Chris Miller: #Wizards have waived Justin Anderson, Jemerrio Jones and Phil Booth. Booth will move to the @CapitalCityGoGo. Fred Katz first reported #RepTheDistrict
Shams Charania: The Los Angeles Lakers will sign G League forward Jemerrio Jones to a two-year deal, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. Lakers use final roster spot on Jones to close season, with team option in 2019-20.
Ira Winderman: The Heat have brought undrafted New Mexico State forward Jemerrio Jones in for a workout. Heat generally lines up players early as part of machinations for affiliate moves to G League team.
Scotto: One executive told me, “Some of these extensions have been surprising like Jaren Jackson. I can’t believe it. He’s barely played the last two years.” Memphis is making a statement here taking care of their guy. When he’s healthy, he can stretch the floor and he can block shots. They took him high in the draft. He and Ja Morant are the cornerstones there.
Scotto: In the last podcast, I touched on how some executives thought he could get $20 million or $20-plus, and he ends up getting $22.5 million annually on his extension. Gozlan: I wouldn’t have been opposed if he got $100 million, so it goes without saying, I think Phoenix got great value for Bridges. You’ve got to pay up for All-Defense level wings that can guard multiple positions.
Justin Kubatko: LeBron James passed Karl Malone for the most points scored in season openers: 481 – James, 19 GP. 463 – Malone, 19 GP. 431 – Michael Jordan, 14 GP. 430 – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 19 GP. Robert Parish, Vince Carter, and Kevin Garnett share the record for most season openers played (21). pic.twitter.com/vsc1DYs7d5
The table below shows each team’s projected wins according to Vegas as well as some public statistical models from FiveThirtyEight, DARKO, Estimated Plus Minus (EPM), and LEBRON. One thing that jumped out to me when I first saw these numbers is how (relatively) high projections are on teams that could be carrying around a lot of dead salary this season. By my count, there are four teams that have a player on their roster who earn max money and have a non-zero chance of sitting out the entire regular season.
I expect Leonard, Murray, Irving and Simmons to see the court at some point this season. But the longer they’re away from their teams, the more oppournities there are for things to go wrong and for the team to throw in the towel. Remember the 2019-20 Warriors? They were expected to win around 47 games even though Klay Thompson was out for the season recovering from an ACL tear he sustained during the Finals. But Steph Curry broke his hand four games into the season and the Warriors tanked their way to 15 wins.
In the chart above, I’ve plotted the roster composition of each team heading into the 2021-22 season. Each tile represents a rostered player and whether they were acquired via draft, free agency, trade, or through waivers. For what it’s worth, no team has won the championship with fewer than two players on their roster that they drafted. This year’s Lakers will give it a go.
But by the time Westbrook arrived to share his view of it all, it was quite clear that the intensity that he has so long been known for had hardly faded. He finished a phone call briefly before speaking with reporters, then sat sideways in his chair while offering brief responses to all the predictable queries. “Um, I’ll look at (the game tape) and see,” he said when I asked if there was anything productive that could be pulled out of this performance. “Watch the film and see. But you know we didn’t win, so there may be some stuff, but not much. At least from my perspective.”
So even with Westbrook’s one-of-a-kind personality and game, James is confident about the ultimate outcome that may prove incredibly important. “Well, yeah. I’ve gotten a little bit more patient with the process as the years have gone on,” he said at Monday’s practice. “ I mean I joined D. Wade (in Miami) almost, sheesh, 11 years ago and then Kyrie (Irving) about seven years ago (in Cleveland). I was at a different point in my life. You have to realize that when I went to Miami, I was 25 years old. I was still figuring out who I was as a person, figuring out what I wanted in life, you know?