COMMENTARY Not every player in the NBA is paid what he’s worth. For many, the timing of their free agency plays as much of a role as how well they dribble, pass, or shoot. Two summers ago, middling NBA players cashed in when the league — flush with new TV money — went on a drunken spending spree. Guys like Evan Turner (four years, $70 million in Portland), Bismack Biyombo (four years, $72 million in Orlando), and Timofey Mozgov (four years, $64 million from the Lakers) were just a few beneficiaries when general managers made it rain. Today, many of those teams are left with little more than buyer’s remorse. There are no more cap spikes to bail them out, and few of those deals are trade-able without tying them to valuable assets. For example, if the Charlotte Hornets want to get out of the nearly $80 million they still owe Nicolas Batum over the next three years, they’re probably going to have to attach him to Kemba Walker in a deal — and even that … [Read more...] about 4 outcomes for Marcus Smart in free agency
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WETHERSPOON boss Tim Martin is urging Theresa May to properly prepare for a “no deal” Brexit as she was accused of being “incompetent and weak” by not doing so. The founder of the pub chain warned the Prime Minister she was putting Britain's future at risk and urged her to “show some steel” in the negotiators with Brussels. It was also reported Mrs May is refusing to allow ministers to talk about the planning which is going on for such a scenario for fear it would “wind up” the EU. But Mr Martin, who played a leading role in the campaign to leave the EU, said she must signal to Brussels she is ready to walk out of the talks. Speaking to the Express he also called for her to be ready to cancel the £39billion so-called Brexit “divorce bill” too. He said: "EU bureaucrats sense the Prime Minister’s desperation and are taking the UK for a ride. "Theresa May is a decent person, but has boxed herself in. She has made the … [Read more...] about Wetherspoon boss urges Theresa May to prepare for a ‘no deal’ Brexit as she is accused of being ‘incompetent and weak’
Brad Biggs answers your Bears questions weekly.With the Bears still flush with cap space and a lack of quality free agents left, what possible justification could there be for letting Josh Sitton go and Cameron Meredith go for nothing? Now the only good place for the Bears to replace Sitton and Meredith is to find a guard and wide receiver in the draft. Wouldn’t the bears have been way better off having Sitton and Meredith in place and using the draft to push the roster and create depth? At worst, the Bears could have kept Sitton and Meredith and have two good players on one-year deals. What a mess. — Sanjay A., ChicagoFor starters, I don’t think it’s fair to lump the decisions on these two players together. They’re totally different decisions and as I have written before in the mailbag, let’s see what the Bears come up with on the offensive line to replace Sitton. The draft could bring an option that really excites fans and more importantly the … [Read more...] about Bears Q&A: Why was Cameron Meredith allowed to leave? Where to play Cody Whitehair? Plus draft questions
For an extra $1 million, the Bears could have ensured Cameron Meredith wouldn’t be shopping around the NFL for the best contract he could find.That’s not saying the Bears were thinking with their pocketbook first because I don’t believe that to be the case. That’s not saying the Bears’ goal was to have Meredith sign an offer sheet elsewhere so they could swoop in, match the deal and become the beneficiary of negotiations completed by another club. I don’t believe that to be the case either.The Bears tendered Meredith, an undrafted free agent from Illinois State in 2015, at the low level of roughly $1.9 million. Because Meredith wasn’t drafted, the Bears will not receive compensation from the Saints if they decline to match the offer sheet the wide receiver signed with them Friday. The two-year deal is worth $9.6 million, includes incentives that could take it to a maximum value of $12.6 million and has $5.4 million in guarantees. The Ravens … [Read more...] about With Bears heavily invested at wide receiver, what’s next for Cameron Meredith?
William McDougall, Lecturer in Politics at Glasgow Caledonian University explains why the UK's future may well depend on Spain. Committed supporters of Scottish independence may be dusting down their 2014 memorabilia and rehearsing their arguments now that the Brexit vote has raised the prospect of another referendum north of the border. Yet despite much talk about the sovereign will of the Scottish people, the gift of holding a referendum belongs to Westminster. As Enoch Powell claimed, “power devolved is power retained”. When deciding how to respond to a demand for another referendum from Scotland, the UK government need not just rely on theories. It has a real example with the Spanish state’s handling of the Catalan question. In 2012, the main nationalist parties in Catalonia won a decisive majority of the vote in the regional elections. They supported holding a referendum on self-determination in 2014 but this was vetoed by Madrid. Artur Mas. Photo: AFP … [Read more...] about Why Spain plays a crucial role in whether UK stays together