D’Angelo Russell doesn’t have any idea when he’ll be ready to get back on the court. But the injured point guard joined his teammates on the current trip, with Russell, coach Kenny Atkinson and the other Nets saying it can only be a good thing to have him around, involved and engaged during his rehab. “I’m feeling better and better every day. So yeah, it’s cool,” said Russell, who saw the Nets bet the Grizzlies 98-88 on Sunday at FedEx Forum. “I don’t know [the timeline]. Really, honestly I’m just trying to stay healthy and get as strong as I can before I get back out on the floor. It’s definitely not something I want to rush. …. I’m not really forcing anything, just doing what the trainers tell me day in and day out and go from there, see how I feel every day.”
August 8, 2022 | 3:17 pm EDT Update
Michael Scotto: Sources: James Harden has a 15 percent trade kicker included in his two-year, $68.64 million deal with the Philadelphia 76ers, @hoopshype has learned. Harden’s deal also contains a player option, as others have reported.
Damion Lee, whose L.E.E. Way Foundation hosted a charity golf scramble at the University of Louisville Golf Club, was seen pulling up in a golf cart with the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy riding shotgun. Steph Curry posted a video of the moment on his Instagram account.
“Y’all trying to play some golf?” Lee asks in the video, which also features a cameo from first-year U of L basketball assistant coach Nolan Smith. “How you pullin’ up on ’em?!” Curry shots back in response.
The annual Danny Thomas Celebrity-Am tournament is brining in a stacked list of national and local celebrities for Thursday’s event at Spring Creek Ranch Golf Course in Collierville. Penny Hardaway, Vince Carter, Chris Webber Brevin Knight and Garrett Temple are among the participants with an NBA background.
August 8, 2022 | 2:39 pm EDT Update
In a face-to-face meeting with Brooklyn Nets owner Joe Tsai over the weekend, All-NBA star Kevin Durant reiterated his trade request and informed Tsai that he needs to choose between Durant or the pairing of general manager Sean Marks and coach Steve Nash, sources tell The Athletic. Durant stated he does not have faith in the team’s direction, sources said.
Durant and Tsai spoke in London on Saturday and sources described the discussion as transparent and professional. The meeting took place a year to the day that Durant agreed to a four-year, $198 million contract extension with the Nets and barely over a month after his initial trade request on June 30. He is now entering the first season of that extension.
The Celtics, Toronto Raptors and Miami Heat remain the most significant candidates to acquire Durant, sources said, with Boston’s package centering around All-Star forward Jaylen Brown seen as a viable deal. Tsai and the Nets have made clear privately that they will take every last asset from a team that trades for Durant, sources said.