Then later in the conversation, Watson talked about how he started Booker when Phoenix had paid “$140 million combined to start” Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight. “So by me starting Devin Booker was like ‘whoa, what are you doing?’ Watson said. “‘I’m not paying Brandon Knight $70 million to come off the bench,’ but I just saw in the backcourt when you have Brandon Knight and Eric Bledsoe, you had two pattern players. The game was changing and I knew the game was changing from my AAU teams. I seen what was coming. That’s not going to be sustainable. In the playoffs, you can’t have a pattern player with the ball. You’re not going to win.”
August 2, 2021 | 6:30 pm EDT Update
Shams Charania: Sources: The NBA has set salary cap for 2021-22 season, effective for August free agency: $112,414,000 cap, $136,606,000 tax line. Cap, tax for 2022-23: $119, $145 — with cap level about $4 million higher than previous projections.
Bobby Marks: Final numbers for Jayson Tatum, Donovan Mitchell, Bam Adebayo and De’Aaron Fox 2021-22- $28,103,500 2022-23- $30,351,780 2023-24- $32,600,060 2024-25- $34,848,340 2025-26- $37,096,620 Total $168M
James Ham: On a personal note, I am very excited for my friend @TheDougChristie. He has wanted to be an assistant coach for a long time. Plenty of car rides to SF talking about this. He is a very bright basketball mind and ready for this. We will miss him greatly on the @NBCSKings broadcast
August 2, 2021 | 6:27 pm EDT Update
Phoenix Suns point guard Chris Paul is expected to be ready for the start of training camp next season after having left wrist surgery, a source told ESPN’s The Undefeated on Monday. Paul had the wrist surgery recently after the NBA Finals, the source said. The 36-year-old was seen wearing tape on his left wrist during the 2020 NBA Finals.