Former Trail Blazers point guard Sergio Rodriguez on Saturday said he is mulling a return to the NBA this summer and will wait “to see how the market is” after the free agent period opens July 1. Since leaving the NBA in 2010, Rodriguez has become one of the best players in Europe. Rodriguez led Real Madrid to the 2015 Euroleague championship and was the 2014 Euroleague MVP. He says he has three years left on his contract, but said his contract has a reasonable buyout.
July 29, 2015 | 4:32 pm EDT Update
Seraphin, however, is still a free agent. The (possibly former) Wizards big man is one of the top players left on the market and the Wizards, New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers are interested in his services, according to people with knowledge of the situation.
Relativity Sports’ business operations are unaffected by layoffs at film and television studio Relativity Media, which owns a minority equity stake in the sports agency, a Relativity Sports source said today. Variety earlier today reported that Relativity Media issued layoff notices to 75 of its 350 employees. Relativity Sports was launched in July ’12 and was styled as a division of Relativity Media, but it is actually a separate company, said this source.
Omri Casspi is by all accounts a great teammate and friend. But his country’s policing practices are going global and jeopardizing the safety of communities that you have pledged to defend. Here is hoping you read this and here is hoping you return home clear that everything you stand for, everything that compelled you to wear that shirt on December 12 for Eric Garner, puts you on the other side of the barricades of Sheldon Adelson. UPDATE, 7/28/2015: I spoke to Rudy Gay’s Agent Alex Saratsis. He was very upset that it had been widely disseminated that Rudy Gay was a part of delegation. He made clear that Rudy Gay had been asked. He did not give a reason why Rudy Gay did not make the trip.
July 29, 2015 | 3:38 pm EDT Update
Were you certain that you’d be back here? Lavoy Allen: There were other options. There was Spain, Italy, France, Israel, I could go on… Australia. I was really unsure (if I’d be back).
What are the twins’ names? Lavoy Allen: I’m not releasing that yet. I have names, but right now I’m trying to sell it to the tabloids — like US Weekly, the big name tabloids. I think the biggest offer I got so far was about $35 bucks. I’m still waiting.
How do you feel about the Hickory alternative uniforms? Lavoy Allen: Oh! I love em. I don’t know if I loved the uniforms or maybe George Hill just makes them look good because of the hair. Oh my god, I’m a big fan of the hair. I might go blonde during the season.
July 29, 2015 | 3:14 pm EDT Update
July 29, 2015 | 1:06 pm EDT Update
He had hoped he could return to the city that had embraced him, to the team with players he considered brothers, to the franchise where he grew into one of the NBA’s most well-rounded and respected shooting guards. But in the end, after five seasons, the feeling was not mutual. He was greeted with silence. No phone call. No text messages. The Blazers never made an offer. “I was pissed off,” Matthews said. “I felt disrespected.”
Two days after free agency opened, he agreed in principle to join the Mavericks. On July 9, he signed a four-year, $70 million deal – an average salary of $17.5 million a season, about $10 million more than he earned last season. “I told Cuban this the other day: This is the first time, head-to-toe, that an organization has had faith and confidence in me,” Matthews said. “From coaches, to GM to owner — complete confidence. That’s all I wanted. That’s all I wanted.”
He says it’s not all about the money, a fact underlined by his recruitment of free agent center DeAndre Jordan, who was waffling between the Mavericks and staying with the Los Angeles Clippers. If Jordan signed with Dallas, his deal would reduce the amount of money the Mavericks could give Matthews by $4 million a season. If Jordan stayed in Los Angeles, Matthews would get the max. “I was honest with him,” Matthews said. “I said, ‘Look man, I would make less money if you come here and I’m begging you to come here. Begging you. I think that shows what I’m about.'”
One NBA general manager who spoke to the Heat said Heat brass realized Shabazz Napier “was not good enough. At that size (6-1), you have to be really quick or a very good shooter, and he’s neither.”… Please see the last post for details on Josh Richardson’s signing.
Wasserman Media Group, a sports and entertainment marketing and management company and Nervve, a video and image recognition technology company, announced a partnership between each other. Wasserman has agreed to work exclusively with Nervve to bring to market their visual search technology, which allows brands to track and analyze brand exposure impact across several sports and entertainment programming more efficiently.
How long have you been active on social media? Andrew Bogut: I have been active on social media since 2008. I have started with Facebook, my personal account and the fan page. Later on I opened my Twitter account. Do you consider social media a must-have for all professional athletes? Andrew Bogut: Yes and No. Some athletes like to be more private. I think it is good to connect with fans. Also, a lot of marketing and branding is done. These days your sponsors, brands such as Nike, Coca-Cola, Mc Donald’s, whoever you sign with, would like you to post things on your social media. It can help with the interaction with your sponsors.
July 29, 2015 | 12:01 pm EDT Update
The Russian basketball federation posted a letter on its website saying it’s been suspended by FIBA due to its management issues, which could impact its Rio 2016 Olympic qualification hopes. The letter, signed by FIBA officials, said Russia can attempt to have its ban lifted at a FIBA meeting Aug. 8-9. That is crucial, given the European Olympic men’s basketball qualifying tournament is in September.