Michael Scotto: One executive told me, “I think Caris LeVert will get around $20.5 million per season on an extension. That’s a little too rich for me, but I believe Cleveland will pay him that if they want to extend him.” Another executive said, “Caris is interesting due to his injury history. A short-term extension around the number he’s on would be good value.” He’s making about $19 million.
June 25, 2022 | 1:38 pm EDT Update
Sean Highkin: Joe Cronin: “This is a good day for the Trail Blazers. It was a long season for us. We lost a lot of games, but this is the result. We were able to get into the draft and select two players we think are very talented.”
Sean Highkin: Joe Cronin on Shaedon Sharpe: “He was our guy all along. We weren’t confident he’d be there at 7. There were a few teams ahead of us that thought could take him. You’re waiting and waiting, and then when you hear a certain name called and your guy gets to you, it creates energy.”
Sean Highkin: Chauncey Billups on Shaedon Sharpe: “I didn’t see him play as much, other than our scouts showing me some of his high-school clips. Just an incredible talent. Uber talent. Can do it all. We watched him work out in Chicago and we all left there kind of amazed.”
June 25, 2022 | 12:40 pm EDT Update
The Rockets will pick up their option on the third season of forward Jae’Sean Tate’s contract by Wednesday’s deadline, a person with knowledge of the decision said. Tate will earn $1.9 million in the final season of the contract he signed as an undrafted free agent.