Dan Feldman

ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 19:  Al Horford #15 of the Atlanta Hawks battles for a rebound against Jae Crowder #99 of the Boston Celtics in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2016 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena on April 19, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia.  NOTE TO USER User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Jae Crowder told Al Horford not to sign with the Wizards because they couldn’t beat Celtics


Celtics forward Jae Crowder is going scorched earth.

Kevin Durant and the Warriors? Check.

Raptors? Check.


Crowder on newly signed Boston center Al Horford, who also considered the Wizards, via Tom Westerholm of MassLive:

“He’s a perfect fit,” Crowder said. “That’s what we were telling him. He had Washington and some other teams looking at him, but we beat them four times this year. You don’t want to go there.

This is the tamest of Crowder’s rampages. Bust lest you think it’s just an innocent statement of facts — the Celtics were 4-0 against Washington this year — Wizards center Marcin Gortat seemed to take it more personally:

Interestingly, Gortat is probably still starting only because Washington missed out on Horford. Starting over Ian Mahinmi is one thing. Gortat probably would’ve had to move to the bench for Horford.

Whatever his role, Gortat will have a little more motivation against the Celtics — just like the Warriors and Raptors will.

Report: Jazz ‘highly unlikely’ to trade Gordon Hayward despite rumors of unrest

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 25:  Gordon Hayward #20 of the Utah Jazz talks with Quin Snyder during the game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on November 25, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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A couple years ago, the Jazz were one of the youngest teams of all-time.

Now, they’re ready to blossom.

Rudy Gobert and Derrick Favors are forces inside. Gordon Hayward has become a near-All-Star. Rodney Hood has quietly developed into one of the NBA’s most intriguing players. Dante Exum returns from injury, and Alec Burks and Trey Lyles have shown promise while already contributing. George Hill, Boris Diaw and Joe Johnson are veteran reinforcements.

It’s all there — for now.

Hayward threatens to be tricky.

Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders:

There were rumors around the draft that Hayward would welcome a trade, but Jazz sources downplayed any reported unhappiness. Still, there is a real risk that Hayward could walk next July.

Jazz sources said it’s highly unlikely the team even considers a trade for Hayward

The Jazz can downplay Hayward’s unhappiness when talking to reporters or teams trying to poach him. But they’ve got to be honest with themselves, especially because Hayward can — and almost certainly will — opt out next summer to become an unrestricted free agent.

Hayward is just 26 and already extremely productive. With teams playing smaller, there’s a shortage of quality wings. He’ll have multiple great — probably max — offers.

Remember, Hayward has never picked the Jazz. They drafted him in 2010. As a restricted free agent in 2014, he signed an offer sheet with the Hornets that Utah matched.

The Jazz are positioned to make noise this season. Trading Hayward could interrupt a rewarding year. But losing him for nothing this summer could disrupt several seasons of success.

There’s a lot to weigh as Utah determines whether this stance is just posturing or one the team will hold.

Report: Kings won’t engage in DeMarcus Cousins trade inquiries, including one from Cavaliers

SACRAMENTO, CA - MARCH 09:  Kevin Love #0 of the Cleveland Cavaliers goes for a loose ball against DeMarcus Cousins #15 and Quincy Acy #13 of the Sacramento Kings at Sleep Train Arena on March 9, 2016 in Sacramento, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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The Kings have sent on and off signals about trading DeMarcus Cousins.

Here’s another “off” one.

Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders:

League sources peg the Kings’ stance on Cousins as a “non-starter.” They simply won’t go there on trade talk despite long-standing interest from the Boston Celtics and at least one inquiry for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Sacramento has rebooted its front office and hired a new coach. Cousins has two years left on his contract, so there’s time to try again with him. The next question: If the Kings struggle again early next season, will they entertain Cousins offers before the trade deadline?

I’m curious when the Cavaliers called. Any Cleveland trade for Cousins would almost certainly include Kevin Love, but it’d be somewhat surprising for the Cavs to trade him after winning a championship. It’d take special return to drop him before a playoff run to defend the title.


