For a Saturday in late August, there’s a shocking amount of NBA news today. Most of it, though, fits into one of two camps: the Kevin Love trade is official, and Team USA cut their roster down to the final 12. We’ve all known about the Love trade for a month, of course, and Chris Sheridan’s got everything you need to read about Team USA heading into the World Cup. So let’s instead turn our attention to a subject that hasn’t gotten
The worst kept secret in the NBA in recent weeks has been the pending deal between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Cleveland Cavaliers. The two teams reached an agreement in principle to trade All-Star forward Kevin Love for Andrew Wiggins, who was drafted with the number one overall pick this year.
The summer is winding down, and things are about to get interesting for Team USA as they depart for Spain and push forward toward a much-anticipated matchup with the host nation in the gold medal game. Unless, of course, the United States and Spain do not make it all the way to the final. Hey, a Spain-USA gold medal game is NOT a certainty. Strange things can happen along the way. Ask Paul George, who is out for a year with a
The Phoenix Suns had hoped it would never come to this. But after weeks of playing hardball with guard Eric Bledsoe — and his agent Rich Paul — the two sides continue to distance themselves from the negotiating table.
Not much happening. Which leads us to a Sportswriting Etiquette 101 lesson: It is bad form for basketball writers who are covering a tight game to say: “Looks like it’ll go to overtime.” Same thing with baseball writers, who are forbidden in press boxes from mentioning the words “extra innings” prior to the start of the 10th. It s considered a jinx. OK, not forbidden. But it is frowned upon, heavily. Sportwriters like to go home to their families, especially those families with
Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson has been the subject of trade rumors in the summer before he becomes a restricted free agent. The Warriors brass has refused to include the lesser acclaimed Splash Brother in a trade with Minnesota for Kevin Love, opting to keep one of the league’s most dynamic backcourts intact for at least one more calendar year. Just a year ago, the Los Angeles Clippers had another star player in the making in the backourt, Eric Bledsoe.
As the fury of NBA free agency slowly dies down as we approach the dog days of August — the dreadfully slow period of the NBA offseason — we’re left with a few big names standing. One of which is Eric Beldsoe, the standout guard for the Phoenix Suns who has had a difficult time navigating restricted free agency. He and his agent, Rich Paul (LeBron’s agent and close friend), have been miles apart on negotiations with the Suns front office. The
This is the part of the summer when we wait … and when waiting can be divided into short waits, long waits and really long waits. In Category One, it’ll be a short wait before the Kevin Durant-to-Washington speculation takes on a life of its own. KD will be in Team USA training camp beginning Sunday, and he’ll be bombarded with questions about what he plans to do when he becomes a free agent in 23 months. The Wizards are a