JJ Redick: I think you have spoken with Grayson Allen if I’m not correct. (…) Alex Caruso: I never actually had a conversation with him, or a text or phone call so that’s still kind of up in the air.
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And if the Bulls’ long-term loss of Caruso really mattered in the Allen case, as we were told it would, then Allen needed to get a minimum three-game suspension … or something beyond a paltry one-game ban. I’m not the only one who feels this way, either. I’ve heard from a handful of rival teams, with no stake in the matter beyond watching intently for the NBA’s reaction after the Bulls so vociferously complained about Allen’s actions, that expected Allen to be punished harder as a deterrent to future foulers.
The NBA has acted on the incident and they’ve decided to hand Allen a one-game suspension for his actions. This drew the ire of more than a few folks all over social media and this included former six-time All-Star Amar’e Stoudemire: “That’s weak. Not enough,” Stoudemire stated. “I got suspended for a game for stepping on the court. This was an intentional through [sic] down, that caused a player to need surgery. SMH. COME ON …”
Andrew Bogut: Might want to sit this one out @Amareisreal
Adrian Wojnarowski: Milwaukee Bucks’ statement on Grayson Allen’s 1 game suspension: “We disagree with the suspension. We support Grayson and look forward to him rejoining our team for Friday’s game vs. New York.”
Adrian Wojnarowski: The NBA is suspending Milwaukee’s Grayson Allen for one game over the flagrant 2 foul on Chicago’s Alex Caruso that caused a fractured wrist, sources tell ESPN.
KC Johnson: Billy Donovan, via Zoom from Orlando, reiterated that Grayson Allen’s foul was “a dangerous play” and revealed there was talk about holding him out of rest of Bucks game. Said surgery to repair fractured wrist will be Monday morning.
Rob Schaefer: Billy Donovan said Alex Caruso’s wrist surgery is scheduled for Monday
Joe Cowley: “Grayson, we know Grayson. He’s not that type of player. He didn’t do it maliciously and he didn’t want to see Caruso get hurt. Grayson didn’t do it purpose. We know that and he knows that, so he knows that we have his back.” Jrue Holiday on Grayson Allen.
Vincent Goodwill: The league office is reviewing the flagrant foul from Milwaukee’s Grayson Allen that resulted in a broken wrist for Alex Caruso, sources tell @YahooSports. No decision as of yet
Kayte Christensen: Both Giannis Antetokounmpo and Grayson Allen will be OUT tonight against the @SacramentoKings according to HC Mike Budenholzer
Eric Nehm: During his pregame presser, I asked Mike Budenholzer if the organization had heard anything from the league about a possible suspension for Grayson Allen and he said “no”.
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July 4, 2022 | 11:21 am EDT Update
The Nets officially signed Alondes Williams to a two-way contract Monday morning. Williams, who will play for the Nets in the NBA Summer League this week, is coming off a big senior season with Wake Forest — a season he upped his scoring average from 6.7 to 18.5 points per game to pair with his 5.2 assists and 6.4 rebounds. He was viewed as one of the most dynamic players in college basketball with elite court vision and a playmaking niche. After leading the Deacons to a 25-10 record, he was named ACC Player of the Year — the 11th Wake Forest product to do so.
The stoic reaction did not just capture Keegan Murray’s apathy toward the various NBA mock drafts that did not project him as the Sacramento Kings’ No. 4 pick, it also captured why the Kings became enamored with what makes him tick. “My motivation comes from within. I’m not really worried about other guys and things like that,” Keegan told NBA.com. “It’s just me trying to get better and trying to be the best version of myself.” Through two games of the 2022 California Classic at Chase Center, Murray showed two different versions of himself. In the Kings’ 86-68 win against the Warriors on Saturday, Murray showcased himself as an efficient scorer (26 points) both from the field (10-for-14) and from deep (4-for-5 on 3-pointers). In Sacramento’s 81-64 victory against the Heat on Sunday, Murray struggled with both his shooting stroke overall (4-for-15 overall, 1-for-7 from deep) and ball handling (six turnovers).
July 4, 2022 | 9:15 am EDT Update
Free agents left on the Wolves radar: Frank Kaminsky, Gorgui Dieng… and maybe Boogie Cousins? I’m waiting to hear a little bit more information on that. Also, I was told they may wait out the KD and Kyrie situations that when those two players are traded, likely separate trades, that other players could hit the market. Maybe somebody ends up in Brooklyn, Brooklyn buys out that player. So the Wolves may wait out those situations before adding another free agent.
Adrian Wojnarowski on Kevin Durant’s potential trade: “The market is still taking shape, and I think it’s incumbent on some of the other teams to be creative and start bringing to Brooklyn ideas, going out and seeing if they can get players, picks that would put the kind of package it would take to get Kevin Durant. Brooklyn’s got time on its side. They have a lot of time left in the offseason and they have a player in KD who has four years left on his contract. They don’t have to rush into a deal.”