July 4, 2022 | 10:35 pm EDT Update
With four years left on Kevin Durantâ€™s contract, and Kyrie Irving having opted in to the last year of his deal, the Nets have leverage and every intention of using it. And league personnel say the Nets have implied if they donâ€™t get what they want, this could well drag on into training camp.
Nets general manager Sean Marks and owner Joe Tsai had agreed to work with Durant and business partner Rich Kleiman to try to trade him to one of his preferred landing spots. But in the end, Durant and Irving are expected to be moved where and when it works best for Nets management.
How the Nets deal with Joe Harris may be the best indicator of how they plan to proceed. Heâ€™s the longest-tenured Net, often consulted by Marks on major decisions. â€śI know the Nets absolutely do not want to trade Joe under any scenario,â€ť a league source familiar with Brooklynâ€™s thinking told The Post. â€śBut there are just thousands of different ways this can play out.â€ť
Taken in the most recent draft at No. 8 overall by New Orleans, Australian product Dyson Daniels is already impressing the Pelicansâ€™ coaching staff. â€śWeâ€™re playing him in scrimmages weâ€™re putting him in multiple spots,â€ť said Pelicans lead assistant coach Jarron Collins, who will coach in Summer League. â€śObviously, he can be a primary ball-handler, he can literally play 1-4 and defend every single position.â€ť
Standing 6â€˛8 with a 6â€˛11 wingspan, Daniels has physical tools to be inserted in various scenarios on the floor in various roles. â€śFrankly, his versatility will allow us to be creative with our lineups,â€ť Collins said. â€śAnd his availability to us putting him in different spots.â€ť
July 4, 2022 | 7:43 pm EDT Update
Victor Wembanyama has signed a two-year deal with French side Boulogne Metropolitans 92, the club officially announced Monday. 2004-born Wembanyama posted averages of 9.4 points and 5.1 rebounds across 18 minutes in the French Betclic Elite in 2021-22 with LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne and was voted as the leagueâ€™s Rising Star.
The Sydney Kings have announced the signing of former Detroit Pistons point guard Derrick Walton Jr for the upcoming NBL23 season. The Kings have signed the 27-year-old, 185cm former Michigan Wolverines star to a one-year deal, which includes periodical NBA outs.