Mike Brown may have been thrown out, but Danny Ferry is choosing to walk out the door. According to Johnny Ludden of Yahoo Sports, the Cavs’ GM will join their star player in free agency:
Ferry’s contract ends this summer. He had said after the Cavaliers’ second-round loss to the Boston Celtics that he would speak with owner Dan Gilbert to decide whether it was
best for him to continue as GM. Gilbert seemed open to having him stay,
but Ferry, who was disappointed about having to fire Brown, a close
confidante from their days with the San Antonio Spurs, decided to leave less than a month before James becomes a free agent. Assistant GM Chris Grant is expected to take over for Ferry.
Though the Cavs haven’t won a championship since LeBron’s arrival, that wasn’t due to Ferry’s lack of trying. He consistently tinkered with the roster, upgraded and capitalized on trades when the opportunity arose. Say what you will about Mo Williams, but Cleveland acquired him for Joe Smith and Damon Jones. That’s a great get, and just one of Ferry’s notable moves during his tenure as GM.
It should be interesting to see if any other teams are interested in making Ferry an offer to run the show elsewhere. He clearly has talent as a manager, even if the components in Cleveland never quite yielded the ultimate compound.
Whether he finds immediate employment or not, this move is odd. Maybe Ferry sees the writing on the wall, and wants to jump ship on a LeBron-less franchise rather than lock-up in Cleveland long-term. Maybe, as Ludden noted, the decision to fire Mike Brown really did play a significant role in Ferry’s decision. Or maybe he already has another, seemingly more attractive on the table (or rather, under it) to be the GM elsewhere. No one knows at this point.
What we do know is that the man who fought and worked to give LeBron the most competitive team possible is walking even before James does (or might), and the head coach of the Cavs for the last five seasons is already gone. Whether LeBron stays in Cleveland or not, this is the beginning of a new era for the Cavs.
Joel Embiid is officially 7’0″ tall and 250 pounds, although when you see him in person now that number seems low, he looks thicker and stronger.
Justin Beiber is a 5’9″ waiflike person.
So of course, they arm wrestled at the club Hyde in Los Angeles. It went about as you’d expect. Here is some video, hat tip to Dan Devine at Ball Don’t Lie (arguably the best arm wrestler in the NBA media).
If you’re about to make an “at least Embiid didn’t get hurt” joke, be more creative.
Hopefully, we get to see what Embiid can do on the court this fall, where the competition will be a lot tougher than any Canadian pop star.
Larry Sanders is talking about getting back into the NBA. He walked away in 2015 to say he needed to deal with anxiety and depression, to find a balance in his life. Recently he told Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders this:
“But I feel like I’m in a much better place right now and I’m equipped to be able to put myself in that situation again.”
But where? A lot of teams could use an athletic big who averaged 1.4 blocks per game over the five years he was in the NBA, although with the conservative nature of NBA front offices they will not want to take much risk (Golden State reportedly thought about it and decided not to offer him a contract).
Sanders decided to ask Twitter where he should go, putting Twitter’s poll feature to good use.
The question becomes, where is there mutual interest from any of these teams?
If Sanders and his agent can win a team over in an interview, the contract will be small and the number of guaranteed years is not exceeding one (if even that). From the perspective of an NBA team, Sanders has to prove himself again.
But never underestimate how many chances big men get in this league.
(Hat tip Eye on Basketball)
Anderson Varejao was spending the past couple days helping his nation prepare to host the 2016 Olympics in less than two weeks, including carrying the Olympic flame.
But now he is on his way back to the United States to have his chronically bad back examined. Again. From Diamond Leung of the Bay Area News Group.
The Warriors re-signed Varejao on a one-year, veteran minimum contract where he will make $980,431. He is expected to back up Zaza Pachulia at the five spot, although his run would have been limited (which is good, he’s not terribly effective anymore).
A variety of injuries — back, Achilles, wrist — have meant the most games Varejao has played in a season since the 2010-11 season is 65. Last season that number was 53, the final 22 of it with the Warriors.
If Varejao can’t go or is limited, the Warriors may look around at other options. But the pickings are slim at this point.
Hopefully, this does not develop into something chronic.
After a promising rookie season and an impressive Summer League in Orlando where he averaged 18.8 points per game, Thunder second year player Cameron Payne had surgery to repair a Jones fracture in his right foot, the team announced Monday. Here it is from the Thunder’s press release.
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Cameron Payne underwent a successful procedure today to repair a fractured fifth metatarsal in his right foot, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti.
The team is optimistic he will be ready to go by the start of the season (there is usually a 6-8 week timetable), but Payne and the Thunder need to be patient here. The fifth metatarsal is the bone that runs from the base of the little toe up to the ankle on the foot. While surgery can repair it, healing can be slow because that is not an area of the foot with great natural blood flow. The Thunder were down this road before with Kevin Durant, he came back eight weeks after the surgery but ended up needing a couple more to get everything fixed and missed 55 games because of it.
Payne played well as a rookie and is expected to see a healthy bump in playing time next season as a scoring guard off the bench behind Russell Westbrook. He just needs to get right first.