NBA fines Kyrie Irving for violating Heath and Safety Protocols

from the NBA: NEW YORK — Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving has been fined $50,000 for violating the league’s Health and Safety Protocols, which among other things prohibit attending indoor social gatherings of 15 or more people or entering bars, lounges, clubs or similar establishments, it was announced today by Byron Spruell, President, League Operations. The violation occurred when he attended a private indoor party last weekend. Irving will forfeit salary for any games he misses due to his five-day quarantine period, which will allow him to return to team activities…

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AD signs 5-year extension with Lakers

From Timothy Rapp of B/R: Anthony Davis is going to be a member of the Los Angeles Lakers for the foreseeable future. The Lakers and Davis are finalizing a five-year, $190 million max contract Thursday. His agent, Klutch Sports’ Rich Paul, confirmed details of the deal to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.   His re-signing comes one day after LeBron James inked a two-year, $85.7 million extension with L.A. through the 2022-23 campaign. The Lakers’ trade for Davis was one of the biggest moves of the 2019 offseason, and it came at a high…

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Bam Adebayo and Heat agree on five-year extension

From the AP’s Tim Reynolds: MIAMI (AP) — Bam Adebayo came to the NBA with the goal of providing for his mother and changing her life. His first contract took care of that. And the way he sees it, his next contract sets his family up for generations. Adebayo and the Miami Heat agreed on a five-year extension that will be worth at least $163 million, the team and Adebayo’s agent Alex Saratsis said Tuesday. It will be the richest contract in terms of total value in Heat history. “This is…

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Tatum gets $195 million maximum extension

From Adam Wells of B/R: After emerging as one of the best players in the NBA last season, Jayson Tatum has reportedly been rewarded with a contract extension from the Boston Celtics.  Per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Tatum’s deal will be worth $195 million over five years. Wojnarowski provided more details: Tatum established himself as a go-to superstar for the Celtics in 2019-20. The Duke alum set career highs in scoring (23.4 points per game), rebounds (7.0 per game), assists (3.0 per game) and shot 40.3 percent from three-point range.  The Celtics originally owned the No. 1 pick in the…

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Donovan Mitchell and Utah Jazz agree on $195 million extension

Utah Jazz guard Donanvan Mitchell has agreed to a five-year $195 million designated rookie maximum extension. The 24-year-old was taken with the 13th pick in the 2017 NBA boasts career averages of 22.7 points and 4.0 assists per game and quickly displayed that he was more than capable filling the void created by the departure of Gordon Hayward in free agency that same offseason. He has increased his scoring in each of his forest three seasons, averaging 24.9 ppg last season. Mitchell also picked up his level of play in…

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Jabari Parker to exercise 2020-21 player option with Kings

From Adam Wells of Bleacher Report: Jabari Parker will be back for a second season with the Sacramento Kings after exercising his player option for 2020-21, per Shams Charaniaof The Athletic and Stadium. The 25-year-old Parker will earn $6.5 million.  The Atlanta Hawks signed Parker to a two-year deal worth $13 million in July 2019. He was expected to add depth to a promising young nucleus that hoped to compete for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.  When the Hawks fell out of the playoff race early in the year, Parker wound up being traded to Sacramento…

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Milwaukee Bucks trade Eric Bledsoe, George Hill, three picks for Jrue Holiday

From James Herbert of cbssports.com : The Milwaukee Bucks have made their big move of the offseason. They will reportedly acquire guard Jrue Holiday from the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for guards Eric Bledsoe and George Hill, plus three first-round picks, according to Shams Charania. There will also be pick swaps involved, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Holiday, 30, is one of the league’s best defenders and one of the top players on the trade market. He is one of the few guards in the league who does not represent a downgrade from Bledsoe when it comes to perimeter defense, and…

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Jerami Grant to opt out of deal and enter free agency

If Otto Porter and Nicholas Batum were obvious opt-ins, then Jerami Grant was just as obvious of an opt-out. According to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, the Denver Nuggets is opting out of the last year of his current deal, an enter free agency. When Grant was acquired from the Thunder last season, while it didn’t receive the fanfare of other roster moves around the league, it was lauded by knowledgeable basketball people as a quality addition by the Denver Nuggets. The move paid dividends for Denver, as he averaged…

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Porter and Batum were no sh*t Sherlock opt-ins

In this abbreviated offseason , there could be some potentially league-altering moves, like James Harden leaving Houston , but before that happens, players will opt-in and out of the final years(s) of their current contracts. Some , such as Anthony Davis opting out with the Lakers, are mere formalities to signing a more lucrative deals. Other players will opt-in on deals that will pay them far in excess of what they would or could command on the open market. Such is the case with Otto Porter and Nicholas Batam, both…

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Magic’s Evan Fournier to opt in to player option

Orlando Magic Evan Fournier will opt on to his $17 million player option for the 2020-21 season, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania. In 66 games this past season, Fournier averaged 18.5 points, 3.2 assists and 2.6 rebounds.

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