Giannis Antetokounmpo is one of the best players in the entire NBA and in some people's eyes, he is top three in the league right now. No matter how you feel about Giannis, there is no denying his talent and everything he means to the Milwaukee Bucks organization. In a recent interview, the team's general manager Jon Horst confirmed the team would offer him a five-year, $247 million supermax deal in 2021 and that they would commit to him long term.
So far, Giannis has given no indication that he would want to leave the Bucks and even seems committed to spending his whole career there. The Greek Freak doesn't seem like the kind of player to up and leave just for the chance of playing with a super team. Despite this, according to Ramonda Shelburne, the Golden State Warriors are rumored to be considering a run at Giannis once he hits the free agent market.
"The Warriors have always been a big threat to go after Giannis," Shelburne said on The Jump. "One, he's friends with Steph Curry. He has that same agency... It would be a difficult construction to make happen, but that is that one looming threat. And it comes down to what kind of guy is Giannis. What does he want his legacy to be."
If the Warriors do get Giannis, that would cement them as being one of the most resilient franchises in the league when it comes to forming super teams. It would take a lot for this to happen although the very idea of it should scare NBA fans.
NBA May Implement A $10 Million Fine For Tampering: Report
The NBA is deciding how to take action.
This summer, it was revealed that the NBA was looking into claims of tampering within the league following suspicious activity surrounding free agency signings.
Now ESPN reports that league officials have issued a memo to teams proposing a $10 million fine to punish teams found to be in violation of tampering. Furthermore, the memo lists proposals that address a variety of other issues that currently plague the league along with the “widespread perception that many of the league’s rules are being broken on a frequent basis.”
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The substantial increase in fines according to the league is to reflect the 600% growth in revenue and 1,100% increase in franchise value that the NBA has experienced since fine ceilings were last visited in 1996.
Among the topics up for discussion will be a new requirement that teams report when an agent or player is requesting unauthorized benefits within 24 hours, that teams keep track of correspondence with players and agents for one year at the minimum, and prohibiting players that are under contracts from requesting trades.
In addition, the memo proposes that five randomly selected teams be audited every year to assess compliance.
League officials will get the chance to vote on these proposals on September 20th.
Roy Hibbert Signs With Philadelphia 76ers In "Non-Playing Role"
The rebirth of Roy Hibbert is all part of "The Process."
NBA fans never thought they'd see the day Roy Hibbert was put back in service, but alas, the former Indiana Pacer is back the NBA's good graces after falling off a cliff unexpectedly in the 2015-16 season. Unfortunately, this feel-good story doesn't go as planned, for Hibbert isn't joining up with the Philadelphia 76ers as an active roster player.
Starting with immediate effect, Hibbert will be sworn in, in the type of role where joggers and ankle braces are of little importance. Hibbert is now a player development associate with the Sixers, where he'll be asked to aid in the development of superstar center Joel Embiid - and trust in "The Process."
If you'll recall, Roy Hibbert announced his retirement from professional basketball about a year ago. At the time, Hibbert was himself 1 year removed from his curtain call with the Denver Nuggets, wherein the modern NBA (of 2017) his rim protection proved inadequate. Upon his release, Hibbert toiled in the free-agent market to no avail, his lack of mid-range and perimeter acting as a deterrent to his cause.
And yet, in a specialized role, Hibbert will undoubtedly flourish as a mentor to the younger 76ers' squad members. Lest we forget, he was once highly regarded within the NBA as a defensive specialist, as evidenced by his runner-up berth in the 2014 DPOY voting in 2014, and his two All-Star selections in 2012 and 2014.
Jeremy Lin Doubles Down On Recent Emotional Free Agency Comments
Lin believes the NBA has given up on him.
Jeremy Lin has bounced around the league quite a bit since setting the basketball world on fire with his "Linsanity" days with the New York Knicks. Last season, Lin started out with the Atlanta Hawks but was bought out and then went to go play with the Toronto Raptors where he was able to win a championship despite playing limited minutes. Now, Lin is without a team and during a recent appearance in Taiwan, the star said he feels as though the league "has given up on [him]" which is something he was quite emotional about.
