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Utah Jazz: Right now if Hayward, Favors and Gobert were to hit the open market, all could receive a maximum contract (and justifiably so). A max contract is the most a team can offer a player. The max for Hayward and Favors would be worth $30 million a season or 30 percent of the cap. Gobert could sign for $25 million a year or 25 percent of the cap. The max offers get higher the longer a player has been in the league. Players who have been in for 10+ years can receive 35 percent of the cap. Deseret News
If the Jazz were to offer their “big three” max deals, it would total $85 million per season. Then add on the $5 million for the end of the roster players; now they only have $25 million left to spend on the other eight roster spots. These guys consist of Hood and Exum, who fill out the starting lineup, plus Lyles and Burks. When the Heat signed LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, the players surrounding them were either rookies on cheap deals (Mario Chalmers) or longtime veterans taking less money to chase a ring (Shane Battier). Deseret News
Hood’s market value will probably be around $15-$20 million, and if Exum grows into a solid point guard but not an All-Star, he’d be worth around $15 million (this is probably George Hill’s value next summer). In this scenario, the Jazz are more than capped out at $115 million on just nine players, including the backend of the roster. They would be forced to pay the tax on players like Lyles, Burks and the other four remaining the roster spot. What if Exum and Hood become borderline All-Stars? Paying all these guys becomes impossible. Deseret News
For months, the Sixers have been promoting the growth and expectant opening of the $75-million, 125,000-square-foot complex, touting it as the largest such facility in the NBA, offering tours to media members, maintaining that it would be ready by the end of September, just in time to host training camp. Except it got to be August, and they still couldn't commit to hosting training camp there. So what happened? In an email, a Sixers spokesperson said, "We remain on schedule to open the basketball facility in late September and intend to continue our camp and practices there in early October." Philadelphia Inquirer
Joffrey Lauvergne’s Olympics ended Wednesday when Spain eliminated France in the men’s basketball tournament. The Nuggets forward turned in a solid performance. Lauvergne averaged 9.8 points and 4.1 rebounds in six games as a top reserve. He was second on the team in both offensive rebounds (7) and total rebounds (25) to Rudy Gobert. Lauvergne averaged 17.8 minutes and shot 52.7 percent from the field. Denver Post
Tony Parker confirmed after France's lopsided defeat to Spain in Wednesday's Olympic quarterfinals that he has indeed played his final game for his national team. Parker said after France's 92-67 loss to its longtime Spanish rivals that he has promised San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and team president R.C. Buford he will halt his international career at age 34 -- because of the "toll" it has taken on him physically -- and focus on finishing his NBA career strongly. ESPN.com
Reflecting on an emotional summer that, in addition to the end of his own international career, saw Tim Duncan announce his retirement from the Spurs, Parker said: "The conversation with Timmy, it was weird when he told me he was not going to play. I knew that was going to come one day, with the Big Three without him, but it's always tough when it finally happens. "I've been very blessed -- that's all I can say. Those 15 years, all the championships, all the records, everything that we accomplished, it's just stuff when I retire I can cherish and show my kids everything that we won with the Spurs." ESPN.com
Manu Ginobili, 39 won't play in the Olympics again, and after the final horn sounded, U.S. forward Carmelo Anthony wrapped his arms around a player who beat him in his first Olympics but also a man he has grown to respect. "I know what he means not just to basketball in Argentina but to the country as a whole," said Anthony, a four-time Olympian. "He's put in a lot of work, and he has represented them in a great fashion. He's put that country on his back over the years, and I just told him, 'Thank you,' especially for me playing against him over the past four Olympics. I just wanted to say, 'Thank you.'" ESPN.com
A seven-game preseason schedule is set for the Wizards, who will open after wrapping up training camp Oct. 4 vs. the Miami Heat at Verizon Center. That’ll be followed by a game two days later at the Philadelphia 76ers, Oct. 10 at the New York Knicks, Oct. 13 vs. the 76ers and Oct. 21 vs. the Toronto Raptors. CSN MidAtlantic
Larry Nance Jr. will also be less than a day removed from receiving an infusion of Remicade, which he has taken every 7 ½ weeks ever since he was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at age 16. That treatment often lead to some early naps. But Nance also compared his later reaction to the medicine toward what the “Popeye” character felt after eating spinach. “It’s not fair,” Nance said. “I feel like I have super human strength.” LA Daily News Blog
That became the crux of Nance’s message when he spent Wednesday afternoon at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. As he received an infusion, Nance made several visits with about 25 children that either had Crohn’s disease or another inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Later on, Nance joined some of those children at the hospital’s basketball court,while also signing autographs and posing for pictures. LA Daily News Blog
It cost more than $350,000 when he bought it roughly 10 years ago ... but now, Gilbert Arenas has relegated his fancy Maybach to off-road duty ... and it SUCKS on the trails. Mr. No Chill documented his luxury breakdown on Snapchat ... telling the harrowing tale of a Maybach that lost a paw on his ranch ... and the trusty hands that helped him get on the road again. TMZ Sports
A real man can admit when he's wrong -- and Fabolous says he was WAY OFF when he predicted doom for the Knicks when they drafted Kristaps Porzingis. The Brooklyn-born rapper was pissed when his squad took the Latvian phenom with the 4th overall pick in the 2015 draft -- and at the time, told us the Knicks were totally screwed. TMZ Sports
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