Last season, only Jimmy Butler and James Harden played more minutes per game than Kyrie Irving at 36.4. Irving logged a total of 2,730 minutes last season, 10th in the NBA total. He had a heavy workload.
Now, he is coming off fractured kneecap surgery, an injury sustained in the playoffs.
The Cavs also want to cut Irving’s minutes. Mo Williams was signed to help out at point guard. Irving is coming off surgery for a fractured knee cap, so it makes sense to keep his workload light in the regular season.
As Pluto notes, this is exactly why the Cavaliers wanted Mo Williams.
With the veteran Williams and the scrappy fan favorite Matthew Dellavedova, the Cavaliers can easily trim six or more minutes off a night for Irving, getting him down to 30 minutes a night or just below. Plus, they can give him nights off. Considering the injury and what we know about guys who are rested playing better, all of this should be expected.
What helps is the Cavaliers will not pay a real price for this. The added Cavaliers’ depth, plus the fact they are in the East and have an easier path to the top seed, means they can lighten the load on Irving and still get have home court throughout the playoffs (or at least until the Finals). Then come the playoffs, the minutes will crank up again.
Spike Lee narrates Anthony Davis’ rise to stardom in new ‘NBA 2K16’ promo (VIDEO)
Anthony Davis is the fastest-rising star in the NBA. He just inked a five-year $143 million extension with the Pelicans and comes into his fourth season widely expected to be the next transcendent, generational superstar at the LeBron James/Kevin Durant level. He’s also one of three cover athletes for NBA 2K16, which will be out in October. The other two, James Harden and reigning MVP Stephen Curry, have already gotten videos in which Spike Lee narrates their rises to fame. Now, Davis has his:
“When people talk about the greatest ever, I want to be in that conversation,” Davis says at the beginning of the video. Considering what he’s done already and the fact that he’s only 22, it’s not a stretch to imagine that he will be discussed in those terms by the time his career is over.
Adidas may be getting out of the NBA uniform game, but they are opening up the checkbook to stock their roster with quality players that will get the public’s eye. Most notable this summer, they landed James Harden, pulling him away from Nike. He joins stars such as Derrick Rose, Damian Lillard, and John Wall, not to mention up-and-coming players such as Andrew Wiggins.
Now you can add Justise Winslow to the mix.
The No. 10 pick of the Miami Heat, he signed a shoe deal with Adidas, the company announced.
“I’m excited to be a part of adidas,” said Winslow. “I loved playing in their basketball shoes at adidas Nations and what they’ve been doing with Kanye and Originals is changing the game. I pride myself in being the best player on the court and having unique style off it and adidas will definitely help me do both.”
Adidas Nations is the shoe brand’s big annual high school player camp and games, where many of the nation’s top young ballers come play.
Winslow looked good at that game, then in the draft landed in a spot where he should get some run and be a key part of what the Heat do this season. Winslow’s game showed it needs work at Summer League, but his athleticism and defense are things Erik Spoelstra will put to use well off the bench immediately. Plus he can dunk and will show up on some highlights from the start. He could grow into a quality player in a popular market.
Which is just what Adidas is looking for.
Jason Terry says James Harden recruited him to stay with Rockets
That was expected, what was more interesting is why he’s back — James Harden was recruiting him hard.
“No question, he was all over me,” Terry said. “(Harden) basically wasn’t letting me go anywhere. That was tough for me knowing how important I am to his growth and his development.
“You’re not the main guy, but the main guy needs you. It makes it a lot easier to come back.”
Terry said he had an offer from the Pelicans as well, an up-and-coming team where he could have provided a veteran presence for new coach Alvin Gentry.
But the Rockets made it to the Western Conference Finals last season and then added Ty Lawson to that mix. The top of the West is a crowded place — the Warriors, Clippers, Spurs, and Thunder also are contenders — but the Rockets will be right there.
Sounds like Terry wanted to be a part of that. Well, once he was pushed into it.
The Rockets could have offered Terry up to $2,274,206, but anything over the minimum ($1,499,187) would have triggered the hard cap. I’d be shocked if Terry got more than the minimum. I can’t imagine Daryl Morey restricting himself to such a large degree for a 37-year-old backup.
But on a minimum contract, Terry is nice value.
Pressed into starting duty at point guard, Terry played reasonably well during the Rockets playoff run to the Western Conference finals. If Patrick Beverley is healthy and Ty Lawson is sober, Terry should have a smaller role this season. Terry could also see minutes at shooting guard behind James Harden and Marcus Thornton.
The Rockets and Terry both know he works well in their system, and Houston has legitimate championship aspirations. This makes sense as Terry’s landing spot.