分类
武汉夜生活论坛

Salt Lake City Summer League: Weems' 17 points fuel Grizzlies' victory

Salt Lake City Summer League Game Highlights: Grizzlies 105, Jazz Blue 65

• Grizzlies 105, Jazz Blue 65: |

SALT LAKE CITY — Romeo Weems scored a game-high 17 points to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a 104-65 victory over the Utah Jazz Blue in the on Tuesday at Vivint Arena.

Weems had an efficient outing, shooting 5-for-7 from the field, including 2-for-2 from long range, in 19 minutes off the bench. Desmond Bane followed up with 14 points on 5-for-12 shooting in 22 minutes. Xavier Tillman came up large with 11 points, 13 rebounds, four assists, two steals and a block.

The Grizzlies took control early in the contest with a 29-12 lead after one quarter. They kept the pressure on in the second, and pushed their lead to 57-28 by halftime. The Jazz Blue had no answers in the second half and finished the contest with 22 turnovers while shooting 32.9% from the field.

Joe Chealey scored a team-high 15 points on 6-for-9 shooting to lead the Jazz Blue. Justin Patton was the only other player to score in double digits, with 11 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks.

分类
武汉夜生活论坛

5 takeaways from the first 24 hours of NBA free agency

5 takeaways from the first 24 hours of NBA free agency

Veteran point guard Kyle Lowry is one of many reported additions for Miami over the first day of free agency.

Five takeaways from the first 24 hours of , which tipped off at 6 p.m. ET on Monday:


• 2021 Free Agency:  |  •


1. The Miami Heat want back in The Finals

That bubble trip to the 2020 Finals left a far better taste in the mouths of the Miami Heat than their abrupt, four-and-gone sweep out of the first round this year against Milwaukee. The Heat want that taste back, so they hit free agency hard in its opening hours.

, their overall best player, with a maximum contract extension that will average $45 million over four seasons was essential. Then came the wooing of veteran Toronto point guard Kyle Lowry on a reported three-year, $30 million that will reportedly send Goran Dragic to Toronto.

Miami also with a five-year, $90 million deal, a preemptive move on their own restricted free agent to demonstrate their commitment and lock in his floor-spreading marksmanship. Finally, the Heat from Milwaukee, getting D and occasional 3s while plucking away a starter from the champion Bucks.

Reports: Heat to acquire Lowry, Tucker

Miami wasted no time agreeing to deals with Kyle Lowry and P.J. Tucker.


2. Restricted free agency isn’t so restrictive

It wasn’t that long ago that restricted free agents were used as pawns by rival VPs and GMs, toyed with to gum up the offseason plans of the competition as much as to add talent to a roster. In the old – as in, pre-2011 CBA – days, if some team signed your restricted free agent to an offer sheet, you had up to a week to match it. In the meantime, the pursuing team would have its cap space devoted to the deal locked up.

That often limited additional maneuvers. And then, finally, the player would wind up staying put if his original team matched. Naturally, that chilled the market for restricted players.

Shortening the waiting period to three days, then to its current two days has wrung out much of that gamesmanship. Sign-and-trades were in fashion on Day 1 Monday, with Chicago’s from New Orleans kicking things off. The Pelicans couldn’t mess around making the Bulls sweat for seven days, so a deal that presumably serves both teams came together swiftly.

Reports: Lonzo to Bulls in sign-and-trade deal

Chicago bolsters its backcourt with the reported addition of Lonzo Ball.

Likewise, Charlotte worked with New Orleans on the sign-and-trade that , the Hornets getting a 2022 first-round pick and moving on rather than dragging out the process for a week.


3. Age apparently is just a construct

This could be called the LeBron James Effect, watching a franchise bank its current and short-term future championship aspirations on a player or players who are signing fat new deals at ages by which NBA legends such as Bill Russell, Oscar Robertson, Larry Bird and Isiah Thomas had retired.

Or maybe it’s the Chris Paul Effect, based on the 2020-21 season Paul just had with the Phoenix Suns. The veteran playmaker brought guile and leadership to the Suns, leading them to The Finals while turning 36 in May. Only he and Lou Williams remain from their 2005 Draft class, but Paul – on the same day Phoenix announced he would be undergoing surgery on his left wrist – on a four-year, $120 million contract that will take him to age 40.

Reports: Phoenix retaining Chris Paul

Chris Paul reportedly will return to Phoenix on a four-year deal.

Miami reminded everyone it’s a desirable destination for seniors, too, with Lowry signing through his 38th birthday and Butler on track to draw a $50 million paycheck at age 36. It’s not just years, either, since most current players start racking up NBA miles after a year or two of college compared to the legends.


4. Loyalty hasn’t disappeared quite yet

Less than two weeks after winning the 2021 NBA title, the celebrations inside Fiserv Forum and along the parade route a couple days later still ringing in their heads, the Bucks faced an abrupt dismantling of their group. Sure enough, Tucker – a pivotal March move by GM Jon Horst – was gone almost instantly, headed to the rival Heat. Then there was Bobby Portis, whose shooting, toughness and embrace by the Milwaukee fans seemed certain to end too soon …

Except it didn’t. The legend lives on. that clearly is below his market value in order to run it back with the Bucks and their/his fans. He’s 26, a six-year veteran and he reportedly passed on bigger, better offers. But he also has earned approximately $25.5 million in his NBA career, talks about being smart with his money and lives a modest offseason lifestyle back home in Arkansas. (There also are some contractual advantages in this move for him, ESPN’s Bobby Marks pointed out, such as establishing his early-Bird rights with Milwaukee and an opt-out next summer.)

At some point, this stuff has to become numbers on a spreadsheet and impactful mostly on the grandkids’ net worth. But what’s the price of happiness? And how many chances does a fellow get to be a folk hero?

Taking the silver medal as a feel-good story to Portis’ decision: Cam Payne agreeing to a three-year pact worth a reported $19 million to . Chronically injured early in his career, Payne was on the verge of washing out of the NBA, playing in China and the G League for most of 2019-20 between getting waived by Toronto and signed for a pittance by Phoenix. He averaged 19 minutes, 9.3 points and 3.2 assists backing up Paul to help the Suns win the West.


5. What comes after Day 1? Day 2

Technically, anything that happens Tuesday before 6 p.m. ET counts as “the first 24 hours” of free agency. But for headline and stamina purposes, some of the deals Tuesday, such as  for 2021-22, and get counted as Day 2.

And there still will be intrigue with names on the board such as John Collins, Josh Hart, Lauri Markkanen, Reggie Jackson, Danny Green and more. Even in a digital world, things can change faster than a site’s ability to update its list of remaining available talent, though the folks here do pretty well at that.

>

* * *

Steve Aschburner has written about the NBA since 1980. You can e-mail him , find  and .

The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting.

分类
武汉夜生活论坛

Goodbye to greats: Scola, Gasols reach the end at Olympics

Goodbye to greats: Scola, Gasols reach the end at Olympics

SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — Luis Scola expected to be in the game competing until the buzzer sounded, because that’s how he always played.

Instead, his coach took him out in the final minute, triggering a standing ovation and an emotional farewell to one of the greats of the game.

That wasn’t the only goodbye Tuesday on a historic day at the Olympics, where the curtain closed on an era of men’s basketball.

Scola’s apparent final performance for Argentina came hours after Pau and Marc Gasol played together for the last time for Spain, leaving holes to fill for countries who became champions through their brilliance.

“It’s time for new faces to show up,” Scola said. “It’s time for us to go.”

He hadn’t planned on saying that for sure, even at 41. Scola still loves playing and was still doing it well, averaging 19.7 points through the preliminary round.

But when both teams, the referees and the few people who were in the Saitama Super Arena saluted Scola with a lengthy standing ovation when he went to the bench as Australia was about to finish a 97-59 victory, the message was being delivered for him.

The tough, physical forward began to cry after hugging coach Sergio Hernandez and his teammates, then waved to the people standing.

“When you get that respect from your peers, people that we play against, refs — there were not a lot of people in the court of course because of the situation — but I feel that’s the ultimate recognition,” Scola said. “I kind of felt I got that it in that moment and it was kind of hard for me to keep my composure.”

He walked off the court with the game ball in his hand, finally ready to concede to Father Time.

“I’m 41,” Scola said. “I don’t see that many people playing that are my age.”

Pau Gasol was, until Tuesday afternoon.

Like Scola, he tied the men’s basketball record by playing in his fifth Olympics. He is the No. 3 men’s scorer in the history of the Games, one spot ahead of Scola.

But after a 95-81 loss to the U.S., Gasol confirmed it was his final appearance for Spain and his younger brother strongly indicated he was finished as well.

They leave the Tokyo Games without a medal after Spain won one in the last three Olympics, but there was no sadness from the Spanish.

“No, because we had so many great moments,” Marc Gasol said.

“We had way too many medals. When we started we were never supposed to win that many medals and it started here for me in 2006 in this same arena, so it’s been a hell of a ride.”

Spain won that world championship in the Saitama Super Arena and captured another in 2019. There were also EuroBasket titles in 2009, ’11 and ’15.

