Kai Sotto – the 7-foot-3, 18-year-old basketball phenom who is on a path to becoming the first native born son of the Philippines to play in the NBA – has announced that his Kaiju Academy will be housed at Spooky Nook, the 1.3 million-square-foot sports facility under construction in a former Champion paper mill in Hamilton, Ohio. It is slated to open in late 2021. “It is a dream come true to mentor young athletes globally,” Sotto, currently a member of the NBA G League Team Ignite, said in a release. “Kaiju is the Japanese term for monster, beast, strange creature, and it perfectly captures the ideal basketball competitor that I aim to be. Basketball isn’t easy and sometimes, it will knock you down more than it builds you up. I wanted my brand and my Academy to be about resilience.
August 5, 2021 | 9:15 am EDT Update
Jorge Sierra: Luka Doncic loses for the first time with Slovenia in the cruelest manner. A Batum block sends France to the Olympic final. What an epic game.
Brooklyn knew, too, that Beal, a 2022 free agent, wanted Dinwiddie. So it made an ambitious initial ask, according to sources, trying to pry away a first-round pick. When that didn’t work — and it was probably bound not to, considering the next first-rounder Washington can trade is its 2028 selection — sources say the Nets asked for a player on a rookie contract who wasn’t Caleb Homesley or Anthony Gill.
August 5, 2021 | 8:39 am EDT Update
New York Knicks All-Star forward Julius Randle has agreed to a four-year, $117 million contract extension — elevating his deal’s total value to five years and $140 million, his agents, Aaron Mintz and Steven Heumann of CAA Sports, told ESPN.
Ian Begley: League sources say part of Julius Randle’s thinking on signing his 4 year, $117M contract extension w/NYK is that he loves the organization/fans & wants to ‘commit his prime to the team.’ Sources add that Randle wants to commit now to give more NYK financial flexibility. ESPN 1st
Marc Berman: No surprise. There will be no free-agency watch for Julius Randle. Source confirms CAA and Leon Rose has locked Julius Randle up on 4-year extension. Insider says Randle preferred giving franchise full flexibility next summer and not muddy things.
Mike Vorkunov: Very good deal for both sides. Knicks lock in Randle long-term and now they have their cap sheet accounted for through summer of 2023. Randle might have been able to get more money next summer but injury + regression are risks. Instead, he still gets a lot of money and no worries