Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers was hopeful his team would retain Kevin Durant since it could offer a five-year, $221 million contact. But during a two-hour conversation on the day that Durant announced his decision to join the Brooklyn Nets, Myers could see where things were headed. He said Monday that there wasn't anything the Warriors could have done to keep the star forward with the team. "He felt like it was something inside of him and his heart that he wanted to try something different," Myers told reporters at the team's practice facility. "There was nothing wrong about it. I'm at peace about it. I hope our fans can be, too. He's one of the best athletes we've ever seen come through our city and certainly this organization." Durant accepted a four-year, $164 million free-agent deal from the Brooklyn Nets. He could end up missing the entire first season as he recovers from a ruptured Achilles suffered during June's NBA Finals. Durant officially joins Nets, to … [Read more...] about NBA: No way to keep Durant , says Warriors GM
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Boston forward Al Horford will turn down his 2018-19 option of $30.1 million and no longer intends to re-sign with the Celtics, multiple media outlets reported late Tuesday. ESPN and the Boston Herald both reported earlier Tuesday that Horford would opt out with a goal of re-signing with the Celtics on a reworked deal, which would have a lower annual value but include two additional years of security. However, both outlets reported later Tuesday that Horford and the team are now unable to agree on a new contract, and that Horford will pursue a deal of three or four years elsewhere in free agency. After he opts out, the 33-year-old will be able to discuss contracts with other teams starting June 30. Players can sign or re-sign contracts beginning July 6. READ: Horford now expected to leave Celtics in free agency Horford has spent the last three years in Boston since arriving on a free agent deal from Atlanta, where he played the first nine seasons of his career. The … [Read more...] about NBA: Horford to decline option, leave Celtics — report
All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving is "preparing to sign with the Brooklyn Nets" when contracts can officially be completed in free agency on July 6, the Boston Herald reported Thursday. The Herald report cited separate sources pointing to an Irving-Nets union but said the Boston Celtics have not been informed of Irving's plans and remain optimistic he could remain with the team. The top pick in the 2011 draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers, Irving is a six-time All-Star viewed as one of the best players available in a loaded free agent class this summer. Prior to the just-completed season, Irving grabbed the microphone at TD Garden and told a packed house of season-ticket holders he planned to commit to the Celtics long-term. "I needed just some time to kind of be back in Boston and feel great about different things I wanted to explore in my career," Irving said at the time. He said he dreamt of his No. 11 hanging from the rafters one day, joining the retired numbers of legendary Celtics. … [Read more...] about News NBA: Kyrie Irving moving to Brooklyn?
By Doug Smith Sports Reporter Sun., May 5, 2019 Yeesh. I hope you all can get through this before the 3:30 p.m. game time because there’s some good stuff in here and I wouldn’t want you to miss any of it. So enjoy and try to enjoy the game. Maybe it’ll be fun. And there’s gonna be another one on Tuesday, regardless. - Q: Good day Doug and happy birthday month. Being a year or two older than you, I'm going to use your cue and go for a birthday season leading up to my next special day. Article Continued Below Since you will have lots of basketball questions, and since in your earlier life you covered lots of track action, I will throw another current issue at you for your comments. As you know, Castor Semenya has just lost her case allowing her to run without some sort of treatment to artificially lower her natural testosterone levels. I think this was the wrong decision for several reasons. Firstly, I cannot understand the … [Read more...] about Semenya to Millar to the Raptors; all in the weekend mail