Vlade Divac the Kings' new lead voice

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Vlade Divac has quietly emerged as the new lead voice of the Sacramento Kings’ front office, according to league sources. ‎Sources told ESPN.com ‎that Divac, who was recently hired by the Kings under the seemingly broad title of vice president of basketball and franchise operations, is indeed regarded as the team’s top basketball official by owner Vivek Ranadive after months of turbulence in Sacramento.

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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.
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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.
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“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.”
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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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The 76ers apparently are not ready to part ways with Jordan McRae and J.P. Tokoto. A league source confirmed that McRae will join the Sixers for training camp, which begins Sept. 29 at Stockton University in Galloway Township, N.J. Another league source said Tokoto will participate in camp as well. But would that be the case if the two second-round picks hadn’t pushed to attend the camp? Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie could not be reached for comment.
via Philadelphia Inquirer
Second-rounders can show up to training camp and force the franchise that picked them to make a decision: Tender an offer or lose their draft rights and see them become unrestricted free agents. The Sixers have until Sept. 5 to tender an offer Tokoto, the 58th pick in the draft. They have until Sept. 10 to do the same with McRae, whom the Sixers acquired in a second-round trade in the 2014 draft. The Sixers can tender offers as early as two weeks before the deadlines. From that point, Tokoto and McRae can begin negotiating contracts with the Sixers. Don’t be shocked if they decide to gamble on themselves the way former Sixer K.J. McDaniels did last season. McDaniels, who was drafted 32d overall last summer, signed a one-year, non-guaranteed minimum deal during the first day of training camp. The move enabled McDaniels to become a restricted free agent after the season.
via Philadelphia Inquirer
August 3, 2015 | 8:54 pm EDT Update
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