President Obama, fulfilling his election-day tradition, played a pick-up basketball game with friends and a former NBA great on Tuesday. The president played hoops at Attack Athletics, a 65,000 sq. foot facility on West Harrison St. in Chicago. Obama was reportedly joined by former Chicago Bulls players Scottie Pippen and Randy Brown, plus friends and members of his staff. The President arrived at 1:07 p.m. local time according to pool reports, although reporters were not allowed into the building to watch POTUS' run -- they were banished to their pool reporter van outside the facility. Obama's day was largely about multiple satellite interviews with television stations in swing states, and a visit to his Chicago campaign office. But the afternoon run continued an apparently needed tradition for the nation's 44th President. USA Today reported the president skipped only one election day pick-up game, in 2008. That was the day he lost the New Hampshire primary to Hillary Rodham-Clinton. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan played with the president and after the game commented to USA Today:"He's in great spirits. He feels really good. He was really loose. He was cracking jokes and talking trash and having a good time. It was really, really fun. It's the one place where he can just hang out, so it's a really good break for him."
SACRAMENTO -- In an unexpected move, published reports have Sacramento Kings guard Langston Galloway opting out of the final year of his contract that would have paid the 25-year-old $5.4 million next season.
Galloway was acquired by the Kings as part of the DeMarcus Cousins deal during All-Star weekend. The third-year pro averaged 6.0 points, 1.5 assists and 1.8 rebounds in 19 games for Sacramento, while shooting a robust 47.5 percent from long range.
With the move, Sacramento moves an estimated $56 million under the salary cap for the 2017-18 season with a team option on Arron Afflalo for $12.5 million with a $1.5 million buyout. If Afflalo isn’t retained, the Kings can move $67 million under the salary cap with just seven players under contract.
Galloway joins a growing list of veterans to leave the Kings since the end of the season. Rudy Gay declined his $14.3 million player option earlier in the month and Sacramento chose to waive forward Anthony Tolliver and pay his $2 million buyout instead of a $8 million contract for next year.
Mike Scotto of BasketballInsiders.com was first with the news.
In their attempt to offer a package to Indiana for Paul George, the Lakers came knocking on the Kings' door.
Unfortunately for Los Angeles, the Kings weren't interested in what they had to offer.
According to TNT, the Lakers offered the No. 2 pick to the Kings for the No. 5 and No. 10 picks.
The Kings reportedly rejected the offer.
The Lakers' plan appearantly was to take one of the two picks acquired from the Kings, package it with the No. 27 and No. 28 picks they owned and a player on their roster in an offer for George.
It appears they'll have to find a different avenue to get George to LA.
Lakers, per sources, engaged Sacramento in talks that would have sent the 2nd pick to the Kings for Sac’s two 1st-rounders (5 and 10) (1/2)— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) June 21, 2017
Lakers would have then packaged one of the Kings’ picks w/27 & 28 along w/player in offer to Indy for Paul George. But Kings said no (2/2).— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) June 21, 2017