The first is one of availability. Is he willing to go and is Toronto willing to let him walk? He’s reportedly under contract through 2020-21, and the Raptors could presumably sign him to an extension if they wished. There is scuttlebutt out there that he’s itching for another challenge and has eyes for a large American market (this point also came up in league circles when the Washington job was open) and that the Raptors’ ownership might be okay letting somebody else pay him an eight-figure salary while they promote GM Bobby Webster.
May 7, 2021 | 5:37 pm EDT Update
Tom Moore: #Sixers coach Doc Rivers on the #Pelicans’ Zion Williamson out tonight with fractured ring finger: ‘It changed our preparation, for sure. I thought he had his way with us (last time). … As far as our approach to the game, nothing changes.’
London-based sports data and technology company Genius Sports has announced its second acquisition in the space of a week after agreeing to purchase data tracking and visualisation specialist Second Spectrum. The deal, expected to close later in the second quarter of 2021, is worth some US$200 million, which will be paid in cash and Genius stock.
Second Spectrum, which has offices in New York, Los Angeles, Lausanne, Manchester and Shanghai, currently serves as the official tracking provider of English soccer’s Premier League, the National Basketball Association (NBA) and Major League Soccer (MLS), using its capabilities to capture ball and player location-based data.
May 7, 2021 | 5:16 pm EDT Update
Will Guillory: David Griffin says part of the reason Zion Williamson is injured is bc of the way he’s been officiated by the NBA officials this season. Says the way he’s been officiated encouraged teams to play more physically against him in the paint.