February 20, 2014 |
The Clippers made a pair of minor trades shortly before Thursday's deadline, dealing veteran forward Antawn Jamison to the Atlanta Hawks and reserve center Byron Mullens to the Philadelphia 76ers in moves that brought them closer to the luxury tax threshold while opening a pair of roster spots. They traded Jamison and an undisclosed sum of cash to Atlanta for the rights to Cenk Akyol, a 6-foot-7 forward who was the Hawks' second-round draft pick in 2005 but has never appeared in the NBA and now plays in Turkey.
November 22, 2013 |
Happy birthday, butt fumble! Hard to believe, but it's already been a year since the most notorious play in Mark Sanchez's up-and-down tenure as the New York Jets starting quarterback took place. In that short amount of time, the phrase has become a part of our national consciousness. Just type the word "butt" into Google. What's the first thing that comes up? "Butt fumble" -- ahead of "butterfly effect," "butternut squash soup" (a tough one to beat this time of year), "butt workouts" and even "butt implants.
November 12, 2013 |
The Lakers haven't given up on Steve Nash. Unlike some of their followers, they're not pushing him into an early retirement. "There's always going to be a debate but we're not going to debate it, talk about it," Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni said Tuesday. "He's going to try to get ready, he's going to try to play and we're going to try to win. It's really simple for us. It's not real difficult. " Nash has already missed three of nine games and is out at least two more weeks because of nerve damage in his back, the latest injury to hit him since he joined the Lakers.
August 8, 2013 |
The hardest sell at the Staples Center's Team L.A. store might be a Lakers jersey with the name "Cap Room" on the back. "They're a mess," former Lakers coach Phil Jackson said in June. "We know that because of their financial disorder right now, that's the thing they have to get straight right away. " The Lakers haven't been under the NBA's salary cap since before the 1996-97 season, though the franchise has won five titles since then. But with Dwight Howard having gone to Houston and Kobe Bryant facing an uncertain return date from Achilles' tendon surgery, the Lakers' prospects on the court next season are anything but certain.
July 9, 2013 |
With the NBA releasing its new salary cap figures on Tuesday night, the Lakers' numbers show the Lakers could pay almost $25 million in luxury tax for the coming season. While the salary cap has been set at $58.679 million, the significant number for the Lakers is the tax threshold -- which came in slightly over previous league estimates at $71.748 million. For the first time in NBA history, the tax climbs incrementally with each additional $5 million in payroll. The Lakers have $80.56 million in guaranteed contracts with eight players.
July 6, 2013 |
Smart money The divorce of Dwight Howard and the Lakers might be the biggest story in town, and NBA legend Magic Johnson is an owner of the Dodgers. So the L.A. sports fan ought to appreciate that the best moves the Dodgers made last week included trading for cap space. There is no salary cap for major league players, but the new collective bargaining agreement caps what teams can spend on amateurs. After Bob Engle , the Dodgers' vice president of international scouting, determined the team needed more cap space to pursue players around the world, the Dodgers traded reliever Matt Guerrier to the Chicago Cubs for reliever Carlos Marmol . Dodgers fans vented about why their team would want the erratic Marmol, but what the Dodgers really wanted was the additional $200,000 in international cap space the Cubs included in the trade.