One thing that’s very new is the NBA hotline. It’s …

One thing that’s very new is the NBA hotline. It’s a good idea for players to have a place to report possible infractions of the bubble protocol, because everyone wants to stay safe from the coronavirus pandemic while living in Florida, which is reporting record numbers of positive cases and hospitalizations. But there seems to be a question whether players would actually use it or not. “I probably won’t use it,” said DiVincenzo. “We’re taking every precaution following all the protocols, so I think we’re worried about ourselves, and we’re not worried about anything else. “We trust the NBA. We trust the protocols in place. We trust ourselves. So, getting into it with other teams, and calling hotlines… I think we’re just policing ourselves to kind of focus in ourselves – and if we follow it, I think we feel good about everything. It’s not about getting into it with other teams.”
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July 4, 2022 | 5:27 am EDT Update

Lakers not aggressive in pursuit of Kyrie Irving

“The Lakers have yet, I’m told, to be aggressive in trying to put a deal together to get [Kyrie] from Brooklyn. That may come, that may evolve with time. But so far right now, there’s no traction really on deals with either Irving or Durant.” 🗣️ @wojespn

As one insider sympathetic to Durant noted, “Kyrie sabotaged everything,” but Durant is reacting more to the effects than the cause, and he now views the Nets as unsalvageable. “There’s no use in (him) taking sides when it’s all too far gone,” the person said. In essence, the Nets were right in principle, but wrong in practical terms, failing to understand that making Irving upset “was going to drive Kevin away.” It’s instructive to note that for all the chaos, all the havoc and all the stress, Durant still wants to play with Irving, according to league insiders.
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.