October 23, 2020, 2:46 pmLeBron JamesSF, Los Angeles Lakers
Shams Charania is reporting that the NBA is targeting a December 22 start date for a 72-game season.
Earlier today it was reported that the league was looking at Christmas day as its start, with the potential for a shortened schedule. With the draft going down on November 18 this would be an insanely short runway, and it's unclear at this point if the NBPA would agree to such a condensed offseason. The league is trying to get as close to a "normal" schedule as possible but would still need to figure out how games will be played. A December start likely means no fans in arenas, and the NBA is hoping to play games in-market (i.e., no bubbles) while also reducing travel.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
October 23, 2020, 1:55 pmLeBron JamesSF, Los Angeles Lakers
The NBA's Board of Governors is meeting on Friday and will discuss a number of things relating to next season, including a possible start on Christmas day.
The previously speculated start date has been mid-January's MLK Day, which seems far more feasible given that the draft is set for November 18 — just about a month before Christmas — and we still don't know much about free agency. Some owners are apparently hoping to get into things quickly and not wait for fans to be allowed back into arenas. Whatever gets decided in today's meeting would need to be accepted by the Players Association, so it's far from a done deal either way.
October 19, 2020, 1:39 pmAnthony DavisPF-C, Los Angeles Lakers
The LA Times reports NBA executives believe Anthony Davis will opt out and sign a two-year deal with the Lakers, with a player option on the second year.
This kind of one-plus-one contract strategy was employed by both LeBron James and Kevin Durant in recent years. It provides stars total flexibility year to year, with a safety net in case of serious injury. Davis may also be looking to ensure he doesn't get left behind if LeBron decides to leave the Lakers once his deal has ended. Regardless of his reasoning, Davis will get whatever he wants from the Lakers for years to come.
October 15, 2020, 12:36 pmDwight HowardC, Los Angeles Lakers
Shams Charania has reported that the Lakers have mutual interest in re-signing Dwight Howard this offseason.
Howard played a critical role during the Lakers' series against the Nuggets as they found success with him on Nikola Jokic. He wasn't as effective in other matchups, but for how cheap his deal is, it's worth having a guy like him on your roster for those situations. If the Lakers don't re-sign him, Howard is eyeing the Warriors as another potential landing spot.
Source: Shams Charania on The Athletic
October 15, 2020, 11:48 amKentavious Caldwell-PopeSG, Los Angeles Lakers
After a strong showing in the postseason for the Lakers in which Kentavious Caldwell-Pope shot .378 on 5.7 3-point attempts per game, he will likely opt out of the final year of his contract to earn himself more money on the open market.
It was also reported that the Lakers and KCP have mutual interest in renewing their partnership, but he will have some options on the open market in a lackluster free agent class. Continue to stay tuned as the free agent carousel is going to begin very soon.
Source: Shams Charania of The Athletic
October 15, 2020, 11:39 amAnthony DavisPF-C, Los Angeles Lakers
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Anthony Davis will opt out of the $28.7M player option he would be owed in 2020-21 and will re-sign a new contract with the Lakers.
This move is a financial move as Davis has can earn more money by signing a new contract than he would have by opting in to his option for 2020-21. The length of the preferred new deal is unknown but LeBron James is under contract for the upcoming two seasons, including a player option for the 2021-22 campaign. It seems likely that two of the best players in the modern NBA will stay together to win as many accolades as possible while they can.
Source: Shams Charania of The Athletic
October 14, 2020, 9:04 pmRajon RondoPG, Los Angeles Lakers
Rajon Rondo will reportedly opt out of his contract with the Lakers and become an unrestricted free agent this offseason.
Rondo was exceptional throughout the Lakers' championship run, so he's likely looking to cash in on that performance and sign a more lucrative contract. He signed with the team on the vet minimum and it would be surprising if he didn't receive a better offer in free agency. The Lakers could offer him up to six million per season using the Mid-Level Exception, but with a relative dearth of star free agents this offseason, Rondo may find himself as one of the hottest players on the market.
Source: Alex Kennedy on Twitter
October 11, 2020, 10:35 pmKentavious Caldwell-PopeSG, Los Angeles Lakers
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was his usual reliable self on Sunday, posting 17 points on 6-of-13 shooting with two rebounds, two 3s and one steal in 33 minutes, helping the Lakers bag Game 6 and the 2020 NBA championship.
