That other night would be Dec. 8, when a loss to the 76ers led to Davis grumbling in his greatest display of discontent this season via mostly one-word responses. An injection of reinforcements since has bought the Pelicans some time — even if it’s just another week or two.
“I just let stuff play out until it’s time to really say something, [then] I’ll say it,” he said. “But other than that, I like to see where stuff goes, see how stuff works out. Just ’cause something doesn’t work out one game or two games or whatever, you don’t want to jump the gun. I kind of just see how it goes over a period of time and then make a decision from there.”
A: It means he can ask the Clippers for $50 million more than he could have if he had been a free agent last year. The Clippers don’t have to give it to him, of course, but he is in a much better position to get a lot more guaranteed money. Being the union president can pay off .
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Q: What about the guys in the middle?
A: NBA salaries are a zero-sum game: They get 51 percent of the revenue pie to split up among 450 or so players. So if the guys at the top are getting more, and the guys at the bottom are getting more, it means the middle class might get squeezed. This could be the beginning of a very top-heavy league, where the stars get the lion’s share of the money.
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Q: Are there any other new rules to know about?
A: One you’ll notice is that teams can now have two players who they can keep on their roster while letting them play in the D-League. These players will be on “two-way contracts” that will enable a team to control their rights and call them up to the parent team — sort of like how it works in baseball.