Buckets of contract offers are about to fall on Chicago Bulls swingman, superstar Jimmy Butler’s front porch like sheet rain come this 1st of July.
Yet by the fourth, there may be fireworks in Hollywood. As last years ‘Most Improved Player Of The Year’ wants to take a breeze from the Windy City and escape to L.A. for a calendar year at the least. Aligning with the small-ball revolution Kobe Bryant’s Los Angeles Lakers have now joined like their neighborhood Californian champion Golden State Warriors after drafting D’Angelo Russell with the second pick in this weeks NBA Draft, instead of big-man Jahil Okafor to join last years rookies Jordan Clarkson and Julius Randle. Opening up a spot for their big-man hole in this years free agent market.
One that likely won’t be filled by the opting out Kevin Love who intends to re-sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers, especially after having a pool-side sit-down with LeBron James (another in the long line of free agents who have opted out, but only really for financial decisions. There’d be a much bigger deal made if LeBron was even considering leaving home again) just today. Or the Lakers former pick Marc Gasol who was originally traded to the Memphis Grizzlies as a package for his brother Pau (now Butler’s teammate in Chicago), who according to Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times won’t even consider returning to the STAPLE he never suited up in due to how the franchise treated his brother in his final years before his own free agency last year. That’s karma for you after all the championships the older Gasol brought with him to the city of angels and how L.A. repaid him in turn. Offering more money than Chicago was too little when it was too late.
It looks like the big contract will be offered to Trailblazing Portland player LaMarcus Aldridge. One of the best big men in this open market. Yet it would probably be in L.A.’s best interest to not actually join the city that shares his initials, but instead Timmy’s town where he could eventually take over from San Antonio Spurs legend and greatest Power Forward of all-time Duncan as only a player of his quiet, but deadly demeanor, similar type could do. Then of course there’s always DeAndre Jordan (it’s not like the Clipper would have to change arenas, just lockers) and the bait of that big but ill-advised Cousins trade from Californian relatives Sacramento if Aldridge does not become an L.A. king.
So with Kobe, the future franchise big-three face of Russell, Randle and Clarkson and a big-man front and center, Butler would serve as more than the complimentary piece that makes this team contention complete. Maybe even with a veteran All-Star like Dwyane Wade joining a brilliant bench of whoever this team can keep from last years Nick Young, Jeremy Lin, Ed Davis, Jordan Hill and Wesley Johnson pool of talent that will make much better bench players for a contender than starters for an eliminator. Still, this out of this world talent is so restricted downtown L.A. may as well be Area 51, because if the Bulls will have it this kid isn’t leaving Illinois. Still, with a prickly relationship with championship charge leading Rose, who is the bouquet of Chi-Town, it may be in the franchises best interests to part with Jim. Although Buckets water-wet shooting makes him one of the most improving and striving stars in National Basketball. Associated with the likes of Rose, Noah, Gasol and fellow Spaniard Mirotic (who at a veterans age and experience is more than just last years second best rookie), the Bulls on paper have a squad that could team-up for a championship, especially if they keep Butler for as long as they can in another year before he’s free to go wherever he pleases.
A year where someone else by the name of Kevin Durant will be in exactly the same position, with more than the Bulls and Lakers fighting over him like he was the legacy of the best years of legendary coach Phil Jackson.
Butler may be at neither teams service come next year, but as of this upcoming one where will this household name respond to the call?
Watch THIS Work! The WNBA Bets On Women
Ten years ago the motto of the Women’s National Basketball Association was to, ‘Expect Great’. Now a decade later and into the roaring 20’s of a whole new one and world, the league that tells you to watch them work truly has for all it’s worth.
The WNBA and CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement) has reached a monumental moment in the leagues history and its time to read all about it on Los Angeles Sparks twin superstar Chiney Ogwumike’s Twitter thread.
It tells us the CBA means…
When it comes to players salary and compensation there will be a 30% increase to the salary cap as the higher max pay player salary jumps like Lisa Leslie’s first dunk from $117,500 to $215,000. Whilst there will be an additional compensation for those top tier Candace Parker players around $300,000. Moving millions this is thee first time the league has moved units like this in six figures. And like Russell Westbrook why not? Because for every player like him there’s an Ogwumike. For every Candace a LeBron. Every Luka Doncic a Breanna Stewart. Every Larry Bird a Sue. Kobe Bryant, Diana Taurasi. For every Michael Jordan a Lisa Leslie.