About the only thing the Spanish couldn’t accomplish was beating the U.S. They were unbeaten after pool play in 2004 in Pau Gasol’s first Olympics, before the Americans eliminated them in the quarterfinals. Argentina went on to win that gold medal, the only one won by a country other than the U.S. since NBA players debuted in 1992.

The U.S. beat Spain again in the 2008 and ’12 gold-medal games, and the ’16 semifinals. There was one last chance to beat the Americans on Tuesday, but it was clear by then Pau Gasol’s time was already passed.

He needed surgery to repair a stress fracture in his left foot and the two-time NBA champion had to work his way back into shape by playing last season in Spain with FC Barcelona.

So even though he was far from the force he had long been and didn’t even play after halftime Tuesday, Gasol said his Olympics were already a success.

“And now, this was my last game with the national team, and I’ll have to digest, and figure out, and talk with my family,” Gasol said, “whether it’s worth it for me to continue to play, or should I move on to different challenges and other goals in life?”

Marc Gasol is still under contract with the Lakers and said he intends to return to the NBA next season, but he seems done manning the middle for Spain.

He only played 10 minutes and was scoreless Tuesday. Spain’s most effective big man was Willy Hernangomez, while 19-year-old Usman Garuba, a second-round pick last week of the Houston Rockets, also showed promise.

Maybe they can become the inside tandem that the Gasols were.

“They don’t have to become Pau or Marc,” Marc Gasol said. “They have to become themselves and the only way to do that is playing time. and for that to happen the older guys have got to get the hell out of the way.”

It could also be the end for captain Rudy Fernandez, who ended his fifth Olympics by going scoreless.

Just two years ago, Spain beat Argentina to win the Basketball World Cup in China to secure their spots in these Olympics.

But neither country showed it was still the contender it had been during its golden age.

Maybe that’s why it was so clear it was time to say goodbye.

“It’s tough,” Scola said, “but it’s just the way it is and it has to happen.”

分类
武汉夜生活论坛

NBA Offseason 2021: August 3 roundup

NBA Offseason 2021: August 3 roundup

DeMar DeRozan reportedly is headed to the Chicago Bulls in a sign-and-trade deal.

Keep track of all the latest news and reports as the 2021 NBA free agent period is well underway. (For a team-by-team look at every reported deal, you can .)

Here are the top headlines so far:

• Mills, Nets reportedly agree to 2-year deal

• Dragic says farewell to Heat fans

• Niang, Philadelphia reach reported multi-year deal

• Report: Hill returning to Bucks

• Markieff Morris reportedly to join Heat

• Report: Smith headed to Hornets

• Lakers reportedly agree to deal with Nunn

• Horton-Tucker agrees to 3-year deal with Lakers

• Knicks, Gibson reportedly agree to deal

• Report: Nets, Brown agree to 1-year deal

• Bucks, Hood reportedly agree to deal

• Reports: Louzada agrees to deal with Pelicans

• Jazz, Gay reportedly reach deal

• Lakers, Monk reach reported deal

• Robin Lopez reportedly reaches deal with Magic

• Report: Nets agreed to deal with James Johnson

• Suns reportedly keep Nader in fold

• Blazers reportedly agree to deal with Snell

• Warriors, Bjelica reportedly agree to deal

• Reports: Hill, Sixers set to part ways

• Raptors, Dekker reportedly agree to deal


Offseason Roundup: Aug 3 | | |


Reports: Niang joining 76ers on two-year deal

Georges Niang has agreed to a two-year contract with the 76ers, per reports from The Athletic’s Tony Jones and Marc Stein of the New York Times. Stein reports that the deal is worth $6.7 million.

The 6-foot-7 forward has became a viable 3-point threat, shooting better than 40% in all three campaigns with the Jazz.

— 8 p.m. ET


Report: Hill returning to Bucks

George Hill intends to re-join the Bucks upon clearing waivers, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Hill, 35, spent two seasons in Milwaukee from 2018 to 2020 before the Bucks traded him to Oklahoma City as part of an enormous four-team transaction. Hill played only 14 games for the Thunder before they sent him to finish the remainder of last season in Philadelphia.

A veteran of 13 NBA season, Hill has averaged 11.0 points and 3.2 assists for eight teams.

Free agent guard George Hill plans to sign with the Bucks after clearing waivers and the opening of league year Aug. 6, sources tell . The veteran PG is set to return to Milwaukee.

— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania)

— 7:45 p.m. ET


Markieff Morris reportedly finalizing deal with Heat

Miami continues to beef up its roster with veteran experience, adding forward Markieff Morris on a one-year deal per reports from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Morris arrives following two seasons in Los Angeles, where he helped the Lakers win the championship in 2019-20. He averaged 6.7 points in primarily reserve duty for the Lakers, and boasts a career averages of 11.0 points and 5.3 rebounds.

— 6:35 p.m. ET


Report: Smith joining Hornets

Journeyman point guard Ish Smith has agreed to a one-year deal with the Charlotte Hornets, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Smith leaves Washington, where he averaged 6.7 points and 3.9 assists off the bench in his 11th NBA season. It will be the 12th team for the 33-year-old veteran out of Wake Forest.

— 6:25 p.m. ET


Lakers reportedly agree to deal with Nunn

The Los Angeles Lakers reportedly have agreed to a two-year deal with guard Kendrick Nunn, according to multiple reports.

The deal reportedly is worth $10 million over the two years, with a player option for the second year, The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

The Heat rescinded their qualifying offer to Nunn earlier in the day on Tuesday, which allowed him to become an unrestricted free agent.

— 5:15 p.m. ET


Horton-Tucker agrees to 3-year deal with Lakers

Forward Talen Horton-Tucker reportedly has agreed to a three-year, $32-million deal to stay with the Los Angeles Lakers, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Horton-Tucker averaged 9.0 points, 2.8 assists and 2.6 rebounds over 65 games with L.A. last season.

— 5:05 p.m. ET


DeRozan confirms he’s leaving San Antonio

The Chicago Bulls reportedly have agreed to a sign-and-trade deal with the San Antonio Spurs to acquire guard DeMar DeRozan, according to multiple reports. Without citing the Bulls, DeRozan confirmed he will be leaving the Spurs with a farewell message via social media.

I want to take the time to thank the Spurs organization and the fans in San Antonio for embracing me the way that they have over the past 3 seasons. The Spurs lived up to their reputation as one of the classiest organizations in the league during my time with the team…

— DeMar DeRozan (@DeMar_DeRozan)

The Spurs reportedly will receive forward Thaddeus Young, forward Al-Farouq Aminu, a future first-round pick and two second-round picks in exchange for DeRozan.

DeRozan reportedly will sign a three-year, $85 million deal with Chicago, according to TNT’s Chris Haynes. He will join a revamped roster that reportedly will add guards Lonzo Ball and Alex Caruso.

Sources: Both sides are finalizing arrangements of what would be a sign-and-trade agreement between the Bulls and Spurs.

— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes)

The Bulls are sending a future first-round pick that will convey no sooner than 2025, source tells ESPN. The Bulls will also send a 2022 second-round pick via the Lakers and Bulls' own 2025 second-round pick, source tells ESPN.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn)

>

— 4:11 p.m. ET


Report: Blazers, Snell agree to deal

The Portland Trail Blazers reportedly have agreed to a one-year deal with forward Tony Snell, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Snell shot 57% from 3-point range last season and 100% from the free throw line (for the second straight season).

— 4:10 p.m. ET


Anthony announces he’s headed to Lakers

For the first time in his career, Carmelo Anthony will be an NBA teammate of LeBron James. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports Anthony has agreed to a one-year deal to join the Los Angeles Lakers. Anthony also confirmed the move via Twitter shortly after the news broke.

‘Melo to the Lakers

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn)

— Carmelo Anthony (@carmeloanthony)

Anthony and James have been teammates on the Olympic stage before, but never in the NBA despite both being selected two picks apart in the . Anthony spent the last two seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers and averaged 13.4 points and 3.1 rebounds per game in 2020-21.

He passed Elvin Hayes for 10th on the all-time scoring list last season and is 40 points from passing Hall of Famer Moses Malone for No. 9 on that list.

>

3:12 p.m. ET


Curry agrees to reported $215M extension

Two-time former Kia MVP winner and Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry is adding to his lore once again. Per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Curry has agreed to a four-year, $215 million deal. In doing so, he will become the first player to sign two career $200 million-plus deals.

Steph Curry will extend his contract off his $45.8 million salary for 2021-22, which means he’s now guaranteed $261 million over the next five seasons.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn)

Curry has been the figurehead and beloved icon of the Warriors during their rise to success and NBA championships in the 2010s. He averaged a league-best 32.0 points per game last season after injuries limited him to just five games in 2019-20 and led the shorthanded Warriors to the Play-In Tournament.

He is already the Warriors’ all-time leader in scoring, assists and 3-pointers made and ranks second in steals as well. This reported deal likely assures Curry of remaining with the Warriors for his entire career.

>

3:01 p.m.


