Mike Trudell: Alex Caruso will play tonight for the Lakers in the Summer League Final vs. Portland after missing last night’s semifinal contest with gastroenteritis. LAL waited until just a bit ago to make the call, trying to give him as much time to recover as possible.
August 17, 2018 | 8:56 am EDT Update
Walker’s free agency figures to be a theme across the 2018-19 season. “I don’t get distracted,” Walker said. “It’s the nature of the game, nature of the media. They’re going to ask me. I’ll answer it as best as I can, try to play as best as I can so when my time comes, I’ll have great options. Or hopefully the Hornets will get something done [July 1] before any team can even approach me.”
Last season, Walker averaged 22.1 points and 5.6 assists and averaged even more trade rumors — a first for him. “Yeah, of course, who wouldn’t it bother?” Walker said of the trade reports. “Who wants to hear their name in trade rumors? At the same time, I’m seven years in. That was my first time ever hearing anything of that nature. I got over it. What can I do? I tried to ignore it, not think about it as much. I’m in Charlotte. I’m excited to be a Hornet as long as possible.
The Philadelphia 76ers have hired former Duke and WNBA star Lindsey Harding as a full-time scout for next season. Harding, the No. 1 overall pick in the WNBA in 2007, is only the second former WNBA player to be hired for a full-time scouting position with an NBA team. Dallas Mavericks assistant coach Jenny Boucek is the other, having done advanced scouting work for the Seattle SuperSonics in 2006.
Elsewhere, Barstool Sports is home to both Charlotte Hornets forward Frank Kaminsky’s Pros and Joes, and Mickstape, a thrice-weekly basketball podcast that includes among its three hosts Boston Celtics point guard Terry Rozier. “With podcasts, you get to tell your own story,” says Kaminsky. “So many people [in the media] want to tell it for you, but podcasts give you control.”
For Kaminsky — who launched his podcast this offseason — and Rozier, who signed on with Barstool following his breakout playoff performance last season, Barstool represents a unique partner with a totally unfiltered sports blog and a proven track record of selling merchandise to rabid fans. Still, neither of them has decided if they’ll continue podcasting during the season. “We’ll have to figure that out when the season comes along,” says Kaminsky. “Right now, this is just a fun side project. No interest in starting a larger media company or anything like that.”
August 17, 2018 | 5:21 am EDT Update
“I love the Bay Area, man,” said Curry, who is entering his 10th season on the Warriors after they drafted him seventh in 2009. “The only reason I go home now is if my sister’s getting married or to go play the Hornets for that one game, so I haven’t really been back much. I haven’t put my mind there.” Simmons wondered if the pull of Charlotte has loosened for Curry now that he’s 30, if Golden State feels more like home now and if the five-time All-Star now feels like he wants to be a Warrior for life. “For sure I do,” Curry said from Oakland. “This is home. This is where I want to be, for obvious reasons.”
Due to that and rumblings that Irving wants to team up with Jimmy Butler, the New York Knicks already lead the race as Kyrie’s potential team of choice, according to ESPN’s Summer Forecast. ESPN’s Kevin Arnovitz maintains that the Celtics and Irving have a mutual understanding of where their relationship is. “My best intel is that the Celtics and Kyrie have a pretty good mutual understanding that he wasn’t going to get traded in the offseason and that there are long-term aspirations for both parties,” said Arnovitz. “Anything can happen over the course of an eight-month season, but I kind of like him staying.”