So you just negotiated an unprecedented lifetime contract for LeBron with Nike. What’s your secret to being a great negotiator?
You have to go into the room understanding a couple things. You have to know what you want. You have to know how to clearly articulate those things. You have to know what’s important to the other side and what they want. Be able to articulate those things, too. And then you have to be willing to not take everything. If you go into the negotiation like, I’m gonna get every dollar, every piece of real estate—I’m just gonna take this guy’s fucking pants off—you may be able to do that once, maybe twice, but after that, people aren’t going to want to do business with you. When you’re negotiating something like the Nike deal, it’s gonna last a lifetime, literally. The minute this negotiation’s over, we’re gonna work with these people every day. So you don’t want to leave them with a bad feeling.
How much was the deal for?
I can’t say.
Come on, Mav! Can you ballpark it?
What are people saying?
Kanye said a billion. So a billion. [Maverick smiles and points one finger skyward.]
Yeah. It’s a fantastic deal. Nike feels great about the deal. That’s the most important thing. As great as I feel, as great as LeBron feels—Nike feels fantastic about it. It’s the largest deal in the history of the company. Their hope is he makes even more. And our hope is that, too, obviously.
If the lottery isn’t fixed, why doesn’t the NBA show the actual drawing?
The stars of that video are 76ers minority owner Art Wrubel and Kylie Rubin, daughter of 76ers minority owner Michael Rubin. They ham it up as Philadelphia’s combinations are drawn twice straight, though obviously only the first counted to give the 76ers the No. 1 pick.
The video’s highlight? Kylie covering her mouth in shock after giving Lakers vice president of basketball operations John Black a louder-than-expected high five once the Lakers draw the second pick.
Report: Terry Stotts’ contract extension worth about $5 million per year
The big unanswered question: How much will Stotts make next season? Did Portland just exercise Stotts’ team option, which presumably would pay him less than $5 million? Or did that get renegotiated as part of the extension?
Stotts – who finished second Coach of the Year voting – has earned a salary in the $5 million range. On the other hand, the Trail Blazers hired him when – after failed stints with the Bucks and Hawks – other teams might not have. Perhaps, Portland should get full return on that investment with a cheaper 2016-17 salary.
The Trail Blazers might need a little extra cash on hand to pay players next season.
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