Every insufferable, couch potato chip, sexist fans who unlike a Suffragette doesn’t believe women deserves equal pay needs to check their pockets…yep like Rakim said that’s nothing but lint. Now paid in full these women deserve this and more like diversity at the Oscars. Just as good as the men like Michelle Wie (she’s not the logos sons wife people) golfing with the guys of you claim you’re “woke” on social media but can’t wake up to this then you’re about as woke as still in bed gone half 12 in the afternoon. It feels like all those trumped up people who had a problem with a female ‘Ghostbusters’ reboot. Or those old men who would rather bully a 17 year old girl with Aspergers online than believe in the actual happenings of climate change.
Sure there’s an argument that sportspeople shouldn’t be paid these ridiculous amounts of money. But the point is if the men get paid this much then why shouldn’t the women?
This should have happened a long time ago. But at least it’s happening now.
It’s about time.
Working mothers are also finally getting their due in a groundbreaking deal on this date. Players will receive a salary whilst on maternity leave with an additional new childcare stipend. Whilst up to $60,000 of progressive family planning benefits for veteran players for costs for adoption, surrogacy, oocyte cryopreservation, fertility and more. No longer will go hard greats like Skylar Diggins-Smith have to play whilst pregnant and hide it to protect herself whilst the CBA lists it as a “condition”.
Perks of the game that the men have had for years and the world class women deserve just as such also include individual hotel rooms for players, more mandatory leg room on flights (how important is this for basketball players? The NBA would cry personal foul if the King and them would be forced to fly economy), and further for the finances, off-season job opportunities with league partners that along with the salary rise will mean that WNBA players won’t, overplayed and underpaid have to go overseas in the off-season to earn more money to make ends meet in foreign leagues. Something which has been a conditioning condition and pay for play issue since the leagues inaugural inception.
And let’s not forget about the players mental health too in major improvements across the board and world to an issue still surrounded with stigma despite the lengths taken and measures made. More resources will be offered in addition to the adoption of a Nutrition Council that will aid peak performance by offering players a commitment to this optimization.
But it’s probably the stand made by the WNBA and the CBA against violence to women which is the most important. Ending domestic and all sorts of violence to women which has happened to players around the league and still happens everyday, effecting everyone needs to end NOW like it should have never happened. It seems like such a ridiculously obvious thing to say…but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be said.
Again and again until we don’t have to.
The wide world has finally met the standards of the women’s game and league on the way to leveling the playing field. More of the same…do we really need to add the please now?
Betting on sporting events is a losers game. But betting on women-like the ones in this league-is a sure thing.
The game changed for real today.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 20 Pts, 20 Rebs, 10 Asts first Canadian NBA triple-double since 2006
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Hamilton, ON) became only the second Canadian basketball player in NBA history to record a triple-double — and the first in nearly 14 years, since Steve Nash in 2006.
Gilgeous-Alexander racked-up 20 points, career-high 20 rebounds and 10 assists in the 117-104 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. The former one-and-done Kentucky Wildcat continued his efficient campaign shooting 8-of-12 field goals, connecting 2-of-3 triples and 2-of-2 from the foul-line.
Steve Nash recorded three triple-doubles in his illustrious 18-year career, the last one on April 19, 2006 — Nash finished with 16 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds.
The 20 rebounds is also a record-high by a Canadian guard and only the second 20/20 double-double by a Canadian — Jamaal Magloire notched a 22 point, 21 rebound game against the Toronto Raptors’ on March 21, 2004.
Most rebounds by a Canadian in the NBA
Samuel Dalembert (Montreal, QC) holds the record for the most rebounds in a NBA game with 23 against the Golden State Warriors on March 20, 2009. Followed by Magloire 22 and Tristan Thompson with 21.
Gilgeous-Alexander becomes the youngest guard to record 20-20-10 stat-line and joins Russell Westbrook as the only guards with a 20-point, 20-rebound triple-double over the last 30 seasons. He is also the youngest player in NBA history with a 20-rebound triple-double, passing Shaquille O’Neal.
RJ Barrett became the first Canadian basketball player to record a triple-double at the NCAA level in nearly 35 years during his lone freshman season with the Duke Blue Devils.
The OKC Thunder continue their playoff push with their 18 victory in the last 25 games and currently sit in 7th place in the western conference.
The Canadian guard is currently averaging 20 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists — shooting 46.4% from the floor, 33.6% from three-pointers and 81.6% from the foul-line while turning the ball over just 1.9 per game.
Canada NBA All-Star Drought
The 2020 NBA All-star game in Chicago is less than month away and as it currently stands, Gilgeous-Alexander doesn’t currently rank as one the top fan vote earners in a guard heavy western conference. Nevertheless, the Canadian stud could end Canada’s eight year NBA all-star game drought by earning a coach’s selection.
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