September 4, 2015 | 5:47 pm EDT Update
Free-agent guard Kendall Marshall is finalizing a multiyear contract with the Philadelphia 76ers, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Marshall has been rehabilitating a torn anterior cruciate ligament in Chapel Hill, N.C., over the past few months and worked out this past week for the 76ers in Philadelphia. Marshall is expected to return sometime in the first half of the upcoming season, league sources said.
Ira Winderman: Heat expected to bring in summer-league center Joshua Smith for a workout/tryout next week. Could fill final camp spot.
September 4, 2015 | 4:44 pm EDT Update
LeBron James is apparently getting a jump on his pre-training camp workouts for the 2015-16 season with the Cavaliers in Miami, under the direction of one or two personal trainers. David Alexander, a Miami-based personal trainer for several pro athletes who is also business partner and personal trainer for James’ wife, Savannah, posted a picture to his Instagram account Friday of himself, James, restricted free agent guard Norris Cole, and James’ personal trainer Mike Mancias.
September 4, 2015 | 3:33 pm EDT Update
Platinum Equity founder and Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores is buying his firm’s stake in the National Basketball Association team, giving him 100 percent of the franchise, according to a person with direct knowledge of the planned transaction.
Gores, personally, has held a 51 percent stake in the club since 2011. It isn’t known how much he’s paying for Platinum’s 49 percent stake. NBA owners have approved the transaction, said the person, who requested anonymity because the move hasn’t been announced.
Can you picture yourself playing another 10 years and having a long career till late in your thirties? Kevin Durant: I hope so. I’d love it. I’m 26, but I’ve played a lot of years, a lot of games. So hopefully.
Alex Kennedy: Tyrus Thomas has signed with German basketball club Eisbaeren Bremer, according to his agency.
Smallball or a more traditional game with bigs? Kevin Durant: Oh… Great question. I love the traditional game and I think it works for me, playing with two quick players outside and two bigs inside. Smallball allows me to play power forward, moving in different spots both on offense and defense and I have to adjust to to it. I think the NBA is heading towards smallball and at the end it’s something that forces us to compete and improve our game and it’s fun.
“As far as this year’s team, I think this is Andre Drummond’s coming out party,” Rose said. “I think he takes the lead we saw DeAndre Jordan take (with the Clippers). If you noticed, one of the things Stan (Van Gundy) has been able to do in his career is nurture young big men, including Dwight Howard. So that’s the thing, number one, I’m looking most forward to. And he has a better touch around the basket, and better hands, than DeAndre Jordan.
It has not been determined yet if Pondexter will be ready to participate in the Pelicans’ upcoming training camp that begins on Sept. 29 at The Greenbrier in West Virginia. ”I’m focusing on getting my body in the best shape possible right now,” Pondexter said. ”I’m hurt, but I’m looking forward to the season. I hope not to miss much time if any time at all. I’m looking forward to having a lot better season than I did last year.”
Dennis Schroder is a rising star in the NBA and he’s the future star of German NT. But like many other players he’s also a shoes lover, that’s why he’s in the new Snipes commercial. The spot is pure fire and follows Schroder’s career.
September 4, 2015 | 1:39 pm EDT Update
Croatia selected final squad for EuroBasket. Roko Ukić, Rok Stipčević, Dontaye Draper, Kruno Simon, Marko Tomas, Mario Hezonja, Bojan Bogdanović,Damjan Rudež, Dario Šarić,Luka Žorić, Ante Tomić, Miro Bilan.
Today, TBL has learned that Woj is very close to adding Michael Lee from the Washington Post, a paper he joined in 2004. Prior to that Lee spent over six years at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. How close is Lee to leaving the Post? The Washington Post has already begun interviewing for his job. Lee is expected to join Yahoo in the coming weeks.
September 4, 2015 | 12:42 pm EDT Update
Calipari is normally aware of the range where his players will be drafted, and he said he knew the Timberwolves would make Towns the top pick in this year’s draft. The hardest wait was for Brandon Knight in 2011. “There was such a chance for him go from four to 12 that it was making me nauseous,” Calipari said. “Then, he went, I believe it was [eight]. It was like ecstasy. You’re jumping up and down like, ‘Holy crap.’”
“Of course, you think [it’s] a little unfair,” Aaron Harrison added. “But it’s not really a big deal. You can’t really sulk about it; [instead] just go out here and play as hard as you can.” Late in the draft, Calipari had called to say that making a team as an undrafted free agent was better than being drafted late in the second round. And that night, Aaron Harrison worked out a deal to play in summer league with the Hornets. “Of course I have a chip on my shoulder,” he said. “So, I think that’s an advantage I have. But it’s a little bit of relief, too, just to know that I have somewhere to go.”
While Calipari looks forward to his players’ NBA success, he also has reinforcements on the way at Kentucky. The day before the draft, Jamal Murray, a highly touted Canadian guard, announced his commitment to the Wildcats. The incoming class also includes Skal Labissiere, ranked by many as the top overall recruit, and McDonald’s All American guard Isaiah Briscoe. Even though Kentucky doesn’t have the championship to repeat in 2015-16, the Wildcats can repeat their dominance in next year’s NBA draft. “And you know what?” Calipari said. “I’ve got another good team and I also think I have five guys, maybe six, that will have an opportunity, if they choose, to put their name in the draft.”
The league and the union have not held a formal bargaining session, per sources on both sides, though they are working to schedule one soon. Both sides have flip-flopped between apocalyptic rhetoric and nicey-nice talk, and we should always assume all public comments are negotiating tactics designed to nudge the scales of leverage. Perhaps Roberts recognizes the players are munching half of an ever-growing revenue pie and don’t have the resources to outlast hawkish owners who might want to hog more than half of that pie. Roberts may be pressuring Silver to massage those hawks so the money train can roll on.
Roberts confirmed via email that she and Silver have indeed talked about those specifics, but she added a cautionary note: “That is accurate,” Roberts says. “That is the goal. We did discuss that timeline, though it is not a deadline. It is more aptly described as an aspiration or goal.” Silver declined comment through a league spokesman.
Add it all up, and a few teams might feel a profitability crunch over the first year or two (or three) of the new TV deal — even with all of that cash flooding the system. The owners of those teams might look at a lockout as the chance to seize another percentage point or two of total league revenue from the players. One percent of $7 billion is larger than one percent of $4 billion; every percentage point means more now. Those owners also understand that the 2011 lockout, as ugly and protracted as it was, did not interrupt the league’s soaring popularity curve. The new national TV deal requires broadcast partners, including ESPN, to pay the league even during a work stoppage, according to league sources. Owners would lose gate receipts from canceled games, but these are billionaires with a locked-in TV mega-deal. They can outlast the players, and they know it.
The league’s revenue-sharing system is a maze of equations, benchmarks, and other triggers that determine how much a team pays or receives. Some teams play in markets so large, they are prohibited from receiving any revenue-sharing money at all. Others have to hit minimum revenue benchmarks, based in part on market size, to get their fair share. There are also rules that cut off the revenue-sharing fountain once a team has reached a certain (very small) level of profitability for that year, per several league sources.