No official word from the league yet, but several very credible reporters are saying that the NBPA has won their arbitration case and secured “Early Bird” rights for players claimed off waivers.
This is a big win for both the Knicks and Jeremy Lin. New York now has the option to exceed the salary cap to sign Lin (and Steve Novak, who has the same status) to a new deal without dipping into their mid-level exception. That will give general manager Glen Grunwald much more flexibility to fill next season’s roster while avoiding the most onerous penalties teams hit once they exceed the cap by a certain level.
JJ Hickson of the Portland Trail Blazers is the most notable non-Knick affected by the ruling.
Portland Trail Blazers guard Patty Mills is selling a line of t-shirts to raise money for flood victims in his native Australia.
His goal is to raise $50,000.
The shirts come in three styles, matching the color schemes of the teams you’d most associate with Mills – green and gold for Australia, red and white for the Blazers, and red and blue for St. Mary’s.
Get more details and buy one here:
Portland Trail Blazers great Maurice Lucas died yesterday after a long battle with cancer. He was 58 years old.
Lucas was best known as “the Enforcer” – a bruising power forward who helped the Blazers win the 1977 NBA championship. The five-time all-star also played for the Suns, Nets and Knicks and Lakers during his twelve-year NBA career, and with the ABA’s Spirits of St. Louis and Kentucky Colonels before the leagues merged.
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