Last night, the Houston Rockets announced a bombshell deal with Chris Paul going to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for Russell Westbrook. Westbrook and James Harden were great friends and teammates in OKC a few years ago so a reunion seems like it could only mean good things for the franchise. With Westbrook on the team, it was revealed that they are also looking to pursue Andre Iguodala and add some depth pieces at the same time. According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Rockets were able to do just that as they signed Tyson Chandler to a one-year deal.
Chandler has played 17 seasons in the NBA and started his career with the Chicago Bulls back in 2001. This will be the eighth franchise Chandler has played with and over the years, he has been looked at as a model player and someone who will be great in the locker room. While playing for the Lakers last season, the NBA veteran was able to average 16 minutes a night while picking up averages of 3.1 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.
While the addition of Chandler doesn't make them an automatic title contender, it certainly gives them some depth and added leadership for when the going gets tough.
Kawhi Leonard Never Wanted To Play With LeBron & The Lakers, Says Danny Green
Green says Kawhi wanted to do his own thing.
Kawhi Leonard is now a member of the Los Angeles Clippers which means the team is now a contender to win a championship this season. They also brought on Paul George which will make both players a dynamic duo for at least the next two seasons. There was plenty of speculation as to where Leonard would go, with the Los Angeles Lakers leading the charge. In the end, Leonard decided to avoid the super team and opted to build his own legacy. During an interview with ESPN, Leonard's former teammate Danny Green spoke about the star and how the Lakers were never really an option for him.
"I think all of it was a shock to me," Green explained. "Except not as much of a shock Kawhi going to L.A. The Clippers, anyway. I didn't see him coming this route [to the Lakers]. I feel like he wanted to go his own route. I think it was between them and going back. I think the year that he had and what those fans brought this season and everything it was hard for him to turn it down and leave Toronto. But I knew he wanted to be closer to home."
Once Leonard had made his decision, Green announced that he would be joining the Lakers who were in dire need of shooters. Had Leonard come to the Lakers, he would have made them an unstoppable super team that would have made the league unwatchable.
Meanwhile, we tried to answer the debate surrounding the Lakers and the Clippers so check that out here.
Steph Curry Breaks His Silence On Kevin Durant Nets Signing
Curry is happy KD was able to find happiness.
Heading into free agency, it was a foregone conclusion that Kevin Durant would be leaving the Golden State Warriors to carve out his legacy elsewhere. In the end, Durant chose to go to the Brooklyn Nets where he would be teaming up with the likes of Kyrie Irving and DeAndre Jordan. During his time with the Golden State Warriors, Durant was able to win two NBA championships and helped the team get to its fifth straight finals appearance. The Warriors’ biggest star, Steph Curry, recently spoke to the Mercury News about KD’s decision and what it means for the team moving forward.
“I mean, the three years that we had were special. With KD, we had three straight Finals appearances. We won two of them, and we accomplished a lot as a group. Everybody talks about the amount of talent that we had on our team, but that doesn’t guarantee that you can figure out on the court that you can put all the pieces together to be successful. I’m really proud of what we accomplished. The beauty of free agency is everybody has a decision, everybody has a choice. You want to find your happiness wherever that is. The beauty of the NBA is everybody has that decision at some point, especially guys that deserve it, like K and other top free agents. I like to look at what we accomplished and focus on that and be extremely proud of this run that we had. Now we are going to have to recreate it in terms of what it means going forward.”
After losing Durant, the Warriors were able to secure the services of D’Angelo Russell who some feel will be used as a trade piece later on in the season. Once Durant comes back from his injury, he will instantly turn the Nets into a contender.
Kawhi Leonard Reportedly Gave Raptors "Unreasonable" Requests
The Raptors were suspicious of the superstar's intentions.
