October 20, 2016 | 8:22 pm EDT Update
There have been amnesty clauses in the last two CBAs, allowing teams to waive players and have their salaries removed from the salary cap. This move would potentially deal a blow to the Miami Heat as they look for a solution to Chris Bosh, who is owed $75 million over the next three years.
The sides have made progress on several other key issues including contract extensions, restricted free agency and qualifying offers, according to sources. Under the new deal, players are expected to be able to sign contract extensions two years after the date of their original signing. Currently, they have to wait three years. Restricted free agents also will be able to agree to offer sheets with teams starting on July 1 instead of waiting until July 7. The window for teams to match these offer sheets will be reduced from 72 hours to 48 hours. Also, teams will no longer be able to pull qualifying offers to restricted free agents as is currently allowed before July 31.
Former Ben Davis and U.S. women’s national soccer team star Lauren Holiday is having brain surgery today. Last month it was revealed that she had a brain tumor near her orbital socket that needed to be removed. But surgery was delayed because she and her husband, New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday, were expecting their first child. She has since given birth to a healthy baby girl.