Harrison Wind: Wouldn’t be surprised if Gary Harris, who’s missed Denver’s last 11 games, returns tonight against the Knicks. Nuggets have been able to go 7-4 over that span. “I think it’s remarkable,” Michael Malone said about how his team has battled through injuries to 3 starters this year.
August 15, 2022 | 12:56 pm EDT Update
During summer league in Las Vegas, one of the most well-connected team executives I speak to regularly insisted to me that, based on what he was hearing, Kevin Durant was more apt to retire than play again for the Brooklyn Nets. This was in early July.
I told the tipster that I simply couldn’t believe that. I was a loyal subscriber to the theory that Durant The Hooper loves playing basketball way too much to adopt such a stance. Now? More than a month later? Attaching the R-word to Durant still comes across as serious hyperbole, but it is certainly getting easier to envision him refusing to report to training camp when the Nets get back together in six weeks for Media Day (Sept. 26) and their first practices of the new season (Sept. 27).
If Durant hasn’t been traded by then, there is a growing expectation in league circles that he will continue trying to cause as much of a ruckus behind the scenes to try to prod the Nets into lowering their asking price at last to facilitate a deal. If it wasn’t apparent by now, he really wants that trade to Phoenix or Miami or maybe even Boston or Philadelphia, no matter what it does to his reputation when he hasn’t played a single game yet under the four-year, $194 million contract extension signed in August 2021.
Adam Himmelsbach: According to a league source, Celtics 2021 second-round draft pick Juhann Begarin will return to Paris this season to continue his development in France’s top league, LNB Pro A. Begarin, who turned 20 last week, had a strong showing in Vegas.
Quinton Mayo: Washington Wizards GM Tommy Sheppard will be attending tomorrow’s game between Israel and Romania per @Noapoplinger Deni Avdija is expected to play after a positive COVID test caused him to miss two exhibition games in Georgia.
August 15, 2022 | 10:31 am EDT Update
Clutch Points: “Nothing has happened. The dynamic around Kevin Durant hasn’t changed at all… Durant clearly does not have leverage with the Brooklyn Nets… We may be here at the end of August, we may be here in mid-September.” — @Brian Windhorst on KD trade talks pic.twitter.com/TImHYG9XPx