On Thursday, we brought back our Three-Man Weave, taking a look at some of the big picture questions for Eastern Conference teams that the offseason may or may not have answered. Today, we shift our focus to the Western Conference, where the player movement has been less dramatic and more subtle but entirely interesting and thought-provoking. Let’s take a look at some of the bigger issues. 1. Which team has taken the biggest step forward in the Western Conference?
PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS 2014-15 Free Agents: G Mo Williams, G Earl Watson 2014 Draft Picks: None Draft Picks Coming: 2015 second round (Minnesota); 2016 second round (New York, protected 31-37) Draft Picks Going: 2015 second round (to Chicago); 2016 second round (to Chicago); 2017 second round (to Houston); 2018 second round (to Sacramento) Trade Exceptions: None Over/Under: Over the cap Amnesty Provision: Used on Brandon Roy (2011) Stretch Provision: Available SALARIESPLAYER 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18LaMarcus Aldridge $16,010,000 Nicolas Batum $11,770,000 $12,240,000Wesley Matthews $7,250,000Robin Lopez $6,120,000Chris Kaman $4,800,000 $5,000,000Thomas Robinson $3,680,000 $4,660,000 $6,180,000Damian Lillard $3,340,000$4,240,000$5,650,000Dorell Wright $3,140,000Joel Freeland $3,010,000C.J. McCollum $2,420,000 $2,530,000 $3,220,000 $4,390,000Meyers Leonard $2,320,000 $3,080,000 $4,210,000Steve Blake $2,080,000 $2,170,000Victor Claver $1,370,000 $1,370,000Allen Crabbe $860,000 $950,000Will Barton $920,000 $1,180,000TOTAL SALARY $69,090,000 $37,960,000 $19,260,000 $4,390,000Player 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
Beats Electronics enthusiast LeBron James seen with co-founders Jimmy Iovine and Andre (Dr. Dre) Young. Hip Hop has had a longstanding relationship with basketball dating back to the 90s. Between the fashion trends, music and relationships often forged between the two industries, the two seem to go hand-in-hand culturally. Many NBA athletes have tried their hands at making rap albums: Chris Webber, Allen Iverson, Kobe Bryant, Ron Artest, Tony Parker, Stephen Jackson, Troy Hudson, Joe Smith and Iman
Among professional sports in America, the National Football League reigns supreme, but one would like to think that playoffs for any of the other major sports would be more important than the first round of another league’s draft. Apparently not. ESPN, which holds the broadcast rights to Thursday’s NBA playoff games, also hosts the NFL’s draft. Guess which show got top billing? Football’s offseason. Game 2 in Miami will be broadcast on ESPN 2, while 32 former college athletes will sit around
The game was supposed to be just about over. The Houston Rockets were supposed to force a Game 7 against the Portland Trail Blazers after Chandler Parsons gave them the 98-96 lead on a put-back layup with just 0.9 seconds left in the game. At worst, they should have prevented a 3-point shot so that the game would go into overtime if the Blazers converted any other shot. Unfortunately for the Rockets, Damian Lillard hit the shot of his life at
With much of the national discourse centering on Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, the reality of the matter is that a lifetime ban and a $2.5 million fine is the limit to what NBA commissioner Adam Silver is capable of doing. The rest falls on the shoulders of 29 team owners, as they—according to the NBA’s Constitution and By-Laws—must vote with a 3/4′s majority to force the sale of the team. Players, media pundits and people all across the nation
Monday morning Hall of Fame head coach and NBA broadcaster Dr. Jack Ramsay, 89, died. The cause of death was immediately known, though he had endured a long battle with cancer and had been recently diagnosed with a marrow syndrome. Ramsay, a permanent fixture around the NBA, began his professional career in Philadelphia with the 76ers as their general manager, taking the team to an title. He later became their head coach, staying with the Sixers for four years. He had later