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Donatas Urbonas: Donatas Motiejunas revealed few NBA teams expressed interest in signing him, there’s Euroleague options too. But Motiejunas remains under the contract with Shanghai Sharks and is not willing to terminate it.
Donatas Urbonas: Donatas Motiejunas revealed few NBA teams expressed interest in signing him, there’s Euroleague options too. But Motiejunas remains under the contract with Shanghai Sharks and is not willing to terminate it.
Emiliano Carchia: Shanghai Sharks are seriously pursuing Donatas Motiejunas and ready to offer him a millionaire contract, a source told @Sportando . Deal could be done after July 15. Motiejunas finished last season with Spurs. The Lithuanian has played for Shandong since 2017
Donatas Motiejunas: Had a great time in a wonderful organization, even though it did not last long. Thank you @San Antonio Spurs family for a warm welcome 🙏 Good luck to you all, and maybe our roads will cross again in the future! ✌️🙌
Although the newest member of the San Antonio Spurs may be bogged down with visa issues which is preventing him from joining the team, Donatas Motiejunas is more than thrilled to be joining San Antonio. In an interview with Lithuanian outlet 15 MIN, Montiejunas spoke on coming to the Spurs including that other teams were interested in adding him to their roster. "Yes, there were the Denver Nuggets, Toronto Raptors, and San Antonio Spurs. Everyone had their own nuances, and attention, but San Antonio said most clearly: "We want you, we do!"
Paul Garcia: Looks like Motiejunas has or is close to signing his contract with the Spurs. He just RT’d a tweet acknowledging he’s joining the team.
Adrian Wojnarowski: The Spurs are nearing a deal with veteran NBA F/C Donatas Motiejunas, league sources tell ESPN. He’s been playing in China for the past two seasons.
Per the same report, while Motiejunas will finish the season in the NBA, he has already agreed to come back to China for 2019-2020 with a very lucrative deal. The team with which the Lithuanian center will play next season isn’t mentioned.
Donatas Urbonas: Donatas Motiejunas signed with San Antonio Spurs, according to @Tomas Langvinis. More NBA teams were interested. Also, D-Mo has an offer from Shandong to stay in CBA for the next season. Motiejunas was averaging 27.3 ppg & 14 rpg past season. He was paid ~$3M per year.
Donatas Motiejunas will remain in China next season too, as reported by 15min. The Lithuanian forward reached a one-year agreement with Shandong where he has also played this season. Motiejunas will earn around $3 million.
Donatas Motiejunas is heading to China. According to, the Lithuanian forward will sign a $3 million contract with Shandong Golden Stars.
While there are many European clubs, including Zalgiris Kaunas, that would like to see him in their roster, the best offer that Donatas Motiejunas has in his hands comes from China, as Eurohoops has learned.
In fact, there’s a $1.5M bid for Motiejunas that might lure him to join the Chinese League as many other players who either came from EuroLeague or were targeted by EL clubs (Keith Langford, Giannis Bourousis, Justin Hamilton, Aaron Jackson, Edwin Jackson) have done this summer.
Donatas Urbonas: Motiejunas on possibility to stay in New Orleans Pelicans: 'They don't need me with already 4-5 big man on the roster for the next season.'
Donatas Urbonas: Motiejunas told he prefers San Antonio, Golden State, Utah or Washington. 'I like their game and I also have some interest from them'
Donatas Urbonas: Donatas Motiejunas is open not only for long term contract: 'My biggest wish is NBA title. In a good situation I would agree with 1yr deal'
Donatas Urbonas: Motiejunas on his options in Europe: 'I'm still in a good relationships with Barcelona, but I'm open to all offers. I got a lot of interest'
“The team lost an asset,” Motiejunas told Basketball Insiders. “I lost $37, 38 million, so both sides lost in this situation. No one won in this situation actually. I know, as soon as I step on the floor, the people are going to see that I’m the same guy that I was last year when I was playing. For me, I’m not going to lose anything. After this year, someone else is going to pick me up. I’m not worried about that. I know how to play basketball. I know how to make every and each team better. I adjust to the situation depending on what coach asks me to do, so I’m not worried about that. It was just a ridiculous situation, the resolution was taking too long, and it was affecting me as a player, and it was affecting me personally. Instead of being a business decision it was like more of a personal decision.”
