He has already made it clear that he will opt-out of his contract and become a free agent, but along with that came the statement that he wants to remain in Toronto if possible. Biyombo became a breakout player for the Raptors during their playoff run and thus making his $2.3 million option for 2016-17 season not enough. Hometown discounts aren't uncommon for players who want to stay with a team and could help in this case with DeRozan and Lowry also needing more money shortly. As for whether he will stay or not will be decided in the upcoming free agency period.
This has been the expectation all along, but it's still unclear if Miami is willing to bid what another team—or teams—will put on the table. There is chatter that the Heat will attempt to sell Whiteside on taking less than the max, but there will surely be at least one other club willing to give him a max contract. Pat Riley has previously said that Whiteside will be his team's No. 1 offseason priority, and there's no question that the best rim protector in the league will be in high demand.
They're "open" to lots of possibilities, but that doesn't make their pursuit "likely" in any way, shape or form. "It would have to be a defined role (his return)," his agent, Travis King, said last week. "He loves Miami and the team but he loves playing. He’s looking somewhere he can play. He wants to contribute 10 to 20 minutes a night." Assuming Miami re-signs Hassan Whiteside, the odds of Stoudemire finding that role with the Heat are slim to none.
The Spanish basketball player Gasol said Monday there is too much uncertainty about the situation in Brazil and anyone going to Rio de Janeiro for the games should "think about" whether it's worth the risk. He said other Spanish athletes have also expressed their concerns about the virus and are also considering skipping the games. "It wouldn't surprise me to see some athletes deciding not to participate in the games to avoid putting their health and the health of their families at risk," Gasol said, adding that he was among the athletes making such considerations.
Iggy was absolutely sensational on Saturday night, holding Kevin Durant to 10-of-31 shooting, but that wasn't the most impressive part of his performance. Andre Eagle-Dollar stripped Durant and Russell Westbrook twice each in the final 1:40 of the game, setting the stage for Steph Curry to take over and send the Warriors-Thunder to a Game 7 on Monday night. Iguodala still doesn't seem to even be all that impressed by his own performance, deflecting any and all praise to his teammates while citing a defensive gem against Kobe Bryant in his prime in 2005 as his best defensive output. The Warriors will need him to be at his best once again for Game 7, locking down Durant while switching out on other players such as Westbrook.
This might seem like obvious news as the unanimous MVP put up a near triple-double with 31 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists in 41 minutes (impressive considering he's battling the ankle injury) on 6-of-13 shooting from downtown. He completely outplayed Russell Westbrook and will have yet another opportunity to prove he is the top guard in the league in Game 7 Monday night. Bank on Steph coming to play and outperforming even his elite expectations.
Teams will make a run at free agent to be DeMar DeRozan of the Raptors. But he has expressed a desire to stay in Toronto. The Raptors will be able to offer him a max contract of five years and $145 million whereas other teams can top out at $107 million. No matter where DeRozan and his 23.5 points average signs, he is line for a nice raise this offseason.
Durant has struggled in the last three games going a combined 30-85 from the field, and 5-22 from three point range. He remains one of the best players on the planet, and is capable of lighting it up at anytime on the offensive end, and will try to get the Thunder into the finals to face LeBron James.
Even if the veteran does not start, he should continue to see big minutes as he has in the last three games. The Warriors are hoping Iggy's defense can slow down Kevin Durant a bit, especially with a trip to the Finals on the line.
Fizdale is a highly-respected assistant from the Heat, but he replaces a highly-respected head coach in Dave Joerger. The Grizzlies have a fascinating offseason ahead of them, as Mike Conley and Matt Barnes are free agents, and those roster decisions will likely be far more important than who they chose to coach the roster.