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June 17, 2021 | 3:32 pm EDT Update
Since restricted free agency has been implemented, there have been few cases of players demanding trades from teams that drafted them, namely Steve Francis with the Vancouver Grizzlies and Danny Ferry with the Los Angeles Clippers. However, with the value of qualifying offers increasing significantly, and player empowerment breaking new barriers each season, it’s no surprise that public discourse over the possibility of a premier player utilizing the qualifying offer has gotten louder.
Signing the qualifying offer can be very disadvantageous to players too. Williamson has a strong chance of qualifying for the designated rookie maximum extension over the next two seasons. If he signs his $17.6 million qualifying offer and then decides he wants to re-sign with New Orleans on a long-term deal afterward, he wouldn’t be eligible for the designated rookie maximum extension anymore. His is currently projected at $211.5 million over five years. Eligible players must begin the contract in their fifth season, but he can still sign for the normal 25 percent maximum contract with them. Meanwhile, signing his qualifying offer and signing a maximum contract with a new team would net him $148.3 million over that same five year span.
Leonard apologized and vowed to educate himself about why the slur is dangerous and offensive … and it’s pretty obvious he’s been putting in the work. At least, according to Rabbi Efrem Goldberg … who spoke glowingly about Meyers at Sunday’s event — praising him as a good dude and a “great friend of the Jewish community.” Rabbi Goldberg told the crowd, “Over the last 3 months, I’ve gotten to know Meyers off camera and off the court … I’ve gotten to know what’s in his heart and who he is.” “Meyers has learned a lot about the Jewish community … meeting with Holocaust survivors and reading books about Jewish history.”