Sources says the Sixers are not out of James‚Äô free agency hunt. Now, things could change if the Lakers are able to trade for San Antonio Spurs two-time all-star forward Kawhi Leonard. Under that scenerio, James would probably like to play alongside Leonard. However, sources have said that the Sixers are still in the hunt for trading for Leonard as well.
August 8, 2022 | 12:48 pm EDT Update
JD Shaw: Free agent guard Craig Randall II has signed with the NBL‚Äôs Adelaide 36ers. Randall averaged 26.7 points, 5.4 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game in the G League this past season. He most recently played summer league with the Blazers.
‚Äú(I learned) that I‚Äôm 24 and one of the best players in the world and that I will compete against whoever and take on that challenge,‚ÄĚ Tatum said. ‚ÄúIn that same breath, I feel like there‚Äôs so much I could be better at, and I think that‚Äôs the exciting part. That I‚Äôm at where I‚Äôm at, where there‚Äôs so much more I can be, so much more I can learn and so many more experiences to go through.‚ÄĚ
Boston gave Tatum the supermax rookie extension. He‚Äôs their designated star, even if Brown was the better player in June and has been instrumental to the team‚Äôs success. Tatum‚Äôs input always matters because they‚Äôre building around him. Brown and Smart have undoubtedly been a part of that foundation, but they‚Äôve also been in trade rumors as long as they can remember. Not Tatum. He‚Äôs deeply entrenched, though he says he‚Äôs staying out of it anyway. ‚ÄúThe cool part about his job is Brad don‚Äôt tell me how to do my job anymore. You not the coach,‚ÄĚ Tatum said with a sly grin. ‚ÄúHe lets me do my thing. I let him do his thing. In all honesty, that‚Äôs his decision and that‚Äôs his job.‚ÄĚ
After a conference-finals run in the bubble, Boston seemed primed to take the next step. It stumbled instead. Then last year, it came together in such a whirlwind that Tatum is now the top scorer on the betting favorite for the 2023 title, a team that just brought in two established veterans to shore up offensive pitfalls from the playoff run. It‚Äôs why, in spite of a tough finals defeat, Tatum‚Äôs confident the Celtics are ready to come back and pull it off this time. ‚ÄúI mean, what kind of teammate would I be if I said no?‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúWe got this close, and we added two really good players. I think it makes us better.‚ÄĚ
Tatum expects he‚Äôs going to be ready to put his team back in position to win a ring. Whether that‚Äôs starting off the season connected offensively or pacing himself to keep his legs fresh from October to June, he‚Äôs taken in another lesson on greatness. But he recognizes that doesn‚Äôt guarantee anything. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs not a ‚Äėfor sure‚Äô thing, you know. You have to put in the work. You have to take the right steps,‚ÄĚ Tatum said. ‚ÄúBut I‚Äôm positive that we got the right group that will buy in, and we can‚Äôt look past anything and just try to coast our way to the finals. We gotta start from training camp. We gotta start from Day 1.‚ÄĚ
Curry is running out of room to run in this offseason with training camp drawing near. He‚Äôs taken pauses to see how the Warriors are re-tooling to defend their 2022 title. ‚ÄúI‚Äôm excited,‚ÄĚ Curry said. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs gonna look a little different, but you can blend the championship experience with where we were at the beginning of last year. Put that all together and try to keep this thing going. Defending is tough, but we‚Äôre excited about the opportunity.‚ÄĚ
At Friday‚Äôs practices, Curry warmed up, ran drills with his campers and even refereed scrimmages between the boys and girls sides. Isn‚Äôt he even little tired? ‚ÄúNot at all,‚ÄĚ Curry said. ‚ÄúRunning on championship adrenaline.‚ÄĚ Of course, Curry brought along a little help to the intimate event. Former teammate and current free agent Kent Bazemore and his personal trainer Brandon Payne are coaching alongside him along with a team of people from Curry‚Äôs camp. ‚ÄúI Love to give that back knowing I have the opportunity to do so,‚ÄĚ Curry said. ‚ÄúAnd I love to be out there engaged with the kids. I really have fun doing it.‚ÄĚ