Midway through the NBL season, the Warriors decided to send a scout, Michael Lee, to Australia to oversee Justinian Jessup’s development; a show of faith from the franchise that lifted the 22-year-old’s spirits. “It boosted it a lot,” Jessup said of how the Warriors’ decision helped his confidence. “I guess it is a little reassuring that they’re serious about me as a prospect… It helped my confidence a lot, and just gave me a little comfort, I guess. But, at the same time, I’m still trying to be where my feet are and focus on this season, and just stay present in this year.”
Justinian Jessup: “I think it's gonna prepare me a lot. Every (NBL) team has those fringe NBA guys, or guys who have made stops in the NBA. Playing against those dudes and being able to produce against those teams and those guys just, once again, gives me more confidence. It's another stepping stone along to the path to where I wanna go."
The Golden State Warriors have sent a scout to Australia to monitor the development of Justinian Jessup, league sources told ESPN. Jessup, who was taken by the Warriors with the 51st overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, was stashed with the NBL's Illawarra Hawks for the 2021 season and has impressed the franchise's executives to the point where they've decided to more closely oversee his progress.
During his time in Australia, the scout -- who's currently in mandatory hotel quarantine, sources said -- will also be conducting the regular duties of his job, evaluating talent across the NBL. He'll only be authorized to attend Hawks practices that would be open to all scouts, per NBA guidelines.
The move from the Warriors isn't completely unprecedented for an NBA team. The New Orleans Pelicans have an Australian-based scout who liaises with Didi Louzada, whom the franchise drafted in 2019 with the 35th overall pick.
Head coach Steve Kerr and general manager Bob Myers are kept up to date on Jessup’s development, receiving daily briefs and tuning into recordings of his games when time allows.
September 20, 2021 | 8:16 am EDT Update
UNICS Kazan announced the signing of former Milwaukee Bucks and Dallas Mavericks guard O.J. Mayo. The 33-year-old veteran will make his european debut in VTB League and the EuroLeague this season, signing a one-year deal with the club. Mayo has 573 NBA games under his belt, with the Memphis Grizzlies, the Milwaukee Bucks and the Dallas Mavericks, averaging 13.9 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.9 assists, and 1.0 steal per contest.
“Shabazz Napier underwent a comprehensive examination. He has a rather serious injury to the ligaments of the right ankle joint. On the positive side, I can say that there is no fracture and, therefore, there is no need for surgery, of the minuses, the recovery time is still unknown. We have all the necessary conditions to get him back on the floor quickly. All is needed is the support of the fans,” general manager Alexander Tserkovny said. Napier moved to Europe after six years in the NBA and showed promise in front of the season. In the first VTB SuperCup game, against UNICS, he banked in 33 points on 8-11 shooting including 6-8 from deep. He also dished out four assists during the 30 minutes on the floor.
Organizers of a planned museum about basketball great Larry Bird in Terre Haute are starting to assemble thousands of items ahead of its expected opening next year. The museum will be part of the new Terre Haute Convention Center, which remains under construction with an anticipated completion date of March 2022. It will include items donated by Bird and others from his career with the Boston Celtics, Indiana State University and the U.S. Olympic team. The site for work on cataloging the memorabilia is being modified for security and should be ready within weeks, the Tribune-Star reported.
September 20, 2021 | 4:09 am EDT Update
According to a league source, projections indicate that a $171 million salary cap is possible, assuming no cap smoothing, by 2025. Should the NBPA instead agree to cap smoothing, it’s likely the league will still see annual increases to the extent of $15 million, according to source.
The NBA also has a $1.5 billion streaming deal with Chinese-based company Tencent Holdings. “I think everyone expects that so long as the public is demonstrating through ratings that they are watching the NBA, you can probably expect increases there as well,” said former CBS Sports president Neal Pilson. “I would think the NBA is going to look for significant increases.”
Brother Pau Gasol recently spoke with Spanish newspaper Marca, and the topic of Marc’s future came up. “Marc has earned the freedom and flexibility to make his own decision and he will do so when he decides. I know he has a lot of enthusiasm for Basquet Girona, a club in which I am also involved as vice president. He is in a different situation, because he is five years younger than me. We will see what he decides to do this season and later, I am also waiting.“