According to Diamond Leung of The Athletic, Lin doubled down on these statements recently, noting that he feels like being upfront about his weaknesses and how he feels is actually a good thing.
“I think showing weakness is one of the greatest signs of strength,” Lin said. “Ironically, to be able to be OK with your weakness is one of the strongest things you could do. Who doesn’t have weaknesses? We all do. But to show them is one of the strongest things you can do. And I just feel like I know why I’m doing that. If I rubbed people the wrong way, I’m sorry. But at the end of the day, I know what I’ve been through, I know the obstacles that I’ve been through, and I also know what kind of player I can become, and I know I haven’t done that. And so that’s what I’m going to continue to do is chase that and try to be the best version of myself.”
Lin has received support from players around the league since making his comments so hopefully, he can find a team soon as the season quickly approaches.
Kendrick Perkins Offers Jeremy Lin Support After Free Agency Comments
Lin has been brutally honest about his free agency woes.
Jeremy Lin came into the NBA with a ton of promise and unfortunately, it didn't lead to the lucrative career he was hoping for. Lin has bounced around the league for years and even got to play for the Championship-winning Toronto Raptors this past season. Now, Lin is a Free Agent and it doesn't seem like there are any teams out there who want to give him much of a chance. During a recent appearance in Taiwan, Lin spoke about these struggles and how he feels.
"In English, there's a saying and it says, 'Once you hit rock bottom the only way is up,'" Lin said. "But rock bottom seems to be getting more and more rock bottom for me. So, free agency has been tough 'cause I feel like in some ways the NBA has given up on me."
Kendrick Perkins noticed these comments and took to Twitter to offer some support to Lin while also advising those currently in the league to appreciate what they have because it can be taken away at any moment.
Perkins is a player who knows what it feels like to be in Lin's position so the advice will most certainly be appreciated. If Lin can't find an NBA team anytime soon, it's safe to say he will have to go play overseas where the opportunities seem to be more plentiful.
Jeremy Lin In Free Agency Thinks "The NBA Has Given Up On Me"
Where will Lin end up?
Jeremy Lin has been on many basketball teams. He started on the Golden State Warriors in 2010, but was passed onto the New York Knicks, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, Charlotte Hornets, Brooklyn Nets, Atlanta Hawks, and the Toronto Raptors. Lin had a moment, fondly remembered as Linsanity, when he was the hottest guy in the game. He has cooled off since then. Lin did win a championship riding the Raptors bench, but the team chose not to resign him during this hectic offseason.
During an event in Taiwan, Lin got emotional when opening up about his struggle to find a new team. "In English, there's a saying and it says, 'Once you hit rock bottom the only way is up,'" Lin says in English before a translator mirrors his message in the native language. "But rock bottom seems to be getting more and more rock bottom for me. So, free agency has been tough 'cause I feel like in some ways the NBA has given up on me." Lin still has two months to find a team before the season begins, but with so much young talent in the game, it may be difficult for the 30-year-old to find a suitable home.
Clippers’ Jerry West Reveals Who Deserves Credit For Kawhi Leonard Signing
The Clippers are now considered to be title contenders.
After speculation that Kawhi Leonard was leaning towards the Los Angeles Lakers or the Toronto Raptors, the Los Angeles Clippers came out of nowhere to snag the two-time NBA Champion and Finals MVP. The Clippers also made a blockbuster trade to acquire Paul George from the Oklahoma City Thunder. Once these deals were made, a ton of praise was sent in the direction of Clippers executive and NBA legend Jerry West. Many believe West was the mastermind behind all of this but as he told TMZ, there were a lot more people involved in making the deal happen.
“I didn’t close this deal, okay?” West said. “This was hard work by our front office. Lawrence Frank, Michael Winger. All the people associated with it.”
