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The timing in letting go of Chin and Blakely in particular is curious considering NBC Sports Boston is the regional home of the Celtics and the NBA relaunched its season last week after being shut down for the pandemic. According to multiple sources, the network may keep some laid-off staffers around for 60 days. Blakely, whose contract is up in October, is expected to be one.
Raymond Ridder: An incredible writer and terrific person @SteveBHoop . Once we get back to normalcy, I see this free agent being scooped up quickly.
Jon Krawczynski: One of the Timberwolves/Lynx employees let go today was PR/Communications mgr Dan Bell. Dan is not one to draw attention to himself so allow me to do it for him. He spent more than 27 years with the organization.
Kyle Ratke:We had a good run. Today was my last day with the Timberwolves & Lynx. I’ll forever have such great memories, and in a sense, I grew up with the organization. I wish nothing but the best for my friends who became family. To the next opportunity.
Katie Davidson: I will no longer be a Wolves & Lynx employee come July 1. I have many people to thank for this experience, but none more than @Kyle_Ratke — the most selfless, spirited, kind-hearted, talented person I've ever worked for. Losing Kyle is thee greatest Wolves loss of all time.
Peter Zayas: I got laid off by The Athletic today. Looking forward to getting the YouTube channel back up and running, I really miss making videos anyway and things should work out. Here's my Patreon if you wanna support the work I've done and will be doing. Go Lakers.
Andre Fernandez: “And so my watch has ended.” Unfortunately, I am one of the 46 let go today at The Athletic. It was an amazing opportunity to learn from and work w/many of the most amazing people in the business. I wish you all the best in these difficult times. Hope we cross paths again soon.
Rob Lopez: I was one of the 46 laid off today at The Athletic. I feel for everyone losing a job at this time. It sucks but we all will bounce back, as always. stay strong! If anyone is in the market for a sports writer, video editor, podcaster, social media manager, hit my line. DM's open
Gina Mizell: I’m one of today’s layoffs at The Athletic. I’m really sad, because this is the best job I’ve ever had. I have endless respect and love for my colleagues and will continue to support their terrific work. Thanks to all who read. You helped make a Phoenix kid’s dream come true.
Rod Boone: Just wanted to say thanks to everyone for reading my Hornets coverage over the last two seasons. I am among the 46 staffers The Athletic laid off today. Thankful to be able to work at such a great place and collaborate with so many fantastic writers. The talent is second to none.
Mike O'Connor: Was informed that I am among The Athletic’s layoffs today. Naturally I’m sad that my run is ending but I couldn’t be more proud of the ride. Getting to cover the Sixers / the NBA for almost 3 years here was a dream come true. I’ll miss the company and my colleagues tremendously.
Matthew Tynan: Hate to add to all the fun on here, but today is my last day with The Athletic. It was a quick trip through a very strange season, but I had a chance to work with some wonderful people and for a company that did its best to look out for us in so many ways.
Mike Prada: My time at SB Nation has ended. Dec. 11, 2006 - June 5, 2020
Paul Flannery: Like many of my colleagues, I have elected to take a buyout and am no longer with SB Nation. There's a lot of people to thank, but I'll do that privately. Thanks for reading. Appreciate you all.
It took three words — “All Lives Matter” — for longtime shock jock and Sacramento Kings TV play-by-play announcer Grant Napear’s career to go up in flames, but the 60-year-old’s remorse only goes so far. “I don’t want to call it a mistake,” the Syosset, Long Island, native told The Post on Wednesday in a wide-ranging phone interview. Of the tweet and its aftermath, Napear said, “I don’t even know what adjective to describe it.”
Napear, who insists he did not know that “All Lives Matter” is a phrase often used to belittle the Black Lives Matter movement, became choked up at times when talking with The Post while defending himself against the notion he was denouncing the black community and has racist views. “It makes me feel sick to my stomach because it is absolutely the opposite of who I am,” he said. “I am 60 years old. I will let the track record of my life and what I’ve done for my community and what I’ve done. … People who know me, of all races, I’ll let them tell the story.”
“Demarcus we know and have known who grant is,” said former Kings All-Star Chris Webber, who is now an NBA on TNT analyst. “The team knows as well. I’ve told them many times. They’ve seen it. They know who he is,” said Webber, adding two clown emojis. Webber did not respond to multiple interview requests. “I have not once in my 32 years in doing the Sacramento Kings had any individual from either the radio station or the Kings mention anything in any way, shape or form about me and my relations with minorities, with any other group of people,” Napear said. “That is an absolute disgrace that that would ever be said. That is an absolute disgrace.”
