Donatas Urbonas: Kuzminskas told he almost signed with another NBA team after he left Knicks but he didn’t because of some circumstances. He got 2-way deal offer but didn’t want to be thrown between NBA and D League. Kuzminskas hopes to come back to the NBA in future: ‘I believe I can play there’
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Emiliano Carchia: Mindaugas Kuzminskas’ contract with Olimpia Milano will be till June 2019 with an NBA opt clause for next summer, as reported by Sportando’s @AlessandroMagg4
The Lakers are keeping tabs on free agent Mindaugas Kuzminskas. According to sources with knowledge of the team’s thinking, the Lakers, in need of perimeter shooting, are doing their due diligence and met with the forward recently while they evaluate their wing depth.
Michael Scotto: Milwaukee Bucks are among the teams interested in former Knicks forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas, league sources told @BBallInsiders. Milwaukee currently has a full roster and would need to create a roster spot to add Kuzminskas.
Free-agent forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas talked about his future after being waived by the New York Knicks. “My priority is NBA,” Kuzminskas told reporter Donatas Urbonas. “But who knows, maybe nobody needs me. Then I would consider return to Europe.” He confirmed that money won’t be his priority: “If I needed money, I would have stayed in New York. I want to play, not to sit on the bench.”
Marc Berman: Hornacek says Kuzminskas was “great” and it was numbers. So great he’s been cut with a hefty contract.
Ian Begley: One factor in decision to waive Kuzminskas over Ramon Sessions, as reported by @Adrian Wojnarowski, was due to the recent injury history of Jarrett Jack, per sources. The Knicks have to eat around $3 million to waive Kuzminskas— about 700K more than they would have if they waived Sessions.
Stefan Bondy: Kuz clarified his contract situation. He’s on an expiring deal, no options. He’s inactive tonight and is anxious to find out what happens tomorrow when Knicks need to trim roster to accommodate Joakim Noah’s return.
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Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry is targeting a return to action on Friday against the Atlanta Hawks, the team’s next opponent, league sources told ESPN. The two-time MVP will have his right ankle re-evaluated on Tuesday. If the evaluation reveals enough progress and there are no unforeseen setbacks from this point to Friday, the sharpshooter intends to play after missing the past five games, sources said.
Marc Gasol said he will have questions about the direction of the team after the offseason. How will you reassure him that Memphis remains the best fit for him at this stage of his career? Chris Wallace: Marc is having a terrific career here, both individually – being a multiple All-Star, being defensive player of the year, the All-NBA recognition. And he’s had tremendous team success. So, I don’t think one off year from the team success side tarnishes what he’s achieved or necessarily is going to be the norm going forward for the Grizzlies. This happens to all sorts of teams, where you have not as good a year as where you expect to be. But that doesn’t mean you can’t jump right back in and be successful again next year and that’s what our goal is. And he’s a big part of that.
Shumpert is almost certain to opt in for next season. Having dealt with foot and knee injuries, this is not the time for Shumpert to test free agency when he has $11 million guaranteed for next season, even if he’s not a part of the Kings’ long-term plans. I’m intrigued by what Shumpert might add. He’s only 27 and has shown he can play in pressure situations, having been a part of Cleveland’s 2016 NBA championship team. Shumpert will be motivated to show the rest of the league he is healthy and that he can play a key role on a team.
Donatas Urbonas: Gudaitis confirmed he met with Cavaliers representatives in Milano. They invited Gudaitis to work out in Cleveland upcoming summer. Gudaitis told his priority is National Team and FIBA 19 qualifiers. But if everything is ok with the schedule, he’ll come to Cleveland
Now that you’re in New York, this is a totally different market. How have you felt about the way the city has embraced you? Michael Beasley: Honestly, I couldn’t ask for anything better. For the city and fans to embrace not only the way I play but who I am as much as they did – it feels great to be able to be yourself and be accepted. I thank the city forever for that. It’s unfortunate we couldn’t win as much as we wanted to this year.
Players like DeMar DeRozan and Kevin Love have talked about that anxiety. Do you think that has helped others be more open with their own struggles? Michael Beasley: Hats off to those guys, man. More people than you think go through that. I go through it. It took me awhile to realize it because we’re raised to believe that it’s an embarrassing thing. It’s definitely inspiring for them to be honest about what they are experiencing. They opened up the floodgates, they opened up the doors, for the next great NBA player or even the next great scientist. The next shy kid with anxiety can break out of their shell because of this.
I watched your interview with Taylor Rooks on SNY where you talked about parenting your daughter, painting your nails. I thought that was super cool. Michael Beasley: [Laughs] Listen, man. I lost my hood card because I’ve got paint on my nails, bro. So that’s good to hear. My four-year-old will be five in April. Not much will change in those years. I think it’s cool. People should be themselves no matter what anyone says and how it feels. Just be comfortable with being yourself.