Daily Archives: June 25, 2023

Celtics’ Summer League roster to include 7-foot-1 Polish center

A 7-foot European big man is set to suit up for the Boston Celtics in the near future. We’re not talking about Kristaps Porzingis, whose debut in green will come in the fall after Boston acquired him in a three-team trade late Wednesday night. We’re talking about Aleksander Balcerowski, who is one of several players expected to join the Celtics’ …

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Timberwolves, Naz Reid agree to 3-year, $42 million extension

The Minnesota TimberwolvesTimberwolves frontcourt isn’t getting any less crowded. On Sunday, they and big man Naz Reid agreed to a three-year, $42 million extension, with a player option on the final season, his agents told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.  Reid, who turns 24 in August, started his NBA career in Minnesota on a two-way contract after going undrafted in 2019. In the …

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Warriors projected to sign Draymond to three-year deal

Draymond Green and the Warriors reportedly are getting closer to a deal. After initially opting out of his $27.6 million player option on June 19 to become an unrestricted free agent come June 30, it seems likely that Green will be returning to the Warriors. “I continue to hear nothing but strong confidence emanating from the Bay Area that an …

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Did Danny Ainge’s Jazz motivate Celtics to complete Porzingis trade?

It sounds like an old friend was ready to pounce if Kristaps Porzingis didn’t land in Boston. The Celtics acquired the 7-foot-3 big man in a three-team sign-and-trade deal late Wednesday night, just hours before his midnight deadline to opt in to his $36 million player option with the Washington Wizards. That deadline motivated Brad Stevens and the C’s to …

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Grizz had ‘genuine’ Draymond interest before Smart trade

Draymond Green reportedly was garnering the attention of one of the Warriors’ rivals: The Memphis Grizzlies. Before trading for Marcus Smart, NBA insider Marc Stein revealed that the Grizzlies were very interested in Green before ultimately pivoting to the 29-year-old guard. “I’m told that the Grizzlies’ pre-Smart interest in Green was genuine,” wrote Stein in his newsletter (h/t Bleacher Report). …

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Boston Celtics sign wing Vincent Valerio-Bodon to summer league deal

The Boston Celtics have added another prospect to their roster for the NBA’s 2023 Las Vegas Summer League. Per recent reporting from Stockriser’s Jake Weingarten, the “Celtics have signed Vincent Valerio-Bodon to a summer league deal”. According to Weingarten. Valerio-Bodon had “multiple workouts during pre-draft, including a good one in Boston.” At 6-foot-10, 220 lbs., and 22 years old, the …

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Chicago Bulls have offered Onuralp Bitim two-way contract

The Chicago Bulls will have the difficult task of filling out their roster this summer in an attempt to build a playoff team. They fell short of that goal this past season, getting bounced in the second game of the Play-In Tournament. And while a rebuild could help the team’s future, Arturas Karnisovas seems intent on running back the same …

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OJ Mayo was part of a Los Angeles gold rush in 2008

The 2024 NBA draft is likely to have a significant Pac-12 presence in the first several picks. USC’s Isaiah Collier and Colorado’s Cody Williams are both projected to be top-five selections by multiple outlets and experts. If USC and the Pac-12 both live up to the hype in men’s basketball this coming season, Collier might have an outside chance at …

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Draymond’s quote on CP3 relationship resurfaces after trade

NBA Twitter wasted no time bringing up receipts regarding Draymond Green and Chris Paul’s relationship. Shortly after news broke of the Warriors’ trade for the 38-year-old future Hall of Famer, a clip of Green’s appearance on the “All the Smoke” podcast from April 2020 made rounds on Twitter. “I don’t like CP at all, we don’t have a good relationship …

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Suns plan to keep center Deandre Ayton, per report

Mark J. Rebilas / USA TODAY Sports Despite persistent rumors regarding his future in Phoenix, the Suns plan to keep center Deandre Ayton on the roster moving forward, according to Chris Haynes of Bleacher Report. The Suns drafted Ayton with the first overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, and he has served as the team’s starting center since.  The …

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CP3 explaining infamous fake laugh at Kerr goes viral after trade

Chris Paul, the Warriors’ new veteran guard, forever will be tied with coach Steve Kerr thanks to one viral clip from a few years ago. During the Warriors’ 116-108 loss to the Houston Rockets on Jan. 20, 2018, Paul made eye contact with Kerr while walking back to his bench. Paul appeared to laugh, but when Kerr turned back around, …

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Where might the Boston Celtics trade Malcolm Brogdon?

There has been some disappointment and frustration over the trade that sent Marcus Smart away from the Boston Celtics for Kristaps Porzingis among fans given Smart’s role as the heart and soul of the Celtics. Despite the fact that the trade brought good value in terms of the assets received, some still find it difficult to accept. That’s due in …

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Lakers 2022-23 season player grades: LeBron James

Someway, somehow, LeBron James continues to find a way to seemingly defy Father Time. Perhaps Father Time is gaining confidence and resolve in his battle with James, as those recent Nike commercials suggested. But it is still way too early to start shoveling dirt on the grave of James’ career, or even his prime. He may not be in his …

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Mark Daigneault compares Cason Wallace to this Hall-of-Famer

The Oklahoma City Thunder comes away from the 2023 NBA draft with Cason Wallace as their top pick. The Kentucky guard was added to OKC’s roster following a trade up to the No. 10 spot with the Dallas Mavericks. The 19-year-old is a defensive-first guard with offensive upside who has the makings of being a legit outside shooter. Playing at …

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The Lakers’ summer league schedule is set

The Los Angeles Lakers will have some intriguing young players taking part in summer league play for them this year. There is guard Jalen Hood-Schifino, who they selected with the No. 17 pick in Thursday’s draft, and forward Maxwell Lewis, the No. 40 selection. Los Angeles will also have several undrafted free agents taking part in summer league play: guard …

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