In NBA news from Los Angeles, Donald T. Sterling isn’t “mentally incapacitated,” or at least won’t be certified as such in Probate Court, where his wife is now trying to pry his cold, if not dead fingers off the Clippers franchise. Both sides have agreed to make the Sterling Trust agreement between Donald and Shelly the issue, rather than Donald’s actual state of mind. In other words, it doesn’t matter if he’s wacky. If the judge agrees that the trust agreement stipulated
It is crystal ball time as NBA free agency is opening, and anybody who tries to predict the future does so at considerable risk given the way things change by the hour in the NBA these days. Just ask Larry Drew. Free agency begins at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, and the biggest fish that could be caught is Carmelo Anthony. Apologies to LeBron James, but pretty much everyone is convinced he is staying in Miami. One team that has been under the radar
LOS ANGELES LAKERS 2014-15 Free Agents: G MarShon Brooks 2014 Draft Picks: F Julius Randle, G Jordan Clarkson Draft Picks Coming: 2015 first round (Houston); 2015 second round (LA Clippers, protected 31-50, 56-60) Draft Picks Going: 2015 first round (to Phoenix, 1-5); 2015 second round (to Orlando, 31-40); 2017 first round (to Orlando, 1-5) Trade Exceptions: Steve Blake ($2,790,000, expires Feb. 19, 2015) Over/Under: Over the cap Amnesty Provision: Used on Metta World Peace (2013) Stretch Provision: Available SALARIESPLAYER 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19Kobe Bryant $23,500,000 $25,000,000Steve Nash $9,700,000Jordan Hill $9,000,000 $9,000,000Jeremy Lin $8,370,000Nick Young $5,380,000 $5,380,000 $5,380,000 $5,380,000Carlos Boozer $3,330,000Julius Randle $3,000,000 $3,130,000 $3,270,000 $4,150,000 $5,560,000Ryan Kelly $1,650,000 $1,720,000Ed Davis $920,000 $1,020,000Robert Sacre $920,000 $980,000Xavier Henry $980,000Wesley Johnson $980,000TOTAL SALARY $67,730,000 $46,230,000 $8,650,000 $9,530,000 $5,560,000Player Option Team Option Qualifying Offer BACK TO TEAM SALARY
12:12 a.m. Eastern -Billy King could not talk about the 59th and 60th picks on record but those deals should be finalized by the end of the night. Xavier Thames and Cory Jefferson, who were selected by other teams, will be Nets. 11:53 p.m. Eastern -Thanasis Antetokounmpo, the newest Knicks player. He hopes to bring energy and effort to the team, he told reporters. 11:44 p.m. Eastern -The Knicks just took Thanasis Antetokounpo, the older brother of Milwaukee’s Giannis. He played for Delaware in the
With the NBA Free Agency period starting on July 1st, there was one pending decision that was sure to garner immediate attention. Earlier today it was announced that LeBron James was exercising his early termination clause, thus making him a free agent this off-season. The move by James should be seen as nothing more than a formality at this point. The decision to opt out gives him the option to decide what steps he would like to take in the next phase of
The ‘stuff’ hit the proverbial fan Tuesday just before lunch, as ESPN broke the that four-time NBA MVP LeBron James’ agent Rich Paul had informed the Miami Heat that he has elected to opt out of his contract and become a free agent.
Long thought to be the top prospect heading into the 2014 NBA Draft, Kansas Jayhawks center Joel Embiid is now enduring a minor setback. As of Friday, he will be out of commission much less incapable of traveling to the draft a week from today. Embiid is having surgery to correct a stress fracture in his right foot. His agent, Arn Tellem, spoke to the press regarding the matter. Joel Embiid suffered a stress fracture to the navicular bone in his right
The San Antonio Spurs and the organization’s two stalwarts, Tim Duncan and Gregg Popovich, are coming off a fifth championship and are poised for another title run next season – provided Duncan doesn’t retire. With five championships in a 15-year period, the Spurs have made a claim to be considered a dynasty. However, some people – most notably Phil Jackson – would disagree because the Spurs haven’t won consecutive titles. Jackson won three consecutive championships on three separate occasions (1991-93, 96-98, 2000-2002).