Darnell Mayberry: The Thunder has added Mo Cheeks to its coaching staff, The Oklahoman has learned. Billy Donovan now has two former NBA head coaches on staff. With Mo Cheeks, Monty Williams and Anthony Grant, first-year Thunder coach Billy Donovan will have three former head coaches at his side.
May 29, 2016 | 2:15 pm EDT Update
In recent days, estimates of Biyombo’s 2016-17 free-agent salary as the result of his playoff emergence have ranged from $15 million to $18 million, or possibly beyond. “To me,” the scout said, “that is a total reach. I’d say $12 million, and a good portion of that is the bump up from there’s a lot of money available. There’s an over-priced factor. But $17 million? $18 million? That’s absurd.”
But not, he said, for Whiteside, with a potential $22 million NBA-maximum certainly within the realm for the Heat free agent. “From what people told me, yes,” the scout said. “But he is more than that. He is a much better version than Biyombo. He can score. You’re not playing four on five.”
May 29, 2016 | 1:04 pm EDT Update
As the NBA enters it’s bubble economy phase (the salary cap is expected to rise by more than $20 million this season and another $20 million the following year) DeRozan will be offered a maximum contract by at least one team – four years and roughly $107 million – and probably more. The NBA grapevine is rife with intelligence saying that his hometown Lakers will offer him the moon. No one would be surprised if Bryan Colangelo – the man who drafted him – will try to lure him to the Philadelphia 76ers.
Head coach Tab Baldwin said the Fil-Am guard could not participate in live scrimmages due to the upcoming free agency in the NBA, but by simply showing up is already a huge support for the team. “Whenever Jordan shows up it helps our morale because we know his passion is, his desire to play for the Philippines,” he said. “It makes us feel good. He’s happy doing it.”