For the teams looking to add Irving, locking him in before camp opens gives the acquiring team the best chance to fill in their roster around a ramped-up plan that includes Irving. League sources continue to label the Suns as the team with the right assets to obtain Irving, but they remain reluctant to include rookie Josh Jackson or third-year stud Devin Booker in any conversation. Jackson became trade eligible last week and recently joked at the Panini rookie photo shoot that he’d heard the rumors, but if it were going to happen, it would have happened by now.
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Adrian Wojnarowski: Sources: So far, Knicks and Suns are without traction on a Kristaps Porzingis trade. Knicks will not get Devin Booker as part of any deal.
Gambadoro said Eric Bledsoe and Devin Booker would not be in the deal. Bledsoe and Cousins were teammates at the University of Kentucky.
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July 23, 2018 | 11:54 am EDT Update
Mark Berman: NBA sources confirm Carmelo Anthony plans to sign with the #Rockets once he becomes a free agent. Carmelo expected to get a one-year deal from the Rockets at the veteran’s minimum of $2.4 million. @Marc Stein first reported the story.
Ira Winderman: Heat executive Chet Kammerer, who turns 76 tomorrow, tells the Sun Sentinel he is stepping down from his role as Heat Vice President of Player Personnel, “This is always tough when you feel like it’s time to turn the reins over.” Will move to a role as a senior adviser.
July 23, 2018 | 11:08 am EDT Update
Marc Stein: Carmelo Anthony intends to sign with the Houston Rockets upon becoming a free agent, league sources say, though it could be several more days before Melo is formally traded and clears waivers.
Marc Stein: Dirk Nowitzki will today sign a one-year, $5 million deal with the Dallas Mavericks that sets him up for a record-setting 21st consective season with the same team, according to league sources. Full @NYTSports coverage: nytimes.com/2018/07/23/spo…
So, here at Ocean Prime, he’s talking about the topic that’s been inescapable with his story: money, the kind paid to NBA stars. “You can always play the ‘what-if,’ game, but man, I’ve been F’d over so many times. But, of course, I think about it. I’m human,” Thomas says, shrugging and staring out the window onto Wilshire Boulevard. “I’m human.”
“People are scared of my hip now,” Thomas says. “I just had to be real with myself. I had to understand that it’s not going to be about the money this summer. I’ve got to show people that I can play — and play at a high level again. And I will.”