Suns’ Devin Booker scores 70 points…..
With 8 boards, 6 assists, 3 steal, and a block
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Suns’ Devin Booker scores 70 points…..
In 1995 it was Tyus Edney.
— The Players' Tribune (@PlayersTribune) March 25, 2017
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) March 24, 2017
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Magic-Don’t give away the farm for PG. Randle and our late first rounder. George is gonna walk anyway. Go after Hayward! We need a couple and I would like to keep Ingy and Zubby plus our (?) first high pick, Clarky or Russ. By the way, which way is the wind blowing, lol!
— Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) March 24, 2017
If the Lakers aren’t willing to wait it out and take their chances on George signing with them in free agency, the Pacers should demand at least two of Brandon Ingram, D’Angelo Russell, Julius Randle or L.A.’s 2017 first-round pick (assuming it doesn’t fall outside of the top three and convey to Philadelphia). An offer built around Ingram and Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball or Josh Jackson, as Lowe suggested, could help Indiana expedite its rebuilding process, whereas the Lakers would still have Russell, Randle, Jordan Clarkson, Ivica Zubac and Larry Nance Jr. surrounding George.
The Boston Celtics stand out as the other likeliest suitor, as the two sides discussed the possibility of a deal around the trade deadline. The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported the Celtics failed to meet the Pacers’ asking price at the deadline, but they supposedly did put the Nets’ 2017 first-round pick on the table, which is effectively guaranteed to fall no lower than fourth overall. If Boston fails to advance to the conference finals, it could convince general manager Danny Ainge to finally pull the trigger and consolidate the treasure trove of assets he’s accumulated to acquire George.
According to ESPN.com’s Chris Haynes, George would not “commit long term” at the trade deadline to any team other than the Pacers or Lakers, so it’s hard to fault Ainge for not pulling the trigger at the time. The draft lottery will provide clarity as to how much else he’d need to include in a trade for George—such as whether an offer structured around the 2017 and 2018 Nets picks along with Marcus Smart would be too much, not enough or just right.
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You all see what you think about the Fox kid on UK tonight.
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Luke Walton said Julius Randle texted him last night about Arizona loss. Luke said he was in a good mood today until loss was brought up
— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) March 24, 2017
— Lakers News (@lakers_news) March 24, 2017
Daniel Starkand (@DStarkand) – For me, the only young players that I would not want to trade are Brandon Ingram and Ivica Zubac. Everyone else is fair game for me in the right deal. The player I would be most willing to trade is Julius Randle.
Trevor Lane (@Trevor_Lane) – Still, draft pick aside, if the Lakers determine that they simply want to speed up their rebuild and move on from some of their young players, depending on the return, I think the guy to move is Randle. He’s an absolute beast when he’s on, and he has a lot of potential, but his physical limitations lower his ceiling a bit and makes building around him more difficult than the team’s other young players.
Eric Avakian (@EAvakian5) – With the duo of Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka now in place, the franchise enters an interesting fork in the road on the path to rebuilding towards a contender. During all the hoopla that comes with the NBA free agency, the Lakers gauged the availability of some star players around the league, including the likes of DeMarcus Cousins and Paul George. If the Lakers were to pull the trigger on a trade, I believe they need move in a direction that works for the overall chemistry of the team. When looking at potential trade pieces, the value they have built also comes into play. Therefore, I think the two easier players to find trade partners for will be D’Angelo Russell and Julius Randle.
Corey Hansford (@TheeCoreyH) – For me, the young players who are most expendable are the two who’ve been with the team longest: Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson.
Paul George has been the player most often linked to the Lakers recently but he is not set to be a free agent until 2018 and a trade would require that the Lakers send out some of their young core, potentially putting George in a no-win situation.
But another prominent player could be in the mix. According to Bleacher Report’s Kevin Ding, people around the NBA believe that Clippers’ forward Blake Griffin will consider the Lakers as a potential free agent destination:
“That Griffin would also stay and reap the biggest payday he can seems likely, too—in theory. But more and more people around the league believe he would be open to a fresh start—perhaps with the Lakers or the Boston Celtics, who have coveted Griffin for years and would offer a new chance to win. The most intriguing fit might be if he were to go home to Oklahoma to join Russell Westbrook and the Thunder, but his interests in the entertainment industry make staying in Los Angeles a priority.”
Griffin is set to be a free agent this summer, along with fellow Clippers’ players Chris Paul and JJ Redick, if he opts out of his contract which would seem to be a formality at this point. If the Clippers continue their lack of prominent success in the playoffs (they are currently the fifth seed in the Western Conference), it’s not inconceivable that Griffin will look for greener pastures. Staying in LA could be a bonus for a player who is involved in the stand-up comedy and entertainment scenes.
If Griffin does choose the Lakers in free agency, it would open up the team for more win-now moves, such as trading Julius Randle in a package for the aforementioned George.
But we’re getting ahead of ourselves here. This could as always be a case of an agent using big-brand franchises such as the Lakers and Celtics to drive up the value on a free agent. Griffin will earn a max deal wherever he goes, but putting pressure on the Clippers to build around him could be a viable strategy for his long term goals. Griffin joining a team like the Lakers will always be unlikely due to LAL’s current status as a bottom-of-the-league team.
Nevertheless, it is an interesting proposition for a team that has been rebuilding for years and would like to jumpstart its winning ways under new leadership.
— CBS Sports NBA (@CBSSportsNBA) March 24, 2017
This is also yet another example of how player-to-player tampering is not enforced in the NBA. While teams cannot gauge an opposing player’s interest in them without receiving permission, recruiting like this happens all the time.
— Silver Screen & Roll (@LakersSBN) March 24, 2017
— SEC Country Kentucky (@SECCountryUK) March 24, 2017
Courtside seats you can afford: NBA ventures into world of virtual reality https://t.co/LB5M1RLgqj
— Kurt Helin (@basketballtalk) March 24, 2017
It works like all VR does — if Westbrook drives and kicks to the corner to Victor Oladipo, you can turn your head to follow the ball and the field of vision pans with you.
To watch requires a virtual-reality headset and a Samsung phone with the NextVR app downloaded, or Google’s Daydream (which has other features from the NBA we will get to soon). If you have League Pass you can jump right in. If not, the cost is $6.99 per game, and there is about one game available per week.
NextVR puts together that broadcast, which has its own announcers and graphics.