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  • Russell Westbrook met at LeBron James’ house to plot Lakers move

    MSN.com "Russell Westbrook is now a member of the Lakers, and the move came together just as he and L.A.'s superstars planned it. On Thursday, word emerged that the Lakers pulled off a trade with the Washington Wizards to acquire Westbrook. The Lakers sent Kyle Kuzma, Kentavious..." July 31

  • Ranking top potential free agency destinations for Kyle Lowry

    NBA Analysis "It isn’t the beginning of NBA free agency just yet, but that doesn’t mean we can’t come up with hypothetical landing spots for some of the notable free agents, right? Once NBA free agency gets underway in early August, one player that is going to be extremely busy is..." July 31

  • 3 ideal free agent destinations for Lou Williams

    Clutch Points "Lou Williams can still fill up the cup. The 34-year-old guard and three-time recipient of the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award is coming off a split season between the Atlanta Hawks and Los Angeles Clippers. He finished the regular season averaging a combined 11.3 points on 39.9..." July 31

  • Miami Heat’s offseason point guard options for 2021

    Sportsnaut "The Miami Heat have a hole at starting point guard with Kendrick Nunn set to hit free agency. While the organization holds a 2021-’22 team option on Goran Dragic that must be decided by Sunday night, he’s more of a backup point guard. Who are some options to fill that..." July 31

  • Wizards Issue QOs To Garrison Mathews, Cassius Winston; Will Make Isaac Bonga UFA

    Hoops Rumors "The Wizards will not issue a qualifying offer to Isaac Bonga, thereby making him an unrestricted free agent, reports ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski (via Twitter). The 6’8″ point forward saw his playing time cut nearly in half from the 2019/2020 season to..." July 31

  • 5 Realistic Trades to Give NBA Stars New Homes After the Draft

    Bleacher Report "Several hours before the 2021 NBA draft started, Thursday produced plenty of fireworks for fans to enjoy. For a minute, it looked like the Los Angeles Lakers might be packaging a number of assets to land the sweet-shooting Buddy Hield. Then, they apparently swerved into..." July 31

  • 3 ideal landing spots for Kelly Oubre Jr. in NBA free agency

    NBA Analysis "Kelly Oubre Jr. is about to become a very rich man during NBA free agency. The 25-year old forward had a tough time acclimating himself at times this season with the Golden State Warriors while battling a wrist injury, but plenty of teams will be monitoring his situation this..." July 31

  • 3 Sharpshooters Pegged as Free Agent Fits for Lakers

    Heavy "Russell Westbrook is now a Los Angeles Laker and with him comes his shooting woes. The former MVP does a lot of things well but shooting is not one of them. He’s a career 30.1% shooter from three and only hits 43.7% from the field overall. Considering LeBron..." July 31

  • 3 intriguing veterans Milwaukee Bucks could target in NBA free agency

    NBA Analysis "The Milwaukee Bucks won the 2021 NBA Finals, defeating the Phoenix Suns in six games. The team celebrated their first championship in 50 years but had to get going on their preparation to defend that title almost instantly. The 2021 NBA Draft took place on July 29th and the Bucks made..." July 31

  • Lakers, Buddy Hield were ‘close’ to deal before Russell Westbrook trade

    Clutch Points "Before Russell Westbrook joined the Los Angeles Lakers, the 2020 NBA champions almost had a deal done for Sacramento Kings sharpshooter Buddy Hield, according to Zach Lowe of ESPN. The Lakers were prepared to send Kyle Kuzma and Montrezl Harrell to Sacramento..." July 31

  • Warriors 'Very Unlikely' to Make Major Trade amid Ben Simmons, Bradley Beal Rumors, per Joe Lacob

    Bleacher Report "The Golden State Warriors have been at the center of nearly every trade rumor for the NBA's top players this offseason, but team governor Joe Lacob doesn't see that speculation amounting to anything. "It’s very unlikely, I’ve said that we’re not going to..." July 31

  • Hawks’ 2 biggest threats to steal John Collins, revealed

    Clutch Points "The Atlanta Hawks surprised everyone else as they reached the Eastern Conference Finals in last season’s playoffs before getting eliminated by the Milwaukee Bucks in six games. They enter the offseason to try and improve the young team that had a solid run in the..." July 31

