In the case of Serge Ibaka being traded to Orlando, it was that he thought the Thunder promised him a bigger role then didn’t deliver, and he was frustrated. Ibaka’s role with the Thunder did fade as Enes Kanter‘s increased, he likely did want a larger role. As you had to expect, Ibaka said none of that is true, writing a diary of his summer for Sports Illustrated.
The Pelicans will reportedly work out Lance Stephenson, and whether or not they’re serious about him, they seem serious about somebody at his position. Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders: I’m not sure who qualifies as “‘one of the higher level free agent guards left” other than J.R. Smith, who seems extremely likely to return to the Cavaliers. (The Pelicans don’t have cap space to pursue Smith, anyway.) Norris Cole, whom New Orleans already renounced? Mario Chalmers coming off a torn Achilles? Kevin Martin who did little with the Spurs? Kirk Hinrich who’s over the hill? Andre Miller who’s five years older? Making this harder to decipher: The Pelicans have 15 players with guaranteed salaries,
Kevin Durant, then of the Thunder, smiles next to Warriors head coach Steve Kerr during the first half of a March 3, 2016 game. It’s also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren’t always listed in order of importance. Jonah Keri talks with Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon and Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll about why they’ve made fun such central parts of their leadership philosophies, and how driving their players to enjoy themselves has helped create some of the most successful teams in their respective sports.