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May 30, 2017 | 8:51 am EDT Update
First, everything about what Dion Waiters might (or might not) realize on the free-agent market at this point is speculation. And the NBA types I have spoken to believe that some of the speculation is at a far higher rate than Dion might realize, considering the limited market last summer and the small sample size this past season due to injury. But often none of that matters, since it only takes one suitor to set the market, with plenty of cap space available around the league. Ultimately, it could come down to Dion’s preference of cash or contention.
Storyline: Dion Waiters Free Agency
Defend LeBron James and all that shooting for 20 seconds, and here comes Thompson to extend the possession, or end it with a shot that might make the bottom of the last page in a scouting report. He is perhaps the most demoralizing player in the league, and there may be no more demoralizing NBA moment than Thompson hitting a floater at the end of the shot clock. “I get it,” Thompson said, laughing. “I’m last on the checklist. That’s fine with me. I love seeing all the energy and hope come out of the other team.” “Everything he does,” said Raptors coach Dwane Casey, “is so deflating.”
6 mins ago via ESPN
May 30, 2017 | 5:58 am EDT Update
The Nets’ last-place campaign doesn’t seem to have dimmed Brook Lopez’s spirits. Lopez — whose name came up at the trade deadline, and surely will again this offseason — is convinced his team laid a positive foundation in coach Kenny Atkinson’s first year, and he’s all in for the second. “I think there’s a lot of positivity. Our record wasn’t spectacular, but we all felt we grew a lot, we really improved, and our team never showed any quit. Those are important things to have,’’ Lopez said Monday according to “We believe we’re building that foundation and it’s in place and we can do something down the line if we continue to play for one another.