Nowitzki: I think the whole thing was kind of surreal, to get to this point and to try to understand what we had just accomplished for ourselves. And for this organization that’s never won a championship. There’s a great photo with me and Tyson [Chandler], we both have our hands on heads — sort of in disbelief and sort of relieved, I think, is the word. And there’s a picture of me hugging Jet [Jason Terry], which is really emotional because of what me and Jet had been through over his time here in Dallas.
March 5, 2021 | 9:41 am EST Update
But sources tell TrueHoop that there’s a problem with that analysis. The Washington Wizards insist Beal ain’t going anywhere, and it’s convincing.
One rival executive, who has been repeatedly rebuffed in Beal trade calls, has all but given up trying to pry him away, telling TrueHoop: “In terms of franchise loyalty, I think Beal is in the same category as Steph and Dame right now.”
Boston could absorb Drummond in their $27.9 million trade exception but would first have to ship out another mid-sized contract, like Tristan Thompson, to stay below the hard cap. One prominent agent said he expects another Atlantic division team, the Raptors, to get him, pointing out that shooting guard Norman Powell is getting center minutes. “I think Toronto is the only place that makes any sense. They need whatever they can get.”
I think JaVale McGee would be a nice addition – he’s willing to sacrifice, gives the Lakers a dimension they miss without having to add a huge ego. I’ve heard there’s some interest, but McGee would need to be traded to another team from Cleveland and then be bought out to be eligible to sign with the Lakers.