Author: Brett Pollakoff


Knicks’ Kristaps Porzingis uncertain for Summer League due to hip tightness


The Knicks would undoubtedly like to begin their development of Kristaps Porzingis as soon as possible, and that would mean having him ready to go for Summer League in Las Vegas.

But after going through multiple workouts for scouts and team executives during the pre-draft process, a hip injury may prevent him from playing for the team as expected.

From Ian Begley of ESPN New York:

Janis Porzingis also said in Monday’s interview that his brother has been dealing with a hip injury that has prohibited him from working out in recent days. Kristaps Porzingis’ workout with the Knicks on June 22 was cut short because of the hip ailment, which Janis described as “tightness.”

Janis Porzingis said his brother might have experienced tightness because of the strenuous workouts he had been through to prepare for his workout in Las Vegas on June 12, which was in front of an audience comprising dozens of NBA executives. He projected that his younger brother could be back working out regularly in a few days.

The elder Porzingis added, though, that it is unclear whether Kristaps will be available for the beginning of summer league play, which starts July 11.

It seems fairly random that the brother of a player would do a radio interview like this, and while it may indeed be unclear at this point whether or not Porzingis will be available for the beginning of New York’s Summer League schedule on July 11, it’s probably too early for Knicks fans to begin worrying about this in any real capacity.

Report: Kings probing John Calipari about his interest in coaching and running the team’s front office

John Calipari

The Sacramento Kings are a complete mess at the moment, and it all stems from constant meddling from ownership, who simply cannot seem to pick a steady course of action.

Let’s start in the front office, where GM Pete D’Alessandro left for Denver after the balance of decision-making power was shifted to Vlade Divac. Down on the sidelines, George Karl became the team’s third head coach of the season, after Michael Malone was senselessly fired, and after Tyrone Corbin was signed to an interim deal for the remainder of the season.

Karl wants franchise centerpiece DeMarcus Cousins traded, and owner Vivek Ranadive gave the agent for Cousins permission to pursue those options. Divac has remained steadfast in wanting to keep both Karl and Cousins in place, and begin building around them for the future.

Even in the face of all of this, Ranadive evidently won’t stop tinkering with those running the basketball operations.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

The Sacramento Kings are probing University of Kentucky coach John Calipari about his interest in taking over the franchise’s front-office and coaching jobs, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Calipari has been communicating with owner Vivek Ranadive and other members of the Kings’ ownership group in recent weeks, league sources said. Calipari has listened to scenarios with which the Kings could offer him complete control of the franchise’s fledgling basketball operations to go along with coaching, league sources said. …

Sacramento ownership, dismayed over Karl’s fractured relationship with Cousins, has had lawyers studying Karl’s contract, trying to determine if there’s a way to terminate him for “cause,” and free themselves of the three years and nearly $10 million left guaranteed on his deal, league sources told Yahoo Sports. If the Kings cannot convince Calipari to come to Sacramento – or never make a formal offer – Karl could simply remain as coach.

This is a complete disaster.

Consistently creating turnover at the key leadership positions is the exact opposite of how a successful organization is built. There needs to be a singular vision for the long-term direction of the franchise, and decisions need to be made with a plan in mind, and one that doesn’t change constantly depending on an owner’s whims.

The bright side to all of this might be the fact that Calipari coached Cousins at Kentucky (along with Sacramento’s first round pick in this year’s draft, Willie Cauley-Stein), and may be able to save a relationship in Sacramento that appears to be completely fractured. But the idea that he’d leave a perfect situation at the college level in order to take on the job of cleaning up the biggest mess at the professional level seems far-fetched at best, especially when considering what a wild card Ranadive has proven to be in his brief time owning an NBA franchise.

Calipari took to Twitter to attempt to shoot down the rumors as quickly as possible.

Luke Ridnour traded for the fourth time this summer

Orlando Magic v Dallas Mavericks

Luke Ridnour began this offseason as a member of the Orlando Magic.

But after being traded four times in the past week, it’s anyone’s guess where he’ll be playing by the time next season rolls around.

Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman:

The Thunder has traded the contract of Luke Ridnour to Toronto along with cash to create a $2.85 million trade exception.

To complete the trade, the Raptors sent the draft rights of Tomislav Zubcic to the Thunder.

And he may not be done moving.

John Schuhmann of

Ridnour’s contract doesn’t become guaranteed until July 11, so he has a chance to be traded again after the moratorium (which ends 7/9).

To recap:

The Magic traded Ridnour to the Grizzlies.

The Grizzlies traded Ridnour to the Hornets.

The Hornets traded Ridnour to the Thunder.

As teams continue to make financial moves to create salary cap space in pursuit of free agents, contracts like Ridnour’s become desirable to obtain before they’re fully guaranteed — which means this may not be the last trade involving Ridnour we end up seeing this summer.

Ridnour has played 12 NBA seasons, most recently for the Magic. He averaged four points and two assists in 14.5 minutes per contest in Orlando last season.