While looking to recruit elite high schoolers in the summer may be a possibility, it wouldn’t be surprising to see NBL teams in Australia and New Zealand also consider saving their roster spot for players like Melton, Wiley or Mitchell Robinson (who withdrew from Western Kentucky after just a few weeks) and adding them to their roster during the season. Not only will they be able to pick up a talented player, they could also put themselves in place to earn a significant financial windfall.
NBA rules currently allow franchises to pay up to $700,000 in buyout money to international teams. Should the NBL be able to convince a high-level NBA draft prospect to join one of its team on a multiyear contract, it could be richly rewarded with a buyout the following summer, which would then be split between the club and the league itself .
NBA trade deadline week arrives a little earlier than usual this year. Instead of crossing paths with NBA All-Star weekend �� sorry about that, DeMarcus Cousins �� trades must be finalized a week before All-Star events take place from Feb. 16-18.
Rampant rumors and speculation will be flying around prior to the trade deadline with several valuable contributors still available. However, NBA fans should temper expectations for star trades, as plenty of teams will be confined by the salary cap after the spending spree of 2016.
While the coaching staff at Adelaide did an admirable job of incorporating Ferguson into its roster and ended up finishing the regular season in first place, the young wing proved to be too raw and physically immature at times. He averaged just 15 minutes per game and posted modest numbers of 4.6 points and 1.2 rebounds per game. Examples like these have made other NBL teams (as well as clubs in Europe) somewhat hesitant to invest significant resources in attempting to lure similar prospects, as it could hamper them from winning games and potentially result in coaches being fired for poor results.
The Thunder are canvassing the league for the right move ahead of Thursday’s deadline, according to USA Today’s Sam Amick. A few possibilities: Clippers guard Avery Bradley, Raptors guard C.J. Miles, Hawks center Dewayne Dedmon or Suns center Alex Len.
In case you’re throwing LeBron James in the trade machine ahead of Wednesday night’s Timberwolves-Cavs game on national TV, just remember he’s not going anywhere. James addressed speculation about his no-trade clause after a rough loss to the Magic on Tuesday.