With the current stalemate in NBA labor discussions, guys who were casually considering going to Europe to play during the lockout are suddenly not so casual. They aren’t ready to commit to a relationship yet (what man is?) but things are getting serious.
That includes Manu Ginobili, the Spurs star who just led his native Argentina to the FIBA Americas title and a 2012 Olympics berth. (Sure, Luis Scola had a little to do with that, if you want the truth.)
Ginobili has been courted to return to Europe — Italy specifically — and he is seriously considering it according to canchallena.com (translation via Hoopshype).
“(Virtus Bologna) called my agent and told him they wanted me on board. A lot of things came to my mind and for a second thought about it because of all the things I went through there, but I will evaluate (the option) going forward.”
According to infobae.com (via I am a GM) Ginobili will make his decision in early October. Makes sense, by then we’ll have an idea just how ugly this lockout will be (and it’s not pretty now).
Then there is Boris Diaw, who is still in Lithuania playing for France at EuroBasket (France has advanced to the semi-finals). When that is over he told NBA.com he may stay in France and play for his hometown team during the lockout.
“If there is a lockout I will play in France with my hometown team in Bordeaux,” Diaw told NBA.com on Sunday afternoon in Vilnius, Lithuania, shortly after the French National Team lost to Spain, 96-69.
“For sure I would go ahead and play with them. For me the decision is easy.”
Luckily for Diaw he knows JSA Bordeaux’s front office very well. Diaw is the team president of the club.
He can probably swing at least a tryout, then.
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.