When Altman visited with James in the Cavaliers’ practice facility a week ago, he let him know that there were still talks alive with the LA Clippers on a Jordan deal. What’s more, there was significant progress: Altman had ownership approval to send the Clippers Jae Crowder, Channing Frye, Iman Shumpert and the Cavs’ 2018 first-round pick for Jordan. The Clippers were willing to accept the trade, but on one significant condition. Clippers general manager Michael Winger explained to Altman that LA didn’t want another shooting guard. He hoped to find a third team that would take Shumpert and his $21 million with draft compensation, and have the Clippers get a center back. Altman and Winger agreed to make more calls to try to find a third team to make the deal work. Winger wondered whether Altman would let him talk to Shumpert’s agent about a possible contract buyout, but Altman wanted trade talks to be further along before granting that permission.
September 28, 2021 | 2:47 pm EDT Update
Dwain Price: Both Jason Kidd and Tyson Chandler joked today about Tyson possibly signing a 10-day contract with the #Mavs. Tyson said: “I’ve learned in life I don’t rule anything out. But that’s not mentally where I’m at.” Tyson and Kidd were teammates when the Mavs won the 2011 NBA title.
KC Johnson: Patrick Williams is getting up shots as Bulls practice ends. Billy Donovan said yesterday this is a “big week” for Williams, who could start running for his recovery from a severely sprained left ankle on Sept. 15.
Christian Clark: Mike D’Antoni was at practice. “With Mike, I thought it was special how he went to Houston and it was totally opposite of how his teams played in the past,” Willie Green said. “He played to the strength of his best player, which was James. They were one win away from the Finals.”
Ahead of the 2021-22 NBA season, the Drake-owned clothing brand October’s Very Own (OVO) is partnering with the NBA to release an “exclusive capsule collection celebrating six iconic World Champion franchises.” The Toronto Raptors, Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls, Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, and New York Knicks have been picked as the NBA teams that will be available in the newest OVO gear. The collection drops Wednesday, September 29 on OctobersVeryOwn.com.