Hield has become the squeaky wheel, but this isn’t ne…

Hield has become the squeaky wheel, but this isn’t new. He was unhappy with head coach Dave Joerger, who on more than one occasion yelled at Hield for making in-game mistakes. Hield became disenchanted with general manager Vlade Divac after he earned the richest contract in Kings history but wasn’t happy with the final figures. When he was moved to the bench by Walton, hield once again voiced his displeasure with the situation, albeit in sometimes cryptic ways.
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May 20, 2022 | 12:57 pm EDT Update

There is 'hope' that Zach LaVine can be lured away from Bulls in free agency

I don’t normally pay much attention to the musings of LaVar Ball, but his pronouncement this week in a podcast interview with David Kaplan that Zach LaVine wants out of Chicago will only amplify what has been whispered by a few interested teams: There is much more hope in circulation than anticipated that LaVine can be lured away from the Bulls in free agency. Although it would almost certainly require a sign-and-trade to actually land LaVine, given that the few teams projected to have salary-cap space this summer are not in the title mix, Mr. Ball — father of Bulls guard Lonzo Ball — has just boldly stated what had been quietly surmised in recent weeks about LaVine potentially chafing from all the praise DeMar DeRozan received this season. It would be a tough outcome for Bulls GM Arturas Karnišovas if LaVine indeed tries to force his way elsewhere after Chicago made three significant trades to acquire Nikola Vučević, Lonzo Ball and DeRozan with the hope of securing LaVine’s long-term commitment.
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Dinwiddie’s best two performances so far on the Mavericks’ unexpected ride to the Western Conference finals came in their closeout victories that finished off a first-round series against Utah (19 points and 4 3-pointers in Game 6 on the road after shooting 6-for-27 from deep in the first five games) and Game 7 again on the road in the second round against 64-win Phoenix (30 points on 11-for-15 shooting). The eruptions were particularly timely for Dinwiddie because they clinched separate bonuses in his contract worth $100,000 and $571,427 — one for helping his team reach the second round and the other because Dallas made it to the conference finals.
There is another $400,000 bonus waiting for Dinwiddie, as part of a three-year, $62 million contract he originally signed with Washington, if the Mavericks can upset Golden State to claim a spot in the NBA Finals. Winning it all would bring Dinwiddie an additional bonus of only $1 because of bonus limits applicable to sign-and-trade transactions, but he previously cashed in a $1.5 million bonus by appearing at least 50 regular-season games.
Boston’s Jaylen Brown, meanwhile, would earn an additional $1.9 million if the Celtics win it all this season. Milwaukee’s Jrue Holiday earned a $1.1 million bonus last season when the Bucks overturned a 2-0 deficit in the NBA Finals to defeat Phoenix in six games. Brown, Holiday and Dinwiddie all share the same agent: Los Angeles-based Jason Glushon.
May 20, 2022 | 12:49 pm EDT Update
One Russell Westbrook trade note: While the Lakers have indeed asked coaches they’ve interviewed in recent weeks how they would manage a roster that still features Westbrook, that’s not to say L.A. has already decided to bring the former All-Star guard back for the final season remaining (at a tidy $47 million) on his current contract. The Lakers won’t rule that out, because they would naturally prefer to avoid trades that require them to inject a future first-round pick to push the deal through, but they also know that the fresh-start atmosphere they hope to create when training camp begins in September will be extremely difficult to foster if Westbrook is still on the roster. I, for one, still struggle to imagine a scenario where Westbrook starts next season as a Laker — even if that means releasing him or trying to hash out some sort of buyout.

Amare Stoudemire rips Tyler Herro: He wants to wear the shades… Where's the focus on basketball?

Former NBA star Amar’e Stoudemire took a shot at Miami Heat guard Tyler Herro on ESPN’s “First Take.” Stoudemire questioned where Herro’s focus is in the playoffs, and he believes the Sixth Man of the Year is too focused on entertainment rather than actually playing basketball. “Where’s his focus?” Stoudemire said of Herro. “He wants to wear the shades. He wants to have his back out in the press conference. He wants to do the gun show. He wants all this entertainment stuff, but where is the focus on basketball?”
Celtics players privately described Game 1 as being “punked out of a win,” sources said, referencing that third-quarter meltdown in which Boston outscored the Heat in every frame except the third. The lack of toughness and attentiveness was called out by Smart during a timeout huddle in that pivotal third quarter. “It was devastating,” Smart told Yahoo Sports of that 39-14 third-quarter margin in which they compiled eight turnovers. “I actually got into the guys. I really chewed into them. They felt it and I felt bad for them because it’s one thing to be out there with your guys and then another thing to not be playing and hearing me come at them the way I did. So for me, when I inserted myself back in for Game 2, I wanted to come back and show the guys what I meant by my words and with my actions. I’m showing them I got y’all backs.”