There are about a dozen players from the 2011 NBA draft whom you could argue deserve contract extensions. But thus far, only one has been extended – Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star guard Kyrie Irving, the guy at the head of the class. Does that mean teams are holding out? Not necessarily. A year ago at this time, it was the same story for the 2010 draft class. Only top pick John Wall had gotten an extension. And even in a truly bad
PHILADELPHIA – Let’s begin with a question. In the three-plus decades since David Stern took the reins as NBA commissioner from Larry O’Brien and handed them to Adam Silver, what do these franchises – the Atlanta Hawks, Minnesota Timberwolves, Golden State Warriors, Memphis Grizzlies, Toronto Raptors, Sacramento Kings, Washington Wizards, New Orleans Pelicans, Charlotte Hornets, Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Clippers – have in common? Answer: None has gone to the NBA Finals. Furthermore, among that group only Denver, Minnesota, Milwaukee, Sacramento and
The Chicago Bulls, along with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, Boston Celtics and Denver Nuggets are now reportedly all in the mix for Kevin Love. Cleveland still appears to be the front-runner, but Chicago, if willing, can also put an enticing package together, especially if the Cavaliers insist on keeping number one overall pick Andrew Wiggins.
LAS VEGAS- Here at the Hard Rock Hotel, the Milwaukee Bucks are 250-1 to win next year’s NBA title, the longest odds in the league. They even surpass the tank-to-the-bank Philadelphia 76ers, whose top draft pick may sit out the entire regular season for the second consecutive year. But for people not named Jason Kidd, the Bucks aren’t playing for next season. With a pair of 19-year-old kids oozing with potential, showing their natural abilities on the UNLV campus, it’s easy to
UTAH JAZZ 2014-15 Free Agents: G Ian Clark (T) 2014 Draft Picks: G Dante Exum, F Rodney Hood Draft Picks Coming: 2015 second round (Cleveland); 2016 second round (Golden State); 2016 second round (Memphis); 2017 first round (Golden State); 2017 second round (New York); 2017 second round (Golden State); 2018 second round (Denver) Draft Picks Going: None Trade Exceptions: None Over/Under: Under the cap Amnesty Provision: Unavailable Stretch Provision: Available SALARIESPLAYER 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19Gordon Hayward $14,750,000 $15,410,000 $16,080,000 $16,740,000Derrick Favors $12,880,000 $11,930,000 $10,980,000 $11,930,000Enes Kanter $5,690,000 $7,880,000Trevor Booker $5,000,000 $4,780,000Dante Exum $3,620,000 $3,780,000 $3,940,000 $4,990,000 $6,620,000Steve Novak $3,450,000 $3,750,000Alec Burks $3,030,000 $4,410,000Trey Burke $2,550,000 $2,660,000 $3,390,000 $4,590,000Jeremy Evans $1,790,000Rodney Hood $1,290,000 $1,350,000 $1,410,000 $2,390,000 $3,470,000Rudy Gobert $1,130,000 $1,180,000 $2,120,000 $3,150,000Carrick Felix $820,000 $950,000 $1,020,000Ian Clark $820,000TOTAL SALARY $56,820,000 $58,080,000 $38,940,000 $43,790,000 $10,090,000Player Option Team Option Qualifying Offer BACK TO TEAM SALARY INDEX
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 draft coming up, it is kind of fun to remember back to my draft day in 1981. It’s like going through your wedding album years later. But instead of the burgundy tuxedo and ruffled shirt, its 1980s hair and wide ties. Going into my senior year at Syracuse, I was a relatively unknown player. I had played behind All-American center Roosevelt Bouie and had just played my first season as the starter. Scouting was primitive by today’s standards.
Joel Embiid of Kansas has a broken foot and needs surgery. And now that piece of news has thrown everyone’s draft projections into disarray. Embiid was listed at No. 1 in Mock Draft 4.0, but he is not there in our latest edition. So does that mean the Cavs will not draft him? Perhaps not. The Cavs are now looking at trading down a couple of spots, believing that Embiid will still be available. And with the Philadelphia 76ers coveting Andrew Wiggins,