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Report: James Anderson opts out of Kings contract

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With the salary cap skyrocketing, there might be only one player in the entire NBA with a player option who should have opted in.

And he opted out.

Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders:

We already knew Seth Curry would opt out, and that’s a good move for him. James Anderson – who would’ve made $1,139,123 – made a more surprising decision.

Anderson played just 14.1 minutes per game in 51 games with the Kings this season. He shot 37% from the field and 27% on 3-pointers and had more turnovers than assists. At 27, he might be headed out of the NBA.

And he might make more overseas. By opting out, he maximizes his chances of landing with a top European team if that’s the route he wants to go.

But if he opted in, I think there’s a good chance the Kings would’ve waived him. They could probably use the roster spot, and with the cap so high, eating his salary (and probably stretching it) means less than ever.

So, Anderson misses the chance to double dip (though some of his next contract could potentially be set off by Sacramento).

He also misses the opportunity to receive a share of next season’s shortfall check, which the NBA will give the players union to distribute. The league is required to spend a certain percentage of revenue and projects to fall about $500 million short next season. The league also paid a shortfall last season (reportedly $57,298,826) and will again this season. Last year, the shares were split among players based on games of service with a minimum of one. If the union followed the same script and Anderson were waived before the regular season, he wouldn’t have gotten any shortfall money. But the union has not yet enacted a plan for this season, let alone next season. So, it’s possible a player with a guaranteed salary who’s waived before the season would get a share. If it’s proportional to a full share last year, it’d be worth more than $1 million.

Anderson isn’t making that up in Europe.

But there’s always a chance an NBA team signs him. And if not, at least he gets a jump on finding the best situation in a lower league.

NBA rescinds Dwane Casey’s technical foul

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Raptors coach Dwane Casey was hit with a technical foul during Toronto’s loss to the Cavaliers last night, and Jeff Van Gundy criticized the call, noting players frequently say worse without penalty. It sounded like a former coach sticking up for a current coach and nothing more.

But the NBA agreed, rescinding Casey’s technical today.

So, the Raptors are fine now, right?

Draymond Green can name all 34 players drafted before him in 2012 in order

TARRYTOWN, NY - AUGUST 21:  Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors poses for a portrait during the 2012 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot at the MSG Training Center on August 21, 2012 in Tarrytown, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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How well do you know the 2012 NBA draft?

You can take this quiz on the first round. I got 16 before time ran out.

Draymond Green probably would’ve done better.

Jon Wilner of Bay Area News Group:

The topic is the 2012 NBA draft — his draft — and Warriors forward Draymond Green has his game face on. Offered a printout of every selection to assist his recollections of that fateful night, Green scoffs.

“I don’t need it.”

And with that, he begins.

“First was Anthony Davis to New Orleans,” he says. “Then Charlotte took (Michael) Kidd-Gilchrist. Then Washington took Bradley Beal. Fourth was Cleveland: Dion Waiters.

“Eight was Toronto: Terrence Ross

“Sixteen was Houston: Royce White …

By the time he’s done, Green has reeled off the names of all 34 players selected ahead of him and the corresponding team.

In order.

Ticked off? You’re darn right he’s still ticked off.

“I know why I had to wait,” he said. “I know what the scouts thought: ‘He’s a tweener. Who’s he going to guard? He’s maxed out his potential.’

“But I knew none of that was valid. What happened to me is what normally happens to players in my situation. But I knew I wasn’t normal.”

That’s the lede to a quality feature on Green’s draft night. It’s worth reading in full, including the part about how Green planned to force his way to the Pistons if the Warriors didn’t pick him at No. 35.

Re-do the draft, and Green goes somewhere between second and fourth — behind Anthony Davis and in the mix with Damian Lillard and Andre Drummond. But if it had gone that way, Green wouldn’t have such great stories to tell.

Report: Dragan Bender’s buyout is $1.3 million

TREVISO, ITALY - JUNE 07:  Dragan Bender in action during the adidas Eurocamp at La Ghirada sports center on June 7, 2015 in Treviso, Italy.  (Photo by Roberto Serra/Iguana Press/Getty Images)
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NBA teams can pay up to $650,000 toward buyouts for draft picks this offseason.

Dragan Bender – who’s in the running for the No. 3 pick – has a buyout twice as large.

Jonathan Givony of Yahoo Sports:

Dragan Bender has a $1.3 million buyout in his contract with Maccabi Tel Aviv, a league source told The Vertical.

Bender would have to pay the other $650,000 himself, and it seems he would. All indications are that he’ll play in the NBA next season.

But if he falls in the draft, it’d be a large chunk of change. Here’s what Bender’s salary would be depending when he’s drafted and the percentage of it the buyout would occupy:

  • No. 3: $4,743,000 (14%)
  • No. 4: $4,276,320 (15%)
  • No. 5: $3,872,520 (17%)
  • No. 6: $3,517,200 (18%)
  • No. 7: $3,210,840 (20%)
  • No. 8: $2,941,440 (22%)
  • No. 9: $2,703,960 (24%)
  • No. 10: $2,568,600 (25%)

Bender is highly regarded, and I don’t think he’ll fall far from No. 3. Even if he does, he and Maccabi Tel Aviv could always negotiate a lower amount. That’s common with buyouts.

But is there any chance Bender falls far enough and Maccabi Tel Aviv remains steadfast enough that Bender wouldn’t come to the NBA next season? Two key unknown factors: Bender’s salary with Maccabi Tel Aviv and his buyout amount in future years.

Report: Jonas Valanciunas out for Game 3 of Cavaliers-Raptors series

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Jonas Valanciunas has missed the Raptors’ last six games, including the first two of the Eastern Conference finals.

Meanwhile, the Cavaliers are carving up Toronto inside. Cleveland is shooting 53-for-77 in the paint (69%), which is impressive by both efficiency and volume.

And there’s little relief in sight.

ESPN announcer Mike Breen, as transcribed by Zach Harper of CBSSports.com:

“Jonas Valanciunas. He will definitely not play in Game 3, according to Dwane Casey. He’s still not close. They’re hoping maybe Game 4, but you get the feeling that’s wishful thinking.”

This isn’t surprising, given Valanciunas’ description of his sprained ankle. With Valanciunas out for Game 3, it looks increasingly likely this 2-0 series will end before he’s ready to return.