Before LeBron James, Mark Price was probably the best player in Cavaliers history. The sweet-shooting guard is still beloved in Cleveland.
So, though Price might be a longshot – Alvin Gentry and Tyronn Lue are interviewing with Dan Gilbert – Cavaliers fans must be thrilled about this development:
Price, who spent this season as a Charlotte Bobcats (now Hornets) assistant coach, has a bright future in coaching. But he lacks experience – at least by the standard established prior to Jason Kidd, Steve Kerr and Derek Fisher.
By comparison to those three, though, Price is a seasoned pro. Before joining Charlotte, he served as a player-development coach for the Magic and shooting coach for the Grizzlies, Hawks and Warriors.
But a few suspect hires elsewhere don’t mean the Cavaliers should rush to hire Price. He wasn’t even an on-the-bench assistant in Charlotte this season. Though with assistant Bob Beyer joining Stan Van Gundy’s staff in Detroit, Price is slated to move up from behind the bench if he remains in Charlotte.
Maybe the Cavaliers want to buy Price stock before it matures. We’re not far from him regularly interviewing for head-coaching jobs. And if Cleveland wants to take a chance on Price, that’s totally defensible.
The biggest argument I have against it is that all NBA coaches are on a clock to get fired. Sooner or later – at least outside San Antonio and maybe wherever Doc Rivers is coaching – their message wears thin, and the team tunes them out. It’s inevitable.
Why start Price’s clock while he’s still learning the ropes? Wait until he’s ready, so his first year or two on the clock isn’t wasted.
Then again, if the Cavaliers wait, they might not have another shot at him.
Ty Lawson is headed to the Kings, as first reported on Monday. The team made the move official on Wednesday with a press release, and USA Today‘s Sam Amick offers up another important piece of information: Lawson’s deal is not guaranteed, making it essentially a make-good camp invite.
It’s staggering how Lawson went from a borderline All-Star level point guard in 2012-13 to signing a non-guaranteed one-year deal with a lottery team three years later. His off-the-court issues have contributed to that, and he didn’t produce last season in Houston and Indiana. Still, he should have a pretty good chance of making the Kings’ roster, with Seth Curry and Rajon Rondo gone and Darren Collison their only proven point guard. They need depth there.
When Ben Simmons declared for the NBA draft this spring, he signed with LeBron James‘ Klutch Sports group for representation. That association would appear to have its advantages for the No. 1 overall pick, including the opportunity to work out with James and Dwyane Wade during the offseason. Wade posted a group photo on Instagram on Wednesday afternoon:
Also, it’s pretty staggering to see Simmons standing next to James and realizing that he’s bigger and taller.
Thanks to a match from an anonymous donor, beloved TNT sideline reporter Craig Sager was able to receive his third bone-marrow transplant since 2014 in an extended battle with leukemia. Sager’s son, Craig Sager II, shared a photo on Twitter on Wednesday afternoon of his father undergoing the transplant, appearing to be in good spirits as usual.
Our continued well wishes go out to Sager and his family in his recovery, and we hope to see him back on the sidelines this season.
Last season, the Sacramento Kings signed Seth Curry, brother of Stephen Curry. He left this summer for Dallas, and now the Kings are working out the brother of the other Splash Brother — Klay Thompson‘s brother Mychel — according to international basketball reporter David Pick.
Mychel Thompson’s only NBA experience is five games with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2011-12. He spent some time in the D-League after that, and played in Italy during the 2015-16 season.