A meeting set between Minnesota Timberwolves four-time All-Star Jimmy Butler and president of basketball operations/coach Tom Thibodeau is expected to set the tone for Butler’s final season under contract — and his impending free agency in July, league sources told ESPN on Saturday. Just days before the start of training camp in Minneapolis, Butler and his agent, Bernie Lee, are planning to meet with Thibodeau on Monday in Minneapolis for what’s expected to be a serious conversation on the franchise’s fragile state, sources said.
It’s a fact of life in the NBA. Franchise players are flipped around with astounding frequency, including James and Kevin Durant, who bolted from title-contending teams in free agency within the past three years. But the Pelicans, per a variety of sources, don’t seem particularly concerned about Davis exchanging agents, regardless who he hires. And they shouldn’t be.
Darren Heitner: Anthony Davis’ window where he couldn’t sign with an agent after firing Wasserman is now over. He is free to choose his new reps.
Jason Kidd is widely (and rightly) regarded as the Nets’ savior when it comes to legitimizing the former New Jersey residents as a credible N.B.A. franchise. Yet the standout moment of his Hall of Fame induction speech might have been the teaser Kidd dropped about the time his life was saved by his agent — literally. At the podium inside Symphony Hall in Springfield, Mass., last Friday night, Kidd only shared a snippet about his longtime representative, Jeff Schwartz, coming to his rescue in the ocean on a long-ago trip to Mexico.