Dane Moore: Some news: The layoff monster got me Two things: - I'm a free agent - I'm not going anywhere The podcast continues. On today's show: @brittrobson and I discuss losing our jobs covering the Wolves (furlough for Britt)
Mike Tokito: Not a big surprise, but my time as a contributor for Forbes, writing about the @Portland Trail Blazers, has come to an end. I really enjoyed getting what was probably my final taste of sportswriting, which once upon a time was a great way to make a living. Moving on!
Kerry Eggers: Just got word I’ve been laid off at the Portland Tribune after 19-plus years & 45 years in the sportswriting biz. I was planning a July 31 retirement, but as Ralph Miller used to say, that’s the way the pickle squirts. Thanks to all you readers who have made my career a pleasure.
Chris Ballard: After almost 20 years, today is my last at Sports Illustrated. Hell of a ride. I got to work alongside childhood idols, collaborate with some of the best editors in the business, and live out a dream. Best job in the world, I always said, and it was. A few thoughts:

Vincent Ellis: Definitely not exceptional, but yes, I'm leaving the Free Press. #PistonsTwitter will never be the same. :)

And Michelle Beadle is officially out of ABC/ESPN’s NBA coverage. She had been leading “Countdown” when it had the top perch. Beadle, who makes $5 million per year, is expected to shortly finalize a buyout, according to sources.
Andrew Sharp: I was among the layoffs at SI earlier today. Tough way to end, but it was a great 4 years. I have too many people to thank in a tweet, but thanks especially to @SI_ChrisStone @matt_dollinger and @SI_MarkBechtel .
Jake Fischer: Four years ago I first stepped foot in SI's newsroom. Today is unfortunately my last day as an SI employee, as part of today's layoffs. It's been a devastating day in the office, but I'm looking forward to whatever's next. And I'll forever cherish the people at 225 Liberty.
The television play-by-play man for the Portland Trail Blazers from 2003-2016, spoke candidly about the day he found out he would no longer be working for the Trail Blazers. Barrett and his partner, Mike Rice, were both let go from their positions by the Blazers after the 2015-2016 season. Barrett admitted he did not know that phone call was coming. “I had no clue,” Barrett said. “I’m somebody who expects that stuff and I shouldn’t be, but I often operate that way, it kind of motivates me. So that was a definite shocker and I know it was a shocker to the guys that had to ultimately tell me too, even though they had to kind of own that.”
National television broadcasters and NBA teams around the league called Barrett the day the news came out. Teams were trying to find out if Barrett was interested in re-locating and taking a position with them. At the time, Barrett could only think, “My heart is broken because that's been my team since I was 5 years old.” “That was my team, I can’t do another team.”
Brian Wheeler, the long-time voice of the Portland Trail Blazers, will not return as the team's radio play-by-play broadcaster next season, it was announced today by Trail Blazers President and CEO Chris McGowan. "Brian Wheeler has been an integral part of the broadcast team and Trail Blazers family since 1998 and his voice is synonymous with all the many great play-by-play calls over that 21-year span," said McGowan. "We thank Brian for his contributions to the franchise and wish him all the best in his future endeavors. "
“The Starters,” an irreverent daily show on NBA TV, will not be renewed for next basketball season, according to a person with knowledge of the decision. The show, which is hosted by Tas Melas, Leigh Ellis, Trey Kerby and Phil Elder (professionally known as J.E. Skeets), debuted on NBA TV in 2013 and celebrated its 1,000th episode last year.
The contracts of the four hosts, as well as producers Doyle and Matt Osten, run through this summer, though it is unclear if the hosts will continue to appear on NBA TV after the NBA Finals conclude. Where the hosts and their program will go and exactly what they will do next is not known, though the quartet has had initial discussions with other media companies. “The guys thank Turner for their six years,” said a statement from Creative Artist Agency, which represents the hosts. “They’re looking forward to their next steps and we’ve had conversations with a number of interested parties.”
Sean Deveney: Breaking news: Friday was my last at Sporting News Was my first job out of college in 1998 and it's sad on that account. But I got to do this job for 20 years and that's a gift in this business Not sure yet what's next but I owe a lot of people thanks. You'll be hearing from me
Steve Buckhantz: I've read every comment. I want to thank you ALL for your kindness and support. My passion has always been for the Wizards and our broadcasts. It will all work out, one way or another. #DCFamily
Two years after NBC Sports Washington broke up the popular Wizards television team of Steve Buckhantz and former player Phil Chenier, who was moved off game broadcasts, there could be more changes in store. The network recently informed Buckhantz, the longtime Wizards play-by-play man, that it would not pick up the option on the third year of his contract “at this time,” leaving his future with the network unclear, said his attorney, Phil Hochberg.
