The New Jersey Nets just made a lot more money.
The soon-to-be Brooklyn team (they move for the start of the 2012 season) will double its annual intake to $20 million a season as part of a 10-year extension that will keep the Nets on the YES network until 2032, reports the Sports Business Journal. This was a settlement to a dispute about the team’s television deal.
This deal had seem some rough patches to get to this point, with the Nets walking away from the table back in February and an arbitrator being brought in, but eventually they reached a settlement.
Now, let’s throw out the lockout spin (because everything must have a lockout spin):
Right now no money from local television deals is shared between owners. The Nets doubling their rights follows in the footsteps of the Celtics, Warriors and Lakers all striking new television deals worth a lot more money. The players will tell you that much more robust revenue sharing is needed if small market teams are going to be profitable.
The owners’ last official offer to the players tried to decouple the salary cap from league and team revenues. This is why. The owners know that television and other revenue is going to go up in the next decade and they want to keep salaries flat so that revenue goes into their pockets and doesn’t have to be shared with players. The union will fight hard to stop that from happening, they want revenue and the cap to move together.
While the rampant speculation continues about whether the Celtics may or may not trade for a superstar, Danny Ainge is filling out his roster with veterans. Sean Deveney of the Sporting News reports that they’ve agreed to a one-year minimum deal with guard Gerald Green:
Green was originally drafted by the Celtics in 2005 at No. 18 overall, and after bouncing around different teams and overseas in the first few years of his career, he’s carved out a nice niche for himself in the NBA as a scoring guard off the bench. He played 69 games for the Heat last season after two solid years in Phoenix.
The NBA has unveiled its top 100 plays of the 2015-16 season, and there’s no mystery as to what were the top two.
No. 2: Stephen Curry‘s halfcourt buzzer-beater in overtime against the Thunder in Oklahoma City during the season.
No. 1: “The Block” by LeBron James on Andre Iguodala in the final stretch of Game 7 of the Finals.
There’s plenty more, too, and if you have 25 minutes to kill, you can and should watch all of them above.
Tyler Zeller is one of the few restricted free agents left on the market who could make an actual impact next season, and on Saturday morning, he’s come off the board. Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald reports that the fourth-year big man has agreed to a deal to stay with the Celtics. It’s for two years and $16 million, with the second season being a team option.
Zeller isn’t a starter, but he’s a nice rotation big man, especially at that price. He can play minutes off the bench for Boston, and his contract is also very movable with the second season being unguaranteed. He played just 11.8 minutes per game last season, but averaged 18.5 points and 9 rebounds per 36 minutes.
The Toronto Raptors were good last season, second best team in the East. That means the guys on Inside the NBA on TNT had to talk about them.
Which means Charles Barkley had to say “Jonas Valanciunas” a lot. Which is high comedy. While a lot of people struggle to say his name the guy is a solid NBA center who, with a little practice, you can say (and spell) his name pretty easily.
This comes from a YouTube user, via Reddit, with a hat tip to Eye on Basketball.