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August 17, 2018 | 8:56 am EDT Update
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.
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.”
Storyline: Kyrie Irving Free Agency