Author: Dan Feldman

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Warriors GM Bob Myers: No contract extension for Harrison Barnes


Harrison Barnes reportedly rejected a four-year, $64 million contract extension from the Warriors.

I think that was the right move, because there’s a good chance Barnes will get more as a restricted free agent next summer. He might even draw a max deal, projected to be worth more than $120 million over five years with Golden State or more than $89 million over four years elsewhere.

So, it was on the Warriors to increase their offer before Monday’s deadline if they truly wanted to extended Barnes.

Apparently, they won’t do that to a satisfactory level.

Diamond Leung of Bay Area News Group:

This actually might be to the Warriors’ advantage. Barnes will count just $9,683,495 against the cap next summer until signed or renounced. That’s about $11 million less than if he’d signed a max extension (less than if he’d signed the $64 million extension, too).

So, Golden State can complete other moves and then exceed the cap to re-sign Barnes. Plus, because he’ll be a restricted free agent, there’s no risk of him unilaterally leaving.

However, because the Warriors project to be over the cap regardless, that extra flexibility probably won’t mean anything. They’re in line to have the mid-level exception and no cap space to add free agents either way.

On the other hand, Jason Thompson and Shaun Livingston have partially guaranteed salaries for 2016-17. Andrew Bogut‘s and Andre Iguodala‘s contracts expire in 2017, and they might be movable. If Golden State wants to trim salary and make a big splash – looking at you, Kevin Durant – Barnes’ lower cap hold could prove crucial.

This is obviously a risk on Barnes’ part. If he gets hurt or his production regresses, he could get less than $64 million next summer. But with the salary cap skyrocketing under the new national TV contract, I like his chances.

76ers originally wanted arena sponsor’s name in invisible ink on court

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The 76ers, in a dispute with a bank that sponsors their arena but not the team, made the arena name on the court comically difficult to read.

Their initial idea was even more ridiculous.

76ers CEO Scott O’Neil, via Jared Shelly of BizPhilly:

“Our original idea was, for the court logo, to put it in invisible ink — but the lawyers wouldn’t go for it. I figured we could do a little black light in the intros to show it,” said O’Neil. “But the lawyers didn’t go for it, they’re not sure that would live to the letter of the law.”

Citing my recent BizPhilly article that characterized the Sixers actions as “passive-aggressive,” O’Neil offered a correction: “This is aggressive. We’re not very passive-aggressive. We don’t understand that language.”

O’Neil’s last quote belongs in the clarification hall of fame.

The real winner in this dispute, as always: lawyers. They got paid to analyze whether invisible ink and, presumably, the exact size of font that would satisfy the contract.

Report: Jabari Parker not ready for Bucks opener against Knicks

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Jabari Parker was supposedly a full participant when the Bucks opened training camp.

But Parker, who tore his ACL in December, didn’t play in the preseason.

It doesn’t seem Milwaukee was merely being cautious with its exhibition games, either.

The rookie second-year forward will also apparently miss the Bucks’ regular-season opener against the Knicks tomorrow.

Charles F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

Parker was not expected to be ready for the opener but could make his season debut in early November.

“Nothing to be said; next guy up,” Kidd said.

The Bucks are even more short-handed at forward, because Giannis Antetokounmpo is suspended. At least they have enough versatile players to compensate.

Milwaukee could go smaller with Michael Carter-Williams, Khris Middleton and O.J. Mayo each sliding down a position for a portion of the game. Chris Copeland could get a bigger role as a stretch four. John Henson could play power forward and spend more time with Greg Monroe than behind him.

Jason Kidd has options.

Pelicans claim Ish Smith off waivers

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The Pelicans wanted Ish Smith, but feared the 76ers would claim the point guard on waivers.

Philadelphia passed.

Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports:

Smith signed with the Wizards for the preseason, but they had no room for him. So, they waived him, allowing New Orleans to swipe him.

The Pelicans are desperate at point guard with Jrue Holiday on a tight minute limit and Norris Cole injured and Tyreke Evans injured. That New Orleans needed Smith is troubling, but that was the situation. He and Smith will handle the 33 or so minutes available behind Holiday.

Smith is one of the NBA’s fastest players, but that speed is his only truly impressive skill. His shooting and passing are lackluster for a point guard.

With Smith’s and Robinson’s salary unguaranteed, don’t be surprised if the Pelicans drop one or both as Holiday, Cole and Evans get healthier. But for a temporary solution, those two are fine.

Heat unveil three new uniforms


They’re not the Miami Vice jerseys, but the Heat unveiled three new uniforms:

Home strong

While I appreciate the stated sentiment, I’m not a big fan of military-styled sports uniforms. It just seems teams are trying to capitalize on the strong feelings have for military heroes – while ignoring the non-heroic segments of the armed forces – by association. It doesn’t strike me as a meaningful and appropriate show of appreciation, though I respect that many disagree.

beyond the general glibness, there are minor issues – like the U.S. Flag Code stating, “No part of the flag should ever be used as a costume or athletic uniform.” Yet, there are 13 red-and-white stripes on the shoulder of this Heat uniform.

Aesthetically, the gold pants look amateurish with a white jersey.


These are just the Heat’s home uniforms from the 90s, and they’re fine. Miami did well to move on from these, but as an occasional nod to the past, they’re cool.


This is trying too hard to be too many things – old school and new school. Still, it might become my favorite of the bunch. It’s far enough from the beaten path and still clean that it has potential to grow on me.