“From talking to people around the league, I don’t think his value is nearly as high as his name brand would suggest at the moment. And I think it’s more likely that the Pacers go into the season and either hope he plays really well and they do great and he decides to stay. Or that he plays better and they maybe trade him later, when his value goes up soon.”
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The Indiana Pacers can offer an extension beginning at 120% of Oladipo’s salary for the 2020-21 season — a deal that would start around $26 million, a few million per year below what he could sign on a max contract next offseason as an unrestricted free agent. Oladipo, who suffered a torn quadriceps tendon in January 2019 and then struggled upon returning this year, could want to come back next season and try to prove he’s still the All-NBA player he was in 2018.
Hayward would return home (he was born in Indianapolis and went to high school in the suburb of Brownsburg), giving the Pacers a player to potentially replace Victor Oladipo on the wing. Oladipo is heading into the last year of his contract, and several executives around the league believe Indiana will shop him this offseason. Boston may not have the willingness to give up the kind of assets needed to take on Oladipo, but Turner might be attainable.
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Chris Bosh on the possibility of Giannis Antetokounmpo signing with the Heat: Yeah, that’d be pretty good. But I mean, yeah, it’s tough, man. I mean, they’ve had a crack at it. They were right there. They’ll have another opportunity next year. But that’d be devastating and painful for him in the city, if they don’t even at least make it to the Finals. I mean, in being in that position, you know, what do you do? Let’s be frank. I mean, I don’t really see a big time free agent, saying, ‘I’m going to Milwaukee’. Um, and that’s what makes it so tough sometimes. And they’ve done it the right way they’ve built around him. It’ll be really tough, man. And, and the allure of the game, it’s gonna be so many people coming after him.
Chris Bosh: I mean, if you look at Miami, that’s, um, he fits in perfectly there. And just like you say, with Golden State, but that’s always going to be the thing, right? We’ve got cap space, and you fit in here. So and you know, the toughest part about it too, people are going to start making room for that.
Portland Trail Blazers President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey met with our Trail Blazers Insider Dwight Jaynes over Zoom to discuss the success of the NBA bubble: “The league did an unbelievable job. I think more than anything, everybody talks about the lifestyle, but the feeling of safety was so comforting there. The league did an outstanding job of making sure everybody in that bubble knew, everybody there was as compliant as one another in terms of the safety protocols. We were tested everyday, we all dealt with the best practices when it came to making sure we wore our PPE [Personal Protective Equipment], we socially distanced, we were only around each other outside within six feet.”
Neil Olshey: “From that standpoint, that was the biggest adjustment was actually – people haven’t talked about – is leaving the bubble. Leaving the bubble was a major adjustment going back into stores, being in the community, being at home, knowing where the risks are.“
Jeremy Lin has had a global impact on basketball since we first heard of Linsanity in 2012. More than just a player for the NBA and the CBA, he is one of the few Asian Americans to play in the former. To solidify his legacy, Chinese sports retailer Xtep has released the athlete’s first signature shoe: the Xtep JLIN ONE.
The sneakeeer’s release marks Lin’s 11 years as a professional player and his dedication to the sport, which comes through in its design. The shoe’s logo is both a symbol of his initials and an 11 to mark this milestone in his career.