Purdue’s Jaden Ivey confirmed Monday during a predraft media session that he has had no contact with Sacramento in advance of Thursday’s draft. Various rival teams have noted that Ivey shares the same CAA representation as Tyrese Haliburton and thus concluded that Ivey was never going to privately audition for the Kings after they dealt Haliburton to Indiana seemingly without warning in February — and after Haliburton repeatedly expressed how eager he was to be at the heart of Sacramento’s efforts to finally end the league’s longest playoff drought (now at 16 seasons and counting).
August 18, 2022 | 2:50 pm EDT Update
Ira Winderman: Udonis Haslem will be making official announcement of his future plans with the NBA on Sunday at his youth camp. Cannot fathom such an informal venue for a retirement setting. Heat already have extended open invitation to return. He would fill final roster spot under luxury tax.
Christos Tsaltas: Lauri Markkannen was unstoppable with Finnish national team in preparation game vs Ukraine. 42 points 11-22 FG 16-18 FT 8 rebounds Finland won the game 97-94. #Susijengi #Cavs #LetemKnow
Christos Tsaltas: Poland defeated 87-86 Turkey in the Day 2 of the Acropolis Tournament Mateusz Ponitka did it all for Poland. 16pts, 6rebs, 7asts, 6-10 FG Cedi Osman 15pts, 2rebs, 2stls Furkan Korkmaz 13pts, 4-4 FG, 5 rebs Alperen Sengun 9pts, 5rebs, 2asts #BizBirlikteyiz #KoszKadra
Josh Lewenberg: After missing qualifying games earlier this summer, Cory Joseph, Oshae Brissett, Kevin Pangos & Kyle Wiltjer have been added to Canada Basketball’s roster for the coming window. SMNT will hold camp in Victoria next week before hosting Argentina on Aug 25 & visiting Panama Aug 29
BasketNews: Jonas Valanciunas & Domantas Sabonis playfully racing to defense is the wholesome content you need 😁 🎥 @TV3Televizija pic.twitter.com/bAi7eCMQG7
August 18, 2022 | 12:54 pm EDT Update
According to an anonymous Eastern Conference executive who spoke with Sean Deveney of Heavy.com, the Charlotte Hornets could look to trade former Warrior Kelly Oubre Jr. during the upcoming season. He was mentioned as a potential trade target for the Chicago Bulls.
“Charlotte is one other team that has looked for a big guy but they’re not desperate to do it. If you’re Chicago and you could get Gordon Hayward in a deal like that, I think you give that a go even with the injury stuff. But more likely, you’re looking at Mason Plumlee and someone like Kelly Oubre. The Bulls gave up two picks for Vuc, they’re going to want something in return if they trade him. They would much rather just bring him back, maybe even extend him, then see if he plays better,” the executive noted.
The EuroLeague star Mike James addressed the backlash about his comments over the NBA champion Stephen Curry. In the recent URBONUS podcast episode, James said that he has no bad feelings about Steph, and many took his words out of context.