NBA rumors: Gray Trent Jr to test free agency

Jason Quick: Gary Trent Jr. says he intends to play the season out and become a restricted free agent rather than negotiate a contract extension. In a sense, this is him betting on himself rather than trying to nail down the security of a multi-year deal. Good incentive for him to play well

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Predictably, Trent Jr. was ambivalent when asked about his stance on an extension. “At the end of the day, it’s a business and the organization and team is going to do whatever they want to do,” Trent Jr. said. “On that, I haven’t put too much thought into it. If it comes, it comes. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t. Like I said, I’m going to work, continue to do what I do and continue to stay ready, because I don’t know when we are coming back. When we do come back, I will be ready and ready to compete for a championship, ready to come back and play hard. “So right now, I’m really not focused too much on it. I control what I can control, and I can’t control that, so I’m going to continue to stay in the gym, work on my craft and continue to get better every single day.”
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Ben Simmons likes report of Damian Lillard wanting to play with him

Interestingly, after the rumors of Lillard wanting to play with Simmons spread like wildfire online, the Australian guard caught win of the development and showed his interest in it. While the 25-year-old didn’t directly address it, he did “like” a post on Bleacher Report Instagram discussing the news.
Goorjian hopes Simmons finds a new home to help him flourish again and stressed that the Aussie had full support from the Boomers camp moving forward. “I just hope right now he finds a team, finds a place where he’s comfortable and gets on with his career,” he said. “I said to him: ‘We’re here for you. You’ve had some situations at Philly with your teammates, with the coach, with the organisation. You come here; we’ll welcome you with open arms. I think you’re going to love the environment, it’s your call.’”
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The Nets still have championship aspirations, and the presence of Irving, who averaged 27 points, five rebounds and six assists last season, would certainly help in achieving that goal. They are still paying the seven-time All-Star for the road games he misses due to the team’s decision to not employ him as a part-time player for away contests. “From what I’ve seen, they’re still a good team without Kyrie, but they definitely need him,” former Nets guard Deron Williams recently told Bally Sports. “I hope everything gets figured out. But as far as my thoughts on Kyrie, he’s doing what’s best for him. I respect what he wants to do.”
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