At 26, what has Motiejunas thought of his career to this point? “It’s a big mess,” Motiejunas told Basketball Insiders candidly. “Some of the situations, so far it’s a pretty big mess, but hopefully everything is going to settle down right now and, like I said, I work my butt off every single day of my career. I’m going to keep on doing that step by step. I’m not trying to jump over the hurdles or nothing like that. I’m trying to go step by step, trying to become a better player, trying to become a better teammate. I think that’s the most important thing; never look back, look forward.”
“Honestly, you can say it was business stuff, but, from my side, I’m a basketball player, I just want to play,” Motiejunas told Basketball Insiders. “Being involved in that business situation, it was one of the worst experiences of my life that I’ve had. I would say, from any basketball player, we work every day, we put our sweat, we put our tears, we put our blood on the floor, try to help and make teams better, so when someone acts with you like this, it’s just wrong.”
Eight months have passed since Donatas Motiejunas has been able to suit up and participate in an NBA game, but the former Houston Rockets big man is looking forward to finally breaking his unanticipated streak with the New Orleans Pelicans. "I feel incredible," Motiejunas said. "I was working by myself for the last five months, and it's really hard when you have only a couple of people with you working out every day. You have to push yourself, because you know someone else is playing and getting back in shape by playing. It's much easier than working out by yourself. I'm just happy to be back. Hopefully it's not going to take long to get back into game shape. I'm doing whatever I can to be ready as soon as possible."
Gentry confirmed that the Pelicans had interest in Motiejunas at last year's trade deadline because of the former Rockets big man's ability to pass and stretch the floor. League sources told ESPN last season that the Rockets and Pelicans discussed a trade package around Ryan Anderson, who went one to sign with Houston this past offseason. "We talked about trading for him last year," Gentry said. "We talked in detail about adding him to our team because we felt like he was a guy that offensively could help us and do what we tried to anticipate in the system that we were running. It just didn't work out, but we've had an interest in him."
Speaking to reporters before Monday night's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, New Orleans Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said the franchise remains in negotiations to finalize a deal to sign 7-foot center Donatas Motiejunas. ESPN reported on Sunday and sources confirmed on Monday that the deal could be announced no later than Tuesday. ''We're talking and we're in negotiations,'' Gentry said. ''You'll have to run that by Dell (Demps).''
Free-agent power forward Donatas Motiejunas is in serious discussions to sign with the New Orleans Pelicans, league sources told The Vertical. The Pelicans and Motiejunas’ agent, B.J. Armstrong, had positive talks Sunday, and an agreement on a deal is expected in the next few days, sources said. The deal is expected to be for the veteran’s minimum, sources said.
The Pelicans are one of at least three teams to show interest in Motiejunas since the end of his long-running contract saga with the Houston Rockets. ESPN reported earlier this week that the Los Angeles Lakers had flown Motiejunas in for a recent audition in front of Los Angeles' front office and coaches, while sources said Sunday that the Minnesota Timberwolves had also expressed some interest.
Nets Daily: Actually, the value of the Motiejunas vets minimum is $600K, pro-rated, @Bobby Marks notes. FYI, #Nets cannot pursue him this summer.
The Lakers' frontcourt is a little thin after key reserve Larry Nance Jr. suffered a bone bruise in his left knee that's expected to sideline him for at least four weeks. But sources said the Lakers are weighing whether there are enough minutes to go around, with the blossoming Julius Randle and Tarik Black playing the bulk of the frontcourt minutes while Nance is out.
Ramona Shelburne: In the wake of Larry Nance's injury, the Lakers brought in free agent F Donatas Motiejunas for an audition, but didn't immediately sign him. Story with @Marc Stein going up shortly on the Lakers weighing whether adding DMo would take too many minutes from Randle and Tarik
Darren Wolfson: As alluded to days ago, a specific team that worked out Motiejunas. More will soon. #Twolves haven't asked to get him in for a workout.
Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced today that after extensive discussions with Donatas Motiejunas, his representatives, and the NBA league office, the Rockets will renounce Motiejunas and he will become an unrestricted free agent. “Donatas was a true professional throughout his four seasons with the Rockets,” said Morey. “We wish Donatas the best moving forward and want to thank him for his contributions both on the court and in the community.”