The network plans to review and assess all aspects of its Wizards telecasts and explore its options before settling on a broadcast booth for next season, according to a person with knowledge of the process. Buckhantz’s return remains possible, that person said.
Hochberg said he was informed “simply that they were not prepared to pick up his option at this time” but that a return remains possible. But he said the news left Buckhantz in a “precarious position” and that he is already reaching out to other outlets, just as NBC Sports Washington is expected to be in contact with the agents of other play-by-play announcers.
Michael Pina: I was laid off by VICE on Friday. Thanks to everyone who read/shared my NBA work over the past two years, and to @jorgearangure, @caitlin__kelly, @dontforgetmac and @ericnus for all their advice and support. I’m so excited for whatever comes next. Email me! michaelvpina@gmail.com
Eddie Sefko: OK, folks. This will be the last Twitter post for awhile. I'm joining the ranks of the unemployed today. Been a privilege to cover so many great people and great athletes for 18 years on the Mavericks' beat. Wish them all the best. I'll resurface in a week or two with an update.
Marc Stein: Eddie is the quintessential Texas gentleman and covered the Mavs longer than any of us wannabes ever had the beat for the DMN. Tremendously sad to hear about today's layoffs and I hope the venerable Mr. Sefko is back with our motley crew as quickly as possible. Love you, Edwin
This may be Marv Albert’s final season as one of the marquee voices on the NBA, The Post has learned. Turner officials have discussed replacing the legendary Albert as their No. 1 play-by-player after this season, according to sources. His contract gives Turner the right to decide yearly whether to keep Albert on its top NBA events, the conference finals and the All-Star Game. He is scheduled to be on both calls this season, but next year is now in question.
“My contract is for another three years,” Albert texted The Post. “I feel great. The people at Turner are terrific to work with. I love doing the NBA and will continue to do so. I do appreciate your reaching out.”
Andrew Greif: Today's my last day at The Oregonian and before I go, a quick note. In 2013, a lot of people here took a chance by hiring a copy editor/freelancer for the UO beat. I'll always be grateful they did. Wish nothing but the best for this newsroom full of wonderful, talented people.
Scott Bordow: Some career news: Today is my final day at azcentral.com and the Arizona Republic. Excited about what’s ahead. Stay tuned
Telly Hughes always carried himself with class and dignity as one of Wisconsin’s more recognizable sports broadcasters. And that’s precisely how Hughes has conducted himself since learning he had been relieved of his duties by the Milwaukee Bucks, whom he covered for almost a decade. While acknowledging the Bucks’ decision was difficult to accept, he had nothing but good things to say about the organization. “They just told me they want to go in a different direction’’ Hughes said in a phone interview. “I respect their decision. They feel as though this is something that had to be done. They feel it’s going to improve the product. “I completely understand and respect that. I appreciate the opportunities I’ve had over the last eight seasons.’’
While Hughes is now job hunting, he is doing it in an upbeat and optimistic manner. He’s ready to move on with his life although, on those occasions when he does look back on his lengthy career in Milwaukee, it is with fondness. “I have no ill will at all,’’ said Hughes, who won an Emmy in 2008 for “Our Heroes: A Black History Month Special’’. “I am so thankful and appreciative of the opportunities I had in Milwaukee. I’m a kid from East St. Louis and I never thought I’d get an opportunity to be a part of the NBA. “Milwaukee, from day one, has been so receptive and welcoming to me and my family. I’m really grateful how the people in Milwaukee and Wisconsin really embraced me. It was a good run, a really good run. But I’m equally excited about the next chapter in my life.’’
Frank Isola: Thanks to everyone for reaching out. It's overwhelming. All those impacted appreciate the kind words from local TV & radio including Boomer, Howie Rose, Evan Roberts, Alan Hahn & Michael Kay, who was a clerk at the NY Post when I was a college intern exactly 50 years ago.

Bill Hofheimer: On a tough day for him personally and other #NYDailyNews staffers, here's @FisolaNYDN's FaceTime message to end today's @AroundtheHorn. He will not be a free agent for long, I'm sure.

