|1997 NBA Draft||NBA||Drafted 1st overall by San Antonio.|
|23rd July, 1997||NBA||Signed three year, $10,239,120 rookie scale contract with San Antonio.|
|1st August, 2000||NBA||Re-signed by San Antonio to a four year, $45,875,500 contract. Included player option for 2003/04.|
|30th June, 2003||NBA||Declined 2003/04 player option.|
|13th July, 2003||NBA||Re-signed by San Antonio to a seven year, $122,007,706 contract. Included early termination option after 2007/08 season and a player option for 2009/10.|
|2nd November, 2007||NBA||Signed a two year, $40 million extension with San Antonio. Concurrently declined early termination option and exercised 2009/10 player option.|
|25th July, 2012||NBA||Re-signed by San Antonio to a three year, $30 million contract. Included player option for 2014/15.|
|23rd June, 2014||NBA||Exercised 2014/15 player option.|
|9th July, 2015||NBA||Re-signed by San Antonio to a two year, $10,893,750 contract. Included player option for 2016/17.|
|28th June, 2016||NBA||Exercised 2016/17 player option.|
|11th July, 2016||NBA||Waived by San Antonio.|
|1993 - 1997||Wake Forest (NCAA)|
|June 1997 - July 2016||San Antonio Spurs (NBA)|
April 5, 2017
[...] Big men, who would otherwise be assigned the post, shoot threes now. Lord knows they have all long since wanted to. By way of example, Zach Randolph decided one day under the reign of Isiah Thomas in New York that he would cast start casting them up, despite a sub-30% success rate and the fact he was a 20/10 double-double guy around the rim at the time, while Tim Duncan and his famed resolution to never try and play outside of what he was capable of enjoyed the fact that he may have been voted into the 2002 All-Star Game as a de facto small forward because he felt it would allow to him “shoot more threes”. Big guys have always liked the novelty – see also, Dwight Howard in the All-Star game. But now, they actually do it. [...]
July 22, 2012
This post is essentially an addendum to this previous post. That post talked about an NBA contract that had accidentally been created and ratified in violation of a Collective Bargaining Agreement. Specifically, it talked about Zach Randolph and the Memphis Grizzlies.
It appears now, however, that that is not the only instance of the rule in question being violated. The rule in question - whereby the salary in a player option year cannot be for less than that of the year immediately preceding it, explained at much greater length in the previous post - also appears to be broken in the case of Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs.
Per official league salary figures, Duncan's new contract, signed this month, calls for salaries of $9,638,554 in 2012/13, $10,361,446 in 2013/14, and an even $10 million in 2014/15. The final year is a player option year, NOT a year immediately following an early termination option (again see previous post), and thus the salary in the 2014/15 season should not be any lower than the $10,361,446 of the season before it. It appears, however, that it is.
It was previously said that it is very rare to see the league make a mistake on a matter such as this, and it still is. But to make the same one twice is even more so.
August 12, 2010
In re-signing for four years and $80 million with the Dallas Mavericks, Dirk Nowitzki was able to secure himself only the second no-trade clause in the league. The other one belongs to Kobe Bryant. Not many players are eligible for no-trade clauses; to be eligible, a player has to have 8 years of NBA experience, at least four years of which have to have been with the team he's signing with (albeit not necessarily consecutive years). Other eligible players such as Paul Pierce and Tim Duncan could have had them worked into their most recent contracts, but didn't; then again, they didn't really need to. They're not being traded. Not now, not ever.
July 2, 2010
Only six players in the history of NCAA basketball have ever recorded more than 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 300 blocks. Those six are David Robinson (1st overall pick, 1987), Pervis Ellison (1st overall pick, 1989), Derrick Coleman (1st overall pick, 1990), Tim Duncan (1st overall pick, 1997), Alonzo Mourning (2nd overall pick, 1992, behind only Shaquille O'Neal) and Kyle Hines (undrafted, 2008).
June 14, 2010
(The Cliff Notes version of my alternative non-Jamesy plan - sign Dirk Nowitzki for a hell of a lot of money; trade Kirk Hinrich to Orlando for Marcin Gortat and a signed-and-traded Anthony Johnson; sign Roger Mason, Marcus E. Williams, Brian Skinner and Eddie House; draft Xavier Henry, and buy a mid-second rounder and use it on Trevor Booker. But I'm fully expecting Dirk to re-sign with Dallas, as should you. There is barely such a thing as a lifer in today's NBA, but Dirk, Paul Pierce, Tim Duncan and Kobe Bryant should be four examples of such. In fact, if they're not, something's gone gravely wrong and people must be held accountable.)