Woj also was clear that with some of Irvingâs six landing spots, not all of them reciprocate. âThe interest isnât mutual in several of these places,â Woj said. âObviously the Lakers are the ones that loom. And will Kyrie Irving walk away from a $36.9 million player option that he can opt into and have that money guaranteed, especially after a year where he lost about $17 million by not being vaccinated last year and untold more with a sneaker deal that isnât going to be there anymore, certainly at the level it was.â
August 14, 2022 | 3:06 am EDT Update
Brian Windhorst spent much of his Friday episode of âBrian Windhorst & The Hoop Collectiveâ podcast talking about Durantâs situation. Windhorst said he felt the Nets won the recent showdown between Durant and team owner Joe Tsai. But Windy doesnât necessarily think that means all is over between the sides. In fact, Windhorst says he now could see a world where Durant holds out of training camp. âA week ago, if you had asked me, âWill Kevin Durant hold out of training camp if he is not traded?â I would have been like, âeh, I canât see it.â Now I can see it. That is what we are headed towards,â Windhorst said.
Some analysts speculated that the Nets would play hardball with Durant. Brooklynâs calculation would have depended upon Durantâs love of basketball. The thinking was that KD loves playing too much to sit out a season in order to get his way. Now Windhorst says he thinks a scenario of Durant sitting out could be on the table.
Longtime basketball writer Marc Stein reported on Saturday that a matchup between the Grizzlies and the rival Golden State Warriors is on the NBAâs preliminary schedule for the 2022-23 season. Morant, the Memphis star, responded to the news with some trash talk for Warriors counterpart Draymond Green. âwe got what we wanted dray. @Money23Green,â Morant tweeted along with a photo of a heated moment he had on the court with Green last year. Green was actually fairly muted and deferential in his response to Morant, tweeting back, âThatâs the power of your voice Young! Letâs gooooo! Bring the fam to the crib for dinner after.â
The lawsuit says that by sharing the photos, those involved â including the deputy at the bar and firefighters weeks later at an awards banquet â violated the victimsâ familiesâ constitutional rights to control images of their loved onesâ remains. âMrs. Bryant feels ill at the thought of strangers gawking at images of her deceased husband and child, and she lives in fear that she or her children will one day confront horrific images of their loved ones online,â Bryantâs lawyers wrote in a complaint. âMany social media users have claimed to have seen photos of the victimsâ remains, and their accounts are plausible given the number of deputies who took photos, the ease with which cellphone pictures are transmitted and saved in cloud storage, and the Sheriffâs Departmentâs egregious failure to take reasonable steps to prevent dissemination of the photos.â
Surveillance video inside the bar showing Cruz and Gutierrez interacting and appearing to look at Cruzâs cellphone together played throughout his testimony. At times, it appeared that Cruz and Gutierrez were smiling and laughing after viewing the photos â but Gutierrez disputed that interpretation. âWhat type of human being would laugh at photos of other human beings like that?â he said. Bryant, sitting in the courtroom, repeatedly wiped away tears and, at times, held her head in her hands. At one point, while Gutierrez testified about the photos, she asked the judge for permission to leave the courtroom. She stood up and walked out, wiping tears from her eyes. The trial is expected to last at least another week, with 52 total witnesses slated to appear. Villanueva and Bryant are among those scheduled to testify.
August 13, 2022 | 9:32 pm EDT Update
Draymond Green: Thatâs the power of your voice Young! Letâs goooo! Bring the fam to the crib for dinner after
USA Basketball has picked its 12-man roster for the opening second-round window of World Cup qualifying, as the Americans look to move closer to clinching a spot in the field for next yearâs event. Jim Boylen will return as coach, assisted again by Ty Ellis and Othella Harrington.
The roster will include six players â Michael Frazier II, Langston Galloway, David Stockton, DaQuan Jeffries, John Jenkins and Eric Mika â who were with the Americans for the previous qualifying window in July. The other six players for games Aug. 25 in Las Vegas against Uruguay and at Colombia on Aug. 29 are Tyler Cavanaugh, Malik Ellison, Dewan Hernandez, Mac McClung, Robert Woodard II and McKinley Wright IV.