Anthony Morrow is being allowed to walk to New Jersey. Anthony Randolph will not be back next year, shipped out as part of a deal for the much more expensive David Lee (who had said he was excited by playing with Morrow, sorry man).
It’s hard to understand exactly what the grand plan is of the current ownership of the Golden State Warriors. Fortunately that time seems to be coming to an end soon.
Two finalists have emerged as the leaders to buy the franchise, according to the Oakland Tribune. Final changes to sale agreement are being done and a winning bidder could be in place by August, a new owner by the start of the season.
Which matters. The new owner (whoever it is) will bring in a new front office, a new coach and a new system. Getting that in place matters — it’s impossible to build a team without knowing how they are going to play. It leads to odd decisions, or moves just to save cash. There is still a good young core in Golden State — Stephen Curry, Monta Ellis, now Lee and good role players like Reggie Williams — but they need to start building toward something specific.
What we don’t know is who the final two bidders are. We do know the final four: the favorite has to be Oracle billionaire Larry Ellison, who has teamed with the existing minority owners of the Warriors; there is one led by Mark Mastrov, the founder of 24-Hour Fitness; a group with Wall Street financier David Bonderman at the head; and one led by Peter Guber, the chairman of the Mandalay Bay Entertainment Group.
On Monday, Dion Waiters agreed to a one-year, $2.9 million deal with the Heat, far less than most people thought he would get as one of the few significant free agents still on the market. Tuesday afternoon, he posted an explanation on Instagram for his deal.
Here’s what he said:
I didn’t do it for the money… I did it for the opportunity to go out & ball & have fun. Everything else will take care of its self!!! I just felt like it was the best situation for me…& my family. I could have waited & got wat I wanted. But I rather be happy then miserable at the end of the day!!! Meaning Yu can have everything & still not be happy… #heatnation let’s get it!!! #provethemwrong #stamped #Philly
It seems clear, based on the market, that the kinds of offers Waiters was hoping for weren’t out there for him. In Miami, with Dwyane Wade gone, he’ll probably start at shooting guard and have plenty of opportunities to prove himself in hopes of landing a long-term deal next summer.
While we wait for the Celtics to make a bigger move to trade for another star, they’re filling out the end of their roster. Sheridan Hoops’ Michael Scotto is reporting that they’ve signed Demetrius Jackson, the No. 45 pick in last month’s draft, to a four-year deal.
Jackson declared for the draft after his junior season at Notre Dame. Talent-wise, he has the chance to be a major steal for Boston — DraftExpress has him ranked as the 17th-best overall prospect in this year’s draft class. But he might not play much his first year. The Celtics’ roster is already crowded and there’s still the chance that they’ll make another move with some of their much-vaunted assets if the right star becomes available.
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Hawks have signed undrafted rookie free agent center Matt Costello of Michigan State.
The 6-foot-9, 245-pound Costello averaged 5.7 points and 5 rebounds on the Hawks’ summer league team in Las Vegas.
Costello averaged 10.7 points and 8.2 rebounds as a senior at Michigan State. He holds the school’s career record with 146 blocked shots.
Terms of the deal were not released.
Jamal Crawford knows how to get buckets.
He does it against NBA level defenders, so put him in a free-flowing pro-am — let’s say the Seattle pro-am in his hometown — and he barely breaks a sweat dropping 44. And nailing the game winner.
Doc Rivers hopes to see a lot of that next season.