Training camp Rumors
Since recovery time for this type of surgery takes months, Gasol may actually miss the upcoming World Cup tournament that is held in China from August 31 to September 15. The Bucks mention that the Spanish center should be ready to join the team in next season’s training camp.
Those bonds between Isaac and J.U.M.P. endure, as Magic point guard D.J. Augustin saw firsthand. Before training camp this year, Augustin attended a J.U.M.P. service that Isaac led. “Basically, they give him an opportunity to be a family away from his real family,” Augustin said. “Just for a young guy in the NBA to have a Christian background and have that faith — being in the NBA is hard to do. I think they’re helping him grow as a person and make all the right decisions. A lot of other young guys don’t have that opportunity.”
Was there a play or a moment you remember that sticks out to you where you knew, OK, I can compete with these guys? Alfonzo McKinnie: Uh, I mean, I almost dunked the shit out of (Robin) Lopez one day. That was it. They were going crazy, like, “Yeah, that’s how you go hard!” And I think, that’s what got me the chance to come back in the next day and the next day and the next day. Then once training camp was about to start, they told me I wouldn’t be able to come to training camp, but it was the first year they were having a D-League team and they asked if I wanted to be a part of that, I could. Me being a local player, I had to go through a tryout, get past that. But I ended up making the training camp roster for the Windy City Bulls.
Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard JR Smith said he is hoping for a trade, but sources tell cleveland.com he hasn’t officially made that request to management yet. Smith entered this season in a precarious spot, with general manager Koby Altman telling Smith and his camp before training camp that playing time would be sporadic. Smith played four total minutes in the first three games before head coach Tyronn Lue — fired Sunday morning — put him back in the rotation for the fourth and fifth games of the season.
According to a league source, trading Smith is “easier said than done.” He has statistically been one of the league’s worst players the last two years, which is why, more than anything else, the front office didn’t agree with Lue’s decision to play him. His contract is also an obstacle. Smith is making $14.7 million this season. His $15.6 million contract is partially guaranteed for $3.8 million in 2019-20.