While Deandre Ayton has been viewed as a potential trade chip in Kevin Durant talks, the restricted free-agent center has reportedly been exploring his options elsewhere. ESPN’s Brian Windhorst said on the Hoop Collective podcast (44:50 mark) that Ayton has taken meetings with teams that “are not involved in potential Durant negotiations.” It’s unclear whether any of those teams have made formal contract offers.
August 15, 2022 | 3:10 pm EDT Update
“We can win this thing, possibly,” Wyc Grousbeck told WBZ’s Dan Roche. “We have a chance to contend. That’s their words. They’re burning with a desire to make it come true.” The Celtics are going all-in on the roster, and that includes ownership as the payroll enters the luxury tax.
There are still some pieces that need to be filled — mostly the Celtics’ open roster spots — but Boston’s rotation is firmly set with Malcolm Brogdon and Danilo Gallinari having their roles as contributors. “We think our roster right now is a strongly contending team,” Grousbeck said. “Ime loves the group, Brad loves the group, I love the group. Then the group is very cohesive.”
Sam Merrill signed a two-year, $3.71M contract with the Sacramento Kings. He’ll make $1.84M in 2022-23 and $2.00M in 2023-24. The first year of his contract is partially guaranteed for $150,000 while his second year is fully non-guaranteed.
August 15, 2022 | 2:53 pm EDT Update
After Princeton, Carril served as an assistant coach with the Sacramento Kings for 10 years until his retirement in 2006. Carril would later return three years later as an assistant coach with the Kings for one season in ’07 before retiring for good.