Surely, the Celtics must be coming for Butler next, right? As of Sunday, the talk is based more on speculation than reality, a stance that at least three league executives the Tribune spoke to over the weekend don’t expect to change by Thursday. There is plenty of belief within the league and the Bulls organization that the Celtics are poised to use the No. 3 pick Thursday and then pursue Jazz All-Star Gordon Hayward in free agency come July.
August 14, 2022 | 2:04 pm EDT Update
On the heels of the strong finish to the 2021-22 NBA Regular Season, Jaylen Hoard officially moved his talents to Hapoel Vegan Friendly Tel Aviv on Sunday. Back from six years in the USA, the newcomer signed a training-camp deal, the team announced. The contract is not fully guaranteed. Instead includes a team option for the rest of the season at the end of the training camp and before the launch of the next editions of the 7DAYS EuroCup and Israel’s domestic competitions.
Huge Besson returns to France after signing with Metropolitans 92, where he will play next season alongside Victor Wembanyama and coach Vincent Collet. The 58th pick of the NBA draft, whose rights belong to the Bucks, will have the chance to play on his home soil after a season in New Zealand and improve his game.
Hosting Poland in Istanbul, Turkey got the win Sunday, the second in three prep games. In the lead the entire way up to the 94-78 victory, backed by a game-high 18 points poured by Cedi Osman. The Cleveland Cavaliers player connected 4/6 from three-point range, 5/7 field goals, and 4/4 free throws in just under 20 minutes.
Furkan Korkmaz of the Philadelphia 76ers was limited to 2/9 field goals in a 12-point effort combined with five rebounds and three assists. Houston Rockets’ Alperen Sengun did not play. Neither did San Antonio Spurs rookie Jeremy Sochan for Poland.
Estonia overcame Jusuf Nurkic and Bosnia and Herzegovina’s challenge in a friendly preparation game in Tartu with the final score of 102-89 (16-22, 30-25, 33-12, 23-30). Bosnia and Herzegovina: Dzanan Musa 21 (6 REB), Jusuf Nurkic 18 (9 REB), Aleksandar Lazic 12 (7 REB), John Roberson 11, Amar Gegic 10, Adin Vrabac 10.
A basketball club battling a group of dog walkers over a western suburbs reserve it wants to be the site of a proposed indoor sports stadium has scored the support of teenage Australian NBA player Josh Giddey. The 19-year-old, who was drafted to Oklahoma City Thunder last year, wrote to Maribyrnong City Council offering his help to get the proposed six-court arena on Yarraville’s McIvor Reserve “over the line”.