NBA AM: Przybilla Wants To Be A Buck… Again.
Przybilla And The Bucks: The way the Milwaukee Bucks have thrown around contracts over the last few years you’d think they’d be up against the wall of whatever salary system gets agreed to in the next NBA labor deal. However the truth is that Milwaukee has just $51.5 million in salary commitments for the 2011-2012 NBA seasons and if the salary cap stays close to the $58.7 million line that existed last season, the Bucks could have some change in their pockets to spend and free agent Joel Przybilla wouldn’t mind ending his NBA career where he started it.
“Milwaukee will be one of my top teams, definitely,” Przybilla said to Gery Woelfel of the Journal Times . “For me, Milwaukee is home. For me, the biggest thing in my life is my family and I think this where we’ll probably spend the rest of our lives.”
Przybilla was a shell of himself last season as he labored to recover from a second ruptured patella tendon surgery, one of the worst surgeries for a basketball player.
“Last season it was probably about 50 percent,” Przybilla said. “I never said anything about that or complained about it. I just went out and played.
“I would say it’s 90 percent now. If I didn’t think my knee was fine, I wouldn’t give this another chance.”
Przybilla is an unrestricted free agent, so he is free to choose his next destination, and while Milwaukee is an ideal scenario, he plans to keep his options open because he still wants to play.
“There were times when I thought I was going to [retire],” said Przybilla. “I wasn’t playing much and, when I was playing, I wasn’t playing well.
“It was really frustrating going out there and not being able to play to my capabilities.”
If Przybilla lands in Milwaukee he’ll join former Bobcat teammate Stephen Jackson among others that were acquired on draft day.
For Przybilla, he believes Jackson has an undeserved reputation.
“I like Stephen; he’s a great teammate,” Przybilla said. “People have given him a bad rap over the years. I’ve never had a problem with Stephen. I would go to battle with him every night.”
Assuming the salary cap in the NBA stays roughly where it was last season the Bucks could have as much as $7.2 million to fill in its roster with and its hard to argue that for the right price Joel Przybilla wouldn’t solve a real and pressing need for the Bucks.
It sounds like Joel wants to be there, and that’s sometimes the hardest sell in Milwaukee.
The Wolves and Adelman: HOOPSWORLD’s Bill Ingram reported over the weekend that it seems clear that the Timberwolves and coaching candidate Rick Adelman are closing in on a multi-year deal that could be worth as much at $25 million.
Sources close to the situation say that Adelman has been the prime target for some time with former Warriors’ coach Don Nelson being the second, albeit less desirable, candidate on the list.
Sources also say that paying Adelman has never been a concern in Minnesota and that Wolves’ owner Glen Taylor green lighted the concept of a high salary coach some time ago. The issue, according to sources, has been convincing Adelman to take the job and it seems that the Wolves are closing in on a final decision.
There is a general belief that current Wolves’ president David Kahn could be on the hot seat if things don’t radically improve in Minnesota and that uncertainty certainly weighs into the decision making process for Adelman.
Adelman is coming off a bad situation in Houston where he wanted certain things for his roster and management’s priorities were different creating a nasty rift that ended in an amicable parting of ways. There was still a rift that both sides have acknowledged and it’s safe to say Adelman isn’t eager to sign up for another front office battle.
The upside for Rick is that if Kahn is fired, Adelman is one of the few coaches in the process that could survive a Team president change where candidates such as Bernie Bickerstaff or Sam Mitchell would likely be out under a new regime.
The Wolves have been extremely thorough in this process and have sought the opinions of a large number of people, so this decision has not been made lightly.
The burning question is will Adelman take the job, all signs point to him being named the next head coach of the Wolves and that could happen this week.
Tuesday’s Labor Meeting: An interesting thing happened on the way to losing the NBA season… The owners seem to have changed their tune.
Last week the NBA and its Players met for several days, emerging from those meetings saying very little to gathered press that has been tracking their movements throughout the city of New York.
Sources briefed on the progress of those meetings revealed that a new proposal is expected from the owners on Tuesday and the contents of that proposal could change the tone and direction of the NBA’s 73-day lockout of its players.
Sources say that last week’s meeting really opened up a new dialogue and that it seems the owners’ desire for radical revenue share rollbacks is the only central theme of importance.
Sources said the ideas kicked around the room really centered on a better revenue split and that much of the mechanical rule changes that have been debated endlessly throughout the process may have been tabled.
Sources warned that we have been at this point before, where the Players expected a better offer from the NBA only to be given a similar offer as the one deemed unworkable.
However that does not change the fact that a new offer is expected on Tuesday which will be reviewed by the full committees for both sides.
There are now two scenarios in play.
The first being the Players receive a new offer from the NBA and agree to the terms of the offer. In that case they will present the offer to their constituents in Las Vegas on September 15th and a vote could be held shortly after.
Coincidentally, the NBA Owners have a Board of Governors meeting scheduled for Thursday as well, meaning they too could vote to approve a new deal.
The second scenario, which we’ll call doomsday, is that the offer presented on Tuesday is deemed unfavorable to the players and they turn the offer away.
If this occurs, you can expect the NBA Owners to authorize the cancellation or delay of training camp and possibly pre-season games at their meeting on Thursday.
Either way, we should have a sense of where the NBA’s lockout is headed by the close of business on Tuesday and votes could take place on September 15th if all things line up as they should.
Sources said the Players’ have been somewhat shocked in how radically things have changed, hence their agreement to stay quiet with the press. Sources also commented that while no specific deal points have been “agreed to” the general sense is that the offer expected on Tuesday could look mechanically similar to the labor deal that just expired, but with major overhauls to revenue share and Luxury Tax, which is believed to be on the chopping block in favor of more robust revenue sharing.
Tuesday has become an interesting day, as it could signal the end to the lockout and a potential ramp up for Free Agency.
Here is hoping cooler heads prevail.
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