Tommy Beer: Dolan says Porzingis told Scott Perry and Steve Mills that he wanted to be traded, and that KP said told the organization that he was going to leave once he became a free agent. Dolan also add: “Phil didn’t get along with KP and his brother.”
June 17, 2021 | 4:21 pm EDT Update
Adrian Wojnarowski: Rick Carlisle — who led Dallas to the 2011 NBA championship — informed Mavericks owner Mark Cuban today that he won’t be returning as coach next season, Carlisle told ESPN. Carlisle had two years left on his contract. He spent 13 seasons as Mavericks coach.
Tim MacMahon: There had been simmering tension between Luka Doncic and Rick Carlisle that was a concern within the Mavs organization. The expectation was that he’d return next season, but he’d have been on the hot seat.
With Chris Paul in the COVID-19 protocol and his playing status uncertain, the Suns may rely on Cameron Payne even more. Judging from the past several months, Payne will be ready. “I’ve found my niche on a great team,” Payne said. “I just want to keep pushing that forward. You’ve got to be humble and stay hungry. Because you can be out of this league in a heartbeat and I don’t want that to happen again.”
Payne said he’s leaned on the support from his family during the tough times and they’re a constant presence in the stands at Phoenix Suns Arena. They’re enjoying the guard’s resurgence and playoff run just as much as Payne. “When you’re in a marriage that works, it’s just awesome,” Payne’s dad Tony said. “Phoenix is good for him, and he’s good for Phoenix. The style of play really fits, they allow him to be up tempo, he sees the floor real well. Phoenix plays a wide open style and allows him to shoot the 3.”
June 17, 2021 | 4:00 pm EDT Update
After Nikola Jokic’s decision, two more NBAers have been added to Serbia’s list of players who decided not to join in this summer for the Olympics – Aleksej Pokusevski and Alen Smailagic. The two young prospects decided to prepare for the next season with their teams.