We knew that Kyle Korver would need ankle surgery this summer, after a scramble for a loose ball with Matthew Dellavedova of the Cavaliers during the Eastern Conference finals rendered him out for the remainder of the postseason.
Now comes word that Korver will need additional surgery, as well.
From the Hawks’ official release:
Atlanta Hawks guard Kyle Korver is scheduled to have surgery tomorrow to remove loose bodies in his right elbow. The surgery will be performed at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City by Dr. David Altchek. A timeline for his recovery will be determined post-surgery.
Korver was at one point on pace to have the greatest shooting season in NBA history, and he’s on an extremely affordable contract which declines over the next two seasons.
Since this wasn’t an injury that affected him while the games were being played, it’s safe to expect that he’ll be back in time for the start of next season.
LaMarcus Aldridge is expected to leave Portland to pursue other opportunities as an unrestricted free agent this summer, with the Spurs being near the top of his list.
The Lakers are there, too, and a recent report suggests that L.A. may in fact be the frontrunner to retain Aldridge’s services.
From Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times:
Heard that LaMarcus Aldridge was leaning toward Lakers, a sign that their brand is not only back but never went away despite appearances.
Make no mistake — Aldridge will be looking around at plenty of options, and is open to listening to pitches from any team that has the financial ability to provide him with long-term security as part of a winning situation.
But Los Angeles is appealing, for a variety of reasons. D’Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson should have the backcourt locked down for the foreseeable future, Kobe Bryant has at least one more season left, and Julius Randle is a promising prospect who should be fully ready to go after suffering an injury at the very beginning of last season.
Add in the fact that other free agents — like DeAndre Jordan, for example — may be willing to sign on as soon as another All-Star talent does the same, and it’s easy to see why the Lakers, when offering max money, could be an extremely desirable destination.
DeAndre Jordan is reportedly interested in being courted during free agency, and is expected to meet with the Lakers, Mavericks and Bucks in addition to considering a max offer to remain with the Clippers.
A rift reportedly exists between Jordan and Chris Paul, and that would undoubtedly need to be addressed before Jordan re-upped on a long-term deal to re-sign.
But another team’s superstar has no such issues with Jordan, and has reached out to him to begin the free agent recruitment process.
From Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times:
Jordan’s first meeting will be on Wednesday with the Dallas Mavericks at the Beverly Hills offices of his representative, Relativity Sports, said NBA officials who were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.
Jordan will meet with the Lakers and then the New York Knicks later in the day, the official said.
The Clippers, who will have Coach Doc Rivers, owner Steve Ballmer and a video presentation, will be the last team to meet with Jordan on Thursday, the officials said.
Jordan has gotten a call from Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, the officials said. Bryant wanted Jordan to know the Lakers are interested.
The Mavericks and the Clippers remain the teams most likely to retain Jordan’s services. But if the Lakers are to be considered, having one of the greatest players of all time call personally to express the team’s interest can only help the cause.
Pero Antic is a 6’11” power forward who played for the Hawks the past two seasons, and was known for his ability to occasionally stretch the floor by knocking down shots from three-point distance.
But entering a summer where he’s facing restricted free agency, it appears as though Antic has decided to take his talents overseas, rather than dealing with the politics of figuring out his next stateside destination.
From Nikos Varlas of Eurohoops.net:
Pero Antic is a restricted free agent, however he already decided to return to Europe. The former Euroleague champion with Olympiacos has a deal in place with Fenerbahce/ Ulker which is expected to be formalized in the next days.
The official announcement is the only thing missing. Antic after two seasons in the NBA returns to Europe and Fenerbahce needs many new faces in its front line, specially after losing its ancor, Nemanja Bjelica. However Antic is expected to be used mainly in the center position, replacing Luca Zoric.
It’s worth wondering if Antic’s decision was at all affected by the police incident he and teammate Thabo Sefolosha were involved in near the end of the regular season.
Whether it was or it wasn’t, the numbers showed that he regressed year over year with the Hawks. At age 32, the safer bet, from both the standpoint of available dollars as well as on-court expectations, might simply to be to return to playing in a league where he can more readily dominate at his position.
Ed Davis averaged 8.3 points and 7.8 rebounds while appearing in 23.3 minutes per contest for what was a dismal Lakers team last year, and he could have chosen to return by activating his player option for just over $1.1 million for next season.
But size is always at a premium, and because Davis is capable of producing in a frontcourt role, it’s likely that he’ll be able to secure more guaranteed money over more years to play somewhere else.
Ed Davis … became a free agent when he did not pick up the option on the second year of his contract with Los Angeles. The 25-year-old was effective in the pick-and-roll and on the offensive glass, while providing quality defense at the rim from the weak side, and on his man.
Davis needed to make 18 more baskets to qualify for the NBA’s field goal percentage leaderboard, where he would have ranked second at 60.1 behind only DeAndre Jordan.
The Lakers have very few players with guaranteed contract for next season. Once you get past Kobe Bryant, Nick Young, Julius Randle and Ryan Kelly, there are nothing but question marks remaining, which was largely by design.
L.A. is looking to rebuild quickly just as soon as it gets the chance. The moment an All-Star caliber free agent says yes to a max money offer, the Lakers will then add talent around that person in order to build a team capable of competing on a nightly basis. Until then, they’ll continue to sign players to short-term deals to maximize flexibility. Davis was useful last season, but his choice to pursue a long-term deal elsewhere this summer was completely expected.