Nets Daily: I try to ignore Motiejunas melodrama but I cant even though I've been told repeatedly #Nets are most definitely prohibited from signing him.
With the Rockets' planned efforts to return forward/center Donatas Motiejunas to the roster at a standstill, Rockets general manager Daryl Morey said talks now involve the NBA in an indication that Motiejunas will not be signed to the contract the sides agreed to on Friday. "We're in active discussions with Donatas' representation, the league office and that's pretty much it," Morey said. Asked the purpose of the talks, Morey said, "A resolution."
Calvin Watkins: The medical is the main thing with Donatas Motiejunas. "I was there, they told me to go home." Might be more about procedure than anything.
Albert Nahmad: Two key differences beween Motiejunas new deal vs offer sheet: 1. He's tradeable after season 2. 2nd-year guarantee goes from March to July
The Rockets pulled the $31 million offer sheet to power forward Donatas Motiejunas on Friday and are working on a new contract according to a source. Motiejunas returns to restricted free agency status.
The incentives included in the Brooklyn offer are especially problematic for Motiejunas. He signed for $37 million but will lose $6 million of that in Houston. The Rockets are only responsible for $31 million, the principle amount of the contract. He’ll earn $8.3 million, $7.9 million, $7.6 million and $7.2 million over the next four years — again, with just $5 million of the first season guaranteed.
Motiejunas had a body-fat/weigh-in bonus of $1 million, along with two separate unlikely bonuses of $250,000 for the 2016-17 season, based on playing 70 percent of the team’s regular-season games along with a performance goal of 6.5 defensive rebounds per 36 minutes and a 37 percent three-point percentage (on at least two attempts per game). For each of the last three seasons of his original deal, he had a $750,000 body-fat/weight bonus, a $250,000 bonus for participating in an off-season skill and conditioning program, along with the same pair of $250,000 unlikely performance incentives.
Right off the bat, unlikely bonuses are not included in a contract match, which reduces his contract immediately by $2 million. The tricky part of the equation is the $1 million per season offseason bonus. It’s safe to say, though it may be nothing more than educated speculation, that Armstrong expected that $4 million in offseason bonuses to apply to the Houston match. Alas, it does not.
Salim Dehkordi: My boy @dmotiejunas is back in Houston and finally back with the Rockets tomorrow 🙌🏼#welcomeback #dmo #houstonrockets #timetokicksomeassbro
Donatas Motiejunas had until tonight to show up for his physical with the Rockets and didn't. A source said a decision hasn't been made regarding if the Rockets will pull the offer sheet.
Rockets officials are willing to work a separate deal with Motiejunas, something his agent is willing to talk about, in the $31 million range. One of the problems with the offer sheet for the Rockets is a $9 million guarantee for the 2017-18 season. Based on the offer sheet, a team would have to make a decision on March 1 to enact that clause. Houston, according to a source, would like to push that date to the summer.
After the Houston Rockets matched the Brooklyn Nets’ offer sheet and retained restricted free agent Donatas Motiejunas, the 7-footer is refusing to report for his physical exam and return to the team. “We won’t be reporting,” agent B.J. Armstrong of Wasserman Media Group told The Vertical. Armstrong informed Rockets general manager Daryl Morey of the decision on Tuesday morning. The move comes less than 24 hours after the Rockets matched the base of a four-year, $31 million offer sheet. Houston had been expecting Motiejunas, 26, to show up on Tuesday morning to undergo and pass a physical exam needed to sign and activate him. Motiejunas refused and has no intention of rejoining the Rockets, Armstrong said. If Motiejunas continues to stay away, the Rockets have two options: leave open the current agreement and wait him out, or cancel the deal and return Motiejunas to restricted free agency. Under league rules, the Nets are unable to sign Motiejunas for a full year.
