4:32 AM EDT, Thu June 30, 2016
Silver Screen and Roll 3 hours ago

Lakers free agency rumors: Mike Conley drawing interest from L.A.

The backcourt might be crowded, but this does make some sense. D'Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson seem like the backcourt of the future, but that doesn't necessarily mean that if value comes along or a quality player becomes available, the Lakers should thwart any and all options. Case in point: per ESPN's Chris Broussard, they're among a few teams that have shown interest in Memphis Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley. According to Broussard, the Lakers, Rockets, Nets and Hornets plan on meeting with Conley at some point in the next week. Now, with all these rumors linking free agents to...
Silver Screen and Roll 9 hours ago

NBA Free Agency Rumors: Nicolas Batum ‘talking with Lakers’

Los Angeles is getting in on the race for the talented wing, but they can’t be seen as the favorites just yet. The Los Angeles Lakers’ selection of Brandon Ingram with the second overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft did wonders for their sorely lacking wing depth. However, with Kobe Bryant’s retirement and Nick Young all but a certainty to be shipped out or waived using the stretch provision, the team still needs more contributors at small forward. The Lakers seem like an incredible longshot to even get a meeting with Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (who would obviously start...
Clips Nation 10 hours ago

Potential Clippers Targets in Free Agency

In a deleted tweet from earlier today, Ben Bolch of the LA Times gave a list of players the Clippers might go after in free agency. The list contained: Ronnie Price, Ramon Sessions, Gerald Green, Darrell Arthur, and Jason Thompson. This is a varied assortment of players, all veterans, but playing different positions. There are two point guards, a wing, and two big men. I will go through them from small to big. Ronnie Price: Price is an 11 year journeyman point guard who last played for the Phoenix Suns. Considered a "pro's pro", Price is the model of a good locker-room guy, but has...
Golden State Of Mind 10 hours ago

The Warriors have feverish Kevin Durant dreams

Can the Warriors somehow convince the OKC superstar to come to the Bay? And, if not, what then? Free agency officially begins on July 1st and the Golden State Warriors are one of just six teams to have a confirmed meeting with the jewel of this year’s free agent class: Kevin Durant. Recently, Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Durant seems inclined sign a one year deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder, and then revisit free agency in the summer of 2017. However, this puts the Warriors in a particularly tricky situation. If Durant does indeed go back to OKC on a two year deal with an opt-out...
Bright Side Of The Sun 10 hours ago

Rumor: Phoenix Suns interested in Cole Aldrich

The former Jayhawk is testing the free agent waters. Your favorite NBA free agency authority "Source" has news on who your Phoenix Suns have their eyes on this Summer: Center Cole Aldrich not only will have interest from Clippers to return, but Orlando and Phoenix have expressed interested, source. — Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) June 29, 2016 The pride of Bloomington Jefferson High School in Bloomington, Minnesota is well traveled since entering the NBA out of Kansas as the 11th overall draft pick in 2010. Aldrich has spent time with Oklahoma City, Houston, Sacramento, New York, and most...
Bright Side Of The Sun 12 hours ago

Phoenix Suns free agency profiles: Solomon Hill is a wanted man

But do the Suns want him enough to go get him? Stop me if you have heard this before: This summer's free agency period is going to be CRAZY. Stop me again if you heard me reiterate this over and over: Versatile swingmen are all the rage in "today's NBA." Everyone knows the narrative by now, small-ball is furiously taking over the league and every team wants to arm their roster with enough flexibility to combat any lineup combination thrown their way. The ability to switch the pick-and-roll along the perimeter is no longer a privilege, but a necessity in order to hang tough amongst the...
Golden State Of Mind 13 hours ago

2015-2016 Season Review: Anderson Varejao

As we continue to close the casket tie a tidy little bow on the 2015-2016 season before the insanity of free agency commences, we have one last free agent player review to get through: that of Anderson Varejao, the trade deadline reinforcement and pièce de résistance of a team playing the Greatest Season of All Time. This should be a regular can o’ corn, or whatever those baseballers say. Right? Wait — what’s that noise? Sounds familiar... Is... Is that... !!! HOT TAKE ALERT !!! Signing Anderson Varejao cost the Warriors the 2016 NBA Championship! Holy smokes, that came out...
Silver Screen and Roll 14 hours ago

Who should the Lakers avoid signing in free agency?

