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Orazio Cauchi: Hearing that the deal between Black and Maccabi is now done, per source. An official announcement should arrive soon. Very solid move for Maccabi.
Orazio Cauchi: If an NBA deal won’t materialize, one option overseas for big man Tarik Black could be Maccabi Tel Aviv, I’ve been told. Maccabi is still looking for a big man. Despite the recent rumors about Okaro White, a deal between the two sides it’s unlikely to happen, per source.
Black appeared in 51 games this season, averaging 3.5 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 0.6 blocks in just over 10 minutes per game. He is a consummate professional, great teammate and locker room presence, but his future with Houston isn’t exactly clear. “ loved being back in Houston,” his agent, Mike Lelchitski, told Rockets Wire. “Obviously, he would like the opportunity to help the team more on the court. He’s also looking forward to hearing what other opportunities will be available to him.”
Jonathan Feigen: Can confirm the Rockets have signed center Tarik Black. @Shams Charania first. Black will return on a one-year, BAE contract, source said.
Shams Charania: Free agent forward Tarik Black has reached agreement to sign with the Houston Rockets, league sources tell The Vertical.
The Lakers waived reserve forward Tarik Black before his $6.6 million contract would have become guaranteed for the 2017-18 season. The Lakers had until July 4 to decide to retain Black or part ways with the fourth-year forward before his contract became guaranteed.
Black expressed gratitude to the Lakers in a post on his Instagram account. “It’s been absolutely amazing and invigorating,” Black wrote. “I would like to thank the Lakers for an amazing ride and being there for me. From the staff, the team, and the fans I am indescribably grateful. You all opened the doors for me to live a dream to play for such an organization. I love you all and the Lakers are forever in my heart.”
The Los Angeles Lakers have requested waivers on forward/center Tarik Black, it was announced today by General Manager Rob Pelinka.
So, the inquisitive Black asked Johnson and Pelinka a series of detailed questions regarding himself. The most pointed one: “Where do you see me in five years as a player?” Because of how Johnson and Pelinka answered his questions, including that one, Black walked away the meeting expressing confidence he will remain on the Lakers for the 2017-18 season. “I don’t know what kind of story will be created if I sat here and said no,” Black said. “That’s a given and the honest truth. I believe I will be. But once again the NBA is passion, basketball, business. You can’t avoid that.”
External circumstances aside, though, Black sounded encouraged Johnson and Pelinka told him, “I have a lot of potential and can get better.” All of which led Black to believe he will still wear a Lakers jersey next season. “If they weren’t interested in bringing me back, they would’ve just said, ‘Well, it’s nice having you Tarik, we enjoyed you, we’ll be in touch,” Black said, smiling. “The fact they’re sitting there, having the conversation and listening to my questions and they seriously answered them and we talked about development, it just gives me confidence moving forward.”
Mike Trudell: Black’s contract is non-guaranteed for next season. He says he believes he’ll be back and would love to be.
Mark Medina: Beyond his own confidence, Tarik Black has optimism he’ll return bc Magic/Pelinka offered him tips to improve instead of saying goodbyes
The Los Angeles Lakers have signed center Tarik Black, it was announced today by General Manager Mitch Kupchak. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released. “Tarik is a player whose strengths are well-suited for the style of play we envision for our team going forward,” said Kupchak. “He plays the game with a mix of athleticism, energy, and physicality that make him a valuable frontcourt contributor in today’s NBA.”
Dan Duangdao: Lakers finalizing two-year deal with Tarik Black according to source.
Shams Charania: Vertical Sources: Free agent Tarik Black has agreed to a two-year, $12.85 million deal to re-sign with the Los Angeles Lakers.
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Stefan Bondy: Scott Perry on if it’s a risk letting Porzingis become free agent: “I’m not going to get into predicting anything about the future. I would just reiterate that I think as a group and we have a shared goal of making the Knicks a very good basketball team going into the long term.”
Steve Popper: Fizdale on the decision to start Ntilkina, not Knox: I went back into the lab and I watched the film and I looked at the numbers, really got into our culture and I said, I really felt like Frank earned it. I felt like would help prod Kevin a little more.
Mike Vorkunov: Kevin Knox was set as a starter after preseason but Frank Ntilikina won the job after Fizdale reviewed it. “Most important thing I was trying to get out of it was culturally you’ve got to earn it. I don’t think Kevin got to the point where he earned it more than Frank.” — Fizdale
In China, he was unable to communicate, and therefore out of his element. A player from another team taught Whiteside how to greet: “Wǒ shì nǐ bàba”—hi, nice to meet you. He said it to everyone at home, on the road, in the gym. There were never any “you, too’s” in return, only blank stares. Well into the season, Whiteside found out from his team’s general manager that he was actually saying “I’m your daddy.” Whiteside immediately recognized the player in the layup line a year later, after he had left for Lebanon again, then returned back to China. He wishes he had dunked on him. Wǒ shì nǐ bàba.
That progress stalled in the 2017-18 season. And it felt impossible to get in gear from the sidelines. “Especially,” Whiteside says, “when you can see a game and you know you can help.” We’re settled inside now, sitting in leather chairs made for 7-footers. Last season’s body language experts would be picking him apart: slumped shoulders, looking in the distance as he’s talking. “Maybe our record would have been different. We would have been a whole different seed in the playoffs.” He knows he was sluggish after missing so much time—28 games total, nine in March. Less agile, slower, and trying to catch up on Miami head coach Erik Spoelstra’s schemes. I ask if he feared being forgotten again. “I can avoid that,” he says. Avoid what? “Falling back to people not knowing.”