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August 4, 2015 | 11:14 am EDT Update
Agents will push teams to price that second cap jump — from about $90 million to $110 million — into any four-year extension struck over the next two months. Both sides knew that Alec Burks wasn’t “worth” $10.3 million per season in 2015 terms when Utah inked him to a four-year extension almost a year ago, but the Jazz understood that if Burks made a leap he could outproduce his salary on the back end. Per several league sources, agents are striking a tough posture in preliminary talks. That doesn’t mean the next two months will produce stalemates, short-term deals, or near-max contracts for anyone who demands one. These same dynamics hovered over contract talks during the past year, and players, with more choices than ever, still opted mostly for long-term security; the risk of injury always looms, and the threat of another work stoppage in 2017 clouds everything.
via Grantland
Boston could always trade a big to ease the roster crunch, and Sullinger might be the likeliest candidate to go. He’s had constant conditioning issues, he’s still a sub-30-percent shooter from deep after two years of hoisting, and he’s probably never going to be a plus defender. His agent, David Falk, does not mess around in extension talks. If Falk can’t get Sullinger a huge deal, he will have no qualms taking him into free agency.
via Grantland
John Henson: Our own Marc Stein reported weeks ago that Milwaukee and Henson were close to a deal, but things have gone radio silent since. The two sides are still on course, per several league sources, and Henson will probably get a payday in the eight-figure range that busts past the “sneaky” label. Bigs get paid. Hell, Aron Baynes just got nearly $20 million over three seasons, and every agent repping a moderately talented big man is ready to wave that deal in a GM’s face. Henson found his NBA niche by scrapping post-ups, slicing down the lane for pick-and-roll finishes, and keeping those condor arms spread wide on defense.
via Grantland
Two weeks after this story was posted, Yahoo confirmed the story. “We are excited to confirm that Adrian Wojnarowski will continue to lead NBA reporting for Yahoo Sports, where he has defined the voice fans trust for news and information. Wojnarowski, who joined Yahoo in 2006, has signed a new four-year deal. With a focus on expanded NBA coverage for Yahoo Sports, he will shape the vision, editorial direction and talent development to broaden what many fans already see as the go-to destination. Kathy Savitt, CMO and Head of Yahoo Media, said; “We’re thrilled to continue to have Adrian Wojnarowski drop his ‘Woj Bombs’ on Yahoo users as we deepen our coverage of the NBA and leverage the power of Yahoo to reach fans worldwide.”
via The Big Lead
August 4, 2015 | 6:09 am EDT Update
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The tangible negative aspect of free throws is obviously the lost of points on the board. But what is rarely ever talked about is the morale boost/loss of missed free throws. It’s very demoralizing for a team to step to the line and miss a pair of free throws. Most coaches and teams hold the theory that defense leads to offense. However, I would contend that it is just the opposite; points on the offensive end lead to increased intensity on the defensive end and overall team morale boost. Over the course of the 2014-2015 NBA season, after a team converted on both free throws their defensive points per possession was an average of 0.878 on the next possession. When they missed the pair of free throws, the points per possession rose to 0.935. That’s the equivalent of nearly a six-point swing.
via HoopsHype

Mavs won't rush Wesley Matthews' return

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However, as Carlisle is quick to point out, the team will not rush the 28-year-old back too soon as they try to get the coveted free agent back to full strength. Last season, Ellis ranked 11th in the league while clocking 2,699 total minutes in 80 games. The Mavericks will need Matthews to be just as reliable in the first unit to help keep the burden off of 13-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki’s broad shoulders. With that said, Carlisle admits that he will work closely with Mavs head athletic trainer Casey Smith to bring Matthews back slowly.
via mavs.com
“You know, we’ve done research on it,” Carlisle said while speaking on Matthews’ injury. “We’ve talked to his people, and we talked to the doctor that did the surgery. Casey has all that information. He’s definitely on track for a full recovery, but we’re going to be erring on the side of being conservative and cautioned. I think the most important thing is that he makes a full recovery, because we’re signing him to a four-year deal. The first year is more about making sure that he’s right and getting him out there on the right terms, and from there we want him to make a full recovery and continue to get better.”
via mavs.com
According to the press release, “The new look pays tribute to the City of Toronto as well as being the lone Canadian club in the National Basketball Association. The main colours will remain centred on Canada’s national colours of red and white. Black and silver will continue to be used for trim on the home white and red road uniform. The club will also sport two alternate black uniforms. A version with red, silver and white trim will return, joined by a special alternate featuring gold and white trim.”
via Uni-Watch.com
August 3, 2015 | 9:46 pm EDT Update
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A few weeks ago, I wrote about the impact of the new TV money on the NBA salary cap. The cash will keep rolling in, turning into a tidal wave of dollars for the players. The salary cap is $63 million for this season. NBA people have shown me the following projections: 2016-17: $89 million cap. 2017-18: $108 million. 2018-19: $120 million. So in four years, the salary cap may double. It’s expected to rise about 30 percent in 2016, what I’ve called “The Money Summer.” That’s why Mozgov won’t sign an extension right now. He’ll play for $4.9 million and another solid season for the 7-footer could be worth more than $15 million a year in 2016. As a few agents have explained to me, “A max contract now immediately becomes 30 percent less than the max by next summer. In 2-3 years, it’s not anywhere close to the max.”
via Cleveland Plain Dealer
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