Are you ready for the wild, wild West of free agency in 2016 and 2017.
Super Bowl Media Day will seem less chaotic in comparison.
Once the NBA players’ union shot down the idea of smoothing in the massive influx of money from the new NBA television deal, we knew the cap would spike. Now we get an idea — $22 million in 2016, and it’s only going to keep climbing from there. The brilliant Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress.com — if you’re not following him in the run up to the draft you’re doing it wrong — has the details.
This has so many impacts. This summer, even though the cap is only going up a few million, you’ll see teams dish out some large contracts — think Khris Middleton — who might not normally get that much, but because a max contract under this cap will not look so bad in two years teams will do it. Call it a market max deal.
On the other side, players are not going to want to sign four-year deals when they see how much more cash will be on the table in two years.
Meanwhile, teams that didn’t manage their money all that well will have cap space to chase free agents. Teams hoarding cap space will be able to go after multiple max players at a time — and there are a lot of teams in that category.
Chaos. It’s going to be Chaos.
The Knicks missed their first nine shots of the season then called timeout.
That set the stage for a fan to show at least one person on New York’s side could shoot. The fan hit a half-court shot for $10,000.
Perhaps feeling the momentum, the Knicks came back for a 126-107 win over the Hawks.
Kobe Bryant has become acclaimed for his filmmaking, even winning an Oscar.
But his sustained prominence in basketball retirement, especially considering his new industry, has sparked questions about why he hasn’t been swept up by #MeToo. After all, Bryant admitted in 2004 to having sex with a woman who didn’t view the encounter as consensual the year prior. (That statement part of Bryant moving on and readily accepted by the public, which shows why a reckoning in our handling of sexual misconduct was so necessary.)
Bryant was selected to judge a film festival, but a petition emerged to prevent his participation. Apparently, 159 signatures were enough for the festival to change course.
Evan Real of The Hollywood Reporter:
Kobe Bryant has been removed from the Animation Is Film Festival jury following backlash stemming from a 2003 rape allegation. Though the former L.A. Lakers star was set to serve as a juror at the annual event this weekend in Hollywood, organizers announced on Wednesday that he will no longer participate.
On one hand, it’s not surprising the petition received just 159 signatures. Bryant remains highly popular and is beloved by many.
But this also shows the power of a relatively small number of voices speaking up.
Pistons star Blake Griffin learned his lesson after getting his dunk blocked by Nets center Jarrett Allen in the preseason. In the regular-season opener, Griffin went up even harder.
And Allen still stopped him!
Rumors about Kevin Durant leaving the Warriors are intensifying. Even people within the Golden State organization are bracing themselves for him to depart in free agency next summer.
Not even the Warriors collecting their championship rings could stop the momentum.
In fact, last night’s celebration contributed to the noise.
Kevin’s brother, Tony, commented on Kevin’s Instagram post featuring the rings, “Filling the hand up before we get outta here!”
Rob Perez of The Action Network:
My best guess was “here” meant the Warriors’ arena in Oakland. This is their last season there before moving to a new arena in San Francisco Francisco.
Or maybe “here” meant in the NBA. Careers in the NBA are finite.
Another thought that crossed my mind: “Here” could have meant in this world. Lives, too, are finite.
The only clear part: Tony wants Kevin to win a handful of rings. The deadline is nebulous.
Of course, the loudest speculation was “here” meant playing for the Warriors and this being the last run. But Tony sharply denied that.
If you want to be a conspiracy theorist, perhaps Tony meant leaving Golden State after this season but Kevin just instructed him to downplay it to quiet chatter. I suppose that’s possible, though it wouldn’t jibe with Kevin’s tell-the-truth-about-free-agency approach.
Occam’s Razor suggests taking Tony at his word, and that’s what I’ll do.