A missed call in the closing seconds of the fourth quarter cost the Dallas Mavericks their game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night, and Seth Curry had the perfect reaction to the league admitting their mistake.
The Dallas Mavericks guard was held by Lakers big Dwight Howard on the final possession of regulation, enabling Danny Green to get open for a game-tying triple as time expired. The Mavs went on to lose 119-110 in overtime.
On Saturday, the NBA admitted in their last two-minute report that Howard should indeed have been whistled for an offensive foul with 3.5 seconds left. In response, Curry tweeted “surprise surprise lol.”
Saturday night was a big night for the Curry family — specifically Seth Curry.
Seth married girlfriend Callie Rivers, bringing together two of the more prominent NBA families. Seth, who signed with the Dallas Mavericks this offseason, is the son of former NBA veteran Dell Curry and the brother of two-time league MVP Steph Curry. Callie is the daughter of former NBA player and current Clippers coach Doc Rivers and sister of Houston Rockets guard Austin Rivers.
Here is some video from the wedding, which included Steph speaking as the best man.
Here is some chopped video of @sdotcurry, Callie (and Doc) living their best lives at the wedding ceremony & reception! Congrats again to the newlyweds. We’re so excited to have them back in Dallas #MFFLpic.twitter.com/xet36UfH5E
The Mavericks appear to have fended off some flashy competition for Curry, who knows the team well. He played for them in 2016-17, starting 42 games and having his best season statistically, posting 12.8 points per game while shooting 42.5 percent from beyond the arc. After establishing himself as a valuable shooter during Portland’s playoff run, he should be a nice help for Dallas.
LeBron James is trying to create himself a superteam like the Golden State Warriors have had the past few years, and he might be trying to get himself a Curry brother too.
James’ Los Angeles Lakers have shown interest in free agent Seth Curry, according to a report from the LA Times’ Brad Turner.
The Lakers have also reached out to the reps of free agent guard Seth Curry, per source. Curry is the type of long range shooter the Lakers want. He shot 45.6% from the field last season in Portland, 45% from three. He averaged 7.9 points in 74 games.
Seth, 28, has had trouble finding homes in the league, but his successful season with the Blazers has made him a desirable commodity. He averaged 7.9 points per game and made 45 percent of his threes.
A team that has James and Anthony Davis will need plenty of outside shooters who can knock down threes, making Curry a perfect candidate for them. The question is whether they will have the money for him especially if he receives offers elsewhere.
With NBA free agency so close, it’s no secret where most of the attention will fall. The destinations of the likes of Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving, Jimmy Butler, Kemba Walker, and Klay Thompson will potentially dictate where the league’s centers of power are for the next half a decade, if not longer.
However, there are many more free agents beyond just the big names. A number of important role players are hitting the market this offseason. They won’t be as exciting as some of their counterparts, but as the Toronto Raptors would tell you, you can’t win an NBA title without some valuable role players — the likes of which will be out there this summer.
Here are 10 under-the-radar NBA free agents who could end up having a big impact on the teams they sign with.
10. Taj Gibson
The 34-year-old forward is no longer going to be a top frontline player for any teams, but Gibson was one of the better players on the Timberwolves over the last two tumultuous years. Gibson consistently averaged a double-digit point total, knows the game well, and is an intelligent player to have around. It’s possible Gibson could return to the Timberwolves in a mentor role, but he’d be a solid second unit player on a contender.
9. JaVale McGee
Yes, really. McGee had the best season of his career last season thanks to the extended minutes the Los Angeles Lakers ended up giving him. Everyone knows that McGee is a useful but never great center at this stage of his career, but as that stint with the Lakers proved, he can contribute when given the chance. That goes for contenders, too — after all, McGee was a valuable reserve for the Golden State Warriors teams that won back-to-back titles in 2016 and 2017.
8. Terrence Ross
Teams in need of bench scoring could do far worse than Ross, who shot over 38 percent from three-point range last season for the Orlando Magic. He averaged 15 points per game in just 26 minutes per night, and he’s capable of catching fire and taking control of an offense for minutes at a time. Ross’ overall game is limited, and when he’s not scoring, there’s not a lot else to him, but when he is, he’s hard to stop. There’s huge value in that.
7. Garrett Temple
Temple doesn’t have any single great aspect to his game, but the versatile guard also doesn’t have any obvious weaknesses, either. He can score, but not at a high level. He can pass, but he’s not dazzling. He’s a good, but not elite defender. None of it matters, because when you put all those factors together, you have a very useful reserve player who can give you good minutes on a nightly basis — the exact sort of player a lot of contenders would love to have.
