Shams Charania: Orlando restricted free agent Tobias Harris has reached agreement on a deal to re-sign with the Magic, league sources tell RealGM.
May 31, 2016 | 2:05 pm EDT Update
Oklahoma City has been understandably nervous about Durant’s free agency for a while. The Warriors’ infatuation with him is a real concern to the Thunder, a source said, but could he sign in the Bay Area after this? Oklahoma City brought Durant within one win of a second Finals trip in franchise history. Donovan coached the franchise to 65 wins as an NBA rookie head coach despite the loss of assistant coach Monty Williams after the death of his wife, Ingrid, and a lengthy absence from assistant coach Maurice Cheeks following hip surgery. Still, the Thunder stunned the higher-seeded San Antonio Spurs in the second round of the playoffs.
The Pacers will hold their fourth pre-draft workout on Wednesday, June 1 in preparation for the 2016 NBA Draft. The six players scheduled to participate in workouts are Jake Layman (Maryland), Thon Maker (Athlete Institute Basketball Academy High School), Retin Obasohan (Alabama), Shavon Shields (Nebraska), Fred VanVleet (Wichita State), and Stephen Zimmerman (UNLV).
The predraft workouts for the Wizards, who don’t have a pick June 23, begin Wednesday with five players scheduled to participate, including one they’ve already interviewed and two with local ties. A.J. English (Iona), Nick Faust (Maryland/Long Beach State), Jalen Reynolds (Xavier), Jameel Warney (Stonybrook) and Kevin Larsen (George Washington) constitute the first wave at Verizon Center, CSNmidatlantic.com has confirmed.
The Tim Duncan incident in 2007, in which Crawford ejected Duncan and challenged him to a fight in a playoff game, was a turning point in Crawford’s career. Then-NBA Commissioner David Stern suspended Crawford, and Crawford increased his number of visits to a sports psychologist. It saved his career. “He was a real pro, that guy,” Crawford said. “He gave me exercises to use. When I felt it kick in – lose my temper or while I was losing it – he gave me certain exercises that helped. My problem was that I’m overly passionate.”
And now he wants to keep working with referees. “I just don’t want to walk away from this. I want to be involved. I think I have something to offer,” Crawford said. “The word I used before is viable. You’re being involved, and you’re trying to help those three people get through the game.”
Calling it quits hasn’t been easy. He watches games, helps out in the NBA’s replay center and hopes to find a job with the referee operations department staff. “I get a little emotional about it,” Crawford said. “When I was 18, I started doing grade school stuff and all of a sudden it stops, and you’re like, ‘What do I do now?’ It’s not as easy as I thought. “I thought it was going to be a little easier. You’re constantly talking to yourself, ‘Turn the page. It’s somebody else’s turn.’ In reality, you’re fighting it every day. You want to be out there. You want to do it, and you know you can’t.”