LeBron James expected to extend with Lakers?

“All signs point toward both sides looking to extend their partnership together,” ESPN’s Dave McMenamin said of LeBron James. “It’s already led to one championship in 2020. It’s also led to two playoff appearances where they didn’t make it, but …

“All signs point toward both sides looking to extend their partnership together,” ESPN’s Dave McMenamin said of LeBron James. “It’s already led to one championship in 2020. It’s also led to two playoff appearances where they didn’t make it, but overall I think both sides recognize that they can help one another get to their mutual goal, which is to compete at a high level and stay relevant as both one of the best players in the NBA and one of the most marquee franchises in the NBA.”
Source: David Akerman @ Lakers Daily

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
We’re 24 hours into LeBron James being extension-eligible and he hasn’t signed one yet. Time to panic in Los Angeles? Nah.
I explained why for @spotrac and broke down all of James’ options for his next deal which will start in his 21st year in the NBA:
spotrac.com/research/nba/n…5:21 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Most PPG by a teenager (minimum 40 games):
21.9 — LeBron James
21.0 — Carmelo Anthony
20.9 — Luka Doncic
20.3 — Kevin Durant
19.3 — Anthony Edwards pic.twitter.com/SOQczlObRH3:01 PM

Justin Kubatko @jkubatko
🎂 Happy 21st birthday to Anthony Edwards!
📊 144 GP, 20.3 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 3.4 APG
🎯 42.9 FG%, 34.4 3P%, 78.1 FT%
Edwards has 2,925 career points. The only players in NBA history to score more points before their 21st birthday are LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and Carmelo Anthony. pic.twitter.com/5FKQ12KJ9111:01 AM

Eurohoops @Eurohoopsnet
LeBron James discussing future with Los Angeles Lakers #NBA
eurohoops.net/en/nba-news/13…4:56 AM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
LeBron, Lakers reportedly have “productive” talks toward contract extension nba.nbcsports.com/2022/08/04/leb…7:12 PM
Dave McMenamin @mcten
New story: LeBron James and the Lakers discussed their future together on Thursday. Rich Paul, the CEO of Klutch Sports Group, told ESPN the talks were “productive” es.pn/3zW94hw6:50 PM
Eric Pincus @EricPincus
Latest @BleacherReport How LeBron’s Extension Decision Impacts Potential Westbrook Trades, Lakers Future bleacherreport.com/articles/10044…2:20 PM
Joe Vardon @joevardon
How LeBron James playing alongside Bronny connects with Lakers extension — which they can offer today, ⁦@The Athletictheathletic.com/3468365/2022/0…11:42 AM
Marc Stein @TheSteinLine
LeBron James is eligible as of today for a two-year contract extension with the Lakers worth nearly $100 million.
Full preview: marcstein.substack.com/p/decision-tim…9:28 AM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Family at heart of decision for LeBron on Lakers’ contract extension nba.nbcsports.com/2022/08/04/fam…8:50 AM
Bobby Marks @BobbyMarks42
LeBron James is now eligible to sign a 2 year $97.1M extension with the Lakers.
Here are the options for James and the financial implication in LA, with or without a new contract.
Via @YouTube
youtube.com/watch?v=QJtxDd…
Via @espn
espn.com/nba/insider/st…7:23 AM
Chris Palmer @ChrisPalmerNBA
LeBron is dead set on playing with Bronny. Right now he’s a fringe NBA prospect at best. Needs at least 3 years at a mid-major. That would be the 2026 NBA Draft. LeBron will be 42. Best case scenario is to go undrafted. Then sign a two-way with the South Bay Lakers. – 11:35 PM
Chris Fedor @ChrisFedor
LeBron James could sign an extension with the Lakers tomorrow. Or he could not. If he doesn’t, buckle up. It could fuel speculation about a third #Cavs go-around, something the organization would be open to — under the right terms.
cleveland.com/cavs/2022/08/l…6:40 PM
NBA on ESPN @ESPNNBA
Could you see LeBron going back to Cleveland? 👀
@Bobby Marks on what could be a wild 2023 free agency ➡️ https://t.co/HDRpTfCDBd pic.twitter.com/WQNKfLr59L5:27 PM

