July 6, 2020 | 9:13 am EDT Update
Patton, the No.
16 pick in 2017, played five games for
the Thunder last season, so it’s clear Weaver was and remains intrigued by the 23-year-old center. Sources said the second year of Patton’s contract is non-guaranteed.
July 6, 2020 | 3:25 am EDT Update
Sam Amick: Source tells @TheAthletic the
Kings have shut down their practice facility
after receiving a positive coronavirus test within the team’s traveling party on Sunday. The facility is not expected to reopen before the team departs for Orlando on Wednesday.
As NBA teams prepare to leave for Orlando, Florida, in the coming days, organizations have received directives on the process for transporting players unable to travel on the team charters,
according to a league memo acquired by ESPN. If a player misses a scheduled coronavirus test in the two days prior to the team’s departure date — or has “extenuating circumstances” that have been disclosed to the league — he must arrange his own travel to join his team as the league restarts its season. The player has the option of flying on a charter flight at the player’s expense, traveling by car, or flying commercial, the memo said. If a player flies privately or drives, he will have to have two negative test results before resuming basketball activities. If he flies commercially, the player must have three consecutive negative test results, according to the memo.
NBA players and staff are normal people, just like everyone else. The bubble concept is a way for the league to survive and save at least some of the revenue stream that has all but disappeared due to the coronavirus pandemic. But the league is asking its players to walk away from their families for an extended period of time.
“There’s no way around the fact that this is a sacrifice,” Harrison Barnes said. “Whether you’re being away from your family, whether you’re not going to be able to see your parents, your siblings, whatever it may be.
And not having an end date too, definitely adds an extra bit of focus to you, that if you’re going to be away from your family for this long, you want to make it work, you want to make it something that you’re completely locked in and focused on and giving your all to, or else it’s a waste of time.”
July 5, 2020 | 9:01 pm EDT Update
Zeller’s safety bubble was pierced two Wednesdays ago, when the Spurs called to offer him a job. With seven-time All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge declared out of the NBA’s restart in Orlando, Fla, because of shoulder surgery, the Spurs were in search of a tall, warm body to help fill out their frontcourt rotation. A career-long journeyman who has not appeared in an NBA game since April 2019, the 30-year-old Zeller checked the most important box in the Spurs’ hunt. He was available.
“It’s been a whirlwind, but it’s been fun,” the 7-foot Zeller said. “I’m just trying to get used to the new coronavirus protocols. Just happy to be back, playing basketball, back on a team, especially a great team like the Spurs.”
Much of that burden will likely fall on fourth-year center Jakob Poeltl, who is expected to slide into the starting lineup to replace Aldridge. The 7-foot-1 Austrian has played well as a role player this season, and has been especially valuable as a rebounder, rim protector and shot blocker.
Poeltl is aware of the task that lies before him. “I’m going to take that challenge personally,” said Poeltl,
who is set to become a free agent at the end of the season. “I have to step up and perform. I’m excited about the opportunity. Hopefully we’ll step up and manage.”
July 5, 2020 | 7:20 pm EDT Update
“I want to be here,” Fox said. “Obviously, I want to win, but I want to do it here. It’s been, what — 13, 14 years since the last time the Kings made the playoffs? I want to be a part of the first one.
“Obviously, we all want to win. There are some things we know we need to work on as a team, and I’m here for that. Every team has gone through it, probably not as long as the Kings have, but I want to be a part of that. I want to be able to get to the playoffs with this team, and, hopefully, when I’m a veteran in this league, be able to be a (championship) contender.”
July 5, 2020 | 6:47 pm EDT Update
July 5, 2020 | 2:38 pm EDT Update