With week one of the NBA season officially in the books, there is a lot to discuss. Although the season is still young — and it is important to keep that in mind when critiquing a team, player or coach — there are some truths that have been revealed. Before we get to today’s top stories, here’s a few quick hitters:
SH Blog: Week One Quick Hitters, Plus: Nash Battling Nerve Damage; Durant Shouldering Load; Larry Sanders Not Happy With New Role
Back in 2008, I covered the U.S. Olympic team in Beijing, where Jason Kidd was the No. 1 point guard, Chris Paul was No. 2 and Deron Williams No. 3 — but it was a close contest between CP3 and DWill.
They were considered equals then, but Paul is already having the type of season that shows why he has grown into the better player — and why he is the more popular of the two (having Blake Griffin as a running mate helps).
Plenty on that, and more from around the NBA, including the lack of an extension for Gordon Hayward, the general state of the Utah Jazz, and the strong start by the Indiana Pacers, in this podcast with Gordon Monson and Spence Checketts of 1280 The Zone in Salt Lake City.
The deadline for teams to sign players from the draft class of 2010 to extensions came and went at the stroke of midnight ET on Nov. 1. Those who did not get extensions will be unrestricted free agents this summer.
Six players received extensions, with three of them getting done during the offseason. Two more were completed during training camp and the last one was executed Thursday in Memphis, just hours before the deadline.
Meanwhile, three other rumored extensions did not get done, with rebuilding clubs unwilling to pull the trigger. Perhaps the biggest surprise was no extension for Eric Bledson of the Suns, who was supposed to be a major rebuilding piece.
Which teams were prudent in signing – or not signing – their three-year veterans? Let’s take a closer look from a statistical standpoint.
Friday, November 1
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Some of the teams around the league had tough decisions to make on Thursday with the talented but unproven players they have on their rosters. With the deadline approaching for rookie extensions, do you pay big money knowing those players could hit the market and sign huge offer sheets? Or do you let the season play out and hope that they don’t exceed your expectations? With Eric Bledsoe and Gordon Hayward, their respective teams have decided to take a risk.
STORY OF THE DAY:
After trading for Bledsoe in the offseason, the Phoenix Suns have failed to reach an agreement with the guard who is ready to blossom. The Utah Jazz are on the same boat after failing to lock up Hayward. The two players will now be restricted free agents when the summer arrives. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports has details:
After failing to reach an agreement on a rookie contract extension before Thursday’s 11:59 p.m. ET deadline, talented young forward Gordon Hayward will enter restricted free agency next summer, too..
Also, the Phoenix Suns and Eric Bledsoe were unable to come to an agreement on a rookie contract extension, and the young point guard will join fellow 2010 draft class members Hayward and Detroit Pistons forward Greg Monroe as three of the most prominent players in July’s restricted free agency period.
The sides never came close on a deal, remaining several million dollars apart, league sources told Yahoo. Hayward had been seeking a deal in the four-year, $50-million plus range, sources said.