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  • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:40 PM on April 8, 2020 Permalink |  

    Who might the Lakers be looking at in the NBA Draft? 

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:31 PM on April 8, 2020 Permalink |  

    When Magic caught MJ with the All-Star ball-fake 

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 8:04 PM on April 7, 2020 Permalink |  

    The end-of-season scenarios that could shape the Lakers’ offseason 

    Season resumes, Lakers win title

    Well, that was easy. The Lakers picked up right where they left off and all is well! This team is great! Run it back! Win another one!

    This is the easiest possible outcome from a front-office standpoint, and the toughest to execute from a global standpoint. Setting aside for a second the logistical issues of resuming the season and getting players back into playoff game shape, if the Lakers were able to pick up where they left off in the final weekend of the regular regular season, it would make life pretty easy for Pelinka and the Lakers. He would have a championship roster and the best thing to do would be bringing back all the key role players who played a part.

    This scenario likely means that players like Green, Bradley, Kuzma and maybe even Rondo proved their worth in a playoff run. The Lakers have their first-round draft pick this season, No. 29 overall, if the regular-season standings hold. Beyond that and the mid-level exception (which they could use on the bigger defensive wing they coveted at the trade deadline or a secondary playmaker), it’s hard to see them feeling the need to add a difference-maker.

    Now, winning it all does not preclude a team from still making significant upgrades — to wit, Ron Artest joining the Lakers after the Lakers’ 2009 title and DeMarcus Cousins taking an unanticipated pay cut to join the Warriors after their title in 2018. If that sort of low-risk move emerges for the Lakers, they should leap at it.

    Note: All scenarios should include the possibility of McGee opting out and finding more money elsewhere, leading the Lakers back to Cousins, who was expected to be a key contributor before tearing his ACL last August.

    Season does not resume

    For contenders across the board, not just the Lakers, this goes down as the ultimate “What if?” should the NBA be unable to resume play and finish the season. There are at least three title contenders that could credibly say, “It would have been us!” The Lakers might have the best argument, and they would be armed with the knowledge that they have a team capable of putting on performances like it did against Milwaukee and the Clippers. But do you want to lean too much on that small sample size? Without knowing how Green performs in the postseason? Without seeing how LeBron’s body holds up into June whenever the playoffs end?

    The Lakers spent much of the season looking to improve their wing defense and point-guard play. Dion Waiters came on in April to give them more scoring punch off the bench. Perhaps they look to improve those areas in a more serious way in free agency, but it is hard to see Pelinka getting too cute with a roster that won the second-most games in the league and established themselves as front-runners for the championship. For starters, this is probably the scenario where Davis mostly likely opts into his player option. The lost revenue of a season without playoffs would drive down the salary cap even further, perhaps to a point where the new maximum would not be greater than the $28.55 million he is owed.

    With the outcome entirely out of the Lakers’ hands, there is much to feel good about in El Segundo. But a lost season for the Lakers would nonetheless be a disaster — second only to the early playoff flameout scenario. It would be another year without the playoffs for LeBron. And this is where Pelinka probably needs to get most creative, even if it’s fine-tuning. Take care of the issues that your team encountered along the way, trust your superstars and run it (mostly) back.

    The other scenarios at least give the Lakers some answers about their roster and where changes may be needed. This one is all questions.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 7:59 PM on April 7, 2020 Permalink |  

    Check out latest Lakers Fast Break with LakerTom talking Kobe in HoF and NBA 

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 4:31 PM on April 7, 2020 Permalink |  

    NBA Salary Cap Not Expected to Drop Significantly Next Season! 

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 4:32 PM on April 7, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      It makes sense the players and owners will want to subsidize and stabilize the cap since every team and player has relied upon its stability in planning their financial futures.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 4:41 PM on April 7, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I’m getting this Spidey sense that Jody Allen will sell the Blazers…

        If they’re gonna rebuild as an example, who’s a better compliment for LeBron in the short term (2-4 years or AD long-term?

