We don’t know who the starting point guard in Milwaukee will be next season — Jeff Teague just signed a four-year, $32 million offer sheet that the Hawks can match; plus the Bucks still have the rights to Brandon Jennings (a restricted free agent).
However, we know who the backup point guard will be.
Luke Ridnour has been traded from Minnesota to Milwaukee, reports the Star Tribune. The Timberwolves will get a future pick, likely second rounder, in the deal.
This move is all about saving money for the Timberwolves — they are about to sign Corey Brewer to a three-year, $15 million deal as part of a sign-and-trade and needed to get under the cap to do it. Ridnour is owed $4.3 million next season. Plus Minnesota has some other expenses coming, for example they still are in negotiations to retain Nikola Pekovic on a deal in the four-year, $50 million range. That’s a lot of money out the door so they needed to save a little.
Minnesota also didn’t need Ridnour, they are set at the point with Ricky Rubio starting and Alexey Shved coming off the bench.
Ridnour is a solid, veteran backup point who averaged 11.5 points and 3.8 assists a game in Minnesota last season. He’s a solid shooter, although his three point numbers dipped the past couple seasons.
Ridnour spent two seasons with the Bucks, from 2008-2010. That second season, where he came off the bench in all 82 games, was arguably his best as a pro.
The Pistons will start Reggie Jackson at point guard, and they signed Ish Smith to provide better backup at the position.
The competition for the third point guard spot is heating up.
With Lorenzo Brown and Ray McCallum already signed to unguaranteed deals, Detroit is adding undrafted Old Dominion guard Trey Freeman.
Michael Scotto of Sheridan Hoops:
The Pistons have just 14 players – one shy of the regular-season roster limit – with guaranteed salaries. The final spot will very likely go to a point guard.
Brown and McCallum should be favored in the competition, because they’re more NBA-ready. A president/coach, Stan Van Gundy is more prone to covet the player who can step in immediately.
Freeman’s partial guarantee is likely designed to entice him to play in the D-League for a low base salary. The Pistons can waive him in the preseason and then assign his D-League rights to their affiliate, though he’d become an NBA free agent.
Freeman is working to become a better distributor after playing as a go-to scorer in college. A solid mid-range shooter, he must extend his range beyond the arc. It’d also help if he got to the rim more, and it seems he has the bounce to do that.
For an undrafted player, he has nice tools. They’ll probably just need to be refined in the D-League.
But even if that’s the intention, Freeman at least gives himself a chance first of upsetting Brown and McCallum in the race for third point guard.
With 32 wins and missing the playoffs, last season wasn’t exactly what the Knicks hoped for. However, last season also came with hope in the form of Kristaps Porzingis.
And there were highlights. Check out the team’s Top 10 plays, courtesy NBA.com.
It starts with some Derrick Williams moments, and ends with a Jose Calderon game winner, but there are moments from players the fans actually like in between.
At this point, there is zero chance Russell Westbrook‘s posts are a coincidence.
First. he posted a video of himself singing along to Lil Uzi Vert’s “Now I Do What I Want.”
Then came the shoe ad that was another little jab at now Warriors Kevin Durant.
Now comes Westbrook’s return to karaoke posts, this time singing Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Getting Back Together” and Katy Perry’s “Wide Awake.”
Apparently, Westbrook and Durant are having one rough teenage breakup.
One of the great stories of last season was the return of Paul George to All-Star level form (then to watch him be crucial to the USA winning gold this summer).
It was a great story because vintage Paul George was so great. Watch this throwback video of him blowing by LeBron James and dunking over Chris Andersen from a few years back — this is vicious.
By the way, if you’re not following NBA history on Twitter and Instagram, you’re doing it wrong.