Sources I have spoken to around the league painted this picture (and Windhorst mentions it): It’s too hard to get two elite players, trading one (and certainly not getting full value back) is the absolute last resort. The more likely pattern is Brett Brown gets fired after the season and another coach is brought in. However, if in a year or two that coach cannot get Embiid and Simmons to blend at a championship level, then the Sixers will start to explore trades. (Both players are under contract for three seasons after this one, there is no pressure to trade or lose them on the Sixers.)
September 30, 2020 | 4:12 pm EDT Update
KC Johnson: Speaking on his NBA draft combine Zoom call, SF Deni Avdija, who is listed as potential Bulls pick at No. 4 on several mock drafts, said “any team that drafts me is going to get the best of me.” Called the Bulls “a good, young roster.” Hasn’t interviewed with any NBA teams yet.
When South Kam grad Kelly Olynyk begins the NBA Finals in Orlando his family will take a break from a camping vacation on the Island to watch the action. “We’ve been a little out of touch with the games because we are in a remote area on the Island, but we plan to head into Courtenay to watch game one against the Lakers,” said a proud dad Ken Olynyk – the longtime Athletic Director at Thompson Rivers University.
Ken says he has talked to son Kelly on the phone about the whole ‘bubble’ playoff experience. “[Kelly] says it’s been great for the team to build chemistry and bring the team together. He says the teams that are the toughest mentally are the ones doing well. Disney World is right out their window, of course they can’t go. They are just focused on the job,” Ken added.
Before Milwaukee officials and the Bucks struck a funding agreement to build the arena, the NBA threatened to buy the franchise and sell it to one of two ownership groups, one in Las Vegas and the other Seattle, citing the aging BMO Harris Bradley Center where the Bucks played between 1988 and 2018. “I’m the co-owner of the Bucks and we love being in Milwaukee,” Wes Edens said. “If we had been forced to move the team, which we had not, Las Vegas was definitely one of the places that was on the list that we would have seriously considered.”
Former MGM Resorts CEO Jim Murren has been teasing the idea of an NBA team in Las Vegas for years, and T-Mobile Arena was built with housing both an NHL team and an NBA team in mind. Indeed, the 20,000-seat arena was constructed with separate locker rooms for both sports. “To me it’s a question of when, not if, there will be an NBA team in that arena,” Edens said. “It’s just such a tremendous market. The success of the other teams really bodes well for what could be a potential success of an NBA team.”
September 30, 2020 | 3:57 pm EDT Update
One of five G League players in minicamp with the Warriors, Jonathon Simmons, 31, is intent on showing Golden State’s front office that he is still the same defensive-minded wing who was once a key member of winning San Antonio teams. His chances of making the Warriors’ 15-man roster are slim, but he understands as well as anyone how to overcome long odds.
“I’m taking this opportunity for whatever the opportunity is going to be, and I’m just hoping for the best out of it,” said Simmons, who has arrived early to minicamp practices over the past week to work on the jump shot that hurt him in stops with Orlando and Philadelphia. “At this point, I’m just trying to control whatever I can control.”
“I’m a big fan of Jonathon’s,” Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said. “I love his story. I love how hard he had to work to get to the NBA. I really love his presence. … I think he belongs in the NBA.” Added center Marquese Chriss: “Personally, I think he’s a hell of a basketball player. … He has the all-around potential to make this team and make an impact.”
In preparation for the upcoming NBA draft, Little Elm grad RJ Hampton has allowed himself to think about the prospect of joining the Mavericks next season and playing alongside star duo Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis. His consensus? “That,” he said, “would be super sick.”