A free agent next offseason, it’s obvious both sides are interested in a long-term commitment. “It’s been really good for me so far,” Bradley said. “We have a great group of guys, a great coaching staff that’s pushing us every day and I feel like we are going to continue to grow as a group.”
Just as Van Gundy had the word of Pistons owner Tom Gores that it was OK to wade into luxury tax territory to retain Caldwell-Pope, he expects the same marching orders next summer to keep Bradley. “In the right situation for the right people, Tom’s more than willing to pay the tax,” Van Gundy said. “I think about half the league’s going to be paying the tax this year. Tom’s not opposed to that.”
It’s also not a fait accompli that the Pistons will need to cross that threshold to retain Bradley. Van Gundy, general manager Jeff Bower and associate GM Pat Garrity, the organization’s point man on cap issues, have game planned for multiple scenarios with regard to the cap and roster for next summer. “We’ve got other strategies,” Van Gundy said. “The finances will not inhibit our ability to re-sign Avery at whatever it takes. If we’re in a situation where we want Avery back and Avery wants to be here, we’ll be able to bring him back.”
Sources close to the process believe that Detroit traded for Bradley knowing full well it would be very expensive to retain him beyond this season, however, if he is everything they hope he’ll be, they have no issues paying him. The wrinkle in all of this is the Pistons as a team. If Detroit continues to be middling as they were last season, would it be smarter to trade off Bradley at the trade deadline and get value? The other option is to keep investing in a team that is not appearing to turn the corner.
The situation, incidentally, is the same with Avery Bradley, and some league general managers are saying his defensive abilities, coupled with an improving offensive skill set, could make him a big get if he’s allowed to become a free agent in 2018.
Most notably, Doc Rivers and Joel Embiid’s stingy comments following the Sixers’ exit appear to have dented their relationship with Simmons. For Matisse Thybulle, his own error in the team’s loss should not be excused from the eyes of the fault-finding committee. Via the TheOldMan&TheThree: “He was thrown under the bus.. I lost us the game, which lost us the series & no one really spoke about it. They wanted to talk about passing up the dunk & passing it to me more than my foul.”
Oklahoma City Thunder executive vice president Sam Presti on Friday said rookie Josh Giddey is ready to participate in training camp after suffering an ankle injury during the Las Vegas Summer League. Giddey was injured five minutes into his debut game with the Thunder and did not return to play in Las Vegas. The team opted to be cautious with the injury and did not want to rush him back into action, a decision Presti expounded on during his press conference. He is fine. It was an ankle sprain. The worst thing in those situations in summer league is when someone gets nicked up like that is you just don’t have enough time to get them back before summer league is over. If you could even get him back, by the end of summer league, the games deteriorate pretty quickly. He is doing good.
Love responded to Colangelo’s comments during a recent appearance on “The Shop: Uninterrupted.” “There was no need to do that,” Love said. “(Colangelo was) protecting his legacy. He wanted something to point the finger at if they lost.”
Although Colangelo’s comments were delivered in July, Love didn’t hold back his emotions when the topic was brought up. “It was just wrong in so many ways,” added Love. “And for me, I’m sitting up here being the nice guy right now but honestly, fuck that. Fuck him.”
Nets Daily: ICYMI, Tiago Splitter announced that he’s taking on additional duties: as assistant coach on Brazil’s national team. Other Nets assistants have coached internationally: Royal Ivey as head coach of South Sudan and Jordan Ott an assistant with Dominican Republic.
Callie Caplan: Mark Cuban on @theeagledallas said Dirk’s jersey retirement is “potentially happening this year.” “That’s going to be up to Dirk because Dirk travels a lot these days.” Said Dirk has approved initial prototype of his statue, but Cuban wants to wait until there’s more to show.
While some people took exception with Rosas’ leadership style, Finch enjoys nearly universal approval up and down the Timberwolves ranks. He has built relationships with those in the front office, enters the season with a coaching staff that includes a mix of people he brought in and holdovers from Ryan Saunders’ staff who respect his approach and coaching acumen, and has gained the confidence of players on the roster for the adjustments he made toward the end of last season to help open up the offense and put them in positions in which they are comfortable.