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Wednesday And-1 Links: Nerlens Noel thinks raising age limit not “the worst idea”

May 28, 2014, 8:30 PM EDT

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Here is 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.

• In general players oppose Commissioner Adam Silver’s goal of raising of the NBA age limit — not that they will stop the league from doing it, so long as the players union gets something in return. It’s always a negotiation.

Nerlens Noel, who left Kentucky as a one-and-done, had an interesting take on the age limit — it’s a good idea, just not for me. Here is what he said over the weekend on ESPN Radio 97.3 in South New Jersey, when on with Matt Hammond:

“I don’t think it’s the worst idea. But the one year of college was definitely the best thing for me… I think it’s a good idea but then again the one year was enough for me and the other guys making the move and being successful with it. But Adam Silver is a great commissioner and he’s doing what’s in the best interest of the next generation.”

• All the reports that come out of Minnesota say that the Timberwolves are not that eager to trade Kevin Love, not in a rushed fashion. It’s the leaks from agents and other interested teams that are the big fuel for this trade conversation right now.

• If you read one thing today, it should be this Seattle Times look at how far Robert Swift has fallen.

Dwyane Wade said again that if LeBron James bolts Miami this summer not to blame him.

• Not that you asked, but I really don’t think LeBron is leaving Miami this summer. Right now, he is in legacy building mode, he needs rings. At the end of the day, who is he going to trust to build or maintain a contender around him more than Pat Riley, who is trying to recruit young men with money to live in Miami (in a state with no sales tax)? Would you trust Dan Gilbert to succeed at this more than you would Riley? James Dolan? LeBron knows where his best chance of winning remains.

• Great look at Grantland at the history of NBA posters.

• If you are looking for a good breakdown of Donald Sterling’s legal arguments, here you go.

• Nene is pushing for the Wizards to re-sign Marcin Gortat. They’d like to, but the price may be more steep than they are interested in.

• Lineup changes for the Spurs in Game 5? Don’t be shocked to see more Corey Joseph, he earned it.

Great post at Nets Daily on the “arms race” of teams building practice facilities. Everyone is upgrading, like college football facilities it’s part of the recruiting process (for the NBA it’s recruiting free agents).

• If you want to buy this go ahead, I’m not sure I do — Kyrie Irving is going to sign a max, five-year deal if it’s put in front of him.

• Tornike Shengelia, who was released by the Bulls in April, has signed a three-year deal to play with Baskonia of Spain.

  1. honkerdawg - May 28, 2014 at 8:38 PM

    If James leaves Muami he’ll never see another ring and he should know it

    • spursareold - May 29, 2014 at 9:24 AM

      Neither will Miami.

  2. mackcarrington - May 28, 2014 at 9:48 PM

    They don’t have to make these guys go to college. Just let them go straight to the D-League from high school, and see if they mature mentally and on the court from there. There is already a D-league wage scale so teams would save money. It would be up to the team if they decided to use a draft pick on such a player. Or maybe just have a special draft for Straight-out-of-high schoolers. That way, they already know they’re going to the D-League until they get old enough. Less pressure on the players to perform right away and less pressure on the GM’s to risk their jobs.

    • eugenesaxe1 - May 28, 2014 at 10:51 PM

      If a kid has no intention of doing 4 years of college, he shouldn’t go at all. There are plenty of folks out there who’d kill for a free education just for playing ball.
      Let them do the D-League/Europe/anywhere but the NBA for a year.

  3. bigtganks - May 29, 2014 at 1:27 PM

    Bel Biv Devoe… Now you know.

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