6. Ed Davis
Davis has always been a favorite of contending teams — the Portland Trail Blazers got a lot of mileage out of him. It’s largely down to his rebounding prowess, which very much counts as his specialty. He’s not a starter, and his game is very limited, especially in today’s NBA. But even the best shooting teams need someone who can come in off the bench, grab some boards, bang around in the post, and contribute some good minutes. That’s Davis in a nutshell.
5. Trevor Ariza
If there’s any doubt as to how important Ariza can be to even a good team, the Houston Rockets definitely missed him this season. He may be a classic three-and-D wing player, but Khris Middleton is about to get a lot of money for doing the same thing, so Ariza’s value should not be underestimated. He was a poor fit on non-contenders last year, and the best spot for him would be on a team that expects to be in the hunt for an NBA title. He could be hugely vital there. Just ask the Rockets.
4. Dewayne Dedmon
Dedmon is never going to win any awards, but centers who can shoot from the perimeter have never been more important in the NBA. Dedmon’s newfound skill made him a 38.2 percent three-point shooter last year, while simultaneously adding 7.5 rebounds per game. He’s a solid defender and, perhaps even more importantly, he’s now capable of spacing the floor. There are some pretty good teams he could be a starter on. He’ll be a popular name this summer for that reason.
3. Seth Curry
Steph’s little brother put himself more on the map with a strong postseason with Portland, so he might not be quite as under-the-radar as he once was. Unlike his older brother, Curry isn’t much of a playmaker, and he won’t really be an impactful defender, but when you can shoot 45 percent from three-point range, there is a prominent spot for you in the NBA. Curry profiles best as a bench scorer who can come into games, knock down threes, and give defenses a lot to think about. If used properly, he will become an enormously valuable player.
2. Kevon Looney
Much will be written about the futures of Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant this summer, but the Warriors will absolutely miss Looney if he departs, too. He worked himself into a key player for the team, typically off the bench, with scoring and rebounding ability. He was so important to their playoff run that he may have priced himself out of a return. The attention will primarily lie with his more high-profile teammates, but Looney may actually be in line for a larger role with a different team this summer.
1. Danny Green
Kawhi Leonard isn’t the only free agent the Raptors are faced with losing this year. There is, after all, a reason that Green has been an important part of two NBA champions. He had his best three-point shooting season of his career with Toronto last season and heated up just in time to play a significant role in the NBA Finals. He doesn’t actually do much else on offense other than shoot, but it’s easy to ignore those limitations when he shoots as well as he does. He’s regarded as a good teammate and a quality glue guy, and while his eventual signing won’t steal the headlines, it could make a huge impact on whoever he lands with.
The 2018-2019 NBA season is in the books, and now free agency looms in the coming weeks. The class is absolutely loaded with talented players who could change the league. While there are obvious names, there are also some less visible players that have the opportunity to hit the open market and make a real impact, whether it’s by staying with their current team or seeking a new home. Much will revolve around the stars, but the market is deep, and there are a lot of exciting storylines to follow as teams look to chase down the Toronto Raptors to become the next NBA champion.
Here are ten free agents whose journeys this summer will be among the most intriguing.
10. Khris Middleton, F
Middleton has become an enormous part of the Milwaukee Bucks’ rise to the top of the Eastern Conference, but if they want to keep him, they’re going to have to pony up the cash. Middleton has hinted that he won’t give the Bucks a hometown discount, and his comments all but confirmed his intention to decline his player option. A premier three-and-D forward, he can help many teams, but his best fit may be Milwaukee — if they pay him.
Stephen Curry and his Golden State Warriors prevailed in their Western Conference finals matchup with Seth Curry and his Portland Trail Blazers as expected. Though the Warriors are returning to the NBA Finals and Seth is going home, Steph feels his brother made a statement during the series.
Asked after Golden State won 119-117 in overtime of Game 4 on Monday night to sweep the series, Steph shared his message for Seth.
“Somebody had to lose but this is just the beginning for him and his career in terms of being on this stage. He’s proved to a lot of people that no only does he belong, but he can play big minutes in playoff games,” Steph told ESPN’s Doris Burke. “We’ll remember this for the rest of our lives and for our family back at home watching. This is what it’s all about.”
Seth went undrafted out of college, barely played over his first three seasons in the league, spent a season out of the league, and then signed with Portland and proved he can contribute. His biggest contribution came guarding his brother in the series; he had seven steals including four in Game 2, and talked some trash to Steph.
Golden State moves on to their fifth straight Finals, while Portland goes home after their best season since 2000.