Chris Fedor @ChrisFedor
LeBron James to #Cavs for a third time? His looming extension decision could end all the speculation — or fuel it even more
cleveland.com/cavs/2022/08/l…1:13 PM
Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix
NEW @TheCrossover Pod w/@Howard Beck: Remembering Bill Russell, a significant week for LeBron and the Lakers, the NBA’s tampering investigation into the Knicks, Sixers, more. Links: bit.ly/2w1G5e211:25 AM
Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix
Column: Will LeBron sign an extension this week? Unlikely, for several reasons. But if he doesn’t the speculation about an LA exit — and another reunion with Cleveland — will begin si.com/nba/2022/08/03…10:48 AM
Allen Sliwa @AllenSliwa
‘Lakers Talk’ starts at 7p tonight…
-Will Lebron extend for 2 more years?
-Can Lebron pressure the LakeShow to trade Russ?
-If Russ stays, would he come off the bench?
Guest: @Jovan Buha of the @The Athletic
@ESPNLosAngeles9:19 PM
Micah Adams @MicahAdams13
The NFT of Bronny throwing down the first alley oop from LeBron is going to smash every sports collectible record.
The Honus Wagner T206 better enjoy its run while it can became the James gang is coming for it. – 9:16 PM
CBS NBA @CBSSportsNBA
Magic Johnson calls for Bill Russell’s No. 6, currently worn by LeBron James, to be retired across NBA
cbssports.com/nba/news/magic…8:14 PM

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James had Durant, LeBron James, Joel Embiid, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Luka Doncic in his list, but felt they are all capable of something that the reigning Finals MVP is not. James had Durant, LeBron James, Joel Embiid, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Luka Doncic in his list, but felt they are all capable of something that the reigning Finals MVP is not. -via San Francisco Chronicle / August 5, 2022
Paul told ESPN he expects both sides to continue a dialogue moving forward. LeBron James is entering the final year of his contract, worth $44.5 million, and will be 38 years old when his current deal is up. The maximum length of a contract a player aged 38 or older can sign is two years, according to the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement. James has until June 30 to sign the extension before becoming an unrestricted free agent. -via ESPN / August 4, 2022
Dave McMenamin: LeBron James and his representative Rich Paul of Klutch Sports met with Lakers VP of basketball ops and GM Rob Pelinka on Thursday regarding James’ eligible contract extension. Paul told ESPN the discussion was “productive” and both sides will continue a dialogue. -via Twitter @mcten / August 4, 2022

 

Lakers have interest in Cam Reddish

The Lakers also have had interest in trading for Knicks forward Cam Reddish, who could also become part of a trade. Last season, the Lakers nearly acquired Reddish as part of a blockbuster three-team trade talks between the Lakers, Knicks and …

The Lakers also have had interest in trading for Knicks forward Cam Reddish, who could also become part of a trade. Last season, the Lakers nearly acquired Reddish as part of a blockbuster three-team trade talks between the Lakers, Knicks and Raptors at the time.
Source: Michael Scotto @ HoopsHype