  • 3 perfect free agency targets for Miami Heat to pursue

    NBA Analysis "The Miami Heat are going to undergo some major changes this offseason. After making it to the NBA Finals in the Orlando Bubble and losing to the Los Angeles Lakers, the Heat were swept out of the first round by the 2021 NBA Champion Milwaukee Bucks. Adjustments to the roster were most..." July 31

  • 3 perfect free agency targets Dallas Mavericks must consider

    NBA Analysis "The Dallas Mavericks have already seen some major changes occur this NBA offseason. Long-time front office member Donnie Nelson and the organization parted ways. One day later, head coach Rick Carlisle followed him out the door. The brain trust of the organization looks a lot..." July 31

  • 3 post-draft trade targets for Boston Celtics to consider

    NBA Analysis "The Boston Celtics started their NBA offseason with a bang, revamping their front office and coaching staff. Former head coach Brad Stevens headed to the front office, taking over the job that Danny Ainge stepped down from. Ime Udoka, one of the most highly-regarded assistant coaches in the..." July 31

  • Lakers’ Trade for Russell Westbrook Could Directly Impact Nets

    Heavy "The Brooklyn Nets have had a reasonably busy past few days thanks to the NBA Draft at Barclays Center. They drafted four new players, including former LSU standout Cameron Thomas at No. 27. They also dealt Landry Shamet to the Phoenix Suns in a deal that netted them some..." July 31

  • Pascal Siakam Could Land With Washington Wizards

    Fadeaway World "Is the Pascal Siakam era over in Toronto? After the Raptors picked up Scottie Barnes last night, ESPN's Kendrick Perkins joked that the veteran forward's days in the city are numbered. July 31

  • 10 Veterans The Lakers Can Land To Become Title Contenders

    Fadeaway World "The Lakers are once again considered title favorites after the trade for 9-time All-Star Russell Westbrook. The point guard averaged a triple-double for the 4th time in his career and is easily one of the top-5 point guards in the NBA. Westbrook joining LeBron James and Anthony Davis creates a..." July 31

  • Free-Agency Spotlight on Chris Paul, the 'Kyle Lowry Domino,' Emerging PG Carousel

    Bleacher Report "With the draft come and gone, and the NBA's calendar flipping to the 2021-22 season Monday, this summer's free-agency period will center on the league's rapidly spinning point guard carousel. The biggest fish, Chris Paul, appears all but destined to return to Phoenix,..." July 31

  • 7 intriguing bold predictions for 2021 NBA free agency

    NBA Analysis "With the 2021 NBA Draft now behind us, everyone’s focus will turn toward free agency. If we learned anything from how the draft went, free agency could be fast and furious with player movement. The 2021 free agency class isn’t considered a very deep one, but some..." July 31

  • Top 25 NBA free agents: From stars to role players

    The Score "The 2021 NBA offseason is nearly upon us. The rumors are already flying as agents and front-office executives attempt to barter and bluff their way to backchannel agreements. Technically, teams are unable to start negotiating deals with free agents until 6 p.m. ET on Aug. 2. But to be..." July 31

  • Russell Westbrook Was Just "Plan B" For The Los Angeles Lakers

    Fadeaway World "With the first big trade of the summer, Russell Westbrook's arrival in L.A. has been the subject of conversation ever since it went down. Not only does it give the franchise new hope for the future, but it gets them a high-energy guy that will always give his maximum..." July 31

  • 5 biggest surprises from the 2021 NBA Draft

    NBA Analysis "The 2021 NBA Draft took place on Thursday night and there were plenty of obvious picks that transpired. Cade Cunningham heard his name called to the Detroit Pistons, Jalen Green ended up going to the Houston Rockets, and Evan Mobley is on his way to the Cleveland Cavaliers, just as..." July 31

  • 1 NBA free agency target for each Eastern Conference team

    NBA Analysis "The start of NBA free agency is rapidly approaching with it set to begin on Aug. 3 at 6 p.m. (est). There will be no shortage of intriguing players available with teams around the league looking to get better. The 2021 NBA Draft has come and gone without much for player trades taking..." July 31

  • The harsh reality of Kyle Kuzma, Montrezl Harrell’s future with Wizards after Russell Westbrook trade

    Clutch Points "Former Los Angeles Lakers trio Kyle Kuzma, Montrezl Harrell, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope have all found a new home with the Washington Wizards following Thursday’s blockbuster deal that sent Russell Westbrook in the opposite direction. By..." July 31

