The U.S. men’s basketball team isn’t just watching beach volleyball from the stands.
What about Detroit’s other extension-eligible shooting guard, Reggie Bullock?
No talks have begun, but Pistons president/coach Stan Van Gundy told the Free Press last week an extension is possible for Bullock, who was acquired in July 2015.
Bullock isn’t as accomplished as most players who receive rookie-scale extensions. But, occasionally, teams find common ground with a reserve entering the fourth-year of his rookie-scale contract.
The problem with Bullock is he just hasn’t played much – 10 minutes per game in 116 games in three years with the Clippers, Suns and Pistons. He fits the rough outline of a 3-and-D player, but he hasn’t shown either skill enough to prove his NBA value.
Detroit might learn more about him this year. After the Pistons traded Jodie Meeks to the Magic, the door is even more open for minutes behind Caldwell-Pope, though Bullock will also have to compete with Darrun Hilliard, Michael Gbinije and maybe even Stanley Johnson if Detroit plays big.
With the 2017-18 luxury tax looming, the Pistons will probably want another season to evaluate Bullock. But if he’s willing to accept less in exchange for security, Detroit could make a value play and agree to an extension. After all, the 2017-18 tax won’t be calculated until April 2018. That leaves plenty of time to make a trade to duck under the tax line.
It was too late to salvage Marcelo Huertas‘ assist.
But Nene saved Brazil’s medal hopes.
Despite missing a dunk set up by a no-look between-the-legs pass from Huertas – which rivaled Milos Teodosic for the pass of the tournament – Nene was otherwise splendid in a late run that keyed Brazil’s 86-69 win over Nigeria in their final group-play game Monday.
If Argentina beats Spain – 6 p.m. on NBC Sports Network and streaming here – Brazil will finish fourth in Group B and face Team USA in the quarterfinals. If Spain wins, Brazil is eliminated.
Nigeria is done with this loss.
Brazil pulled away with a 14-2 run in the fourth quarter. The possession after his missed dunk during the spurt, Nene intercepted a backcourt pass and finished that flush. A short time later, he led a fastbreak and shoveled the ball to Huertas for an easy layup rather than scoring himself.
Nene finished with 19 points, seven rebounds, four assists, three steals and a block. Huertas added 12 points and 11 assists.
Brazil was just too tough on the offensive glass for Nigeria. Brazil grabbed 20 offensive rebounds to Nigeria’s 23 defensive rebounds, and that was mainly the difference in a game that stayed close until the fourth quarter.
Josh Akognon scored 16 points for Nigeria, which improbably entered the day with a chance to advance thanks to an upset of Croatia.
Michael Phelps might be the greatest Olympian of all time.
The American swimmer has won 23 gold medals and set numerous world records.
But he was once chasing Kris Humphries.
Before focusing on his basketball career, Humphries – who now plays for the Hawks after stints with the Jazz, Raptors, Mavericks, Nets, Celtics, Wizards and Suns – was an elite swimmer. He held the top times for swimmers 10-and-under in 1995 in the 50 free, 100 free, 50 back, 50 breast, 50 fly and 200 I.M.
In the same age group? Michael Phelps.
Check out the USA swimming record book from that year:
And that’s as close as Phelps came to Humphries. Humphries had even bigger advantages over the future Olympic gold medalist in other events.
(hat tip: KL Chouinard of hawks.com)
Zach LaVine creates a ridiculous number of highlights, but apparently dunking isn’t his only method: