Brian Lewis: To be clear, Spencer Dinwiddieâs comment was specifically regarding production of his shoes. He didnât get to visit the factory theyâre manufactured in, since itâs not near Shanghai or Shenzen, but was saying the #NBA-China situation hasnât halted work. @Spencer Dinwiddie #nets
November 23, 2020 | 11:35 am EST Update
Dario Saric has agreed to a three-year, $27 million deal to stay with the Phoenix Suns, agents Jeff Schwartz and Mike Lindeman told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. At 6-foot-10, 225 pounds, Saric can play the stretch 4 and 5 positions, averaging 10.7 points and 6.2 rebounds while shooting 35.7% from 3-point range last season.
JD Shaw: Orlando re-signs Gary Clark. âGary showed that he has the ability to compete with anyone during the NBA restart,â president of basketball ops Jeff Weltman said. âHe can both make shots and provide great effort on the defensive end. We are happy to have Gary return to Orlando.â
But he was on the treadmill at his gym on Nov. 16 when he saw a tweet come across his feed. âItâs not the way you want to know, especially my agent was talking with the team and they said my name was off the table when all the rumors and all the stuff happened,â Rubio said. âYou feel like everything that they have said to you all year and buying into a new project and a young team and they need you, blah, blah, blah. It seems like nothingâs true.â
Rubio the rookie was so much fun, wind in his hair as he surged up the court with teammatesâ eyes wide open knowing full well a pass could be coming from any angle when they least expected it. Rubio the veteran has been hardened by the business side of the game. There is an edge to him now, one that will help him hold players accountable and speak his mind when something needs to be said. âThings have changed. Ten years change your life,â Rubio said. âIâm a different player, but Iâm a different man, too.â
“He’s the best scorer in the draft and could be an immediate producer in the NBA with his versatility and skill set,” says a pro scout. “Defensively, he has the tools and physical profile to be effective, but he was undisciplined and missed assignments. Edwards showed a lack of commitment at that end of the floor.” Edwards thinks the answer to this is simple: focus. He points to the Michigan State game. “If I put two halves together, then I’ll be different,” he says. “If I get that, then it’s over with.” And what’s holding him back from doing that? “Nothing,” he says. “I just don’t be prepared.” In the NBA, he promises, that will change.
âIn the middle of all that, Bob Myers is sitting next to me and he says, âa 911 call from Klayâs agent,’â Lacob told me Thursday on my podcast. âAnd I looked at him, I said, âwhat?â And he picked up the phone and I could tell there was a problem and then he walked off to talk to him I think more privately, there were a lot of people in the room. And thatâs when it happened. âHe came back in. I mean, just devastating news for him and for us as an organization. Of course, it put us all in a situation where we had to react really quickly, not panic. But certainly we couldâve decided to change our approach literally two hours before the draft based on imperfect information. Not knowing exactly what had happened or how bad it would be.â
âFirst of all, we would never do that, as you know,â Lacob said. âWe didnât try to bag last season. Some really bad things happened and unfortunately, we were really bad; we have to admit that. And we wound up with the second pick in the draft, which I think is hopefully a transformational pick for our franchise. âBut I can tell you when this happened and we thought what the consequences might be, if the injury was as bad as we thought, two hours before draft night, I thought about it for about 15 minutes. And then I got everybody together in the war room right before the draft and I addressed them. Bob also addressed them.