Lakers, Monk reach reported agreement

After loading up on veterans in Day 1 of free agency, the Los Angeles Lakers have apparently added a youngster to the mix. Former Charlotte Hornets swingman Malik Monk has reportedly agreed to a deal with the Lakers, .

Monk is the former No. 11 pick of the 2017 draft and averaged a career-best 11.7 points last season for the Hornets. He is a career 33.9% 3-point shooter, but had a career-best season from deep in 2020-21, making 40.1% of his 3-pointers. The Lakers reportedly reached agreements on Aug. 2 with Dwight Howard, Trevor Ariza, Wayne Ellington and Kent Bazemore — all of whom have played multiple NBA seasons.

3 p.m. ET


Mills, Nets reportedly agree to deal

The Brooklyn Nets have added a veteran scoring presence off the bench, it seems. Per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Nets and Patty Mills have agreed to a two-year deal worth $12 million.

Significant commitment for the Nets, who beat out several contenders for the longtime San Antonio Spur and Australian national player.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn)

Mills had spent the last 10 seasons with San Antonio, playing a critical role off the bench on the Spurs’ 2014 championship and 2013 Finals team. He averaged 10.8 points and 2.4 assists per game last season while shooting 41.2% overall and 37.5% on 3-pointers.

This reported deal marks the third of the day for Brooklyn, which also is reportedly set to re-sign Bruce Brown and add James Johnson, too. Most recently, Mills served as a flag-bearer for Australia at the Tokyo Olympics.

2:48 p.m. ET


Reports: Pelicans agree to deal with Louzada

Second-year forward Didi Louzada will be staying with the New Orleans Pelicans, . Louzada appeared in three games for the Pelicans in 2020-21, averaging 2.7 points and 1.0 rebounds in just three games.

2:59 p.m. ET


Report: Suns keep Nader in fold on 2-year deal

Suns reserve forward Abdel Nader will be staying put in free agency after agreeing to a two-year deal with Phoenix, reports Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Suns free agent Abdel Nader has agreed to a two-year, $4.2 million deal to return to Phoenix, his agent Cervando Tejeda tells .

— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania)

Nader arrived in Phoenix last season in the trade that moved Chris Paul to the Suns from Oklahoma City. Nader was injured and limited to 24 games in 2020-21, but still averaged career highs in points (6.7 ppg), rebounds (2.6 rpg) and shooting from the field (49.1%) and on 3-pointers (41.9%).

2:32 p.m. ET


Magic reach reported deal with Robin Lopez

Center Robin Lopez is headed to the Orlando Magic on a , reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

This deal will mark Lopez’s third different team in as many seasons after he spent 2020-21 with the Washington Wizards. He averaged 9.0 points and 3.8 rebounds per game as a reserve for the Wizards and has developed a somewhat reliable version of the sky hook over the last season or so.

2:28 p.m. ET


Gibson reportedly staying with Knicks

The New York Knicks and Taj Gibson are gearing up for a third season together, it seems. Per Ian Bagley of SNY, the Knicks and Gibson have agreed to a one-year deal.

Taj Gibson has agreed to a one-year, $2.7 million deal to return to the Knicks, Mark Bartelstein of tells SNY.

— Ian Begley (@IanBegley)

Gibson appeared in 45 games for New York in 2020-21, averaging 5.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.1 blocks to maintain his role as one of the NBA’s better interior reserves. A favorite of Knicks fans and coach Tom Thibodeau, Gibson saw his minutes and role increase in the 2021 playoffs (5.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg in 27.6 mpg).

1:31 p.m. ET


Reports: Drummond, 76ers reach deal

One of the best remaining big men on the free-agent market is headed back East. Andre Drummond and the Philadelphia 76ers have reportedly agreed to a one-year deal. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Keith Pompey of Philly.com both reported the news.

Free agent C Andre Drummond has agreed to a one-year deal with the 76ers, source tells ESPN.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn)

Andre Drummond will sign with the , a league source confirms. The center will get a one-year deal for the veteran minimum.

— Keith Pompey (@PompeyOnSixers)

Drummond is a former two-time All-Star and former four-time rebounding champion and will team up with current Sixers star center Joel Embiid to form a unique one-two punch. Drummond was bought out of his contract by the Cleveland Cavaliers last season and signed with the Los Angeles Lakers. He appeared in 21 games for the Lakers, averaging 11.9 points, 10.2 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game after putting up 17.5 ppg, 13.5 rpg and 1.2 bpg with the Cavs.

>

1:07 p.m. ET

Dragic posts farewell message to Heat fans

The Miami Heat were busy on Day 1 of free agency and in a deal the former Toronto Raptors star confirmed on social media. While the parameters of the sign-and-trade deal have yet to become official, current Heat guard Goran Dragic took to social media to thank Heat fans for his time there.

♥️

— Goran Dragić (@Goran_Dragic)

Dragic is one of Miami’s highest paid players for 2021-22 and seemingly will be headed to Toronto as a part of the deal to get Lowry. Signed by the Heat in the summer of 2015, Dragic has spent the last seven seasons with Miami and ranks among the franchise’s in points, assists, field goals made and 3-pointers made.

12:39 p.m. ET


Nets reportedly add forward Johnson

Brooklyn is staying busy on Day 2 of free agency. The Nets have reportedly agreed to a one-year deal with veteran forward James Johnson, .

A rugged player known for his rebounding and defensive work, Johnson is a 12-year NBA veteran who spent 2020-21 with the Dallas Mavericks and New Orleans Pelicans. He averaged 7.2 points and 3.5 rebounds per game and has mostly served as a reserve throughout his NBA career. In the past two days, the Nets have reportedly re-signed forward Blake Griffin and guard Bruce Brown.

12:30 p.m. ET


Bucks add Hood in reported deal

The Milwaukee Bucks have reached a one-year deal with Rodney Hood, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, in a move that should help the defending NBA champions’ perimeter depth. Per Wojnarowski, the Bucks will sign Hood once he clears waivers from the Toronto Raptors.

The Raptors are planning to release Hood, and upon clearing waivers, Hood intends to sign the deal with the Bucks.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn)

Hood was traded from the Portland Trail Blazers to the Raptors at the trade deadline last season after coming back from a torn Achilles suffered in the 2019-20 season. He is known for his 3-point shooting (36.7% career) despite a down season in that department in 2020-21 (30.1%). After seeing P.J. Tucker reportedly head to Miami in free agency on Aug. 2, this addition of Hood helps the Bucks reload for the 2021-22 season.

12:23 p.m. ET


Report: Nets, Brown agree to 1-year deal

The Brooklyn Nets are reportedly keeping versatile guard Bruce Brown in the fold as he will soon sign a one-year, qualifying offer, .

Brown’s versatility is a valuable commodity for the Nets and he often guards the opponents’ best perimeter scorer while playing center on offense. Last season, Brown averaged 8.8 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game, but struggled from deep (28.8% on 3-pointers).

12:06 p.m. ET


Bjelica, Warriors reportedly agree to 1-year deal

Swingman Nemanja Bjelica has reportedly agreed to a one-year deal with the Warriors, . Anthony Slater of The Athletic reports it is a .

Bjelica split last season between the Sacramento Kings and Miami Heat, arriving in Miami via a trade deadline deal. He averaged 5.0 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 11 games for the Heat, but appeared in just two playoff games. Overall, he has appeared in 378 games, averaging 7.9 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game.

11:57 a.m. ET


Jazz, Gay reportedly agree to deal

Veteran guard Rudy Gay and the Utah Jazz have reportedly agreed to a deal, per multiple reports. He is reportedly signing a two-year deal that includes a player option. Gay spent the last four seasons with the San Antonio Spurs and averaged 11.4 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game.

Two year deal that includes a player option.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn)

Rudy Gay is signing a two-year, $12.1M deal with the Jazz, with a player option, his agents Raymond Brothers and Sam Permut said.

— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania)

While the Jazz finished with the NBA’s best record in 2020-21, they lost in the Western Conference semifinals to the LA Clippers in large part because of a lack of perimeter depth. Gay will bring a reliable 3-point shot (38.1% last season) to the Jazz as well as some scoring punch that should help the bench.

11:24 a.m. ET


Report: Raptors to sign Dekker

Former first-round pick Sam Dekker is headed back to the NBA after reportedly agreeing to a two-year deal with the Toronto Raptors, writes Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

After two seasons overseas, F Sam Dekker is returning to the NBA on a deal with the Toronto Raptors, his agents Andy Shiffman and Mark Bartelstein of tell ESPN.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn)

Dekker was the 18th overall pick in 2015 by the Houston Rockets and played for five teams (Houston, LA Clippers, Cleveland Cavaliers and Washington Wizards) in his 200 career NBA games. He averaged 5.5 points and 3.0 rebounds per game in the NBA and spent the last two seasons overseas.

11:02 a.m. ET


Sixers set to reportedly waive Hill

Veteran point guard George Hill will reportedly be waived by the Philadelphia 76ers, per Shams Charania of The Athletic and Keith Pompey of Philly.com. Hill had a partial guarantee on his deal for next season.

The Philadelphia 76ers are planning to waive guard George Hill, sources tell . Hill had a partial guarantee on next season's contract.

— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania)

The are set to waive George Hill before his contract becomes fully guaranteed via

— Keith Pompey (@PompeyOnSixers)

Hill has been well traveled since being traded from the Indiana Pacers in 2017. Since then, he has played for seven teams and landed in Philadelphia last year via a trade deadline-day deal involving the 76ers, New York Knicks and Oklahoma City Thunder. Overall, he averaged 8.7 points, 2.0 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 30 games played last season.

— 8:37 a.m. ET


And if you missed it, here are the key reported deals from Aug. 2:

分类
武汉夜生活论坛

Team USA defeats Spain in Olympic quarterfinals

Team USA defeats Spain in Olympic quarterfinals

Ricky Rubio of Team Spain (left) drives to the basket against Bam Adebayo of Team USA.

|

First Quarter: Spain 21, USA 19

Spain used an 11-2 run to close out the first quarter with the lead. Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio was on fire early, pouring in 13 points in the first 10 minutes.

Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant scored 7 points for Team USA and Milwaukee Bucks guard Jrue Holiday added 5.

Halftime: Spain 43, USA 43

Despite finishing the half 4-of-17 from 3-point range, Team USA’s offense kept pace with Spain before the break.

Sergio Rodriguez (10 points) joined Rubio in double figures for the Spanish side, while Durant leads Team USA with 12 points at halftime.

Third Quarter: USA 69, Spain 63

Spain finished the third quarter on another 11-2 run to cut into a double-digit lead for Team USA.

Durant stayed hot for the United States, scoring 13 points in the third quarter, but Rubio answered with a scorching scoring performance of his own and has a game-high 27 points entering the final frame.

Final: USA 95, Spain 81

Team USA closed out the victory with a strong fourth quarter, outscoring Spain, 26-18.

Rubio finished with a game-high 38 points. Durant led Team USA with 29.

分类
武汉夜生活论坛

Olympic men's basketball recap: Team USA, Slovenia advance to semifinals

Olympic men's basketball recap: Team USA, Slovenia advance to semifinals

Luka Doncic and Slovenia are on to the Olympic semifinals after knocking off Germany on Monday.

Quarterfinal: Slovenia 94, Germany 70

|

Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic posted a near-triple-double with 20 points, 8 rebounds and 11 assists, while Zoran Dragic poured in a game-high 27 points to lead Slovenia past Germany, 94-70, and into the semifinal round.

Behind nine first-quarter points from Dragic, Slovenia jumped out to a 25-14 lead in the opening 10 minutes.

Germany’s offense started to surge in the second quarter. At halftime, all but one German player who entered the game had scored, and the deficit was cut to seven.

But the second half was all Slovenia, as Doncic & Co. cruised toward the medal rounds.

Olympic men's basketball recap: Team USA, Slovenia advance to semifinals

Team USA’s Devin Booker (left) high-fives Kevin Durant.

Quarterfinal: USA 95, Spain 81

|

Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant poured in 29 points to lead Team USA into the medal rounds with a quarterfinal win over Spain.

Despite finishing 4-of-17 from 3-point range in the first half, Team USA’s offense kept pace with Spain and the game was tied, 43-43, at the break.

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio scored a game-high 38 points for Spain.

Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (13 points), Milwaukee Bucks guard Jrue Holiday (12), Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (11) and Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine (10) joined Durant in double figures for Team USA.

Quarterfinal action continues Tuesday with Italy-France at 4:20 a.m. ET and Australia-Argentina at 8 a.m.

分类
武汉夜生活论坛

Reports: Los Angeles Lakers adding Dwight Howard, Trevor Ariza, Wayne Ellington

Lakers thrifty shopping in free agency

Ryan McDonough, Dennis Scott and Sam Mitchell react to the Lakers' reported signings.

Lakers took the first step towards restocking their depleted roster in the wake of the blockbuster Russell Westbrook deal, agreeing to contracts with veterans Dwight Howard, Trevor Ariza and Wayne Ellington in the opening hours of free agency on Monday.

All three have played for the Lakers before, with Howard (2020) and Ariza (2009) helping them boost their championship haul and Ellington serving for a single season in 2014-15.

This will actually be Howard’s third stint in purple and gold, following his runs in 2012-13 and 2019-20. He served as a key reserve for the Lakers during their most recent championship in support of superstars LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

Free agent Dwight Howard is returning to the Lakers, his agent Qais Haider tells ESPN.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn)

With the Lakers agreeing to send Kyle Kuzma, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Montrezll Harrell to Washington in exchange for Westbrook, James and Davis had been the lone holdovers from that title team until Howard’s decision to return following a lone season in Philadelphia.

Ariza, 36, averaged 9.4 points and 4.8 rebounds points in 30 appearances with Miami last season, his 10th team in 17 NBA campaigns.

Free agent F Trevor Ariza has agreed to a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, his agents Aaron Mintz, Steven Heumann and Erika Ruiz of tell ESPN.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn)

Ellington, 33, enjoyed one of the better years of his journeyman career last season in Detroit, shooting 42.2% on 3-pointers while averaging 9.6 points per game.

Wayne Ellington Jr. shot 42.2 percent from three last season in Detroit and is a career 38.2 percent shooter from beyond the arc. Lakers desperately need shooting.

— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes)

Along with James, Davis, Marc Gasol and the incoming Westbrook, Monday’s additions will give the Lakers seven players under contract for next season. They also have a team option on deep reserve Alfonzo McKinnie.

分类
武汉夜生活论坛

Free Agency explained

Free Agency explained

Free Agency Terminology

Restricted Free Agency

A restricted free agent (RFA) can sign an offer sheet with any team, but the player’s original team can retain him by matching the terms of that offer. The original team is said to have the “right of first refusal.”

Restricted free agency exists in the following situations:

  • Following the fourth year of rookie “scale” contracts for former first-round Draft picks.
  • For all veteran free agents who have been in the NBA for three seasons or less. The exception to this rule is a first-round Draft pick following his second or third season if his team doesn’t exercise its option to extend his rookie-scale contract for the following season. These players then become unrestricted free agents.
  • A player coming off a two-way contract was on an NBA active or inactive roster for at least 15 days in the season beforehand.

There are five basic options for a restricted free agent:

  • Accept his team’s prior qualifying offer, play out the season and become a free agent the next summer.
  • Accept his team’s maximum qualifying offer (where applicable) and play under that long-term deal.
  • Negotiate a new contract with his original team that is independent of the qualifying/max qualifying offer.
  • Sign an offer sheet with another team through March 1, which his original team has an opportunity to match.
  • Negotiate a sign-and-trade if he hasn’t signed an offer sheet with another team.
  • If there is no qualifying offer, contract or offer sheet signed for one year, the original team can submit a new qualifying offer and the player will be a restricted free agent the next summer.

Offer sheets

When a restricted free agent wants to sign with another team, he and the new team sign an offer sheet. The terms of that deal — which must be for at least two seasons — are given to the player’s original team, which has two days to match. If the team matches, then the player is under contract with his original team, but at the principal terms of the offer sheet. If the team passes on matching within two days, the player is under contract with the new team.

If the player for some reason refuses to report for a physical with the original team within two days of the match, the first refusal exercise notice is in play until the player reports. The original team also can withdraw its first refusal exercise notice if the player doesn’t report for a physical. At that point, the notice and the offer sheet are invalidated and the player becomes a restricted free agent again. He cannot sign with or be acquired by the offer sheet team for one year.

The team making the offer must have enough salary cap room for the offer sheet and must maintain that room until the offer sheet becomes official or the original team exercises the right of first refusal. The original team cannot match an offer greater than its salary cap room. That original team must have room for both the regular salary and any unlikely bonuses the offer sheet includes.

Qualifying offers

For a player to become a restricted free agent, his team must submit a qualifying offer to the player between the day after the last game of The Finals.

The qualifying offer is a standing offer for a one-year guaranteed deal, which becomes a regular contact if the player decides to sign it. This ensures that the team does not gain the right of first refusal without offering a contract themselves.

If a player is coming off a regular (non-Two-Way deal), he may qualify for a higher or lower qualifying offer provided he met (or did not meet) the “starter criteria” the previous season — or the average of the previous two seasons. Starter criteria are based on starting at least 41 games or playing at least 2,000 minutes in the regular season.

Qualifying offers expire on Oct. 1, but can be extended. However, the extension of a qualifying offer cannot go past March 1. If the deadline passes and the qualifying offer is neither withdrawn nor accepted, the player continues to be a restricted free agent. Teams and players are free to negotiate a new contract after the qualifying offer expires as the deadline only affects the player’s ability to accept his qualifying offer.

Players can always accept the qualifying offer and play the following season under its terms. This is sometimes done to ensure unrestricted free agency in the following offseason.

Unrestricted Free Agency

In short, an unrestricted free agent (UFA) is free to sign with any team. Once they sign, they are a part of that new team.

However, some unrestricted free agents have options on their existing contracts that, if exercised, may impact their choices.

