I’m trying something new here, as something recently occured to me: many of our pieces (probably all of them, outside of breaking news and game coverage) run, at the latest, in the early evening. But something tells me people don’t stop surfing the internet at 6 pm. I’m aware that many of our readers are not only Sixers fans, but also NBA fans in general. And that those Sixers+NBA fans want to talk about the league with other Sixers fans.
With all of that being said, I’m trying out the Liberty Ballers Nightcap, and yes, that name is on trial as well. (If you have a suggestion for a name, please leave it in the comments.) The LB Nightcap will basically be a nightly newsletter, but it will serve a few functions.
It will contain any Sixers news that maybe got swept under the rug throughout the day, like:
According to The Athletic’s Michael Scotto, Sixers have signed D.J. Hogg to an Exhibit 10 contract:
The Philadelphia 76ers are signing DJ Hogg to an Exhibit 10 deal, a league source told The Athletic.— Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) October 8, 2018
Who is DJ Hogg?
- Hogg is a 6’8” small forward who played college ball at Texas A&M as a junior in 2017-2018. He was undrafted in the 2018 NBA Draft, but went on to play in Summer League with the New Orleans Pelicans. During Summer League, he averaged 7.5 points and 1 assists over 13.4 minutes
What the hell is an Exhibit 10 contract?
A little help from Larry Coon’s NBA Salary Cap FAQ:
If a standard NBA contract includes an attachment called Exhibit 10, the team receives the right to convert the contract to a Two-Way contract. Whether or not an eligible contract includes an Exhibit 10 is a matter of negotiation between the player and team. To be eligible to contain an Exhibit 10, a contract must be for one season at the minimum salary, with no bonuses of any kind (other than an optional Exhibit 10 bonus), and no compensation protection (see question number 63)1.
An Exhibit 10 bonus can pay the player from $5,000 to $50,000 if the player is waived by his NBA team, signs with the G-League, is assigned to the NBA team’s G-League affiliate, and stays there at least 60 days. A team can only add an Exhibit 10 bonus if the team actually has a G-League affiliate team. An Exhibit 10 can also specify a Conversion Protection Amount between $5,000 and $50,000, which becomes compensation protection if the contract is converted to a Two-Way contract. If a contract contains an Exhibit 10 bonus it must also contain a Conversion Protection Amount in the same amount.
To apply that specifically: The Sixers now have DJ Hogg under a contract containing Exhibit 10. The Sixers will have to cut their roster to 15 players (they currently have 19 players after signing Hogg) before the regular season begins. Because Hogg’s contract is Exhibit 10, the Sixers can waive him, sign him to their G-League affiliate (the Delaware Blue Coats), and pay him anywhere between $5,000 and $50,000 as long as Hogg remains with the Blue Coats for at least 60 days. Essentially what this does is deter Hogg from playing overseas or with another G-League team.
The Liberty Ballers Nightcap will also contain some off-beat or best-of type content, like:
Tonight’s Best Picture:
Today’s Best Comment
With regards to Landry Shamet:
What defines “best comment”? Could really be anything: a good point, an idea from an opposing viewpoint that makes you think differently, a hilarious observation like that one above, or simply a comment receiving many recs.
I’ll use these Nightcaps to also give you a rundown of what Liberty Ballers has published today, like:
Putting it all together, I’d say this: I think it’s likely Shamet can shoot 38%+ on three-pointers in, say, years 3 and 4 of his rookie deal (and quite possibly sooner). And I think that, given his broad base of skills, if he shoots that well, then he’ll be just as good as the comp group stated here. Not as good a shooter as Hield but as good as Pope, not as good a defender as Pope but as good as Fournier, and a better ball handler and passer than all of them.
Monday’s Sixers/Mavericks game, the second between the two teams on their preseason trip to China, ended with the Sixers taking their first loss of the preseason, falling 115-112 to Dallas.
It was a game that was slightly more watchable than the Friday version, with the Sixers giving extended minutes to some of their starters as they get prepared for the regular season. That’s right — this was the last preseason game. It’s a long wait until next Tuesday for the regular season to kick off against the Celtics, but we have our four games out of the way early. Players can rest. Decisions about the starting lineup can be made. We can all go dissect all the Markelle Fultz shots.
Keeping those NBA-in-general fans in mind, it’ll also contain the scores of completed games from each day as well as which games are on at the time of posting, like:
- Nets defeat Pistons, 110-108 (OT)
- Hornets defeat Bulls, 110-104
- Pacers defeat Cavs, 111-102
- Heat defeat Magic, 90-89
- Wizards defeat Knicks, 110-98
You can also use the comment section to discuss live games or general NBA news and analysis with other Liberty Ballers users — in other words, turn it into an NBA game thread.
Polls help us evaluate other fans’ mindset, we can throw those in too:
In 2018-2019, Markelle Fultz averages:
This poll is closed
Less than 10 PPG
Feel free to let me know your thoughts on the new series in the comment section. I could use all the feedback I can get. Tell me if you like it or not, if you’d regularly read it this late (I think I’d actually plan more like 9 or 10 pm), what else you’d like to see in here.