Making sense of NBA free agency dollars

first_imgA: Players and teams can agree to contracts immediately, but except for some limited exceptions, such as rookies inking their initial contracts, nothing can be signed until after the free agency moratorium period ends, which is noon EDT on July 6.Q: How is the salary cap determined?A: It’s basically a formula based on basketball revenues. Last season’s was $99.1 million, and this year’s will be announced Saturday.Q: Why is James a free agent when he had a contract for next season?A: His $35.6 million salary for 2018-19 was a player option. He chose not to take it and became a free agent instead . Same thing with Paul George, who opted for free agency instead of the $20.7 million he was due in Oklahoma City next season, and Kevin Durant, with an option for $26.3 million in 2018-19.ADVERTISEMENT Q: How does Leonard fit into all this?A: He’s under contract two more seasons but apparently doesn’t want to wait for free agency, telling the San Antonio Spurs he wants to be traded even though he could cash in big by waiting and re-signing there. Teams that can’t afford a marquee free agent can try to entice the Spurs with a trade package for the 2014 NBA Finals MVP.Q: Will things settle down once most of the signings are finished?A: Not entirely. Though deals can start to be finalized on July 6, that doesn’t mean free agency will end when the moratorium period ends. And talks never really stop in the NBA offseason. Last year it was Kyrie Irving asking to be traded from Cleveland and the Knicks trying to move Anthony that lasted deep into the summer, so count on something coming up.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) drives past Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George (13) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)NEW YORK — Between the LeBron James guessing games and the Kawhi Leonard trade talk, it seems NBA shopping season is well underway.It’s actually just about to start.ADVERTISEMENT Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan MOST READ Q: Does any team have a chance to sign them?A: Not really. Teams either need to be under the salary cap, or use some of the various exceptions that allow teams to exceed it (for example, to re-sign their own veteran free agents). There are exceptions allowing teams to spend even if they are over the cap, or above the luxury tax line, but those are not big enough to afford a top-level player.Q: Any other ways for players to become free agents before their contract expires?A: Yes, sometimes they have an early termination option. Carmelo Anthony could have gone that route, but decided to keep his contract, which plays him $27.9 million next season, intact.Q: Besides James and George, who are other big-name free agents?A: Chris Paul, DeMarcus Cousins, Isaiah Thomas, Tony Parker, J.J. Redick and Derrick Favors are all unrestricted options that could draw interest. There are also players such as Jabari Parker, Aaron Gordon, Zach LaVine and Marcus Smart, but they are restricted free agents and their current teams would be allowed to match any offers they receive and keep them.Q: Are most teams far enough under the salary cap to really improve themselves?A: No, there are many more that are already over it or up against it. But the Lakers have slashed enough payroll to position themselves to afford James and another maximum-salary player.Q: How far over the cap can teams go?A: Depends on how much they’re willing to pay for it. There is a tax line (last year at about $119.3 million) and teams begin incurring a penalty once they reach that. It gets pretty severe depending on how far and how many years in a row they are over it. Terms like salary caps and contract options have been in the news for weeks, so fans might have an understanding of what they all mean. For those who don’t, here’s an attempt to explain how this all works.Q: When does free agency start?FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownA: It begins at 12:01 a.m. EDT on July 1. So that’s early Sunday morning for teams in the East, but Magic Johnson and the Lakers can actually start their recruiting on Saturday night.Q: When can deals start happening? 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Bassa LFA Suspends, Fines Players, Coach

first_imgThe Grand Bassa County Sub-Association of the Liberia Football Association (LFA) has suspended and fined seven 3rd Division players and a coach.According to a communication signed by Secretary Moses D. Hayes, Sr. and approved by Chairman Jeremiah B. Johnson, the players are from Gbehzohn PRO FC in Lower Harlandsville Township outside Buchanan City.The players have been suspended for one year for attacking center referee Emmanuel Gaye during a match between their team and Fairplay FC at the Doris Williams Sports Stadium recently.The players are Reuben B. Frank, Emmanuel Tarley, Philip Roberts, Junior Gibson and Leroy Simpson.The club is also fined $10,000LD for bringing the match to a standstill, and it is responsible to pay for missing and damaged items.The items included 2 fox forty whistles at the cost of $30 USD, a set of referee’s cards at the cost of $15 USD, Medical bills for Referee Gaye at the cost of $1,500LD and window glasses broken by Player Junior Gibson from the VIP which cost $40 USD. Gibson has denied the charge. Also two players of Western Lion F.C of Lower Harlandsville Township, Daniel Kpehe and Sequence Freeman were also suspended for one year. They attacked center referee Sylvester S. Sayon during a match between Fashion FC and Western Lion FC. In another development, Coach Abraham Harrington of Fashion F.C. was suspended for six months for insulting center referee Sylvester S. Sayon during a match between Fashion FC and Western Lion, recently.The action exhibited by the suspended players and the coach as well as their clubs contravenes LFA’s Rules and Regulations, chapter 18, Article 1, Section 1.5a and Section 1.7 respectively. Accordingly, section 1.5a states that any official who shall assault a match official or LFA Official before, during and after a match shall be suspended for one year for the first offense and pay all expenses incurred by the match official or LFA official and 18 months for the second offense.Section 1.7 also states that a club player, officials or member of a club who shall encourage or authorize the team to abandon a match or bring a match to a standstill shall be fined $10,00LD and be suspended for not less than one year and not exceeding two years.The suspension of the seven players and coach started September 28, 2015 and will expire September 28, 2016.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Hollywood’s spy guy

