June 18, 2021 | 11:28 am EDT Update
Shane Battier has left his full time job heading up the Heat’s basketball development and analytics department but will do consulting work for the organization, according to a league source. Battier, 42, initially joined the Heat’s front office on Feb. 16, 2017 as the director of basketball development and analytics and just completed his fourth season as the organization’s vice president of basketball development and analytics. His responsibilities included the development of analytics to evaluate talent, including college prospects, free agents and current Heat players.
It’s possible that some combination of coach Erik Spoelstra, general manager Andy Elisburg, assistant GM Adam Simon and CEO Nick Arison could fill Riley’s personnel responsibilities when he retires, but that’s speculative at this point. Alonzo Mourning, the Heat’s vice president of player programs, also could be considered for a bigger role if he’s interested.
Going into the combine, Hyland is widely seen as a late first-round (where he was projected on our mock draft and another from USA TODAY’s Scott Gleeson) or early second-round pick at this point. But anyone who can shoot the ball the way Bones can has a legitimate chance to make an organization fall in love during pre-draft. “You draft him because he is a shot creator, he is skilled, he can score, he can shoot it and he handles it. He is a below-the-rim finisher,” said an NBA executive, who spoke to For The Win on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly on behalf of their team.
Hyland plays the game without fear and that becomes even more obvious when he in the open floor. If he is running the break, he is one of the few prospects who has the guts to ever consider stopping near the logo to pull up from deep, a move most wouldn’t even dare to try while playing NBA 2K. “I love transition,” said Hyland. “That’s what makes the game fun. I love hearing the crowd screaming, yelling, and you just pull up from 30 feet deep. Boom! Bow! The ball goes in and it’s just like, ‘Yo, you just made the crowd go crazy.’ That’s been me my whole life.”
June 18, 2021 | 11:09 am EDT Update
Bobby Marks: Kemba Walker has a 15% trade bonus that becomes voided. If Walker was dealt after the new cap calendar year (8/6), the bonus would have been worth $3.2M.
The trade also continues a consistent trend under Presti for Oklahoma City to work with players to find them a suitable new home, something he has done with Chris Paul, Danny Green and now Horford after acquiring all three within the past several months. Oklahoma City will work with Walker in a similar fashion, sources said.
Bobby Marks: Financial savings right now for Boston is $20M. That number could increase to $32M if Al Horford is waived before the 2022/23 season. The Horford $26.5M contract in 2022/23 is guaranteed $14.5M.
June 18, 2021 | 9:58 am EDT Update
The Indiana Pacers had a disappointing 20-21 season in which they fired Nate Bjorkgren as head coach after one season, but Kevin Pritchard will remain in his role running the front office. “Let me say a few things about Indiana,” said Brian Windhorst. “One, I know Kevin Pritchard, their general manager, came out and gave a press conference and made it sound like his future was in some sort of doubt there. That is no longer the case. He has been assured he will be there. I don’t think he was ever really in danger. Herb Simon, who is the owner of the team, is extremely close to him. They have an extremely close relationship. It doesn’t mean they couldn’t make a change. Without going too far, I will say Kevin Pritchard has been assured he’s going to be there.”