It might sound ridiculous to try to compare Aron Baynes, an undrafted reserve with four career starts, to Bill Laimbeer, a four-time All Star and NBA champion. However, the two have more in common than you would expect. Before Laimbeer became the ringleader for the Pistons’ Bad Boys and a namesake for a Super Nintendo videogame, he was an afterthought. Sandwiched in the draft between two players who never appeared in the NBA, Laimbeer – the 65th overall pick in 1979 – was forced to
The NBA offseason continues to roll along, complete with Kevin Love trade talks seeming to have spiked to an all-time high. If you’re interested, our own Chris Sheridan spoke with Dan Bickley on KTAR 98.7 regarding the latest on a potential trade. The Detroit Pistons have had a rather busy offseason. Theirs began with the hiring of a new head coach and president of basketball operations, Stan Van Gundy. Lacking a first round draft pick, they drafted Colorado point guard Spencer Dinwiddie, whom
The Chicago Bulls, along with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, Boston Celtics and Denver Nuggets are now reportedly all in the mix for Kevin Love. Cleveland still appears to be the front-runner, but Chicago, if willing, can also put an enticing package together, especially if the Cavaliers insist on keeping number one overall pick Andrew Wiggins.
Teams around the NBA joined the off-season frenzy sparked by the beginning of the free agency period. The Chicago Bulls were no exception to this as they played host to All-Star free agent, Carmelo Anthony.
The United States Men’s National Team fought valiantly in losing 2-1 in extra time in Tuesday’s 2014 World Cup match against Belgium in the round of 16. Goalkeeper Tim Howard was amazing, amassing 16 saves. Yet, his near superhuman effort wasn’t enough. Meanwhile, back in the states, NBA free agency is underway. The Cleveland Cavaliers made waves by announcing that they had secured the future of their point guard, Kyrie Irving, by reaching an agreement on a five-year, $90 million max-contract
DETROIT PISTONS 2014-15 Free Agents: F Charlie Villanueva, F-C Greg Monroe (R), G Chauncey Billups 2014 Draft Picks: G-F Spencer Dinwiddie Draft Picks Coming: None Draft Picks Going: None Trade Exceptions: None Over/Under: Under the cap Amnesty Provision: Unavailable Stretch Provision: Available SALARIESPLAYER 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18Josh Smith $13.500,000 $13,500,000 $13,500,000Brandon Jennings $8,000,000 $8,340,000Jodie Meeks $6,500,000 $6,500,000 $6,500,000Greg Monroe $5,480,000Caron Butler $4,500,000 $4,500,000Jonas Jerebko $4,500,000D.J. Augustin $3,000,000 $3,000,000Will Bynum $2,910,000K. Caldwell-Pope $2,770,000 $2,890,000 $3,680,000 $4,960,000Andre Drummond $2,570,000 $3,270,000 $4,430,000Luigi Datome $1,750,000Kyle Singler $1,090,000Cartier Martin TBA TBAAaron Gray TBA TBASpencer Dinwiddie TBA TBA TBATony Mitchell $820,000 $950,000TOTAL SALARY $57,390,000 $43,100,000 $28,110,000 $4,960,000Player Option Team Option Qualifying Offer BACK TO TEAM SALARY INDEX
It’s a good thing NBA media members voted for Gregg Popovich as Coach of the Year. Because if the San Antonio Spurs win the championship, we won’t want to look back at the voting 20 years from now and wonder how the man who pulled off perhaps the greatest single-season coaching job in league history didn’t win the award. I didn’t believe Popovich was the Coach of the Year. I thought the award should have gone to Jeff Hornacek of Phoenix, who
Having been to nine NBA Finals, winner of five, Earvin “Magic” Johnson is more of an expert on what it takes to make it to the promised land than most, save for Bill Russell and Phil Jackson, among only a select few others. With the start of the 2014 NBA Finals just days away, Magic took to Twitter to share some insight into what it is going to take for the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat to win.