Absolutely nothing is happening in the basketball world right now. There was the huge trade that sent Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets and Chris Paul to the Oklahoma City Thunder a couple weeks ago, but since then, crickets.
There are a few little tidbits about the Charlotte Hornets floating around on the Internet right now. We’ll compile them for you here.
According to Kemba’s agent Jeff Schwartz, the team wasn’t willing to offer Walker enough money because of the team’s current construction. The Hornets “didn’t consider themselves a significant playoff team” during the negotiations, and that seems like a big reason the two sides weren’t able to agree on compensation.
It still hurts to lose Walker, but there’s something reassuring about the front office having realistic expectations for the team. The last thing we need is the front office thinking this team is close to competing for something meaningful and selling the farm for short term gains.
ESPN polled 20 executives from around the NBA on various things, one of which was the worst move of the summer. Four executives voted for the acquisition of Rozier. Only the Suns signing of Ricky Rubio and the Knicks signing an entire roster of power forwards received more votes. Said one exec, “I thought that was a huge overpay without enough short term to justify it. I think that’s going to be a disaster to be a bottom-end team and throw that money around. I don’t see how that’s going to work out.”
It’s hard to argue that the Hornets didn’t overpay Rozier, but it is what it is. The team is probably going to be bad for a few seasons anyway. The amount of money Rozier is making during that time isn’t going to change that.
Speaking at his camp in Flint, Michigan, Bridges told Eric Woodyard of the Deseret News that he was “really out of shape” last season. That didn’t seem to be the case from outside observers, as Bridges wowed with his high-flying antics all last season. He vowed to be in better shape for the 2019-20 season, so we should be in for a treat.
Hat tip to ATH user BenjamminG for digging a couple of these up.