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May 30, 2020 | 7:44 am EDT Update
The NBA is planning to resume play on July 31, according to media reports on Friday, and that can’t come soon enough for Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton. “I would love to get back on the court, to get back with my team and just get that camaraderie back again,” Sexton told Justin Felder of WAGA-TV in Atlanta this week. “I know we just got a new coach, so we’re just pretty much trying to understand how he is and how he’s going to coach. Those games are definitely going to help us and help our future. If they say we can go play, let’s do it. I’m all for it. … “I definitely want to go out there and just work on my game, do some things and just whatever the team needs for us to win that game because I like to compete. I’m a competitor, and no matter the stage and no matter the game I’m going to come in each and every day ready to go.”
Despite not being a player for Washington, MJ use to come to practices and play. Hamilton and Laron Profit would often play Jordan and trash talk him. Until one day Profit stepped over the line after he got the better of the Bulls legend in one play. “Me and Prof [Laron Profit] used to play with him [Jordan] all the time,” Hamilton remembered. “We used to talk trash to MJ all the time but there were certain things that I wouldn’t say. And Prof sometimes would say a little of extra stuff that I wouldn’t go there.” “I remember when one time when we were playing in practice. And Prof might have hit a shot on MJ and he was like running down court “You can’t guard me with them old-ass knees.” And I’m like “Oh, stop, time out!” You don’t say that to the GOAT. MJ was heated.” Jordan was so mad that he traded Profit to the Orlando Magic.
Garza, who has entered the 2020 NBA draft while retaining his eligibility, told ESPN he’ll make his decision about returning to school or turning pro based on the conversations and interviews he’ll have with NBA executives in the coming weeks and months. He said the inability to meet with the NBA’s power brokers for workouts — if the current situation persists — will play a role in his decision. “I think it all depends on what teams are telling me in these interviews and what they’re seeing on film,” said Garza, the Wooden Award runner-up after averaging 23.9 points and 9.8 rebounds per game last season. “I’m not leaving for an unknown or an uncertain.
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May 30, 2020 | 2:12 am EDT Update
But it’s logical to think that those positions will at least be areas of interest for New York in the offseason. The New York Post reported that Rose told the Knicks in March that finding a scoring guard was the top priority in the draft and a shooting guard was the second priority. An SNY source said finding a forward who can knock down a shot — in the draft or free agency — is one item on the Knicks’ list.
One thing that achieved widespread consensus was the need for teams to have more flexibility with their rosters no matter how the league chooses to resume play. When asked if the playoffs should have expanded rosters or teams should have more of an ability to replace players sidelined by injury or illness, only two teams voted for neither option. Twelve voted for expanded rosters, and 16 voted for an increased ability to replace players who are injured or sick.
Storyline: Season Resuming?
“I’ve had some great players and I’ve never had one player that I have said is untradeable,” Karl told the Sacramento media at the time. “You always got to be ready for the possibility of a great trade that could come your way.” That statement didn’t sit well with the players, specifically Cousins or his agent, who had issues with the coaching legend in the past. Karl would later apologize for the comment, but not before trying to move his star player during the summer, which Walberg confirmed during the taping of the podcast. “The thought was maybe to try to do what we did in Denver when they flipped Carmelo, that changed Denver pretty big time,” Walberg explained. “See if there is somebody out there that would want to flip DeMarcus.” According to Walberg, then general manager Pete D’Alessandro was in the room for the discussion. He would leave the Kings organization shortly thereafter and made it known, at least to his new employers in Denver, that Cousins was on the block.
We would find out afterward that minutes before the media was allowed in, Cousins had unloaded on Karl in dramatic fashion. “As soon as [Karl] walks in DeMarcus just goes off, I mean, off,” Walberg explained. “Coach hasn’t even said a word and it’s ‘F you coach, you think you’re an F-ing Hall of Fame coach, all the hell you care about is your wins, you don’t give a s–t about us.’” According to Walberg, the rant from Cousins went on for nearly a minute. When the coaching staff went to management the next day expecting a 3-5 game suspension, they instead walked away understanding that Cousins wouldn’t be punished and their days as a coaching staff in Sacramento were numbered.
As we prepared to interview players, rap mogul Drake walked through a side door and into the locker room with owner Vivek Ranadivé and team executive Vlade Divac. The surreal scene played out in real time, as Drake tried to work the room and greet a completely silent locker room. His arrival was not well-received by the players ,and lasted only a minute or two before Drake hugged Cousins and then left the building. According to both Karl and Walberg, this was the beginning of the end for the coaching staff. “It was probably the rudest, the worst I’ve ever seen of any game in my life, what happened in that locker room after we played San Antonio that night,” Walberg explained.
