For Brooklyn, it’s close to a no-brainer (although there are reasons to pause that we’ll get into later). Tsai’s net worth has only risen during the global pandemic because he’s invested in Alibaba, the Chinese version of Amazon. He can afford an expensive coach. The roster is begging for a leader who can command respect from Kevin Durant and Irving. Popovich could own the room by simply throwing out his rings, but he’s too self-aware and self-deprecating for such a stunt. One of Popovich’s best traits is his understanding that the players won those championships. Phil Jackson didn’t get that.
June 28, 2022 | 3:23 pm EDT Update
Adrian Wojnarowski: The Jazz are making a hire to the front office too: David Fizdale has agreed to become an associate GM, sources tell ESPN. After 18 seasons as an NBA head and assistant coach, Fizdale will move into management and work closely with GM Justin Zanik and CEO Danny Ainge with Jazz.
Salman Ali: From @Houston Rockets: “The Houston Rockets have reached a buyout agreement with John Wall for the final season of his contract and have waived the 5-time All-Star. From top to bottom, the Rockets organization thanks John for his professionalism and wishes him the best.”
JD Shaw: Swingman Denzel Mahoney has accepted a summer league invite from the San Antonio Spurs, per source. Mahoney joined the team for training camp last fall and played for the team’s G League affiliate this year.
JD Shaw: The Minnesota Timberwolves are adding guard Kahlil Whitney to their summer league roster, source tells @HoopsRumors. The 21-year-old spent time with the Rockets’ G League team this past season.
JD Shaw: The Sacramento Kings have received a summer league commitment from guard DJ Steward, source tells @HoopsRumors. Steward attended training camp with the team in the fall. He averaged 14.6 points per game in the G League this season.