Going into free agency, there was a ton of debate as to where Kawhi Leonard would sign. Some thought he would go to the Lakers while others wanted to see him run it back for another year with the Toronto Raptors. In the end, Leonard ended up signing with the Los Angeles Clippers who are now one of the teams favored to win the NBA Championship next season. Leonard was secretive about where he wanted to go and according to TSN's Josh Lewenberg, he made it very difficult for the Raptors to keep him
In the report, it states that Leonard's camp had "unreasonable" requests for the Raptors and that team president Masai Ujiri quickly became suspicious about Kawhi's intentions.
"I know what we’re dealing with here and I appreciate what the process was," Ujiri said. "I know free agency, I know how it works. It’s not my first rodeo. You know things are going to go up and down. This was a different kind of free agency. It was high stakes and we understood that."
Kawhi's infamous "Uncle Dennis" is believed to be at the forefront of these requests and has been known to be a bit of a nuisance in the past, especially when Leonard was with the Spurs.
It's pretty clear the Leonard had his heart set on Los Angeles so Raptors fans shouldn't feel too bad. At least they got a championship out of him.
DeMarcus Cousins Claims Lakers "Kidnapped" Him For Next Season
Cousins gets to play with some old teammates.
DeMarcus Cousins signed a one-year, $3.5 million deal with the Los Angeles Lakers this past week and is expected to fit in nicely with the squad. The team consists some of Cousins former Pelicans teammates such as Rajon Rondo and Anthony Davis so the former Warriors is definitely familiar with the roster. Injury problems have hurt Cousins over the last few seasons but he seems to be determined to come back with a vengeance this year and play all 82 games. If Cousins can get back to his form of just a few years ago, the Lakers will be even scarier than we originally imagined.
During an interview with Spectrum Sportsnet, Cousins was asked why he chose to come to the Lakers and his answer was pretty hilarious. Cousins says he got to speak to Rondo and AD who essentially "kidnapped" him to come and play for them. His decision to play with the Lakers probably wasn't too difficult though. Cousins, Davis, and Rondo had incredible chemistry together and with LeBron James in the mix, this has the potential to be unstoppable.
Cousins was being passed up by numerous teams before being claimed by the Lakers, so he will certainly be motivated to prove all of the doubters wrong during this upcoming campaign.
Carmelo Anthony Cares Too Much About Scoring, Says Chauncey Billups
Billups explains why Melo can't find a team.
Carmelo Anthony has been one of the big names tossed around this Summer in the midst of free agency. Anthony played ten games for the Houston Rockets last season although his tenure quickly came to an end as it was clear he wasn't a good fight. Melo has been out of the league ever since and it doesn't seem like many teams are looking to take a chance on him. There is no denying that Anthony still has the talent to play in the league but for some, his attitude has kept him from getting onto a roster.
In a recent interview, former NBA player Chauncey Billups talked about Carmelo and gave an explanation as to why he can't find a team. As Billups noted, Anthony cared too much about scoring and hasn't been able to rid of himself of that mentality. This attitude has made Melo scoff at the idea of being a bench player which is what many teams see him as.
"Scoring 30 meant too much to Melo," Billups explained. The former player also noted that Melo was an incredible teammate and that he always gave it his all.
Anthony has expressed interest in returning to the Knicks and is also being looked at by the Los Angeles Lakers.
Kevin Durant Revealed Nets Deal On IG Before Even Speaking With The Team
We're living in a whole new era of the NBA.
As soon as Free Agency opened up on June 30th, Kevin Durant announced that he would be signing with the Brooklyn Nets. He did so through his TheBoardroom Instagram account and Brooklyn sports fans were absolutely ecstatic. Knicks fans were crying their eyes out since they lost out on pretty well every big name free agent, but that's neither here nor there. The Nets were also able to secure the services of Kyrie Irving who was looking to move on from his troubling experience with the Boston Celtics.
During a press conference yesterday, Nets general manager Sean Marks spoke about Durant and how the team found out he was going to sign with them. Let's just say the team was made aware of his commitment in the most millennial way possible, through Instagram. Yes, that's right. Durant said he would be joining the team before even meeting with them to confirm. It's a pretty ballsy move but when you consider just how good of a player Durant is, it's not surprising that he would get away with it.
