The Milwaukee Bucks will have a ridiculous amount of turnover for a playoff team, as John Hammond has agreed to a deal with another rotation player. Keyon Dooling, who filled in at both guard spots off the bench for the Nets last season, will be on his way to Milwaukee on a two-year contract according to Garry D. Howard of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. No specifics are available on the value of the contract yet (though Frank Madden of BrewHoop noted that the most Milwaukee could offer him would be the full biannual exception), but from strictly a basketball perspective, it’s a pretty sound move.
Luke Ridnour had a terrific season for the Bucks last year, but he’s looking for more minutes, responsibility, and, predictably, money. That makes Milwaukee a poor fit going forward; the Bucks will look to give Brandon Jennings more and more of all of the above as he develops, and to have such a financial obligation to two point guards would limit Milwaukee’s flexibility at other positions. So instead, they’ve added Dooling, a decent all-around player and a good three-point shooter, for what should be a very reasonable salary.
It’s simple and smart. Dooling could be another feather in Hammond’s hat, even if John has recently committed his team to roughly a bajillion dollars in contracts in order to cover that hat in sequins.
NEW YORK (AP) — Brooklyn Nets forward DeMarre Carroll has undergone right ankle surgery and will miss the start of the season.
The team says Carroll had a right ankle arthroscopy. It was performed Tuesday at the Hospital for Special Surgery.
Carroll started 73 games at forward for the Nets last season, averaging 13.5 points and 6.6 rebounds.
The Nets say updates regarding Carroll’s return will be issued as appropriate.
Brooklyn opens its season Wednesday at Detroit.
It was difficult to limit this list to just five.
The NBA’s race for the MVP award seems wide open this season. LeBron James is the favorite of the Las Vegas books (thank Lakers’ fans for that) and James Harden has been first or second three of the past four years, so he cannot be counted out. Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant have each won it before, although they tend to cancel each other out on the same team.
This year feels like we could see new blood winning the award. Maybe Anthony Davis of the Pelicans. Maybe Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Bucks. Maybe Kawhi Leonard is back to form in Toronto and we shouldn’t count him out. Joel Embiid is touting himself in Philly.
I make my prediction and talk about the players to watch in this new PBT Extra video.
The Golden State Warriors received their championship rings on Tuesday night against the Oklahoma City Thunder, even with Patrick McCaw not in attendance.
The 2017-18 NBA champions have grabbed three titles in four years, and as such you’d expect them to get inventive with their hardware at this point.
Enter this season’s championship ring.
The Warriors revealed the ring’s design on social media on Tuesday, and it has one very specific feature. Specifically, the center area of the ring is completely reversible.
Check it out:
Championship rings are objectively ugly, gaudy things. But if someone offered you one, you certainly wouldn’t turn it down. Everyone wants to have a championship under their belt, and having a ridiculous ring with 74 diamonds in it and a twist-off top is just wild.
Jimmy Butler is a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves, at least until the team finds a suitable trade partner. It seems the talks between the Wolves and the Miami Heat have gone dormant, and there isn’t an openly-interested party in sight.
Meanwhile, Butler is attending practices and is expected to play in the first game of the year for Minnesota against the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday. As the team looks for trade partners, the question remains what will happen with head coach Tom Thibodeau. Things have quickly gone south under his watch, and many are calling for his firing from the outside.
In a conversation with the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, which Taylor owns, Taylor said that Thibodeau’s job is safe.
Thibodeau has three years left on a five-year contract worth about $40 million. Is he coaching for his job?
“No, no, the only thing now is that we are starting to play games and I am asking him to concentrate on coaching,” Taylor said. “GM Scott Layden will help to see if any trades are available.”
Is Taylor still happy he hired Thibodeau in April 2016?
“Yes, yes, he is a good coach and I have faith in him,” he said.
Meanwhile Taylor says that he’s not thinking about selling the team, and that they will try to grit themselves through from here on out.
It’s a tougher Western Conference this year, and it was already up in the air whether the Timberwolves were going to be a playoff team. Now, it seems as though they are destined to miss the postseason yet again after making it last year.