Holmes was asked what kind of advice he has received as…

Holmes was asked what kind of advice he has received as he prepares to become a free agent. “I think the biggest piece of advice that I received, and it’s really simple, but it actually resonated with me,” Holmes said. “It’s just: Do what’s best for you and your family. You know what I’m saying? The people around me — I have a son, a 6-year-old son, (and) where I go next is going to be a big implication on him. My parents, they work with me. My brothers work with me, so it’s really a decision that’s not only effecting me but effecting everybody’s livelihood around me, so I’m making sure I don’t take any of those decisions or any of those people’s lives for granted, that I’m really trying to make sure I make a decision that’s best not only for me, but for them as well. So I think that’s the main thing, just making sure I put myself in a good position to continue to flourish as well as my family.”
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July 27, 2021 | 8:16 am EDT Update

Josh Richardson on the block

Dallas has actively explored trade scenarios involving Josh Richardson, sources said, in the event the swingman opts in to his 2021-22 player option. The Mavericks must make their own efforts to clear salary space for a planned spurge in free agency that still appears to prioritize retaining Tim Hardaway Jr. in addition to Dallas’ other pursuits.
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And league executives contacted by B/R continue to mention the possibility of the Sixers holding onto Simmons, should a desirable offer still fail to arise during the draft, in the hopes of Damian Lillard ultimately seeking to leave Portland. Talks between the Raptors and Sixers are considered to be the most advanced of any early conversations Philadelphia has had for the 25-year-old All-Star.
New Orleans’ deal appears directly engineered as a way to clear salary-cap space for an aggressive offer for Kyle Lowry in free agency. The Lakers, Sixers, Mavericks and Heat all remain linked by league sources as potential Lowry suitors, which will be just one element of a cluttered point guard market. It’s believed New Orleans, like each other team just mentioned, would have its sights set on Spencer Dinwiddie should Lowry choose to play elsewhere. The spinning of that point guard carousel will surely impact the landing spots for Lonzo Ball and Dennis Schroder, too.
And the next All-Star-caliber player team personnel currently eye as available: Oklahoma City point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who’s suddenly eligible to sign a projected five-year, $168 million rookie scale extension this summer. It would appear, however, any interested team would need to meet the Thunder’s significant asking price. “It’s going to take a f–king lot to get him, but he’s no longer impossible to get,” said one team executive.
There’s still a strong expectation that OKC will search for avenues to move up in the first round, with a swap centered on the Thunder sending pick Nos. 16 and 18 to Charlotte for No. 11 as a deal structure to monitor, sources said. There’s a sense among team officials that Oklahoma City and Toronto are exploring options on swapping the No. 4 and No. 6 picks as well.