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Tuesday News and Notes

Breaking down the latest news around college basketball and the NBA

Earl Boykins was named Director of Student Development at Arkansas. Boykins has a history with head coach Eric Musselman playing under him with the Golden State Warriors and the Orlando Magic. After retiring from the league, the former point guard has been coaching a high school team in Colorado and running his charity. Having staff members with a long history of NBA success is a route that many schools have gone, helping sell recruits on the idea the program can help them make it on the professional level.

The league has informed teams to expect the salary cap to be lower than previous projections for the 2020-2021 season. The official number will not be set until the next summer, but this projection is about 1 million dollars less. The cap overall is expected to go up from the 2019-2020 season around 7 million dollars, although next years free agency class is considered to be on the weaker end compared to years past.

The Magic picked up the options of Markelle Fultz, Jonathan Isaac, and Mo Bamba keeping them on the payroll through the 2020-2021 season. Extending Bamba and Isaac is not surprising as both players are seen as talented young pieces, but there was no simple decision regarding what to do with Fultz. After being selected #1 overall by the 76ers he has dealt with injuries and the inability to shoot the basketball effectively, leading to him being shipped from Philadelphia to Orlando to move on as well as clear cap space. He did play in 19 games for the 76ers last season showing some flashes of an ability to play at the NBA level, but his shoulder injury recurred causing him to not play any games with Orlando. His fourth year option is for $12.3 million dollars leading to the belief that either Orlando is okay with making a large gamble, or they are confident in what they have seen from Fultz as he rehabilitates yet another shoulder injury.

The NBA is proposing a rule change that would require teams to submit their lineups for a game thirty minutes before tip off. Currently teams must submit a lineup 10 minutes before the game begins, however with the addition of legal gambling being apart of the leagues considerations when making rule changes, this is being sold as a way to allow fans more time to make decisions on a bet based on the lineup for the night. Expect more potential changes like this one as the owners, the league, and fans navigate how to best handle the new landscape of sports gambling.

Ohio State picked up a commitment from 2020 wing Eugene Brown, their first commitment for the 2020 class. At 6’6″ he has good size for a shooting guard, and he should be able to guard multiple positions. Brown is ranked #92 by 247 Sports, #82 by Rivals, and unranked by ESPN.

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