The safe assumption is the Nets will make strong offers to both Lopez and Young once they opt out of their current contracts and become free agents July 1. All signs point to Lopez, despite his worrisome injury history, declining his $16.74 million option for next season and heading to the open market after responding to a near-trade to Oklahoma City with a monster second half. Young, despite his status as a longtime King favorite, is likewise believed to be leaning toward bypassing the $10-ish million he is owed for 2015-16 to do the same.
February 9, 2016 | 3:08 pm EST Update
Marc J. Spears: Bulls forward Pau Gasol will replace his injured teammate Jimmy Butler (knee) on the East team in the NBA All-Star Game.
The Knicks president posted to Twitter on Tuesday a lengthy “explanation” of his basketball philosophy and outlook for the franchise following the dismissal of coach Derek Fisher the day prior. “I am sad about D-Fish,” Jackson wrote, to preface his mind-bending mini-essay. “However, I’m not discouraged. Here is some things pundits should know before assuming ‘next.’”
An opening paragraph references psychologists Carl Rogers and Abraham Maslow in a thicket of notions about “self actualization,” with a canny suggestion to buy his book on the subject. Jackson returns to planet Earth in the second paragraph, though, when he begins getting specific about management styles. He subscribes to the theory of transformational leadership, which moves an organization toward collective evolution, as opposed to the transactional approach, which promotes the status quo. “This is also a clue for people that inquire about who might work as a leader for this Knick team,” Jackson wrote. “Inside that style of play for that leader is the idea that there should be a system of play that includes the group. [Ed. note: Huh????] How that is done can include using the Δ system of basketball, but doesn’t exclude other systems that include group play.”
February 9, 2016 | 2:49 pm EST Update
“Anytime I even watch his games, even when I’m not playing him, it’s always, like, very emotional just knowing it’s his last hurrah,” James said after the Cavs’ 120-100 win over the Sacramento Kings. “And he’s done so much, not only for the Lakers organization, but for me as a kid growing up watching Kobe and things of that nature and also competing against him. “So it’s going to be really cool to see him on Wednesday for sure, and hopefully — I know our fans — they’re going to give him a great reception, well-deserved.” A source told ESPN that the Cavs will honor Bryant with a pregame video, as many teams have done.