When considering in the benefits of a substantial up-front payment from the expansion fees (including factoring in the time value of money) and the threat of bubble in relation to team values, it would behoove the owners to reincarnate the Sonics and a second franchise. Read More. Written by Neema Hodjat on Jul 23, 2014
Andrew Wiggins has reached a deal with Adidas on a shoe and apparel deal.
ESPN's Darren Rovell, however, reports that the deal comes with a guarantee of at least $2 million annually.
Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports previously reported the contract as being worth close to $100 million over 10 years, but that Tweet was subsequently deleted. Spears later reported that it is a five-year deal worth approximately $12 million to $13 million.
Wiggins played one season at Kansas, which is an Adidas school.
Wiggins joins Dwight Howard, Derrick Rose, Damian Lillard, John Wall, Tim Duncan, Joakim Noah and Candace Parker as their primary endorsers in basketball.
Shabazz Napier led the Connecticut Huskies to an unlikely NCAA title in April, but he also earned his degree from UConn this spring. Napier will be drafted into the NBA on Thursday.
"I’ll tell you something that’s funny and people may think is weird -- I feel as though me walking across the stage for my graduation was more important than me winning a national championship,” Napier said Wednesday. "That put the icing on the cake for me, to have my degree is something that I always worked to. It’s definitely cool to be here, but I stayed my fourth year just to get my degree."
Napier was a fixture on the Dean’s List during his time in college, majoring in sociology.
"At the end of the day I was always told that basketball can bring you many places, which is true, but you can probably only play competitive basketball until you are 40 or so,” Napier recalled. "My mother always told me that education is always going to stay with you, no matter what happens. God forbid anything happen to you on the basketball court, your education will always stay with you."
Dorsey wants to be a point guard, but some believe he is better suited as a shooting guard.
Dorsey committed to Arizona in January and is ranked No. 12 in the incoming class of 2015.
Dinos Trigonis said he expects schools like UConn, Kansas, Duke, UCLA, Washington, Cal, Arizona State, Louisville, Texas, SMU, UNLV, Marquette, St. John's, Florida State, Oregon, Oregon State and Tulsa to get involved now that Dorsey is back on the market
Antooine Mason will transfer from Niagara to Auburn.
Mason, a 6-foot-3 guard who averaged 25.6 points last season, will be eligible this season for Pearl and the Tigers due to the NCAA's transfer rule, which allows players who have graduated and have eligibility remaining to be able to play immediately.
Mason is the son of Anthony Mason.
Mason chose Auburn over Providence.
"It was a tough decision," Mason told ESPN.com. "It came down to intangibles."
Mason is the third transfer Pearl and his staff have added since he took over for Tony Barbee.
John Calipari was linked to the NBA after the NCAA championship game, but a strong recruiting class and the decision by Andrew Harrison and Aaron Harrison to stay at Kentucky made leaving Kentucky a difficult proposition, according to sources.
Kentucky will have nearly 60 percent of its scoring return despite losing Julius Randle and James Young.
There's a strong belief that Calipari would have accepted a $60 million offer from the Cleveland Cavaliers had those key players declared for the draft.
John Calipari and the Cleveland Cavaliers advanced deeply into negotiations on a seven-year, $60 million contract to become president and head coach, according to sources.
Dan Gilbert had been persistent in pursuing Calipari.
Gilbert and Calipari had discussed a package in the range of $8 million-plus a year, sources said, and it wasn't until midweek that Calipari finally rejected Cleveland and fully committed to his seven-year, $52 million extension at Kentucky.
David Griffin would have worked with Calipari in the front office, but the latter would have final say on all personnel decisions.
Beyond the financial incentives, Calipari had some intrigue with the infrastructure of All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving and the possibility of the No. 1 overall pick in the June draft.
Update: Marc Stein of ESPN reports that the Cavaliers' offer to Calipari was closer to $80 million over 10 years. The Cavaliers thought that landing Calipari would give the team a much better shot at convincing James to return. Wojnarowski reported a follow-up that there was talk of a transition for Calipari to become strictly president of the club and that the offer was strictly $60 million over seven years.