Hornets minority owner sends hateful email about Charlotte losing 2017 NBA All-Star game

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 28:  Felix Sabates, co-owner of Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, speaks with the media during the NASCAR Sprint Media Tour at Charlotte Convention Center on January 28, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

After Charlotte lost the 2017 NBA-All Star game, the Hornets released a statement on behalf of the franchise and owner Michael Jordan expressing understanding of the league’s decision.

Apparently, that didn’t speak for all the team’s owners.

In an email obtained by Nick Ochsner of WBTV, Hornets minority owner Felix Sabates rails against — well, a lot of things. He started with the NBA and commissioner Silver, moves to Charlotte’s mayor and city council — whose initial law extending freedom of local citizens t prompted North Carolina to pass an overriding law that banned local jurisdictions from extending freedom of local citizens. Oh, and Sabates mixes in plenty of deranged language about 8-year-olds.

A few excerpts:

Personally I think the NBA has over reached on their short sighted decision to remove the All Star game from the city of Charlotte, this in my opinion will have very negative impact in the future of the Charlotte Hornets future in the city of Charlotte, Commissioner Silver should have waited until a court would decide on whether the HB2 was right or wrong, there are 21 other stats on the USA with similar laws, does this mean that every state with similar laws would have the NBA take away franchises and move them to state with more favorable laws to the Lesbian Gay community?

Shame on those responsible for such a short sighted decision to take the NBA All Star away from Charlotte I always thought this was country that ALL peoples not just a few can determine our future.

Our Mayor opened a can of worms, who knows why? Our city council is the one to blame for our losing the NBA All Star game, none of this would have happened if not for a very few minority forcing our supposed city leaders into creating a problem that never really existed, there will always be another election, they better pray a very few can get them re-elected, what is wrong with a person using a bathroom provided for the sex the were born with, if you want to change your gender so be it, we are a free county, but don’t force 8 years old children to be exposed to having to share bathroom facilities with people that don’t share the organs they were Bourne with, this is plain wrong, this could cause irreparable damages to a children’s that don’t understand why they have to see what God did not mean for them to witness, we have some very confused business as well as political humans that frankly have made this a political issue rather then moral issues, SHAME ON THEM.

I am not opposed to people changing their sex, that is one of many privilege of been an American, the greatest country in the world, it is our right do live the lives we want to live, but our government should not force the majorities to live by the whims and wishes of a very small minorities, these minorities have the right to their own opinions and desires, plus please don’t force 8 year old boys and girls to be exposed to what is not part of their births gender.

You can read a full copy of the email here.

I don’t know what people like Sabates want. Moving from a macro to micro level (the fear-striking, and less important, micro level he chooses to focus on):

He’s supporting the larger North Carolina state government preventing the smaller Charlotte government from enacting a law that grants rights and protections to its citizens. No North Carolina city was obligated to pass such a law, but now, they don’t even have the option thanks to the state’s overreaching government. Perhaps, I’ve miscast Sabates as a foe of big government. If so, I apologize.

He also advocates for the NBA, a private company, to defer to the court system before making a business decision. Personally, I don’t think private companies should face that type of self-imposed regulation. But, again, maybe Sabates does.

Then there’s the bathroom aspect — an overplayed element of a law that reaches much further. Where does Sabates want someone who was born a man but has since undergone a sex change — and looks, dresses and acts like a woman — to use the bathroom? Is Sabates really saying she should use the men’s room because that was her sex at birth?

Back to a bigger question: In this post-Donald Sterling world, is there a place in the NBA for Sabates?

Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski: Anti-gay North Carolina law ’embarrassing’

LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 18:  Head coach Mike Krzyzewski of the 2016 USA Basketball Men's National Team looks on during a practice session at the Mendenhall Center on July 18, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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The interests of the NBA and USA Basketball don’t always align.


On the 2017 All-Star game — originally scheduled for Charlotte and likely New Orleans-bound — they do.

Scott Gleeson and Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today:

As Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski prepares to take the U.S. men’s national basketball team to the Rio Olympics, his thoughts turned this week to his home of North Carolina and the controversial anti-LGBT law that was passed in March.

“It’s an embarrassing bill,” Krzyzewski told USA TODAY Sports. “That’s all I’m going to say about it.”