KCP has earned his championship ring, being arguably the most steady and reliable role-player on the Lakers squad this series. His ability to spread the floor with his 3-point shooting has been invaluable to the team all throughout.
October 11, 2020, 10:31 pmAlex CarusoSG, Los Angeles Lakers
Alex Caruso started for Dwight Howard in Game 6 on Sunday, chipping in four points on 2-of-7 shooting with three rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block, validating the decision as the Lakers get to take home their 17th NBA title
The tactical decision to start Caruso made a huge impact on the game as the smaller Laker lineup was able to outrun the Heat, beating them at their own game. Role-players like Caruso and Danny Green (11 points, 4-of-10 shooting, three 3s, five rebounds, one assist, one block) have been unsung heroes in making this championship run a reality. Their impact in the game may not always register on the stat sheet, but it's definitely something that's tangible as far as winning the game is concerned. Case in point, Caruso led the Lakers in the +/- column with a plus-20.
October 11, 2020, 10:23 pmRajon RondoPG, Los Angeles Lakers
Rajon Rondo earned his second NBA title on Sunday (first with the Celtics) and made a tangible impact in Game 6 with 19 points on an impressive 8-of-11 shooting.
Rondo knew that he didn't want this series to go to a decisive Game 7 and he made sure that the Lakers were able to ride a crazy 28-point first-half lead to victory. Rondo, who had been a quiet presence on the bench for most of the playoffs, really stepped up when his team needed him most in this series, highlighting how his high basketball I.Q. and his championship experience can and did become a difference-maker for the team.
October 11, 2020, 10:18 pmAnthony DavisPF-C, Los Angeles Lakers
Anthony Davis played through the pain of a right heel contusion on Sunday and powered through to finish the night with 19 points (7-of-17 FGs, 5-of-7 FTs), 15 rebounds, three assists, one steal and two blocks as the Lakers claim victory in Game 6 and the 2020 NBA crown.
AD has been amazing this entire series. And while the Finals MVP award went to LeBron James, Davis' effort and impact cannot be overstated. He's a generational talent who has shown what a modern ultra-dominant center can do to reshape a franchise as he helps the Lakers earn the right to hoist that 17th championship banner up on the rafters.
October 11, 2020, 10:07 pmLeBron JamesSF, Los Angeles Lakers
LeBron James led the Lakers to a 106-93 win over the Heat on Sunday with 28 points on 13-of-20 shooting, adding 14 rebounds, 10 assists, one 3-pointer and one steal, to claim the 2020 NBA Championship.
Like him, love him, or hate him, no one can deny that James is one amazing basketball player. He now has four championship rings across three NBA teams. We could go on, but there simply isn't enough space in a blurb to rave about the man, the Legend. So, we'll leave it at honoring him as he celebrates this hard-earned title. He played his heart out and was a deserving recipient of the Finals MVP award.
October 11, 2020, 7:07 pmLeBron JamesSF, Los Angeles Lakers
LeBron James (groin) and Danny Green (left finger) are both starting on Sunday.
No surprises here as the duo will continue to play through their respective probable tags til the end of the season, which may be tonight.
Source: Mike Trudell on Twitter
October 11, 2020, 7:06 pmAlex CarusoSG, Los Angeles Lakers
Alex Caruso will replace Dwight Howard in the starting lineup for Sunday's Game 6, as expected.
The Lakers will go small, with Caruso giving them better defense against a wider variety of Miami's players. Howard is also coming off a dreadful Game 5, making this decision fairly easy for Frank Vogel. Teams don't usually change much when they get out to a 3-1 series lead but the Lakers are being proactive here in an effort to close out the season tonight.
Source: Mike Trudell on Twitter
October 11, 2020, 6:40 pmAnthony DavisPF-C, Los Angeles Lakers
Anthony Davis (right heel contusion) will start in Game 6 of the Finals on Sunday, but Frank Vogel expects that Davis will have to put up with some soreness throughout the game.
Davis clearly wasn't at full strength down the stretch in Game 5 but there was no shot he'd miss this game. The king of mid-game departures for nagging injuries, it's sort of fitting that AD will power through one now on the cusp of a career-changing moment. His health will be a top storyline to watch for tonight, and if he continues to look hobbled and the Heat force a Game 7, we could be in for lots of hot takes.
Source: Dave McMenamin on Twitter