All summer long there was talk about players trying to get to Miami or New York or Chicago — nobody wanted to be in the small markets, everybody wanted to go big time.
Not Ronnie Brewer.
He wanted to stay on Utah, but they didn’t want him, Brewer told Chris Tomasson of FanHouse. So he was part of the “sort of big three” that went from Utah to the Bulls.
“I kept in constant conversation with my agent (Henry Thomas) every day,” Brewer said in an interview with FanHouse before a preseason game against Dallas on Thursday, the second straight game Brewer has missed due to a sore right hamstring. “[Jazz GM] Kevin O’Connor didn’t contact me or (Thomas) even though I guess he said he did. He said that he was going to get back with them and he said he was going to get back with me. And he didn’t really pursue (it).”
The two sides couldn’t reach a deal for an extension after the 2009 season, so this is the result. Which is not all bad for Brewer — Utah and the Bulls are both good teams, but the Bulls future looks brighter with a young core. Brewer’s defensive mindset likely will earn him minutes under Tom Thibodeau.
The other bright side Brewer: Way better pizza in Chicago. Way. Better.
The Chicago Bulls are one of the teams getting a D-League affiliate franchise this season. The Windy City Bulls will play in the suburb of Hoffman Estates, and now they have a head coach: North Carolina State assistant Bobby Lutz.
Via Upside & Motor‘s Chris Reichert:
Lutz was previously linked to the Bulls’ D-League job in July but there was confusion as to whether he would actually get the job. Now, it appears he has. And he has familiarity with the coaching staff, having served as an assistant coach at Iowa State under Fred Hoiberg in 2010-11, prior to going to NC State.
The release of NBA 2K17, the latest edition of the popular 2K video-game series, is less than a month away. Players are starting to get their likenesses in the game, as well as their player ratings, and tweet them out. Magic forward Evan Fournier wasn’t too happy with the way his came out.
Fournier’s countryman Rudy Gobert got in on the fun, too, changing his Twitter avatar to Fournier’s screenshot and encouraging others to do the same. He even created a hashtag for it.
At least they’re having fun with it.
On Friday, the Jazz traded German center Tibor Pleiss to the Sixers along with two second-round picks for Kendall Marshall. The big draw of the trade for Philly was the picks, and Pleiss is not expected to stay with the Sixers, according to Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia’s Jessica Camerato.
Pleiss had a forgettable season with Utah, and the Sixers have a glut of bigs including Nerlens Noel, Jahlil Okafor, Joel Embiid and Dario Saric. It would have been virtually impossible for Pleiss to crack the rotation, and it’s unlikely another team picks up his contract, which has $3 million guaranteed this season.
As a Jordan Brand athlete, Russell Westbrook is under the same Nike umbrella as former teammate Kevin Durant. But his latest Jordan spot, released Friday, has a very pointed tagline: “Some run, some make runways.”
Given the circumstances, it’s hard to interpret that as anything other than a reference to Durant signing with the Warriors and Westbrook signing an extension with the Thunder.