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Wednesday And-1 Links: Cavaliers pick up options for Irving, Waiters, Zeller, Thompson

Oct 23, 2013, 6:29 PM EDT

Kyrie Irving AP

It’s time for our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points more than Skittles…

• If you are rebuilding with youth, rule one is to keep those youth around. That’s what the Cleveland Cavaliers did on Thursday, picking up the options on Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson (fourth year for those two), plus Dion Waiters and Tyler Zeller (third year options for them). While they have picked up the option, you can expect a max five-year extension offer to come to Irving next summer.

• Celtics GM Danny Ainge again makes it sound like he has no intention of trading Rajon Rondo (of course, what else can he say?). Here is the money quote, via Ken Berger of

“It’s my job to build the Celtics, and Rondo is a big part of that. Will everything be as perfect as he would like it? I don’t believe so, but it’s not perfect for us, either, the fact that he can’t play. I think Rondo is with us. I think he likes a lot of the core guys on our team now, and I think he is optimistic and looking forward to a new chapter.”

• Over at ESPN (Insider, so you have to pay), salary cap guru put together his annual list of the most underpaid and overpaid players in the NBA. Top three most underpaid: LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. It’s obvious why Irving on his rookie deal makes the list, as for LeBron and Durant the money they generate for their teams far outstrips even a max NBA salary. The most overpaid? Kobe Bryant (his $30 million salary does him in), Amar’e Stoudemire and Joe Johnson.

Zach Lowe’s 32 predictions for the NBA season over at Grantland are a great read.

• Another great read: Sports Business Journal profiled Adam Silver.

• At Sports Illustrated, Ben Golliver and Rob Mahoney make a stab at predicting the All NBA Team at the end of the season. They predict a logical first team: Chris Paul, Derrick Rose, LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Dwight Howard.

• Jazz coach Ty Corbin said he is still trying to see if Lester Hudson or Scott Machado can run the point. Which doesn’t sound good for John Lucas III (while everyone waits for Trey Burk to return).

• Chris Paul and Stephen Curry picked up a new endorsement deal — partnering with Kaiser Permanente to promote its #OwnNow program, which encourages young adults to live healthy and active lives — and to get health insurance.

• Stan Van Gundy was on NBCSN’s Sports Dash Wednesday and talked the GM poll, plus who could knock off the Heat or deny LeBron another MVP.

• Miami Heat draft pick and PBT favorite (Long Beach State!) James Ennis is tearing it up in Austrailia.

• Finally, here is seven minutes of J.J. Redick talking about fancy watches.

  1. eugenesaxe1 - Oct 23, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    Even at 30mil, I don’t see Kobe being overpaid. For his on-court contributions maybe, but he still puts a lot of money in everybody’s pockets, not just his.

    • antistratfordian - Oct 23, 2013 at 8:17 PM

      He’s probably still overpaid even considering that. More people go to Lakers games when they are winning and less go when they are losing. Kobe’s star power doesn’t do much to change that. The Lakers revenue has been declining each of the last 3 years as Kobe’s salary goes up, up and away.

  2. musician0785 - Oct 24, 2013 at 2:02 AM

    stop trolling hater, lakers revenue has not been declining the last 3 years, this is something else you just made up

    • spursareold - Oct 24, 2013 at 10:17 AM

      That’s the franchise valuation, dummy. Revenue is what money is coming into the till each year.

      • musician0785 - Oct 30, 2013 at 1:23 AM

        if you go to the linked page you would see that there is a breakdown, year by year, of the franchise’s profits……

  3. muhangis - Oct 24, 2013 at 4:38 AM

    Stratford a gigantic freakin troll. Reading and commenting on here alot, I’m used to this guy making up facts.

    That said, Kobe has done way too much for that organization in his 18 years. You’d equally have to say that Michael Jordan was being overpayed (being a couple years older than Kobe then) his last two years with the Bulls, where he made $63.3 million in two years. And this is the ’96 & ’97 seasons (16-17 YRS ago) ! ! ! U KNOW HOW MUCH THE MEDIAN SALARY HAS RAISED SINCE THEN???

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