Good Tuesday to you Canisiens. Things continue apace in the NBA off-season, as players continue to find new homes.
Of interest to me was yesterday’s signing of Luc Mbah a Moute by the Clippers. That means the Rockets have lost two of their key rotation forwards this summer: Trevor Ariza signed with the Suns earlier in the free agent window.
Rumor has it that the Rockets are focused on signing Carmelo Anthony once his contract with Oklahoma City is dealt with. Although Daryl Morey usually has a pretty good plan, this makes little sense to me. Anthony appears on his last legs, and the Rockets need the defense that Ariza and Mbah a Moute provided in order to be truly dangerous to the Warriors. But we’ll see what happens.
The Spurs are not matching Kyle Anderson’s offer sheet from the Memphis Grizzlies, which surprises me a bit. I thought it was a good deal for Anderson—4 years, $37M. The MLE. But the Spurs weren’t interested. Don’t be surprised by a bit of a Grizzlies rebound this season.
Meanwhile, the Wolves still need to add a couple of players, or at least one. They currently have 12 guys under contract for next season, with the minimum being 13. I would be surprised if they didn’t carry 14 into the beginning of the season, with one spot left open, as they did last year. I have no idea what they might be looking for at this point, but there are still plenty of guys floating around looking for work.
The Wolves summer league team played the Nets last night. If you are reading this sentence, it means that I didn’t stay up to include any results about the game. You probably are reading this, because I refuse to stay up til all hours for freaking summer league. Please discuss the game in comments, so I can read them and find out what happened.
So far it’s been a decent showing for the Wolves squad, especially their key rookies. Josh Okogie has shown an ability to fill up the stat sheet in multiple areas and really shine defensively, though obviously his offense is raw. Keita Bates-Diop similarly has shown some things defensively and displayed an impressive basketball IQ.
In World Cup action, Belgium and France play in the first semifinal today at 1:00 pm Central. A match up dripping with world class talent, the winner of this one will be favored against either of England or Croatia from the other semifinal. Belgium is close to my heart because the feature three Spurs players, but on the other hand, the captain and goalkeeper for France is Spurs’ Hugo Lloris. Have I mentioned there are nine Spurs players in the semifinals. more than any other club?
Finally, the Gasol brothers put on a charity basketball game in Girona on Sunday, in which both Jimmy Butler and Ricky Rubio featured. Here are a few photos:
Noche especial con muchos amigos en #Fontajau! Gracias a todos por hacerlo posible!! Sin palabras!!!— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) July 8, 2018
Special night in #Girona with lots of friends. Thank you everyone for making it possible. No words!!! pic.twitter.com/4pAZOKWfiE
Enjoy your Tuesday. Chat below.