Ohm Youngmisuk: LaVar Ball reiterated there's no reason for him to thank President Trump in the case of his son, LiAngelo, and two other UCLA freshmen returning to the U.S. after being held in China for shoplifting. "You heard what he tweeted," Ball said of Trump during an interview on CNN. "He tweeted because he is mad at me [that] I should have left their asses in jail. First of all, they weren't in jail, they were in a hotel. How did they get into a hotel? Somebody had to do something. Did he do it? If he paid for the money to put up whatever we needed to do then I would say thank you. Did he do that?... He said he helped. How did he help? If he helped, I would say thank you... Do I think the president helped? I don't know. I don't care and I don't know." Ball did thank Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Adam Zagoria: "If I was going to thank somebody I would probably thank President Xi. He's the President in China." - LaVar Ball
August 1, 2021 | 8:24 pm EDT Update
The Pacers would like to unload Jeremy Lamb, who is in the final year ($10.5 million) of his contract and has had health issues since he broke his left leg and tore knee ligaments two seasons ago. They don’t have a spot for him, and his defense is a liability on a team that took a major step back there under Nate Bjorkgren.
Despite anticipation that the Pacers will do something to shake things up — trading Myles Turner or Malcolm Brogdon have been the most popular topics — it’s unlikely anything seismic happens, a league source tells IndyStar going into the weekend.
The Rockets, a league source told IndyStar, are hoping to sign-and-trade Avery Bradley if he can find a suitor. The New Orleans Pelicans has been a possible landing spot for the 6-3 guard, who has been injury-prone as he has played in just 27, 49, 63, 46 and 55 in his last five seasons.
Chris Fedor: #Cavs Dylan Windler will not be on the team’s Summer League roster in Las Vegas, sources tell @clevelanddotcom. Windler is starting to get healthy after left knee surgery but team is being cautious, wanting to make sure he’s right for training camp.
Tom Orsborn: Josh Primo’s early impression of fellow draftee Joe Wieskamp: “He’s a great shooter. He gets his feet set really quickly and he makes the right play. He gets to the right spots on defense. He’s always moving, always cutting. He’s been great.”
August 1, 2021 | 7:15 pm EDT Update
According to a league source, the team is losing confidence in its ability to re-sign veteran wing Evan Fournier. The Celtics acquired Fournier from the Magic in exchange for two second-round picks in March. The move was completed to bolster Boston’s playoff push, and because it would give the Celtics the ability to sign Fournier to a long-term deal this summer despite being over the salary cap since they would hold his Bird Rights.
According to a league source, the Celtics prefer to pursue a player with extensive experience and are focused on adding size and shooting, and forward Jeff Green is believed to be a primary target. Green played for the Celtics from 2011-2015, including a season and a half with Stevens as his head coach.