The NBA world was turned on its head on the Fourth of July.
Kevin Durant announced he was joining the Warriors, and NBA Twitter exploded. Reactions ran from fans ranged from anger to joy — depending on the fan base — but mostly there was shock. Golden State just assembled the best shooting team in NBA history (they arguably had that already) and the team with 73 wins last season looks like the team to beat for a title now.
NBA players had a lot of those same reactions on Twitter.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) Detroit Pistons rookie Michael Gbinije will miss the rest of summer league with a sprained right ankle.
Gbinije, a 6-foot-7 guard drafted in the second round last month by the Pistons, was hoping to play in the Olympics for Nigeria. It’s not clear how this injury might affect those plans; a spokesman for the Pistons said Monday the only thing that’s been determined is that Gbinije will miss the remainder of the Orlando summer league.
Gbinije averaged 17.5 points a game as a senior at Syracuse and helped the Orange to a Final Four appearance this year.
Has the burning of jerseys become a cliche?
From the second Kevin Durant announced that he was taking his talents to the Bay Area — although he phrased it better than that — we knew that people would be burning his jersey in Oklahoma City. It just feels like a “look at me” move to get retweets/shares/likes now rather than an act of true passion. Maybe we’ve just seen it too much.
But if you want to look, here are a few people burning Durant jerseys. We start with the guy wearing questionable shorts who made sure to do it safely in a fire pit (and nice Adirondack chairs, those look good).
If you look around social media, it’s not hard to find more. Have at it.
The Knicks have their backup for Derrick Rose — or starter if he can’t stay healthy.
Brandon Jennings apears headed to Madison Square Garden.
We don’t know the financials yet, but this makes sense as a deal for both sides. Jennings may be a better fit for how Jeff Hornacek wants to play than Rose.
Dwyane Wade was reportedly reaching out to San Antonio and Chicago, while Denver wanted to be a serious player for his services.
But nearly around the league thought this was all just leverage from Wade to try to get a better deal out of Miami. You know, just like last year. According to Dan Le Batard of ESPN — who is very well connected in Miami — it worked.
In actuality, it’s likely going to be just a little under $40 million — they $39.3 if they match the offer to Tyler Johnson (more than $40 mil if they don’t), according NBC’s own Dan Feldman.
Wade has always been worth more to Miami than any other franchise. And nobody really thought he wanted to leave.
He can still ball. Wade earned an All-Star spot again last season when he averaged 19 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 4.6 assists per game, then in the playoffs had some old-school Wade performances where he nearly single-handedly won games. However, he’s 34, has chronic knee issues (despite playing 74 games last season), and he’s in decline (Wade’s efficiency took a step back last season, he had his lowest PER since his rookie season).
With that, two years seems fair, as does the $40 million number. Wade has felt he took less in the past to help the Heat assemble better teams and he wants to be made whole, but this is more than he’s going to earn anywhere but a rebuilding team that wants him to sell tickets and little more. He gets to stay in the city where he is loved and won three rings.
Expect Wade’s team to push for more money, but then expect the deal to get done.