Although he was healthy enough, Portland (19-17) opted against playing Lillard in Monday night’s overtime victory over the Chicago Bulls so that he wouldn’t face a back-to-back set of games upon his return. The two-time NBA All-Star is averaging 25.2 points, 5.0 rebounds and 6.4 assists.
July 6, 2022 | 2:03 pm EDT Update
Jason Anderson: Sacramento Kings officially announce trade for Kevin Huerter. pic.twitter.com/BIZSsXNugp
James L. Edwards III: Killian Hayes, who was the No. 7 pick in 2020, is the interesting one of the third-year players at Summer League. I get the sense he’ll play a decent amount of games, if not all of them. My assumption is that he’ll be watched closest by the Pistons’ front office and coaching staff. The 20-year-old has to dominate, or come close to it, in order for Detroit to feel more at ease with him going forward. It’s been a bumpy two seasons for Hayes because of numerous injuries, a struggling jump shot and difficulties finishing around the rim. The organization surely wants to see him run the offense without hiccups, have the “I’m too good for this” aggressiveness and show improvements with his jumper.
Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi have reached another historic feat after NBA 2K announced the two WNBA legends would grace the cover of the WNBA Edition of NBA 2K23. Taurasi and Bird embark on this moment together as they did back in college when they won the national title for Connecticut in 2002. From college to the WNBA, they both have had legendary careers.
When Players Only started last fall, it was billed as a unique NFT project, co-founded by Michael Carter-Williams, supported by other pro athletes, that would allow investors who bought its non-fungible tokens to interact with them in person and through the online community the project was building. But by this spring, the project had sputtered. Conversations on its Discord server — a voice, video and text digital platform, had slowed. An April AMA session centered on the project’s founders hearing out grievances from its NFT holders. A long backlog of giveaways built up.
The sudden changes came on the same day that The Athletic spoke to Carter-Williams, on June 9, about the project’s problems, and Players Only was already set to sunset. In that conversation, he denied any malevolent intentions; he said the project simply failed. “If there’s a mistake that I made, I’m willing to say that we made a mistake. This project was a failure. There are people that are owed things, that will receive what they are owed, and it took too long of a time. Yes, I agree. But I don’t deserve to be called a liar,” he said, referring to accusations made on the official Discord server. “I don’t deserve (for it to be said) that I stole people’s money. I don’t deserve that. People say that this project was a rug-pull; I put too much time and effort into this for that to be the consensus of it. And there’s too many people that were happy with the project for that to happen. “I was the founder of this project and the people that were working with this project as well don’t deserve to be called that and have their image be tarnished like that.”
After a conversation with a reporter with The Athletic, he texted screenshots of tweets from holders expressing appreciation for the utilities they received, like a meet-up in Dallas with Carter-Williams, Ross and Harris. “There was many people that were happy and the people that are not happy I do feel for you as well,” he said. “I’m not excusing that. There was mistakes that were made. This is definitely not what I envisioned. I wouldn’t say that this was a successful project. This is a project that did fail. In the past I’ve said this was a great experience because I’ve learned a lot from this project. But I empathize with those people that aren’t happy.”
July 6, 2022 | 1:32 pm EDT Update
Fred Katz: A note with the free-agency moratorium officially done: The Knicks could not turn the Isaiah Hartenstein acquisition into a sign-and-trade because the Clippers were capped on how much they could pay him. As for Jalen Brunson becoming a S&T, we don’t know until we know.