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General manager “R.C [Buford] and coach [Gregg] Popovich put a lot of time and energy to give David a visual of how much they wanted him and would use him,” Bartelstein told The Vertical. “A lot of people talk about taking less money, and not many people do it, so the Spurs get a lot of credit for selling David on joining their organization.”
Mike Monroe: Can confirm @Adrian Wojnarowski report that David Lee to sign w/ #Spurs .. Expect official announcement next week
Lee was leaving the big 4th of July party at Nobu in Malibu when we asked about rumors that he might take a pay cut to reunite with Steph Curry and company. "We're still trying to figure it out," the 33-year-old former All-Star told us. "Everything goes from what K.D. did and that kind of sets the table for the rest of the league."
The 32-year-old is currently reviving his career with the Mavericks, serving as a prominent reserve player on a team with playoff aspirations. But when he was in the process of being bought out by the Celtics in February, Lee said there were conversations with the Knicks. He’ll be a free agent again in July. “I think I’ll have some good choices. And I look forward to playing three or four more years,” said Lee, who scored six points Wednesday. “I feel like right now my body feels as healthy as ever. And I think going down in weight has made me feel a lot better and a lot more active. I feel as active as I was early in my career.”
The Heat did not make a push for the two prominent players released so far, Milwaukee-bound Steve Novak and Dallas-bound David Lee. The Heat stands only $213,000 below the luxury tax threshold and would climb back over the line if it fills either of its two open roster spots before the range of March 6-8 and keeps the player for the duration of the season.
Veteran forward David Lee is expected to sign with the Dallas Mavericks, league sources told The Vertical. Lee, a two-time All-Star, is planning to sign with the Mavericks for the prorated NBA room exception of $2.1 million after he clears waivers Sunday. Lee was bought out by the Celtics on Friday and has said he will seek a winning situation in which he could receive a rotation role.
The Mavericks are in the process of deciding which player could be waived to create a roster spot, league sources said. Lee would provide the Mavericks with reserve scoring behind Dirk Nowitzki.
In the end, though, the Celtics did not complete any deals before the deadline, making a buyout the only option. A league source said Lee would likely sign with a new team this weekend.
Tim MacMahon: The Mavericks are optimistic about their chances to sign David Lee after he clears waivers, sources said. Lee received a buyout from the Celtics on Friday.
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Kevin Durant, James Harden back on good terms

ClutchPoints: “From what I’m told, the two former teammates are back on good terms now despite [James] Harden forcing his way out of Brooklyn.” @ramonashelburne on the Sixers’ reported interest in trading for Kevin Durant.

Grant Williams addresses Jaylen Brown trade rumors

After speaking with children during the Jr. Celtics camp, Grant Williams was asked how he felt about the trade rumors involving Brown. Williams responded by talking about the business side of the NBA while also praising Brown’s mindset and value as a player. “I feel like JB is mature in his mindset, and he knows that. I talk to him, texted him, reach out of as often as I can. It’s one of those things. It’s the league. It’s a business. It’s one of those things that you can’t be discouraged by because we love JB. It also shows how valuable he is.”
Obviously, Durant is one of the greatest players of all time. Williams explained that Brown having his name mentioned as the potential centerpiece in a deal for Durant just shows how great the Celtics star is. “It kind of shows how valuable he is. The fact that, top-10 player in the world, you’re the focal point. It’s one of those things, I remember, back in the day with Al Jefferson and KG [Kevin Garnett]. It’s one of those things where you’re like, ‘oh dang, Al Jefferson.’ It’s not even like a difference,” said Williams.
“I think he’s going to approach it even better. He’s going to take it with a competitive mindset, too. So, if it doesn’t work out, which, I don’t know what it is or not, I’m not involved in none of those processes,” stated Williams. “But I think that he’s going to come back with a chip on his shoulder, and I love that. Because I know how JB responds, and he’s going to be very, very, very, very secure because he’s secure of himself and he’s secure of what he’s going to be.”
Green then admitted that it’s usually him who takes the high road. Curry and Thompson don’t always clap back, so when they do, Dray knows that he has to take a step back in order to avoid an escalation: “That’s just not how we roll,” Green said. “So I usually do the majority of the talking most the time. It either leads to us having a conversation and discussing what I think and what they think and how we can figure it out. If it’s in a heated battle, a heat-of-the-moment situation and I’m like ‘Klay stop shooting the ball’ and he cuss and yell back, then we just keep it pushing and I run on and he run on. Or if I say something to Steph and he gets mad and snaps back every two blue moons then he says something back and I just run off and go about my day.”

Dwyane Wade on Heat Big 3: 'The hate was because of our skin color'

It was at this point where Wade decided to drop a shocking truth bomb about how the hatred for the Heat was racially motivated: “We knew that some of the hate was because of our skin color,” he claimed. “Because of being Black men and deciding to control the fate of our careers. … So, when we had the power, when we had the moment, we took it. But some of the hate came because we were three Black guys who decided and changed the way that the NBA probably would ever be because of that decision.”
Dwyane Wade recently made a guest appearance on JJ Redick’s The Old Man & The Three podcast, and it was an opportunity for the Heat icon to get brutally honest with his thoughts on why their Big 3 garnered so much hate. Wade was quick to point out that the way they teamed up to win a title wasn’t much different from how other iconic teams did it in the past (h/t ClutchPoints on Twitter): “If you think about it, no one gives backlash to any championships that Larry Bird won, that Magic Johnson won, that Michael Jordan won,” Wade said. “… You don’t win championships without playing with other guys that are great, first of all.”
Clutch Points: Brandon Jennings has some thoughts on the state of today’s NBA… 🤔 Jennings mentions that he feels Chris Paul and LeBron James were among those who contributed to turning the NBA into a “player’s league,” which has hurt the league. (via @Tuff__Crowd) pic.twitter.com/0fKrdStGsK