NBA commissioner Adam Silver said at a news conference in New York on Monday that the league’s new nine-year TV deal with ESPN and Turner “will have a profound effect” on the salary cap. By any measure, the new deal is a doozy. In years, it is the longest ever signed by the league, one year longer than the current deal. In money, it is $24 billion total and an average of $2.67 billion per season, nearly triple the $925 million
NBA Players Association executive director Billy Hunter has been placed on indefinite leave, the first step in removing the embattled union chief from his position. The news comes from both Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports and the NBC Sports Network. Hunter has been temporarily replaced by union general counsel Ron Klempner.
Vegas, baby, Vegas. After a one-year hiatus due to the lockout, the NBA Summer League will return to Las Vegas in July, the league announced Tuesday. The league will be held July 13-22 on the UNLV campus in the Thomas & Mack Center and the Cox Pavilion. Tickets go on sale June 1 and can be purchased by calling 702-739-FANS or visiting UNLVtickets.com. Participating teams and game and broadcast schedules will be announced at a later date. Games will be shown on NBA
Those who thought the NBA would be plagued by inconsistency because of the nutty compressed schedule have been unpleasantly surprised. The NBA has been very consistent. All you have to do is consult the NBA roundup in your local newspaper each day. In recent days, we’ve read that players either missed or will miss games because of: – Strained hamstring (Charlotte’s Corey Maggette). – Groin injuries (Chicago’s Rip Hamilton, Detroit’s Rodney Stuckey, Milwaukee’s Mike Dunleavy, New Orleans’ Trevor Ariza). – Back injuries (Dallas’ Jason