In a move that continues to be castigated in Philadelphia sports circles, Sullivan’s contract was unexpectedly not renewed by NBC Sports Philadelphia. She was told the broadcast was “streamlining its coverage” and they were “moving in a new direction.” Sullivan is the featured guest on this week’s Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch where she explains what happens when you work in the sports media, do an excellent job, and still lose your gig. “Look, I’d never been told if we’re judged by performance metrics,” said Sullivan said. “I was never told I wasn’t performing to expectation. And certainly, the reason that was given to me did not suggest that either. So, that’s the thing that hurts here, you know? I’m excited for the future, yes, but I care tremendously about my job. It was more than a job to me and perhaps I should have done a better job of defining the professional and the personal side of things. But I make no apology for that because I was invested with this group and I took my job incredibly seriously. I think with success perhaps you can get a little complacent, and I never got complacent.”
“I have been doing this 13 years, 11 of them in sports and never been in this position where my contract was not renewed,” Sullivan said. “But good people lose their jobs … I know better than to argue with the boss. I thanked him. I recall saying that I am more than a sideline reporter because that was the message I was essentially given, and I shook his hand and left. It was less than five minutes. It was a complete curveball to say the least.”
NBC Sports Philadelphia confirmed that longtime play-by-play announcer Marc Zumoff and analyst Alaa Abdelnaby will return to call Sixers games next season. It’s unclear whether the network will replace Sullivan, though it would be unusual to have an NBA broadcast without a sideline reporter. “We thank Molly for her work as our Sixers sideline reporter, and wish her the best in her next chapter,” the network said in a statement.
Ailene Voisin: Add me to the Sac Bee newsroom employees laid off today. The sports columnist position was eliminated. Please appreciate my remaining sports colleagues Joe Davidson (preps), Jason Jones (Kings), Matt Barrows (49ers).
Jody Genessy: But this message is hard to write. It’s challenging to emotionally process and, quite frankly, difficult to fully accept. To get to the point, I am no longer the Utah Jazz beat writer for the Deseret News. When I broke the news to my family Thursday morning, my 8-year-old got excited.
Although I do love fry sauce and Brown Toppers, I won’t be submitting my resume to that Utah-based fast-food chain. For the record, I’m not headed to Boston, either. I’m still at the D-News, but I have been reassigned. I’ll now be doing a wide variety of sports stories and projects, mostly for DeseretNews.com.
J.A. Adande has confirmed to The Big Lead that he and ESPN are mutually parting ways. Adande, who last year became Director of Sports Journalism and an associate professor at Northwestern University’s Medill school, will be focusing on his academia roles.
On Friday, he flew back to Chicago, caught a Cubs playoff game at Wrigley that night, and then appeared on a panel for Northwestern’s business school the next day. Later, he flew back out to California for the Jim Murray Awards, where one of his students received a scholarship and Shelley Smith was honored with the Sports Journalist of the Year award. Adande, who taught classes in sports commentary last year, recognizes that the job market for entry level sports journalists is particularly fraught, and wants to help guide his students through the process. “It’s still a great profession at the top,” he said. “It’s never been more lucrative. I think we’re starting to see more opportunities shake out in the middle, particularly as you see The Athletic making this round of hirings.”
The TrueHoop Network was a core piece of ESPN.com’s approach to the sport for a decade, after hiring Henry Abbott and buying it in 2007. Originally a collection of team blogs, the Network expanded into TrueHoop Presents (focused on off-beat enterprise stories), TrueHoop TV (a short-lived live video chat format) and the TrueHoop Podcast, run by Hoye. Abbott, deputy director of ESPN.com NBA content, was one of the layoffs. The result was the deconstruction of the TrueHoop brand. A person with knowledge of the situation says ESPN executives hadn’t even considered the podcast in killing the TrueHoop brand, but they heard about it quickly enough. A Reddit was launched, and a Mashable article expressed the thoughts of many fans with its headline: “ESPN killed something else with its layoffs, its best hope to reach millennials.” An overstatement to be sure, but the move echoed the 2015 demise of Grantland in alienating young readers and listeners.
The Post has learned longtime Knicks radio voice Mike Crispino will not have his contract renewed. The veteran Crispino has called Knicks games since the 2013-14 season, and before that, was their radio voice from 2009-2011. His partner, Brendan Brown, is expected back.
Dwain Price: After 26 years, I was laid off by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram today. Thanks to my great bosses and co-workers 4 the good times. God Bless.
In all, ESPN has wreaked havoc on its NBA group, sowing divisions, leaving employees fearful there will be more cuts, and, most of all, confusing them. Stories are circulating about people calling and emailing colleagues about routine matters, not knowing they’d been laid off; confusion over who to turn to about story ideas and whether certain expenses would be approved; uncertainty over who to report to; and disappointment at having received little to no communication from those above explaining what was going on.
