A potential Celtics free agent target could be Chicago’s Zach LaVine, who is entering the final year of his contract. He will have to prove he can lead the Bulls to the playoffs before a contract extension. LaVine changed representation recently and signed with Klutch Sports, which is usually the move for players who want to maximize their free agent potential. LaVine, 26, just coming off helping Team USA to the gold medal, will ask for a maximum contract in the open market. The Olympic experience may have enhanced LaVine’s value because he was asked to be a three-and-D player, sparking the Americans with his full-court defense and ability to run the floor. In the case that Bradley Beal decides to stay in Washington, LaVine could be the Celtics’ No. 1 target. The Bulls, who added DeMar DeRozan and Lonzo Ball in the offseason, have full intentions to be a factor in the Eastern Conference .
October 2, 2022 | 2:45 pm EDT Update
Brandon Rahbar: OKC has waived guard Sterling Brown. He was originally acquired on Friday, Sept. 30 from the Houston Rockets. Expect more roster churning moves as the Thunder prep for the upcoming season.
Rylan Stiles: The Thunder has signed forward Sacha Killeya-Jones. During the 21-22 season, he played in 20 games with Hapoel Gilboa Galil and averaged 18.4 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.15 blocks in 30.8 minutes per game. Per Thunder PR
October 2, 2022 | 12:16 pm EDT Update
For now, Harrison Barnes believes he is right where he belongs, but he joked that he follows the latest trade news from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and The Athletic’s Shams Charania, just in case. “You know how the NBA is,” Barnes said. “I check Woj. I check Shams. They’ve still got me here, so as far as I’m concerned, this is where I’m supposed to be and I’m going to give it my best effort.”
Barnes has been the frequent subject of trade speculation over the past two seasons. He has heard the rumors, but he said it doesn’t cause a distraction for him at this stage in his career. “That’s just part of the business,” Barnes said. “I don’t really pay too much attention to that. The biggest thing is just getting ready for opening night. That’s my focus. The guys on this court, the coaching staff, us building that trust now so, when things get going and adversity hits, you have a base of relationships that you draw on.”