Denver police say they have arrested Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson for investigation of driving under the influence. In a statement, the police said Lawson was stopped after an officer saw a car being driven fast and carelessly early Friday.
July 7, 2015 | 1:32 pm EDT Update
Steve Kyler: Hearing my guy @Alex Kirk has a good shot with the Memphis Grizzlies. They have sent JaMychal Green home which should open up more minutes
Steve Kyler: Alex Kirk faces a tough roster situation in Memphis, not a lot of open spots. He is expected to get more time going forward.
D-League Digest: Maurice Sutton Jr of @okcblue will play for the D-League Select Team in Vegas, league source tells D-League Digest.
Jody Genessy: To clarify reports out there, Trey Lyles has not signed yet. He is expected to sign this afternoon if he passes his physical.
West sacrificed $11 million (!) in declining his option with the Pacers and signing in San Antonio for the minimum — about $4 million less than Washington was ready to pay, and $2 million less than Golden State offered, per several league sources. The Spurs don’t have an official backup center, but Aldridge can man up to the job against opposing reserves in lineups with Diaw or West that should feature five capable shooters. Ginobili is on his last legs, but if he has anything left, he should tear up opposing defenses running the pick-and-roll amid pristine spacing. Diaw and West have the heft to guard some backup centers if Aldridge prefers. This freaking team, man.
The Lakers are waiting out Bryant’s extension. Laugh at their tarnished brand if you want, but these guys still get meetings with everyone. Aldridge had serious interest in them when free agency started, per several sources, and the Lakers will eventually learn from three straight summers of unrequited free-agency love. In the meantime, swallow another awful season, develop all the fun young guys, and give yourselves at least a chance of being bad enough to keep the top-three protected pick you owe Philadelphia.
Jonathan Feigen: Rockets first round pick Sam Dekker signs his rookie deal, per agent. A formality with NBA wage scale, but always a big day for players.
Alex Kennedy: Aaron Gordon (@Aaron Gordon) has dominated summer league. He’s the leader in points (21.5) and boards (14). Also averaging 1.5 steals, 1 block.
Leading up to the start of the free agency period last week, Washington Wizards officials were confident Paul Pierce would return for a second season in the District. Washington offered a chance to advance in the postseason and could give him the most money, and Pierce and his family enjoyed their time in the area. But Pierce elected to finish his career at home out on the other coast with the Los Angeles Clippers, and at least one Wizards player wasn’t shocked. “I wasn’t surprised. He’s at the end of his career,” Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal said in a phone interview last week from his basketball camp in St. Louis, which was in partnership with Gatorade’s Beat the Heat program. “I’m all for it if they keep getting me these interviews. That’s where home is. You can’t really knock a guy like that for doing that. I support him. I wish he was still with us. Still he was going to be with us but still wish the best for him. But when we play him it’s personal, man.”
The NBA has fined Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban $25,000 for publicly confirming the team’s upcoming free-agent deals with DeAndre Jordan and Wesley Matthews, league spokesman Tim Frank said Tuesday, confirming an ESPN.com report. Sources said the Mavericks were informed of the fine Tuesday. Teams and players are allowed to strike verbal agreements on new contracts during the league’s annual moratorium period in early July while the league’s salary cap and luxury tax figures are being calculated for the coming season, but team officials are not allowed to openly discuss those deals.
July 7, 2015 | 11:28 am EDT Update
Beno Udrih: Really happy to be back with the #GrizzNation next year! Looking for even better year!! @memgrizz #MemphisVsErrbody #GreaterMemphis #901
Quincy Miller had Detroit Pistons staffers excited to see if he might fill one of the team’s final roster spots this season until a practice elbow last week caught him in the eye and nose. Now, he is left to wonder whether practice, without summer league, is enough to have encouraged the Pistons to stick with him. “I hope so,” he said.
Miller, 22, was a D-League call-up from Reno when the Pistons signed him for the rest of last season, with a partial guarantee for this season. He is expected to miss four to six weeks. “I don’t think it really hurts our evaluation of him, but it’s really just too bad for him,” Pistons president-coach Stan Van Gundy said. “That guy was working so hard, and then to have to miss the entire thing, I think, is just really unfortunate for him — and for our other guys, because, quite honestly, they’d be able to play better with him on the floor, another talented guy, so we’ve been pressing guys into minutes more than we expected.
Marc Stein: KG naturally must assess how he feels after coming season but sources say he plans to play in 20-min range in ’15-16 & go past 40th birthday
July 7, 2015 | 10:58 am EDT Update
Marc Stein: ESPN sources say Kevin Garnett will be signing a two-year deal with Minnesota when leaguewide moratorium is lifted later this week: 3 more rumors
July 7, 2015 | 10:58 am EDT Update
The Big Ticket is back. Long expected to re-sign in Minnesota for at least another year at age 39, Garnett’s contract is “done,” according to 1500ESPN contributor Darren Wolfson. Terms of the deal were not immediately known.: 3 more rumors
The Big Ticket is back. Long expected to re-sign in Minnesota for at least another year at age 39, Garnett’s contract is “done,” according to 1500ESPN contributor Darren Wolfson. Terms of the deal were not immediately known. “I’m incredibly excited and rejuvenated to be a part of this talented, committed team,” Garnett said, in a statement passed along to Wolfson. After a midseason trade that sent Thaddeus Young to Brooklyn and landed Garnett back in Minnesota, KG missed a lot of time with injury.
Andy Greder: Formality since rookie deals are slotted with little negotiating room, but #Twolves announce signing of Karl-Anthony Towns and Tyus Jones.
Tim Bontemps: I’m told Cory Jefferson will be playing today for the Nets in summer league action. Nets game is at 3 pm on @NBATV
I’m also going to miss getting to watch Kyle Korver shoot the ball. There was this one shooting drill we had in practice, and Kyle would just dominate everybody. It took me a while to even build up the courage to challenge him. I practiced for a couple of weeks and was hitting most of my shots, so I called Kyle over and said I was ready to take the throne. I told him I’m the Black Kyle Korver. We each took turns putting up five threes, and when I made four out of five, he’d make five out of five. If I hit three out of five, he’d make four out of five. No matter how many times we played, Kyle always found a way to beat me by one if I missed a shot. He told me to try again next year when I was ready. Well, I’m telling him now that Black Kyle Korver will get his revenge. It’s on. Finally, to the fans, thank you especially.
Kenny Atkinson pushed me to take my game to another level. Darvin Ham shared the tricks he picked up during his long NBA career to help me develop my skills around the basket. And then there was Quin Snyder, who was the first coach who took me under his wing while he was an assistant here. The big difference between regular NBA players and superstars isn’t just talent, but the way they train. Quin and I just kind of clicked right away when I came to the Hawks, and he began working with me to develop skills that I hadn’t really touched before. His belief in me built up my confidence so much.