The Carolina Panthers agreed to a four-year contract with place-kicker Graham Gano, the team announced Tuesday.
Financial terms were not disclosed, but the deal is worth $17 million, with Jonas Jerebko Jersey $9 million guaranteed, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The team was prepared to use its franchise tag on Gano if a deal couldn’t be reached by 4 p.m. Tuesday, the last day teams can use the designation.
The evidence shows that players who enter the NBA after a year of college rather than directly out of high school are better prepared to handle all that comes with being a pro, including the game of basketball.
North Carolina coach Roy Williams is in the position that might lead him to complain bitterly about the one-and-done rule. He has coached only two such players since the rule was introduced more than a decade ago, and rival Duke most likely will have four from this year’s team alone. Instead, Williams is most disturbed at how the reaction to the age limit has been sensationalized and would prefer those examining the rule to look at the facts.
In their two wins over Golden State (45-14) this season, the Thunder have handily defeated the Warriors by an average margin of 18.5 points. After Anthony left with a sprained ankle six minutes into the Thunder’s most recent game in Oakland on Feb. 6, George (38 points, six steals) and Westbrook (34 points, nine assists, nine rebounds) led OKC to victory. In the matchups with Golden State this season, George has posted averages of 29 points and eight rebounds, while Westbrook is averaging 34 points, 9.5 rebounds and nine assists.
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Warriors All-Star point guard Stephen Curry had an impressive performance of his own Thursday night, scoring 44 points on 19 shots. Curry made eight of his 11 field goal attempts, shot a perfect eight-for-eight from the free throw line and added 10 assists in the win over LA.
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