When asked about the Rozier signing, he explained his thought process. “We believed in a kid. We saw a great opportunity when we were losing Kemba [Walker], who we wanted to keep. And then, for some reason, that made Terry available to do a double sign-and-trade; I think it was the first one that was ever done. It was just a unique opportunity for us to get a young talent. Now, he does continue to get better, and he is a much harder worker than I thought on both sides of the ball. But I’m not surprised that he’s productive. But let’s wait a couple more years and we’ll look back on it, but we’re happy with the signing and it worked out. That’s all.”
July 31, 2021 | 3:47 pm EDT Update
Brandon Rahbar: Three time NBA champ and current Australian national team assistant coach Luc Longley on Josh Giddey: “I think his court vision and his spatial awareness and his understanding of the game is on the same level as LaMelo Ball. I’d be really surprised if he doesn’t kick some ass.”
Marc Stein: From the college ranks: Sources say Rasheed Wallace has emerged as a prime candidate to join Penny Hardaway’s Memphis staff as an assistant coach. Penny has already hired Larry Brown, the only coach to win NCAA and NBA titles, as an assistant.
July 31, 2021 | 2:42 pm EDT Update
Andrew Lopez: The Pelicans have extended the qualifying offer to both Lonzo Ball and Josh Hart making them restricted free agents, sources tell ESPN.