The two players picked ahead of RJ Barrett in the 2019 draft — Ja Morant and Zion Williamson — both agreed to max contract extensions on the first day of eligibility Friday. Although negotiations can turn in an instant (or one offer), my sense on Barrett is that it’s going to be a longer process. There’s also no rush. The deadline to reach an extension is Oct. 17. If there’s no agreement, Barrett can become a restricted free agent in 2023. Barrett’s max extension would be five years and roughly $185 million.
August 17, 2022 | 11:46 am EDT Update
Wiggins recently revealed that not receiving any All-Defensive votes last season led him to take it personally in the playoffs. “I didn’t get not one vote this year,” he said. “So, I was like, I took it personal in the playoffs. I was like, ‘This is my chance to really showcase what I can do. Put my name on the radar.’”
Bogdan Bogdanovic, Aleksej Pokusevski, and Nikola Jovic were ruled out of EuroBasket and preceding 2023 FIBA World Cup Qualifiers. Nikola Jokic is the lone NBA player remaining for Serbia. “Nikola being here automatically means he wants to play and compete,” Kalinic shared his view on the back-to-back NBA MVP, “He is one of best players, if not the best player in the world right now.”
Ira Winderman: NBA formally announces previously reported Heat game vs. Spurs on Dec. 17 in Mexico City vs. Spurs, meaning no Heat trip to San Antonio this season. Heat President Eric Woolworth, “Doing our part to grow the game on a global level has always been important to the Heat.”