Free Agency Moratorium

The Free Agency Moratorium is a negotiation period from Aug. 2-6 in which teams may not sign most free agents or make trades. Starting at 6 p.m. ET on Aug. 2, teams may negotiate deals with free agents. However, those players cannot officially sign until 12:01 p.m. on Aug. 6.

Any deals struck during the moratorium period are characterized as agreements, but do not count toward team salary and are not binding for the player or team. Either side can back out in this situation — a scenario that took place in 2015 when DeAndre Jordan  with the Dallas Mavericks to instead re-sign with the then-incumbent LA Clippers.

Some signings can take place during the moratorium period, which are:

  • Teams signing their first-round Draft picks to standard rookie-scale contracts.
  • Second-round Draft picks accepting a required tender, which is a one-year contract offer teams must submit to keep the rights to that player.
  • Restricted free agents can accept qualifying offers from their existing team.
  • A restricted free agent finishing the fourth year of his rookie-scale contract can accept a maximum qualifying offer.
  • A restricted free agent can sign an offer sheet with a new team, which triggers the 2-day period for his original team to match it.
  • Players can be signed to minimum-salary contracts for one or two seasons (but the deals have no bonuses of any kind).
  • Teams can sign players to Two-Way contracts, turn a Two-Way contract into a standard NBA contract or convert certain standard NBA contracts into a Two-Way contract.
  • Teams can waive players or claim players waived by other teams.

Otherwise, all other signings must wait until after the moratorium period ends.

Team Options

team option grants the original team the right to keep a player for another year. If a player has a three-year contract with an option for the fourth season, that means if the option is exercised (by the team in this example), the contract extends through the fourth season. If the option is not exercised (by the team in this example), then the contract ends after the third season.

Once an option is exercised it cannot be revoked — meaning (in this case) the team can’t change their mind of the option once they exercise it. Conditional team options are not allowed, which means the option cannot be contingent on something like number of games played, team wins or scoring average.

There can be only one option year (except in the case of rookie-scale contracts). For rookie-scale contracts for first-round picks, those contain a team option before both the third and fourth seasons.

Option years cannot have a lower salary than the previous season.

Player Options

player option grants the player the power to decide whether to stay for another year or become an unrestricted free agent. If a player has a three-year contract with an option for the fourth season, that means if the option is exercised (by the player in this example), the contract extends through the fourth season. If the option is not exercised (by the player in this example), then the contract ends after the third season.

Once an option is exercised it cannot be revoked — meaning (in this case) the player can’t change their mind of the option once they exercise it. Conditional player options are not allowed, which means the option cannot be contingent on something like number of games played, team wins or scoring average.

There can be only one option year (except in the case of rookie-scale contracts). For rookie-scale contracts for first-round picks, those contain a team option before both the third and fourth seasons.

Option years cannot have a lower salary than the previous season.

Early Termination Options

An early termination option gives the player the right to end a signed contract. The option cannot be exercised before the end of the fourth year of an existing contract, which means the contract must be for five seasons. If the player declines to exercise the option, he remains with the original team. If the option is exercised, he becomes an unrestricted free agent and is free to sign with any team.

Early termination options are always held by the player (in other words, there are never team early termination options). A contract that has an ETO cannot be extended if the ETO is exercised.

Salary Cap Exceptions

There are 11 types of Salary Cap exceptions that are available to NBA teams. These exceptions allow teams to exceed the salary cap and are as follows:

  • Qualifying Veteran Free Agent Exception (aka the “Bird” Exception): A team may re-sign its own free agent to a contract with a first-year salary of up to the maximum player salary if he played for the team for some or all of each of the prior three consecutive seasons (or, if he changed teams, he did so by trade or by assignment via the NBA’s waiver procedures during the first of the three seasons).
  • Early Qualifying Veteran Free Agent (aka “Early Bird”) Exception: A team may re-sign its own free agent to a contract with a first-year salary of up to the greater of (a) 175% of the player’s salary in the last season of his prior contract, or (b) 105% of the average player salary for the prior season, if he played for the team for some or all of each of the prior two consecutive seasons (or, if he changed teams, he did so by trade or by assignment via the NBA’s waiver procedures). A contract signed using the Early Bird Exception must be for at least two seasons (not including any option year).
  • Non-Qualifying Veteran Free Agent (aka “Non-Bird”) Exception: A team may re-sign its own free agent who is neither a “Bird” nor an “Early Bird” player to a contract with a first-year salary of up to the greater of (a) 120% of the player’s salary in the last season of his prior contract, (b) 120% of the player’s applicable minimum salary for the current season, or (c) if the player is a Restricted Free Agent, his Qualifying Offer amount.
  • Bi-annual Exception: Teams can use the Bi-annual Exception to sign one or more players to contracts whose first-year salaries, in aggregate, provide for up to a total of $3.382 million. This exception cannot be used in consecutive years and contracts signed using this exception can’t cover more than two seasons. Finally, teams can use this exception to re-sign their own free agents, but can’t use it to acquire a player by assignment.
  • Non-Taxpayer Mid-Level Salary Exception: Teams can use the Non-Taxpayer Mid-Level Salary Exception to sign one or more players to contracts with first-year salaries that, in the aggregate, provide for a total up to $8.641 million. Contracts signed using this exception can be for up to four seasons. Additionally, this exception can be used to re-sign a free agent but not to acquire a player by assignment.
  • Taxpayer Mid-Level Salary Exception: Teams can use the Taxpayer Mid-Level Salary Exception to sign one or more players to contracts with first-year salaries that, in the aggregate, provide for a total up to $5.337 million. Contracts signed using this exception can be for up to three seasons and can be used to re-sign a free agent. However, it cannot be used to acquire a player by assignment.
  • Mid-Level Salary Exception for Room Teams: If a team has Salary Cap room at any time during a Salary Cap Year such that the team lost its Exceptions and has not already used the Bi-annual Exception, the Non-Taxpayer Mid-Level Salary or the Taxpayer Mid-Level Salary Exceptions in the same Salary Cap Year, then the team may use the MLSE for Room Teams to sign one or more players to contracts with first-year salaries that, in the aggregate, provide for a total up to $4.449 million. Contracts signed using this exception can cover up to two seasons and can be used to re-sign a team’s own free agent, but not to acquire a player by assignment.
  • Rookie Exception: Teams may sign their first-round draft pick for up to 120% of his Rookie Salary Scale amount. (Note: There will be a new Rookie Salary Scale each season, which will be issued prior to the start of the Moratorium Period for that season and will reflect the increase or decrease in the Salary Cap from the prior year.)
  • Minimum Salary Exception: Teams may sign a player to a one-year or two-year contract at the applicable minimum player salary (prorated as appropriate for a 10-Day or Rest-of-Season contract). This Exception may also be used to acquire by assignment a player who was signed to a one-year or two-year minimum contract. (Note: As with the Rookie Salary Scale, there will be a new Minimum Annual Salary scale each season, which will be issued prior to the start of the Moratorium Period for that season and will reflect the increase or decrease in the Salary Cap from the prior year.)
  • Disabled Player Exception: Teams may replace a player who suffers a season-ending injury or illness with one player signed to a contract with a salary of up to the lesser of either 50% of the disabled player’s current salary OR the amount of the Non-Taxpayer Mid-Level Salary Exception for the season in which the Disabled Player Exception is used. That said, the following rules apply to the Disabled Player Exception:
    • An application can be made with respect to a Salary Cap Year at any time from July 1 through January 15 of such Salary Cap Year, regardless of when the injury or illness occurred.
    • The disabling injury or illness must make it substantially more likely than not, in the judgment of an NBA-appointed physician, that the disabled player would be unable to play through the following June 15.
    • A contract signed pursuant to the Disabled Player Exception must be for one season, or if the Exception is used to acquire a player by assignment, then the acquired player must be in the final season of his contract.
    • A Disabled Player Exception expires on the March 10 following the date on which the Exception is granted.
  • Traded Player Exception: (Editor’s note: Settle in, because this one is complicated.) For one year following the date of the trade of a player contract to another team, a team may replace that traded player with one or more players acquired by assignment. There are rules pertaining to non-simultaneous and simultaneous trades, which are as follows:
    • For teams whose post-assignment Team Salary would be equal to or less than the Tax Level for the then-current Salary Cap Year (for purposes of this rule, a “non-taxpaying” team), a traded player may be simultaneously (i.e., in the same transaction) replaced by one or more players acquired by assignment whose salaries in the aggregate do not exceed the greater of (i) the lesser of (A) 175% of the salaries of the players being traded plus $100,000, or (B) the salaries of the players being traded plus $5 million, or (ii) 125% of the salaries of the players being traded plus $100,000.
    • For teams whose post-assignment Team Salary would exceed the Tax Level for the then-current Salary Cap Year (for purposes of this rule, a “taxpaying” team), a traded player may be simultaneously replaced by one or more players acquired by assignment whose salaries in the aggregate do not exceed 125% of the salaries of the players being traded plus $100,000.
    • A traded player may be replaced in a non-simultaneous transaction by one or more players acquired by assignment whose salaries in the aggregate do not exceed 100% of the salary of the player being traded, plus $100,000.
    • A team with a Team Salary below the Salary Cap may simultaneously acquire one or more players by assignment whose post-trade salaries, in the aggregate, do not exceed an amount equal to the team’s salary cap room plus $100,000.
    • In certain circumstances in connection with sign-and-trade transactions, the player traded will not generate the Traded Player Exception amounts described above. Specifically, if a team that is over the Salary Cap enters into a sign-and-trade contract with a Bird or Early Bird free agent using the Bird or Early Bird Exception, and the salary in the first year of the contract is in excess of 120% of the player’s salary in the prior season, then for purposes of calculating the assignor team’s Traded Player Exception, the player’s salary will be deemed equal to the greater of the salary for the last season of his prior contract or 50% of the first year salary under the sign-and-trade contract. (f) For contracts entered into or extended beginning with the 2017-18 season (but in the case of extensions, only with respect to the extended term): (i) in circumstances where a player’s salary protection is less than full, Traded Player Exceptions arising from the trade of such contracts will be calculated based upon the amount of the player’s protected salary in the applicable season (rather than the sum of the player’s protected and unprotected salary); and (ii) with respect to trades conducted following the last day of a regular season, Traded Player Exceptions will be limited to the amount of the player’s protected salary for the following Salary Cap Year (rather than the current Salary Cap Year).

