Bob Myers warned of an eventual salary limit, an undefined financial threshold where Joe Lacob would finally say no. That red light came on the first night of free agency. The Golden State Warriors let Gary Payton II walk. They offered him the taxpayer mid-level, which sits at $6.4 million. He received north of $8 million from Portland, plus an extra year on an incentivized deal. The difference in the tax penalty — somewhere around $15 million extra in the immediate, a whole lot more throughout a longer-term deal — caused Lacob and the Warriors to balk. It stung several in the organization, per sources. They’d found Payton and grown to not only love the person but also understand the value of his unique skill set. It translated to winning. For the first time, they’d failed to retain one of their own due to an unwillingness to meet a financial demand.
August 15, 2022 | 3:10 pm EDT Update
“We can win this thing, possibly,” Wyc Grousbeck told WBZ’s Dan Roche. “We have a chance to contend. That’s their words. They’re burning with a desire to make it come true.” The Celtics are going all-in on the roster, and that includes ownership as the payroll enters the luxury tax.
There are still some pieces that need to be filled — mostly the Celtics’ open roster spots — but Boston’s rotation is firmly set with Malcolm Brogdon and Danilo Gallinari having their roles as contributors. “We think our roster right now is a strongly contending team,” Grousbeck said. “Ime loves the group, Brad loves the group, I love the group. Then the group is very cohesive.”
Sam Merrill signed a two-year, $3.71M contract with the Sacramento Kings. He’ll make $1.84M in 2022-23 and $2.00M in 2023-24. The first year of his contract is partially guaranteed for $150,000 while his second year is fully non-guaranteed.
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After Princeton, Carril served as an assistant coach with the Sacramento Kings for 10 years until his retirement in 2006. Carril would later return three years later as an assistant coach with the Kings for one season in ’07 before retiring for good.