September 18, 2021 | 9:28 pm EDT Update
The Houston Rockets have waived forward Tyler Bey. This waiver was necessary to create the roster spot for Houston to re-sign Dante Exum. The Rockets signed Bey to a fully non-guaranteed training camp contract in late-August.
Marcus Smart: Takes little âtalentâ to play defense. Takes a wholelotta âwant toâ. Get every 50/50 ball. If youâre not quik defensivelyâget strong. Strength hides weaknesses. Take charges. Be a gr8 teammate. Compete. Never be ok w losing. No one remembers the 2nd US President. Only the 1st.
September 18, 2021 | 5:41 pm EDT Update
Youâre here for at least the next five years now that youâve signed an extension. Do you allow yourself to think â or dream â about what might come over that time span since youâve talked openly about wanting to win a title in New York? Have you allowed yourself to think about how things might progress? Julius Randle: Obviously, it’s a process. Everything is a process. Weâve been building this from the ground up. But for me, personally, that is the expectation (winning a title in New York). Thatâs what I want to happen within that time frame. Thereâs a lot of things, factors that go into that. So obviously youâve got to weigh that stuff in.
Julius Randle: But as far as myself, I know Thibs (Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau) is thinking (it as well), itâs just win at all costs. For me personally, that’s just how I prepare myself. I prepare myself to compete at the highest level of our game. Like I said, thereâs a lot of factors (that go into winning an NBA title). But I trust Leon (Knicks president Leon Rose), I trust Thibs, Wes (Knicks vice president William Wesley), our coaches, Scott (Knicks GM Scott Perry) â all these guys, I trust. That was part of my process in thinking of signing the extension and thatâs my goal, thatâs our goal as a team and the guys that are around us. We want to be able to say that we won a championship here in New York. I donât think thereâs any better feeling than that.
Did you guys see the video clip of Trae Young at the Garden with WWE? Do you care about that stuff? Julius Randle: Yeah I see it. But honestly, I don’t care. Obviously, thatâs (for) entertainment purposes and all that (stuff), so I let people enjoy it. For me, honestly, I donât care. I honestly didnât even watch it. Knicks fans, theyâre going to make a big deal out of it â they didnât like it (laughs). But itâs all fun and games and hopefully they enjoyed it.
September 18, 2021 | 12:10 pm EDT Update
The Rockets have officially re-signed guard Dante Exum and waived Tyler Bey to create a roster space for him, according to the NBAâs transactions log. Hoops Rumorsâ JD Shaw was the first to report the Bey transaction (Twitter link). With John Wall not expected to play for the team this season as it seeks to trade him, the Rockets were in the market for another point guard. The Rocketsâ interest in Exum surfaced on Tuesday.
When the Timberwolves traded up to get Leandro Bolmaro last November in the 2020 NBA Draft (yes, it was less than a year agoâŚ it still feels weird), the question was would it be a year or two before Bolmaro came over from Barcelona to play in the NBA. The answer is one. Minnesota reached a deal and Bolmaro will be with the Timberwolves in training camp, the team announced Saturday. This is not a surprise; he was expected to come over this season. He will be playing on a rookie scale contract.