An assembly, organized by players who are emotionally traumatized by the latest police-involved shooting of an African American that was captured on video, was held Tuesday night at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, sources said, and there were multiple conversations about what actions could be taken throughout the day.
Oklahoma City Thunder star Chris Paul — the union president — and Miami Heat forward Andre Iguodala — first vice president of the union — were in attendance to show support, sources said. Players began reaching out to the committee in recent days, sharing that they’re not in the right frame of mind to play basketball, sources said.
The union’s approach is to educate players on the pros and cons of boycotting games and reassuring them that they would be supported regardless of whatever they decide to do, sources said. There is ongoing dialogue on what more could be done inside the bubble to raise awareness to racial injustice in an effort to enact change and thwart police brutality toward people of color, sources said.
The hearts of players are heavy, with some feeling intense guilt for playing and that they’re providing entertainment that is drowning out the injustices that are plaguing this country, sources said. Players can request to speak with a counselor in the bubble by setting up an appointment in the league’s campus app, but because of confidentiality it’s not known if that resource is being utilized, sources said.
November 27, 2020 | 4:30 pm EST Update
Shams Charania: NBA Preseason begins on Dec. 11, running through Dec. 19: Lakers-Clippers, New York-Detroit, Orlando-Atlanta, Houston-Chicago, Sacramento-Portland.
Adrian Wojnarowski: San Antonio has signed the 41st pick in the draft – Duke guard Tre Jones – to a three-year deal, agent @KB_Sports of @BDA_Sports tells ESPN. A three-year deal allows Jones to enter restricted free agency sooner than the traditional four-year contract of second-round picks.
November 27, 2020 | 3:56 pm EST Update
Bobby Marks: Bruno Caboclo and Jae’ Sean Tate each have $50K guaranteed in their 2020/21 contract. Caboclo becomes full if he is not waived by the first game of the regular season and Tate increases to $500K. Caboclo is signed for 2 seasons and Tate for 3.
Bobby Marks: Patrick Patterson received a slight raise with the LA Clippers- $3.1M. The contract is for 120% of the minimum exception. The Clippers have room under the hard cap for their second round pick Daniel Oturu and 2 veteran minimums (if J. Noah is waived).