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Monday News and Notes

Breaking down the latest news around the NBA and college basketball

The NBA is considering a fine of up to 10 million dollars for any team found to be tampering. Rules like tampering are very hard to enforce and commissioner Adam Silver has stated before that without large fines the tampering rule does not serve as much of a deterrent for teams. One thing to note regarding tampering is the fact that players will have relationships off of the court and that will naturally lead to some form of recruiting regardless of the limitations and fines the league proposes to put on teams, as well as making the rules pointless in many peoples view.

Michael Jordan, Wes Edens, Emilia Fazzalari, and Jeanie Buss have launched a new tequila brand. Making money is nothing new to these NBA owners, and they hope this latest venture will be a hit given their well known names. The idea reportedly first came to fruition during a dinner a couple of years ago, with bottles being priced between $70 and $1,600 depending on the bottle.

The Knicks will be bringing in Hasheem Thabeet in for a workout. The former #2 overall pick in 2009 one of the biggest busts in draft history and spent his most recent season playing in China. A team expected to be one of the leagues worst teams bringing in a 32 year old for a workout hoping to make the last roster spot in not necessarily of note, however, Thabeet has reportedly extended his range out to the three point line which has multiple teams intrigued.

Devin Harris is still on the open market and is considering offers from multiple teams. Harris spent last season with the Dallas Mavericks but they are not considered to be an option at this point. Taking into account that Harris is in the back half of his 30’s, many are expecting him to retire, and given some of his recent quotes he could go either way at this point.

New Jersey Governer Phil Murphy has signed a bill into law that will allow casinos in the state to accept bets on NBA games, with the exception of if a team owner also owns a casino. This is the case with Tilman Firtitta is the owner of the Golden Nugget casino as well as the Houston Rockets.

CBS Sports broke down some of the best and worst bets to make on who will cut down the nets at the NCAA tournament this season. Kentucky (8 to 1), Memphis (14 to 1) and Florida (20 to 1) are seen as the top three bets to throw down, with Duke (10 to 1), Maryland (40 to 1), and Arizona (30 to 1) as some of the worst. Memphis and Florida will be trendy picks given their young talent and the addition of Kerry Blackshear to the Gators, so it makes sense if fans are looking for these teams to make a run in March. Duke will be in a transition year of sorts after losing three top ten picks in June bringing uncertainty into this season, and Maryland will have talent but they are yet to prove under Mark Turgeon they can go deep in the tournament.

Tony Bennett turned down a pay raise after winning his first national championship, electing to use the money to pay for facilities and additional salary increases for the Cavaliers staff. This is just another sign of the culture Bennett has cultivated in Charlottesville putting the team as a collective unit over any one individual. To be fair Bennett is already making solid money, but it is not everyday you see a coach turn down a pay raise after bringing his program to unknown heights in the previous season.

High school recruit Henry Coleman has set an announcement date for his college commitment. Coleman will announce his decision on September 27th, after taking official visits to Duke and Virginia Tech, while NC State, Michigan, and Ohio State also remain on his list. He is ranked #44 by Rivals, #37 by 247 Sports, and #41 by ESPN.

The Minnesota Timberwolves signed Jordan Murphy to an Exhibit 10 contract. Despite being undersized at 6’6″ and playing power forward, Murphy was a double double machine in his collegiate time at Minnesota averaging 14.4 points and 11 rebounds per game as a senior. He will most likely not make the final roster and play in the G League this season, but the Timberwolves obviously are intrigued with his high motor and ability to use his basketball I.Q. to overcome the size disparity that he usually faces.

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