This week, Milwaukee Bucks president Peter Feigin chose the scare-tactic negotiating ploy when telling Wisconsin legislators why they should approve $250 million in funding for a new Bucks arena — if they don’t the team will be sold back to the league and moved to “Seattle or Las Vegas.”
That comment understandably put Bucks fans on edge.
Then on Tuesday Bucks point guard Michael Carter-Williams tweeted this:
He was innocently talking about playing for the Bucks Summer League team, which starts play in Las Vegas on Friday. But that’s not how some Bucks fans saw it.
Carter Williams realized his mistake and tweeted:
To be fair Bucks fans, if the arena deal does fall through Adam Silver will look for other options to keep the team in Milwaukee first (he was one of the guys behind the efforts to give Sacramento a chance to keep it’s team, and it was farther down the road than Milwaukee right now).
After that, I’d be a lot more concerned about Seattle than Vegas.
Just like you, NBA players like to vacation with their friends.
It just draws a little more attention when LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Paul are hanging out together.
LeBron and Wade were together at the Atlantis resort in the Bahamas, and apparently a couple other buddies dropped by. You just have to wonder how many of them did the Leap of Faith waterslide. What we do know is some of them went on a banana boat ride.
There were a lot of suitors for Alan Anderson — a solid NBA bench two-guard who can come in and knock down some threes plus play solid defense. For teams trying to round out their bench at an affordable price, the 32-year-old NBA veteran was an attractive target.
The Washington Wizards won the bidding. Maybe by overpaying a little, but they won the bidding.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports broke the news.
J. Michael of CSNWashington.com confirmed the news.
The Wizards were willing to pay a little more to keep this a one-year deal — they want all their cap space available to go after Kevin Durant next summer.
The Wizards signed Gary Neal and traded for Jared Dudley this summer, giving them a lot of players on the wings behind Bradley Beal and Otto Porter. Dudley and Porter could see a lot of time at the stretch four spot if the Wizards go small more (as they should).
There are questions if you want to be picky: LaMarcus Aldridge has never led a team deep into the playoffs before. Aldridge and Tim Duncan have similar games (they both prefer the left block) games, how do they mesh? How does David West mesh at the four? Can there be too much talent in San Antonio?
I’m sure Gregg Popovich is crying into his Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir.
The Spurs have aced free agency with the precision they seem to do everything, and they are one of the winners in NBA free agency. Actually, both winners we talk about here came out of the state of Texas.
The New York Knicks wanted to retain center Jason Smith, but under the rules of the CBA they could only offer him $2.8 million.
That was not enough to get the deal done.
The Orlando Magic came in at $4.5 million and won the day, something announced first by Smith’s agency, Priority Sports.
The Knicks had gotten Orlando big man Kyle O’Quinn in a sign-and-trade deal with the Magic, which was one of Phil Jackson’s smart moves this summer. Consider this the Magic returning the favor. The teams are essentially swapping reserve bigs.
Smith played in every Knicks game last season, started 31 of them, and averaged eight points and four rebounds a night. He’s a midrange shooter, 65 percent of his shot attempts came between 10 feet out and the arc last season, but he hit a respectable 46 percent of them. That fit well in the triangle.
In Orlando, he will be the primary backup for Nikola Vucivic and he should get some quality run.