After the Knicks offered Tim Hardaway Jr. an incredibly large contract last week, there was a glimmer of hope for the fandom: The franchise had engaged David Griffin, one-time Executive of the Year and architect (in a way) of the three-time Eastern champion Cavaliers.
On Sunday, the Hawks declined to match the Hardaway offer sheet, making the guard a pricy Knick. Later, reports indicated that Griffin declined a job with the Knicks because he wouldn’t be given decision-making autonomy.
It isn’t a safe bet Wall will sign the extension at this point. Leonsis speaking so openly and confidently about it is dangerous. Wall has ample reason to sign the deal now, but he also has good reason to wait.
If Wall signs the extension, things are fine. If he doesn’t? Not so much. It will show how the organization and its best player are on different pages, and that’s not a good signal to send the rest of the league.
Maybe Leonsis knows something we don’t know. For Washington’s sake, he’d better.
Fred VanVleet (PG, Raptors)
VanVleet came into the league last year as an undrafted free agent and spent the bulk of last season playing for the Raptors 905, the team’s affiliate in the newly named NBA Gatorade League.
In the Raptors’ 82-81 victory over the Denver Nuggets, VanVleet poured in 17 points. In the process, though, he only missed one shot attempt, and nailed all three of his three-point attempts. The 23-year-old got off to a fast start early, driving to the hoop for easy buckets and draining open shots from three-point land.
If VanVleet wants to make Toronto’s roster, he must continue to play at a high level. He showed fans that he’s lethal from Cheap Jerseys Authentic deep Cheap Jerseys 90 when opposing defenders allow him to take open shots.