The National Basketball Association is a business. As much as it is both a job and teams are a brotherhood for players, and as much as it is both a sport and an exciting form of entertainment for fans; for all intents and purposes, the league is a multi-billion dollar business. With league revenue reaching $5 billion, franchise valuations escalating and teams selling for anything from $550M to $2B, the proof is in the pudding. NBA athletes often talk about the bonds of
On Monday, Mo Williams agreed to sign with the Minnesota Timberwolves for one year after one effective season with the Portland Trail Blazers. After doing so, he expressed feelings of gratitude towards the fans and the Blazers organization for giving him the opportunity to play for them. Apparently, though, the backup point guard had to deal with some heckling fans about his time in Portland, and he decided to address those particular folks in a quick string of tweets:
It seems the only thing that you hear about the Minnesota Timberwolves these days is the on-again-off-again, never-ending swirl of Kevin Love trade talks. Whether the other team involved is the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Chicago Bulls or the Golden State Warriors, it almost seems to go on forever. Where will Love end up? As of now, no one knows. What we do know, as of Monday, is that the Wolves president of basketball operations and head coach Flip Saunders has added some
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 Offseason Additions: C Chris Kaman, G Steve Blake 2014 Draft Picks: None Draft Picks Coming: None Draft Picks Going: 2015 second round (to Orlando); 2015 second round (to Denver); 2016 second round (to Chicago); 2017 second round (to Houston); 2018 second round (to Sacramento) Trade Exceptions: None Over/Under: Over the cap, under the tax Amnesty Provision: Used on Brandon Roy (2011)PLAYER 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18LaMarcus Aldridge $16,260,000 Nicolas Batum $11,770,000 $12,240,000Wes Matthews $7,250,000Robin Lopez $6,120,000Chris Kaman $4,800,000 $5,020,000Thomas Robinson $3,680,000Damian 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 $2,250,000Will Barton $920,000 $1,180,000Allen Crabbe $860,000 $950,000TOTAL SALARY $69,340,000 $34,200,000 $13,080,000 $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