“He signed thinking he was going to be playing alongside Devin Booker in Phoenix and next thing he knows he is in Cleveland. Okay, so it took some convincing to get Rubio sold on that this was the best place for him. Whatever they did, they got Rubio focused and he is providing very level-headed competent ball handling and execution, which considering the last couple of years, they’ve played with very young and sometimes very wild guards. Putting Rubio out there makes a difference.”
June 30, 2022 | 11:22 am EDT Update
Michael Grange: Some pre-free agency Raptors intel: While DeAndre Ayton has been linked to Raps by a few outlets, my understanding is there have been no talks re: Toronto landing the Suns centre, which would be difficult in any case due to base year compensation issues in the required S&T. 1/
A name to watch could be Kings wing Donte DiVincenzo, now a UFA after Sac didn’t make him QO. Raps had interest in Bucks wing Pat Connaughton’s until he picked up option on his deal. DiVincenzo would meet a lot of the same criteria, is younger, and a better play maker. With the Spurs in tank mode, you wonder if Toronto will try to find a way to deal for Jakob Poeltl. Raptors have tried to reacquire their former draftee multiple times, but never gaining any traction. Perhaps circumstances favour a deal now? It’s got to be killing Raps that OKC’s Lu Dort became an RFA while training under Nick Nurse at OVO Centre w/ Canada Basketball. Not that Raps could realistically sign the elite defender — even if they offered the full MLE, OKC would obviously match. Nice to dream tho. /4.
Victor Oladipo is set to hit free agency, and rumors suggest he’s not going to return to the Miami Heat. On Thursday morning just hours ahead of the beginning of free agency, Oladipo took to Twitter with some cryptic tweets. “What you seek is seeking you”. “How quickly they forget. But soon they will remember”.
Mike Vorkunov: Victor Wembanyama has signed with Metropolitans 92 in Paris, a source confirmed. @Jonathan Givony reported it first. Wembanyama the projected No. 1 pick in 2023 NBA draft. He’ll play for Vincent Collet, who coaches French National Team. He also coached Frank Ntilikina at Strasbourg.