More On Exceptions:

  • Exceptions cannot be added together to sign or acquire a player, except that a team may aggregate two or more Traded Player Exceptions for the purpose of acquiring — in the same transaction — one or more replacement players. Teams that are trading two more more players may elect to apply the exception separately to each of the players it is trading (or where permitted by the CBA) to aggregate the salaries of multiple players it is trading and then apply the exception.
  • The Non-Taxpayer Mid-Level, Taxpayer Mid-Level, Mid-Level for Room Teams, Bi-annual, Bird, Early Bird, Non-Bird, and Rookie Exceptions are prorated beginning on January 10 of each season. The Minimum Player Salary Exception is prorated after the first day of the season.
  • Use of the Bi-annual Exception, Non-Taxpayer Mid-Level Salary Exception, Taxpayer Mid-Level Salary Exception, or Mid-Level Salary Exception for Room Teams are also subject to restrictions.
  • A team may use either the Bi-annual or Non-Taxpayer Mid-Level Salary Exception only if the Team Salary at the time the Exception is used and at all times thereafter during such Salary Cap Year does not exceed the Tax Level for the then current Salary Cap Year plus the Tax Apron Amount and at the time the Exception is used, the team has not already used either the Taxpayer Mid-Level Salary Exception or the Mid-Level Salary Exception for Room Teams in that Salary Cap Year.
  • A team may use the Taxpayer Mid-Level Salary Exception only if the team’s Team Salary immediately following the team’s use of the Exception exceeds the Tax Level for such Salary Cap Year plus the Tax Apron Amount, and the team has not already used the Bi-annual Exception, Non-Taxpayer Mid-Level Salary Exception, or Mid-Level Salary Exception for Room Teams in that Salary Cap Year, or acquired a player pursuant to a sign-and-trade in that Salary Cap Year.
  • A team may use the Mid-Level Salary Exception for Room Teams only if the team’s Team Salary at any time during that Salary Cap Year was below the Salary Cap such that the team is not entitled to use the Bi-Annual, Non-Taxpayer Mid-Level Salary Exception, or Taxpayer Mid-Level Salary Exception, and at the time the Mid-Level Salary Exception for Room Teams is used, the team has not already used the Bi-annual Exception, Non-Taxpayer Mid-Level Salary Exception, or Taxpayer Mid-Level Salary Exception in that Salary Cap Year.
  • If a team uses the Non-Taxpayer Mid-Level Salary Exception to sign one or more player contracts not exceeding three seasons in length and providing aggregate first-year salaries and unlikely bonuses not exceeding the amounts that can be paid using the Taxpayer Mid-Level Salary Exception, and the team does not engage in any other transaction (i.e., using the Bi-annual Exception or acquiring a free agent via sign-and-trade) that would otherwise prevent the team from spending above the Tax Level plus the Tax Apron Amount, then the team will be permitted to exceed the Tax Level plus the Tax Apron Amount (for example, by signing its Bird free agent or by using the Minimum Salary Exception), whereupon the team will automatically be deemed to have used the Taxpayer Mid-Level Salary Exception instead of the Non-Taxpayer Mid-Level Salary Exception, and the team’s ability to use the Non-Taxpayer Mid-Level Salary Exception will be extinguished.

Two-way Free Agents

A Two-Way player (other than a first round draft pick whose third or fourth year option was not exercised) will be a Restricted Free Agent at the conclusion of a Two-Way Contract if he was on the NBA team’s active or inactive list for 15 or more days of the NBA regular season in the last season of such contract and provided that the team makes a Qualifying Offer to the player.

Free Agency Terminology

Restricted Free Agency

A restricted free agent (RFA) can sign an offer sheet with any team, but the player’s original team can retain him by matching the terms of that offer. The original team is said to have the “right of first refusal.”

Restricted free agency exists in the following situations:

  • Following the fourth year of rookie “scale” contracts for former first-round Draft picks.
  • For all veteran free agents who have been in the NBA for three seasons or less. The exception to this rule is a first-round Draft pick following his second or third season if his team doesn’t exercise its option to extend his rookie-scale contract for the following season. These players then become unrestricted free agents.
  • A player coming off a two-way contract was on an NBA active or inactive roster for at least 15 days in the season beforehand.

There are five basic options for a restricted free agent:

  • Accept his team’s prior qualifying offer, play out the season and become a free agent the next summer.
  • Accept his team’s maximum qualifying offer (where applicable) and play under that long-term deal.
  • Negotiate a new contract with his original team that is independent of the qualifying/max qualifying offer.
  • Sign an offer sheet with another team through March 1, which his original team has an opportunity to match.
  • Negotiate a sign-and-trade if he hasn’t signed an offer sheet with another team.
  • If there is no qualifying offer, contract or offer sheet signed for one year, the original team can submit a new qualifying offer and the player will be a restricted free agent the next summer.

Offer sheets

When a restricted free agent wants to sign with another team, he and the new team sign an offer sheet. The terms of that deal — which must be for at least two seasons — are given to the player’s original team, which has two days to match. If the team matches, then the player is under contract with his original team, but at the principal terms of the offer sheet. If the team passes on matching within two days, the player is under contract with the new team.

If the player for some reason refuses to report for a physical with the original team within two days of the match, the first refusal exercise notice is in play until the player reports. The original team also can withdraw its first refusal exercise notice if the player doesn’t report for a physical. At that point, the notice and the offer sheet are invalidated and the player becomes a restricted free agent again. He cannot sign with or be acquired by the offer sheet team for one year.

The team making the offer must have enough salary cap room for the offer sheet and must maintain that room until the offer sheet becomes official or the original team exercises the right of first refusal. The original team cannot match an offer greater than its salary cap room. That original team must have room for both the regular salary and any unlikely bonuses the offer sheet includes.

Qualifying offers

For a player to become a restricted free agent, his team must submit a qualifying offer to the player between the day after the last game of The Finals.

The qualifying offer is a standing offer for a one-year guaranteed deal, which becomes a regular contact if the player decides to sign it. This ensures that the team does not gain the right of first refusal without offering a contract themselves.

If a player is coming off a regular (non-Two-Way deal), he may qualify for a higher or lower qualifying offer provided he met (or did not meet) the “starter criteria” the previous season — or the average of the previous two seasons. Starter criteria are based on starting at least 41 games or playing at least 2,000 minutes in the regular season.

Qualifying offers expire on Oct. 1, but can be extended. However, the extension of a qualifying offer cannot go past March 1. If the deadline passes and the qualifying offer is neither withdrawn nor accepted, the player continues to be a restricted free agent. Teams and players are free to negotiate a new contract after the qualifying offer expires as the deadline only affects the player’s ability to accept his qualifying offer.

Players can always accept the qualifying offer and play the following season under its terms. This is sometimes done to ensure unrestricted free agency in the following offseason.

Unrestricted Free Agency

In short, an unrestricted free agent (UFA) is free to sign with any team. Once they sign, they are a part of that new team.

However, some unrestricted free agents have options on their existing contracts that, if exercised, may impact their choices.

Free Agency Moratorium

The Free Agency Moratorium is a negotiation period from Aug. 2-6 in which teams may not sign most free agents or make trades. Starting at 6 p.m. ET on Aug. 2, teams may negotiate deals with free agents. However, those players cannot officially sign until 12:01 p.m. on Aug. 6.

Any deals struck during the moratorium period are characterized as agreements, but do not count toward team salary and are not binding for the player or team. Either side can back out in this situation — a scenario that took place in 2015 when DeAndre Jordan  with the Dallas Mavericks to instead re-sign with the then-incumbent LA Clippers.

