Hartenstein has always been a basketball nomad — and he’s still living in a hotel. He has U.S. and German passports. Perhaps the March 25 deal will give him a home. “So far everything has been good,” Hartenstein told cleveland.com in a phone interview a few days before suffering a concussion during a 119-110 loss to the Washington Wizards on April 25, sidelining him for seven of the last nine games. “Can’t really say what’s going to happen in the future, but I hope we can renegotiate something this summer and I can grow with the young guys. I think that would be a good experience.
“In the NBA, you never know. Even if you sign for a longer term, you can get traded any day. I thought Denver was going to be a longer home. I think it kind of worked out for us both. In the long term, being here would be good, but it just has to make sense to do it. I hope we can get something done this summer.”
“I knew the whole Denver organization liked me, so I knew I was going to get chances,” he said. “It was more that I didn’t know how many more chances consistently. We had so many players and it was a team that wanted to play more veterans. It was kind of an up and down situation for me personally. “Hard to have confidence in situations like that.”
Teams were interested in adding him before the “Bubble,” league sources said. Hartenstein wasn’t eligible. But when free agency came around, the Nuggets were among many suitors. Portland, Cleveland, New Orleans and Washington were all interested in acquiring the mobile 22-year-old 7-footer, according to league sources. He’d shown flashes but hadn’t had a sustained opportunity.
Kelly Iko: Isaiah Hartenstein’s deal with Denver is a 1+1 with a player option, a source told @TheAthletic.
Mike Singer: News: #Nuggets will sign center Isaiah Hartenstein to fill out the roster following Torrey Craig's departure, a league source told @denverpost .
Michael Singer: Source: Nuggets have ongoing interest in C Isaiah Hartenstein. The 7-footer was with the Rockets for the last two seasons.
Emiliano Carchia: Isaiah Hartenstein is among the big men offered to FC Barcelona, a source told @Emiliano Carchia. The German/American big has played 51 games in the NBA for the Rockets in the past two seasons (3.1ppg and 2.7rpg). Hartenstein has been offered also to Chinese teams for next year.
Orazio Cauchi: A couple of Euroleague clubs are monitoring the situation of German big man Isaiah Hartenstein, I've been told. The player was recently waived by the Rockets after averaging 4.7 points and 3.9 rebounds per game this season.
Brian Lewis: The #Nets are in dire need of frontcourt signings, and liked Isaiah Hartenstein before the draft. But despite him being a free-agent, he was waived after March 1 so is not eligible for the bubble, according to his agent Mike Naiditch. #NBA
Marc Stein: Isaiah Hartenstein has cleared waivers and is now and unrestricted free agent, league sources say
Mark Berman: According to NBA sources the Rockets will sign 7-foot center Isaiah Hartenstein today. Played for Vipers in G League last season.
Following center Isaiah Hartenstein's strong showing in the Rockets' summer program and Summer League games in Las Vegas, the Rockets are working toward signing Hartenstein to an NBA deal with hopes they will reach agreement by the end of the week, according to a person with knowledge of the team's plans.
Hartenstein, a 7-foot center, played for the Rockets' Rio Grande Valley affiliate with a G League contract last season. Though the Rockets retain his draft rights, having selected Hartenstein in the second-round of the 2017 Draft, he is unsigned and could have chosen to return to Europe or to play another season in the G League.
June 19, 2021 | 3:34 pm EDT Update
On Saturday afternoon, Conley addressed his pending free agency during the Jazz’s customary exit interviews the day after the season. “Obviously you know how I feel about our team and the city and the fans,” he said. “It’s been just a wonderful two years. Definitely an up and down two years but wonderful regardless of how it ended last night. “Free agency is free agency…it’s something that I have to sit back and consider with my family and when that time comes, make the decision that’s best for us, myself. Like I said, obviously I’ve had a great time here, great, great experiences, coaches — Coach Quin and the players, Don and Rudy and everybody, so we’ll just have to see what happens.”
Conley would certainly command less than the approximately $34 million he made this season but could still be in line for a big pay day despite his age given that he was named an All-Star this season for the first time in his career. “Obviously I can’t speak, look into the future what exactly will happen,” he said. “It’s actually like my first time being a real free agent, so it’ll be interesting, but I did love it here and we’ll see what happens.”
Ben Anderson: Joe Ingles on the @Utah Jazz offseason. “If you want to be the last team standing, you’ve got to find things to improve and get better. We’ve got to figure out ways that we can get better.” #takenote | @KSLsports
Marc Stein: The Suns say Chris Paul remains in health and safety protocols. Further updates on his status will be provided as appropriate.
June 19, 2021 | 1:07 pm EDT Update
According to a source, Brooklyn’s Blake Griffin asked a Celtics player if he should join the team midseason and was told not to come to Boston because of the apparent dysfunction. At season’s end, multiple sources close to the players said several members of the locker room were welcoming a coaching change, noting Stevens did not appear to hold key players accountable, with complaints he was favoring Smart over others.
Walker maintained his professionalism throughout the season but his health issues, the team’s poor performance and boos from TD Garden fans — something that particularly “pissed him off,” according to multiple sources — made him sour on his situation in Boston and had spoken privately about being willing to move to a new team. It had become clear he was not going to be in the team’s long-term plans.