[Wojnarowski] Interested teams believe that Thibodeau is reluctant to bring strong offers to his owner for examination because he is still holding out hope to get Butler on the floor for Minnesota this season.
Lillard on breaking news about media members: "I’m just basically showing you how it feels to be vulnerable, I guess, or to be at somebody else’s mercy about something that you might not want out."
Lebron on Rondo: "When you see yourself in someone on the opposing side thats where you think someday itll be crazy if you ever teamed up [...] Theres not many of us in this league that can actually think and prepare with our minds before we even step on the floor and actually play the game like us"
[Lewenberg] Kawhi Leonard on Nick Nurse: "He's open-minded, ready to adjust on the fly. Just a brilliant mind, loves the game of basketball. I've gotta talk to him more, this was just my first practice, but we're going to develop a good relationship."
Bron on the Lakers: I'm not a very patient guy but I understand that I have to be patient right now. I’ve got to be patient with myself too because it’s a new start for me. It’s my first year here, my first year in a new system. I know how to play the game of basketball but this is all new to me too
Per sources, Lowry had also been dodging calls and texts from team officials, including president Masai Ujiri and new head coach Nick Nurse, who Lowry said he only spoke with briefly right after Nurse was promoted in June. Meanwhile, Lowry and Leonard didn’t speak until Monday morning
[Smith] Part of the reason the Pelicans were comfortable waiving Emeka Okafor was how good Jahlil Okafor looks: “He knows this might be last chance saloon time. He’s in amazing shape, and he’s going hard on both ends too. Seems like he really gets it now.”
[Reynolds] Heat caught a break today. Goran Dragic turned an ankle when he went into one of the basket supports in the opening practice of camp. Very minor tweak, treated with ice afterward and he’s planning to practice tomorrow.
[Buha] Danilo Gallinari could close some games as the starting five. Coach Doc Rivers hinted last week that his closing lineup will often be Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams, Avery Bradley, Tobias Harris and Gallinari, and they showcased that exact lineup on the first day of camp.
[Smith] Sources: In addition to the Sacramento Kings getting involved in helping facilitate a Jimmy Butler trade, the Phoenix Suns are open to jumping in as well. Phoenix will get involved if they can return a point guard in a three-team trade.
[Wojnarowski] Minnesota Timberwolves President/Coach Tom Thibodeau met with All-Star forward Jimmy Butler on Monday and tried to convince him to eventually rejoin the team in the preseason, league sources tell ESPN. Butler is sitting out, awaiting the organization to honor his trade request.
Giannis says he was 3 hours early to work out with Kobe. Landed at 9 a.m. and was there at 11 a.m. for what was scheduled to be a 2 p.m. workout. Wanted to show him he wasn't there to mess around. Wanted to show Kobe "I'm here to get better, simple as that."
[Friedell] Kevin Durant is really looking forward to the Warriors preseason game in Seattle. He says it was 'devasting' how Sonics left in the middle of the night years ago and is looking forward to the energy in the building for the upcoming exhibition.