Butler, 29, will be the subject of an intense recruitment in July free agency, which includes the possibility of six maximum contract slots among the four New York and Los Angeles teams. Butler has never been enamored with the idea of a big market, but rather with feeling that’s he’s surrounded with like-minded players who’ll give him a chance for annual postseason success.
February 19, 2019 | 8:57 pm EST Update
Shams Charania: Forward Henry Ellenson plans to sign a 10-day contract with the New York Knicks, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.
“It’s very weird,” Conley said when asked by the Sun about the situation over the weekend. “I had to ask (Gasol) about what’s it like having guys like that that we’ve played in the playoffs so many years and basically we’ve treated them like rivals for so many years. But he’s really excited, I know he’s enjoying it. He’s sending me pictures and texting just always, there’s something new every day (in Toronto), so it’s pretty cool for him.”
“We knew at some point it would happen and just happy he got to a situation where he can succeed and have a chance at winning a championship,” Conley said. The point guard expects Gasol to bring a massive boost to the Raptors. “Man, he’s as solid as a player you’ll find in every aspect of the game,” Conley said.
Gasol was Toronto’s key trade deadline acquisition a couple of weeks ago and Green was at the head of the line in welcoming his one-time foe to the Raptors. “It’s amazing, I’m excited about it, Green told the Toronto Sun over all-star weekend in Charlotte. “He was one of my favourite players before he came to us because of how much he used to kick our ass when we played them,” Green said.
Tim MacMahon: Chris Paul really doesn’t care that he’ll face Rajon Rondo on Thursday for the first time since their spit spat in the second game of the season. “I forgot about it, know what I’m saying?” CP3 said. “Once the fine goes out of your check, move on.”
Tim MacMahon: Clint Capela spent the All-Star break in Houston working out and playing 1-on-1 against Rockets reserve center Isaiah Hartenstein. His surgically repaired right thumb passed all tests. “It felt great,” Capela said. “I was really happy about it, so now I’m ready to go.”
Travis Hines: Fred Hoiberg just spoke with reporters for a few minutes at Hilton. Said he’s enjoying time with his family, but looking for the next opportunity. Said coaching is his focus, but that he would entertain the right front office opportunity. Story to come.