When trade reports surfaced of a Carlos Boozer for Andrea Bargnani trade came up it didn’t make a lot of sense for me.
If you’re Chicago you could save $5 million a year for a couple years with Bargnani buried on your bench (you think Tom Thibodeau is going to play him much?) but why not just play out the season with Boozer then save a bunch more and use your amnesty clause on him this summer?
That’s not in the plans reports the Chicago Tribune.
Despite the talks, there are no plans to use the amnesty provision on Boozer this summer. Boozer is having a strong season, but shedding his salary could improve the Bulls’ long-term financial picture.
Why not? And why a Bargnani trade instead?
Because of real money out the door. If the Bulls amnesty Boozer they still have to pay him his salary (minus whatever he would sign for with another team). The Bulls are still on the hook for the contract, it just doesn’t count against the “official” books used for team salary against the cap and luxury tax. Fill in that cap space created by the Boozer amnesty and you’re paying those dollars twice, in essence. Trade for Bargnani and that is $5 million a year in real savings.
It’s all about the money — and in the Bulls case not paying the luxury tax. Despite the market size.
NEW YORK (AP) — Brooklyn Nets forward DeMarre Carroll has undergone right ankle surgery and will miss the start of the season.
The team says Carroll had a right ankle arthroscopy. It was performed Tuesday at the Hospital for Special Surgery.
Carroll started 73 games at forward for the Nets last season, averaging 13.5 points and 6.6 rebounds.
The Nets say updates regarding Carroll’s return will be issued as appropriate.
Brooklyn opens its season Wednesday at Detroit.
It was difficult to limit this list to just five.
The NBA’s race for the MVP award seems wide open this season. LeBron James is the favorite of the Las Vegas books (thank Lakers’ fans for that) and James Harden has been first or second three of the past four years, so he cannot be counted out. Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant have each won it before, although they tend to cancel each other out on the same team.
This year feels like we could see new blood winning the award. Maybe Anthony Davis of the Pelicans. Maybe Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Bucks. Maybe Kawhi Leonard is back to form in Toronto and we shouldn’t count him out. Joel Embiid is touting himself in Philly.
I make my prediction and talk about the players to watch in this new PBT Extra video.
The Golden State Warriors received their championship rings on Tuesday night against the Oklahoma City Thunder, even with Patrick McCaw not in attendance.
The 2017-18 NBA champions have grabbed three titles in four years, and as such you’d expect them to get inventive with their hardware at this point.
Enter this season’s championship ring.
The Warriors revealed the ring’s design on social media on Tuesday, and it has one very specific feature. Specifically, the center area of the ring is completely reversible.
Check it out:
Championship rings are objectively ugly, gaudy things. But if someone offered you one, you certainly wouldn’t turn it down. Everyone wants to have a championship under their belt, and having a ridiculous ring with 74 diamonds in it and a twist-off top is just wild.
Jimmy Butler is a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves, at least until the team finds a suitable trade partner. It seems the talks between the Wolves and the Miami Heat have gone dormant, and there isn’t an openly-interested party in sight.
Meanwhile, Butler is attending practices and is expected to play in the first game of the year for Minnesota against the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday. As the team looks for trade partners, the question remains what will happen with head coach Tom Thibodeau. Things have quickly gone south under his watch, and many are calling for his firing from the outside.
In a conversation with the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, which Taylor owns, Taylor said that Thibodeau’s job is safe.
Thibodeau has three years left on a five-year contract worth about $40 million. Is he coaching for his job?
“No, no, the only thing now is that we are starting to play games and I am asking him to concentrate on coaching,” Taylor said. “GM Scott Layden will help to see if any trades are available.”
Is Taylor still happy he hired Thibodeau in April 2016?
“Yes, yes, he is a good coach and I have faith in him,” he said.
Meanwhile Taylor says that he’s not thinking about selling the team, and that they will try to grit themselves through from here on out.
It’s a tougher Western Conference this year, and it was already up in the air whether the Timberwolves were going to be a playoff team. Now, it seems as though they are destined to miss the postseason yet again after making it last year.