Speaking Thursday about its annual pre-season media availabilityThunder general manager Sam Presti said that Shay Gilgeus-Alexander remains committed to Oklahoma City.
“Shai has made a long-term commitment.”
It’s very strange that Presti was even asked about this given the SGA’s five-year extension and $179 million this season, but that didn’t stop the quarterback from being linked with the Knicks after Donovan Mitchell was sent to Cleveland.
“The only reason we are talking about this is because another player from the other team has been traded and the aggregation machine needs more content.”
The big question is his health, as Gilgeus-Alexander suffered a left MCL sprain and is due to be re-evaluated in a couple of weeks. Presti is not promising that the SGA will be ready for the opener of the season, but as everyone knows, the Thunder are not going to risk their star player unless he is 100 percent. The SGA has played a total of 91 games over the last two seasons, but Presti has denied rumors that he is injury prone.
The Zion advertising train keeps rolling. First there were reports that he was in the best shape of his life, then he entered the media day and everything looked like he is.
Zion now has his own Pelicans coach, Willie Green, who said he dominated the first day of tag team scrimmages. Via Andre Lopez of ESPN.
“Z looked amazing,” Pelicans coach Willie Greene said Wednesday afternoon. “His strength, his speed. He practically dominated the fight.”
“What stood out the most was his strength,” Greene said. “He quickly went downstairs. When he caught the ball, he made quick decisions. Whether it’s scoring points, finding a teammate. It was really impressive.”
Reach for the salt shaker to take it all with you – it’s boot camp bouts. Maybe Zion is playing so well now – he’s quite capable, he was almost an All-NBA player in the 2020-21 season (eighth in the voting ahead) before the foot injury – but we need to see him against other teams. In games that matter. Then we will need to see it within a certain amount of time.
If Zion can stay healthy this season, if his fitness is what everyone says, monster season could be waiting for him. Combine it with CJ McCollum, Brandon Ingram and a strong supporting cast in New Orleans, and The Pelicans could surprise a lot of people—and be fun to watch.
NBA training camps have just opened and teams have yet to play a preseason game, but two contenders are already in trouble.
The Celtics have coach Ime Udoka suspended as a distraction, as well as a defensive anchor. Robert Williams will miss at least the start of the season due to another knee operation.
Corey Robinson of NBC Sports and I go through all the training camp news, including some of the wildest with the Lakers and Nets, what we can take away from it, and how good Zion Williamson as well as James Harden look physically.
The pair then discuss the potential for the NBA to move away from its “one-stop-shop” role and bring 18s back into the game – is this a good thing for the NBA?
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In 2004, Robert Sarver bought the Phoenix Suns for a then record $401 million.
When Sarver sells the team now — he was spurred into doing so after the backlash sparked by an NBA report that uncovered an 18-year pattern of bigotry, misogyny and a toxic workplace — he will make a huge profit.
Suns is now valued at $3 billion or more. reported by Ramona Shelburne and Baxter Holmes of ESPN.
There will be no shortage of contenders for the team, with league sources predicting a franchise valuation of more than $3 billion now that revenue has rebounded from the height of the COVID-19 pandemic and with a new TV rights and CBA deal on the horizon. Sarver bought the team for just over $400 million in 2004.
Saver currently owns 35% of the Suns (the largest share), but reports say that his role as managing partner allows him to sell the entire team (minority owners should comply, although they will also make a nice profit). Sarver also decides who to sell the team to, not the NBA or other owners.
Early rumors of buyers included Larry Ellison (founder of Oracle), Bob Iger (former CEO of Disney), Lauren Powell Jobs (widow of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, she owns 20% of Washington Wizards) and others. There have been no reports of negotiations yet, and Sarver does not need to rush the deadlines.
Meanwhile, the rival Suns team tries to focus on the season despite the owner selling the team. Jay Crowder not be in training camp and insist on a trade, and Deandre Ayton doesn’t seem happy to be back with the Suns.
Eager to get leverage to trade this offseason, Kevin Duran put forward an ultimatum “either the coach and the grandmaster left, or I.”
Now coach Steve Nash (and GM Sean Marks) are back in Brooklyn on the same team and trying to create an opponent together. Awkward? Not if you ask Nash what ESPN’s Nick Friedell did..
“We’re fine,” Nash said after the Nets’ first official practice of the season on Tuesday. “Were good. Since we talked, it’s like nothing has changed. I have a long history with Kevin. I love this guy. Families have problems. We had a moment, and it’s over. That’s what happens. It’s a common situation in the league.
“We were all hurt, seething, going through what we went through last year, not being able to overcome all those hardships. Sometimes you lose perspective because you expect to win, but the reality is that we were able to talk and discuss what we can improve from last year. And also keep perspective. We’ve been through a lot of things.”
First, what else was Nash going to say? He knows the power dynamics in the NBA, and Durant…