The most coveted of the available Hawks has been center Dewayne Dedmon, who returned from an injury a month ago and has put up good numbers (10.0 points and 7.7 rebounds in 23.3 minutes) this year. Dedmon has a player option in his contract for next season and is expected to exercise it in search of a new deal. Ideally, the Hawks could fetch a late first-rounder for Dedmon. But first-round picks will be hard to come by on Thursday, and no one’s giving up a first-round pick for a few months of Dedmon, even as he has played better since returning. Still, the Bucks have expressed interest, sources told Sporting News, and though the Sixers are expected to make a push for help on the wing, there’s been some interest from Philadelphia, which will have four second-round picks in this year’s draft. Oklahoma City, too, is looking for wing help, but has interest in Dedmon for frontcourt depth.
Mark Deeks: GiveMeSport has learned that the Atlanta Hawks are trying to trade Dewayne Dedmon. While it appears to not have been reported prior, it nonetheless will (or should) come as no surprise to Hawks fans to know that. After all, why wouldn’t they be trying to trade him?
Dedmon was signed last summer to a two-year, $12.3 million contract, having played the previous season with the San Antonio Spurs. That season had ended anticlimactically, being benched by the time the playoffs came despite having played his way into the starting role over the season prior. Nevertheless, with averages of 5.1 points, 6.5 rebounds and 0.8 blocks per game, with a 16.0 PER and 1.5 win shares, Dedmon had otherwise played well and thus opted out of his contract with the Spurs (and his very small player option amount of $3,028,410) in order to try and get a bigger one.
June 16, 2021 | 6:40 am EDT Update
Denver Nuggets star and 2020-21 NBA season MVP Nikola Jokic will not join the Serbian selection for the Olympic Qualifying Tournament nor for the Olympics in case the team qualifies, the player informed Wednesday, via a statement on Serbian state news agency Tanjug. “To my great regret, this is the moment when I have to announce that despite my great desire, I am not able to play for the national team. Simply, the condition of my body requires a longer absence from the court to recover. I have to accept that. I am sure that the guys have the quality to make a result without me, which will bring us all a lot of joy”, Jokic mentioned in his statement.
Mario Hezonja’s return to Europe with Panathinaikos after spending five seasons in the NBA has caught the attention of his former club FC Barcelona, which is looking to bring back the Croatian player next season. As reported by SER’s Pacojo Delgado, the 2021 Liga Endesa champions are close to bringing 26-year-old Hezonja back. On top of that, Barcelona has asked Cory Higgins for a 10% salary cut, and the player is likely to refuse and move on to Olimpia Milano.
“He was unfazed the entire game,” Harden said of Durant. “He was poised, especially in that second half. He started to take his time, he started to get to his spots and kind of like, I (saw) Kevin directing people to where he wanted them to be. Once Kevin gets that, he’s comfortable, he’s in the zone and it’s pretty much hard to stop him.”
Adam Zagoria: Former @StJohnsBBall and @OregonMBB wing LJ Figueroa will work out for the Celtics tomorrow, per source
Adam Zagoria: St. John’s F @JulianChampagn2 was invited to the NBA Combine and will work out for Boston tomorrow, per source. Has a couple other NBA team workouts scheduled. Will decide by July 7 whether to return to school or not.
June 16, 2021 | 1:47 am EDT Update
“One of the best players to ever play the game,’’ Antetokounmpo said after the Bucks fell into a 3-2 hole by blowing a 17-point lead. “He’s the best player in the world right now. We got to beat him as a team and make him make tough shots. And hopefully he’s going to miss. If coach wants to double him, we’ll double him”