the Warriors are trawling for someone to take David Lee, with the 30th pick as a potential sweetener, per sources around the league.
The Warriors almost certainly won’t sacrifice two picks for that financial relief, per league sources.
As Lowe details, the Warriors made a ton of money during their championship run. And this is only a one-year problem. Once Lee’s contract expires and the salary cap skyrockets in 2016, Golden State will be clear of major luxury-tax concerns.
But the effects of keeping Lee next season are significant. He projects to cost the Warriors nearly $50 million in salary and luxury tax. They might prefer to send out only the No. 30 pick, but if push comes to shove, I wouldn’t be surprised if they improve their offers.
CHICAGO – NBA commissioner Adam Silver wanted to overhaul the schedule – including in-season and play-in tournaments – for the league’s 75th-anniversary season, 2021-22.
Instead, the Board of Governors vote planned for April was canceled.
Not because the ideas were unpopular, according to Silver. Because they were too popular.
“When we went to our teams, the Players Association and our media partners – probably the most important constituents in making changes,” Silver said, “the response we got was that, frankly, there was so much interest that they didn’t think it made sense to do it as a one-off.”
It’s easy to be skeptical of spin. But Silver is adamant.
“I strongly believe we will end up with some sort of in-season tournament and a play-in tournament,” Silver said.
The NBA will probably eventually have a play-in tournament. It makes a lot of sense, both competitively and financially. When those considerations align, things usually get done.
The league might even also add an in-season tournament. But it’s hard to find people actually enthusiastic about that idea.
Did Dwyane Wade violate judges’ agreement to keep dunk contest tied?
Gordon’s final dunk was better than Jones’ final dunk. But Jones dunked better throughout the contest. Does that mean Gordon got robbed? At that point, yes. But Jones should have won the contest before then.
The bigger problem is judging dunks on a 6-10 scale. They should be judged relative to each other, and Jones’ were better.