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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.
Storyline: Alex Len 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.
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.”
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.”
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