The Heat are among the least flexible teams in the league in terms of being able to make in-season moves. After rehauling their roster to sign Lowry and Tucker, extending Butler and signing many players to minimum contracts, they only have three players on the roster that can currently be traded. Theirtrade flexibility will open up in December and January once free agents that were signed become eligible to be traded, but they severely lack tradeable salaries. After their starters, most of whom seem very likely not to be moved, their next highest salary is Tyler Herro at $4.0 million. His salary combined with several of their minimum players will heavily limit the type of return they can get in a trade. They are also just $6.6 million below the hard cap, which is another factor that could hold them back from adding significant money to the payroll.
October 19, 2021 | 3:54 pm EDT Update
Ramona Shelburne: Silver says he doesn’t think this is a particularly new issue in the league. If anything there are “fewer” situations than earlier in his career, whether it be holdouts, not wanting to play for a team that drafts them, or requesting trades.
Tony East: Pacers officially list Malcolm Brogdon (shoulder) as probable for tomorrow’s opener in Charlotte. Jeremy Lamb (wrist) and Justin Holiday (ankle) are questionable. Kelan Martin (hamstring), Caris LeVert (back), and TJ Warren (foot) are out.
Kellan Olson: Monty Williams on if coaches are going back to suits: “I hope not. I hope we don’t. Holy smokes. We’ve had a few coaches that have voted for it and I’m just like, ‘What are you guys talking about?’ None of us can dress and your dry cleaning bill is like gone.”
NBA forward Patrick Patterson has partnered with producer Joel Reilly to launch Undisputed Pictures, a new production company with operations in both the U.S. and Canada, which will develop, finance and produce a slate of film, TV, media and entertainment projects, teaming up with Oscar nominated producer David Permut (Hacksaw Ridge, Face/Off) on its new feature, Dock.
The film will tell the story of Major League Baseball pitcher Dock Ellis, an outspoken player for the Pittsburgh Pirates during the 1970s, who led the team to a World Series championship in ’71. Ellis was a fierce advocate for Black players’ rights who famously claimed to have pitched a no-hitter while on LSD. Pic will examine issues of mental health and drug addiction, as it follows Dock’s journey to overcome his demons.
October 19, 2021 | 3:34 pm EDT Update
Sean Highkin: Damian Lillard on speculation picking up if the team starts slow: “I’ll answer that the same way I answered it on media day. I’m not leaving Portland. … It’s an easy thing and a popular thing to say but it’s not gonna happen.” pic.twitter.com/zJJbSVuX8j