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What is Utah’s view of Mudiay? Did they view him as a possible point guard to re-sign? It seems like he progressed a lot during the season, making the correct reads, but is it enough progress that the Jazz want to hold on to him? – Jarrett T. Mudiay probably resurrected his career this season. He was terrific off the bench. He defended. He made plays off the dribble. He made good reads. Simply put, he has met and exceeded almost all expectations of him. And that’s why there is a good chance he won’t be on the roster next season.
The Jazz don’t hold Mudiay’s Bird rights, which means they can only offer him a prorated raise off the contract he earned this season. In other words, it won’t take much to outbid the Jazz for Mudiay’s services. If a team swoops in with a $5 million a year offer, that might be enough. And that’s not much.
Chris Haynes: New York Knicks will not extend a qualifying offer to Emmanuel Mudiay, making him an unrestricted free agent, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
Chris Haynes: Knicks forced to renounce to open up cap room. There’s mutual interest in Mudiay returning, but for now, a quality point guard hits the market coming off a career-high 14.8 points per game.
When David Fizdale rested sore-shouldered Emmanuel Mudiay for Friday’s 120-96 blowout loss to the Rockets, the Knicks coach made a comment that he didn’t want to do anything that might affect Mudiay’s career with his first free agency upcoming. “I think about these guys’ careers from the standpoint of, we’re not going to the playoffs, this kid has now established himself and put himself in position to have an offseason where multiple teams are going to want to talk to him,’’ Fizdale said of Mudiay, who will be coming off his rookie-scale contract. “I don’t want to risk that after that he’s done so much to get to where he is.”
It seemed a concession that Mudiay, 23, may have played his way out of New York showing he can be a rotational point guard. The Knicks may have $70-plus million in cap space, but they also have a young PG in Dennis Smith Jr. and the possibility of adding West Orange, N.J. product Kyrie Irving. While Fizdale fell in love with Mudiay, there may not be a perfect pathway to his return. And Mudiay acknowledged the uncertainty before the Rockets game for the first time. “I feel like I owed [Fizdale] a lot, especially the organization because they gave me a chance. He let me go out there and be myself, so any time I was going through something, I always thought about something that he would have done for me,” Mudiay said. "That’s a conversation that we all are going to have I guess at the end of the season, so if [a return] happens, it’s great. That’s a good thing. I love everybody in this organization. At the same time, I know you’ve got to wait for those guys [other free agents] to make their decisions as well."
Mudiay isn’t ruling out a return to New York, but he understands that with Dennis Smith Jr. and Ntilikina under contract and the possibility of a player like Kyrie Irving coming to New York, the choice may not be his. “That’s a conversation that we all are going to have, I guess, at the end of the season,” he said. “So if it happens, it’s great. That’s a good thing. I love everybody in this organization. At the same time, I know you’ve got to wait for those [stars] to make their decisions as well. “I think it’s going to be a pretty interesting [free agency] just because there are great players in it as well. You want to see where people are going to land, see where it goes from there, really.”
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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: "There’s no room for players who do not want to get vaccinated"

“The NBA should insist that all players and staff are vaccinated or remove them from the team,” NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar tells Rolling Stone. “There is no room for players who are willing to risk the health and lives of their teammates, the staff and the fans simply because they are unable to grasp the seriousness of the situation or do the necessary research. What I find especially disingenuous about the vaccine deniers is their arrogance at disbelieving immunology and other medical experts. Yet, if their child was sick or they themselves needed emergency medical treatment, how quickly would they do exactly what those same experts told them to do?”
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Kyrie Irving following and liking conspiracy theories about COVID-19 vaccines

Irving, who serves as a vice president on the executive committee of the players’ union, recently started following and liking Instagram posts from a conspiracy theorist who claims that “secret societies” are implanting vaccines in a plot to connect Black people to a master computer for “a plan of Satan.” This Moderna microchip misinformation campaign has spread across multiple NBA locker rooms and group chats, according to several of the dozen-plus current players, Hall-of-Famers, league executives, arena workers and virologists interviewed for this story over the past week.
“There are so many other players outside of him who are opting out, I would like to think they would make a way,” says Kyrie’s aunt, Tyki Irving, who runs the seven-time All-Star’s family foundation and is one of the few people in his regular circle of advisors. “It could be like every third game. So it still gives you a full season of being interactive and being on the court, but with the limitations that they’re, of course, oppressing upon you. There can be some sort of formula where the NBA and the players can come to some sort of agreement.”
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At least 50 NBA players yet to receive a single COVID-19 vaccine dose?

A spokeswoman for Irving declined to respond to a list of questions regarding his vaccination and playing status, and Irving did not immediately respond to a message from Rolling Stone. But as teams return to pre-season training camps next week, fifty to sixty NBA players have yet to receive a single vaccine dose, league sources tell RS. Most are considered merely reluctant skeptics. Some of the holdouts, however, amount to their own shadow roster of anti-vaxxers mounting a behind-the-scenes resistance to Covid protocols — and the truth.
Isaac considers un-vaxxed players to be vilified and bullied, and he thinks “it’s an injustice” to automatically make heroes out of vaccinated celebrities. He rejects the NBA’s proposal for a vaccine mandate and social distancing for players like him during team travel: “You can play on the same court. We can touch the same ball. We can bump chests. We can do all those things on the court. And then when it comes to being on the bus, we have to be in different parts of the bus? To me, it doesn’t seem logically consistent. “If you are vaccinated, in other places you still have to wear the mask regardless. It’s like, ‘OK, then what is the mask necessarily for?’” Isaac continues. “And if Kyrie says that from his position of his executive power in the NBPA, then kudos to him.”
Enes Kanter — the veteran center, devout Muslim and outspoken liberal — senses a creep of the religious right upon his workplace, which just happens to involve players like Isaac sweating all over him and yelling in his face: “If a guy’s not getting vaccinated because of his religion, I feel like we are in a time where the religion and science has to go to together,” he tells RS. “I’ve talked to a lot of religious guys — I’m like: ‘It saves people’s lives, so what is more important than that?’”
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In their sit-down interview back in August, Durant and Green rehashed the incident and how it ultimately affected KD’s decision to leave the Warriors. Surprisingly, KD claimed it wasn’t the beef itself that pushed him away, but the way Steve Kerr, Bob Myers and the front office handled things. “It wasn’t the argument,” the former Warriors star said. “It was the way that everybody … Steve Kerr acted like it didn’t happen. Bob Myers tried to just discipline you and think that would put a mask over everything. I really felt that was such a big situation for us as a group, the first time we went through something like that. We had to get that s— all out.”