Free Agency Rumors
New York has been in the bottom third of the NBA on defense all season long, which is the chief reason the club will miss the playoffs for the fourth straight season. Jeff Hornacek is well aware of this. The head coach hinted on Monday that it’s an issue that will be dealt with in the offseason. “I think if you look at our defense this year, we can use some more defensive players,” Hornacek said. “[Management] will look at that. [General manager] Steve [Mills] and [president] Phil [Jackson] and those guys will look at whatever can help us out. We know we need some help there.”
Rod Beard: #Pistons SVG on keeping Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who will be a restricted free agent and could get some huge.. “We only don’t have (KCP) next year if we decide we don’t want him next year. There’s no team out there that can decide they’re going to have KCP next year — it’s on us. “It will be our decision this summer whether he’s in Detroit next year. Other people can want him but they need us to acquiesce if they’re going to have him.”
As Spanish newspaper “As” reports, Anthony Randolph and Real Madrid have a deal for a three-year extension of his contract, which will keep the American big man in Spain until 2020. The deal was first reported by Israeli journalist Moshe Barda two days ago, who like “As”, confirmed also that there’s a tricky part on the contract. The new deal will include an NBA out option, as Randolph still has his eyes also in the NBA.
Your contract expires after the season and the Celtics have a couple young big men stashed overseas. Have you thought about your future beyond this season? Johnson: “I haven’t thought about it. My summer plan is just like getting my daughter’s room in order and building the play set in the backyard. That’s it. That’s my mindset. I’ll be doing the same things: getting my body right during the summer, being prepared for games. I’m really the type of player that can really just go out there and play with anybody, whether I’m starting the game or coming off the bench, I can give a little bit of something. Hopefully I can come back here and continue what we’ve got going. I was with Toronto for six years and Detroit for four. I’ve been here for two years. I haven’t been going team to team, just one-year rides. You see some guys that go to different teams every year. I kind of like to stay in one place for a while.”
NBA.com: That’s right. In January 1973, a house that Abdul-Jabbar owned in D.C. was targeted in a home invasion. [Terrorists murdered several people in an attack on the player’s spiritual teacher Hamaas Abdul Khaalis, a rival of Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad. Abdul-Jabbar was not present at the time.] WE: That took Washington out, so it got down to the Lakers or the Knicks. We did everything we could do to talk him out of wanting to be traded. But he said, “Nope. If you don’t, I’ll become a free agent or I’ll sign with the ABA.” Of course we didn’t want that to happen. So we decided to keep it quiet. “Let’s not go public until we have a deal.”
Jimmy Butler told members of the Chicago media the choice to return for $23.8 million “is weighing” on Wade, who is out for the rest of the regular season because of an elbow injury. “I still think he’s got a lot more basketball left if you ask me,’’ Butler said last week. “I think everybody knows that I really like the guy as a person. He’s taught me so much on the floor, off the floor, but that’s his decision. You’ve always got to do what’s right and not only for him but for his family. But that choice is weighing on him because it is a player option. “I tell D, ‘You do what you have to do.’’’