The latest news and rumors from the NBA off-season including Al Horford’s reasons for choosing the Boston Celtics over the Atlanta Hawks, and Rudy Gobert playing for France in the Olympics.
By Tom Downey, Chat Sports
NBA free agency is roughly a week and a half old, and many notable free agents have signed. However, there are a few quality players left on the market. In non-free agency news, Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green was arrested for assault after allegedly slapping a heckler.
Check out the latest NBA news and rumors below.
• In a recent interview with ESPN, Al Horford claims he left the Atlanta Hawks because the team was no longer a fit “from a financial standpoint,” denying claims of problems playing with Dwight Howard and Hawks fans being unsupportive.
• Rudy Gobert will play for France in the 2016 Olympics. As a result, Gobert and the Utah Jazz have suspended contract negations until after the Olympics, Chris Haynes of Cleveland.com reports.
• Maurice Harkless isn’t in a rush to sign the Portland Trail Blazers’ one-year, $4 million qualifying offer, his agent told Jason Quick of CSNNW.
• The Toronto Raptors signed center Jared Sullinger to a one-year, $6 million deal, reports Marc Stein of ESPN.
• Kris Humphries is returning to the Atlanta Hawks on a one-year, $4 million deal, reports Shams Charania of The Vertical.
• Veteran guard Sasha Vujacic is returning to the New York Knicks on a one-year, veteran minimum contract, reports Marc Berman of the New York Post.
• Veteran Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul Pierce plans to play again next season, reports Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times.