Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error After the Warriors blitzed LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers to win the Finals in five games and Durant was named the series MVP, the rest of the NBA realized that being great was no longer good enough.Now the only way to contend is by selling out and loading up on superstars. So now Gordon Hayward, drafted by a Utah team that in seven years he led out of the lottery and into the Western Conference semifinals, might forgo building with the team that is prepared to give him everything to play in Boston, a team more ready to contend.It’s a head-scratching time. The Collective Bargaining Agreement has proven to be as good of a friend to small-market teams as the Declaration of Independence was to the crown. The pact between the league and its players was designed to encourage players to stay put.It was designed for Paul George to want to stay in Indiana, but with a year left on his contract he has leveraged his way into a certain trade out of the Hoosier State, and could land in Boston or Cleveland, teams that won 51 and 53 games last season, met in the Eastern Conference finals and still realize they are at least one superstar away from challenging the Warriors.It was designed to keep Gordon Hayward in Salt Lake City. The Jazz can offer Hayward more than $44 million and one more year than anyone else.But if the fifth contract year and all that money wasn’t enough for Chris Paul, who as the president of the player’s association helped negotiate the charter known as the CBA, who’s to say it would be for anyone else?Paul’s now-former head coach, Doc Rivers, said in a local radio interview on Thursday that he doesn’t believe it’s the money that motivates free agents, that being able to win championships fast dictates player movement. The coming days will be an important test of that theory.If a majority of players are genuinely more interested in where they’re playing and who they’re playing with, then the system is broken. Dangling a few million dollars as an incentive to remain in place could prove to be irrelevant.If Boston, Cleveland and Houston are indeed successful in forming their own super teams, the rest of the NBA is forced out of the arms race. The divide between the haves and have-nots widens. More teams choose to bottom out in perdition like the Philadelphia 76ers.While star players have never been able to earn more in free agency, the value of a single superstar has never been less. That’s why Chicago dealt Jimmy Butler on draft night, and why players like Kristaps Porzingis, George and even DeAndre Jordan have all found themselves in trade talks.The NBA is on the cusp of monumental change.By Saturday morning, when the fiery orb emerges from the belly of the Atlantic and coffeehouses across the nation open their doors, the Boston Celtics could be more imposing than Cleveland and Houston best positioned to challenge the Warriors. Or, just maybe, the little guy will win. Perhaps Hayward will make like Stockton and Malone and vow to never leave Salt Lake, Blake Griffin will re-up with the Clippers, and the NBA will be able to raise those last shreds of parity to the top of its flagpole for one more season. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersYet, the summer of 2017 marks an especially hectic time in league history. Teams are clearing room for superstars to join other superstars to match the juggernaut and, seemingly, unstoppable Golden State Warriors.Boston, a team that came within three wins of reaching the NBA Finals not only won the draft lottery, but will enter the offseason with plans to add two more All-Stars. One, All-NBA point guard Chris Paul, has already said sayonara to his employer and teamed up with the runner-up in Most Valuable Player voting.Suddenly, the offseason feels like picking sides during a pick-up game at All-Star weekend.The league’s inability to smooth out a dramatic spike in the salary cap last season following its new TV deal gave Golden State the unexpected flexibility to sign Kevin Durant. Add the four-time scoring champion to a core of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green that had already won a championship – and was already positioned to contend for more – and you create a monster.How is the rest of the league supposed to keep up? The only way to beat a team with potentially four future Hall of Famers is with an All-Star lineup of your own. Just after 9 p.m. on Friday, shortly after the Pacific Ocean swallows the sun and East Coasters seek companionship in the late innings of West Coast baseball, the cellphones of NBA executives, agents and players will begin to buzz. Twitter will crash.It is in those quiet hours between the last beer on Friday night and the first mug of java on Saturday morning, when most Americans finally put work behind them and get to sleep in, that the NBA’s offseason machine groans into motion, that the league is most alive. Players either find new homes or at least lay the ground work to earning their next millions. “It’s an exciting time, it’s a frustrating time. Every offseason is significant. Contenders are born with the decisions made and the money spent in the first minutes after the calendar at the league’s New York headquarters turns to July.
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Donegal’s Minister of State, Dinny McGinley has defended claims that his transport costs was more than €100,000 for last year.The Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, issued a statement to Donegal Daily in which he denied his travel costs were €129,414.Minister McGinley stressed his travel costs were actually in the region of €118,000 but stressed that all this money did not go to him directly. He said the bulk of the costs were made up of the salaries and expenses for his two drivers.“Recent reports on the cost of transport for Ministers need to be clarified. In respect of my position at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, my total transport costs for 2012 amounted to approximately €118,000 last year. However, this does not mean that this was paid to me directly. The bulk of this figure is made up by the salary and expenses for two drivers.“Of the total amount of €118,000, my mileage and other travel costs amounted to €25,691 in 2012.”When it came into office this Government reviewed ministerial transport and it was decided that state cars would only be provided for An Taoiseach, An Tanáiste and the Minister for Justice & Defence. The other members of cabinet now use their own car similar to the practice that applies to Ministers of State. It is understood from the Department of Public Expenditure & Reform that the new arrangements for ministerial transport will save the exchequer in the region of €4m per annum when contrasted with the former practice whereby each cabinet minister was provided with a state car and 2 drivers from An Garda Siochána. MCGINLEY SAYS BULK OF TRAVEL COSTS WERE FOR HIS TWO DRIVERS was last modified: April 3rd, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DRIVERSMinister Deputy McGinleytravel costs