Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Lowdown On The Latest NBA News

It seems that the last week was a busy one for the NBA, both on and off the court.

Jeff Weltman has decided to become president for the Orlando Magic Basketball Operations, and will do so under the terms of a contract extending for 5 years. This appointment has him replacing Rob Hennigan, who was fired at the off-season’s start, and Weltman will be asked to select a General Manager to serve below him. Weltman has been a part of the Toronto Raptors team since 2013.

Durant Stands by His Decision to Sign with Warriors

Kevin Durant has said that his decision to sign with the Warriors was 100% correct. He is 1 win away from reaching the Finals, for the 2nd time in his career, and the 1st time since 2012.

Durant’s decision to sign up with the Golden State Warriors last summer was a controversial one, but he has stated that he has no regrets about his move, and that whether or not they win the Finals will not affect the way he feels. He has stated that he is where he needs to be, and, although he appreciates everything that had gone before, he feels he is at a point in his life where he needs to be.

Durant will once again become a free agent this offseason, and, when asked if he would consider re-signing with the Warriors, he said yes. He spoke of loving his teammates, being fond of Oakland, and being devoted to the organisation, and said he had no plans on moving.

This news will delight punters who make use of Australian betting apps, since this player is a very popular member of the Warriors, and has helped many bettors see some considerable returns.

When asked about the best thing about playing for the Golden State Warriors, Durant spoke of how important just being in the game was, and that fun was a priority. Passion and dedication was everyone’s vision, according to Durant, but it was not a deadly serious operation. Fun was certainly a main concern.

Millsap Has Opted Out of Hawks Contract

As expected, Paul Millsap has opted out of this Atlanta Hawks contract, valued at US$21.4 million, for the 2017 – 2018 season.
Millsap, a free agent in 2015, structured a 3-year, US$60.2 million deal with a 3rd year player option along with his agent, DeAngelo Simmons. He joined the Hawks in 2013, coming from Utah Jazz, and is expected to command a max, or near-max, contract.

Magic will Keep Lloyd in Front Office

Matt Lloyd is set to remain with Orlando Magic, although the role he will play is still to be determined. He has been serving as General Manager for the interim, after Rob Hennigan’s dismissal and seems happy to continue working with the team.

Kawhi Leonard Has Been Ruled Out for Game 4

Kawhi Leonard has been out of play since Game 1’s second half, thanks to an injury he sustained to his ankle, and has recently been ruled out for Game 4 as well. His recovery seems to be taking longer than expected and he has said he is hoping to get back on the court soon.

Knicks Will Not Renew Longstaff Contract

The Knicks have decided against renewing assistant coach Josh Longstaff’s contract. Longstaff first joined the team alongside Derek Fisher, and was one of the last holdovers remaining. Longstaff has been named as 1 of the hardest working members of the staff, and was a coach in charge of player development with Oklahoma City Thunder.

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