FOUR BITS: Bonner, Young, Miller, Lee

By Adam Silverstein
July 14, 2014

1 » According to multiple reports Sunday afternoon, 10-year NBA veteran F Matt Bonner will re-sign with the San Antonio Spurs. Bonner, who made nearly $4 million in 2013-14 – the final season of a four-year, $13.9 million contract he signed back in 2010 – will play his ninth-straight campaign with San Antonio once terms of the deal are finalized. On Saturday, Bonner was in his native Concord, New Hampshire; he brought the Larry O’Brien Trophy home to Rundlett Middle School for his annual summer basketball camp. “It means a lot to me to bring the trophy here to Concord,” Bonner told the Concord Monitor. “it’s very symbolic. I literally grew up a block from [Rundlett], right down on South Street. So now, at the age of 34, to have the NBA Championship trophy come here, it kind of brings it all full circle.”

2 » Former Florida Gators center Patric Young has played well thus far in a pair of NBA Summer League games with the New Orleans Pelicans in Las Vegas, Nevada. Coming off the bench in his first game on Friday, Young scored 11 points on 4-of-9 shooting with 13 rebounds in 19 minutes but did cough up three turnovers. On Sunday, Young earned a start at power forward, finishing +25 after playing a team-high 29 minutes. He was 5-for-6 from the field, scoring 10 points with six boars, a block and only one turnover. Neither point guard Scottie Wilbekin (Philadelphia 76ers) nor F Erik Murphy (Utah Jazz) impressed in their debuts. Forward Casey Prather did not see the court with the Atlanta Hawks in his first game but chipped in four points on 2-of-4 shooting with a rebound, two steals and a block in 20 minutes on Sunday.

3 » Having dropped the Memphis Grizzlies after failing to come to an agreement that would allow him to finish his career with the franchise, former Gators F Mike Miller is now widely known to be choosing between deals with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Denver Nuggets. Though the Cavaliers will likely only be able to pay Miller approximately $6-7 million on a two year deal, he would have the opportunity to reunite with LeBron James and chase championships before his career comes to an end. The Nuggets, on the other hand, are offering a three-year contract believed to be worth approximately $12 million. However, according to‘s Jeff Goodman, bidding for Miller’s services could increase soon as the Houston Rockets are expected to be in pursuit after declining to match the offer sheet signed by F Chandler Parsons with the Dallas Mavericks.

4 » Former Florida F/C David Lee has been a machine for the Golden State Warriors since the franchise acquired him a few offseasons ago. However, with a new head coach in Steve Kerr and a system change ahead, Lee’s role with the team is up in the air…especially because he was one of the big names being mentioned in trade discussions for Minnesota F Kevin Love. Kerr on Friday said the following about Lee: “I love David Lee, and I think he’s going to be our starter –and he’s going to score a lot and be our slasher and our interior scorer – but we need to complement that with some perimeter shooting from that spot, too.” He also told that he has spoken with Lee (and guard Klay Thompson) about the trade rumors. “They both get it,” he said. “I told them, ‘I know you get it. It doesn’t make it any easier.’ But this is why you really get paid. I mean, you get paid all this money, is it really for coming into a gym two hours a day and shooting jump shots? We’ve been doing that for free our whole life, you know? You get paid because you can get traded, and you have to uproot your family. You can get hurt, you can get booed, and people on the message board are crushing you. That’s where you actually earn your money in this league, where it actually feels like work.”

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