This past offseason, (David) West declined a $12.6 million player option in Indiana and signed a $1.5 million veteran minimum deal with the Spurs, leaving more than $11 million on the table to chase a title. (Kevin) Durant lauded the move, saying “money isn’t everything in life.”
These comments, innocuous at face value, certainly won’t quell any Durant free agency rumors. One of the Thunder’s advantages in the KD sweepstakes is the fact that OKC can offer him an extra year and more money, including the one-year player option possibility that can make him $30 extra million over the life of the deal.
Source: Anthony Slater of The Oklahoman
Jeremy Lin Suffers Knee Injury, Will Undergo Evaluation Thursday
Bulls Suspend Bobby Portis 8 Games
The Chicago Bulls have suspended forward Bobby Portis for eight games following his role in a practice altercation that left teammate Nikola Mirotic in the hospital, the team announced Wednesday. Portis will be eligible to return for a Nov. 7 game against Toronto, and will be eligible to practice during his extension.
Source: Chicago Bulls
Joel Embiid Not Happy With Early Minutes Restriction
The Philadelphia 76ers will be cautious with Joel Embiid early on this season, and the star center isn’t thrilled with that plan.
Sixers coach Brett Brown, when asked how much Embiid would play in Wednesday’s season opener against the Wizards, told reporters that he didn’t have a set number of minutes in mind before acknowledging “somewhere like in the teens.” “That’s f—ing bulls—. I wish I was playing more minutes,” Embiid told reporters on Tuesday. “I think I’m ready. I think I’m ready for more than whatever number they have. I don’t know. I wish I was playing more, but we’re going to see how that goes.”