      • Seely_Iggy (Director)

        Seely_Iggy (Director) 6:29 PM on April 7, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        When do NBA players actually get paid? Monthly, yearly, lump sum as soon as they signed?

        • DJ2KB24

          DJ2KB24 6:39 PM on April 7, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Sorry SI, I do not know. As a teacher we could take 9 month or 12 month. Money came out the same, just how can each budget.

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 6:45 PM on April 7, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Most of the players get regular payments equal to 90% of their salaries with 10% held in escrow in case BRI (basketball Related Income, of which the players get 50%, doesn’t materialize due to something like the China issue or an unexpected pandemic. Several players, mostly Klutch Sports clients like LeBron and AD, get paid on a faster schedule and thus may have to pay back money to the league. Bottom line, there will be a negotiation this year because of China and the pandemic.

          • Seely_Iggy (Director)

            Seely_Iggy (Director) 9:31 AM on April 8, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            I imagine lotsa negotiation gonna happen in these unprecedented times.

        • Magicman (Editor)

          Magicman (Editor) 6:47 PM on April 7, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Players get direct deposit on the 1st and 15th each month.

          That being said, if you’ve earned enough, you can ask for an 80% advance before Nov.1st.

          Kobe got 24.3 of his 90 mil extension in 2010 upfront.

          • Magicman (Editor)

            Magicman (Editor) 6:50 PM on April 7, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            NBAPA stipulates a player has to have direct deposit. And their only allowed to spend 50% of their base salary before the account is frozen, to protect against frivolous withdrawals.

          • Seely_Iggy (Director)

            Seely_Iggy (Director) 9:31 AM on April 8, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Interesting. Thanks, I’m just curious.SO it seems that it’s something stars like Kobe, LBJ and Ad can negotiate or have their agents negotiate on their behalf.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:52 PM on April 7, 2020 Permalink |  

    Shaq’s favorite sports memory? 

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:53 PM on April 7, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      That was also my favorite Kobe and/or Shaq memory. Watched that play in the hospital right before my first grandchild was born. Sound was off in deference to my wonderful daughter-in-law but my son and I went crazy when Shaq dunked that ball.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 3:45 PM on April 7, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Agreed. It’s welded in the hippocampus. Can break down every step on the court.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:41 PM on April 7, 2020 Permalink |  

    Kareem donates 900 pairs of safety goggles to SoCal health care workers 

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:42 PM on April 7, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      A true ‘signature’ move by the Captain. Thank you, Kareem!

    • Seely_Iggy (Director)

      Seely_Iggy (Director) 3:02 PM on April 7, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Thank you, Cap. I worry about all those who serve the frontlines in this pandemic. I have several friends who are medical doctors, and they are complaining about not having enough PPE. The place I work at have been busy 3D printing face shields and helping make masks for the local hospitals.

      Did I read yesterday, that our Seanie resigned his job? Or am I mistaken?

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 3:36 PM on April 7, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Nope, you’re right. I can tolerate a lot of “different” behaviours from the public, but having excrement thrown in my face was the straw that broke the Camel’s back.

        I’ll be alright for now. Have some savings.

        Some colleagues and family, think, I should go to for a 4 year Med degree and pursue my MD.

        • John M.

          John M. 3:47 PM on April 7, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Do Mds get better feces protection? And was that the first or last time it happened? I thought only prison guards were so lucky :(

          • Magicman (Editor)

            Magicman (Editor) 4:39 PM on April 7, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            John, by the time, a MD sees them, in a state like that, they sleep like a baby. And when you’ve been snowed in the back, I wasn’t the type to whisper sweet nothings. :)

            Usually when they’re that jacked, you need a lot of sedation. LOL.

            I had a 130 pound kid wrestle 2 paramedics, plus an RCMP officer, he broke out of physical restraints and jumped out of the back. We’re doing 30Km, still it’s impressive to hear that sound of skull meeting pavement.

            First and last. I’ve had piss, drugs, chips, beer, a tricycle but that was a first.

            Oh man, Prison Guards right now, especially in Rikers, really got it bad. Good point, John. I only deal with recidivists before the trial. Lol.

