Patrick Patterson’s favorite picture, in honor of his new contract.
While there aren’t any big stories breaking right now, there are still a lot of little ones. So here’s a bit of what’s going on around the league, relevant to you.
-It was announced less than four hours ago that the Houston Rockets and Patrick Patterson had come to an agreement on the terms of his rookie contract, and that said contract will be signed after his final summer league game. The financial terms haven’t been released but the pick slots him at about $3.1 million over the two years, and includes two one year options. A big congratulations to the former Cat, and a big ‘We’ll Miss You,’ too.
-Conversely, there appears to be a hang up with Xavier Henry’s contract with the Memphis Grizzlies. As they have been unable to reach an agreement, Xavier was advised by his agent not to play in the teams first summer league game and to block Thomas Beisner on Twitter, both of which the number 12 draft pick promptly did. While these types of negotiations and refusals to play are common for prima donnas that think too highly of themselves, it likely doesn’t mean much, as John Calipari probably isn’t talking to Henry about playing for Kentucky next year. Probably.
-Beisner isn’t the only high profile sports personality out there that has found themselves in trouble due to social network sites as of late. Florida committed four minor recruiting violations on a website called ‘Facebook.’ I’m not too familiar with it, but I’m told it’s a lot like friendster for older people and farmers. Either way, the violations are rumored to have been reported by the recruits that were targeted, leaving one anonymous recruit to tell KSR that “Urban Meyer wouldn’t stop poking me.”
–Demarcus Cousins suits up in about half an hour to take on the Lakers in his second summer league game. Cousins finished with 14 and 10 last night against Greg Monroe’s Pistons, and will play tonight against the suddenly improved Derrick Caracter.