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This is your first experience with the crazy NBA off-season and rumour mill. How are you handling it? Murray: It’s different knowing I could be in Cleveland right now. I could be in Minnesota. I could be anywhere in a couple days. It’s kind of nerve wracking because you don’t know what’s going on and there are so many rumours. I just have to stay ready and prepared for any opportunity. SN: How many texts have you gotten about it? Murray: I don’t really text a lot of people so it’s good to have nobody texting you about it. [laughing]
They poked around with Denver, but the Nuggets drew a line at Jamal Murray, sources say. Those teams had to weigh the possibility of Butler bolting in 2019, which cooled the market a bit, sources say.
There is not much evidence, at least not now, that Indiana got close with anyone. Denver made a solid offer for George, roping in assets from a third team, per league sources, but the Nuggets were hesitant to part with Jamal Murray, sources say. (Nikola Jokic is rightfully untouchable.) The Pacers may regret this outcome. George can opt out after next season, and he’s probably not going to make an All-NBA team this time around — precluding Indy from offering him a mega-extension that would blow away anything rivals could dangle.
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October 16, 2017 | 7:30 pm EDT Update
Adrian Wojnarowski: Denver will likely waive guard Jameer Nelson to create a roster spot for Jefferson, league sources tell ESPN.
After further evaluation, Exum (6-6, 190, Australia) has elected to undergo surgery to stabilize the AC joint of his left shoulder. The surgery is scheduled to take place Tuesday, October 24 in Los Angeles. Further updates will be provided when appropriate.
Los Angeles Lakers rookie point guard Lonzo Ball practiced in full Monday and declared himself ready to play in the team’s season opener Thursday against the LA Clippers. When asked what made the regular-season opener special after his experiences in the summer league and preseason, Ball downplayed it a bit, saying, “It’s the opener. That’s all there is to it. Gotta get a win.”
Walton also commented on Ball’s shoe choice for the regular season, saying that what the rookie wants to wear will be Ball’s decision. “As long as the shoes are strong enough to support, he’s going to wear what he wants,” Walton said. “They’re shoes, he should be fine. Guys used to play in Chuck Taylors, and played entire NBA careers. Unless there’s like an actual, something wrong with the way they’re made, the stitching where it just rips out, which I haven’t seen happen, I think he should be able to wear what he wants.”
One day after his first full-court scrimmaging of the preseason, Charlotte Hornets point guard Michael Carter-Williams experienced knee pain Monday, and was held out of scrimmages.