Josh Lewenberg: Rick Pitino: “RJ Barrett in college couldn’t really shoot a 12-foot shot and I absolutely love players that work at their game and get better… I’m obviously a big Knicks fan so I’m a big RJ fan, but the fact that he’s improved so much is amazing to me”
December 7, 2021 | 1:39 pm EST Update
Jonathan Feigen: Stephen Silas said Jalen Green is making progress but there is no timetable for him or Kevin Porter Jr. Green’s shooting today is the most he’s done.
As former President of Basketball Operations and GM Neil Olshey exits the Blazers, the process to hire his successor will soon be underway. Portland is deciding whether it’ll hire a firm to research and recommend candidates, sources said. Bert Kolde, the long-time ownership executive and right-hand man to the late Paul Allen, will direct the search again. He’s hired several GMs in his tenure.
Devin Booker makes an impact both on and off the court – something that isn’t up for debate. And on Monday, the All-Star guard made waves yet again, this time through his Devin Booker Starting Five program and surprising local nonprofit Lights Camera Discover with a $100,000 grant before the evening’s home game against the Spurs.
The $100,000 grant officially closes the 2021-22 class of the Devin Booker Starting Five – a $2.5 million commitment made by Booker in 2019 to grant $100,000 each to five nonprofits each season over five years. In addition to Lights Camera Discover, this year’s class included Girl Scouts Arizona-Cactus Pine Council, Big Brother Big Sisters of Arizona, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Scottsdale and Valley of the Sun YMCA.
December 7, 2021 | 1:04 pm EST Update
Multiple sources said that the Pacers are receptive in trade dialogue with rival teams centered on potentially moving guard Caris LeVert and either two-time All-Star Domantas Sabonis or center Myles Turner. All three players have frequently garnered significant interest from rival teams. Pacers officials have received frequent calls on both of their big men over the past several seasons, but new head coach Rick Carlisle wanted an opportunity to spend time with Sabonis and Turner and grow with the roster.