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New York’s recently re-signed center Mitchell Robinson is ineligible to be traded before Dec. 15, creating another hurdle, but the presence of Quentin Grimes, Miles McBride, Immanuel Quickley, Cam Reddish and Obi Toppin on its roster seemingly gives Rose optionality when it comes to packaging promising young players with his array of picks, with Grimes believed to be at the top of Utah’s wish list. The Knicks’ most pressing fear appears to be: Don’t outbid yourself and end up being second-guessed leaguewide like Minnesota after what the Wolves gave up for Gobert. -via marcstein.substack.com / July 15, 2022
In earlier talks, Utah had expressed interest in a package that included Quentin Grimes, per SNY sources. I don’t know if the Knicks’ thinking has changed, but I know members of the organization felt Utah was asking for too much at the time. On Grimes, specifically, the organization values the second-year guard and top decision-makers had been unwilling to move him in previous trade talks, including in the Cam Reddish trade. -via SportsNet New York / July 14, 2022
In those conversations and prior ones, according to a source, the Jazz asked for a huge, essentially unprecedented return for Donovan Mitchell. The Knicks can trade a maximum of eight first-round picks outright — the Jazz want a majority of those picks. They also asked for pick swaps down the road. Finally, they also asked for some combination of youngsters Quentin Grimes, Immanuel Quickley, Obi Toppin, Miles McBride, and Cam Reddish. Grimes is perhaps the lead target among those players for Utah. -via Salt Lake Tribune / July 14, 2022

 

LeBron James, Rob Pelinka meet to discuss contract extension

Dave McMenamin: LeBron James and his representative Rich Paul of Klutch Sports met with Lakers VP of basketball ops and GM Rob Pelinka on Thursday regarding James’ eligible contract extension. Paul told ESPN the discussion was “productive” and both …

Dave McMenamin: LeBron James and his representative Rich Paul of Klutch Sports met with Lakers VP of basketball ops and GM Rob Pelinka on Thursday regarding James’ eligible contract extension. Paul told ESPN the discussion was “productive” and both sides will continue a dialogue.
Source: Twitter @mcten

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Dave McMenamin @mcten
LeBron James and his representative Rich Paul of Klutch Sports met with Lakers VP of basketball ops and GM Rob Pelinka on Thursday regarding James’ eligible contract extension. Paul told ESPN the discussion was “productive” and both sides will continue a dialogue. – 5:06 PM
Eric Pincus @EricPincus
Latest @BleacherReport How LeBron’s Extension Decision Impacts Potential Westbrook Trades, Lakers Future bleacherreport.com/articles/10044…2:20 PM
Joe Vardon @joevardon
How LeBron James playing alongside Bronny connects with Lakers extension — which they can offer today, ⁦@The Athletictheathletic.com/3468365/2022/0…11:42 AM
Marc Stein @TheSteinLine
LeBron James is eligible as of today for a two-year contract extension with the Lakers worth nearly $100 million.
Full preview: marcstein.substack.com/p/decision-tim…9:28 AM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Family at heart of decision for LeBron on Lakers’ contract extension nba.nbcsports.com/2022/08/04/fam…8:50 AM
Bobby Marks @BobbyMarks42
LeBron James is now eligible to sign a 2 year $97.1M extension with the Lakers.
Here are the options for James and the financial implication in LA, with or without a new contract.
Via @YouTube
youtube.com/watch?v=QJtxDd…
Via @espn
espn.com/nba/insider/st…7:23 AM
Chris Palmer @ChrisPalmerNBA
LeBron is dead set on playing with Bronny. Right now he’s a fringe NBA prospect at best. Needs at least 3 years at a mid-major. That would be the 2026 NBA Draft. LeBron will be 42. Best case scenario is to go undrafted. Then sign a two-way with the South Bay Lakers. – 11:35 PM
Chris Fedor @ChrisFedor
LeBron James could sign an extension with the Lakers tomorrow. Or he could not. If he doesn’t, buckle up. It could fuel speculation about a third #Cavs go-around, something the organization would be open to — under the right terms.
cleveland.com/cavs/2022/08/l…6:40 PM
NBA on ESPN @ESPNNBA
Could you see LeBron going back to Cleveland? 👀
@Bobby Marks on what could be a wild 2023 free agency ➡️ https://t.co/HDRpTfCDBd pic.twitter.com/WQNKfLr59L5:27 PM

