Lots of rumblings from NBA insiders that LeBron could be headed back to Cleveland. This seems to be confirmed by Cleveland's salary-cap clearing "trade" today. They ditched Jarrett Jack and his $6.3MM salary, along with Tyler Zeller and Tyler Zeller and Sergey Karasev, for nothing but cap space.
In my opinion, I think this is a great move from both a team and money perspective.
From a team perspective, Cleveland stands in stark contrast to Miami. Rather than being full of bloated salaries and past-their-prime stars, they're loaded with young talent and have the potential to be very good in the coming years. Add LeBron to the mix with Kyrie Irving (somewhat overrated but still solid), a Wiggins (who would benefit by easing into a high-level role), and Tristan Thompson, and you've got a squad that can easily contend for a title in the East.
From a money perspective, LeBron is going to make the max no matter where he goes, so salary isn't the deciding factor. Endorsements are. Now that he's the biggest star in the NBA, it doesn't matter if he's based out of Cleveland or New York/LA/Chi. The name LeBron Jame name recognition is global and his endorsement deals won't decrease just because he plays in a secondary market. If anything, being on a team with young talent may help increase his longevity as a title contender and thus his relevance in the league, keeping his endorsement money flowing at a high level through and beyond his prime years.
From Wash Post: SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento Kings have signed first-round pick Nik Stauskas (STOUS-kiss) to his rookie contract. Kings general manager Pete D’Alessandro made the announcement late Tuesday night. Sacramento selected Stauskas out of Michigan with the eighth overall pick in June’s draft. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
This is a very good article on Zak's game and how critical his development could be for our team next year. It references how many of our players make a big jump in their Sophomore season.
There is a ton of production to be replaced.
Morris will spend July trying to latch onto with San Antonio, which already features point guard Tony Parker, but recently learned key free agent point guard Patty Mills will miss up to seven months with a shoulder injury. Link
Morris will spend July trying to latch onto with San Antonio, which already features point guard Tony Parker, but recently learned key free agent point guard Patty Mills will miss up to seven months with a shoulder injury.
Hopefully he will be able to take advantage of the situation.
While playing 31 minutes, scoring 18 points, and grabbing 13 rebounds (6 offensive!), Mitch also managed to drop this sweet dime. (Someone, please feel free to embed.)
I hate you, NCAA.
Sactownroyalty.com did a nice compilation of Nik being Nik. It contains his You Tube videos as well as clips of his predraft workout in Chicago and other videos. It's a great summary of everything. It sounds like the Sacremento fans are really supporting him.
Nice to reminisce with some of his highlights.