Over the past seven years, which included an impressive training camp with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2008 and short stint last season playing for Spanish pro team Palencia, Dickerson, now 35, has refused to give up on his dream of one day playing again in the NBA. And so ever since bumping into UBC head coach Kevin Hanson during the recent Toronto Raptors training camp, Dickerson — who splits time living in both Vancouver and Seattle — has gone back to basketball boot camp Thunderbirds-style. “That has always been my goal,” Dickerson says of getting back to the NBA. “I never stopped wanting to play. So just to be able to play with these guys, to run up and down the floor with them and have them accept me like I have always been on the team, that is a blessing to me.”
September 24, 2021 | 3:01 pm EDT Update
Skeptical teams observing the Sixers believe that the interest in reconciling with Simmons stems more from their hope to recoup a bit more trade leverage than the infinitesimal amount they currently possess rather than a genuine attempt to mend the relationship. Whatever the motivations are for trying to coax Simmons back to the squad, withholding a large seven-figure sum after a few missed practices does not sound like the wisest olive branch to extend.
The Raptors are both intent on being as competitive as they can this season and confident that more appealing trade possibilities involving Dragić will materialize after the season begins, once a potential trade partner’s need for proven playmaking becomes more acute.
The emergence earlier this month of Rosas’ consensual romantic relationship with a female team staff member, after Rosas’ tense dealings with eventual successor Sachin Gupta over a Houston offer to Gupta that he was prevented from accepting, gave Taylor the needed justifications to make the change now. Photographic evidence of Rosas in a romantic clinch with his co-worker was widely circulated across the league on Wednesday after his dismissal and promptly usurped even the Simmons situation as the No. 1 topic on the NBA grapevine.
Example: During the Las Vegas summer league, word circulated that Lore and Rodriguez would have loved to have made a run at Toronto’s Masai Ujiri to lead Minnesota’s front office. Ujiri recently signed a lucrative contract extension to stay with the Raptors — and the Wolves realistically had no shot at him — but the whispered interest only reinforces the notion that Lore and Rodriguez want to make splashy hires.