David Stern gave the Hornets brass the freedom to try and reach a deal with Eric Gordon, a four-year extension of his rookie deal.
But whatever the money he approved was not enough, and he rejected a contract extension offer from the Hornets, reports the Associated Press. We don’t know what the offer was, so we don’t know if the Hornets lowballed him or Gordon has an inflated sense of his worth. Maybe a little of both.
This is not a bad play by the Hornets in one sense — Gordon is a very talented player who, if he can get and stay healthy, could develop into one of the best shooting guards in the game. (He has played only two games this season and is not expected back for three more weeks.) But how much do you pay for potential?
The problem is that there are teams that will make a big run at Gordon and his potential this summer. Yahoo’s Marc Spears mentions Indiana — Gordon’s home — but he is going to get healthy offers from a few teams.
Letting the market set his price is a good move — if the Hornets will match. But with the league owning the team and no end to that in sight, it’s hard to say if they can or will match a big offer. Then they would lose the centerpiece of the Chris Paul trade.
Gordon is going to be one to watch this summer when free agency hits.
Former Magic player Keith Appling was arrested in May.
Former Magic player Keith Appling was arrested in June.
Former Magic player Keith Appling was arrested in August.
Robert Allen of the Detroit Free Press:
Former Michigan State basketball player Keith Appling was arrested after a traffic stop Sunday, his third arrest since May, Detroit police said.
Appling, 24, was pulled over at about 9 p.m. on the city’s east side after driving away from a traffic stop, and a gun was found in a bag on the side of the road, according to an Associated Press report.
Bismack Biyombo might have left Toronto, but he didn’t escape jokes about his age from the Raptors.
Biyombo – according to official records, which have been disputed – turned 24 yesterday.
Unofficially? Kyle Lowry:
The FIBA Hall of Fame (not to be confused with the Basketball Hall of Fame, which is not to be confused with the NBA Hall of Fame, which doesn’t exist) enshrined Hakeem Olajuwon and David Stern in its 2016 class.
Olajuwon won a gold medal with Team USA in the 1996 Olympics. A Nigeria native, he has helped promote basketball in Africa.
After growing the sport’s popularity stateside, Stern pushed to globalize basketball as NBA commissioner.
The full list of 2016 inductees:
Panagiotis Fasoulas (Greece)
Hakeem Olajuwon (Nigeria/USA)
Manuel Raga (Mexico)
Juan Antonio San Epifanio (Spain)
Michele Timms (Australia)
Jorge Canavesi (Argentina)
David J. Stern (USA)
The over-riding objective of the Hall of Fame is to reflect the history of the sport.
The honour may be awarded posthumously.
The key conditions for induction to the FIBA Hall of Fame are:
• Outstanding achievement at the international level from a personal effort or initiative
• Having contributed to the performances of players, technical officials, coaches, and administrators or to the global development of basketball.
Olajuwon and Stern seem to fit the bill.
Now, if only there were a Hall of Fame that appropriately recognized NBA achievements.
Blake Griffin reportedly doesn’t want to leave Los Angeles when his contract is up next summer. This is a guy who has done stand up, is executive producer of a television show, and is generally loving the perks of living in Los Angeles.
Still, the dream lives on in Oklahoma City that he will come in and be the next star there and pair with Russell Westbrook.
Griffin was back in his native Oklahoma for alumni weekend with the OU basketball team, and he heard the sales pitch.
Griffin blows this off, just like he is going to try to blow off the dozens and dozens of reporters who will ask him about his summer plans during the season.
But he has to know the recruiting pitches are coming all season, especially when he visits OKC.