Chris Fedor @ChrisFedor
LeBron James to #Cavs for a third time? His looming extension decision could end all the speculation — or fuel it even more
cleveland.com/cavs/2022/08/l…1:13 PM
Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix
NEW @TheCrossover Pod w/@Howard Beck: Remembering Bill Russell, a significant week for LeBron and the Lakers, the NBA’s tampering investigation into the Knicks, Sixers, more. Links: bit.ly/2w1G5e211:25 AM
Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix
Column: Will LeBron sign an extension this week? Unlikely, for several reasons. But if he doesn’t the speculation about an LA exit — and another reunion with Cleveland — will begin si.com/nba/2022/08/03…10:48 AM
Allen Sliwa @AllenSliwa
‘Lakers Talk’ starts at 7p tonight…
-Will Lebron extend for 2 more years?
-Can Lebron pressure the LakeShow to trade Russ?
-If Russ stays, would he come off the bench?
Guest: @Jovan Buha of the @The Athletic
@ESPNLosAngeles9:19 PM
Micah Adams @MicahAdams13
The NFT of Bronny throwing down the first alley oop from LeBron is going to smash every sports collectible record.
The Honus Wagner T206 better enjoy its run while it can became the James gang is coming for it. – 9:16 PM
CBS NBA @CBSSportsNBA
Magic Johnson calls for Bill Russell’s No. 6, currently worn by LeBron James, to be retired across NBA
cbssports.com/nba/news/magic…8:14 PM
Jake Fischer @JakeLFischer
Full episode of ‘Please Don’t Aggregate This’ with @Chris Fedor is available now at @getcallin.
Lots of talk on Collin Sexton’s restricted free agency, Utah and Dallas’ interest, a potential LeBron reunion, and some listener questions: callin.com/link/TzooelzNLW5:04 PM
Ethan Strauss @SherwoodStrauss
NEW POST ($): How Athletes Repel the Public On Brittney Griner. There’s a lot in this topic, I think. Athlete/public disconnect, blindness to sovereignty, LeBron’s PR failures and yes, the ESPYs houseofstrauss.substack.com/p/how-athletes…2:57 PM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Report: Cavaliers “not proceeding with the intention” of signing LeBron nba.nbcsports.com/2022/08/02/rep…1:28 PM
Joe Vardon @joevardon
Two things are true: LeBron James wants to finish his career playing with Bronny. And, the Pelicans (David Griffin) have the Lakers’ 2024 first-round pick. How does that impact LeBron’s decision on his contract extension, which he can get Thursday? theathletic.com/3468365/2022/0…10:41 AM
StatMuse @statmuse
Most transition PPG in 2022:
8.5 — Giannis Antetokounmpo
7.4 — LeBron James
6.4 — Ja Morant pic.twitter.com/lJx51kPuhJ8:37 PM

StatMuse @statmuse
Most triple-doubles in the Finals:
11 — LeBron James
8 — Magic Johnson
3 — Draymond Green
Nobody else has more than 2. pic.twitter.com/QeSoxf7qEo5:31 PM

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Dave McMenamin: James, entering his 20th NBA season, has until June 30 to sign the extension before becoming an unrestricted free agent -via Twitter @mcten / August 4, 2022
LeBron James has three options with the Lakers’ extension offer: 1) Ignore it, don’t sign it, and become a free agent next summer. 2) Sign it for the full two years and lock himself in with the Lakers until age 40. 3) Sign for one additional year, or one year with a player option for the second year (a 1+1). Option 3 keeps LeBron settled in Los Angeles but with flexibility if and when Bronny enters the NBA in another market. Most sources NBC spoke with expected LeBron will go with option three — a 1+1 — but that he may take his time signing it. There is no rush. And if that keeps the pressure on the Lakers to upgrade the roster, all the better. -via NBC Sports / August 4, 2022

 

Doc Rivers: Tyrese Maxey is the most impressive young player I’ve ever had

Here’s what Doc Rivers had to say about Tyrese Maxey, including a hilarious anecdote about the 21-year-old’s offseason: “He’s the most impressive young player I’ve ever had, in 21 years of coaching. His work ethic, Vince, is beyond belief. Many …

