Carmelo Anthony said he's been "talking" to Durant as both go through the Team USA press gauntlet in NYC. Durant, for his part,did not commit to a sit down with the Knicks, saying only that he'll talk to his reps. You're already there, KD. May as well hear them out.99 PERCENT AN ILLUSION: Celtics Blog on what Boston should do when if Kevin Durant spurns them.DEFINITELY AN ILLUSION: #KD2DC is dead before free agency even began.
Yaron Weitzman explained how the Wizards fell out of the Durant sweepstakes over the past year. They've reportedly moved on to targeting Ryan Anderson, a stretch big man who hasn't shot the lights out in two years and can't defend --and that may be their only choice. Life comes at you fast. (John Wall, meanwhile,wants the team to sign a rim protector and top wing defender, of which Anderson is neither.)NOT AN ILLUSION:
Look at how excited these kids are to see Durant! Maybe he should sign with their rec-league youth team.IT'S JUST BUSINESS, MAN: Meanwhile, the Mavericks thinkthey are the favorites to land Hassan Whiteside. Seems like a perfect match, to be NBA Live Coins honest.ARE THESE FREE AGENTS ON THE COMMON APP? Tomcompared this year's free agent frenzy to a high school kid applying for colleges. Chandler Parsons is NOBODY'S safety school.HERE'S YOUR TEAM USA ROSTER:
It's actually kind of interesting.CONDUCTING AN EXIT? Two thoughts, both of which can be true:this Grizzlies Mike Conley tribute video is slick and it also betrays a real fear that he might actually leave.DAWN OF A NEW ERA: Silver Screen and Roll on the importance of the Lakers staying young this free agent period.CHATTER BOX:
Tim Catoprofiles Justin Anderson, who may be replacing Chandler Parsons as the Mavericks' starting small forward.BORN READY (TO SIGN THE MINIMUM): Lance Stephenson is officially on the market!THE PAIN YOU DON'T KNOW: Great Jackie MacMullan story on Steve Kerr continuing to struggle with pain stemming from fluid leaking into his spine and Bob Myers dealing with the sudden death of his brother-in-law.