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Justin A. Cohn: The Mad Ants have traded rights to Walt Lemon Jr. to Windy City Bulls for 1st round pick and rights to Alex Hamilton. That pick could have value with Bulls’ poor start and select contracts next season. More coming. #madants #NBAGLeague
Tom Westerholm: The Celtics officially announced they have waived Walt Lemon Jr.
Shams Charania: Sources on @TheAthleticNBA @WatchStadium: The Boston Celtics have waived guard Walter Lemon Jr., who was on a two-way contract.
The Boston Celtics have signed guard Walt Lemon Jr. to a two-way deal, the team announced today.
Mark Murphy: Correction to earlier report: Danny Ainge says Celtics have not yet agreed to terms with free agent Walter Lemon Jr. on two-way contract. Both sides still in discussions.
Mark Murphy: Danny Ainge confirms @Shams Charania report that Celtics have agreed to terms with PG Walter Lemon Jr. on two-way deal. “Speed, strength and experience,” he said.
Will Guillory: A source tells me that the Pelicans will not be re-signing Walt Lemon Jr. after his second 10-day contract expires
Michael Scotto: New Orleans Pelicans and guard Walter Lemon Jr. Have agreed to a second 10-day contract, league sources told The Athletic.
Shams Charania: The New Orleans Pelicans are signing guard Walter Lemon Jr. of G League’s Fort Wayne on a 10-day contract, league sources tell Yahoo.
Michael Scotto: Sources: Los Angeles Clippers will bring in Walter Lemon Jr. for veteran mini-camp. He spent last season playing on the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.
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April 22, 2019 | 11:28 am EDT Update
At 32 years old (he turns 33 in August), Green does not prefer being a basketball nomad. He would like to stay with the Wizards this summer as he aims for a new contract in free agency. “I would love to come back,” Green said. “Great set of guys on this team. I loved playing with Brad [Beal], John [Wall].”
But with a new front office leadership structure set to be installed, certainty isn’t offered for anyone. For Green, the Wizards’ new general manager will need to evaluate whether he was part of their problems. While Green probably exceeded expectations this season, he was on the floor when the team struggled to rebound the ball and defend just like his teammates were. The Wizards were 27th in the NBA in defensive rating this season at 112.8, according to NBA.com. Green’s defensive rating was 112.6. The Wizards and Green may ultimately not prove a fit in the eyes of the new GM. If that is the case, Green could move on to play in a new city, the ninth of his career.
The NBA on TNT crew — ex-players Shaquille O’Neal, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and sportscaster Ernie Johnson — also weighed in on the topic during a segment on Sunday. “First of all, that’s unprofessional,” Barkley said. “Part of our job is to talk to the press. We don’t make $30-40 million just to play basketball. People are gonna interrupt you when you have dinner. You have to sign autographs. You have to take pictures. Some of the other stuff is talking to the press. Russ has got to do better. Russ is a great dude. And just because a reporter says something bad about you, you don’t get the right to just say ‘next question.’ “
O’Neal took a different stance. “I’m gonna disagree with both of y’all, because I was Russell Westbrook — sensitive, and if I don’t want to talk to you, I don’t have to talk to you,” O’Neal said. “Our job is to talk to the media. I don’t have to talk to one particular guy. Media is media members like four or five. … A lot of guys (in the media) try to get personal and try to be cute and try to get their followers … so if you’re sticking to the facts, ‘Hack-a-Shaq, he can’t shoot,’ I ain’t got no problem. But once you try to get personal and start doing that, man to man, I don’t have to talk to you as a man if I don’t want to talk to you.”
April 22, 2019 | 9:34 am EDT Update
The Durant rumors started before the Knicks played a game, and point guard Emmanuel Mudiay was aware of it. He spoke to SI TV about it, and while this was not a distraction, it became a difficult topic to ignore: “I wouldn’t say it’s weird. I would say it’s kind of expected. It could get weird for a rookie or a second-year guy. Just because you’re not really used to that, but at the same time, that’s just what the media is going to do. They’re going to try to build up a story, and that’s their job. That’s what they have to do, so you kind of just have to keep your head down and finish out the season and play every day as if he’s not there — which he’s not there yet. “Is that someone New York definitely wants? No doubt, with what he’s done in his career. The scorer he is. The type of player he is. The type of person he is. I wouldn’t say it’s a distraction, but I would say you can’t miss it. “
Ben Golliver: Blazers’ CJ McCollum: “We got swept last year. It was on TV every day. They talked about me getting traded, how we can’t win together. I was able to fly to Europe to see my brother play because the season ended so early. I told him this year, I ain’t going to be able to make it.”
Joe Freeman: I asked Moe Harkless to compare the end of Game 3/4 re: trash-talking: “Y’all seen it. I didn’t hear nothing in the 2nd half. Like I said, they’re a good team, but sometimes they get a little carried away with the talking. And tonight was a good day for us to just shut them up.”