One name brought up often in recent days has been Toron…

One name brought up often in recent days has been Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan, who could become available should the Raptors look to make wholesale changes following a third straight loss to LeBron James and the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Wiggins’ Canadian roots could make him an attractive option for the Raptors and good reason to hope that they could get the best out of him while playing in his backyard. In some ways, DeRozan could provide a good blueprint for Wiggins to follow. DeRozan didn’t become a real star in the league until his fifth year and has proven to be effective even though he isn’t a knockdown three-point shooter. But his game is also similar to Butler’s, so it is hard to see how a swap like that would give the Wolves what they are looking for in terms of a different look aside their leader.
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August 16, 2018 | 10:03 pm EDT Update
When Wendell Carter Jr. joined other members of the 2018 draft class at this week’s mandatory Rookie Transition Program, he knew there would be seminars and maybe some studying. What the Bulls first-round pick didn’t know is there would also be a magic show. And an NBA 2K video-game tournament. And a straight-talk moment from 10-time All-Star Carmelo Anthony.
There are interactive workshops and smaller breakout sessions to keep players engaged. But when someone such as Grant Hill or Anthony Davis, both of whom presented at this year’s program, is talking attention is assumed. “You get those guys who are so engaged,” said Greg Taylor, the NBA’s senior vice president of player development. “They come ready to learn. They’re sitting in the front row.”
August 16, 2018 | 7:53 pm EDT Update
Kemba Walker can’t avoid it. Whenever he sets foot in the five boroughs, the questions come from every direction. “I’ve been hearing it for years,” Walker said Thursday, after working with youngsters at the National Basketball Players Association summer camp. “Every time I come home, ‘When are you going to come home and play for the Knicks?’ I know it’s a special place, I was a Knicks fan growing up, always rooted for the home team. But I just can’t see myself in a Knicks jersey, only because I’ve only been in one jersey.”
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