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This is your first experience with the crazy NBA off-season and rumour mill. How are you handling it? Murray: It’s different knowing I could be in Cleveland right now. I could be in Minnesota. I could be anywhere in a couple days. It’s kind of nerve wracking because you don’t know what’s going on and there are so many rumours. I just have to stay ready and prepared for any opportunity. SN: How many texts have you gotten about it? Murray: I don’t really text a lot of people so it’s good to have nobody texting you about it. [laughing]
They poked around with Denver, but the Nuggets drew a line at Jamal Murray, sources say. Those teams had to weigh the possibility of Butler bolting in 2019, which cooled the market a bit, sources say.
There is not much evidence, at least not now, that Indiana got close with anyone. Denver made a solid offer for George, roping in assets from a third team, per league sources, but the Nuggets were hesitant to part with Jamal Murray, sources say. (Nikola Jokic is rightfully untouchable.) The Pacers may regret this outcome. George can opt out after next season, and he’s probably not going to make an All-NBA team this time around — precluding Indy from offering him a mega-extension that would blow away anything rivals could dangle.
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June 18, 2018 | 1:05 pm EDT Update
Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jamal Crawford has declined his $4.5 million player option for next season and will become a free agent, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Crawford, a three-time Sixth Man of the Year, will become one of the top reserve scorers on the open market after facing Monday’s deadline to decide on his option.
Milos Teodosic’s tenure with the Los Angeles Clippers may finish after just one season. The Los Angeles Clippers, in fact, are not planning to keep the Serbian point guard for the next season, a league source told Sportando. Teodosic has a player option, worth $6.3 mln, for the next season, that he can exercise until June 24, but his deal won’t become fully guaranteed until July 15. If the Clippers will decide to waive him before July 15, they’d only have to pay him $2.1 mln. The Clippers are moving towards in the direction of parting ways with Teodosic, a league source told Sportando.
If Clippers will, in fact, waive Teodosic, there’s a growing feeling around that the league that he may consider a return in Europe, if the right offer will present itself, a source told Sportando. But interest from other NBA teams can’t be ruled out at this points.
Marc Stein: The Grizzlies, meanwhile, continue to receive significant trade interest in the No. 4 pick in scenarios where they would also send out Chandler Parsons. The Grizz are said to be taking more calls than they’re making, but staying in the high lottery is obviously crucial to Memphis twitter.com/TheSteinLine/s…
Just about eight months after it was announced, International Smoke will open its doors in Houston next month. The restaurant from cookbook author and food personality Ayesha Curry and Chef Michael Mina is set to debut at 600 Sorella Court, occupying a 6,000-square-foot space. According to a press release, the restaurant will have two of its very own terraces on which diners can enjoy dishes like jerk-spiced duck wings, binchotan-grilled lobster, and Argentine ribeye, a dish that involves hay-smoked beef and chimichurri sauce.
June 18, 2018 | 12:32 pm EDT Update
“Last summer, they could have acquired Paul George. ” said Adrian Wojnarowski on the Adam Schefter podcast. “I think Paul George wanted to know, ‘if LeBron commits to some years going forward, then I might be willing to commit.’ “When LeBron wasn’t willing to commit to an extension, that told me, they could have had Paul George without losing Kyrie. That’s a very different team: Kyrie Irving, Paul George and LeBron James. “When he wasn’t ready to do that then, Cleveland was worried and rightly so.”
Josh Lewenberg: Raptors GM Bobby Webster (from his @TSN1050Radio interview this morning) on RFA Fred VanVleet: “He’s a huge priority. I don’t want to get fined here, we’re a little limited in what we can say, but we love Freddy and he knows that. He is our highest priority.”