James, the four times Most Valuable Player in the NBA, won’t be passing on his crown just yet after another impressive season, despite reports that he may exercise his right to opt out of his contract at Cleveland next summer. The San Antonio Spurs, Miami Heat, Minnesota Timberwolves and New York Knicks are among the teams that Irving reportedly could join, but the leaking of the trade request will make any move more complicated.
Gordon Hayward has only officially been a member of the Boston Celtics for about 10 days, but he announced to the world nearly three weeks ago that he would be taking his talents to New England. On Monday, Hayward joined ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski on "The Woj Pod" to discuss the free agency process that eventually brought him to Boston. And as it turns out, apparently the team's coach being an expert navigator was not part of the equation, because if it was, Hayward would not be in Boston. That's because after Brad Stevens arrived with assistant coach Micah Shrewsberry (both of whom coached Hayward at Butler) to pick Hayward and his wife up from the airport, the Celtics coach got lost on the
The former Michigan basketball star was able to parlay that performance into a contract with the other Florida-based team: the Miami Heat, which released a statement tonight announcing the signing of Walton to a two-way contract. Walton graduated from U-M this spring after a decorated four-year career. He served as the starting point guard dating back to his freshman year and made 126 total starts throughout his career. Walton ranks fourth all-time in career assists with 499, fourth all-time in three-pointers made, second in career free-throw percentage and is the only player in school history to tally 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 400 assists. For his career, Walton averaged 11.6 points, 4.4