Not only does that create a short-term opportunity for Ferrell, but there’s also a path to a longer stay if he impresses over the next week and the Cavs determine Ferrell’s ball-handling and shot creation is more needed than the size, length and athleticism of Thon Maker — the sporadically-used end-of-roster developmental big who has done little to distinguish himself. That’s a conversation for further down the road. The Cavs must let that play out. For now, Ferrell has the shot he waited for all offseason — and never got. A chance to show he still belongs in the NBA. “I’m approaching this as if I have nothing to lose,” he said. “I just want to go out there and give it my all and say I did that at the end of the day.”
July 30, 2021 | 7:40 am EDT Update
“If we don’t win, people will have their opportunity to take shots. I’m the one that has to look in the mirror and know that I did my best,” Colangelo said. “I’ll tell you in advance the answer is yes. I believe we’re going to win.”
“A lot of (players) called me and said they wanted to play, and then said, ‘hmm, I’m not so sure.’ I can understand it, there’s been a lot of things going on,” Colangelo said. “It’s challenging when you can’t even go out the door, except to practice or to a game. It’s really hard. If all things were equal, we all had the same time to practice, we all had our rosters set…I don’t think we’d be having this discussion. I don’t. But that’s not the case. So we are going do everything we can to overcome it now, and I believe we will.”
Tony Jones: Guards Joe Chealey and Dakota Mathias will play for the Utah Jazz summer league team, League Sources tell The Athletic
July 30, 2021 | 4:08 am EDT Update
Shams Charania: The Utah Jazz are in serious talks on a deal to send center Derrick Favors to the Oklahoma City Thunder, sources tell me and @Tony Jones.
Spencer Dinwiddie is interested in playing alongside Bradley Beal and joining the Wizards in free agency, as Quinton Mayo noted. Washington would likely need to acquire Dinwiddie via a sign-and-trade to make it happen. Dinwiddie is considered one of the top free agents available in our HoopsHype rankings.
Dinwiddie is intrigued by forming a backcourt tandem with Beal, Rui Hachimura’s game, and Washington off the court, a source familiar with Dinwiddie’s thinking, told HoopsHype. With a core of Beal, Dinwiddie, and Hachimura, Dinwiddie believes the Wizards can become a playoff team, the source said. Dinwiddie also is confident he can help recruit players to Washington.