ESPN reported last week that Beasley turned down a three-year, $30 million offer from the Nuggets earlier this offseason, and a league source confirmed to The Athletic that an offer was made in that ballpark. Since then, Beasley changed agents, hiring Rich Paul of Klutch Sports, the super agent who reps LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Draymond Green, among others. When asked about entering a contract season at media day, Beasley didn’t tip his hand. “My main goal is just to get better every day,” he said. “That’s all I can control. I’ll let Rich Paul handle everything else. Other than that, I’m just focused on winning a championship right here.”
The Denver Nuggets are in talks with backup shooting guard Malik Beasley and his representatives about a contract extension with the Oct. 21 early extension deadline looming, according to a league source.
Nick Kosmider: Malik Beasley, asked about his contract negotiations, said his focus is on day-to-day improvement. Said he is letting agent Rich Paul take care of the rest.
Players don’t switch representation to one of the most influential agents in the NBA (Rich Paul) unless they’re trying to get paid. Heading into his fourth season, Beasley is early extension eligible until Oct. 21. Beasley sees himself as a starter, but there’s nowhere for him to start in Denver. That naturally creates a disconnect in terms of perceived value. My assumption is that the Nuggets make their offer, maybe somewhere near an annual range of $10 million to $11 million, and Beasley then must decide whether that’s to his liking. If he thinks he can get more, he can play this season out as a relative gamble.
If they don’t reach an agreement, and the Nuggets sense that some team will offer him starter-level money in restricted free agency, a trade could very well happen. NBA teams are high on Beasley’s talent and are eager to see what that looks like as an everyday starter. Beasley is worth a first-round pick and could help the Nuggets replenish their cupboard after dealing their 2020 pick for Jerami Grant.
The respective cases of Beasley and Hernangomez are far more interesting, if only because there’s something to debate. The Nuggets have until Oct. 21 to agree to early extensions. If they don’t, they’ll likely become restricted free agents next summer. Theoretically, interested teams could wage a bidding war with the Nuggets and drive the price up. Denver wants to get a deal done with both players before the deadline, a league source said, rather than risk that scenario with two valuable young players.
September 19, 2021 | 5:06 pm EDT Update
Tommy Beer: Oh man… The French Prince Frank Ntilikina says goodbye to New York in a video posted to his Instagram page. getting dusty in here pic.twitter.com/8q8hi6LCsl
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Keith Smith: Jarrell Brantley, who played for the Utah Jazz for the last two season, has signed with BC UNICS in Kazan, Russia. BC UNICS also signed former NBAer O.J. Mayo. Mayo last played in the NBA in in 2015-16 with the Milwaukee Bucks.
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“I’m optimistic about our team,” added Ballmer. “I’m optimistic about our team success, and that optimism is a force multiplier. In many ways, the reason we did this is consistent with that optimism as a force multiplier approach.”
The Clippers owner also paid the town of Inglewood $66.2 million for the land where Intuit Dome will sit. The Clippers will get some of that back, though. Intuit, the software company that makes Turbo Tax, will pay the team more than $500 million for a 23-year naming rights slot. That deal only enhanced Ballmer’s optimism. “This stadium is about being optimistic about our team,” Ballmer said. “It’s about being optimistic about our fans. Get in the building, pump up, make energy,” Ballmer added, clapping his hands. “Your energy can feed our team to greater success.”
The Clippers estimate the Intuit Dome will generate roughly $260 million in annual economic activity for Inglewood, including over 7,000 full-time and part-time jobs. The Clippers also committed to a $100 million community benefits package. “It’s a big market,” Ballmer said. “There’s plenty of fans that can be fans of the Clippers and Lakers. But we want to tell you who we are. I think there are many folks in LA who identify with this notion of being the underdog, the person who strides. It’s almost two LA’s. It’s not all showtime and movie business. Our fans are grinders.”