Fred Katz: Tomas Satoransky has his first career triple-double in the most stylish fashion, an alley-oop to Beal. Sato has 16-12-10.
June 16, 2019 | 3:19 pm EDT Update
Although the Pelicans are open to working with the Lakers and delaying the trade, it’s unlikely that will happen, according to multiple people familiar with their thinking. New Orleans’ priority will be to make the fourth pick as attractive as possible to another team.
Because of salary cap rules, if the trade is consummated in late July, the Lakers would have the space to add another maximum contract. That cap space could be used on players like Kyrie Irving or Kemba Walker, all-star point guards who will be free agents. That scenario would require the Lakers to draft the fourth overall pick for the Pelicans, or whatever team has its rights by the time of the draft, then sign that player as quickly as possible. League rules do not allow a signed draft pick to be traded for 30 days, which would make July 20 the earliest date the trade could be consummated.
Ryan Wolstat: Nick Nurse: Says winning makes the grind worth it. “The rest of it has been too wild to explain. From the minute the buzzer sounded, all the eight thousand things that have happened in the last 48 hours”
American sneaker company New Balance welcomed President Donald Trump’s tough trade stance in 2016 — but now the athletic footwear manufacturer is strongly opposing the President’s latest threat to expand tariffs on China. New Balance boasts that it’s the only major company to make more than four million pairs of athletic shoes a year domestically. It has five New England factories, with one more expected to open next year. The catch? It needs to import component parts from China that are no longer made in the United States.
Shortly after Trump was elected, the company’s vice president of public affairs, Matt LeBretton, said that “things are going to move in the right direction” with Trump as president, adding that the Obama administration had “turned a deaf ear” to New Balance in regards to the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The comments sparked immediate outcry, and some customers burned their New Balance sneakers in protest over the comments. Trump withdrew from the massive free trade deal as one of his first acts as president.
Footwear groups say that new tariffs won’t bring back the suppliers of uppers (the part around your foot), soles or inserts. The US footwear industry produces just 25 million pairs of shoes a year, while importing 2.5 billion, despite existing tariffs on foreign-made shoes and materials. “It will not happen. We’ve had high duty rates for 90 years and production still left,” said Matt Priest, president and CEO of the Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America, which has opposed Trump’s tariffs.
Toronto police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying eight men wanted for damaging a squad car during the celebrations that followed the Raptors’ NBA championship win. Officers were called to the downtown core just before midnight on Thursday for reports that several men had jumped on and struck a parked police cruiser following the team’s big win.
June 16, 2019 | 2:50 pm EDT Update
Tania Ganguli: For those asking about @Adrian Wojnarowski and @Bobby Marks’s report, I did hear yesterday that the trade was expected to be completed as soon as the moratorium ends, but there was some uncertainty about whether that would ultimately change. Seems there still is.