Messina, 58, was a highly successful International coach (four European championships) in Italy, Spain and Russia before joining Popovich’s staff in 2016. He has a previous connection to new Hornets general manager Mitch Kupchak, from when Messina served as a consultant to Kupchak’s previous team, the Los Angeles Lakers, in 2012.
June 28, 2022 | 8:15 pm EDT Update
Michael Scotto: Sources: The Cleveland Cavaliers won’t tender a qualifying offer to center Moses Brown, @HoopsHype has learned. The 7-foot-1, 22-year-old center will become an unrestricted free agent. Brown could be an intriguing development option for NBA teams around the league.
JD Shaw: Point guard Jared Harper will be playing summer league with the New Orleans Pelicans, @HoopsRumors has learned. Harper signed a two-way deal in March and will soon be a free agent. He averaged 21.2 points and 7.2 assists in the G League.
Damichael Cole: Ja Morant came out to the Mt. Moriah Precinct court today, played 1v1 vs. some kids and Griddy’d his way onto the court. These are the moments the kids in Memphis will always remember, like how when Zach Randolph & Penny would just casually show up at schools. Memphis’ superstar.
Ben Golliver: Clippers owner Steve Ballmer says he bankrolled 350 community courts in LA to “impact kids’ lives… But if we get a few fans out of it, I’m good with that too. One fan at a time, we’re scratching, we’re clawing. We’re here to win championships, excite fans & help kids.”
June 28, 2022 | 7:24 pm EDT Update
Sources said the Mavs are willing to give Brunson a five-year contract — which only Dallas can offer due to owning his Bird rights — that is comparable to the four-year, $85 million deal guard Fred VanVleet signed with the Toronto Raptors in 2020.