Ronald Tillery: Grizzlies reach buyout agreement with Brandan Wright and team announce they have waived the veteran big man. Reportedly, Wright is headed to Houston Rockets
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Tim MacMahon: Brandan Wright has agreed to sign with the Rockets, sources tell ESPN.
Jonathan Feigen: Grizzlies working on completing a buyout with center Brandan Wright, with Rockets expected to reach a deal to sign him as a free agent, per source. Deal not done. @Shams Charania first to report Wright will sign with Rockets.
The Houston Rockets are frontrunners to sign big man Brandan Wright on the buyout market, league sources tell ESPN.
Chris Vernon: As reported on show today… Brandan Wright waived his trade kicker yesterday for a deal that woulda landed him in Houston that ended up falling through. Will be interesting to see where ends up after buyout complete.
Tim MacMahon: Big man Brandan Wright is on the verge of reaching a buyout from the Memphis Grizzlies with plans to join a playoff team, a source says, confirming @Michael Wallace
Chris Haynes: Brandan Wright and Memphis Grizzlies are working toward a buyout, league sources tell ESPN. He’ll be coveted by contending teams.
Michael Wallace: As the Grizzlies prioritize development of young bigs in Rabb, Davis, Martin and, presumably, trade pick-up Brice Johnson, there appears to be momentum toward reaching a buyout to free respected vet Brandan Wright to sign with a top playoff contender.
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Rick Barry still has come bragging rights over Curry with free-throw shooting, though. Though Curry (90.3) has a lead over Barry (89.6) in all-time free-throw shooting percentage, Curry fell short this season in eclipsing Barry’s franchise record for most consecutive free-throws made (60) after converting on his first 52 attempts. “That’s the only part of the game you can be selfish and help your team. Free throws are key,” Barry said. “You win a lot of games if you make your free throws. That’s why the Warriors are so dangerous. They’re an indefensible team when their guys are on. They have three players who can shoot the three, drive to the basket and are great free-throw shooters. How do you shut that down? You can’t. You just can’t.”
Tell the Warriors’ legend that Golden State (44-14) no longer remains the favorites to win their third NBA championship in four years after going 4-4 before the All-Star break and falling a half game behind the Houston Rockets (44-13) for the Western Conference’s top seed. “How can you predict now? It’s the All-Star break,” Barry told Bay Area News Group. “You can do some predictions in April. Now you have some ideas on who might win and who might not win. But the reality is if the Warriors play their best basketball offensively and defensively in a seven-game series, nobody is going to beat them. It’s that simple. Nobody is as good as they are when they are playing their best.”
Tell him the Warriors are not playing at their best because they feel the fatigue stemmed from appearing in three consecutive NBA Finals. Or that the Warriors’ ailments simply stem from needing to recharge during the NBA All-Star break. “It’ll be a great opportunity to go ahead and reenergize a little bit and get a little bit of time off. But I still find it difficult to hear how they’re tired. I’m hearing how guys are tired. Tired of what?” Barry asked incredulously. “They don’t play. The most that anybody plays is 36 freaking minutes. They travel on charter planes. I listen to all this stuff and I’m thinking, ‘Oh my god. These guys would probably be crying if they had to do what we had to do.’ It doesn’t make any freaking sense. How can you be tired playing 36 minutes a game under the circumstances they play with staying in beautiful hotels, getting fed right, getting a dietician and being on charter planes and all of the other stuff they have? I don’t even like to hear it. It’s ridiculous.”
Because at this time, in this city, we are treated three and four times a week to the two best basketball voices in the world — Mike Breen and Ian Eagle, two sons of the metropolis who dreamed impossible dreams when they were young and grew to realize every last one of them. “To sit courtside at Madison Square Garden for Knicks games as a job?” Breen said one recent night, sitting about 5 feet away from that nightly catbird’s seat. “I take it as an honor and a privilege, and I know it all sounds hokey, but for someone who grew up here, it’s so true. I try to never let myself forget how fortunate I am.”
Breen, of course, still carries the memory of those childhood trips to the Garden, remembering how much the team mattered to him, how much it matters still to the fans who continue to flock there. The games that have struck him lately are too many of the ones in March and April in recent years. “The Knicks can be 20 games under .500 and down 10 in the fourth quarter, and they make a comeback, and you’d think it’s an elimination game in the playoffs,” Breen says. “Those games make me realize it’s the fans who make it so special for me. You so want the team to be good again for the fans, loyal and passionate fans who deserve a great team.”