The NBA regular season is fast approaching as many teams still try to make roster moves before the preseason begins on September 30. Here’s a look at what’s happening around the league this week.
Suns Owner Sarver Suspended One Year By NBA
After a lengthy investigation into allegations of workplace misconduct by Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury owner Robert Sarver, the NBA announced it was suspending him for one year and fining him $10 million. He must also work with the league to find an interim governor to handle the team’s day-to-day operations during his absence. The investigation was launched after many current and former Suns employees alleged a history of racially insensitive, misogynistic and hostile workplace conduct by Sarver.
Many critics say the punishment for Sarver wasn’t enough and should have been in line with the ruling the league handed down regarding former LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling in 2014. He was banned from the league for life for racist remarks later made public.
On top of his fine and suspension, Sarver is required to complete a training program focused on workplace conduct. There will also be workplace culture surveys distributed to team employees regularly, with reports to the league office also required.
Harrell Signs Two-Year Deal With 76ers
Former NBA Sixth Man of the Year Montrezl Harrell agreed to a two-year contract with the Philadelphia 76ers yesterday. The contract is reportedly worth $5.2 million over two seasons with a player option in year two. He played for two seasons under current coach Doc Rivers while a member of the Los Angeles Clippers for three seasons from 2017 to 2020.
Harrell won his sixth man award in his final season with LA, with career-high averages of 18.6 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. Last season, he spent time with the Washington Wizards and Charlotte Hornets and averaged 13.1 points and 6.1 rebounds in 71 games.
Philadelphia is trying to improve after being eliminated by the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference playoffs. They finished fourth in the conference with a 51-31 record last season.
Jazz Looking To Trade Bogdanovic Before Regular Season
Since the Utah Jazz made their blockbuster deal to send Donovan Mitchell to the Cleveland Cavaliers a few weeks ago, there hasn’t been much movement on the NBA trade market. However, things will undoubtedly change soon with training camp just around the corner.
The Jazz are also looking to unload more of their veterans before the 2022-23 season starts. The team is in the midst of a complete rebuild and hopes to secure more high draft picks and free up salary cap room to continue moving towards a much younger and potentially talented squad for the future.
Utah has been trying to secure a deal for Bojan Bogdanovic, whose contract is expiring and is set to earn $19.5 million this season. He is getting a lot of interest from teams and could fit several different roles.
Bogdanovic is a high-volume three-point shooter, with 39.7% accuracy from behind the arc in his time with the Jazz. Reports are that he’s gaining interest from several playoff-hopeful teams, including the Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks and Dallas Mavericks.
The 6’7″ small forward would be an excellent fit for any of those teams. However, a deal could come down to which team can give up the highest draft picks to acquire him.