Before injuries derailed his career, Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway was one of the most exciting, promising young players in the league. He made four All-Star teams and three All-NBA teams in his first six seasons with the Orlando Magic before being dealt to the Suns, where his body slowly deteriorated. According to Hardaway, the offcourt persona is an essential part of being an NBA superstar, and that’s why he thinks San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard doesn’t deserve the title [of superstar]. Hardaway explained his position on Sirius XM’s NBA show, “Bottomline.”
August 4, 2021 | 10:09 am EDT Update
Adrian Wojnarowski: Four-time All-Star guard Kemba Walker has agreed to a contract buyout with the Oklahoma City Thunder, and upon clearing waivers, plans to sign with the New York Knicks, sources tell ESPN.
August 4, 2021 | 9:57 am EDT Update
Adrian Wojnarowski: Restricted free agent F John Collins has agreed to a five-year, $125M deal to stay with the Atlanta Hawks, @excelbasketball agents Sean Kennedy and Jeff Schwartz tell ESPN.
Nets Daily: As for Dinwiddie, they’re taking hard line with Wizards. They don’t want to take back big bucks player. But ultimately they’re not going to stand in the way of him getting paid. Crunchtime is Friday when Westbrook trade can become official. Do they get into it?
Nets Daily: Finally, despite some propaganda that Tsai wouldn’t spend, this year’s Nets and Warriors will be the two most expensive teams ever with $300 million rosters. It’s an enormous commitment. Insiders say he’s been unwavering in providing resources needed.
The San Antonio Spurs had interest in signing Lauri Markkanen in free agency, but his asking price exceeded what they were willing to pay, according to Brian Windhorst on The Hoop Collective. San Antonio, however, signed Zach Collins to a three-year, $22 million deal despite his multiple ankle surgeries. The number San Antonio gave Collins offers some insight into what Markkanen is seeking well beyond that.
The New Orleans Pelicans offered Chris Paul a three-year, $100 million contract in free agency before he agreed to re-sign with the Phoenix Suns on a four-year, $120 million deal that is partially guaranteed. “And Chris Paul, who they offered $100 million from what I understand,” said Brian Windhorst. “It helped Phoenix convince to give him at least partially guaranteed fourth year… I think Chris entertained it for some period of time.”