The Clippers’ biggest rival will certainly be the Los Angeles Lakers who have a ton of high caliber players in LeBron James and Anthony Davis. As West explained, he’s pretty excited about this budding rivalry but doesn’t want to get too caught up in it all. As far as championships are concerned, West doesn’t want to rush that either.
“I don’t think we’re worried about championships yet … worried about getting through the season and seeing how we play,” West remarked.
With all of this in mind, it’s clear that the Clippers are an organization with a plan to have their most successful seasons ever.
Kevin Durant Would Have Picked Knicks If Not For His Injury, Says Jalen Rose
Durant is now a member of the Brooklyn Nets.
Kevin Durant was one of the most intriguing people in free agency as people were curious if he’d go with either the New York Knicks or the Brooklyn Nets. In the end, Durant ended up joining the Nets alongside Kyrie Irving. At first, it was believed that Durant would be going to the Knicks but as Jalen Rose of ESPN explained, the injury stripped him of any leverage he had with Kyrie. Essentially, now that Kyrie has to play a year by himself, he got to choose where the duo went.
“KD went from being the lead domino and trying to persuade Kyrie Irving which team they should play for to getting injured and having to miss an entire year to Kyrie Irving persuading him what they should play for,” Rose said. “You clearly see who won out because one guy is going to be playing this year, another guy has to come back from injury. You need somebody to hold it down while you’re not out there, they’re the best of friends, so it makes sense for them to pair up. That’s what ended up making it be for the Nets instead of the Knicks.”
Knicks fans were understandably upset at the news they wouldn’t be getting Durant this season as once again, they missed out on all of the good free agents.
Kemba Walker Explains Why He Chose The Boston Celtics
Walker fills the hole left by Kyrie Irving.
Kemba Walker was one of the biggest names available during free agency this offseason and many believed he would be coming back to the Charlotte Hornets. Walker was eligible for a super-max contract although it was clear the team wasn't willing to pay the money necessary to keep him. This led to Walker's departure from the team in favor of the Boston Celtics who lost Kyrie Irving to the Brooklyn Nets. Walker is one of the best point guards in the league and Celtics fans are excited to see him take on the number eight jersey.
Today, the Celtics welcomed Walker and Enes Kanter to the team and the media. During the press conference, Walker explained why he wanted to join the Celtics and pass up on offers from other teams.
“The competitiveness of this organization … its a winning organization, and I want to win. … I want to get a taste of that,” Walker said, ESPN's Tim Bontemps.
Going into next season, the Celtics will be one of the more intriguing teams in the league as they lost just as many players as they gained. Kanter and Walker aren't as attractive of a duo as Kyrie and Al Horford, although analysts still think the Celtics can be a top tier team in the East. Either way, the Celtics should make for some fascinating television this year.
JR Smith Reacts To Being Waived By The Cleveland Cavaliers
Smith is happy to be a free agent.
JR Smith has been a polarizing player in the NBA thanks to his infectious personality that has given him the nickname "the Henny God." Smith can frequently be seen taking his shirt off and having an overall good time wherever he goes, although sometimes this doesn't translate well to the basketball court. During the 2018 NBA Finals, Smith made one of the worst mistakes in the history of the sport when he dribbled the ball out thinking the Cavs had a lead. The score was actually tied at the time and the team ended up losing in game 1 of the Finals. Eventually, the Cavaliers were swept and LeBron James left the team.
Heading into this season, it was clear that Smith was on thin ice and after just 11 games, he was benched for the rest of the season. On Monday, Smith was finally waived from the team which makes him a free agent. Tim Hardaway Jr. took to his Instagram story with some words of encouragement for Smith, saying "free at last. Thank God Almight, he is free at last." Smith saw the message and reposted it on his own Instagram story which pretty much lets us know that he was anxious for his tenure in Cleveland to come to an end.
While his demise in the city is unfortunate, at least he can say he won a championship.