In the case of Yi, his base salary pays just the minimum for a player with five years of experience ($1.1 million). In fact, his full $8 million salary is only guaranteed for $250,000. The bulk of Yi’s contract is incentive-based. The most a team can pay a player in an unlikely incentive is 15 percent of the base salary. In Yi’s case, his entire salary, including the $6 million in bonuses, is considered likely by the NBA, opening the door for his uniquely-structured deal.
The final game of Kobe Bryant’s legendary 20-year career featured the Black Mamba posting 60 points against the Utah Jazz at the Staples Center. The 5-time NBA Champion joined The Jim Rome Show on Thursday for the first time since that game and shared his thoughts on what it was like. “I was kind of pinching myself for the first couple of weeks if it actually happened,” Bryant laughed. “It was such a surreal moment to have that last game play out that way and to have my family there and to play in front of so many fans that have watched me play when coming into the league at 17 years old, so I was just kind of pinching myself and can’t believe that it’s over and can’t believe it finished the way it did.”
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The Los Angeles Lakers have signed center Tarik Black, it was announced today by General Manager Mitch Kupchak. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released. “Tarik is a player whose strengths are well-suited for the style of play we envision for our team going forward,” said Kupchak. “He plays the game with a mix of athleticism, energy, and physicality that make him a valuable frontcourt contributor in today’s NBA.”
Storyline: Tarik Black Free Agency
The Lakers might not be staying home for training camp after all. After returning to Honolulu, Hawaii, last September, the Lakers are in the process of relocating Luke Walton’s first training camp to Santa Barbara. While the move has not been finalized, it is in the works, Lakers spokesman John Black said. It’s unclear what prompted the move, but coaches often like to seclude players early in the season to help build chemistry.