October 19, 2020 | 5:08 pm EDT Update
Breaking news: It’s not easy to stop Steph Curry from scoring the basketball.B Crazy, right? Is he the toughest cover for Jamal Murray? The answer is “yes,” and the Denver Nuggets star guard recently explained why to Ashley Nevel during a conversation posted to YouTube.
“One, because of his shot,” Murray said. “But two, because you don’t know what he’s gonna do. You don’t know if he’s just gonna pull it, you don’t know if he’s just gonna end up going by you, (or) if he’s gonna cross you over six times and then shoot and look away. “You have absolutely no clue what he’s gonna do.”
Kenny Atkinson on Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot: He’s got a great future and it’s really fun to watch a struggling guy end up winning in the NBA and securing a stable role, and making his mark in the league. That’s what he did and I’m sure he’s going to have another great season next year and have a long career in this league.
Michael Singer: Mizzou coach Cuonzo Martin said MPJ & his brother, Jontay, were back in the gym playing ball just 2 weeks after the Nuggets left Orlando. “MPJ is a guy that if he wasn’t getting paid to play basketball, he’d find a place to play basketball.” (10:00 min) youtube.com/watch?v=eOPhUk…
October 19, 2020 | 4:55 pm EDT Update
Hey, Chris: Are the Cavs going to try to trade Andre Drummond? — Mike, Greenville, S. Carolina. Chris Fedor: Trading Drummond is a possibility — if he picks up his player option, which is all but certain. By rule, they could start shopping him immediately after, seeing whether the interest increases since he would be on an expiring contract. But trading Drummond isn’t the only option.
The real question is what happens after. At one point, there was mutual interest in an extension. However, the sides have been far apart in those preliminary discussions, sources say. The Cavs recognize Drummond’s talent but they are also honest about his flaws, especially in this pace-and-space era, where bigs like him are easy to attain. They don’t want to commit to an unfriendly deal that could limit future moves, not after an eight-game sample size. Drummond, meanwhile, wants to be compensated for bypassing a chance at 2021 free agency, when many teams will have significant cap space. Given the differing, current monetary views, an extension seems unlikely.
Then it comes down to whether riding out the season — or some portion of it — makes more sense than finding a trade partner. Multiple league sources believe the Cavs’ best chance for a trade would be at the deadline, sending him to a contender looking for an additional piece with no financial commitment beyond the 2020-21 season. That gives rival executives a chance to evaluate where they stand financially and competitively.