NBA Free Agency Updates
If you missed it last week, be sure to check out my earlier recap of the NBA Free Agency kickoff. There have been a few more happenings, though, so let's recap the more notables ones here:
- LaMarcus Aldridge to join Spurs. Aldridge met with several teams, including Los Angeles, before tweeting his decision to join San Antonio with a four-year deal.
- Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan staying put. Both veteran players announced they will play with the Spurs again for the 2015-2016 seasaon.
- Mo Williams heading to Cleveland. The former Timberwolves guard and current free agent signed a two-year deal with the Cavaliers.
- Kevin Garnett remaining with Minnesota. The Wolves announced that KG will remain with the team after signing a two-year contract. According to Jon Krawczynski, the deal will be worth $16 million.
- Marc Gasol signs five-year deal. Gasol signed another five-year contract to stay in Memphis.
- Hornets sign Jeremy Lin. The guard reportedly signed a two-year deal to join Charlotte after playing in LA last season.
- DeAndre Jordan creates drama, stays in LA. In probably the most dramatic free agency move this season, Jordan signed a new contract after verbally agreeing to join the Mavericks.
It's sometimes hard to find excitement during the NBA offseason, especially if your team isn't being too active with free agency, but the Wolves are certainly keeping fans engaged. Before any excitement wore off (but let's be honest, it will take a while) from the 2015 NBA Draft, the Timberwolves held an open scrimmage at the Target Center, calling it their Summer Showcase.
Over 15,000 fans filled the arena Wednesday, drawing an arguably larger crowd than the team saw at the conclusion of last season. No. 1 draft pick Karl-Anthony Towns put on quite the performance, tallying 24 points and 15 rebounds in 24 minutes on the court. Towns said the following post game:
"It's amazing to think how passionate our fans are and how blessed I have been to move from one great fan base [in Kentucky] to another great fan base."
Zach LaVine, entering his second pro season, tallied 25 points on the evening.
It's been an entire week since the Lynx last played a game, as they rolled to an easy win over Seattle last Friday evening. Minnesota is currently No. 1 in the Western Conference heading into tonight's game against Chicago.
Tonight will be the first time this season the Lynx and Sky play each other. In 2014, Minnesota got away with two close wins over Chicago, so you can bet the Sky will be back and hungry for a win--especially on their own turf. Chicago is the home to the WNBA's leading scorer, Elena Delle Donne, so Maya Moore and company will have their hands full. Donne is averaging 27.2 points per game and shooting 97 percent from the charity strip. In addition, she ranks No. 2 in rebounding, averaging 9.9 boards per game.
Minnesota will look to keep its standings lead over the Tulsa Shock.
Lindsey's Friday Flick Recommendation
I hope you all enjoyed your Independence Day weekend! I'm definitely in summer mode, and I haven't been watching too many movies lately. However, I did just spend time with a friend who introduced me to a film I'm ashamed to say I hadn't seen sooner.
Despite being a bit more grisly than movies I would typically choose, Good Fellas was an excellent film! Robert DeNiro, Joe Pesci and the ever-creepy Ray Liotta make up an all-star cast, and I always love movies based on true stories. I found the pace and story of this more engaging than The Godfather (which I also enjoyed).
Check out the trailer below, and happy weekending!