Here’s what Doc Rivers had to say about Tyrese Maxey, including a hilarious anecdote about the 21-year-old’s offseason: “He’s the most impressive young player I’ve ever had, in 21 years of coaching. His work ethic, Vince, is beyond belief. Many times already this summer, already two or three times, we’ve had to tell him to go sit down somewhere and go relax. “
Source: Adam Hermann @ NBC Sports

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
As usual, Tyrese Maxey is in the gym #Sixers pic.twitter.com/jQW3ok1oAT12:41 PM

Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
Maxey is partnering with Nike, Watchbox, Colonial Nissan, Verizon, Keystone First, BioSteel, Dentistry for Life, and Wawa to help craft a fun and memorable community day. Each attendee will receive a t-shirt and signed autograph card. – 11:59 AM
Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
Maxey’s camps for boys and girls ages 7 to 12. The first camp takes place in Philadelphia on Saturday at William Penn Charter School. Maxey will be in attendance along with members of the Tyrese Maxey Foundation. – 11:47 AM
Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
Maxey on his decision to host the basketball camps: pic.twitter.com/hTTtUI2oBO11:45 AM

Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
Tyrese Maxey to host three free youth basketball camps this summer.givingbackflow pic.twitter.com/h86zJQSE7i11:43 AM

Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Doc Rivers dismisses tampering charges against 76ers, “it’s not true” nba.nbcsports.com/2022/08/04/doc…10:31 AM
Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
So we know Joel Embiid is the NBA’s best center or second best, depending on who’s ranking him? But where does James Harden rank amongst PGs and the same for Tyrese Maxey amongst SGs? – 2:17 PM
Malika Andrews @malika_andrews
More Doc Rivers on Bill Russell: “All he did was win … and yet through all that, he still stood out more as a human being and as a person. That’s hard to do.” pic.twitter.com/tEZNtdfwSX4:14 PM

Malika Andrews @malika_andrews
“He said something to me once … ‘If you can only be great and no one else on your team can be great, then you’re not a winner.'”
76ers head coach Doc Rivers joins NBA Today to remember the great Bill Russell. pic.twitter.com/8w6Jj9983J4:13 PM

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Doc Rivers: “He works with Sam Cassell and my son Spencer, they’re skill-developing coaches. He called Spencer two weeks ago because, I guess like Ros, he went on vacation. The difference, Ros, is this is the first vacation he’d ever been on in his entire life. That’s what he was telling us. I was like, ‘Wait, what?’ He was like, ‘No, I’ve never been on vacation. He asked Spencer, ‘What do you do on vacation?’ True question, what do you do on vacation? And Spence was like, ‘You relax!’ And [Tyrese goes], ‘For how long? For how many days? We’re going for a week, I can’t relax for a week.'” -via NBC Sports / August 4, 2022
Austin Krell: Looks like Tyrese Maxey is going through some workouts with LeBron. (via chrisjohnsonhoops on IG) pic.twitter.com/Sm7naZriYi -via Twitter @NBAKrell / July 15, 2022

 

Reggie Jackson on time with Detroit: ‘I really was gonna retire’

“When I was in Detroit, for myself, it was fun,” Reggie Jackson said. “The organization wasn’t… They didn’t have a lot of success. We made the playoffs when I got there. At the same time, I went through a lot of injuries. So like I said, going …

“When I was in Detroit, for myself, it was fun,” Reggie Jackson said. “The organization wasn’t… They didn’t have a lot of success. We made the playoffs when I got there. At the same time, I went through a lot of injuries. So like I said, going through the doubt, the naysayers, the criticism from fans. It really started making me question myself. It actually made me to the point where… Hopefully… Don’t let anybody ever do this to you in life, but take the fun out of the things that you love to do. Because I really was gonna retire.”
Source: Tomer Azarly @ Clutch Points