Los Angeles has a lot of rumored targets, but who should they stay away from? The Los Angeles Lakers have been linked to essentially every major free agent on the market at this point. The team may not be getting a meeting with Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant, but it looks like they will at least get to pitch just about anyone else they want. But what kind of players should the Lakers be targeting exactly? Right now the team appears well equipped for a more methodical rebuild, so do they really need to try and go for quick fixes in free agency? Even if the answer is yes, the...
Silver Screen and Roll 15 hours ago

NBA Free Agency: Lakers won’t get a meeting with Kevin Durant

Someone tell Adam Levine to go throw away that Durant jersey he was going to take a picture in. Like nearly any team with cap space (or even those that don’t have it, in the case of the Los Angeles Clippers), the Los Angeles Lakers would very much like to sign Kevin Durant. The Oklahoma City Thunder forward is almost unquestionably the best available free agent this summer, a player so talented that even the 73-win juggernaut Golden State Warriors are willing to break up their core to add him. The Lakers did not make the initial list of teams he plans to meet with, but an unnamed team...
Silver Screen and Roll 15 hours ago

Lakers Free Agency: Joakim Noah is not a bad plan B at center

If Los Angeles strikes out on Whiteside, they should go after Chicago's veteran center. Welcome to Lakers LinkedIn, our new free agency preview series (inspired by our friends over at Liberty Ballers’ own "Sixers Tinder") where we look at the "resumes" of various free agents, and determine whether or not we think the Lakers should hire them.  After watching Chicago seemingly burn bridges with all of their veteran mainstays, should the Lakers try to lure Joakim Noah to the purple and gold?Joakim Noah’s Resume:-NBA All-Star: 2013, 2014-All-NBA First Team: 2014-NBA MVP Voting: 4th place...
Silver Screen and Roll 16 hours ago

NBA Free Agency: Should the Lakers attempt to woo DeMar DeRozan?

After watching him struggle in the playoffs, Los Angeles shouldn’t bring back their native son. Welcome to Lakers LinkedIn, our new free agency preview series (inspired by our friends over at Liberty Ballers’ own "Sixers Tinder") where we look at the "resumes" of various free agents, and determine whether or not we think the Lakers should hire them. The Lakers are a natural destination for Los Angeles native DeMar DeRozan if he chooses to leave the Raptors, but should the front office bring him back from North of the wall? DeMar DeRozan’s Resume:-NBA-All Star: 2014, 2016-US Men’s...
Sactown Royalty 17 hours ago

Corliss Williamson leaves Sacramento to join Orlando's coaching staff

The Orlando Magic announced their coaching staff under new head coach Frank Vogel today, and Corliss Williamson was among the new additions.  Williamson has served as a Kings assistant for the past three seasons, and was retained along with Nancy Lieberman when George Karl and the rest of staff were let go. Of course, that didn't mean Williamson wasn't allowed to pursue other opportunities, and there were reports last week that Williamson was in Orlando interviewing for a job on Vogel's staff.  It appears he has accepted that offer, and we will miss him in Sacramento. It's unknown as of...
Golden State Of Mind 17 hours ago

2015-16 Warriors season review: Festus Ezeli improved, but is he worth keeping?

Festus Ezeli is on the verge of a huge payday. But, as Rusty Simmons of the S.F. Chronicle described yesterday, he's one of many Warriors free agents caught in a holding pattern as the Warriors pursue Kevin Durant. So for now, we ask whether his play during the 2015-16 season warranted a new deal with the Dubs. A year ago, Jeff Van Gundy asserted that Festus Ezeli could start for most teams in the NBA. And at the beginning of this season's playoff run, he proclaimed Ezeli to be a $15 million-per-year player. So why is everyone so down on the big Nigerian? Fans are all prisoners of the...
Sactown Royalty Jun 29, 2016