In the weeks before ESPN laid off 100 anchors, reporters and analysts, one anchor renegotiated a salary that paid one-fourth of the previous deal. The hope was that a smaller salary would keep the anchor from being laid off. It worked. In March, more than a month before the layoffs were announced, a talent agent approached a rival network executive to see if there were any openings for his client. The agent said ESPN was looking to cut his client’s salary by more than 60 percent.
ESPN agreed to pay out full contracts, which in some cases lasted more than five years. Several reporters offered to continue working through their contracts without incurring expenses, but they were told they couldn’t.
Talent that had contracts were told that they were still employees of ESPN on payroll, but they no longer worked for the company. Many have non-compete clauses in their deals, which means they can’t report their beats, even on social media, until their contracts end or they are released. In order to get around the non-compete clauses, they would have to report on entirely different beats than the ones they spent years developing at ESPN.
David Wohl: @ESPN decided that marching in lock-step with the far-left was more important than just doing sports. Outcome was predictable. Mark Cuban: Now this is some dumb shit.
Chad Ford: Layoffs end my 16 yr run covering the NBA Draft for ESPN on June 30. Will do my best to make next 60 days special for our Insider readers
Mark Cuban: Wrong in every way. RT Marc Stein: Informed I'm among ESPN's layoffs. But basketball, as they say, never stops. To readers/viewers/listeners/countless colleagues ... grateful

ESPN has laid off Marc Stein, Henry Abbott and a number of other NBA writers. Stein had been with ESPN since 2000 and was a central part of their NBA coverage as a reporter, writer and on television. Abbott founded TrueHoop and was eventually acquired by ESPN. Abbott was responsible for fostering the career of countless NBA writers.
Kurt Helin: There isn't a better NBA reporter than @Marc Stein and he's always been a generous person to me (hard for a Long Beach State guy to say)
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Sixers looking for a big?

With Montrezl Harrell’s defensive issues and Paul Reed not yet earning the trust of the coaching staff, sources say the Sixers would be open to bringing in another big even if they don’t move one of Embiid’s current backups.  It’s the easy place for your mind to drift, but former Sixers big Andre Drummond is an example, if a high-end example, of the sort of player we could be talking about, a big-bodied player and strong rebounder in the more traditional school of bigs.  (Naz Reid is a hot player in the rumor mill around the league, though I think he skews more toward the Harrell style of bigs and wouldn’t expect him to be in the mix for Philly.)
The other big roster need, one I was slightly surprised to hear the Sixers are prioritizing, is at the backup five position. It has been a sore spot for the franchise in the Embiid era, and remains one again this season. Philadelphia already has three nominal bigs on the roster, including star center Embiid, but sources say they would be interested in acquiring a safer/more traditional backup to Embiid for certain matchups in the playoffs.
It’s no guarantee the Raptors decide to move on from Siakam that soon. From a team perspective, it would certainly be comforting to see both Siakam and Barnes, fairly similar players, thrive offensively at the same time. For his part, Siakam isn’t the type to get involved. “Out of my control. Focus on what I have every single day, work with what I have, help wherever I can,” Siakam said of the trade rumours surrounding his team, and whether he wants this version of the team to stay intact. “That’s it. Out of my hands. It’s out of my control, so I have nothing to say about it.”
Don’t expect the big swing at the NBA trade deadline that mortgages any of the future for the present. But if the growth of the Thunder’s young core and the parity of the conference keeps that playoff door ajar, they’ll gladly walk right through. “Coach challenged us at the beginning of January,” Muscala said. “He said, ‘Hey, this is when a lot of teams are in the quote-unquote ‘dog days’ of the season. There’s kind of a tendency to let down. Let’s really challenge ourselves to be in the moment, do the little things, take care of our bodies, do skill work. It’s shown this month.”
Jeremy Schaap: Our interview with @MeyersLeonard , the former Portland and Miami center who is hoping to return to the NBA. Nearly two years ago, he used an antisemitic slur while playing Call of Duty on Twitch. A warning–this story includes offensive language.

On Monday night against Golden State, Gilgeous-Alexander shook off an 0-of-5 start to finish with 31 points and seven assists. Twenty-one came in a rapid second-half comeback, when he beat Andrew Wiggins, Jonathan Kuminga and Donte DiVincenzo with a variety of patient isolation attacks, scoring over or passing around Green and Kevon Looney when they’d collapse. “He gets to his spot just as good as anybody in the league,” Green said. “He’s strong as s—. I didn’t realize how strong he’s gotten. Physical, not ducking no contact. Just getting to his spot and getting what he wants. Just delivers his shoulder, gets to his spot and he’s 6-foot-7.”