Rookie Bones Hyland averaged 19.7 PPG across four games in Las Vegas and his Nuggets summer league coach believes he can play right away for the NBA club, Mike Singer of the Denver Post writes. “His skill set is undeniable,” Charles Klask said. “… I think there’s always room for players like him that have great feel for the game. They find a way to get on the floor because they can do so many different things, and as long as he can bring it on both ends, night in and night out, I think he can be part of our rotation, for sure.” Hyland was drafted with the No. 26 pick.
We have more from the Western Conference:
- There shouldn’t be any serious concern about the Nuggets’ ability to reach a rookie scale extension agreement with Michael Porter Jr., Singer opines in a mailbag piece. Singer’s sources say there shouldn’t be too much read into the lack of news regarding negotiations, since the club has until the start of the season to extend Porter. His agent, Mark Bartelstein, had a number of other clients to focus on during free agency, Singer adds.
- Karl-Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell are determined to do what it takes this offseason to turn the Timberwolves’ fortunes around, coach Chris Finch told The Athletic’s Britt Robson. “There is a deep and genuine motivation by Karl-Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell to have their best offseason ever. And that’s really where it begins and ends, because if your best players aren’t all-in and ready, then you are not going to go very far,” Finch said. “They’ve seen their contemporaries having success. Devin Booker’s in the Finals. Nikola Jokic wins MVP. These are guys who they feel they are every bit as good as, if not better than — or at one point have been better than — in the league.”
- The Mavericks are hiring Kristi Toliver as an assistant coach, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN tweets. Dallas had been seeking a female assistant for Jason Kidd‘s staff. Toliver, who remains an active player in the WNBA, spent two seasons in the Wizards’ organization.
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14 thoughts on “Western Notes: Hyland, Porter Jr., Towns, Russell, Toliver”
Does that mean that KAT has spent the off-season learning to play”D” ??
Lol KAT determined to have “best offseason ever”. As a TPupz fan I’d prefer “best regular season ever” or “best postseason ever”, but what do I no
It starts with preparation
i see your plan. 3yr process. gotta start at the beginning.
They should have no problem staying ahead of OKC for last place in the West. Maybe even finish ahead of the Kings or the Spurs if things go well.
Spurs aren’t even the worst team in the state
Lol rockets homer dreaming big, Daniel theis bout to put the squad on his back eh
I will say at least the Rockets are going to be fun to watch, and they have an extremely bright future with Green, Porter Jr., Sengun, Christopher, Brooks, Martin Jr., Garuba, and Wood..Even watching Wall coming back and getting healthy…
D’Lo might be a little bit below D-Book… but certainly I can see the comp of KAT & Jokic… can’t wait to see KAT healthy again, dude is an absolute legend of the game!!!
BTW just pay MPJ whatever he wants & let’s go for that elusive ring for DEN!
D Lo is an average player at best. Book showed his level of play elevated last year. D Lo is not even a top 30 guard in the league, gimmme a break.
KAT as good as the Joker??? When Murray went down, Jokic carried an average roster and won MVP. KAT always seems to disinterested and puts up empty stats in games were they loose by 10-15 pts. Lets him finish at least .500 without Jimmy Butler carrying the team.
Everyone needs to lay off KAT.
He is the best player to come through Minnesota since Garnett. The team needs to get better on D, not just one player. KAT has great defensive ability, but he cannot be expected to help on every drive AND cover 3-point attempts by today’s 4’s and 5’s. The whole team need improvements on both ends.
But the team is young and they have time on their side. Just hope and pray KAT decides to stay in MN.
Being best Minnesota player since Garnett is not much praise.
Kevin McHale admitted he really liked Kobe in the 1996 Draft. But went with Marbury because they just took a HS kid in 1995. Could you imagine the dominance of Kobe/KG for 15 yrs together? Would’ve been really fun to watch.