Some signings can take place during the moratorium period, which are:

  • Teams signing their first-round Draft picks to standard rookie-scale contracts.
  • Second-round Draft picks accepting a required tender, which is a one-year contract offer teams must submit to keep the rights to that player.
  • Restricted free agents can accept qualifying offers from their existing team.
  • A restricted free agent finishing the fourth year of his rookie-scale contract can accept a maximum qualifying offer.
  • A restricted free agent can sign an offer sheet with a new team, which triggers the 2-day period for his original team to match it.
  • Players can be signed to minimum-salary contracts for one or two seasons (but the deals have no bonuses of any kind).
  • Teams can sign players to Two-Way contracts, turn a Two-Way contract into a standard NBA contract or convert certain standard NBA contracts into a Two-Way contract.
  • Teams can waive players or claim players waived by other teams.

Otherwise, all other signings must wait until after the moratorium period ends.

Team Options

team option grants the original team the right to keep a player for another year. If a player has a three-year contract with an option for the fourth season, that means if the option is exercised (by the team in this example), the contract extends through the fourth season. If the option is not exercised (by the team in this example), then the contract ends after the third season.

Once an option is exercised it cannot be revoked — meaning (in this case) the team can’t change their mind of the option once they exercise it. Conditional team options are not allowed, which means the option cannot be contingent on something like number of games played, team wins or scoring average.

There can be only one option year (except in the case of rookie-scale contracts). For rookie-scale contracts for first-round picks, those contain a team option before both the third and fourth seasons.

Option years cannot have a lower salary than the previous season.

Player Options

player option grants the player the power to decide whether to stay for another year or become an unrestricted free agent. If a player has a three-year contract with an option for the fourth season, that means if the option is exercised (by the player in this example), the contract extends through the fourth season. If the option is not exercised (by the player in this example), then the contract ends after the third season.

Once an option is exercised it cannot be revoked — meaning (in this case) the player can’t change their mind of the option once they exercise it. Conditional player options are not allowed, which means the option cannot be contingent on something like number of games played, team wins or scoring average.

There can be only one option year (except in the case of rookie-scale contracts). For rookie-scale contracts for first-round picks, those contain a team option before both the third and fourth seasons.

Option years cannot have a lower salary than the previous season.

Early Termination Options

An early termination option gives the player the right to end a signed contract. The option cannot be exercised before the end of the fourth year of an existing contract, which means the contract must be for five seasons. If the player declines to exercise the option, he remains with the original team. If the option is exercised, he becomes an unrestricted free agent and is free to sign with any team.

Early termination options are always held by the player (in other words, there are never team early termination options). A contract that has an ETO cannot be extended if the ETO is exercised.

Salary Cap Exceptions

There are 11 types of Salary Cap exceptions that are available to NBA teams. These exceptions allow teams to exceed the salary cap and are as follows:

  • Qualifying Veteran Free Agent Exception (aka the “Bird” Exception): A team may re-sign its own free agent to a contract with a first-year salary of up to the maximum player salary if he played for the team for some or all of each of the prior three consecutive seasons (or, if he changed teams, he did so by trade or by assignment via the NBA’s waiver procedures during the first of the three seasons).
  • Early Qualifying Veteran Free Agent (aka “Early Bird”) Exception: A team may re-sign its own free agent to a contract with a first-year salary of up to the greater of (a) 175% of the player’s salary in the last season of his prior contract, or (b) 105% of the average player salary for the prior season, if he played for the team for some or all of each of the prior two consecutive seasons (or, if he changed teams, he did so by trade or by assignment via the NBA’s waiver procedures). A contract signed using the Early Bird Exception must be for at least two seasons (not including any option year).
  • Non-Qualifying Veteran Free Agent (aka “Non-Bird”) Exception: A team may re-sign its own free agent who is neither a “Bird” nor an “Early Bird” player to a contract with a first-year salary of up to the greater of (a) 120% of the player’s salary in the last season of his prior contract, (b) 120% of the player’s applicable minimum salary for the current season, or (c) if the player is a Restricted Free Agent, his Qualifying Offer amount.
  • Bi-annual Exception: Teams can use the Bi-annual Exception to sign one or more players to contracts whose first-year salaries, in aggregate, provide for up to a total of $3.382 million. This exception cannot be used in consecutive years and contracts signed using this exception can’t cover more than two seasons. Finally, teams can use this exception to re-sign their own free agents, but can’t use it to acquire a player by assignment.
  • Non-Taxpayer Mid-Level Salary Exception: Teams can use the Non-Taxpayer Mid-Level Salary Exception to sign one or more players to contracts with first-year salaries that, in the aggregate, provide for a total up to $8.641 million. Contracts signed using this exception can be for up to four seasons. Additionally, this exception can be used to re-sign a free agent but not to acquire a player by assignment.
  • Taxpayer Mid-Level Salary Exception: Teams can use the Taxpayer Mid-Level Salary Exception to sign one or more players to contracts with first-year salaries that, in the aggregate, provide for a total up to $5.337 million. Contracts signed using this exception can be for up to three seasons and can be used to re-sign a free agent. However, it cannot be used to acquire a player by assignment.
  • Mid-Level Salary Exception for Room Teams: If a team has Salary Cap room at any time during a Salary Cap Year such that the team lost its Exceptions and has not already used the Bi-annual Exception, the Non-Taxpayer Mid-Level Salary or the Taxpayer Mid-Level Salary Exceptions in the same Salary Cap Year, then the team may use the MLSE for Room Teams to sign one or more players to contracts with first-year salaries that, in the aggregate, provide for a total up to $4.449 million. Contracts signed using this exception can cover up to two seasons and can be used to re-sign a team’s own free agent, but not to acquire a player by assignment.
  • Rookie Exception: Teams may sign their first-round draft pick for up to 120% of his Rookie Salary Scale amount. (Note: There will be a new Rookie Salary Scale each season, which will be issued prior to the start of the Moratorium Period for that season and will reflect the increase or decrease in the Salary Cap from the prior year.)
  • Minimum Salary Exception: Teams may sign a player to a one-year or two-year contract at the applicable minimum player salary (prorated as appropriate for a 10-Day or Rest-of-Season contract). This Exception may also be used to acquire by assignment a player who was signed to a one-year or two-year minimum contract. (Note: As with the Rookie Salary Scale, there will be a new Minimum Annual Salary scale each season, which will be issued prior to the start of the Moratorium Period for that season and will reflect the increase or decrease in the Salary Cap from the prior year.)
  • Disabled Player Exception: Teams may replace a player who suffers a season-ending injury or illness with one player signed to a contract with a salary of up to the lesser of either 50% of the disabled player’s current salary OR the amount of the Non-Taxpayer Mid-Level Salary Exception for the season in which the Disabled Player Exception is used. That said, the following rules apply to the Disabled Player Exception:
    • An application can be made with respect to a Salary Cap Year at any time from July 1 through January 15 of such Salary Cap Year, regardless of when the injury or illness occurred.
    • The disabling injury or illness must make it substantially more likely than not, in the judgment of an NBA-appointed physician, that the disabled player would be unable to play through the following June 15.
    • A contract signed pursuant to the Disabled Player Exception must be for one season, or if the Exception is used to acquire a player by assignment, then the acquired player must be in the final season of his contract.
    • A Disabled Player Exception expires on the March 10 following the date on which the Exception is granted.
  • Traded Player Exception: (Editor’s note: Settle in, because this one is complicated.) For one year following the date of the trade of a player contract to another team, a team may replace that traded player with one or more players acquired by assignment. There are rules pertaining to non-simultaneous and simultaneous trades, which are as follows:
    • For teams whose post-assignment Team Salary would be equal to or less than the Tax Level for the then-current Salary Cap Year (for purposes of this rule, a “non-taxpaying” team), a traded player may be simultaneously (i.e., in the same transaction) replaced by one or more players acquired by assignment whose salaries in the aggregate do not exceed the greater of (i) the lesser of (A) 175% of the salaries of the players being traded plus $100,000, or (B) the salaries of the players being traded plus $5 million, or (ii) 125% of the salaries of the players being traded plus $100,000.
    • For teams whose post-assignment Team Salary would exceed the Tax Level for the then-current Salary Cap Year (for purposes of this rule, a “taxpaying” team), a traded player may be simultaneously replaced by one or more players acquired by assignment whose salaries in the aggregate do not exceed 125% of the salaries of the players being traded plus $100,000.
    • A traded player may be replaced in a non-simultaneous transaction by one or more players acquired by assignment whose salaries in the aggregate do not exceed 100% of the salary of the player being traded, plus $100,000.
    • A team with a Team Salary below the Salary Cap may simultaneously acquire one or more players by assignment whose post-trade salaries, in the aggregate, do not exceed an amount equal to the team’s salary cap room plus $100,000.
    • In certain circumstances in connection with sign-and-trade transactions, the player traded will not generate the Traded Player Exception amounts described above. Specifically, if a team that is over the Salary Cap enters into a sign-and-trade contract with a Bird or Early Bird free agent using the Bird or Early Bird Exception, and the salary in the first year of the contract is in excess of 120% of the player’s salary in the prior season, then for purposes of calculating the assignor team’s Traded Player Exception, the player’s salary will be deemed equal to the greater of the salary for the last season of his prior contract or 50% of the first year salary under the sign-and-trade contract. (f) For contracts entered into or extended beginning with the 2017-18 season (but in the case of extensions, only with respect to the extended term): (i) in circumstances where a player’s salary protection is less than full, Traded Player Exceptions arising from the trade of such contracts will be calculated based upon the amount of the player’s protected salary in the applicable season (rather than the sum of the player’s protected and unprotected salary); and (ii) with respect to trades conducted following the last day of a regular season, Traded Player Exceptions will be limited to the amount of the player’s protected salary for the following Salary Cap Year (rather than the current Salary Cap Year).

