Aaron J. Fentress: “He doesn’t work. He doesn’t listen. And everyone around him is family and he is constantly babied.” – @Stephen A. Smith quoting someone close to the 76ers/Ben Simmons situation. And yes, I would absolutely trade for him. He has been humbled and embarrassed. Lillard could fix him.
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Dime: “I don’t care how any of y’all feel about my teammate, I’m gonna stick with him…” @DwightHoward defends Ben Simmons on IG Live:
StatMuse: Lowest FT% in a single playoffs in NBA history (min 70 attempts): 34.2 — Ben Simmons in 2021 37.4 — Shaquille O’Neal in 2006 38.0 — Wilt Chamberlain in 1968 Elite company. pic.twitter.com/s14R8cCSKm
Tom Haberstroh: Ben Simmons 4th quarter this series: Game 1: 2-2 FG Game 2: 0-0 FG Game 3: 1-1 FG Game 4: 0-0 FG Game 5: 0-0 FG Game 6: 0-0 FG Game 7: 0-0 FG
Tommy Beer: Since being drafted with the #1 overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft, Ben Simmons has played in 309 games in both the regular season and playoffs. He had never scored in single digits in three consecutive contests – until the final three games of this series.
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August 2, 2021 | 7:49 am EDT Update
There is a strong possibility that Howard returns for a third go-around with the Lakers. Howard won a title with the Lakers in 2020, but he bolted to the 76ers last season. Now, there appears to be interest on both sides to have Howard back for his physical and defensive play. Howard, 35, averaged 7.0 points and 8.4 rebounds in 17.3 minutes last season in Philadelphia, his 17th in the NBA.
Rob Schaefer: Zach LaVine on what he’s conveyed to Bulls about a potential extension. If Bulls decide to take route to cap space, pursuing upgrades through free agency or renegotiating + extending LaVine’s current contract are two options on table.
Barry Jackson: ESPN reports tonight that New Orleans and Dallas – two Lowry suitors – have begun to look elsewhere for point guards. The Dragic/Achiuwa package should get this done for Lowry barring any late issues; Achiuwa hasn’t yet been informed because talks can’t begin until 6 p.m. Monday.
Donatas Urbonas: Ignas Brazdeikis will play for the Orlando Magic in the NBA Summer League, per sources. Brazdeikis averaged 11.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 2 assists in 8 NBA games with Orlando last season.
Rob Schaefer: Zach LaVine on keeping up with Bulls’ free agency from Tokyo: “I should have a good idea what’s going on. I take that very serious, keep up to date with what’s going on back home, but obviously still get my rest cause we got a game tomorrow. One way or another I’ll find out.”
August 2, 2021 | 1:19 am EDT Update
“It looks like [Kawhi] is expected to re-sign with the Clippers, but sources informed me that he will listen to other teams.” @ChrisBHaynes on Kawhi Leonard’s free agency