The Heat All-Star knows people are going to play up this angle regardless: “I’m pretty sure people are going to run with that this summer and next summer,” Adebayo said of the common agent denominator. “In 2021, people are going to run with that. “But, at the end of the day, he takes care of me like he takes care of Giannis. And that’s just what you need in an agent. You want a guy that actually cares about everybody and not just some people who are doing better than others.”
Jake Fischer on Jalen Brunson: The Knicks offer is almost assuredly going to be four (years), $100 (million). And, at least, and I know people around the week who are preparing for his offer to end up being for $110 (million).
Durant admitted that he didn’t think the Warriors were considered a dynasty until they won this most recent championship. But while he’s proud of the Warriors, he didn’t seem to appreciate how people thought he would view the Golden State return to the mountaintop. “I have some pride — like, damn, I was a part of something special, even though it was only two championships out of the four,” Durant said. “We had some amazing times. To see them finish it and continue it, yeah, you have a sense of pride to be a part of that. “But then, when you listen to the broadcast and it’s just like, ‘Well, KD should be feeling this way,’ and it’s like, ‘Oh, here we go.’ They can’t let me just enjoy what they’re doing instead of trying to pit me against them, because I’m always going to take my side.”
Before slipping off to his hotel room to make his final preparations for the draft, Mathurin said that there was one test, maybe the biggest of all, that he was particularly looking forward as a rookie: His first game against Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James “A lot of people say he’s great,” Mathurin said. “I want to see how great he is. I don’t think anybody is better than me. He’s going to have to show me he’s better than me.”
Did you ever get a sense during the pre-draft process that the Pistons would take you if available at No. 5? Jaden Ivey: Yeah. After my workout with the Pistons, I really liked the organization. Dwane Casey, what we were talking about. Troy Weaver. I felt comfortable with the organization and coaching staff. They were very genuine. The facility I was at, it was a very nice facility. I can’t wait to get to work there.