  • 3 post-draft trade targets for the New York Knicks

    NBA Analysis "The New York Knicks were one of the most active teams during the 2021 NBA Draft. They entered with picks No. 19, 21, 32 and 58. They made three separate deals on the night as they moved back multiple times. New York traded the 19th pick to the Charlotte Hornets for a future..." July 30

  • Wizards GM sends clear message about Bradley Beal’s availability

    Larry Brown Sports "Russell Westbrook’s exit from the Washington Wizards raised a number of questions regarding whether Bradley Beal might force his way out of town. Wizards GM Tommy Sheppard sent a clear signal that wouldn’t be happening after the team made its draft choice Thursday. The..." July 30

  • 7 Best 3PT Shooters That Can Help LeBron James And Russell Westbrook Next Season

    Fadeaway World "The Los Angeles Lakers have recently acquired Russell Westbrook to fill their void at point guard and to add star power to the roster. He'll certainly be a great addition: Russell Westbrook is a triple-double machine, and he will be a capable second ballhandler behind LeBron James. Russell..." July 30

  • 5 NBA stars next to move following Russell Westbrook trade

    NBA Analysis "The 2021 NBA Offseason officially got underway with the 2021 NBA Draft. The draft class is one of the deeper ones in recent memory, as multiple players with first-round grades slipped into the second round, providing teams with a ton of depth. There were also a ton of trades that went..." July 30

  • 3 intriguing Ben Simmons trade destinations after 2021 NBA Draft

    NBA Analysis "The Philadelphia 76ers have one big question looming as the offseason officially got underway with the Milwaukee Bucks defeating the Phoenix Suns in the NBA Finals; what will they do with Ben Simmons? The 76ers’ season ended prematurely when they were eliminated by the Atlanta..." July 30

  • Lakers Accused of Tampering After LeBron James, Anthony Davis Met With Russell Westbrook Weeks Before Trade

    Total Pro Sports "Russell Westbrook met with LeBron James and Anthony Davis some two weeks ago at the house of James to discuss the possibility of playing together with the Los Angeles Lakers, according to Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times. That was not welcome news to social media. “They..." July 30

  • ‘Strong disagreement’ within Lakers organization on Russell Westbrook trade

    The Sports Rush "NBA Insider reveals there was some massive disagreement within the Lakers about the acquisition of Russell Westbrook from the Wizards Russell Westbrook is a Laker. Just saying that feels weird. July 30

  • 'Belief' in NBA Is Chris Paul Stays with Suns After Russell Westbrook-Lakers Trade

    Arizona Sports "The 2021 NBA Draft came and went without a selection by the Phoenix Suns after they traded the 29th pick to the Brooklyn Nets as a part of a deal to acquire guard Landry Shamet, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. But the questions coming general manager James Jones’ way after..." July 30

  • Before Russell Westbrook trade, LeBron James discussed DeMar DeRozan joining Lakers

    Yahoo! Sports "LeBron James will be playing in his third version of a Big 3 with the latest blockbuster trade the Los Angeles Lakers constructed on the day of the 2021 NBA draft. The Washington Wizards sent nine-time All-Star Russell Westbrook and..." July 30

  • Russell Westbrook trade: What Lakers might do next as they build around their new point guard

    CBS Sports "If the Los Angeles Lakers played a game tomorrow, Alfonzo McKinnie would have to play all 48 minutes. They have only five players on the roster. McKinnie is one of them. Three are holdovers from last season: LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Marc Gasol. And..." July 30

  • Lakers’ LeBron James, Anthony Davis held secret meeting to seal Russell Westbrook trade

    Silver Screen And Roll "Of the available options to improve their roster this offseason, it’s clear that Russell Westbrook was the Lakers’ top choice. There are legitimate concerns that his poor shooting could shrink the floor for his new superstar teammates, LeBron James and Anthony Davis, but..." July 30

  • Are The Lakers A Superteam With LeBron James, Anthony Davis, And Russell Westbrook?

