Disney, which owns ESPN and has been described by Silver as the league’s biggest partner, badly wants to continue that Christmas tradition and have five games to televise on either ABC or ESPN. Turner, the N.B.A.’s other primary broadcast partner, would get its traditional opening night doubleheader on a Tuesday if the union agrees to the Dec. 22 proposal. The league, for its part, has informed the union that it projects a difference of $500 million in revenue if it can start the season in December rather than mid-January. All of those factors resonate pretty loudly after the season that the N.B.A. just endured.
May 25, 2022 | 6:09 pm EDT Update
Adrian Wojnarowski: ESPN Sources: The Lakers interviewed former Blazers coach Terry Stotts for franchise’s head coaching job in Los Angeles on Tuesday. Two more assistants will meet with LA in near future — Golden State’s Kenny Atkinson and Milwaukee’s Darvin Ham.
Zhaire Smith isn’t ready to return to the NBA just yet, but he will be playing basketball that you can watch this summer. In July, he’ll be playing in The Basketball Tournament, a 64-team single-elimination tournament where the Elam Ending is used and the winner takes home $1 million. His team, Air Raiders (a team of Texas Tech alumni), announced the news Wednesday afternoon.
What seemed inevitable over the past few weeks is now a reality — Jabari Walker’s time at Colorado is over. The sophomore forward signed with the agency WME Entertainment on Tuesday, signaling that he will be staying in the NBA Draft and confirming what his father, NBA veteran Samaki Walker, told ESPN earlier this month.
Along with Booker and Paul, Mikal Bridges, Jae Crowder, Cameron Payne, Cam Johnson, and Ish Wainright have been confirmed to participate in the event, but there is also a disclaimer that “all participants are subject to change.” Deandre Ayton isn’t listed as a confirmed participant, but is on the promo poster.
The Golden State Warriors will name former NBA executive Donna Daniels as the new general manager of Chase Center, with an official announcement expected Thursday. Daniels will join the Warriors after nearly six years at Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment in Philadelphia.
May 25, 2022 | 5:12 pm EDT Update
In the first clue that the Knicks have at least explored moving up from the No. 11 spot in next month’s NBA Draft, New York brass interviewed Purdue’s sophomore, uber-athletic combo guard Jaden Ivey at Chicago’s Draft Combine. The 6-foot-4 Ivey is considered a top-5 pick and has been ranked no lower than sixth in most top mock drafts.