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Danny Biederman was hooked the first moment he heard agent Napoleon Solo speak into a cigarette-case communicator on TV’s “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” For Biederman as a 10-year-old boy growing up in Tarzana, nothing quite matched the allure of the show and others like it – from “I Spy” and “Secret Agent” to “The Wild Wild West” and “Mission: Impossible.” Those TV series – plus the James Bond movies of the time – had everything: hot babes, seemingly ordinary men in business suits leading secret, dangerous lives, and treacherous villains bent on world domination. And, oh, the gadgets. There were pen transmitters and toy chickens that turned objects into gold. Coat hooks that opened secret passageways and tapes that would self-destruct in five seconds. And over the next four decades, Biederman collected all of them – and more. “I didn’t know my interest in it would last beyond a year,” Biederman said. “The one word that described it was ‘cool.’ It was just so cool.” Now living in Sherman Oaks, Biederman, 51, is considered the country’s foremost authority on the popular culture of spy fiction. His collection has appeared at the CIA, and he has written a new book, “The Incredible World of Spy-Fi.” On Friday, about 50 of the most iconic pieces in his 4,500-strong collection went on exhibit at the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C. There’s the famous shoe phone that Maxwell Smart used on “Get Smart.” There’s Emma Peel’s sexy black leather pants from “The Avengers.” There’s the tarantula used to try to kill James Bond in the first 007 film, “Dr. No.” And there’s also a pair of Austin Powers’ eyeglasses and even a never-filmed Austin Powers jet itinerary that calls for tea and crumpets at 4 p.m., followed by an evening orgy. Biederman – dressed spy-like for the exhibit’s opening in a black turtleneck, blazer and pants – said he’d put a lot of thought into why he collects spy-show artifacts. “It’s not for the memories, because I never really lose the memories,” Biederman said. “It sounds funny to say, but it’s almost like they don’t belong in this dimension. “It’s this sense that the object crossed over from the fictional world to the real world, even though it’s made of wood or paint.” Indeed, the featured exhibit in a museum that tells the story of real espionage, coups and assassinations is most definitely the place where art and life intersect. “In 30 years at the CIA – more than 20 of them in covert operations – not a week went by that I didn’t deal with the ‘gadget people,”’ recalled Peter Earnest, a former agent and now executive director of the museum. He and other agents, he said, would harass the technical staff after each episode of “U.N.C.L.E.” or “Mission: Impossible,” asking, “Why don’t we have this stuff?” Other times, Biederman said, agents would monitor spy shows and wonder how Hollywood producers had learned about certain devices. “Those programs so pervaded our culture and, in some cases, led it,” Earnest said. After collecting action figures and records – most of which he still has, preserved in mint condition – Biederman bought his first actual spy-show prop at an MGM auction in 1970. Still in high school, he had less than $30 and had to ask his mom for permission to go. But he spotted uniforms from THRUSH – the enemy of U.N.C.L.E. – for $5 apiece, and they were his. He made more connections as a teen, getting onto the set of “Diamonds Are Forever” to film a behind-the-scenes documentary he called “A Spy for All Seasons.” While attending the University of California, Los Angeles, and later as a consultant and screenplay writer working his way into the world of Hollywood, he built his reputation as a collector. These days, he maintains connections with production assistants and prop houses in his continuing quest for spy stuff. Often as not, people call and offer items – such as the guy in Canada who heard about Biederman’s collection and sent him a costume from the 1977 Bond flick “The Spy Who Loved Me.” Some acquisitions have been pure providence. After searching high and low for his childhood favorite – the U.N.C.L.E. cigarette-case transmitter – Biederman said he finally found the show’s prop master, only to be told the item had been recently thrown away. Crushed, Biederman nevertheless accepted a tour of the area, during which he spotted a gold item poking out of a Dumpster. On a hunch, he pulled it out – and found his Holy Grail of spy-show memorabilia. Biederman said he makes it a policy never to discuss how much he pays for items. And, with so many pieces still in boxes, he isn’t even entirely sure how much the entire collection is worth. Nor does he know precisely what he plans to do with the trove. He hasn’t ruled out donating it to the Smithsonian, which has asked for it, but he also would like to leave it to his children, or maybe someday open his own spy-artifact museum. In the meantime, Biederman said, he has great fun with his gadgets, allowing them to transport him back to a time of great spy TV. “They were thrillers, but mostly they were about friendship,” he said. “There was loyalty. There was humor. They were very positive stories.” Lisa Friedman, (202) 662-8731 lisa.friedman@langnews.comlast_img read more