As NBA players weigh their options, the market of the team plays a very pivotal role. In LeBron’s case, signing with the Lakers opens the doors to endless off-the-court opportunities including Hollywood acting and producing roles, additional endorsement deals and a massive fan base. Financially speaking, teams in Texas and Florida have an advantage because there is no state income tax. From an NBA executive’s perspective, it is quite terrifying that teenagers are signing $100 million deals plus massive endorsement deals without playing in a single NBA game yet. A former GM animatedly states, “If you’ve never won, how am I supposed to know that you’re ever going to covet winning? When a high-profile rookie joins a bad team, they are given a nice salary and shoe deal from day one and they’re handed a starting role. They never have to earn anything”. Although an NBA team cannot guarantee if a rookie will win championships, there can be injury provisions negotiated if a top prospect has a history of injuries. For example, the Philadelphia 76ers and Joel Embiid agreed to a five-year, $148 million deal. However, due to Embiid’s history of foot and back injuries, an injury provision was negotiated. This gave Philly the option of waiving or saving money if Embiid reinjured himself and missed at least 25 games or played less than 1,650 minutes in a season.
March 22, 2019 | 4:37 am EDT Update
Michael Wilbon of ESPN is reporting that Rivers was told to not take the Lakers job because of superstar small forward LeBron James and his refusal to be coached. “There are people in Southern California right in that environment telling Doc, ‘You don’t want do this.’ And one of those reasons is simply LeBron James. He’s been told by people – and I know this – LeBron doesn’t want to be coached.”
Now that Russell is getting some good pub — the narratives flipping from lottery bust to Magic Johnson gave up on him too quickly — he won’t let it distract him. “I’ve been on the worst side of the tilt,” Russell said after Thursday’s practice at Santa Monica High School. “So to now to be on this side where we’re having a little success, I’ve seen both narratives. I’ve seen every narrative you could throw. When it comes to preparing myself for them, I’ve looked in the mirror and I’ve put myself in the situation before [the media] could.”
James Ham: According to Joerger, no structural damage to Harry Giles leg. Just a thigh bruise and it stiffened up a bit during the half. No reason to risk anything more so Kings shut him down for the evening.