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Dahntay Jones: Stephen Curry not a top-10 player

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The Cavaliers have signed Dahntay Jones late the last couple seasons to serve as agitator.

He’s working off the clock.

Jones on Stephen Curry, via Mickstape:

People get mad at me, because I don’t declare him a top-10 player in the NBA, which is fine.

I’ve got him on the outside – like 11, 12.

Jones listed his top 10, the first three ordered and 4-10 not:

1. LeBron James

2. Kawhi Leonard

3. Kevin Durant

Curry has finished sixth, first, first, sixth in MVP voting the last four years. But the Warriors guard isn’t a top-10 player?

Jones isn’t as dumb as this take makes him seem. He knows where his bread is buttered.

Kings minority owner Shaquille O’Neal apparently thinks Sacramento signed Otto Porter

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Otto Porter signed an offer sheet with the Nets, and the Wizards matched it.

The Kings also reportedly offered Porter a max contract, but they never became part of an official transaction.

Yet, Shaquille O’Neal – who owns a share of the Kings and regularly appears on national television to analyze the NBA – apparently thinks Porter went west.

Shaq on the Wizards, via CSN Mid-Atlantic:

Shaq:

They lost an important piece, Otto Porter. He’s now playing for my team in Sacramento.

Who’s going to break the news to Shaq? And will he find out before playing “Who he play for?”

Report: Spurs second-rounder Jaron Blossomgame signing minor-league contract

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The Spurs took Jaron Blossomgame – the 2017 NBA draft’s second-oldest player (behind only Celtics No. 53 pick Kadeem Allen) – with the No. 59 pick.

But San Antonio apparently isn’t rushing Blossomgame, who turns 24 next month, into the NBA.

Michael C. Wright of ESPN:

Clearing the air on Jaron Blossomgame. Reports on him doing a two-way contract are inaccurate. Blossomgame will be in Austin next season, but on a standard G-League contract I’m told.

This is probably a mistake by Blossomgame.

He could’ve accepted the required tender – a one-year contract contract, surely unguaranteed at the minimum, the Spurs had to extend to retain his rights. They likely would’ve waived him, and it’s unlikely another NBA team would have signed him. He’d be in a similar situation – in the league formerly known as the D-League and on that league’s salary scale – as he is now.

The key difference: He’d be an NBA free agent.

As is, the Spurs are the only NBA team that can sign him – and their roster looks pretty full. If Blossomgame plays well enough in the D-League this year to warrant an NBA chance, he’s probably out of luck until after the season.

For giving San Antonio such control of his career, he couldn’t even get a two-way contract? That’d give him a base salary of $75,000 plus $4,080 per day called up to the parent club (maximum: 45 days).

Instead, Blossomgame is looking at a salary around $26,000.

John Wall calls spending entire career with Wizards his ‘ultimate goal’

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Remember when John Wall complained about having no billboards in Washington?

The Wizards’ best season (49-33, reaching Game 7 of the second round) in nearly four decades plus a super-max contract extension projected to be worth $169 million over four years have Wall singing a different tune.

Wall, via Michael Lee of Yahoo Sports:

“I think a lot of players want to be in a certain place. Who wouldn’t want to be in L.A.? Who wouldn’t want to be in Miami? Those are amazing cities. Well, I’m in one of the best cities you want to be, in D.C. So I’m fine,” Wall told The Vertical

“You never know where you can be, anything can happen. I’m just glad I can be one of those guys that can say, ‘I’m still here.’ My ultimate goal is to try to be one of those guys that play my whole career with one team.”

“I know where I want to be. I know who I’m committed to,” Wall told The Vertical. “I could see if they did something disloyal to me, where I could be, ‘I got something on them, I’m going to pay them back.’ They have done nothing to me but been loyal to me. They stuck with me. They could’ve been, ‘Oh, he’s injury-prone, he’s not doing this, we’ve got to get rid of this guy.’ They’ve stuck with me through those tough times. And the player and the person that I’ve become now, is the same reason why I stuck with those guys.”

The Wizards have been extremely loyal to Wall. They’ve offered him two max contract extensions without fuss. His name never comes up in trade rumors. These are the types of things that fly under the radar until he brings up how much he appreciates them.

Wall will be in Washington at least another year, as the super-max extension prohibits a trade for that period. The Wizards are too far along building a team around Wall’s talents to deal him anytime soon anyway, anyway. He can’t become a free agent again until 2022, and that would require declining a player option projected to be worth about $47 million.

So, it appears Wall will be in Washington for a while. The rest of his career? It often doesn’t work out that way, but he has already spent seven years with the Wizards and is under contract for another six. That’s a big head start.

For now, it’s just nice Wall seems so happy in Washington.

Saturday Night Live mocks LaVar Ball (video)

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LaVar Ball presents comedians what has become a growing problem: It’s hard to eclipse the absurdity of reality.

At least the father of Lakers Lonzo Ball is getting the attention he seeks.