Brooklyn Nets Rumors
Adrian Wojnarowski: Restricted FA Bruce Brown Jr., is signing the one-year qualifying offer of $4.7M to return to the Brooklyn Nets, his agent Ty Sullivan of @CAA_Basketball tells ESPN. Brown can become an unrestricted free agent next summer. He’s played important role both as starter and off bench.
Michael Scotto: Blake Griffin took a veteran minimum deal to return to the Brooklyn Nets, league sources told @hoopshype. Griffin looked rejuvenated with Brooklyn and returns with the hope of winning his first NBA championship.
Kristian Winfield: Kevin Durant is happy for Jeff Green, whose $10M w/DEN contract is the largest he’s gotten since 2016. “Blake & Jeff meant so much to us last year & it was good to be around them, but the business—guys got families & lives that they’re trying to live.”
By now, the explanations and excuses are worn. New team. Short training camp. Three players at the NBA Finals. Greater continuity for other countries. COVID-19 took Bradley Beal off the roster. Injuries kept other stars out. The Americans are two wins from overcoming all of it. “As we started to practice a bit more, and going through those losses, we started to understand our roles a bit more and coach started to understand the rotation,” Durant said. “I think you mix all of that in the pot, you start to build a real team. That’s what I feel like we are at this point.”
Do you think we can finally retire all the tropes about Giannis? Like the things James Harden said about him? Is it time to get rid of that? Candace Parker: Yes and no. I think results do define legacy for some people. But at the same time: when you do it again? That’s different. People can still talk junk right now. Kawhi [Leonard] messed up his knee and he was out and the Clippers lost. Giannis messed up his knee and I don’t know how he came back from that. Every doctor I talked to said that’s a [torn] ACL and he should be done, yet he comes back and wins the championship. But is he a different player? He’s not different! He’s still doing the same thing! For now, it’s alright. But Brooklyn, man? Brooklyn’s waiting next year.