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“I think we’ve had some special years,” Reggie Jackson told ClutchPoints. “The last couple years have been fun. The front office has been doing a great job of acclimating as much as time as we can. I think we have the best coach in the league, like I always say, in Tyronn Lue, so he’s gonna find a way to make it all work. I think when things are all good, we all have one goal in mind and that’s to try to be the ones that’s the last ones standing. -via Clutch Points / August 3, 2022
Tomer Azarly: I asked John Wall about his Reggie Jackson comments years ago: “Me & Reggie been cool… We even talked about it when it came out. It was no hard feelings, no love lost. I know people are gonna bring it up & try to get something out of it but there’s nothing there to be found.” -via Twitter / July 10, 2022

 

Reggie Jackson: Tyron Lue is the best coach in league

“I think we’ve had some special years,” Reggie Jackson told ClutchPoints. “The last couple years have been fun. The front office has been doing a great job of acclimating as much as time as we can. I think we have the best coach in the league, like …

“I think we’ve had some special years,” Reggie Jackson told ClutchPoints. “The last couple years have been fun. The front office has been doing a great job of acclimating as much as time as we can. I think we have the best coach in the league, like I always say, in Tyronn Lue, so he’s gonna find a way to make it all work. I think when things are all good, we all have one goal in mind and that’s to try to be the ones that’s the last ones standing.
Source: Tomer Azarly @ Clutch Points

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“When I was in Detroit, for myself, it was fun,” Reggie Jackson said. “The organization wasn’t… They didn’t have a lot of success. We made the playoffs when I got there. At the same time, I went through a lot of injuries. So like I said, going through the doubt, the naysayers, the criticism from fans. It really started making me question myself. It actually made me to the point where… Hopefully… Don’t let anybody ever do this to you in life, but take the fun out of the things that you love to do. Because I really was gonna retire.” -via Clutch Points / August 3, 2022
Tomer Azarly: I asked John Wall about his Reggie Jackson comments years ago: “Me & Reggie been cool… We even talked about it when it came out. It was no hard feelings, no love lost. I know people are gonna bring it up & try to get something out of it but there’s nothing there to be found.” -via Twitter / July 10, 2022

 

Kendrick Nunn yet to play 5-on-5

Kendrick Nunn recently spoke with Spectrum SportsNet about his health and said he feels 100 percent. He has been training with the younger Lakers – Reaves, Johnson, Wenyen Gabriel, Talen Horton-Tucker, and Mason Jones – during their Monday through …

Kendrick Nunn recently spoke with Spectrum SportsNet about his health and said he feels 100 percent. He has been training with the younger Lakers – Reaves, Johnson, Wenyen Gabriel, Talen Horton-Tucker, and Mason Jones – during their Monday through Thursday offseason workouts. He hasn’t resumed five-on-five play yet, which is the next big hurdle. It seems like he should be ready to go by the start of training camp, but recovery isn’t always linear.
Source: The Athletic

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Jonathan Wasserman @NBADraftWass
Breakout watch: Jayden Nunn, VCU
Three-level PnR scorer, 48% 2PT jumpers, 36% 3PT, 42% HC pull-ups. Impressive 3.0 STL% as freshman. Sharp self-creation moves + smooth, easy shot. Struggled at rim. Needs to raise playmaking threat with extra on-ball reps post Vince Williams era. pic.twitter.com/LAh3HHBX4l3:47 PM

Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Kendrick Nunn says he is 100% healthy, ready to help Lakers this season nba.nbcsports.com/2022/08/01/ken…10:31 AM

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Juan Toscano-Anderson has the projected edge over Stanley Johnson, but that could change in training camp, according to league sources. With the fifth spot, Westbrook may have the advantage considering his status, but he may end up rotating with Troy Brown, Kendrick Nunn or Lonnie Walker, depending on how they’re shooting that night. -via The Athletic / August 3, 2022
“They should expect consistency”, Kendrick Nunn said during an interview with Spectrum SportsNet. “That’s my number one thing. Coming in, night in, night out, and bring and be consistent on both ends of the floor.” -via TalkBasket / July 31, 2022

 

Ben Simmons Philly exit had nothing to do with Doc Rivers?

