Harrison Wind: Nuggets assigned two-way player PJ Dozier to the Windy City Bulls, the team announced yesterday. Bol Bol, who’s also under a two-way contract with Denver, will be assigned to the G League too once he’s fully cleared, which I’m told could be sometime in the next month.
Harrison Wind: On the Bol Bol front, the Nuggets’ rookie was asked this morning if he’s been cleared for preseason. Bol said he hasn’t.
He was touted as a top-five talent for the NBA Draft but went 44th over concerns about his foot. "Everything is perfect. Everything has fully healed," Bol said. "I've been working out in the morning and coming back at night." When it comes to the hectic game and travel schedule, Bol vows: "I'll be ready for when the season starts. I'll be ready for all of that."
Bol played in nine games for Oregon before suffering an ankle injury in mid-December and an eventual stress fracture in his foot that would sideline him indefinitely and end his collegiate playing career. "My foot is 100 percent healed," Bol said Thursday night. "I just recently started to get back on the court about a month ago."
Harrison Wind: Bol Bol on playing this season: “My plan is to hopefully play this season, but it’s up to my team, whether they want to focus on me getting stronger and whatever is fine with me."
Bol will look to CAA to overlook his ongoing rehab and pre-NBA draft meeting and interview schedule. He will also rely on the firm to land him potential endorsement deals, beginning with a shoe deal. Bol boasts 650,000 followers on Instagram, the third-highest total among draft prospects behind only Duke's Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett.
In his first public remarks since his season-ending injury and subsequent surgery, Bol said he initially didn’t think the non-displaced fracture of the navicular bone in his left foot was “that much of a problem” until doctors diagnosed its severity and it led to surgery by renowned orthopedic Dr. Martin O’Malley. “I was bummed out that I couldn’t play,” said Bol, who led the Ducks in scoring (21.0 points), rebounding (9.6) and blocks (2.7) prior to the injury. “It just took me like three weeks to get over it.”
Bol said he does have a loss of value insurance policy, though he was not sure for how much, would could come into play if he were to slip in the NBA Draft due to the injury. Until then, Bol, who is still wearing a walking boot on his left foot but no longer using a scooter or crutches, will be with his teammates for the rest of their ride in the NCAA Tournament.
July 2, 2022 | 10:21 am EDT Update
Sources told both Jazz writer Tony Jones and me that Danny Ainge pushed hard to include McDaniels. Earlier versions of Utah’s ask included the four first-rounders, McDaniels, multiple pick swaps and some second-round picks as well. The Timberwolves held firm in refusing to include McDaniels, a versatile defender who blossomed under the glare of the playoff spotlight against Memphis and is entering his third season in the league.
Given all that, and the third-year leap they anticipate from Edwards, the stability they hope will bring even more out of Towns and the belief that it would be hard to find another star player who is open to Minnesota the way Gobert was — sources told The Athletic that Gobert expressed excitement about the opportunity of playing with the Timberwolves and that Towns, in particular, was supportive of the move — that one question just kept gnawing at the group while they labored over the decision.
Word started to circulate on Thursday evening that there was progress being made toward a Gobert deal, but Wolves sources were pessimistic almost the whole way through. By Friday morning, sources said, the deal was in peril. Both sides were sticking to their guns and the Timberwolves started to look hard at other available rim protectors. In addition to Gobert, they had been linked to Indiana’s Myles Turner and Atlanta’s Clint Capela in previous reporting. The Wolves also made several calls to Brooklyn on Kevin Durant, sources said, but the Nets were asking for established All-Stars and a mountain of picks.
Bob Myers warned of an eventual salary limit, an undefined financial threshold where Joe Lacob would finally say no. That red light came on the first night of free agency. The Golden State Warriors let Gary Payton II walk. They offered him the taxpayer mid-level, which sits at $6.4 million. He received north of $8 million from Portland, plus an extra year on an incentivized deal. The difference in the tax penalty — somewhere around $15 million extra in the immediate, a whole lot more throughout a longer-term deal — caused Lacob and the Warriors to balk. It stung several in the organization, per sources. They’d found Payton and grown to not only love the person but also understand the value of his unique skill set. It translated to winning. For the first time, they’d failed to retain one of their own due to an unwillingness to meet a financial demand.
The Washington Wizards announced today that they have re-signed forward Anthony Gill, bringing him back for his third season with the team. “AG provides us with additional frontcourt depth and is the epitome of the type of player we look for in building our team,” said Wizards President and General Manager Tommy Sheppard. “He is a true professional, a leader in the court in the community and is always ready to contribute on the court in a variety of ways when his number is called.”
Lamar Odom says he still feels the presence of his late friend and former teammate, Kobe Bryant … telling TMZ Sports, “He comes to me in dreams.” Odom, wearing the incredible Kobe and Gigi tribute pendant he got as a gift earlier this year on the anniversary of the duo’s tragic death, told us out at LAX this week that it actually happens “often.” “[He’s] just talking to me all the time,” Odom said of the dreams. “‘Hang in there. Keep fighting.’ A lot of s***.”
“His spirit, it’s so strong,” said Odom, who also has a tattoo of Kobe on his neck. “To me, he’s like not too far away. Especially when you’re dreaming of someone, and they talk to you in that dream, you’re definitely going to remember it.”