Thaddeus Young, Brook Lopez opting out?

The safe assumption is the Nets will make strong offers to both Lopez and Young once they opt out of their current contracts and become free agents July 1. All signs point to Lopez, despite his worrisome injury history, declining his $16.74 million option for next season and heading to the open market after responding to a near-trade to Oklahoma City with a monster second half. Young, despite his status as a longtime King favorite, is likewise believed to be leaning toward bypassing the $10-ish million he is owed for 2015-16 to do the same.

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October 8, 2015 | 12:00 pm EDT Update
Still, he doesn’t know how it’s going to end up. He is one of four players with non-guaranteed contracts trying to lock up one of the team’s final two available roster spots for the regular season. ”I’ve seen everything you can see in this league,” Douglas-Roberts said. ”I don’t feel any NBA pressure like I used to feel. But I’m different now. I go back to the hotel meditate and read. You know Zen Master stuff. ”I just kind of settle myself down, cross my legs and not think of anything.That really works for me because this is a crazy business. This is a crazy lifestyle and you can get caught up and you can get lost in the sauce. I just like peace and quiet. I like to get in tune with myself with mother nature and just the universe.”
Trail Blazers power forward/center Ed Davis would get text messages some mornings from his father Terry, who played for four teams during a 10-year NBA career. Terry wasn’t a particularly heralded player, though he managed to carve out a career that included 275 starts despite going undrafted out of Virginia Union University, perhaps by following the cautionary words that he’d send to his son in those morning texts. “I remember growing up, my dad used to text me all the time ‘You’ll never get better laying in bed.’” recalled the younger Davis. “’You don’t want to get up today? Well, somebody else is getting better.’ That always stuck with me. So every day I got up and made sure to grind.”
“All the guys who made it to the NBA whose fathers played in the NBA, they put in that work,” said Davis. “Nothing is given to you, especially in the NBA. They don’t give you anything, you have to earn everything. That’s the thing that the average person doesn’t understand. You look at me and say ‘He’s 6-10, his dad played in the NBA, he just walked in the door.’ That’s not the case. They don’t see the hard work in 7th, 8th grade, getting up in the morning to run and workout and things like that. They don’t see that grind.”
But when Love was on his own time this summer, he pushed his limits. He spent nearly a month in the thin air of Park City, Utah, along with Cavs strength and conditioning coach Alex Moore, on an aggressive rehab excursion. “It was all broken down to a science,” Love said. “[My shoulder] wasn’t quite where I wanted it to be and I wanted to get ahead of the game so I just put muscle on, really worked on my flexibility, range of motion and I came back from there and I really felt great about where I was and that has carried over. “What do they say? Train high, live low. And I was training high and living high for three-plus weeks and your hemoglobin mass goes through the roof. Your red blood cell count [increases]. And going up there, it’s like putting a hand or a pillow over your face and trying to breathe. So when I came back down to sea level, it was a big increase and I felt really great.”
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October 8, 2015 | 9:20 am EDT Update
The supplemental draft would have two rounds, and teams would hold the rights to the players they select for two years, Cuban added. Players can opt out and choose not to make themselves eligible, but those who get picked would receive fully guaranteed minimum-salary contracts when they sign, according to Cuban’s proposal. “That would make it fun a few weeks after the draft and pre-summer league,” Cuban wrote. “It would prevent some of the insanity that goes on to build summer league rosters.”
Before the trip, he decided he would take on the name “El Terrible” (pronounced El Te-ree-blay) while overseas. I recall it as a takeoff on enfant terrible, but Ainge isn’t certain. “I do remember giving myself the nickname ‘El Terrible,’ ” he said. “But I don’t even remember how it happened. I think I said it to somebody, and then it just got out. I just sort of had fun with it. I taped it onto my practice jersey. “You know me, I was just joking around. I knew just enough Spanish to get myself in trouble. I heard that on the Spanish broadcast, they even referred to me one time as El Terrible. I was dying laughing when I heard that.”

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