“DeMarcus and I had a confrontation after the game and we meet the next morning and we have a long serious talk that we can turn this into a win,” Karl recalls. “Because we’ve got to suspend DeMarcus and whatever it is, for two or three games, and maybe he’ll wake up that he can’t be the boss. We went in and fought very hard that we had to suspend him.” That’s not the direction the franchise chose to take. Instead, they sided with Cousins and allowed him to resume playing under Karl. The message was clear. “How are you going to have control in the locker room when you’ve got a player that can say and do what he wants?” Walberg said.
One source said the idea of bringing back 20 teams — possibly a few more, but not all 30 — continues to resonate as the most likely scenario. Another plan discussed Friday, the source said, would bring any team within six games of a playoff spot back for the resumption of the season, a scenario where bassed on the current standings 13 teams from the Western Conference and nine from the Eastern Conference would return.
Storyline: Season Resuming?
The league has polled its general managers, who largely have voted with self-interest as a motivator. Reportedly, 53% of the general managers voted for the return to include only the 16 teams in playoff position. However, the general managers are under the impression that their opinions are merely that — opinions. League sources believe Silver, with broadcast partners and medical advisors shaping his thinking, ultimately will be the one to make the decision about how the NBA resumes play.
Lillard got a boost from Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes on Friday, with the veteran NBA champion backing up the Blazers star on Bleacher Report’s Howard Beck’s podcast “Full 48” (via SB Nation’s Sactown Royalty): “I think Dame is right. If you come back and play, you want to be playing for something.” “There’s no other simulation that we can get for games. This group, where we’re at, we need to play, we need to play together, and playing for something is important.”
Boston Celtics big man Enes Kanter said that while he and his Celtics teammates are looking forward to getting back on the floor, he mentions a friend on another team that is not exactly excited to play basketball right now: “This is my ninth year in the league, I have so many friends on different teams, right?” Kanter said on his podcast, via NBC Sports Boston. “I was actually talking to one of my friends and he said — I’m not going to tell who or which team — but he said, ‘There’s so many guys on our team, they’re not going to play.’ They’re actually in the Eastern Conference, they’re in a playoff spot, and they’re like superstars. Like, if I tell you who it is, you’d go crazy.”

Eric Gordon has lost weight

Gordon generally keeps to himself and has never been a huge social media presence but don’t take that as a sign that he isn’t working, because he is. According to a team source, Gordon has already lost 12 pounds off his frame by way of track sprints and diet. There’s a hope that with the weight that has come off him, he’ll be able to prevent further injury to his knees.
Speaking to Chris Long on the “Green Light” podcast on Friday, the now Golden State Warriors head coach detailed that there was definitely more to it than what was shown in “The Last Dance.” “I had a different memory from what Michael described on the show,” Kerr shared. “My memory was that Phil had gone upstairs to his office while we were scrimmaging because he had to take a phone call from the league or something, and that’s when we got into it. So, Phil came down to see what was going on. And I remember him coming over to me, he goes, ‘You’re gonna have to clean that up.’ And I go, ‘My eye or my relationship with Michael?’
May 29, 2020 | 7:47 pm EDT Update
Former NBA player Stephen Jackson spoke at a rally Friday afternoon in Minneapolis in remembrance of his friend George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who died in police custody after pleading that he could not breathe. “I’m here because they’re not gonna demean the character of George Floyd, my twin,” Jackson told supporters. “A lot of times, when police do things they know that’s wrong, the first thing they try to do is cover it up, and bring up their background — to make it seem like the bulls— that they did was worthy. When was murder ever worthy? But if it’s a black man, it’s approved.”
May 29, 2020 | 7:41 pm EDT Update
On Thursday, the University of Michigan released a study claiming that HGH could aid in the recovery of torn ACLs by preventing the loss of muscle strength in knees. Cuban funded that study, and went on to argue on its behalf on Twitter. “It’s time to recognize that HGH (Human Growth Hormone) can positively impact injury recovery,” Cuban wrote. “I funded this study so that athletes can get back to full strength and doing what they love.”
