April 2, 2018, 11:30 pm
With the Lakers suddenly playing without their top three ball-handlers, things have taken a turn for the ugly.
Fortunately, the season as a whole has been a rousing success.
Eli Bauman and Dr. Eric Noble discuss offseason projects for the key Lakers pieces (including basketball and haircuts), whether or not to make anything of the recent downturn in play quality, and a few season-long bets are being cashed.
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May 21, 2019, 9:56 pmKevin Durant - F - Golden State Warriors
Tim Kawakami of The Athletic San Francisco is reporting he received a text from Warriors majority owner Joe Lacob saying he is "confident about BOTH" Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson re-signing with the Warriors this offseason.
The rumors are in full motion as the NBA heads toward free agency in less than five weeks. Durant is hotly rumored to leave the Warriors this offseason, with the Knicks as a consensus favorite among members of the media. Thompson's rumors have been much more tempered, as he is seen as an original piece to the Warriors dynasty. It will be interesting, to say the least, to see how this season plays out.
Source: Tim Kawakami from The Athletic
May 21, 2019, 6:01 pmKevon Looney - F - Golden State Warriors
Speaking about the impact that Kevon Looney has had on a Warriors team playing without Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins, Steve Kerr said, “Looney has become one of our foundational pieces. He does this every single night.”
Looney has been instrumental off the bench for the Warriors this postseason after the loss of both Cousins and Durant, and he is a big reason why they are making a fifth straight NBA Finals appearance. Looney is averaging 7.5 points and 2.1 offensive rebounds on .725 shooting from the floor in just 20.5 minutes per game this postseason. Entering free agency this offseason, Looney is doing all he can to ensure he gets paid this summer.
Source: NBC Sports
May 21, 2019, 5:27 pmEnes Kanter - C - Trail Blazers
Speaking about signing with the Blazers after being released from the Knicks, Enes Kanter said, "I've been in the league eight years. Signing here is probably the best thing that's ever happened in my career."
Kanter chose to sign with the Blazers over his former team, the Thunder, after being released from the Knicks in February. Kanter made a good call as he played an integral role in helping the Blazers advance to the Western Conference Finals after the unfortunate injury to Jusuf Nurkic.
Source: Sean Highkin on Twitter
May 21, 2019, 5:10 pmZach Collins - F/C - Trail Blazers
Zach Collins said, "I've always wanted to be the guy and be a starter," and that he absolutely sees himself as a starter next season.
With Al-Farouq Aminu and Enes Kanter entering free agency and Jusuf Nurkic coming back from a season-ending injury, there are some openings in the lineup come next season. Collins put up 6.7 points, 4.1 rebounds and 0.9 blocks in just 17.5 minutes per game this season and showed he could be a productive player if given the time. With Meyers Leonard going ballistic against the Warriors, there will be some competition even if the Blazers don't bring anyone else in.
Source: Jay Allen on Twitter
May 21, 2019, 4:58 pmTerry Stotts - Team - Trail Blazers
The Blazers and Terry Stotts have agreed to a multi-year contract extension.
Stotts is very deserving of this extension as the Blazers had a great season, finishing third in the west and reaching the Western Conference Finals. The Blazers surprised everyone this year with their play and kept it rolling even after losing their starting center Jusuf Nurkic to a gruesome leg injury. With a similar looking roster on the books for next season, the Blazers look to be in good shape for the future.
Source: Casey Holdahl on Twitter
May 21, 2019, 2:22 pmShai Gilgeous-Alexander - G - Los Angeles Clippers
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who led the way in the NBA All-Rookie Second Team with 40 first team votes and 138 points overall, was joined by Collin Sexton, Landry Shamet, Mitchell Robinson and Kevin Huerter.
SGA showed plenty of promise, especially in the playoffs, in helping the Clippers take a few games from the Warriors along with the historic 31 point comeback on the road. Robinson, who received the second-fewest points of the selections, showed tremendous potential in limited playing time and had the look of becoming a force in the paint.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
May 21, 2019, 2:12 pmTrae Young - G - Atlanta Hawks
Trae Young and Luka Doncic headlined the NBA All-Rookie First Team with Marvin Bagley III, Jaren Jackson Jr. and Deandre Ayton rounding out the rest of the selections.
Young and Doncic were unanimous votes, while Ayton was near unanimous and Jackson and Bagley held a slight edge over a few of the other selections. All of the rookies showed promise and a nice future ahead of them.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
May 21, 2019, 2:03 pmPaul Millsap - F - Denver Nuggets
When asked about Paul Millsap's impending team option, Nuggets president of basketball operations Tim Connelly said, “Paul is everything we hoped…I fully expect Paul to be back in a Nuggets uniform (next season).” Both sides want the same thing, Connelly said.
The Nuggets were 18th in NBA team salaries this season with Paul Millsap being the highest paid player on the team. The Nuggets have a tough call to make with Millsap's $30 million team option, as he is now 34 years old and has seen his numbers decline as a member of the Nuggets.
Source: Harrison Wind on Twitter
May 21, 2019, 1:49 pmFrank Ntilikina - G - New York Knicks
Frank Ntilikina's new agent Bouna Ndiaye denied the rumors of Nitilikina switching agents because he wants a trade and said, “I can just tell you that the fact he was not traded has nothing to do with this change of agent. Frank is extremely happy to be part of the Knicks.”
Ultimately, the Knicks are going to explore every avenue available to shedding salary cap space, and Nitilikina and his roughly $5 million 2019-20 salary are likely to be shipped somewhere else. With a $6 million team option in 2020 followed by an $8 million qualifying offer in 2021, there should be a rebuilding team looking to see if they can tap into the potential of the former eighth overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft.
Source: New York Post
May 21, 2019, 1:30 pmGiannis Antetokounmpo - F - Milwaukee Bucks
Giannis Antetokounmpo agreed to fund the construction of a new indoor basketball court in Athens, Greece where a fire destroyed the area, killing at least 100 people and destroying more than 1,000 homes in 2018.
Antetokounmpo is a class act, and it's great to see athletes contribute to their communities and culture outside of the court. The venue is reportedly expected to be completed by the end of the summer. Antetokounmpo and his Bucks squad face the Raptors in Game 4 on Tuesday night.
Source: NBC Sports