            • Seely_Iggy (Director)

              Seely_Iggy (Director) 6:38 PM on April 7, 2020 Permalink

              Holy cow, Sean! I’m surprised you stayed that long :)

          • Magicman (Editor)

            Magicman (Editor) 4:47 PM on April 7, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            That was an adult tricycle. Not a child’s. Lol.

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 3:49 PM on April 7, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I can see why that would test your patience, Sean. Long grind to get an MD but that would be an admirable goal. Good luck if that’s what you decide to do.

          • Magicman (Editor)

            Magicman (Editor) 4:58 PM on April 7, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Thanks, Tom.

            • DJ2KB24

              DJ2KB24 6:42 PM on April 7, 2020 Permalink

              Do it Seannie!

          • Seely_Iggy (Director)

            Seely_Iggy (Director) 6:39 PM on April 7, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            I hope you do, Sean, and wish you nothing but the best. It is a grind though, as Tom said.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:33 PM on April 7, 2020 Permalink |  

    Round-by-Round NBA Playoff Predictions If 2020 Season Resumes 

    First Round: Western Conference

    No. 1 Los Angeles Lakers vs. No. 8 Memphis Grizzlies

    The ahead-of-schedule Grizzlies weren’t supposed to be here, and an impatient, 35-year-old LeBron James will remind them of that with a ferocious series of knockout punches. Add on Anthony Davis’ reminders to Jaren Jackson Jr. that the youngster isn’t quite ready for the spotlight, plus L.A.’s bigs going airborne over the ground-bound Jonas Valanciunas, and this will get ugly really quick.

    Prediction: Lakers sweep Grizzlies 4-0

    Western Conference Semifinals

    No. 1 Lakers vs. No. 5 Thunder

    For all the problems OKC can create with its three-point-guard look, that pales in comparison to trying to handle both LeBron James and Anthony Davis for a seven-game series.

    The Lakers won all three regular-season meetings. James and Davis dominated two of those matchups, combining for 115 points, 35 rebounds and 35 assists over the two games. They both missed the third outing, so Kyle Kuzma picked up the slack with a season-high 36 points on 15-of-24 shooting.

    The Thunder can cover their lack of non-Chris Paul star power against certain clubs, but the Lakers aren’t one. Davis and James respectively rank third and ninth in player efficiency rating; Paul is high man for the Thunder at 22nd.

    L.A. has the better offense, the better defense, the brighter stars and the deeper bench. This could be another sweep for the Lakers, but we’ll give the Thunder a game for their unique point production.

    Prediction: Lakers defeat Thunder 4-1

    Western Conference Finals: Clippers vs. Lakers

    The Battle of Los Angeles has never been better, and the stakes have never been higher. These are the two best teams in the conference, and all season long, they’ve seemed destined to lock horns with a Finals berth on the line.

    “This is what it’s going to come down to, I think, at the end of the day,” George said after the Clippers’ five-point win over the Lakers on Christmas, per Ben Golliver of the Washington Post.

    No other series has star power like this, which only makes the lights from the Hollywood backdrop shine even brighter. James and Davis rank second and third, respectively, in career PER. George was an MVP finalist last season, and Leonard, a two-time Defensive Player of the Year, brought home his second Finals MVP.

    Neither team has a great option for handling the other’s stars. The Clippers are at their best playing small, but that leaves them vulnerable in the middle against James (a 54.8 percent shooter on drives) and Davis (79th percentile as a pick-and-roll screener). The Lakers are short on perimeter stoppers, which is terrifying against Leonard (85th percentile on isolations) and George (a 21-plus-point scorer each of the past five seasons).

    This could be a coin flip, but the Lakers gain a slight edge for two reasons. The Clippers can’t make their best lineup any bigger, so either they’re vulnerable against the 6’9″ James and 6’10” Davis, or they don’t have their top quintet on the floor.

