Ira Winderman: Jimmy Butler to ESPN's Rachel Nichols on James Harden, "Thereās a lot of stuff always in the media. I think that he's a hell of player. I like the group we have. To tell you the truth, I just want the guy to be happy. Thatās what life is about. That's what the game is about."
August 13, 2022 | 5:50 pm EDT Update
āIt was just like a shock, but not too much of a shock,ā Will Barton said when asked his reaction to the trade. āIt was a shock in that, obviously, I had been there eight years, did so much there together, so itās always shocking when youāve been somewhere for so long and youāre moving on. But, at the same time, I embraced it, Iām welcoming a new chapter.ā
Will Barton doesnāt think about what couldāve been in Denver anymore. Now about six weeks removed from his trade to Washington, Barton doesnāt dwell on departing a contending team or leaving a starting unit featuring the back-to-back MVP. āThat time and that chapter is over with,ā Barton told The Denver Post over Zoom. āI donāt think about what couldāve been, what happened. Iāll wait until my career ...
Serbia defeated Montenegro 82-73 in a game played without spectators. It was the first test for the Serbs with Nikola Jokic scoring 16 points, Vasilije Micic adding 13 and Nikola Milutinov 12 points. Nemanja Bjelica played but did not score. Marco Simonovic and Bojan Dubljevic scored 17 points for the losing side.
Because Jaylen Brown is now two years into his original four-year extension, heās eligible this summer to sign an extension that is three years years in length. During the 2023 offseason, Brown would be able to add four years via Veteran Extension. Because heās not currently on a Designated Rookie Extension, Brown isnāt eligible to extend for the maximum amount possible. (At least not yet. Weāll cover that next!). That means Brown is eligible to do a standard Veteran Extension. And therein lies the rub.
A standard veteran extension allows Brown to extend for a 20% raise off the final year of his current deal with 8% raises in the subsequent seasons. In this case, Brown is set to make $30.7 million in the 2023-24 season. That would make the three-year extension look like this: 2024-25: $36,867,857 2025-26: $39,817,286 2026-27: $42,766,715 Total: Three years, $119,451,858
Itās highly unlikely Brown would sign a Veteran Extension before the 2022-23 season starts. It would combine the worst facets of being both under his market value, while also being shorter than the max years he could get in free agency or via an extension at a later point.
The four-year veteran extension looks like this: 2024-25: $36,867,857 2025-26: $39,817,286 2026-27: $42,766,715 2027-28: $45,716,144 Total: Four years, $165,168,002 Itās very likely the final year of that deal would be a player option, given Brownās status as a former All-Star who is expected to make more All-Star teams in the future. That would give Brown the opportunity to get back on the market for a fourth contract before his age-31 season in 2027.