are still on course, per several league sources, and Henson will probably get a payday in the eight-figure range that busts past the “sneaky” label. Bigs get paid. Hell, Aron Baynes just got nearly $20 million over three seasons, and every agent repping a moderately talented big man is ready to wave that deal in a GM’s face. Henson found his NBA niche by scrapping post-ups, slicing down the lane for pick-and-roll finishes, and keeping those condor arms spread wide on defense.
Boban Marjanovic out of Serbian squad for EuroBasket2015 after the Spurs did not allow the big man to play with his National Team. This is the letter sent to Serbian Federation by the Spurs.
Two weeks after this story was posted, Yahoo confirmed the story. “We are excited to confirm that Adrian Wojnarowski will continue to lead NBA reporting for Yahoo Sports, where he has defined the voice fans trust for news and information. Wojnarowski, who joined Yahoo in 2006, has signed a new four-year deal. With a focus on expanded NBA coverage for Yahoo Sports, he will shape the vision, editorial direction and talent development to broaden what many fans already see as the go-to destination. Kathy Savitt, CMO and Head of Yahoo Media, said; “We’re thrilled to continue to have Adrian Wojnarowski drop his ‘Woj Bombs’ on Yahoo users as we deepen our coverage of the NBA and leverage the power of Yahoo to reach fans worldwide.”
August 4, 2015 | 6:09 am EDT Update
Dez Wells is back to working out after a dislocated right thumb ruined his Las Vegas summer league run with the Wizards, who have extended him a training camp invite, persons with knowledge of the situation told CSNwashington.com on Monday.
Wells is unlikely to accept it, however, because the Wizards have the maximum 15 roster spots filled with guaranteed contracts for the 2015-16 season that begins at the end of October. Five other teams have offered him training camp invites. Camps open at the end of September.
Reaction when you found out Ty was coming? Brewer: I was really happy. I had some good years in Denver with Ty so I know how to play with him and I love the way he plays because he plays fast like I do and he’s going to push the pace, push the tempo. That’s what we need here. That’s what we like to do. We like to run.
The tangible negative aspect of free throws is obviously the lost of points on the board. But what is rarely ever talked about is the morale boost/loss of missed free throws. It’s very demoralizing for a team to step to the line and miss a pair of free throws. Most coaches and teams hold the theory that defense leads to offense. However, I would contend that it is just the opposite; points on the offensive end lead to increased intensity on the defensive end and overall team morale boost. Over the course of the 2014-2015 NBA season, after a team converted on both free throws their defensive points per possession was an average of 0.878 on the next possession. When they missed the pair of free throws, the points per possession rose to 0.935. That’s the equivalent of nearly a six-point swing.
However, as Carlisle is quick to point out, the team will not rush the 28-year-old back too soon as they try to get the coveted free agent back to full strength. Last season, Ellis ranked 11th in the league while clocking 2,699 total minutes in 80 games. The Mavericks will need Matthews to be just as reliable in the first unit to help keep the burden off of 13-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki’s broad shoulders. With that said, Carlisle admits that he will work closely with Mavs head athletic trainer Casey Smith to bring Matthews back slowly.
“You know, we’ve done research on it,” Carlisle said while speaking on Matthews’ injury. “We’ve talked to his people, and we talked to the doctor that did the surgery. Casey has all that information. He’s definitely on track for a full recovery, but we’re going to be erring on the side of being conservative and cautioned. I think the most important thing is that he makes a full recovery, because we’re signing him to a four-year deal. The first year is more about making sure that he’s right and getting him out there on the right terms, and from there we want him to make a full recovery and continue to get better.”