Thunder general manager Sam Presti, however, disagreed with George’s claim when he spoke with reporters one day later.”I think the world of PG,” Presti said. “I think everybody knows that. I know that he had used the term ‘mutual.’ I wouldn’t necessarily agree with that because that would infer that we were wanting to trade Paul George, which I think most people would agree that that probably wasn’t on the top of our offseason priority list. But I would say that it was not adversarial at all, and I also fully respect the way that it was handled. Related News The Thunder did not want to move Paul George.The 29-year-old wing — who was sent to the Clippers earlier this month in exchange for a huge package of picks and players — said at a press conference Wednesday the trade “was a mutual thing” between himself and Oklahoma City. Did Kawhi Leonard lead the Lakers on? ‘They didn’t have to wait for me’ “And then, ultimately, we will, just like every team in the NBA or in pro sports, ultimately have to rebuild the team. I feel really good about the fact that we were able to make it work for everybody and figure out a solution.”Oklahoma City was reportedly looking to flip Paul and had some initial discussions with the Heat, but no deal materialized, and he is expected to begin the season with the team. “And the fact that we were able to make it work in a way that benefited the franchise made it something that we could do.”The Thunder are expected to enter a major rebuild after moving Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Jerami Grant this month. In those deals, they acquired eight future first-round picks, along with promising guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, wing Danilo Gallinari and nine-time All-Star Chris Paul.“The primary focus for our organization based on the circumstances that we inherited this summer is first, we need to reposition the franchise,” Presti said. “Second to that, we need to replenish the franchise after 11 years of not ever being able to do that because we were in such a pursuit for maintaining a team that could get to the postseason and contend in the postseason year after year after year. Chris Paul says he’s ‘excited’ to play for Thunder after Rockets trade Kawhi Leonard says he was ‘very close’ to choosing Lakers, Raptors over Clippers
MASON CITY — Mason City city officials on Friday will be hosting state officials and board members from the Iowa Great Places program as the city is a finalist for re-certification in the program.Iowa Great Places recognizes Iowa communities that build upon their authentic assets as a place-making strategy. Mason City was originally named an Iowa Great Place in 2007 during the second year of the program which was an initiative of then-Governor Tom Vilsack, with the city’s application focusing on the components of its Vision Iowa application in rehabilitating the Historic Park Inn, renovating the Mason City Public Library, construction of the Architectural Interpretive Center, and improvements to the downtown streetscape.Mayor Bill Schickel says the city’s re-certification application focuses on the redevelopment of Willow Creek utilizing the Willow Creek Master Plan. “We’ll be showing them the riverfront. We’ll be hosting them, showing them the community. Great Places, because it provides additional resources for Mason City, better than $500,000 was provide for those projects, we hope to be able to replicate the same thing by showing our state partners that the Mason City riverfront, the riverwalk that we plan in this area, can really be a showcase for the state.”The Iowa Great Places delegation will also tour the River City Renaissance project sites during their visit late Friday morning.
During Wednesday’s press conference at Florida’s Logistics Response Center in Orlando, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, said that he has no plans to issue a stay-at-home order for the entire state of Florida to combat the spread of the coronavirus.“There’s certain parts of the state where you have more sporadic cases,””To order someone not to be able to earn a paycheck when them going to work is not going to have any effect on what we’re doing with the virus, that is something that I think is inappropriate.” Gov. DeSantis said.DeSantis said the federal government has supported his decision.DeSantis said that the areas in the state with the highest number of coronavirus cases (Miami-Dade County) have already issued stay-at-home orders.The massive stay-at-home order in the state of New York, forced thousands of residents to flee the state, with some of them coming to Florida governor DeSantis said. He also mentioned that the order in California caused the residents to go out and party, or go to the beach. Gov. DeSantis said “You’re probably less dangerous driving your car to the office then being with crowds of hundreds of people. So you just gotta think it through,”During the press conference the governor also stressed that anyone 65 or older, or those with underlying medical conditions, should self-isolate at home for 14 days.