The two teams have been pegged by rival teams as sellers. Sources tell me and The Athletic’s James Edwards III that the Pistons are expected to work toward a contract buyout with forward Blake Griffin, and sharpshooter Wayne Ellington is expected to receive interest from contending teams.
It'll be a buyout. This is a given. It'll be a buyout at some point. When they get to that stage, and he's a free agent, he's still a guy who is a really smart player, who has become a really great playmaker late in his career, a great passer out of the post and on the perimeter, who can still get by some guys, can knock down a jumper and has a little bit of range. So I think he can be a useful player—a rotation guy. But not a starter on a good team, likely a bench guy. And we can talk about possible destinations, but I think there are a few times that could use him.
Soon enough, Detroit will come to accept that and will more than likely buy the veteran forward out. If and when that becomes the case, Griffin's market is expected to flourish. According to Sports Illustrated's own Howard Beck, the Philadelphia 76ers are one of a handful of teams who could look into getting Griffin in a Sixers uniform on a minimum deal after a buyout.
“If Blake is bought out, there would be significant interest, but how much of a savings is Blake willing to take?” as an executive for a current Eastern Conference playoff team told HoopsHype. “He could provide a spark off of the bench. If he’s healthy, he could start if the team had a need, but he’s probably more of a rotation player right now.”
September 17, 2021 | 12:52 pm EDT Update
According to Greek newspaper Ethnos, Alex Antetokounmpo is set to sign a deal with the Raptors. Given the state of the roster, this deal will likely be an Exhibit 10 contract or a G League deal that will force Alex to show that he can make it in the NBA.
Last July, the NBA2K22 game revealed Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic as the cover player. Now, he’s being honored again with a mural that mimics the video game. It’s located on the Mavs Gaming Hub building on the corner of Taylor Street and Malcolm X Boulevard near Deep Ellum.
For 2021, pros like Bobby Simmons will coach. “First, I have to see what talent I have and now I have to figure out how to put the pieces together,” Simmons told CBS 2 in a Zoom interview about his strategy ahead of Saturday. All-Star Antoine Walker is also excited to lead a team both on and off the court. Pre-game mentoring is a huge part of the event.
“I’m an inner-city kid from Chicago. Obviously, I was very blessed to make it to the NBA and play ball and everybody is not afforded that opportunity so just reiterating to them that there’s other avenues in life, there’s other things you can be great at you don’t necessarily have to focus in on just playing basketball,” said Walker of his message to the youth.
UGG enlists Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the star of its fall-winter 2021 campaign. The NBA legend and all-time leading scorer appears in the brand’s fall 2021 “FEEL ____” campaign. Abdul-Jabbar connects with photographer Neil Favila for the advertisement. He also appears in a video directed by Bryan Sarkinen.
September 17, 2021 | 12:31 pm EDT Update
Shams Charania: Former Lakers forward Devontae Cacok will sign with the Brooklyn Nets, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. The 6-foot-7 forward will go to training camp and compete for an open two-way spot.
It speaks to both the Lakers’ historical relevance and standard of excellence as well as their current level of talent that Anthony feels this way. He clearly knows how good of a shot they have, no matter how “old” the veteran-laden roster is: “You’ve got to change your way of thinking, you’ve got to change your perspective… Being out there at this point in time of my career, we hear all of it. We hear that ‘they old’ and ‘the senior citizen home for basketball,’ but we just know what we bring to the game and what we bring to the table. And I say we’re wiser. Like we’re wise. We’re not old. 37 is young, 36 is young, it’s only old in the sports world, the basketball world. So like LeBron said, like other guys said, just watch and see. And I think people will enjoy the show.”