The news that Vi Ripken, mother of Orioles great Cal Ripken had been abducted, shook Orioles manager Buck Showalter.Obviously, our thoughts and prayers go out to the Ripken family, Showalter said on Wednesday.He then related a story involving his mother. In 2000, she was living in Century, Fla., and Showalter was in Atlanta managing the Arizona Diamondbacks.Someone broke into Mrs. Showalters mother house.He tied her up with the cord to the radio that she used to listen to the game, Showalter said. A few years back, I found out later she knew the guy. She took him around and showed him where all the cash was. Made sure he got enough.His mother untied herself after he left, and the intruder was killed a few days later crossing the Mexican border.
The Wizards will be holding their 2018-19 training camp close to home, as the team announced on Thursday they will return to the area after breaking camp in Richmond, Va. in recent years.
Wizards training camp will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 25 and will be held at the new Medstar Performance Center in Southeast Washington. Camp will run through Saturday, Sept. 29.
The Wizards have not announced plans for an open practice, which they hold annually, usually on a Friday night. In recent years, that has included a dunk contest featuring younger players on the team.
As part of their training camp announcement, the Wizards also made official their four camp invitations. Guards Chris Chiozza, Tiwian Kendley, Chasson Randle and forward Lavoy Allen will participate, hoping to earn the Wizards’ final roster spot.
The Wizards have 14 players set for their NBA roster and also have two players signed to two-way contracts in Devin Robinson and Jordan McRae. The Wizards do not have to fill the 15th roster spot. By league rules, the minimum roster size is 13 players. With their four invitees, the Wizards will have 20 total players participating in camp.
The Wizards will also hold their 2018 media day on Monday, Sept. 24. Their first preseason game is on Oct. 1 against the New York Knicks.
Here is the full training camp roster:
PG John Wall
SG Bradley Beal
SF Otto Porter, Jr.
PF Markieff Morris
C Dwight Howard
SF Kelly Oubre, Jr.
PG Tomas Satoransky
C Ian Mahinmi
PF Jeff Green
SG Austin Rivers
SF Troy Brown, Jr.
SG Jodie Meeks
PF Jason Smith
C Thomas Bryant
PF Devin Robinson
SG Jordan McRae
PF Lavoy Allen
PG Chasson Randle
PG Chris Chiozza
SG Tiwian Kendley
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Any team that trades for Jimmy Butler will be doing so understanding the risk of potentially losing him next summer in free agency. The four-time All-Star has a player option for 2019-20 that he is almost certainly going to decline. A new report from The Athletic sheds light on the type of money he is looking for.
Butler, according to Jon Krawczynski, sought a contract extension this summer that would have added four years and $145 million to his deal.
Pro Basketball Talk notes that he could make close to that on the open market next summer if he foregoes his player option to leave Minnesota. He could also make about $190 million over five years next offseason if he re-signs.
This is noteworthy for anyone trying to connect the dots to their favorite team. The Wizards, for instance, would essentially have to trade one of their max contracts – John Wall, Bradley Beal or Otto Porter, Jr. – and do so for a guy in Butler who is older than them (he’s 29) and has an injury history.
Butler had surgery to repair his meniscus in February and had surgery on his hand this summer. Any contract extension would take him well into his 30s.
The NBA’s new salary structure allows for players to make way more money than they did before and Butler is in line to be one of the next to capitalize on the financial windfall. Salary cap room is one reason why Butler’s preferred destinations of the Knicks, Clippers and Nets make sense, as they can pay him big money next summer.
The new salaries in the NBA basically give teams room for one supermax player. The Wizards already have Wall set to begin his four-year, $170 million deal in the 2019-20 season. His salary will jump from $19.1 million this year to $37.8 million in the first year of his next contract.
Keep this in mind, NBA fans, as you come up with scenarios for Butler and where the Timberwolves should trade him.
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