The Portland Trail Blazers are expected to seriously pursue Pistons forward Jerami Grant in the offseason, sources said. Armed with the Pelicans’ 2022 first-round draft selection, the Trail Blazers will explore offering the pick should it fall between Nos. 5 and 14 in the June draft. If the pick does not fall in that range and convey to Portland this offseason, the organization’s package falls behind competing teams that are chasing Detroit’s versatile forward. Grant is eligible for a four-year, $112 million contract extension in the offseason.
July 5, 2022 | 7:38 pm EDT Update
Kylen Mills: JUST IN: The Warriors have signed guard Lester Quinones to a two-way contract, per the team. Quinones, 21, played 3 seasons at the University of Memphis, averaging 10.1 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 27.6 minutes over 87 games (81 starts). #dubnation @kron4news
Quentin Grimes has a simple goal for his stay in Las Vegas. “Really come out here and dominate,” he said after the Knicks summer league team went through its first practice at Cox Pavilion. “I feel like I played well last year. Just coming in this year being a second-year guy, I know what to expect, I know how the games are. Just go out there and try to dominate every time offensively and defensively.”
“It was my first year really ever coming off the bench,” Grimes said. “You got to earn Thibs’ trust, earn Thibs’ minutes. Going in you have to fight for everything to get the opportunity, make the most of it. I had an injury, had to go through adversity. I think it made me ready for whatever’s to come this year.”
During this year’s 2022 NBA draft, 19-year-old Paolo Banchero was the first overall pick by the Orlando Magic. And he wore a very eccentric outfit that made him stand out. His bespoke purple suit, from Dolce & Gabbana, was so expressive that it inspired Italian custom car company Garage Italia to create a mockup of a car that channels the same eye-catching, eccentric vibe as his suit. Their choice was a “made in the U.S.A. sports car that embodies the power and athleticism of the Magic’s first-round pick,” a Dodge Viper ACR.
The vehicle also features Banchero’s mantra, “Stay true.” The car comes with an Orlando license plate, which is his upcoming destination.
July 5, 2022 | 7:01 pm EDT Update
According to Michael Porter Jr.’s brother, Jontay, whose knee injuries sidelined him the past season but is back with the Nuggets’ Summer League team, Jamal Murray’s agility is coming along. “He looked great,” Porter said. “His jumper is as amazing as ever. He’s moving really well, too, especially coming from a guy who’s had ACL injuries as well.”