    Second, when you compare the four superstars, George—who had offseason surgeries on both shoulders and can’t seem to shake the injury bug—is clearly on the bottom rung. James (second), Leonard (fourth) and Davis (12th) are all among the top dozen in RPM, while George sits outside the top 30 (33rd).

    Prediction: Lakers defeat Clippers 4-3

    NBA Championship: Lakers vs. Bucks

    No, we’re not going out on a limb by picking both No. 1 seeds to reach the Finals, but our crystal ball values accuracy over boldness. In a league that’s prone to predictability, it’s never a bad idea to project the teams with the best players to come out on top.

    This series isn’t just Giannis vs. LeBron, but that’s the initial treatment it will receive. And why not? The former is the reigning MVP, the latter is a four-time MVP, and they’re suspended in a two-player race for this season’s honor. Antetokounmpo has the highest RPM; James is one spot behind. Giannis is the first player in over 50 years to average 29 points, 13 boards and five dimes; James is the first 30-something to average 25 points and 10 assists.

    While James is past the point of encountering measuring-stick matchups, he’ll still summon his best when he feels his throne is threatened. There isn’t a bigger threat in basketball right now than Antetokounmpo.

    “Whenever you go against him, you can feel greatness,” Antetokounmpo said, per Mirjam Swanson of the Southern California News Group. “He’s gonna come at you and you gotta be ready to go, gotta be ready to fight against him.”

    Antetokounmpo can physically challenge James (and win that part of the battle), but the King has the sharper basketball mind. That can prove a massive advantage in the chess match that is the NBA Finals. James is a more diverse scorer and a much more natural table-setter. He can be a bigger help to his teammates, and he gets a better boost from his sidekick (Davis) than Antetokounmpo does from his (Middleton).

    Milwaukee’s best-case-scenario version can win a title, but the margin for error is minuscule. The James-Davis combo gives L.A. both a higher ceiling and more of a cushion if everything doesn’t break just right. At some point, James will be forced to relinquish his crown, but that time isn’t now.

    Prediction: Lakers defeat Bucks 4-2

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:33 PM on April 7, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Excellent analyses and predictions by Zach Buckley. Lakers win their 17th NBA championship. Man, I’m sure hoping we’ll see at least the playoffs. It would be a great way to kick off the world getting back to normal and putting the pandemic behind us.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 1:28 PM on April 7, 2020 Permalink |  

    Cutting Number of Teams Would Give NBA Better Shot at Resuming 

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:01 PM on April 7, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Pincus has a valid point that limited the resumption of the NBA season to the 16 teams who currently make up the playoff agenda would greatly simplify the challenge. A quick look at the East and West standings shows a clear 3 to 4 game break in the loss column between the #8 and #9 teams in each conference. Actually, the playoff rankings for both conferences are pretty representative of the team’s strengths. The Lakers and Clippers hold the top two spots in the West and the Bucks and Raptors in the East.

      Tentative matchups would be:

      #1 Lakers vs #8 Grizzlies
      #2 Clippers vs. #7 Mavericks
      #3 Nuggets vs. #6 Rockets
      #4 Jazz vs. #5 Thunder

      #1 Bucks vs. #8 Magic
      #2 Raptors vs. #7 Nets
      #3 Celtics vs. #6 76ers
      #4 Heat vs. $5 Pacers

      • Seely_Iggy (Director)

        Seely_Iggy (Director) 3:06 PM on April 7, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Would love to see the season salvaged with the 8 teams format. I wonder though what conditioning level the various teams are at. In a lock down some of us continue with their exercise routines and others stuff their faces because we’re bored and turned into couch taters (that’d be me), how are the players keeping fit and ready or have they too come to the realization the season is gone?

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 3:20 PM on April 7, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Problem with even finishing the season with just 5 or 6 games is you have to include twice as many teams. How long will players accept being quarantined? The teams whose guys didn’t stay in shape will certainly pay for that but at least everybody will be in same situation. Hopefully, our players will come back in great shape. Some serious scrimmaging is probably the best you can hope for. Maybe scrimmarages against teams in the other conference to get ready?

