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Adrian Wojnarowski: Restricted free agent F Jontay Porter has agreed to a three-year, $6M deal to stay with the Memphis Grizzlies, agents Mark Bartelstein and Andy Shiffman of @PrioritySports tell ESPN.
Chris Herrington: Grizzlies have qualifying offers out to De’Anthony Melton, John Konchar and Jontay Porter. If they retained all three and bought out Marko Guduric, there’s your 15. But I don’t think it will end up being quite that simple.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Jontay Porter, a rookie F/C out of Missouri, has signed a multi-year deal with the Grizzlies, his agent Mark Bartelstein of @PrioritySports tells ESPN. Porter rehabbed two separate knee injuries, but has progressed well and is expected to be ready for training camp next season.
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As he elaborated further: “This is a statement that I have never made before. If LeBron and Kevin Durant and Anthony Davis came to Milwaukee; I would have been good with that. I am not interested if I am the top, second or third name, ok? Because I want to win… For sure when I was 18 or 19 years old, maybe I didn’t understand what you need to do to win. But right now, I am 25 and I want to win because when I retire, that’s what people will remember. And if I got LeBron, KD, Davis, if all those came, I wouldn’t mind at all. I don’t care if I am the top (player) on the team”.
Last but not least, Giannis said that he will play until he’s 40 years of age in order to win titles and create a legacy both in the NBA and with the Greek national team: “I will not stop playing until I get what I want to achieve. I want to win a medal; I want to win an NBA championship. I may continue until I am 45. I am not in hurry, I will be here. I think that day by day in order to get to the next level and reach the point I want to, I have to improve my shooting ability, my free throws, and that will happen. Because I am putting in a lot of work and I believe in myself.
For the Greek Freak, LeBron remains a role-model: “LeBron is, of course, a great opponent and I want to beat him and he is the best player in the world right now. It doesn’t matter who is the MVP, he is the best. I say so, he is the best in the world. The day that I would be the best player in the world, I will step forward and say it. At this moment, the best is LeBron James. For sure he is the example I follow and not only on the court but as a human being. He is part of this business, called the NBA, for 17 years and you have never heard anything negative about LeBron. He never did anything wrong, he goes out, does his job, he tries to win all the time”.
On Tuesday morning, Elhassan’s Sirius XM NBA colleague, Frank Isola, doubled down on the report that Harden wants out, during Sirius XM’s morning NBA show The Starting Lineup. “We had that confirmed by somebody pretty plugged in that Harden definitely wants out. And he told them trade me to Brooklyn. And I’m only doing it if I’m the Nets if I can trade Kyrie Irving.”
But, even with all of that on the table and the future so undecided, Gobert said his goals have not changed since the day he joined the Utah Jazz in 2013. “My goal is to win a championship here,” he said on Tuesday. “It’s been my goal since I got here and it’s still the same. I’m focused on the upcoming season and I’m excited. About the negotiation talk, that’s why I have an agent. So I can focus on basketball and let him take care of that.”
Hoop Central: LeBron on the possibility of Quinn Cook rejoining the Lakers; “Quinn, he’s a pro, he’s definitely going to get a look…Hopefully back with us…Hopefully we may bring him back.” (via @RoadTrippinPod , h/t @mcten ).
Free agency hopeful Jeremy Lin has told fans that he has “big decisions coming up soon” as speculation grows whether he will return to the NBA or head back to the Chinese Basketball Association. Lin spent last season with the Beijing Ducks in the CBA, taking them to the play-offs before deciding to return to the US and have another shot at the NBA, where he has been awaiting offers during free agency.