Free Agency Rumors
Chris Haynes: “Kevin Durant was my first guest on my podcast and I asked him about his [free agency] situation. He said on his next deal this summer, he wants to make the most money that he possibly can. If that’s the case, Golden State can offer him the most money. But I still don’t think it’s going to be all about money, even though that’s what he told me. You look at New York. Obviously his business partner, Rich Kleiman, is a huge Knicks fan and based in New York. I know a lot of noise was made about KD’s company moving to a new location in New York, but I talked to KD about that and he said his company has always been based in New York; they’re just moving to a new location there. It’s always been [in NY] and he wanted to make that clear. But the connections are all there. It’s all there. I really do think the New York Knicks are players [for Durant]… I’ll tell you, New York is going to be a player.”
Chris Haynes: “We all know that the Clippers have two max slots. They’re going to be aggressive… They have interest in Jimmy Butler. They’re going to go after KD. They’re going to go after Kawhi Leonard. And, this has been said before so I’m not reporting anything new, but I think the Clippers have a really good shot at Kawhi. I really do. Give credit to that front office over there and the way they’ve changed the culture… It depends on how things play out in Toronto. I think they really have to, if not win the championship, [at least] get to the NBA Finals to kind of cure the concern. That’s going to be really interesting. I’m looking forward to how [Leonard’s free agency] is going to play out probably even more so than Kevin Durant.”
Chris Haynes: I would ‘think’ he would be re-sign with Boston, but New York has always been in play. He is communicating again with LeBron James and you have to think that LeBron will be ringing his phone this summer – maybe even before the summer (laughs).”
But Danny Ainge said Friday the Celts didn’t have what the better players wanted. “I talked with some players that were available,” Ainge said, “but a lot of guys that are available are looking for commitments to play and start and X amount of minutes, and we don’t have that. We don’t have that available.”
Jonathan Feigen: Rockets announce the signings or Chris Chiozza and Terrence Jones to 10-day contracts. Chiozza assigned to the Vipers.
Mark Berman: #Rockets announced signing of @Terrence Jones. He’ll be in uniform Saturday night against Golden St: “Just excitement, it’s a blessing. I’m happy to be with the team. Just to be able to get familiar with Coach Mike & the offense early, I’m definitely ready if my number gets called”