Both (Cavaliers center Anderson) Varejao and (forward Tristan) Thompson could essentially be playing this season for their next contracts. Varejao is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, although his age (32) and injury history will likely preclude him from demanding top dollar. And now that his good friend LeBron James is back, Varejao likely won’t want to leave.
Thompson, however, is only 23 and very much in pursuit of a new deal. The Cavs have until Oct. 31 to come to terms with him on an extension, otherwise he’ll become a restricted free agent next summer.
At this point, with the clock ticking and little negotiations between the two sides, that might be how this plays out. And given that Thompson shares an agent with James and will be seeking a significant raise on his next deal, securing a starting spot for this season could be of utmost importance to him.
Nets’ Jeremy Lin Out For Year With Ruptured Tendon
Agent: Gordon Hayward Unlikely to Return this Season Following Surgery
Celtics All-Star forward Gordon Hayward is unlikely to return during the 2017-18 season, his agent, Mark Bartelstein, told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Hayward underwent surgery to repair a dislocated left ankle and a fractured tibia in Boston on Wednesday night, a procedure that Bartelstein labeled a success.
“We expect him to make a full recovery and return to his All-Star form,” Bartelstein said.
Ben Simmons on NBA Debut: ‘It felt like I was playing 2K’
Ben Simmons finally made his long-awaited NBA regular-season debut against the Wizards in Washington on Wednesday night. And after his extended wait to wear the Philadelphia 76ers jersey in a meaningful game, he said he felt initially like he was in a video game.
“It felt like I was playing 2K, honestly,” Simmons said postgame.
“Just looking at Joel Embiid out there with the lights on his jersey. I was like, ‘man, I’m actually here.'”
Simmons was drafted with the first overall pick by the Sixers in the 2016 draft, but he missed the entire 2016-17 season while recovering from foot surgery to repair a Jones fracture. He suffered the injury on Sept. 30, 2016, less than a month before the start of the regular season. The Australian was originally expected to miss three months, but was eventually ruled out for the entire season.
Source: Nick Metallinos of ESPN