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Thursday News and Notes

Breaking down the latest news around college basketball, recruiting, and the NBA

Bradley Beal agreed to a two year $72 million dollar contract extension with the Wizards. There have been plenty of rumors surrounding how the Wizards were going to handle being in a rebuild and having John Wall already on the payroll for the remainder of his max deal. This also means that the team cannot trade him this year if they were considering going that route due to the fact that he will not be eligible to trade until 6 months after signing the extension which would be after the trade deadline. There is a player option in the contract as well, and if that is declined, Beal could become an unrestricted free agent at the age of 29.

Minnesota has lost Eric Curry for the season to a knee injury sustained in practice. The junior forward averaged 4.1 points and 3.1 rebounds in 18.7 minutes of play last season in a season that was limited to by injuries. Curry redshirted in 2017-2018 after a knee injury that summer, then a second operation forced him to miss the first 12 games of the 2018-2019 season before missing more time after his return with a foot injury.

Kansas picked up a commitment from 2020 center Gethro Muscadin. The 6’10” center is not highly ranked but he is interesting prospect due to his ability to stretch the floor. Although he will need to add some strength to deal with bigger players inside, he has shown he can knock down jumpers from behind the three point line which gives him a high upside as Bill Self helps develophis game. Muscadin is ranked #131 by Rivals, #186 by 247 Sports, and he is not ranked by ESPN.

Louisville freshman Quinn Slazinski has been hospitalized for appendicitis. Slazinski was a three star recruit by Rivals and 247 Sports, while ESPN ranked him as a four star in the class of 2019. It is possible that Chris Mack will elect to redshirt the forward, but the coach has stated that it is too early to tell whether or not the team will go that route.

• Two big recruiting decisions coming up today with five stars Devin Askew and Isaiah Todd both announcing their college destinations tonight. Askew who is reportedly down to Kentucky and Louisville will be announcing at 11 pm eastern time on Sportscenter with Kentucky being considered the favorite at this point. Todd who is deciding between Kansas and Michigan is scheduled to announce at 7:45 eastern at his high school, and Michigan is predicted to pick up his commitment.

Tomas Santoransky was named the starter at point guard for the Chicago Bulls over Kris Dunn. Satoransky has spent the last three seasons with the Wizards and in 2018-2019 he averaged 8.9 points and 5 assists in 27.1 minutes per game before signing for 3 years and 30 million dollars with Chicago.

Although it is not a major surprise reports are saying that Pascal Siakam is looking for a max extension that would keep him in Toronto. Both sides appear to want to stay together and get a deal done before the October 21st deadline but it would definitely be somewhat of a risk to offer a 5 year 170 million dollar contract to Siakam. He averaged 16.9 points and 6.9 rebounds in 31.9 minutes per game last season after taking a big jump from his first and second year production. Whether or not the Raptors want to offer him the max deal, it is likely that he could get that kind of money in free agency so either way Siakam is in a good position to get the kind of deal he wants.

Jaylen Brown was offered and decline a 4 year 80 million dollar extension from the Celtics. Brown obviously feels like he can get more on the open market and with a solid season in 2019-2020 there that would is most likely going to be the case. He had a somewhat down year last season where he did not make the kind of jump that many people were projecting so he will need to show that he can be a more efficient offensive player to help his case as being worth the kind of money he is looking for.

The NBA released their GM survey, where they ask executives in the league questions about the upcoming season. The Clippers and Bucks were the two top picks to win the championship. Giannis Antetokounmpo received 52 percent of the vote to be the MVP of the league with no other player getting more than 10 percent. They ranked the best player at each position with Stephen Curry being considered the best point guard, James Harden the top shooting guard, Kawhi Leonard the best small forward, Giannis Antetokounmpo at power forward, and Nikola Jokic taking the most votes for the top center. Zion Williamson was picked to be the Rookie of the Year with 68 percent of the vote, and Ja Morant received 29 percent. Nickeil Alexander-Walker is considered the best steal in the draft with 32 percent, and Brandon Clarke came in second with 21 percent.

The 76ers have exercised the third year option on Zhaire Smith. He only played in 6 games with team as a rookie after dealing with injuries where he averaged 6.7 points and 2.2 in 18.5 minutes per game. Smith is known for his ability to defend on the perimeter so he will likely not ever put up big numbers offensively, but this shows the team likes his potential enough going forward to see their draft pick through.

NBA Transactions from Wednesday, October 16th:

• The Cavaliers waived Daniel Hamilton, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, Sindarius Thronwell, and J.P. Macura

• The Pacers waived Amida Brimah, Walter Lemon Jr., and C.J. Wilcox

• The Grizzlies waived Ahmad Caver

• The Knicks waived Amir Hinton

• The Spurs waived Galen Robinson Jr. and Kenny Williams

• The Raptors waived Sagaba Konate

• The Wizards waived Justin Anderson, Phil Booth, and Jemerrio James

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