Daily Archives: July 28, 2022

Zion Williamson contract with Pelicans has weight clause

The headline was bold: Zion Williamson signed a five-year, $193 million max extension with the Pelicans. No player option. If he makes All-NBA this season, that could jump to $231 million over five years. However, the fine print on the contract is interesting: There is a weight clause that could reduce Zion’s payday if he does not meet a set …

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Zion Williamson’s max extension with Pelicans contains a weight clause, per report

Zion Williamson’s new max contract extension with the New Orleans Pelicans contains a weight clause, according to Christian Clark. Williamson will have periodic weigh-ins throughout the course of the deal, and if his weight plus body fat percentage is above 295, he could lose money.  Despite some speculative discussions about Willamson’s future with the Pelicans over the last few months, …

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Jordan Poole should test free agency over Warriors contract, Colin Cowherd says

Why Cowherd urges Poole to test market over Warriors extension originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea With the championship shine still glowing in San Francisco, the Warriors were recently slapped with the reality of difficult financial decisions to come. Those issues took center stage Wednesday when The Athletic reported, citing sources, that Draymond Green wants a max contract extension and …

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C.J. Stroud feels Ohio State football would win game against OSU men’s basketball

C.J. Stroud sounds like he wants to set up a matchup between Ohio State football and the Buckeyes’ men’s basketball team. To be clear, on the basketball court. “I honestly think that if we played … it would be close,” the Ohio State quarterback said at Big Ten media days. “I think we would win.” After starting out by talking about the toughness of his …

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Bulls’ DeMar DeRozan on how free agency doubts fueled monster year

DeRozan on how free agency doubts fueled monster year originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago By now, DeMar DeRozan’s unexpected path to the Chicago Bulls during 2021 free agency is well documented. But approaching the one-year anniversary of his sign-and-trade acquisition from the San Antonio Spurs, DeRozan added a new layer of eloquence to the process during his appearance on …

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Grant Hill sees Paolo Banchero, Chet Holmgren among NBA’s next stars

Grant Hill sees Banchero, Holmgren among NBA’s next stars originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington Back in November, Grant Hill was named managing director of the USA Basketball Men’s Team, which puts him at a unique vantage point to evaluate young NBA players, particularly those from the United States. After attending the Las Vegas Summer League earlier this month, Hill …

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Who Charles Barkley claims is Warriors’ biggest Western Conference threat

Who Barkley believes is biggest threat to Warriors in the West originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea The Warriors will head into the 2022-23 NBA season as one of the clear championship favorites. Golden State’s road back to the Finals certainly won’t be easy, especially in the Western Conference where multiple teams will give the Warriors a run for their …

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Rumble the Bison wins NBA mascot award

The Oklahoma City Thunder continue to enjoy a successful offseason when the team announced on Thursday that the team’s mascot — Rumble the Bison — won the inaugural NBA mascot community impact award. Rumble was voted as the winner from his fellow NBA mascots due to his involvement with the Oklahoma City community and brand exposure he brought to the …

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Who is Victor Wembanyama? What you need to know

The 2023 draft may already have a main attraction with France’s Victor Wembanyama NBA eligibility drawing near. The 7’3″ Parisian big man might just be the next great star in the Association, and teams are already positioning themselves to add the intriguing phenom to their future plans. Every so often prospects create this kind of epic gravity. Zion Williamson, Anthony …

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How Payton Pritchard can carve out a consistent role

Celtics player spotlight: How Pritchard can carve out a consistent role originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston Payton Pritchard knows his role with the Boston Celtics. He’ll hope that role is more consistent in Year 3 of his NBA career than it was a season ago. Boston’s 2021 offseason acquisition of Dennis Schroder meant sporadic playing time for Pritchard, who …

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Rockets’ Tari Eason named Drew League Player of the Week

Houston Rockets rookie Tari Eason was named the Drew League Player of the Week after a dazzling performance on Saturday with team All In during a win over No Shnacks in Los Angeles, California. Eason dropped 37 points, 13 rebounds, two blocked shots and one steal in the Week 7 victory. He scored in a variety of ways and threw …

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Former Bulls guard Jimmy Butler shows off new, exuberant hairstyle

Former Bull Jimmy Butler shows off new, exuberant hairstyle originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago Jimmy Butler is going with some new dreads. The Miami Heat forward is creating a whole new look with his long, thick dreads. Butler played for the Bulls in the first six years of his NBA career. By the end of his tenure in Chicago, …

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Pelicans have not put Brandon Ingram into Durant trade talks

Kevin Durant trade talks got juiced this week when reports of the Boston Celtics being in the mix with a Jaylen Brown offer were leaked. (That leak seemed pretty convenient for the Nets who wanted to rekindle stalled talks; it certainly created discussion among fans, although maybe less so among teams.) One team often speculated about in the trade mix …

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Michigan State basketball commit Jeremy Fears joins Overtime Elite, keeps NCAA eligibility

Michigan State basketball commit Jeremy Fears is taking a new road to East Lansing. Fears, a 2023 commit, has signed with Overtime Elite, the Atlanta-based basketball league created as another option for young prospects to make money and perhaps get to the NBA. Overtime Elite announced that Fears and class of 2024 five-star center Jayden Williams signed Thursday, but will …

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Brandon Ingram not available in trade package for Nets’ Kevin Durant

While the news that the Celtics have joined the pursuit for Kevin Durant it’s easy to overlook the various other teams that have assets and may can make a move for the sharpshooting forward. According to HoopsHype writer Michael Scotto, Ingram has not been made available by the New Orleans Pelicans.  Scotto said, “You wondered if Brandon Ingram of the …

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Veteran guard Pat Beverley endorses Rockets head coach Stephen Silas

Having played for the Houston Rockets (2013-17), Los Angeles Clippers (2017-21), and Minnesota Timberwolves (2021-22), veteran guard Pat Beverley — recently traded to Utah in the Rudy Gobert deal — knows about playing a key role on Western Conference playoff teams. Beverley is also known for speaking his mind and not holding back, as shown in his recent First Take …

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