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Sixers’ Colangelo: People Around Lonzo Present ‘Challenge’

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Lonzo Ball, who is mulling whether to work out for the Philadelphia 76ers, presents a “challenge” for teams heading into the NBA draft because of the people around him, Sixers adviser Jerry Colangelo said Friday.

The concern isn’t Ball’s on-court skills; Colangelo likes what he sees there. Asked about LaVar Ball, Colangelo wouldn’t single out the point guard’s father, but did say that it’s the people around Ball who cause him to pause — but not pass. “I think Ball is a terrific prospect and could have an outstanding NBA future,” Colangelo told the Carlin and Reese radio show on 94 WIP. “I think it’s going to be challenging with the people around him, without being specific.

Source: ESPN

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2018 Free Agency Diary

Pistons Exercise Team Option to Keep Reggie Bullock

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The Pistons retained wing Reggie Bullock by exercising their team option for an economical $2.5 million for next season. It was a predictable outcome for Bullock, who had a breakout season with career highs of 11.3 points, 2.5 rebounds and 44.5 percent on 3-pointers — which ranked second in the NBA — last season.

Source: The Detriot News via HoopsHype

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2018 Free Agency Diary

Sources: Nets, Shabazz Napier Agree to Deal

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Free-agent guard Shabazz Napier has agreed to a two-year deal with the Brooklyn Nets, league sources told ESPN.

The deal includes a team option on the second year, league sources said.

Napier’s pro career blossomed in the past two seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers, where he averaged a career-best 8.7 points and 20 minutes a game last year.

Napier, 27, will join a guard rotation for the Nets that includes D’Angelo Russell, Spencer Dinwiddie and Joe Harris.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

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2018 Free Agency Diary

Sources: Cavaliers, Channing Frye Agree to Deal

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Free agent Channing Frye has agreed to a one-year, $2.4M deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers, league sources tell Yahoo.

Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

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