During a press conference today, Wizards general manager Ernie Grunfeld made some statements that suggest Arenas may play for the Wizards after his year-long suspension is over. Grunfeld said that if “[Arenas] wants to play, this is the place he’s going to play,” and that “he’s under contract and he’s going to be with us.”
Grunfeld also said that the team has kept in touch with Arenas, and referred to the guard as one of the “top players in the league.”
Mike Prada from Bullets Forever
said that the atmosphere did get tense at one point:
“There was only one awkward moment. One reporter asked Grunfeld how he’d describe his own relationship with Arenas. Grunfeld deadpinned for a second, as if he wasn’t expecting the question, and said in a low voice, “It’s fine.” Not exactly a ringing endorsement, but the comments he made about Arenas besides that indicate that a return is actually possible.”
Two of the Wizards’ “big three” have been moved in deadline deals. Many have assumed that the leader of the trio was done with the Wizards as well. However, it looks like Arenas may yet be around to lead the Wizards as they finally begin to rebuild.
Ty Lawson is headed to the Kings, as first reported on Monday. The team made the move official on Wednesday with a press release, and USA Today‘s Sam Amick offers up another important piece of information: Lawson’s deal is not guaranteed, making it essentially a make-good camp invite.
It’s staggering how Lawson went from a borderline All-Star level point guard in 2012-13 to signing a non-guaranteed one-year deal with a lottery team three years later. His off-the-court issues have contributed to that, and he didn’t produce last season in Houston and Indiana. Still, he should have a pretty good chance of making the Kings’ roster, with Seth Curry and Rajon Rondo gone and Darren Collison their only proven point guard. They need depth there.
When Ben Simmons declared for the NBA draft this spring, he signed with LeBron James‘ Klutch Sports group for representation. That association would appear to have its advantages for the No. 1 overall pick, including the opportunity to work out with James and Dwyane Wade during the offseason. Wade posted a group photo on Instagram on Wednesday afternoon:
Also, it’s pretty staggering to see Simmons standing next to James and realizing that he’s bigger and taller.
Thanks to a match from an anonymous donor, beloved TNT sideline reporter Craig Sager was able to receive his third bone-marrow transplant since 2014 in an extended battle with leukemia. Sager’s son, Craig Sager II, shared a photo on Twitter on Wednesday afternoon of his father undergoing the transplant, appearing to be in good spirits as usual.
Our continued well wishes go out to Sager and his family in his recovery, and we hope to see him back on the sidelines this season.
Last season, the Sacramento Kings signed Seth Curry, brother of Stephen Curry. He left this summer for Dallas, and now the Kings are working out the brother of the other Splash Brother — Klay Thompson‘s brother Mychel — according to international basketball reporter David Pick.
Mychel Thompson’s only NBA experience is five games with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2011-12. He spent some time in the D-League after that, and played in Italy during the 2015-16 season.