There is no appetite to trade Goran Dragic â and the Heat would very much prefer to keep Bam Adebayo and Josh Richardson. But as Riley has said, no one on the roster is untouchable and any could be offered if a superstar becomes available. Though the Heat ideally would like to keep Justise Winslow, too, thereâs an understanding internally that he might be needed if Miami can put together a package for a high-end player.
August 16, 2018 | 10:03 pm EDT Update
Josh Lewenberg: New Raptor Greg Monroe was on @OverDrive1050 today, said he’s spent the summer working to adapt his game – being more mobile and even extending his range (he’s 0-for-12 from 3pt range in his career).
When Wendell Carter Jr. joined other members of the 2018 draft class at this weekâs mandatory Rookie Transition Program, he knew there would be seminars and maybe some studying. What the Bulls first-round pick didnât 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.
Wendell Carter Jr: âMelo was real cool talking to us about the brotherhood weâre stepping into and the foundation the players before us have laid down. A prime example is the amount of money weâre getting paid now. Back in the day it wasnât as readily available as it is now, and players before us fought for that.â
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 yearâs program, is talking attention is assumed. âYou get those guys who are so engaged,â said Greg Taylor, the NBAâs senior vice president of player development. âThey come ready to learn. Theyâre sitting in the front row.”
Drew Shiller: Steph Curry: “The stuff that I’ve turned down, and that includes our former President that has invited me to play golf but I cannot get to the East Coast in the next week to play with him. So Barack, if you’re listening, I appreciate the invite.” Wild. I have the same problem!
August 16, 2018 | 7:53 pm EDT Update
Kemba Walker canât avoid it. Whenever he sets foot in the five boroughs, the questions come from every direction. âIâve been hearing it for years,â Walker said Thursday, after working with youngsters at the National Basketball Players Association summer camp. âEvery time I come home, âWhen are you going to come home and play for the Knicks?â I know itâs a special place, I was a Knicks fan growing up, always rooted for the home team. But I just canât see myself in a Knicks jersey, only because Iâve only been in one jersey.â
What about Brooklyn? âItâs always kind of weird because the Knicks are here,â he said. âThere are definitely die-hard fans, thatâs one thing about people from Brooklyn, theyâre very loyal, die-hard, believe in their team. I love playing there.â
âI just want to do something special in Charlotte,â Walker said. âIâve been there eight years now, and we havenât really been consistent as far as winning. I just want to try to establish that culture at some point. Thatâs what I want to do, I just want to make it a winning organization.â