Everyone on the internet loves A.M.A.s (“Ask Me Anything” question-and-answer sessions). Who doesn’t want to get to know more about their favorite celebrities? Indiana Pacers All-Star forward Paul George took to Twitter to engage his fans Friday night. He opted to take 10 questions, most of which help to paint the picture of what he likes. From his favorite NBA players while growing up to his current celebrity crush, the subjects were pretty broad.
The NBA, like most sports, can often be defined by its different eras. And those eras are often defined by players, teams and rivalries. LeBron James has come to define this era of basketball, and he continues to shift the landscape of the NBA, specifically the Eastern Conference. In terms of competition, the East has been in another league compared to the Western Conference. And not it a good way.
Have the Indiana Pacers already gone as far as they can go with this roster? It’s a question overlooked with all the big moves being made this offseason in the Eastern Conference, and the Central Division in particular. A quick synopsis, for those who watched the World Cup and forgot about basketball since the Finals ended:Cleveland signed LeBron James, drafted Andrew Wiggins and could trade Wiggins to Minnesota in a blockbuster deal for Kevin Love. Chicago got rid of Carlos Boozer and
Lance Stephenson, seen posing with $1 million in cash, will be cashing in upwards of $27 million in Charlotte. Lance Stephenson has chosen to turn down longterm offers to stay in Indiana for the Charlotte Hornets. The reports seem as perplexing as his on-court behavior. He was being offered five years and $44 million guaranteed to remain with the Pacers, but opted for three years and $18 million guaranteed—the third year is a team option. While it may seem puzzling to
INDIANA PACERS 2014-15 Free Agents: G Evan Turner, F Rasual Butler, C Andrew Bynum, G Orlando Johnson (T) 2014 Draft Picks: None Draft Picks Coming: None Draft Picks Going: None Trade Exceptions: Miles Plumlee ($1,120,000, expires July 28, 2014); Danny Granger ($4,280,000, expires Feb. 20, 2015) Over/Under: Over the cap, under the tax Amnesty Provision: Used on James Posey (2011) Stretch Provision: Available SALARIESPLAYER 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19Roy Hibbert $14,900,000 $15,510,000 Paul George $13,700,000 $14,730,000 $15,760,000 $16,780,000 $17,810,000David West $12,000,000 $12,600,000George Hill $8,000,000 $8,000,000 $8,000,000Luis Scola $4,870,000C.J. Miles $4,500,000 $4,500,000 $4,500,000 $4,500,000Ian Mahinmi $4,000,000 $4,000,000Chris Copeland $3,130,000C.J. Watson $2,080,000Solomon Hill $1,300,000 $1,360,000 $2,310,000 $3,360,000Rodney Stuckey $1,230,000 TBALavoy Allen TBA TBADamjan Rudez TBA TBA TBADonald Sloan $950,000Orlando Johnson $920,000 TOTAL SALARY $70,570,000 $60,700,000 $30,580,000 $24,640,000 $17,810,000Player Option Team Option Qualifying Offer BACK TO TEAM SALARY INDEX
Wednesday the All-NBA Teams were announced, and with them came a slew of congratulatory, confused and frustrated tweets. Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant led all vote getters as the lone unanimous selection to the First Team, followed by Miami Heat forward LeBron James, Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah, Houston Rockets guard James Harden and Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul. Much to the chagrin of 124 NBA writers with voting privileges, Chris Sheridan, our esteemed Editor-in-Chief, was the lone vote preventing
Lance Stephenson is a free agent enigma and a polarizing topic amongst league executives. Stephenson, a tantalizing talent who led the league in triple-doubles (5), showed signs of immaturity during the playoffs with his antics toward LeBron James, leaving several executives split on his free agency value. The general consensus is Stephenson could command a yearly salary ranging from the $5.3 million non-taxpayer mid-level exception to as high as $10 million. The mid-level exception indicates concern over Stephenson’s maturity level, while the $10
2014 NBA Defensive Player of the Year Joakim Noah led all vote getters for the NBA All-Defensive First Team. The NBA released the 2014 All-Defensive teams Monday afternoon. Leading the charge was the 2014 Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year and Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah, who led all vote getters. He was the only player to get triple-digit votes for the First Team, tallying 105 such votes as well as another 13 Second Team votes