Marc Stein: The Wizards’ John Wall is buying an ownership stake in the South East Melbourne Phoenix ( @SEMelbPhoenix ) in Australia’s @NBL , @NYTSports has learned Wall joins an ownership group headed by LA-based entrepreneur Romie Chaudhari and featuring several current and past NBA players The influx of past and present NBA players investing in Australian basketball teams continues: Wall joins Melbourne’s own Dante Exum of the Cleveland @cavs and the retired trio of Zach Randolph, Al Harrington and Josh Childress as stakeholders in Chaudhari’s @SEMelbPhoenix group
August 2, 2021 | 11:55 pm EDT Update
Scott Agness: .@Doug McDermott in a statement: “Thank you to the Pacer organization and Pacer Nation for an unforgettable 3 years! I will always cherish my time in the great state of Indiana. “I’m looking forward to the next chapter of my career in San Antonio!”
Ben Golliver: Slovenia coach Aleksander Sekulic on Luka Doncic after advancing to Olympic semifinals: “When you have Luka, everything is easy. He’s not coming here to show off. He’s coming here to help the team and have fun. … I have an easy job. I just need to put him on the court.”
August 2, 2021 | 11:25 pm EDT Update
Marc Stein: Another free-agent duel of interest: Carmelo Anthony is weighing interest from both the Lakers and the Knicks, league sources say. And Golden State has joined the Lakers and Nets in the Patty Mills chase, according to @anthonyVslater More: marcstein.Substack.com
August 2, 2021 | 10:45 pm EDT Update
Shams Charania: Free agent center Richaun Holmes has agreed to a four-year deal worth as much as $55 million to return to the Sacramento Kings, his agency Par-Lay Sports & Entertainment (@parlay_se) tells @TheAthletic @Stadium. Deal includes player option and trade kicker.