1 » Former Florida Gators forward/center David Lee had a rough year as a member of the Golden State Warriors. On a max contract, Lee was relegated to a bench role and did not see significant minutes until late in the 2015 NBA Playoffs when his presence was needed to help lead Golden State to a title. With one year and $15.5 million remaining on Lee’s six-year deal, the Warriors and Lee mutually agreed to a parting of ways this offseason, which has resulted in the player being traded to the Boston Celtics. According to basketball writer Tommy Dee, who first reported the trade, Lee’s former team (the New York Knicks) was also considering bringing Lee back in the fold at some point but a three-way trade was unable to materialize. ESPN has also reported Lee’s trade, noting that he was exchanged for Gerald Wallace.
Florida Gators basketball on Tuesday officially announced its 2015-16 nonconference schedule, which includes a long-rumored but previously unannounced road game against Michigan State.
The two programs have agreed to a home-and-home series with the Spartans scheduled to take a trip to face the Gators in Gainesville during the 2017-18 campaign, one year after Florida’s $60 million renovation of the Stephen C. O’Connell Center will be completed.
UF is 3-3 all-time against MSU, famously falling to Tom Izzo’s team during the 2000 NCAA National Championship, the program’s only title-game loss.
“It’s hard to believe it’s been 15 years since we played Florida in the national championship game,” Izzo said in a school release. “To be able to mark the 15th anniversary with a game against the Gators is a special opportunity.”
The programs will actually square off three times in a four-year period with Florida and Michigan State also scheduled to play as part of a four-team barnstorming event set for major cities across the country in the 2018-19 season.
1 » Despite meeting and discussing opportunities with other franchises, former Florida Gators forward Corey Brewer chose stability – and plenty of cash – on Friday when he agreed to a three-year, $24 million deal to return to the Houston Rockets. Brewer, who has been on five franchises in eight seasons, has proven to be a solid, versatile defender throughout his NBA career; however, he has struggled offensively, averaging 10.2 points per game while knocking down just 29 percent of his three-pointers (19.5 percent last season). Still, he is a capable roleplayer for a contender, already has a ring and has been a consistent highlight factory during his career.
Former Florida Gators center Patric Young has decided not to participate in the 2015 NBA Summer League and will instead sign a two-year, fully-guaranteed deal with Greek powerhouse Olympiacos later this week, a source told OnlyGators.com exclusively on Thursday.
Young, who was initially planning to play for the Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Clippers in hopes of securing an NBA contract for the 2015-16 season, turned down a deal from Olympiacos earlier in the week. The basketball club, which plays in the Greek League and is one of the best teams in the Euroleague (finishing second last season), made Young a priority signee this offseason.
1 » Former Florida Gators linebacker Brandon Spikes pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of a hit-and-run accident that occurred on a highway in Massachusetts on June 7. Spikes, who was released the very next day by the New England Patriots and remains an NFL free agent one month later, was issued one year of probation along with fines and the loss of his driver’s license, according to WBZ 1030 News Radio. Putting the issue to bed was important for Spikes, who should wind up on a team at some point this offseason. While limited, he is still at least a two-down contributor as one of the highest-graded run-stopping linebackers in the league.
2 » Giving Gators point guard Nick Calathes the opportunity to play in the NBA after the player started his career overseas, the Memphis Grizzlies continue to make a concerted effort to hold on to the reserve floor general. The Grizzlies decided to make Calathes a qualifying offer, turning him into a restricted free agent and allowing Memphis the right to match any offer sheet he may sign with a team. Though rumors have Calathes interested in going back overseas for significantly more money and a greater role on a team, he has not given any indication that he plans to leave the United States at this time.
On July 2, the Florida Gators will “takeover” SEC Network with the channel airing 24 hours of Florida content just as it has and will with every other school in the Southeastern Conference.
The network on Tuesday announced the Gators schedule for the event, which will be hosted by former Florida defensive end Thaddeus Bullard, now known as WWE superstar and tag team champion Titus O’Neil.
Here’s the detailed schedule via ESPN.
1 » It may have taken a bit longer than others, but it appears as if Florida Gators center Chris Walker has found a home for the 2015 NBA Summer League. As first reported by FOX 26 sports director Mark Berman, Walker could join the Houston Rockets for summer league play in Las Vegas from July 10-20. OnlyGators.com has confirmed that Walker is listed on the roster the team submitted to the NBA of projected players, though we were cautioned that could change ahead of the event in two weeks if the team does not like what it sees in tryouts. A league source has also told OnlyGators.com that forward Casey Prather will be a member of the NBA D-League select team after succeeding as a member of the Bakersfield Jam last season.
1 » Former Florida Gators star center Patric Young, fresh off a successful international season in Turkey, has agreed to join the Los Angeles Clippers and Phoenix Suns for 2015 NBA Summer League action, he told OnlyGators.com on Monday. Young will join the Clippers from July 4-10 in Orlando before heading out west to play with the Suns in Vegas from July 10-20.
Young, who is also weighing significant free agent offers from some top international teams, will join former Gators guard Michael Frazier II and point guard Scottie Wilbekin in summer league action. As first reported by OnlyGators.com on Friday, Frazier will suit up for the Golden State Warriors in Las Vegas, while Wilbekin will see action with the Orlando Magic in Orlando.