When Andre Iguodala – how did he beat everyone to the handle @andre? – posted that tweet, I figured he was showing his appreciation for the Kings’ huge contract offer.
Nope. Quite the opposite.
Maybe something sinister happened to turn the Kings off to Iguodala. I find that unlikely but possible.
Or maybe Sacramento set a deadline for Iguodala to accept the offer. This makes more sense. The Kings can’t wait forever on Iguodala, allowing other free agents – including the restricted Tyreke Evans, who seems on track to get a four-year, $44 million offer from the Pelicans – to get away if Iguodala doesn’t accept. They would have been, in effect, paying extra for a speedy response from Iguodala. But if this were the case, why not just gradually lower the offer to a player Sacramento clearly wanted a few hours ago.
This is just plain weird.
The Kings might be better off not paying so much money to such an old player, anyway. If they wanted Iguodala unconditionally, they wouldn’t have pulled the offer.
One last word from Iguodala:
If you believe there is a difference between being dunked on and being dunked around, this definitely falls in the latter category.
Still, it’s an impressive move by Toronto’s Anthony Bennett to make the move and dunk around Lakers’ big man Robert Upshaw during the Raptors’ 105-97 preseason win over the Lakers Thursday night.
Bennett only had four points, but Kyle Lowry had another impressive preseason outing with 25. He has looked sharp. Julius Randle had 17 for the Lakers on 7-of-10 shooting.
The Cavs are shorthanded in the backcourt right now, with Kyrie Irving still out and Iman Shumpert sidelined for up to three months. Yahoo’s Marc Spears reports that they’re bringing in former Temple guard Dionte Christmas, who played for the Suns in 2013-14:
In 31 games for the Suns two seasons ago, Christmas averaged 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in 6.4 minutes per game. He probably won’t get very many minutes if he makes the Cavs’ final roster, but there’s a chance they’ll keep him around on a non-guaranteed deal until Irving and Shumpert are healthy, just to have another body in the backcourt.