NEW YORK — The 76ers unloaded one of their second-round picks before Thursday’s NBA draft. ESPN reported that the Sixers traded the 39th pick Wednesday night to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for a 2019 second-rounder via the Chicago Bulls and cash. As a result, the Sixers will make the pick for the Lakers. The trade won’t be official until July 6. The Sixers are left with picks Nos. 38, 56 and 60 in the second round in addition to the 10 and 26th picks in the first round. The team will have to trade picks and/or stash some drafted players overseas from this draft. The Sixers don’t have enough room on their roster to take in six draft picks and add quality free agents. Right now, they have 11 players under contract for next season. That’s doesn’t include 2017 second-round pick Jonah Bolden, who spent last season playing overseas for Maccabi Tel Aviv of the Israel Premier League. The … [Read more...] about Report: Sixers trade 39th pick in NBA draft to Lakers
By Elliott Teaford | [email protected] | The Daily BreezePUBLISHED: June 20, 2018 at 2:24 pm | UPDATED: June 20, 2018 at 2:26 pm The roar from the Staples Center crowd sounded vaguely familiar in 2017-18, especially near the end of the season, when the Lakers resembled a cohesive unit rather than a bunch of random players who showed up for a Saturday afternoon pickup game at the park. The reason the Lakers clicked was obvious. Their youngest players, particularly their recent draft picks, began to find their footing in the NBA. They ran and passed and shot and rebounded and played with a sense of freedom and joy that lifted them to 35 victories, the franchise’s most since 2012-13. Cheers replaced jeers and hope replaced dread. Thursday, the Lakers get another chance to restock their roster with fresh, new faces. As of Wednesday, they held the 25th and 47th selections in the draft. Their free-agent spending spree can wait until the store opens July 1, when they are expected … [Read more...] about NBA draft: Will Lakers make their selections or make trades on draft night?
kawhi-leonard-f2e8b865a9256407.jpg Joe Giglio | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com By Joe Giglio | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com Where will San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard end up? That’s the question hovering over the NBA most right now. Yes, even more than where LeBron James will sign in free agency. When James makes a decision on his opt-out and actually enters the free-agent market in July, LeBron-mania will take over sports. But until then, James’ next potential running mate, Leonard, is the story. Will the Lakers offer the best package? Can the Knicks, Celtics or Sixers jump in and steal the former MVP candidate on draft night? Here are the latest news, notes and rumors. Spurs will take best offer According to Mark Stein of the New York Times during an ESPN Radio appearance, the Spurs would rather not deal Leonard to the Lakers. But if the best offer comes from Los Angeles, that's what the Spurs will take, per Lakers Nation. Cleveland … [Read more...] about NBA trade rumors: Lakers offering best deal for Kawhi?
LAS VEGAS — LeBron James, the NBA’s drama king, has all eyes on him this summer as The Decision Part III nears. Oddsmakers in Las Vegas and offshore locales are watching every move he might make and following every rumor. Will LeBron take his talents to Hollywood and, if so, will his L.A. team of choice be the Lakers or Clippers? What are the chances he heads to Houston or Philadelphia? As bettors take shots at guessing the answer, bookmakers are aggressively adjusting futures odds on the 2018-19 championship. The most popular pick of the betting public is the Lakers, who were posted at 20/1 odds just 10 days ago. A crush of action on the Lakers has caused those odds to move to 6/1 at William Hill sports books in Vegas and New Jersey. The recent report that Kawhi Leonard wants out of San Antonio and hopes to land in L.A. is more motivation for the Lakers’ speculators. “There are so many angles to this. It’s hard booking these futures because there’s … [Read more...] about Betting world going crazy for LeBron-Kawhi Lakers union
All signs continue to point toward LeBron James signing with the Lakers when NBA free agency begins in July, but other teams will surely try and persuade LeBron to come to their city between now and then. It sure seems as though the Cavaliers believe hope is not lost on LeBron re-upping with them, as they are looking to swing a deal for Kawhi Leonard. The prospect of a LeBron - Kawhi combo in Cleveland is intriguing for several reasons. LeBron is said to desperately want to keep his NBA Finals appearance streak intact, and even though the Celtics and Sixers will be better next season – getting back to the Finals will still be a whole lot easier in the East than the West. LeBron’s best move – if he truly cares about that streak – would be to re-sign in Cleveland on a one-year deal and see if he can make magic with Kawhi. Kawhi will surely also test free agency next season, so this would be a total rental – but the Cavaliers at this point just don’t … [Read more...] about LeBron to Lakers NBA rumors: Are Rockets officially out?