NBA Rumor: Jonathon Simmons Free Agency

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Per the league source, Simmons could opt out of his contract with Liaoning if he lands a guaranteed NBA deal. However, that seems unlikely. Simmons, who not long ago was a key rotation player for good Spurs teams, had shown enough in the G League and in Golden State’s minicamp to warrant a training-camp invite with the Warriors or another NBA club. To land a guaranteed NBA contract, he would have had to first impress at training camp.

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January 22, 2021 | 2:43 pm EST Update

Thad Young to acquire minority ownership in Australia's NBL

Thad Young always has been as serious about business as he is basketball. The Bulls’ veteran forward is about to merge the two, confirming a tweet from the New York Times’ Marc Stein that he’s poised to acquire a minority ownership in the Brisbane Bullets of Australia’s National Basketball League. “I expect it to be finalized in the next week or so,” Young said Friday on a Zoom call. “Definitely happy about being a part of the NBL and the Brisbane family. I think it’s definitely going to be something that’s really good in the coming years.”
Young has overseen an AAU program based in Memphis, Tenn., that has created a national profile and won the 2019 UAA Finals. A Georgia Tech graduate, he also created a private investment fund and has ventured into real estate and sports training ventures. “It’s fresh,” Young said of the NBL. “You get in on the early side and help it grow over the course of time so you can obviously see multiples in your capital. But you’re also part of something you can help grow.”
Boris Diaw remembers Hammon’s rookie season as an assistant coach and her figuring out the rapid transition from star WNBA player to assistant coach. “Back then she was becoming a rookie coach and she was in that early transition from playing to becoming a coach; as all the young coaches, you could tell she was looking for what to do and how to do it because it’s different from playing,” Diaw said. “There was not even a reaction (to her being a woman). It was normal. Nobody was saying, ‘We have a woman assistant.’ The question never even came up.”
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Andre Miller: “Oh she’s going to definitely be the first female NBA head coach,” he said. “It’s just a matter of time. I wouldn’t be surprised that when Pop does decide to retire that she’d be next in line. It’s a perfect situation. She knows the community, she knows management, and she’s reliable and she expects it. It’s easy to make that transition. She’s primed and ready.” (For the record, several of Popovich’s former assistants and players have gone on to be NBA coaches and two are general managers.)