November 25, 2020 | 10:47 am EST Update
The Los Angeles Clippers have waived Justin Patton. Patton was included in the Clippers’ three-team trade for Luke Kennard.
With training camp approaching, Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo still has not decided on his supermax extension offer. As of now, that contract is worth a projected $228.2 million, at a minimum, over five years. The deal would keep Antetokounmpo in Milwaukee through 2026. “That’s a lot of money to leave on the table!” one general manager told HoopsHype.
The Miami Heat are the best-positioned team salary cap-wise to sign Antetokounmpo. They did a good job this offseason keeping themselves in contention while also remaining flexible for 2021. “They’re a Top 3 best cap management team in the league,” one former executive said.
JD Shaw: De’Aaron Fox has signed his five-year, $163M maximum extension with the Sacramento Kings, which includes a clause that could push the deal to $195.6M.
In an intriguing piece of detail in this offseason, Zach Lowe of ESPN, divulged that the Detroit Pistons approached the Washington Wizards for a possible trade involving Blake Griffin and John Wall. Via Zach Lowe of ESPN: “The Pistons in recent weeks made an exploratory call to the Washington Wizards about a potential swap of Blake Griffin for John Wall, sources said, but Detroit’s real level of interest in that deal is unclear; they value Griffin, and the conversation led nowhere, sources said.”
“Some don’t really know how serious that can be,” Morant says when I ask him how hard it was to be confined in the bubble. “And, you know, a lot of people want to make jokes and stuff until they actually go through it.” Chris Paul, the head of the NBA players’ association and a 15-year veteran, said he similarly struggled with being away from his family, especially when he missed his daughter’s eighth birthday. “You ever seen on social media the thing that says, ‘Make sure you check on your strong friends’?” Paul asks me. “A lot of times, it’s the guys who may seem like they got everything together, you know? For me, shoot—I needed somebody to talk to at times.”
Most of the players felt the same way. On August 26, a few days after Blake’s shooting, George Hill asked for a breakfast meeting with head coach Mike Budenholzer and the rest of the coaching staff. Hill ordered the same breakfast he always did, with his double serving of bacon and a tangerine juice, and told them that he “didn’t feel comfortable playing” and wasn’t going to. “That was the last thing on my mind,” says Hill. “I didn’t want to do it.” It wasn’t just Blake who sparked his decision to sit out: It was Kyle Rittenhouse, a white 17-year-old who crossed state lines into Wisconsin and shot three protesters, leaving two dead and one seriously injured. “We let that kid go all the way back home,” Hill tells me. “They didn’t slam him on the ground. They didn’t put him in handcuffs. They didn’t do anything. They let him go all the way back to Illinois and arrested him the next day. If it was the other way around, would that have happened? I don’t think so.”