Sacramento Kings interested in Allen Crabbe

Crabbe is a restricted free agent coming off a breakout season for the Portland Trail Blazers. The Sacramento Kings need help on the wings, this much is agreed upon. Allen Crabbe is a 24-year-old restricted free agent who shot 39% from deep last season for the Portland Trail Blazers. It is not unreasonable then to expect that a section of Kings fans will clamor for Crabbe. Well, wish no more. According to reports, the Kings will be in the mix. The 76ers, Nets and Kings are among the teams interested in Portland restricted free agent Allen Crabbe, sources say. — Ian Begley (@IanBegley)...
Bright Side Of The Sun Jun 29, 2016

Bright Side of the Sun Podcast: Free Agency Preview Extravaganza

Hello everyone. The podcast is back for a free agency preview extravaganza. Dave King joined me to go real deep on what we can expect in July and August. Our topics include: Our expectations for Ronnie Price, Mirza Teletovic and Jon Leuer returning Should the Suns bring in more than one power forward? Could Dragan Bender start? Will the Suns target a big name? The impact of drafting Bender and Marquese Chriss on committing long-term money to someone like Harrison Barnes Expensive wings the Suns could target, ranging from veterans like Chandler Parsons and Nic Batum, to younger, more...
Silver Screen and Roll Jun 29, 2016

Jordan Clarkson has basically been living in the gym this offseason

More evidence that Los Angeles' young core is putting in work this offseason. The Los Angeles Lakers are going to attempt to be heavily involved in free agency this offseason, but if the team ever wants to reach their prior levels of greatness, their young core of D'Angelo Russell, Julius Randle, Brandon Ingram (yeah, the Lakers really drafted him, that wasn't a dream), Jordan Clarkson, and Larry Nance, Jr. are going to have to work hard and reach their full potential. The good news for fans of the team is that those players all seem committed to doing so. Time after time, social media post...
Sactown Royalty Jun 28, 2016

Sacramento Kings unlikely to trade DeMarcus Cousins this summer

Zach Lowe and Marc Stein confirm that the Kings are unlikely to move DeMarcus, at least for now. Marc Stein recently joined Zach Lowe on The Lowe Post podcast to discuss various free agency rumors and news, as well as potential offseason trades around the league. Naturally the discussion turned to the Sacramento Kings and DeMarcus Cousins. When asked about the status of DeMarcus, Stein said he doesn't expect the Kings to move DeMarcus this summer, but that given the situation we'll still hear about teams calling to "test the Kings' resolve". Stein confirmed what many Kings fans expected,...
Silver Screen and Roll Jun 28, 2016

NBA Free Agency: The Lakers shouldn't sign Harrison Barnes

The young small forward is going to have a hard time living up to his big contract. Welcome to Lakers LinkedIn, our new free agency preview series (inspired by our friends over at Liberty Ballers' own "Sixers Tinder") where we look at the "resumes" of various free agents, and determine whether or not we think the Lakers' should hire them. The Lakers are apparently interested in Harrison Barnes, but should they be? Harrison Barnes’ Resume: -NBA Champion -NBA All-Rookie First Team -First-team All-ACC (2012) Harrison Barnes was an instrumental part of the Golden State Warriors during...
Lucas Hann / Clips Nation Jun 28, 2016

NBA Free Agency 2016: Can the Clippers Just Sign Kevin Durant?

They aren't as far away as you'd think. There's been a lot of talk about Kevin Durant's free agency in the last few days since he announced which teams he'd meet with: Oklahoma City, Golden State, San Antonio, Boston, Miami, and the Los Angeles Clippers.  When discussing possible landing spots, the narrative has been almost entirely dismissive of the Clippers' chances, likely due to a combination of disregard for the Clippers' fit and dismissal of their cap situation. Both of those issues can be contested, though: San Antonio and Golden State are seen as the more attractive contenders,...
Silver Screen and Roll Jun 28, 2016

Lakers Podcast: Is Lakers management dysfunctional?

Anthony and Harrison sift through the latest info on Los Angeles' management team. It's been a busy few days of news in Laker Land, with rumors abounding about the team wanting to target pretty much every free agent on the market. If that weren't enough, Lakers president Jim Buss took a few hits in a column from Kevin Ding of Bleacher Report questioning whether or not he's the right man to lead the Lakers going forward. Was the piece fair to Buss? Who does it benefit to have all of this information leak right before the start of free agency on July 1st? Should Lakers fans be worried about...

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