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:40 PM on April 7, 2020 Permalink |  

    Lakers ask execs for 20% salary deferment to protect lesser-income employees 

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:04 PM on April 7, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      This would be an excellent move by the top brass to make sure the rest of the Lakers staffers were not hurt by the pandemic. Unlike the other franchises, the Lakers owners don’t have outside source of income or wealth to carry them during tough times.

      • Seely_Iggy (Director)

        Seely_Iggy (Director) 2:55 PM on April 7, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I hope the Lakers owners has more income saved or something because it’s gonna get real ugly. Looking at the pattern of re-emergence of the virus in areas that had seemed to have it under control, and the NBA opting to be cautious, I think we may not see basketball for a while. They may be generous for a short period but not sure how they can afford to do this long-term.

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 3:01 PM on April 7, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Well, to start with, four of them are Buss Family members so I don’t think they would have any problems. Three of the coaches are making over $1 million per year so they’ll be fine. And note, they’re not foregoing their salaries, just deferring them to be paid later. Not really a huge sacrifice.

          In truth, the franchise value will take a hit but they could easily borrow money at very low interest rates to survive without having to cut anybody’s pay. In truth, it’s more of a token move to show solidarity to their employees. Every large corporation should do the same.

          • Seely_Iggy (Director)

            Seely_Iggy (Director) 3:09 PM on April 7, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            I agree Tom. But the truth is, companies can afford to show such generosity for only so long. If the situation we’re in drags on for 6 months or longer, the positive PR and goodwill generated will be overshadowed by profit margins, survival, and stockholders’ pressure.

            • LakerTom (Publisher) 3:25 PM on April 7, 2020 Permalink

              You’re right, Seeley. If this goes on for six months, many companies will have to cut payroll to survive. One of the toughest things to do is to make severe moves like reducing the size of a company to keep it alive in time to make a difference. Too often, companies wait too late and get in too deep of trouble. This is the heart of running a small business.

              The other coin, of course, are the giant corporations with the assets and collateral to weather long droughts or storms. Too often, they’re only interest is their stock price and they lay off employees not to survive but to keep their shareholders happy. Then, when they get help from the government, they use that money to buy back shares rather than growing the business or reimbursing their employees for their contributions.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:26 AM on April 7, 2020 Permalink |  

    NBA “would like to have a champion crowned by Labor Day weekend.” 

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:16 PM on April 7, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      With some positive signs that social distancing is helping reduce the severity of the pandemic, I think the networks, players, and league would be able to come to an agreement to finish the season with a 16-team accelerated playoff tournament in Las Vegas played before empty stadiums. Maybe just 5-games max for first two rounds and then 7-game maxes for conference and NBA Finals.

      Biggest hurdle would be requiring players to be isolated for six weeks it would take to complete the tournament. Of course, players who win would be the only ones to remain isolated after each round so maybe losing players could be replaced by family members for the last two rounds. Regardless, I think it would be in everybody’s interests to finish the season and the ratings would undoubtedly be the best ever.a

      We might even have enough recovered Covid-19 patients with immunity who could populate the stands for the games so players wouldn’t be playing before empty crowds. NBA could even fly the recovered patients in for the games as a goodwill and feel good issue. Could focus maybe on first responders if the conditions would allow it. An opportunity to show the world we can get over this virus and return to normal.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:15 PM on April 6, 2020 Permalink |  

    Great interview with Jared Dudley and comments about AD's impact on LeBron 

    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 10:55 PM on April 6, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      It was nice rooting for Jared as a Laker. LOL.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:52 PM on April 6, 2020 Permalink |  

    How Lakers, 76ers and Bucks could create Chris Paul bidding war this offseason 

    . . .

    But grabbing a star is never out of character for the Lakers, whose need for a secondary ball-handler has been well-documented. A Paul trade would have been financially impossible for the Lakers this season. They had only around $32 million in cap space after acquiring Davis this summer, but Paul’s cap figure was above $38.5 million. Even if the Lakers could have scraped the salary together, two of the players likely needed to make the numbers work (Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and JaVale McGee) both had the contractual right to veto any trade.

