July 20, 2016, 7:27 am
With Summer League over (when is that baby Bulls championship parade?), we have officially entered the NBA’s offseason purgatory. The Olympic games in Rio begin in a little over two weeks, so basketball action is taking a small grace period. That doesn’t mean the party stops! Teams are still picking up the leftover pieces from free agency and making under the table moves to improve rosters. Let’s take a look at what’s happening this hump day:
AROUND THE ASSOCIATION
After Kevin Durant‘s decision to bolt from the Thunder and join the 73-win Golden State Warriors, he stayed in bed and played X-Box for two straight days with his brother Rayvonne. “I didn’t leave my bed, because I was like, ‘Man, if I walk outside somebody might just try to hit me with their car or say anything negative to me,'” Durant said. “I just stayed in. I was trying to process it all. I wanted to be around family, and positive support. It felt different.”
Durant eventually came out of the house he rented in the Hamptons and decided to finally face his criticism. “Life moves on, and I can’t hide forever,’ so I just had to face it.”
That’s right KD. You can’t hide forever. Something tells me this story will have a dark happy ending.
In non-Warriors news, Marc Gasol (foot) has opted not to play for Spain in Rio for the Olympic games. Normally, I would shout ZIKA VIRUS but he has a legitimate excuse due to his broken right foot. There is no clear timetable for Marc Gasol’s return to the court. He certainly falls in to the high-risk high-reward bucket in redraft leagues. Just like Chris Bosh, I urge you to stay away from a 30-something with health issues. Let that be someone else’s problem.
With the Bucks’ recent re-signing of Miles Plumlee, the tea leaves are suggesting that Greg Monroe is still available via trade. Plumlee recently agreed to a four-year, $52 million contract, which is a boatload of cash for a back up center. The Bucks drafted Thon Maker and still employ Monroe, which is why the rumors continue to fly. Come on Milwaukee, just make it happen already.
The L.A. Clippers signed Brandon Bass to a one-year deal. This is convenient for the big man, as he played in the Staples Center last season for the L.A. Lakers so all he has to do is switch jerseys and probably play a lot less. The Clippers are stacked in the frontcourt with the likes of Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, Brice Johnson, Mo Speights and Diamond Stone. The move reunites Bass with Clippers coach Doc Rivers, as Bass spent two seasons with Doc in Boston.
The Denver Nuggets signed Mike Miller to a two-year, $5 million deal to bring him back. While he won’t have any fantasy relevance, he brings solid veteran experience to the locker room. I’m sure the Nuggets have told Miller that playing with his left shoe is optional.
Jodie Meeks underwent surgery on his right foot in order to stabilize the fifth metatarsal. Meeks broke the same foot last season and only played three games. He is out indefinitely while he rehabs. Meeks is not worth considering in even the deepest of fantasy re-draft leagues. It also looks like he won’t be playing Pokemon Go anytime soon.
The 76ers liked what they saw in Brandon Paul from summer league and offered him a partially guaranteed deal. Paul has come a long way from shooting hoops with Hoop-Ball’s own Zain Dhanani in the University of Illinois’ ARC. The 76ers hold the D-League rights to Paul if he doesn’t make the regular season roster. He averaged 10.7 points and 1.7 steals in Vegas.