Though he has yet to confirm his retirement, Steve Nash is under no delusions when it comes to the fact that his NBA career is at its end. The Los Angeles Lakers point guard joined the The Bro Jake Show on TSN Radio 1040 Vancouver on Tuesday morning and pulled no punches when it came to the state of his game. “Unfortunately the NBA game is just a touch too far for me,” said the 41-year-old native of Victoria, BC. “I play one game and I’m out a month. I have a bunch of back things going on that compromise that nerve.”
July 30, 2015 | 7:08 am EDT Update
Fratello said Rivers would need to take a wait-and-see approach as to whether Stephenson and Crawford can coexist as part of the second team. If not, a trade is always an option. “Maybe these guys are too similar to each other,” Fratello said. “Maybe we don’t need both of them, so maybe we use one of them in a deal that may come up.”
Crawford has alluded to displeasure with the Clippers on social media, tweeting that being a free agent would be a “wish” for him in the wake of persistent trade rumors. The veteran shooting guard also listed Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena among his favorite NBA spots, seemingly referencing the Cavaliers because they were one of his rumored trade destinations. There is also the matter of whether the Clippers need to make Jordan more of a focal point of their offense. That possibility seemed to dazzle the center during his free-agency dalliance with the Dallas Mavericks.
The Rockets are “close to an agreement” to bring back forward/center Chuck Hayes, Hayes’ agent Calvin Andrews said. Hayes met with Rockets coach Kevin McHale and much of the Rockets’ front office during a summer league game last week in Las Vegas when he was in town to coach an AAU team. The Rockets left thinking there could be a place on the roster before training camp, but with the trade of Ty Lawson moving four players, the Rockets and Hayes’ representatives moved close to a deal. “The trade opens some doors,” Andrews said. “We just have to hammer out some fine details.”
The Rockets also have an agreement to bring undrafted rookie Christian Wood to training camp, a person with knowledge of that deal said. That individual spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced.
Guard Josh Richardson, who impressed the Heat during summer league, agreed to a three-year, $2.5 million contract Tuesday with the Heat. He will assuredly be on Miami’s roster this season; Miami loves his upside as a defender and a combo guard. Richardson will earn the rookie minimum $525,093 this season; that money is guaranteed. The second year of the contract, worth $874,636, is partially guaranteed. The third year is likely going to be a team option at $1.1 million, though the exact structuring of it was still being worked on.
His agent, Scott Nichols, explained it thusly: “The decision was made because while we could have waited until August 1, James and I are traveling to Australia to do some basketball clinics and promotional work and we didn’t want to have this looming over our heads while we are here. Also for James he didn’t come to the Heat to just make the team and get a partial guarantee. “He is fully confident like he was last year that he will come to training camp ready to make a bigger impact this year and help the Heat win. He expects not only to be on the Heat opening night but to be a big part of the rotation.
Smith played for the Atlanta Hawks the first nine seasons of his career, putting up All-Star-caliber numbers for the team even though he never received that honor. He signed a four-year, $54-million contract with the Pistons in 2013, but that didn’t work out. “What did I learn?” Smith asked of playing with the Pistons. “…I learned what ‘waived’ meant.”
Fratello, who coached Rivers for his first seven years as a point guard with the Atlanta Hawks, had his own question regarding Stephenson and Josh Smith, new acquisitions with shaky reputations. “There’s no one in the league who won’t say that they have talent and they have been athletically blessed,” said Fratello, an analyst for TNT. “However, they also come with the word ‘but’ after it, a little like [free-agent guard] J.R. Smith. Which J.R. Smith are you getting? The one who unties guys’ shoes at the foul line or the one who makes eight threes in a game?”
Stephenson comes with a history of having blown in LeBron James ear’ during a game. He’s also generated whispers about being a bad teammate, leading to more questions from Fratello. “How is he going to fit in with the chemistry of this team and how will he handle the star factor of Chris Paul, of Blake Griffin, of Pierce’s experience and his Hall of Fame background?” Fratello asked. “How is he going to fit in with all that and does he bounce back from having a disappointing year last year? Has he grown up, has he matured, is he going to be a contributor?”
John Jenkins got a little advice from Mark Cuban after the Mavericks owner signed the free-agent shooting guard last week. “He told me just to make buckets,” said Jenkins, a 2012 first-round pick of the Hawks. “That’s what I do best, and that’s what I’m going to do.”
But money isn’t the only thing driving the formerly hefty Knicks power forward in this wild, new 18-and-over pickup event called: “The Basketball Tournament.’’ Regaining his health and happiness is foremost. Sweetney told The Post his NBA career was derailed because of a long and undiagnosed bout with clinical depression, causing him to eat too much and not take care of his body.
The 32-year-old only recently got professional help when he received the diagnosis. His weight still is at 320 pounds and he will wear a size 5XL jersey when he mans the post Saturday for the Baltimore-based “City of Gods’’
“I don’t think I was honest back then, but I’m now open to be able to say everything that happened was my fault and I own up to it,’’ the 6-foot-8 Sweetney said. “I was in a bad depression, didn’t eat right or work out enough and I ate myself out of the league. I’ve just owned up recently to the problems of depression. I think I was in depression mode for years and I didn’t get proper help. I was in denial.’’
Spurs Jesus (real name: Cordero Maldonado, according to the San Antonio Express-News) chased, tackled and apprehended an evil-doer who tried to break into his home on Monday afternoon, according to multiple reports. Spurs Jesus — so dubbed for dressing as Jesus at San Antonio Spurs home games — recounted the episode himself on his Facebook page. It all started when he was washing his garb, as any dedicated Jesus does.
July 29, 2015 | 9:59 pm EDT Update
Marc J. Spears: The Rockets have agreed to terms with free agent center Chuck Hayes on a one-year veteran’s minimum deal, sources told Yahoo Sports.
Iranian big-man Hamed Haddadi has reached an agreement with Chinese team Sichuan Blue Whales, as reported by Iran’s Basketball Federation website. Haddadi already played in China last season with Qingdao DoubleStar Eagles.
New Blazers forward Al-Farouq Aminu has committed to joining the Nigerian National Team after playing the NBA Africa game in Johannesburg, Nigeria’s head coach Will Voigt told HoopsHype. Nigeria is slated to compete at the Afrobasket next month. The winner of the tournament will qualify for the 2016 Olympics.
July 29, 2015 | 7:19 pm EDT Update
Bobby Marks: As @Marc J. Spears noted. Minimum for Andre Miller. $1.49 but only $947k hits the cap. NBA reimburses the T’Wolves $500k.
July 29, 2015 | 7:02 pm EDT Update
Shams Charania: Free agent Andre Miller has reached agreement on a deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves, league sources tell RealGM.
July 29, 2015 | 6:56 pm EDT Update
Jon Krawczynski: Andre Miller is in town visiting Wolves. A get acquainted meeting. Andre Miller was in Washington when Ryan Saunders was an assistant there. Mutual respect. Wolves looking to add veterans to young core