More On Exceptions:

  • Exceptions cannot be added together to sign or acquire a player, except that a team may aggregate two or more Traded Player Exceptions for the purpose of acquiring — in the same transaction — one or more replacement players. Teams that are trading two more more players may elect to apply the exception separately to each of the players it is trading (or where permitted by the CBA) to aggregate the salaries of multiple players it is trading and then apply the exception.
  • The Non-Taxpayer Mid-Level, Taxpayer Mid-Level, Mid-Level for Room Teams, Bi-annual, Bird, Early Bird, Non-Bird, and Rookie Exceptions are prorated beginning on January 10 of each season. The Minimum Player Salary Exception is prorated after the first day of the season.
  • Use of the Bi-annual Exception, Non-Taxpayer Mid-Level Salary Exception, Taxpayer Mid-Level Salary Exception, or Mid-Level Salary Exception for Room Teams are also subject to restrictions.
  • A team may use either the Bi-annual or Non-Taxpayer Mid-Level Salary Exception only if the Team Salary at the time the Exception is used and at all times thereafter during such Salary Cap Year does not exceed the Tax Level for the then current Salary Cap Year plus the Tax Apron Amount and at the time the Exception is used, the team has not already used either the Taxpayer Mid-Level Salary Exception or the Mid-Level Salary Exception for Room Teams in that Salary Cap Year.
  • A team may use the Taxpayer Mid-Level Salary Exception only if the team’s Team Salary immediately following the team’s use of the Exception exceeds the Tax Level for such Salary Cap Year plus the Tax Apron Amount, and the team has not already used the Bi-annual Exception, Non-Taxpayer Mid-Level Salary Exception, or Mid-Level Salary Exception for Room Teams in that Salary Cap Year, or acquired a player pursuant to a sign-and-trade in that Salary Cap Year.
  • A team may use the Mid-Level Salary Exception for Room Teams only if the team’s Team Salary at any time during that Salary Cap Year was below the Salary Cap such that the team is not entitled to use the Bi-Annual, Non-Taxpayer Mid-Level Salary Exception, or Taxpayer Mid-Level Salary Exception, and at the time the Mid-Level Salary Exception for Room Teams is used, the team has not already used the Bi-annual Exception, Non-Taxpayer Mid-Level Salary Exception, or Taxpayer Mid-Level Salary Exception in that Salary Cap Year.
  • If a team uses the Non-Taxpayer Mid-Level Salary Exception to sign one or more player contracts not exceeding three seasons in length and providing aggregate first-year salaries and unlikely bonuses not exceeding the amounts that can be paid using the Taxpayer Mid-Level Salary Exception, and the team does not engage in any other transaction (i.e., using the Bi-annual Exception or acquiring a free agent via sign-and-trade) that would otherwise prevent the team from spending above the Tax Level plus the Tax Apron Amount, then the team will be permitted to exceed the Tax Level plus the Tax Apron Amount (for example, by signing its Bird free agent or by using the Minimum Salary Exception), whereupon the team will automatically be deemed to have used the Taxpayer Mid-Level Salary Exception instead of the Non-Taxpayer Mid-Level Salary Exception, and the team’s ability to use the Non-Taxpayer Mid-Level Salary Exception will be extinguished.

Two-way Free Agents

A Two-Way player (other than a first round draft pick whose third or fourth year option was not exercised) will be a Restricted Free Agent at the conclusion of a Two-Way Contract if he was on the NBA team’s active or inactive list for 15 or more days of the NBA regular season in the last season of such contract and provided that the team makes a Qualifying Offer to the player.

分类
武汉夜生活论坛

Salary cap set at $112.4 million for 2021-22 season

NEW YORK – The National Basketball Association today announced that the Salary Cap has been set at $112.414 million for the 2021-22 season. The Tax Level for the 2021-22 season is $136.606 million.

The Salary Cap and Tax Level go into effect at 12:01 a.m. ET on Tuesday, August 3. Teams can begin negotiating with free agents at 6:00 p.m. ET on August 2 — six hours prior to the start of the league’s “moratorium period.” The moratorium period ends at noon ET on Friday, August 6.

The minimum team salary, which is set at 90% of the Salary Cap, is $101.173 million for the 2021-22 season.

The Collective Bargaining Agreement provides for three different mid-level exceptions depending on a team’s salary level. The non-taxpayer mid-level for the 2021-22 season is $9.536 million, the taxpayer mid-level is $5.890 million, and the mid-level for a team with room under the Salary Cap is $4.910 million.

分类
武汉夜生活论坛

Holiday may be piece to a 2nd basketball championship puzzle

Holiday may be piece to a 2nd basketball championship puzzle

Jrue Holiday shoots a floater

SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — Jrue Holiday has already had gold in his grasp.

It belongs to his wife, Lauren, who won two gold medals as a member of the U.S. women’s soccer team. The latter was in 2012, when Holiday went to London to cheer her on.

“I’ve actually held them, so I don’t know if that’s bad luck or bad Juju or whatever, but they’re beautiful,” Holiday said.

Now the guard for the U.S. men’s basketball team is in position to have two pieces of championship hardware of his own.

Holiday may be piece to a 2nd basketball championship puzzle

Justin Holiday of the Indiana Pacers, Jrue Holiday, and Aaron Holiday of the Indiana Pacers pose for a portrait with the Larry O’Brien Trophy

Just two weeks after helping the Milwaukee Bucks win the NBA title, he will try to help the U.S. move closer to a fourth straight Olympic gold medal when it faces Spain on Tuesday in a quarterfinal matchup.

And if the Americans do win again, a big reason will be because Holiday was once again the final piece to a championship puzzle.

Not that he’s had much time to ponder that with his summer schedule.

“I feel like I haven’t slept for the last two or three months,” Holiday said.

The Bucks had the NBA’s best record in two straight seasons, but didn’t become a title team until they acquired Holiday from New Orleans before this season.

There was no indication the Americans could be on top of the world until Holiday joined them.

He was playing in the NBA Finals when they lost their first two exhibition games in Las Vegas and only a couple days removed from Milwaukee’s victory celebration when he arrived in Tokyo along with Bucks teammate Khris Middleton and Phoenix’s Devin Booker.

Despite not even having 24 hours with the team, Holiday was the Americans’ best player in their 83-76 loss to France in their opener with 18 points and seven rebounds. He was moved into the starting lineup after that for easy victories over Iran and the Czech Republic.

“He’s, in a way, kind of like the meanest man in the valley, but you’d never know it because of his quiet demeanor, his kindness,” U.S. coach Gregg Popovich said. “But he’s an all-around wonderful human being. And his entry to the team, late as it was, has had an immediate effect, because he garners so much respect from his teammates.”

Perhaps more importantly, Holiday provides the Americans so much of what they were missing on the court.

A team that was once so deep at the position that it could bring Chris Paul and Deron Williams off the bench behind Jason Kidd in 2008 had no natural point guard until Holiday arrived. Damian Lillard was playing the position, but his strength is as a scorer creating offense for himself, not his teammates.

Lillard shot just 3 for 10 in the opener but bounced back with 21 points on seven 3-pointers against Iran after Holiday joined him in the starting lineup.

Holiday describes himself like a complementary player, someone willing to rebound or create shots for others. His best skill is probably his defense and it’s the one that might be most important to the U.S. now.

The Americans may have to play against Spain’s Ricky Rubio, Australia’s Patty Mills and Slovenia’s Luka Doncic, the three highest-scoring guards in the tournament, if they are to win gold.

“Having him, he’s probably the best perimeter defender we have in the NBA,” U.S. guard Zach LaVine said, “and you have him on the team and we’ve got a bunch of guys to help him as well, myself included, trying to take on that role, being able to go out there try to help guard guys.

“But having Jrue out there, you can’t get much better than that on the perimeter.”

The ability to defend the opponent’s best backcourt scorer is one of the reasons the Bucks wanted Holiday and his performance during the season was good enough to earn him All-Defensive first team honors for the second time. He then made one of the most significant stops of the season in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, when he stole the ball from Booker as the Bucks were protecting a one-point lead in the closing seconds.

He leads the Americans in steals now, noting that he can be even more aggressive with the physical nature of international basketball. He’s also second in rebounds while averaging 12.3 points and making 54% of his 3-pointers.

Holiday is three wins from joining the list of players that have won an NBA title and Olympic gold in the same year, a group that includes Michael Jordan and LeBron James.

He was deep in the quest for the NBA ring when he got the invitation to play for the U.S., one he always hoped would come.

“I definitely wanted to be a part of the USA team and win the gold medal,” Holiday said. ”It’s late in my career, so me making it now has been awesome and I’m super excited about it.”