July 6, 2018, 8:23 pm
After swinging and missing on some smaller named free agents, the Kings decided to dive head-first into the deep end as they signed Zach LaVine to a four-year $78 million offer sheet, according to Marc Spears.
After being “disappointed” in the Bulls, Bulls restricted free agent Zach LaVine tells @TheUndefeated he has signed a four-year, $78 million contract with the Kings. Link here:
— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) July 6, 2018
James Ham confirmed the report and said that LaVine was in Sacramento on Thursday to meet with doctors who medically cleared the 23-year-old shooting guard.
LaVine was in Sacramento on Thursday to meet with team officials and medical staff. Clean bill of health. https://t.co/eUNeeCgpRc
— James Ham (@James_HamNBCS) July 7, 2018
LaVine, who missed 58 games last season due to recovery from an ACL tear averaged 16.7 points for Chicago in 27.3 minutes per game. He also added 3.9 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.0 steals per game in the contests.
LaVine was the main piece in return to the Bulls when they shipped All-Star Jimmy Butler to Minnesota, so it will be interesting to see if they see that much value in the young man.
The four-year veteran was having his best statistical season in 2016-17 before his injury. In 47 games with the Timberwolves he averaged 18.9 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 37.2 minutes per game.
The Kings, whose most notable void is at the small forward slot didn’t exactly fill a need in signing LaVine since the 6-foot 5 guard from UCLA hasn’t really seen time at the three position.
The Bulls have 48 hours to decide if they want to match the contract or if they want to allow LaVine to head to the capital of California.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Bulls intend to match:
The Bulls have decided to match Sacramento’s $78M offer sheet to Zach LaVine, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 7, 2018
April 26, 2019, 9:23 amDerrick Favors - F/C - Utah Jazz
Derrick Favors said he is looking to cut more weight during the offseason.
“It’s something I’ll be focusing on again in the offseason,” Favors said. “I’ll be slimming down even more. Getting quicker so I’ll be able to guard on the perimeter and be able to guard in the pick and roll.” Favors dropped 26 pounds during heading into the 2018-19 season and just finished his second straight season with at least 76 games played. Favors has one more on contract with the Jazz and will likely pick up his player option this summer.
Source: Associated Press
April 26, 2019, 9:18 amKyle Korver - G/F - Utah Jazz
Kyle Korver is uncertain if he will return for the 2019-20 season and has contemplated retirement.
“There’s a real cost as you get older,” Korver said. “There’s all of what you need to put into the game, but there’s also a family cost. That’s probably where I’m at, is weighing that cost.” Korver has a player option for the 2019-20 season that becomes partially guaranteed after July 7. It would be his 17th NBA season if he chooses to return.
Source: Associated Press
April 25, 2019, 11:00 pmJakob Poeltl - C - San Antonio Spurs
Jakob Poeltl shot 4-for-6 from the field for eight points with nine boards, two assists and one block in 28 minutes for a 120-103 win over the Nuggets in Game 6 on Thursday.
Poeltl was not able to shut down Nikola Jokic (43 points) but it didn't matter, as the Spurs shot 57.1 percent from the field to blow out the Nuggets. The Spurs will head to Denver for a winner-take-all affair in Game 7 on Saturday.
April 25, 2019, 10:54 pmGary Harris - G - Denver Nuggets
Gary Harris scored 14 points in Game 6 against the Spurs on Thursday night as the Nuggets fell 120-103.
Harris scored a few points in this one but didn't do a whole lot else. The Nuggets will probably need him to have more of a visible imprint on the game to make major noise.
April 25, 2019, 10:53 pmDerrick White - G - San Antonio Spurs
Derrick White shot 4-for-7 from the floor for 13 points with one rebound, two assists, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 27 minutes against the Nuggets on Thursday.
White wasn't particularly effective on the stat sheet in Game 6, but his grit and solid defense helped the Spurs secure a win on their home floor. He limited his turnovers to just one in this game. White will need to stay efficient in a decisive Game 7 on Saturday in Denver.
April 25, 2019, 10:49 pmPaul Millsap - F - Denver Nuggets
Paul Millsap was almost a non-factor on Thursday night scoring just 12 points and adding four boards in heavy minutes.
Millsap has to be better for this team to make any major noise deep in the playoffs. He just hasn't been back to his normal self for long stretches this year, so here's to hoping he can find form.
April 25, 2019, 10:49 pmRudy Gay - F - San Antonio Spurs
Rudy Gay shot 7-for-11 for 19 points with four boards, two assists, two blocks and three 3-pointers in 28 minutes against the Nuggets on Thursday.
After being a non-factor for much of the series, Gay played extra efficient as a savvy veteran on Thursday night. He led the bench in scoring and helped set the tone to force a Game 7. Gay will need another game like this if the Spurs want any chance of surviving in Denver.
April 25, 2019, 10:43 pmDeMar DeRozan - G - San Antonio Spurs
DeMar DeRozan shot 12-for-16 from the field for 25 points with seven assists and seven boards in 36 minutes to force a Game 7 against the Nuggets on Thursday.
DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge (26 points and 10 rebounds) took it to the Nuggets for their final home game of the opening round. For a team not making much noise in the regular season, all eyes will be on the Spurs and Nuggets Game 7 on Saturday. Never count out Pop and the Spurs.
April 25, 2019, 10:42 pmJamal Murray - G - Denver Nuggets
Jamal Murray scored just 16 points (7-of-19 from the floor) on Thursday in the Game 6 loss to the Spurs.
Murray was quiet in this one as the Nuggets tried to close it out. He did manage six assists but Nikola Jokic is going to need some help from his supporting cast to cement a date with Portland.
April 25, 2019, 10:37 pmNikola Jokic - C - Denver Nuggets
Nikola Jokic scored a career-high 43 points and approached a triple-double with 12 rebounds and nine assists in Thursday's Game 6 loss.
It was a waste of a great performance from Jokic as the Nuggets couldn't close out the Spurs in Game 6. Home cookin' might be just what the doctor ordered.