    Fadeaway World "The Lakers made a blockbuster move on Draft Night which brings Russell Westbrook to Los Angeles while Kyle Kuzma, Montrezl Harrell, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope are heading to Washington. A deal of this caliber stole a lot of the news on draft night, especially when there are a host of..." July 30

  • Next trade Lakers NEED after Russell Westbrook deal

    Clutch Points "The Los Angeles Lakers have pulled off a blockbuster to create a new Big Three with Russell Westbrook, LeBron James, and Anthony Davis. The Lakers traded away Kyle Kuzma, Montrezl Harrell, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and the 22nd overall pick (Isaiah Jackson) to the Washington Wizards,..." July 30

  • Russell Westbrook trade is a coup for the Wizards, huge gamble for the Lakers

    The Score "After spending the first 11 years of his career in Oklahoma City, Russell Westbrook is headed to his fourth team in four years. The Washington Wizards reportedly agreed to trade him and two future second-round picks to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for Kyle Kuzma, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope,..." July 30

  • What If Russell Westbrook Does Work Out in Los Angeles With LeBron James?

    The Big Lead "The Los Angeles Lakers traded for Russell Westbrook, who will join LeBron James and Anthony Davis to form the NBA's latest Big Three. After injuries derailed LA's attempt to defend their bubble championship, everyone assumed they would make a big..." July 30

  • 4 dark-horse sign-and-trade destinations to watch for Lonzo Ball

    NBA Analysis "The New Orleans Pelicans were mulling over whether or not they should proceed with Stan Van Gundy as their head coach, ultimately deciding to fire him after one NBA season at the helm. After making a decision on Van Gundy, the Pelicans are now tasked with figuring out what they want..." July 30

  • Cade Cunningham Says He Owned The Night, Not Russell Westbrook

    Fadeaway World "Yesterday was one of the wildest days the NBA has lived in a while. First, Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Lakers were trading for Buddy Hield. Then, Shams Charania said that they were going after Russell Westbrook. The Lakers completed a huge blockbuster deal to get yet another..." July 30

  • Wizards Could Trade Kyle Kuzma And Montrezl Harrell To Land Spencer Dinwiddie

    Lakers Daily "On Thursday, the Washington Wizards agreed to send star guard Russell Westbrook and two future second-round picks to the Los Angeles Lakers for Kyle Kuzma, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Montrezl Harrell and the No. 22 pick in the 2021 NBA..." July 30

  • Biggest Questions (and Answers) from Blockbuster Lakers Russell Westbrook Trade

    Bleacher Report "When news broke that Montrezl Harrell had decided to opt into the final year of his contract (per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski), it looked like Buddy Hield to the Los Angeles Lakers was a lock. Instead, minutes later, Shams Charania of The Athletic broke..." July 30

  • 3 trade packages for Sacramento Kings to consider involving Buddy Hield

    NBA Analysis "The Sacramento Kings have been in NBA purgatory for quite some time, and nothing suggests they have gotten out of it after the 2020-21 campaign. At the least, the Kings do have De’Aaron Fox and Tyrese Haliburton to build around in their back court. But the presence of Haliburton..." July 30

  • Pacers Trade Aaron Holiday, No. 31 To Wizards For Isaiah Jackson

    Real GM Basketball "The Indiana Pacers have traded Aaron Holiday and No. 31 to the Washington Wizards for the No. 22 draft pick used on Isaiah Jackson. " July 30

  • Russell Westbrook deal could lead Nets’ Spencer Dinwiddie to Wizards

    New York Post "The Russell Westbrook blockbuster could have impact ripples that reach north all the way to Brooklyn. The Wizards are reportedly eyeing Spencer Dinwiddie, with the Nets free agent point guard potentially in the mix to get moved in a sign-and-trade. July 30

  • Skip Bayless Turns To Playground Insults After Russell Westbrook Trade

    Hot New Hip Hop "Skip Bayless had been waiting for another opportunity to attack LeBron. Skip Bayless' hatred for LeBron James has always been on another level. In fact, Bayless has proven himself to be a cartoonishly evil character that finds any way to laugh and discredit LeBron's..." July 30

  • Russell Westbrook First Reaction After Join The Lakers

    Yardbarker "Russell Westbrook is ready to join the Los Angeles Lakers after a couple of rocky tenures with the Houston Rockets and Washington Wizards. The point guard wants to win, and the Wizards put him in a terrific position to do so.  He's joining LeBron..." July 30

  • Russell Westbrook trade could mean end of Alex Caruso era with Lakers

    Lakers Daily "The Los Angles Lakers acquisition of former MVP Russell Westbrook caused shockwaves across the league on Thursday. However, some Lakers fans won’t be thrilled to learn that the dynamic trade may be the conclusion of guard Alex Caruso’s tenure in Los..." July 30