January will mark your 18th season as owner of the Dallas Mavericks. When you first bought the team, did you envision the franchise having as much success as it has? Mark Cuban: No. I had no clue what to expect. I just approached it like any other company of mine. I was going to bust my ass, innovate and put everyone around me in a position to succeed. And then cross my fingers and hope for the best.
June 23, 2018 | 10:12 pm EDT Update
The Suns will be busy before July 1. Expect them to renounce their rights to center Alex Len and point guard Elfrid Payton, making them both free agents. Ayton’s addition has made Len expendable, and while Phoenix still needs point-guard help, Payton’s inconsistent play last season and, more importantly, his $10 million cap hold figure, likely means he’s played his last game in a Suns uniform. Letting Len and Payton walk will put Phoenix approximately $10 million under the cap.
The drafting of 7-footer Mitchell Robinson in the second round Thursday has put 7-foot-1 center Luke Kornet’s future in flux, according to sources. Kornet was on a two-way contract last season after being undrafted last June and the Knicks have extended a qualifying offer for another two-way deal ahead of his restricted-free agency.
If another club gives the former Vanderbilt star an offer for the regular minimum contract for a second-year player ($1.2M), there could be a chance the Knicks don’t match it, pending Robinson’s summer-league performance. According to a source, there will be a handful of clubs with a passing interest. The stickiest part is Kornet, a new-age outside-shooting 3-point shooter who played 20 games, may not play Knicks summer league because of the uncertainty.
Michael Scotto: Former 2013 first-round draft pick Archie Goodwin will play in Summer League with the Portland Trail Blazers, a league source told The Athletic. Goodwin was in training camp with Portland last year.
Brett Brown, interim 76ers general manager, apparently doesn’t believe in hitting singles. He’s all about swinging for the fences. Brown isn’t hoping to add a role player to help the team he coaches — he’s looking for a difference-maker to get the Sixers from 52 wins a year ago to a championship contender. He made that clear Thursday night during and after the NBA Draft, and again during Friday’s news conference introducing first-round picks Zhaire Smith and Landry Shamet. “The whole notion of star hunting, star chasing, star development is at the forefront of everything we do,” Brown said. “I would just like to go there to admit it to all of us. The timeline is now.”
It might be more likely they end up with none of them, but Brown sees no reason to try to make a minor move at this point. “I’m here to win a championship,” Brown said Friday. “We are star hunting … (and) you need assets to trade for a star. That unprotected pick is gold.”
Athletes have no problem going to Twitter or Instagram to tell “their” side of a story. Marvin Bagley III would prefer a microphone. “You have people who like to draw, who do yoga, run, jog and just do different things,” said the Kings rookie forward. “I think music is my way of showing people a different side of me, telling my story, how I got to this position that I’m in. Just showing the people in the world a different side of me.”