July 26, 2021 | 2:45 pm EDT Update
It’s why secondary targets such as Derrick Rose can’t be ruled out. In fact, internal conversations on the viability and fit of the former Bull and former most valuable player have occurred, just as they have with all candidates.
An interesting aspect of the Watson hire could be how it impacts Pascal Siakam. Watson has many connections to Siakam’s camp and this could be a case of adding a solid coach who also has that tie. Watson starred at UCLA on teams that also featured one of Siakam’s agents, Todd Ramasar, and Rico Hines, a player development coach with the Sacramento Kings who also has spent multiple summers working hard on Siakam’s game in Los Angeles, with obvious results. Watson has been at some of those runs.
As is always the case ahead of the NBA draft and free agency, the rumour mill has been churning, including with some unverified talk that Toronto has been looking to move Siakam. Maybe we’re reaching here and in four days this will look like a wild take, but bringing in Watson doesn’t seem like an addition a team looking to deal Siakam would make.
NBA Central: “I had one scout tell me the other night that Mobley is Chris Bosh on offense and Anthony Davis on defense. That’s an NBA superstar. That’s crazy.” 🤯 – @Chad Ford on Evan Mobley (Via @Chris Fedor ) pic.twitter.com/5HxCreXNhW
July 26, 2021 | 2:39 pm EDT Update
Days before the start of NBA free agency, the Miami Heat remains very interested in impending free agent point guard Kyle Lowry but faces increasing competition. According to a source in touch with the player, Lowry would like a guaranteed three-year deal, averaging $30 million per season. Even if he doesn’t get $30 million, he’s very likely to command an offer topping $25 million.