by: tiffany tripp
Starting this season as part of the Nike NBA Earned Program, a new partnership between the athletic apparel giant and the NBA, the 16 teams that made the playoffs the previous season will be awarded an exclusive alternate uniform. The program released the new jersey designs today, receiving the typical fan range of emotions: everything from vomit emojis to heart-eye/crying emoji combos to the least creative response a person can give, “meh.” We will start seeing these uniforms on-court Christmas Day, according to the NBA website.
BY: COLIN KRAUSS
The LA Lakers just finished off the first of two straight games against the San Antonio Spurs. The game was a back and forth slugfest between the mid-range masters led by Coach Pop and the springy youngsters in Hollywood. Rudy Gay, DeMar DeRozan, and LaMarcus Aldridge did what they could, but in the fourth quarter, the story ended in a way we’ve seen many times. With a LeBron takeover.
LeBron had 20 in the fourth quarter, including several ridiculous three pointers and old-fashioned three point plays. Brandon Ingram was only able to play 5 minutes, as he was inadvertently fouled by Aldridge as he came down on Aldridge’s foot after a jump shot, spraining his ankle. LA didn’t skip a beat when Ingram went down. It’s almost as though he doesn’t make a difference for the Lakers in their current team construction. This brings me to a concern the must be eating at the Lakers’ management day in and day out: when should Ingram be traded?
Spencer Dinwiddie becomes eligible to sign an extension today, December 8, 2018. The deadline to sign the extension is June 30, 2019. What options do the Nets have? Take a look below for a quick break down:
Extension: The Nets can extend Dinwiddie for four (4) seasons, providing for a max contract value of approximately $50 million. Extending his contract would get rid of his cap hold and keep him from entering free agency where he is likely to have significant interest. If extended for a contract greater than allowed in an extend-and trade, then he cannot be traded for six (6) months.
Trade: Dinwiddie could be traded this season up until the trade deadline. Note that his contract value is low, making it difficult to execute a trade because of the salary matching involved. Of course, player salaries could be aggregated in a simultaneous trade.
Extend-and-Trade: As alluded to above, the Nets could also extend-and-trade Dinwiddie. In this instance, the team could only sign Dinwiddie to a three (3) year extension, including the remaining year on his contract. The raises are also limited to 5%. This likely won’t happen though. The last extend-and-trade involved Carmelo Anthony in 2011, so they are rare.
Sign-and-Trade: Equally as rare as an extend-and-trade is a sign and trade. This is not likely to occur though because the team would then be hard-capped at the apron (a theoretical line which is always $6 million above the tax threshold), thereby inhibiting the team’s ability to sign big time free agents, which appears to be a priority for them next summer given that they have cleared so much cap space. Also, the BYC rules would likely come into play and drastically reduce the outgoing value of his contract in any trade.
Resign Dinwiddie using Bird Rights: It’s possible the team just re-signs Dinwiddie next season too. They will have a big decision to make between D’Angelo Russell and Dinwiddie. If just resigning him, the team could offer him a max which projects to be about $144,970,000 over five (5) seasons. Dinwiddie could not be traded in this scenario for three (3) months or until December 15 of that season, whichever is later. However, if the BYC rules are triggered, then he cannot be traded for three months or until January 15 of that season (whichever is later).
Of course, the team can let him walk next season. I should note that Dinwiddie’s cap hold is actually going to be less than his current salary, which is a weird CBA quirk. So there is little value to renouncing his bird rights this off-season as it won’t impact their cap room by much.
By: Matthew Emery
BY: TIFFANY TRIPP
If you’re part of the sports world on social media, you’ve probably seen some “colorful banter” exchanged among Jazz fans and Celtics fans. What was once a lighthearted atmosphere of mutual respect for the other fan-base’s passion now lies, for most fans, somewhere between annoyance and outright hostility. In Part One of this series, I shared my experience as a fan of both teams and dove in to some of the reasoning behind the budding rivalry, from each side’s point of view. For the closing installment, I interviewed two Celtics fans and two Jazz fans about what Gordon Hayward’s free agency decision was like from their perspective. There is a slight chance I had ulterior motives in doing this, as it would make my life easier if the two fan-bases tried to better understand each other; but the story behind rivalries is always something that interests me.
Our Jazz fans are Josh (@jayjazz3) and Emily (@emwil11), and our Celtics fans are Chris (@wlohaty) and Jared (@jrednhxwv). I highly recommend giving them a follow on twitter when you have a minute, they’re all great follows! Let’s get to the interview!
If you haven’t heard by now, the Washington Wizards are looking to trade their core group. The team is currently 9-14 and Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the team is open to trading its stars Bradley Beal and John Wall. Finding a deal for Beal won’t be that difficult, but finding a deal for Wall will be a tall task. Wall signed a super-max contract extension in the summer of 2017. Starting next season, Wall is owed approximately $170 million over the next four seasons. Because his play has been less than stellar this year, and he doesn’t appear to be in the best shape, executives question whether he is playing up to his contract. To make matters worse, Wall has a 15% trade kicker. What does this exactly mean?