Several players pushed for the start of free agency soon after the Nov. 18 NBA Draft. Nov. 19 and Nov. 20 were mentioned as possibilities. — The NBA and union are discussing an escrow of player salaries in the 10-to-20 percent range — likely landing around 17-to-18 percent — over the next two years before a hopeful return to the normal 10 percent withholding in 2022-23. —NBPA executive director Michele Roberts and NBA commissioner Adam Silver spoke on Thursday morning, where the aspect of the television networks “suddenly” pursuing Christmas week came up.
January 28, 2021 | 9:27 am EST Update
“I talked to him about” the reports, Kerr said after the game. “It’s unfortunate. A team (New Orleans) called us and asked us, didn’t even make us an offer, just asked about Kelly. Next thing we know, it’s online. This is sort of modern NBA, modern life.
“I tell the players all the time and I told Kelly today, this is where you really earn your money. The basketball part is the easy part. Packing up your family and leaving, getting injured, getting booed, or reading your name in trade rumors, those thing are not easy. So I was really proud of Kelly. He handled it really well. “We texted this afternoon, and I told him just now how proud I was of him, because it’s not easy to play through that stuff, and he came in and had one of his best games.”
That isn’t the case with Richaun Holmes. Former general manager Vlade Divac found a diamond in the rough during the summer of 2019 and the Kings’ starting center would love nothing more than to stick around when his two-year contract expires this summer. “Absolutely,” Holmes said on a recent taping of Kings Central on NBC Sports California. “I absolutely love playing in Sacramento. Love the fans in Sacramento. Love stepping out in that arena with Sacramento across my jersey. So I would love to play here and hopefully everything works out, but Sacramento is a great place to play. They’ve embraced me with open arms and it’s somewhere I can definitely see myself playing.”
Justin Kubatko: Bradley Beal made NBA history last night, some good, some bad: ⬆️ 39th player to reach 25 40-point games. ⬆️ 5th player to open a season with 13 straight 25-point games. ⬇️ 1st player to lose 10 straight 40-point games. ⬇️ Worst W% among players with 10 40-point games (.240). pic.twitter.com/qBaZI0GJai
Shaquille O’Neal thinks the usual Super Bowl pre-game coverage is super lame — so he’s created his own event with a ton of his famous friends … and he’s calling it, “The Shaq Bowl.” Superstars like Tim Tebow, Ezekiel Elliott, Diplo, The Miz, Anthony Anderson, Nelly, Offset and more are all booked to compete in various crazy events at a custom-built Shaq Bowl stadium in Tampa on Feb. 7.
“I think it’s a big part for me to help this team, and if we are going to take the next step I think it’s all on me,” Monk said after the Hornets’ 116-110 loss to Indiana at Spectrum Center on Wednesday night. “So I’ll take the pressure. I’ll take it.”