Adrian Wojnarowski: Harden is expected to test his hamstring in shoot-around today and has been determined to try and find a way to get cleared to play Game 5, sources tell ESPN. There are no guarantees on his status but Harden is trying to play with series 2-2.
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
Love will turn 33 before the season begins and has acknowledged he’s no longer equipped to carry a franchise. The Cavs have already spoken to him about minutes and his role moving forward, according to a source. If he can ever get over this calf strain and get in true game shape again, the coaching and training staffs will have to closely manage his minutes (ideally under 25 a night) to try and keep him effective.
Ben Golliver: Gregg Popovich on USA’s sacrifices at Tokyo Olympics: “Khris Middleton’s wife gave birth & he came the next day, after the Finals. Those were pretty big sacrifices. More for his wife than for him, now that I think about it. Take the credit away from him & give it to his wife.”