On an appearance on ESPN’s The Jump Friday, Cuban argued that the only reason HGH is banned by the NBA is because the World Anti-Doping Association banned it. “There really was no research or complete logic for doing it,” Cuban said. “So a couple of years ago, I said, ‘look, if there’s no data there to dismiss HGH, let’s find out if it can help for injury recovery because it’s been discussed as having that ability.’ So I worked with the University of Michigan and we put together a study, and as it turned out, comparing athletes vs. a placebo, there was a significant improvement in their recovery time and getting back to full strength. And so now, this is the first step towards offering data and hopefully the NBA, the Olympics and other leagues will look at this and say ‘let’s do some more studies.’ I’m willing to get involved with more studies financially, but if we can get the leagues to do it, the players I think will all be for it as long as you can prove that it’s safe.”
“Our hearts are filled with sadness, disgust and overall frustration as we continue to process the tragic and senseless acts of violence towards yet another individual of the African American community. Our sincere condolences go out to the members of the Floyd family and those who came to know and love him. This is a very important time in our history and the images of this incident as well as the countless others will blister a lasting image in our minds forever. What’s happening in our country today has left an emotional strain and unfortunately has shaped how we conduct our lives on a daily basis. We should not have to live in fear.”
Dr. Valerie Williams-Goss: Recently, my son, Nigel Williams Goss, was drafted into the NBA. When word got around that my son played professional basketball, I heard a plethora of racist comments congratulating me for having a white son playing in a predominately black sport. I had to tell countless people that my son is biracial and then used those moments to educate even my racist clients about what their words and behaviors meant to the world and how hurtful they were. I risked my job many times by confronting people about racist comments they were making, but I could not have kept silent because it was my job to speak up.
Dr. Valerie Williams-Goss: Since Nigel has been a professional athlete and has more money and nicer things, he has been stopped by the police more, asked senseless questions about where he got his car, why he was driving in that area, whether he has a license, all of the typical racist experiences other black drivers go through. However, I cannot interrupt that behavior. I cannot educate the officer harassing my son. I cannot tell my son what to say or how to act to the police, because I am fully aware that he could be doing nothing at all and still be killed. That is the reality that all mothers of brown children face.
May 29, 2020 | 6:35 pm EDT Update
Mark Cuban offered his predictions on ESPN’s “The Jump”. First: Aug. 1 will likely be the latest date the NBA could restart its season without significantly hampering future seasons, Cuban said. To calculate his timeline, Cuban “works backward” from the 2020-21 season, which he is in favor of starting on Christmas, rather than in late October under the league’s traditional calendar.
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“We can start playing in August, for that matter, because we don’t have all the travel restrictions,” Cuban said. “Everyone [will be] in probably one location. You don’t have to fly across the country, give everybody one day off. You can play multiple games in one day. You can compress it in ways we never were able to before, so I don’t think there’s a drop-dead date. … Starting by Aug. 1 in order to make it, so that gives us plenty of time.”
“Unique circumstances, unique opportunities,” Cuban said. “I’m confident we’ll take advantage of it and do something differently. … As long as you give players something to play for, they’ll recognize that this is an opportunity because it’s not inconceivable that a team that was at the bottom of the standings can all of sudden make a run and get hot. And really, coming back like this favors younger teams because it’s going to be easier for a young player to get back and get that athleticism going and get ready than it is for an older player, so anything’s possible.”
The death of George Floyd, the resulting firing of four Minneapolis policemen, the ensuing rioting and the ongoing racial tensions left Udonis Haslem compelled to turn to Instagram earlier this week to share thoughts that he understands will be viewed through numerous prisms. “I have close friends and family in law enforcement,” the 39-year-old lifelong South Florida resident posted. “This doesn’t apply to everyone. There’s a lot of [bad] people in this world, but I’m the first to tell you there’s some damn good ones wearing that badge and we appreciate y’all.”
Haslem offered perspective on the Minneapolis situation and the questioning of law enforcement. “I just think people have got to be very careful about how they move, based on what they just saw,” he said of painting all of law enforcement with the same broad brush. “You’ve got to be very careful, because if somebody breaks into your house and it’s a burglar, who you gonna call? So I think, people just got to be very cautious about what they’re saying and how they’re reacting to it.”