Q: Will the players get a cut? Brian Windhorst: Absolutely. Sponsorships fall under basketball-related income (BRI), and the players get 50 percent of that money. Also, in the recent collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the union negotiated that income from gambling falls under BRI and will be shared with the players. This is the new vein of revenue for the league. Q: What impact will that have on the salary cap? And when? Brian Windhorst: After a modest increase in the cap this season, the NBA is projecting the salary cap to inflate by $7 million in 2019. The league hasn’t explained the reason, but some of that projection might include some anticipated new gambling-related revenue. It will probably take a year or two for states to get operations fully up and running before possible ancillary money flows to the NBA.
August 15, 2018 | 2:11 pm EDT Update
Ryan Ward: Jeanie Buss on LeBron James (1/2): “He has proven to be a leader amongst his peers. He is making a decision to change lives & to invest in the young people in his community where he grew up where he knows he can make a change…” via @RichEisenShow #Lakers
Ryan Ward: Jeanie Buss: “Drafting players like Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart and Lonzo Ball and the continued development of Brandon Ingram, you can see what Laker basketball stands for.” via @RichEisenShow #Lakers
August 15, 2018 | 11:58 am EDT Update
The Miami HEAT announced today that they have signed forward Marcus Lee. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Lee began his collegiate career at the University of Kentucky before transferring to the University of California, Berkeley for his senior season where he appeared in 32 games (all starts) with the Golden Bears last season and averaged 11.4 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.63 blocks, 1.3 assists and 27.8 minutes while shooting 56.3 percent from the field.