Free Agency Rumors
Kevin Durant admitted it on Tuesday on his new podcast “The ETCs” on The Boardroom. At the 36:30 mark of the podcast, Irving is explaining how he and Durant both arrived in Brooklyn and how much of a surprise it was. And Durant interjects with this point. “The All-Star game video where they caught us in the hallway. That’s when it was solidified that we were going somewhere. They didn’t know for a fact where it was, but it was somewhere.”
Despite all the speculation about what one of the most connected insiders in the NBA media would do with his contact expiring right in the middle of the playoffs, it turns out that Shams Charania isn’t going anywhere. He is sticking with Stadium. The new deal also includes an expanded role on television thanks to Stadium’s deal with Sinclair, which acquired most of the FOX regional sports networks in 2019. “The Sinclair Broadcast Group regional sports networks and Stadium couldn’t be more thrilled to keep Shams Charania as a part of our family and broadcasting community. Throughout our work together, we’ve watched Shams quickly excel as one of the premier journalists in our industry,” Sinclair Broadcast Group President of Local Sports Steve Rosenberg said in a press release. “We have big plans for Shams across our sports portfolio and we’re excited to start that process immediately.”
Tyronn Lue got a long-awaited, behind-the-scenes glimpse of what he hopes becomes his home-away from home. The Los Angeles Clippers assistant coach toured the 76ers practice facility in Camden as part of Tuesday’s interview for the vacant coaching job, according to sources.
Rivers has also been contacted by the New Orleans Pelicans. However, sources say he appears to be happy living in Southern California. The Clippers also have to pay him for the remaining years of his contract. So he could opt to sit out next season with the uncertainty of the schedule.
If that’s the case, the Sixers must ask themselves whether waiting for him is worth possibly losing out on D’Antoni or Lue. Before Rivers was fired, a source said the team would prefer to name a coach this week.
Lue, a former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach, has some options. The Clippers reached out to him Monday about being a candidate to replace Rivers, who is a close friend, according to sources. Sources added that representatives of the New Orleans Pelicans are scheduled to fly to the West Coast for an informal meeting with Lue on Friday. He’s also scheduled to interview for the Houston Rockets job next week. But Lue is interested in coaching the Sixers.
On the trade with New Orleans for Davis in mid-June 2019, which gave James the co-star he so badly needed… Jeanie Buss: It was really the right thing for us to do, because when you have somebody like LeBron James, and where he is in his career, you’ve got to go all in. We then went through free agency, which was a little odd just because decisions were being, you know, kind of stretched long (as I reported back in December, Kawhi Leonard’s handling of his free agency leading up to his choice to sign with the Clippers caused significant frustration in Laker Land). But I think we recovered well from the delay.
If Harrell can get a significant offer, the Clippers may not be inclined to meet that price—Harrell is unrestricted, so he has a significant say in what’s next. One Eastern Conference executive suggested the Miami Heat, though the team would need to find the right price to re-sign Goran Dragic and a way out of Kelly Olynyk’s $13.2 million player option. “They will leave space for Giannis, but they could give [Harrell] a big one-year deal” the executive said of Miami. “They always figure it out.”