Warriors general manager Bob Myers, like most executives, doesn’t talk trade-possibility specifics. But he surely realizes that when Curry, Thompson and Green are off the floor, scoring comes with considerable toil and strife. The front office is studying the trade market, because if Speights can’t find his form, and soon, the Warriors will seek out another stretch four, somebody Walton or Kerr can call when they need a scoring punch.
March 28, 2017 | 7:10 pm EDT Update
With a big emphasis on rest dominating the NBA the past few weeks, Rockets star James Harden is proud that he has played in all 73 games thus far and missed just one practice. He thinks the fact he hasn’t missed a game this season should matter to MVP voters. “Yeah, because you’re not leaving your teammates out there to dry, ” Harden said Tuesday morning, before the Rockets’ game against the Warriors. “For me, I worry about always having my teammates’ back and always being out there.”
Signed to a rookie extension in October 2014, Rubio has a total of $250,000 in bonuses broken up into three categories: free-throw percentage, free-throw attempts per game and total field goal percentage. With the criteria set at Rubio appearing in at least 62 games, the former first-round pick is in line to reach two out of three bonuses. Rubio earned $150,000 in bonuses last season for free-throw attempts and percentage; this season he will likely earn $75,000 for free-throw percentage but miss out on the bonus for free-throw attempts per game.
Signed to a four-year contract by Brooklyn in 2015, Thaddeus Young will once again reach bonus incentives of $200,000 based on a calculated formula that factors minutes during the regular season in conjunction with total rebounds.
Reduced to a role player last season with the Pacers, Solomon Hill has a minutes-played bonus built into the $48 million contract he signed last summer with the Pelicans. Having eclipsed 2,000 minutes, Hill will earn $468,385 in addition to his $11.2 million salary.
Having shot better than 30 percent from 3-point range only once in his career, Harkless has a $500,000 bonus for shooting above 35 percent from 3. Harkless is shooting 35 percent this season and would leave Portland $4,462 below the tax line if the final stats reflect his current percentage.
Butler, averaging over 7 assists since Feb. 1 and a career-high 5.5 overall, has incorporated film study of players getting double-teamed as well as shooting over double teams into workouts with his personal trainer. “I’m learning,” Butler said. “I think I can still be better with my decision-making, what to do and when to do it. Hell, 70 games in, I guess it’s still a learning curve for me and for everybody else. Hopefully, I continue to make the right plays.”