Considering there are tampering rules at play here, it's not totally surprising that Durant would do such a thing. Teams and players aren't allowed to meet until free agency officially opens so if Marks had admitted to a meeting, who could receive punishment from the league.
Durant won't be able to play with the team next season as he is recovering from a ruptured Achilles.
Kevin Durant & Nets Have No Timeline For Achilles Injury Return: Report
Durant will probably miss all of next season with his injury.
Kevin Durant signed with the Brooklyn Nets this offseason in a move that made the team infinitely better. The Nets were also able to pick up Kyrie Irving who can make an immediate impact with the team. What's interesting about Durant though is the fact that he is currently out with a ruptured Achilles, which means he won't be able to start next season. Considering the severity of his injury, many believed he wouldn't be able to play at all next season and now, it looks as though that is going to become a reality.
Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated reported today that Nets general manager Sean Marks spoke with Durant and have not set a timeline for Durant to come back. With this in mind, it's become clear that the Nets are hoping for Durant to get healthy during the 2019-2020 season in order to be good to go for 2020-2021.
Durant ruptured his Achilles during Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors. He was cleared to play after sustaining a calf injury, although his ailment proved to be a lot more serious than previously reported.
Once Durant and Irving are firmly placed into the lineup, the Nets will instantly become a favorite to win the East.
Kevin Durant’s Nets Signing Wasn’t All Because Of Kyrie Irving: Report
Durant and Irving had discussed linking up earlier in the season.
There were quite a few NBA teams who got better this Summer and the Brooklyn Nets were one of them. They were able to secure the services of Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant who had been tied to one another since the All-Star break. At first, some thought they would be going to the New York Knicks, although it was clear that the Nets were the more ble option. Durant is out with an Achilles injury next year but when he comes back, the Nets will be contenders to win an NBA championship.
Thanks to a new story from Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix, it was revealed that Durant’s decision wasn’t 100 percent related to Kyrie. In fact, Durant had a tough decision in front of him and weighed all of his options before making a choice. As Mannix explained, Irving was definitely a factor but he wasn’t the be all, end all.
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“Durant’s decision took longer. The Knicks were in play, though never to the all-but-done-deal extent that had been reported. So, too, were the Warriors, who could offer a five-year, $221 million contract—one year and $57 million more than Brooklyn could pay. What Durant wanted was simple. A good team. A strong, supportive environment. The Nets checked all the boxes. Durant’s decision was never directly tied to Irving’s, but the opportunity to play with his close friend certainly appealed to him.”
The Nets were able to clear space for Durant and Kyrie by trading away D’Angelo Russell to the Golden State Warriors. Needless to say, they were a busy team this offseason.
Kawhi Leonard Whisperer, Cris Carter, Offers Another Update On The Star
Carter seems to live inside of Kawhi's head.
Whether you believe what he has to say or not, NFL legend and FS1 analyst Cris Carter has been the go-to person for Kawhi Leonard updates over the last couple of days. Carter seems to have connections to the free agent superstar and as people anticipate his next move, Carter has been able to assure people of what Leonard might be thinking. There have been a plethora of reporters speculating on where Kawhi will go, but no one has been able to provide daily updates like Carter has. Even if you don't believe what he has to say, there is no denying that his updates have become a huge part of the discourse around Kawhi.
Earlier this morning, Carter said he expected Kawhi to make a decision today and that the Lakers would be his best bet. Well, as Carter explained just moments ago, we're going to have to wait yet another day for Leonard's big announcement.
As Carter explained, Leonard won't be making his big decision today and that he hasn't yet decided where he wants to go. Jalen Rose said he believes Kawhi will sign a two-year deal in Toronto, although Carter is saying Leonard only wants to sign long term.
In related news, Leonard's teammate Danny Green is starting to get worried about the star's decision since it's going to impact where he goes next.