On Tuesday, Rivers told VC the issue that drove Simmons out of Philadelphia had nothing to do with his comments and had everything to do with a build-up of grievances between the player and the franchise. He did not provide details: “That one …

On Tuesday, Rivers told VC the issue that drove Simmons out of Philadelphia had nothing to do with his comments and had everything to do with a build-up of grievances between the player and the franchise. He did not provide details: “That one comment thing had nothing to do with why Ben wanted to leave,” Rivers said. “Alright? Let me just say that. It was a lot of things as Ben told me — and publicly now — that happened long before I got there. What frustrated me was that I still think it shouldn’t have been enough to want to leave. I just didn’t and I told Ben that. I kept telling him that. This is not why you want to leave a team. You work these things out. They didn’t get worked out and so yeah, we’ve had one talk. Not a long, long talk, but we did have one good talk.” Rivers said he hopes Simmons will do well in Brooklyn. “I want the kid to do well. I don’t have any, like, bad feelings about him. He didn’t do anything wrong to me. I just want most guys do, I really do. Now I want to kick all their butts when they’re not on my team. That’s the competitive side of me, but as a human being, I think we all should want Ben and all these guys to do well.”
Source: Net Income @ NetsDaily

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Anil Gogna @AnilGognaNBA
A “Designated Rookie” is one who is given a 5-year extension (6 years total) before the start of their 4th season. Teams can have a max of 2 Designated Rookies, but only 1 can be acquired via trade.
i.e. Ben Simmons is the reason BKN can’t acquire anyone else on this list. pic.twitter.com/343ti3duQv10:37 AM

Malika Andrews @malika_andrews
More Doc Rivers on Bill Russell: “All he did was win … and yet through all that, he still stood out more as a human being and as a person. That’s hard to do.” pic.twitter.com/tEZNtdfwSX4:14 PM

Malika Andrews @malika_andrews
“He said something to me once … ‘If you can only be great and no one else on your team can be great, then you’re not a winner.'”
76ers head coach Doc Rivers joins NBA Today to remember the great Bill Russell. pic.twitter.com/8w6Jj9983J4:13 PM

Malika Andrews @malika_andrews
We have incredible guests joining NBA Today to celebrate and remember Bill Russell, a man who was larger than life on and off the court. Hear from Doc Rivers, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Oscar Robertson, Jackie MacMullan, @RealMikeWilbon, @Marc J. Spears, and Randy Auerbach at 3 ET. pic.twitter.com/kv6R0R7RWc2:34 PM

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Rivers said he hopes Simmons will do well in Brooklyn. “I want the kid to do well. I don’t have any, like, bad feelings about him. He didn’t do anything wrong to me. I just want most guys do, I really do. Now I want to kick all their butts when they’re not on my team. That’s the competitive side of me, but as a human being, I think we all should want Ben and all these guys to do well.” -via NetsDaily / August 3, 2022
Seth Curry said Ben Simmons need not bother searching for a shooting mentality and should instead focus on his unique strengths. “I don’t think he needs a jump shot,’’ he told News Corp. “He’s just got to do what he does best – which is defend, rebound, push the ball, make plays for other people and attack the rim. “When you’ve got the size and talent like him, who takes not one but two and sometimes three guys to stop him getting to the rim, that is a lot in itself.’’ -via The Australian / July 31, 2022

 

Kyle Lowry on what derailed his first season in Miami: Continuity, not conditioning

Continuity, not conditioning, Kyle Lowry said Wednesday is what derailed his initial season with the Miami Heat. Addressing a media group for the first time since the day Heat were eliminated in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals by the Boston …

Continuity, not conditioning, Kyle Lowry said Wednesday is what derailed his initial season with the Miami Heat. Addressing a media group for the first time since the day Heat were eliminated in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals by the Boston Celtics, the veteran point guard alluded to the extended periods he missed at midseason to attend to a family matter.
Source: Ira Winderman @ South Florida Sun-Sentinel