    Were either to pick up their player options this offseason, that right would expire. With Paul’s 2020-21 salary set at $41,358,814, the magic number they would need to reach would be $33,087,051.20 in outgoing salary (80 percent). It would cost a fortune in depth, but the Lakers can hit that number provided those options are picked up. Caldwell-Pope, Danny Green and Avery Bradley would have to be in the deal. McGee would push it over the top, or the Lakers could package Talen Horton-Tucker and Quinn Cook (provided they guaranteed his 2020-21 salary).

    Roster-size constraints wouldn’t be an issue in the offseason, and some of those players would likely be directed elsewhere anyway. The Lakers would need to include a young asset to entice the Thunder. Kyle Kuzma would suffice, or if he is still viewed as untouchable, both their 2020 and 2027 first-round picks become tradable immediately after the 2020 NBA Draft.

    If this strikes you as enormously expensive, well, it should. Acquiring All-Star point guards shouldn’t be cheap. The Lakers would essentially be trading in their point guard problem for a shooting guard problem. Alex Caruso would have to see his role increased significantly. Lakers GM Rob Pelinka would have to absolutely nail his Tax-Payer Mid-Level Exception and minimum signings (and fortunately, this year’s free-agent class features plenty of affordable wings). They would also have to sacrifice their 2021 cap space ambitions in the name of an immediate title run. Getting Paul now eliminates the cap space they’ve seemingly earmarked for Giannis Antetokounmpo.

    It ultimately boils down to preference. The Lakers preferred a three-star construction to a deeper lineup last summer, when they pursued Leonard, but even in his revitalized state Paul can’t match Kawhi’s value. LeBron James’ friendship with Paul would almost certainly be a factor. So would this year’s roster’s unbridled success. The Lakers might need a 2020 postseason to make this decision.

    But almost a decade earlier, the Lakers very nearly acquired Paul before ultimately losing out. It sent them spiraling into the worst stretch in franchise history. Nothing could be more poetic than the Lakers finally getting their point guard and riding him back to the championship heights they haven’t experienced since 2010.

    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 5:53 PM on April 6, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Nope. Love him, love his game. His contract is toxic. NOOOOOO!

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 6:10 PM on April 6, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Green, Bradley, KCP, McGee, Kuzma, THT , and 2020 and 2027 first rounders for CP3 would work.

      Lakers could be left with the following roster:

      PG: PAUL, Rondo
      SG: CARUSO, Cook
      SF: JAMES, Waiters
      PF: DAVIS, Morris
      CE; COUSINS, Howard

      I wouldn’t do it but just the fact that we have the salaries to make the deal show how different this summer could be versus last winter’s trade deadline.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 6:13 PM on April 6, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I would rather target a younger player like the Bulls’ Zach LaVine, the Pels’ Jrue Holiday, or the Net’s Spencer Dinwiddie.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 6:32 PM on April 6, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        You wouldn’t just be getting CP3 back, Presti would have to offer a deal similar to a Wiggins. You’d have to attach picks to entice someone to take the contract.

      • p ang

        p ang 7:49 PM on April 6, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Paul and Rondo in the same team?

        Ok, Tom, its that time again. Whatever youre smoking, change blends.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:14 PM on April 6, 2020 Permalink |  

    NBA, players union assessing potential COVID rapid-test options 

    “Rapid testing results are key to return to work, return to sports, everything,” one NBA general manager told ESPN, speaking on the condition of anonymity in order to speak candidly. “Whatever job you have and environment you work in, if you’re interacting with people, we’re all going to have to feel safe doing that. Sports isn’t any different.”

    “While our foremost priority remains everyone’s health and well-being, the league office continues to evaluate all options for a return to play,” NBA spokesman Mike Bass told ESPN. “Any decision on a date to restart the season is likely weeks away and will be made in consultation with public health experts and in line with governmental directives and guidance.”

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:11 PM on April 6, 2020 Permalink |  

    Adam Silver says NBA will not have answer about resuming season until at least May 1 

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