OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER 2014-15 Free Agents: C Hasheem Thabeet (T), F Reggie Williams 2014 Draft Picks: F Mitch McGary, F Josh Huestis, G Semaj Christon Draft Picks Coming: 2017 second round (Memphis, 31-55) Draft Picks Going: None Trade Exceptions: Ryan Gomes ($880,000, expires Jan. 6, 2015); Thabo Sefolosha ($4 million, expires July 15, 2015) Over/Under: Over the cap, under the tax Amnesty Provision: Available (Kendrick Perkins, Nick Collison, Kevin Durant) Stretch Provision: Available SALARIESPLAYER 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18Kevin Durant $19,000,000 $20,160,000 Russell Westbrook $15,720,000 $16,740,000 $17,770,000Serge Ibaka $12,350,000 $12,350,000 $12,350,000Kendrick Perkins $9,400,000Anthony Morrow $3,330,000 $3,330,000 $3,340,000Nick Collison $2,240,000Jeremy Lamb $2,200,000 $3,030,000 $4,180,000Steven Adams $2,180,000 $2,280,000 $3,140,000 $4,320,000Reggie Jackson $2,200,000 $3,400,000Sebastian Telfair $1,320,000Hasheem Thabeet $1,250,000Andre Roberson $1,160,000 $1,210,000 $2,180,000 $3,210,000Perry Jones $1,130,000 $2,040,000 $3,040,000Grant Jerrett TBA TBATOTAL SALARY $73,480,000 $64,540,000 $46,000,000 $7,530,000Player Option Team Option Qualifying Offer BACK TO TEAM SALARY INDEX
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.
Very few things in the NBA could diminish the media frenzy surrounding LeBron James’ thrilling 35-point Game 2 performance in the NBA Finals. The news coming from New York is one such thing. 18 years of lacing up sneakers, playing in 1,287 games, 259 playoff games—including an NBA leading 161 playoff wins, Derek Fisher seems to be moving into the next phase of his career. He is expected to be officially announced as the New York Knicks new head coach Tuesday
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
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
We have decided to bring back the Three-Man Weave, which we did for a while back in the day before the guest authors turned their answers into SAT essays. While emphasizing no extra page clicks and answers around 100 words or so, we address Paul George’s whining, Frank Vogel’s future and Serge Ibaka’s impact.
Sunday night the Oklahoma City Thunder were whole. Center Serge Ibaka made his return from what was previously thought to be a season ending injury. His return was much needed, as he provided the defensive energy necessary for the Thunder to play free on the perimeter without worry or fear of Tony Parker, Tim Duncan or Manu Ginobili wreaking havoc in the paint near the rim. Ibaka had a profound impact on the game, as Oklahoma claimed a 106-97 Game 3 victory
Thursday afternoon the NBA unveiled the 2013-14 NBA All-Rookie Team, celebrating this past season’s top young athletes. One name you will not see on the the team is the Cleveland Cavaliers’ No.1 overall draft pick Anthony Bennett, who only played in 52 games, averaging 4.2 points and three rebounds in just 12.8 minutes per game. He is just the fifth top overall draft pick to miss the All-Rookie team in 26 years. There were quite a few young rookies deserving of the