The New Orleans Hornets need a GM in place, immediately. Chris Paul is getting antsy, the roster could use some serious upgrades if they want to contend, and new head coach Monty Williams needs to have someone to work with on acquisitions. And the process is certainly getting there, with Dell Demps emerging as the favorite to get the job, according to ESPN.
Just one snag. Their ownership situation is still also very much in the air.
The Times Picayune reports that current owner George Shinn and new prospective owner Gary Chouest are still close to $30 million apart on a final price. That’s quite a bit of money. The report also says that the two are not on speaking terms, which Hornets president Hugh Weber denies.
The gap in an agreed price for the team is going to do nothing to quash rumors that Shinn has expressed interest in trading Chris Paul in order to lower the value of the franchise to cover the differential. But those rumors are met with conflicting reports that Shinn released former GM Jeff Bower precisely because of his consideration of trading Chris Paul.
The summer is getting late, and the Hornets need to have some level of cohesion. But if the two owners can’t come to an agreement, this thing could drag on well into the offseason, leaving whoever the new GM is trying to serve two bosses. Pretty awkward all around.
This sure didn’t look like just another game for Kevin Durant – and not only because the Thunder beat the Warriors for the first time since he left.
The 108-91 Oklahoma City victory didn’t look like just another game for Russell Westbrook (34 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists and four steals), either.
With the shot clock off in the fourth quarter and the game tied, Grizzlies big JaMychal Green put back Tyreke Evans‘ miss with a clutch flush. There’s a very fine line between ensuring the last shot and leaving time for an offensive rebound, and Memphis threated it almost perfectly.
Emphasis on “almost.”
The Grizzlies left the Mavericks 0.5 seconds, which Harrison Barnes used to bank in a 3-pointer – off a pinpoint bounce pass by Dennis Smith Jr. – to give Dallas a 95-94 win.
The Celtics didn’t have another comeback in them.
After overcoming a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit against the Mavericks on Monday to extend its winning streak to 16 games, Boston lost to the Heat tonight, 104-98. The streak ends as the NBA’s longest since the Hawks won 19 straight during the 2014-15 season.
The Celtics trailed Miami by 16 in the fourth quarter then cut the deficit to only one with three minutes left. But Dion Waiters hit back-to-back 3-pointers, helping the Heat pull away.
Goran Dragic (27 points) and Waiters (26 points) led Miami, which needed a reason to feel good after losing three of four to fall to 7-9.
The Celtics, on the other hand, still have a four-game cushion over the rest of the Eastern Conference. This might help them regain focus.