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Kyle Lowry says continuity, not conditioning, “derailed” first season with Heat. sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-h… Lowry at golf event in Toronto today, “It’s definitely something that kind of derailed my whole season and kept me derailed for a long time.” – 4:12 PM
Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050
Kyle Lowry teeing off at the Nick Nurse charity golf tournament this morning. pic.twitter.com/ZcxuIkzKwW3:07 PM

Shandel Richardson @ShandelRich
Kyle Lowry on how tending to last year’s personal matter affected his season #miamiheat si.com/nba/heat/miami…1:51 PM
Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050
Kyle Lowry on bouncing back and responding to criticism after last season: “If you know me, you know what I do. I don’t talk about it, I just go out there and operate.” pic.twitter.com/rMCpYRgGDg12:12 PM

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Nurse on Lowry attending his charity golf tourney: “I give him a lot of credit. I said, hey, we’re having a tournament and he said he’s in and has not wavered. For him to travel in and spend the time… it means a lot.” – 11:21 AM

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“I’m still dealing with it,” Lowry said of the family issue, with the Heat less than eight weeks from the start of training camp. “It’s a situation when it’s better, I’ll talk about it more. But it’s definitely something that kind of derailed my whole season and kept me derailed for a long time. Still, to this day, it’s still something I deal with every single day. I actually got a phone call just now about it.” -via South Florida Sun-Sentinel / August 3, 2022
“We had a great year. We were one shot from the [NBA] Finals,” he said of a Jimmy Butler 3-point attempt in the final seconds of Game 7 against the Celtics. But last season, he said, was unlike the ones that came before, as he dealt with the family issue off the court. “You have to be strong-minded and you have to be able to say,’OK, this is one thing but when I’m able to get out here and I’m able to do this other thing, let me turn it off a little bit.’ But it’s very tough, because as soon as you’re done [with] the activity or whatever you’re doing to take your mind from the thing, then it’s right back to it.” -via South Florida Sun-Sentinel / August 3, 2022

 

Lakers favorites to land Kyrie Irving if he leaves Brooklyn

There are few givens in the NBA, so I would hesitate to label it as such. But all indications are that the Lakers are Irving’s top destination if he leaves Brooklyn, whether it’s via a trade between now and the February 2023 trade deadline, or in …

There are few givens in the NBA, so I would hesitate to label it as such. But all indications are that the Lakers are Irving’s top destination if he leaves Brooklyn, whether it’s via a trade between now and the February 2023 trade deadline, or in free agency next summer, when Westbrook’s salary will be off the Lakers’ books.
Source: Jovan Buha @ The Athletic

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— Kyrie Irving
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— The best FA addition
— The projected closing lineup
— Darvin Ham’s power with Russell Westbrook
— And much more
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Here’s what Irving wrote on Twitter in response to a tweet saying that he’s “gassing up” ahead of the new season: “I don’t ever have to Gas myself up. I am going on my 12th year in the best league in the world and I am only getting better. When I am 38 years old and have time to reflect on my career truly, I will do so, but until then, I am enjoying every moment. And no I won’t be done playing basketball at 38 years old lol, I’ll be in leagues all over the world playing and teaching the youth all that was taught to me.” -via EuroHoops.net / July 30, 2022
“Kyrie Irving opted in with the full intent of playing out next season as a Brooklyn Net,” Charania said on the Pat McAfee Show. “In his mind, he’s playing next year in Brooklyn with or without Kevin Durant.” -via FOXSports.com / July 30, 2022
Kyrie Irving: I don’t ever have to Gas myself up. I am going on my 12th year in the best league in the world and I am only getting better. When I am 38 years old and have time to reflect on my career truly, I will do so, but until then, I am enjoying every moment. And no I won’t be done playing basketball at 38 years old lol, I’ll be in leagues all over the world playing and teaching the youth all that was taught to me. -via Twitter @KyrieIrving / July 30, 2022