“I’m not going to lie to anybody,” Bauman continued. “Ron fully intends to play for the Jets. Once all the information trickled in and we had a good pow-wow and it was very apparent there was a $21-million risk to agreeing to a deal like this, that’s when we started to slow things down a little bit.” That’s why Bauman said he’s advised Artest to wait to see how the negotiations surrounding the pending collective bargaining agreement turn out, arguing to wait until the Lakers’ scheduled training camp approaches in late September before pursuing overseas offers. Bauman also declined to address whether Artest will follow through on his plan to play an unspecified number of exhibition games with the Loimaa Bisons, a professional basketball team in Finland, during one week in September.
June 19, 2018 | 7:14 pm EDT Update
Norman Powell is also a noteworthy trade chip. The Raptors have already been gauging interest in the 25-year-old guard ahead of the draft, sources tell TSN. After signing a four-year, $42-million extension in the fall, Powell turned in a disappointing third NBA season, losing his starting job in November and then falling out of the rotation altogether.
Chuck Miketinac: Manu Ginobili’s agent, Herb Rudoy, says his client still has yet to make a decision on whether or not to play a 17th season. Over the phone, Rudoy joked, “when Manu knows, then I’ll know.” Last year, Manu waited until mid July until he announced he was coming back.
Luka Doncic will fly to New York, USA, Wednesday (19/1) in order to attend the NBA Draft ceremony that will be held at Barclays Center, Brooklyn, Thursday (20/6). The 19-year-old Slovenian player and potential No. 1 pick in the Draft will board the first plane he can take from Madrid once the team returns from Vitoria, where he and the “Blancos” won the ACB title after beating Baskonia in Game 4 of the Finals.
For better or for worse, Adrian Wojnarowski’s Twitter feed will no longer be several picks ahead of the NBA Draft broadcast this year. A source tells Awful Announcing that ESPN has instructed its reporters to refrain from revealing picks on social media before they’re announced at Thursday’s draft, breaking with how the network has operated in the past.
Molly Sullivan: After six years as the sideline reporter for the @Philadelphia 76ers, I have been informed that @NBCSPhilly is moving in a ‘new direction’ that does not include me… heartbreaking. I plan to write more. (Soon). Until then, thank you all for the memories.
June 19, 2018 | 6:42 pm EDT Update
According to several league sources the Bulls have inquired about moving up from the seventh spot in the draft to either the third or fourth spot, positions currently occupied by the Atlanta Hawks and Memphis Grizzlies, respectively.
Team sources tell NBCSportsChicago.com there’s no truth to the speculation, nor would they entertain the notion of such efforts geared toward selecting Porter Jr., who only played three games this past season at Missouri, sandwiched between back surgery in mid-November.