The Cleveland Cavaliers offered former NBA All-Star Chauncey Billups what is viewed in NBA circles as a below-market salary of $2 million annually for the role of serving as President of Basketball Operations, league sources told ESPN.
According to sources, the team’s initial offer was $1.5 million. League sources tell ESPN $4 million is typically the starting point of what an individual in that role should earn. Sources maintain financial compensation wasn’t the only factor as to why the 40-year-old Billups turned down the job on Monday after weeks of deliberation, but it played a part.
Paul Millsap (Wrist) Could Miss Up to Three Months
Denver Nuggets forward Paul Millsap could miss three months due to surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left wrist, league sources tell ESPN.
The All-Star forward suffered the injury in the second quarter of the Nuggets’ 127-109 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN
Bucks’ Teletovic Out Four Weeks After Undergoing Surgery
Injuries are thinning the Milwaukee Bucks’ frontcourt as they begin a Western Conference road trip.
The team said forward Mirza Teletovic is expected to miss four weeks following arthroscopic surgery on Tuesday to repair cartilage in his left knee. He has missed the past six games.
Source: The Associated Press on ESPN
LaVar Ball Says Lakers Coaching is Too ‘Soft’ on Lonzo
LaVar Ball told Bleacher Report that the Los Angeles Lakers’ staff should take a specific approach to coaching his son, Lonzo: Be tougher on him.
“They’re soft. They don’t know how to coach my son,” Ball told the website during a recent interview. “I know how to coach him. I tell him to go get the victory. Stop messing around.” LaVar Ball said he does not take issue with the job Lakers coach Luke Walton has done during the team’s 7-10 start to the season.