It was another record setting performance yesterday afternoon as Team USA crushed Nigeria 156-73. As you can tell, it was a record setting performance as Team USA set a new record for points scored. Carmelo Anthony pretty much rewrote the record book himself as he hit 10-12 3-pointers and scored 37 points. Team USA was on fire, hitting 29-46 treys and hitting 71.1% of their shots for the game. Yes, 71.1%
As for Anthony Davis? He repped the Blue and White well, going 4-4 from the floor and scoring 9 points. The NBC announcers seemed enamoured with Davis as they openly rooted for him to try a trey for the historic 30th of the game. Team USA is off until Saturday when they play Lithuania at 2:30 PM.
All of the other NBA first round picks are signed to a contract now … except for one. Marquis Teague is the lone hold out and apparently it is a money issue:
Teams have the option to pay first-round picks 80, 100 or 120 percent of the pay scale the NBA suggests to each team, relative to the pick. As Deeks puts it, “almost everybody gets the 120%, even when drafted late. The exceptions to this are very few and far between.”One of those exceptions Deeks noted was players drafted late in the first round. At No. 29, Teague would fit the bill. However, Jimmy Butler was drafted No. 30 last year and received the 120 percent pay scale contract, so it would be odd for the Bulls to not give Teague the same contract.The difference between the 100 and the 120 percent pay scale over four seasons for Teague is $874,550 or as Deeks puts it, “the equivalent of one veteran minimum contract, but over a four-year period.”But the hold-up may not have anything to do with how the Bulls feel about Teague, but rather the flexibility it would give them to still sign someone this off-season.