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The Wolves have pursued free agents Dante Cunningham, Tony Allen and their own Shabazz Muhammad, among others, but haven’t yet reached agreements with anyone.
McDonough, who flew overseas Tuesday to watch forward Dragan Bender play for Croatia in the EuroBasket 2017 championships, said the Suns might work out players over the next week or two to see if any “stand out.” But, he said, it’s unlikely Phoenix would sign a veteran to replace Reed. That would seem to eliminate free agents such as Tony Allen, Monta Ellis or former Suns guard Leandro Barbosa.
Darren Wolfson: In addition to T. Allen, one FA the #Twolves remain interested in is Ian Clark, I hear. Word also is he’s turned down other minimum offers.
Tim MacMahon: Clippers and Timberwolves are two teams I’ve heard that have interest in Tony Allen. Doc Rivers, Thibs have ties to him from Celtics days.
Peter Edmiston: Interesting – @cagrizbeat Ronald Tillery tells me on the show he’s hearing the Grizzlies are only prepared to offer Tony Allen the veteran’s minimum.
Allen and Zach Randolph are both unrestricted free agents after this season. That means they are guaranteed to play just four more home games. Two regular-season games, and two playoff home games. After that, who knows? “I’ve already talked to the front office, and if it works out for us that we can have him back, I love him,” said Fizdale when asked about Allen’s future with the team. “But I also know that we have to make some decisions based on what’s best for the unit. That’s where we’ll come together and we’ll see what’s on the table and we’ll give our input on what gives us our best chance moving forward.”
In other words, maybe the Grizzlies will be able to afford Allen, maybe they won’t. They already have $74 million tied up in Marc Gasol, Mike Conley and Chandler Parsons next season. So you can imagine that they might find a way to bring Allen back on a two-year contract. Or you can imagine they might look at Wayne Selden’s prototypical NBA body and $1.3 million salary and try and persuade themselves — wrongly, I think — that Selden can do what Allen can do for less than half the price.
Allen, for one, isn’t dwelling on it. Perhaps because it pains him too much. “I don’t even want to think about that,” he said. “What I embody for this organization, everything that I embody, it would be almost like a divorce if I go somewhere.”
“Even if I don’t sign here, I’m going to still live here,” he said. “I’m thankful, I’m glad that the city embraced me, my hard work and my work ethic. That’s what made that connection, that bond, that made me want to call myself a Memphian. You know I’m born in Chicago but I’m a Memphian.”
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Sorry to shut down the party, but a Davis-to-the-Celtics deal isn’t happening any time soon. During an appearance on “The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz,” ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski explained why Davis will remain in a Pelicans jersey. “New Orleans has no intention of trading Anthony Davis,” Woj said. “Boston’s uniquely positioned in that they have draft picks and young players and all the things — if a team was gonna trade Anthony Davis — all the things you’d want. But [the Pelicans] aren’t trading Anthony Davis… He wants to make it work in New Orleans. He wants to get into the playoffs.”
That being said, Jazz players acknowledge they have to be better at tuning out the outside chatter. If anything, the Jazz want to use the uncertainty to galvanize them. Favors said he’s taken to creating diversions for himself. He plays video games. He watches television. He tries to stay off social media. “We can’t pay attention to it,” Favors said. “We have to let them do all of the talking, the reporters, the fans, the people on twitter. We can’t pay attention to it. We see it. Everyone has their trade ideas. But for me, I try not to pay attention. If [a trade happens] it happens. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t. I’m going to play hard regardless.”
Frank is suffering from a kidney ailment serious enough that DeRozan has left the team twice already this season to spend an extra day with him when and where he can. Having the all-star weekend in L.A. means another visit home and a chance to share it with the man who shared so many all-star memories with him. “I want my family to always experience the things they don’t get to see every single day,” he said earlier Thursday to a small group of reporters before his spot as a starter had been announced. “It’s really like a dream when you think about it,” he continued. “Especially with me being the kind of basketball fan I was growing up and watching every single all-star game. I remember it was in L.A. [in 2004] and just being amazed that it was in L.A. I wasn’t around none of the festivities [he was 13 at the time], but just to feel that energy now years later and for me to have the opportunity to not just be in it but start in it, it makes me feel like a kid all over again. It’s a humbling thing. Everything about it is something I would never believe.”
Anthony Slater: Is there a random guy beyond LeBron or your teammates you’d like to have on your team? Steph Curry: “Giannis. He dunked on me last year. May have to get him on my team so that doesn’t happen again”
Then following Thursday night’s game against the Celtics, which the 76ers’ won on the road, Joel was asked about the possibility of a date with Rihanna in his post-game interview, which he surprisingly isn’t down for anymore. Joel joking said that he might need to pass on her now since she turned him down a few years ago. “She denied me back then so why go with her again. I have to pass and move on to the next one,” Joel said on TNT, before ending the interview with “Trust the Process.”
Of course, what I found most interesting was actually the guys who got multiple votes from their compatriots without being All-Star caliber players. My favorite list of player-voted non-All-Stars includes: Michael Beasley (4), Gordon Hayward (2), Boban Marjanovic (2), Jahlil Okafor (4), Quincy Acy (2), Tyler Zeller (4), T.J. McConnell (2), Elfrid Payton (2), Zaza Pachulia (3), Taj Gibson (6), Zach Randolph (5), Maurice Harkless (2), Deyonta Davis (3), Lonzo Ball (9), Mike Conley (3).