At the crux of any guarantee to keep the Wolves in Minnesota would be how long that guarantee would last or how harsh the financial penalty would be for breaking it. Ham said any kind of agreement that makes outlandish demands, like a 30-year promise to keep the team in Minnesota, might not make it past league approval, which requires a $1 million fee just to apply, he said. “The league itself has to approve all this,” Ham said. “So if you have a ridiculous contract, they’re just going to tell you: ‘We’re not approving this stuff.’ “If there’s something in there that says the applicant shall not apply to remove the team from the city or the state or whatever for a year or something like that, you might try to get that to fly. I don’t see anything in the bylaws that says you couldn’t have that in the contract, but the NBA itself might say, ‘We don’t like it.’ ”
July 23, 2021 | 3:43 pm EDT Update
Could the 76ers trade the No. 28 pick in Thursday’s NBA draft at the Barclays Center? A league source confirmed the team has had discussions about parting ways with the pick if they can get value in return. The Sixers are open to trading it for future assets or veteran player. Trade discussions could heat up early next week, though it’s not a certainty that they’ll trade the pick.
Plus, right now, the Sixers are gauging teams’ interest in acquiring three-time All-Star Ben Simmons via a trade. At the moment, they’re in no rush to part ways with Simmons for what they perceive are unsubstantial offers. The Sixers are only prepared to make a move if they receive an All-Star player in return.
In other news, the Sixers have brought players in and recently worked out Arizona State wing Josh Christopher, according to sources. Christopher is projected to be selected in the late first round or early second round.
Scott Perry established himself as an integral part of a front office that included Rose, executive vice president William Wesley and vice president Brock Aller. After a successful 2020-21 regular season, the Knicks clearly feel that the organization can continue to grow with Perry playing a pivotal role. One league source said Perry, one of the few senior Knick executives with front office experience, worked well with Rose and Wesley.
Ian Begley: Knicks have decisions to make on members of basketball operations group; several contracts expire at the end of the month. Western Conference teams have expressed interest in some within NYK’s basketball operations:
July 23, 2021 | 3:20 pm EDT Update
Shams Charania: Sources: NBA’s COVID-19 health and safety player protocols for 2021 Summer League in Las Vegas: