The Athletic reached out to a handful of sources at the ownership level to gauge the appetite for addressing the Seattle market, and the return was split. While most viewed the market as teeming with possibility and deserving of an NBA team, the path to getting there was not as unanimous. Several sources said a preference would be to put an expansion team in Seattle, which would presumably bring a much larger startup fee than a team would be charged to relocate. But others have insisted that expansion has not really come up in league discussions, pointing to commissioner Adam Silver’s tepid public responses and a preference to table the issue until the next television rights deal is negotiated in 2025.
June 22, 2021 | 1:51 pm EDT Update
Chris Fedor: I’m hearing #Cavs center and restricted free agent Jarrett Allen, who was added as a finalist in March, is not going to play for Team USA at the Olympics. USAB wants him to be part of the Select Team, which is something he could still do.
Shams Charania: The NBA has referred draft prospect Jared Butler of Baylor to a Fitness-To-Play Panel and Butler is not permitted to play or practice in the league until he is cleared, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium.
JD Shaw: Viewership for the playoffs across ABC, TNT and ESPN is up 39% from last season, according to the NBA. More:
Highly successful rapper, actor, businessman and one-time NBA hopeful Master P has had his eyes on the Association for a long time. So when Stan Van Gundy was recently canned by the Pelicans, Master P (real name Percy Miller) said “pass me the application.” Speaking in a video released by TMZ, Miller says he wants the New Orleans coaching gig, saying it’s time for the NBA to embrace change among its coaching ranks:
June 22, 2021 | 12:36 pm EDT Update
Tom Moore: #Sixers president of bball operations Daryl Morey: ‘My understanding is Ben is all in with the organization. We would expect the players to be willing to do whatever’s necessary.’ That’s how he answered if Simmons would work with shooting coaches the #76ers want this summer.