August 5, 2021 | 2:12 am EDT Update
Rob Schaefer: Final: USA 97, AUS 78 Americans impressively flip 15-point deficit to 19-point victory to earn spot in gold medal game. Zach LaVine played 17 minutes, notched 9 pts, 3 reb, 2 ast, 2 stl. Another good defensive showing with some loud second-half highlights.
The Sixers could also bring him back and try again if they canât get a Lillard or a Beal at the moment, but it also appears that maybe Simmons doesnât want to come back. Per Ramona Shelburne on ESPNâs The Jump: The Sixers are open to bringing him back. In a lot of ways, I think they would prefer that. I think they would prefer to say we donât want totrade this guy who can win the Defensive Player of the Year, who is a young superstar in the making. Just come back and letâs letâs work on this, but it doesnât seem like thereâs a bridge there that is being walked across by both sides like that. I donât know if Ben Simmons has that interest right now because things were said afterwards. After the season, Doc Rivers said some things, Joel Embiid said some things. I know thereâs been trying to smoothing out of that relationship, but it doesnât seem like Ben is necessarily interested in that right now.
One of those swings apparently was for Chris Paul â and that gave CP3 the leverage to get a fourth year out of the Suns, ESPNâs Brian Windhorst said on the âHoop Collectiveâ podcast (hat tip CBS Sports). âChris Paul, who [New Orleans] offered $100 million from what I understand. It helped convince Phoenix to give him at least [a] partially guaranteed fourth yearâŚ I think Chris entertained it for some period of time.â
According to a report, the Los Angeles Lakers declined the opportunity to re-sign Alex Caruso on a team-friendly deal. âI think the Lakers looked at Alex Caruso and said, âWeâre happy for you, we really appreciate everything youâve done, we wish we could keep you, but, you knowââŚhe was willing to go back there at three years and $30 million Brian [Windhorst],â said NBA insider Ramona Shelburne during a recent podcast appearance. âHe actually gave them that option, even at the end. Itâs less than what he signed for in Chicago. But even that was more than they were willing to pay. âŚ That was as far as they were willing to go. They looked at Caruso and said, âWe can go to $7 million a year, but above that it gets too cost-prohibitive.ââ
Karl-Anthony Towns: This is some BS! We have to continue to fight the fight!! If you think people with power and/or money canât be affected by the abuse of power we are seeing from police officers, then youâre highly mistaken. We must protect each other from police brutality!