Derrick Byars RumorsAll NBA Players
Derrick Byars: “Upon hearing that the NBA’s new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) will include legislation that increases NBA D-League salaries to $50,000-$75,000 from the $19,000 (B contract) – $26,000 (A contract) that current D-Leaguers earn, I thought it was a game-changer for sure. I can recall conversations I had years ago with a former NBA executive and mentor of mine, where I’d say “if only the D-League could find a way to increase the salaries, it would offer a better option for pros than the current model does.” He never disputed my assertion, but the reality of a salary increase seemed like a pipe dream or, at the very least, virtual light years away from ever happening. Couple that with the advent of two-way contracts and NBA roster sizes maxing out at 18 versus the previous 15? Oh, not only is this a game-changing attention grabber, but a potential life-changer for many aspiring pro basketball players.”
Derrick Byars: “He handled the NBA attention seamlessly with no issues or problems at all. He knew he was going to be a lottery pick. He knew he was getting into a lifestyle and a financial situation that was going to be very good… and he was not in shock about that. It was almost like he was ready. You could tell this new situation that was coming was not making him change.”
Derrick Byars believes Porzingis will get the last laugh. “Hearing the boos made me feel like they have no idea that they’re getting a hell of a player,” said Byars, who used to play for the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs. “He has potential to be the best talent from this draft when all is said and done. I knew there would be some boos because of fears of European busts. It’s near New York City. I’m sure they wanted Emmanuel Mudiay or Justise Winslow or a name that they were familiar with.