NBA Opening Night 2021 takeaways

After a mere 72-day offseason the 2020-21 NBA season tipped off Tuesday night. Considering the lack of an actual combine, summer league, and a very truncated training camp, my expectations for the early to mid portion of this season are very low. Nonetheless, here are may takeaways from Tuesday’s on court action. Game 1, Brooklyn Nets 125, Golden State Warriors 99 With the unfortunate injury to Klay Thompson the Warriors went from a potential contender to a playoff question make. Thrown in the absence of Draymond Green , who not…

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Kyle Kuzma signs 3 year, $40 million deal with the Lakers

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Lakers have signed forward Kyle Kuzma to a three-year $40 million extension. The deal includes a player option for the 2023-24 season. With his role on the team changing from year-to-year, Kuzma continues to be somewhat of an enigma, with even Kuz recently telling the New York Post that he has “no idea” what his role on the team is. These comments are slightly troubling considering we are on the verge of the new nba season but without the usual training camp where things…

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Lebron on load management, title defence and Lakers future

From Greg Beacham of the AP: LOS ANGELES (AP) — After LeBron James emerged from the longest season in NBA history with a fourth championship ring, he returned home and planned the first Christmas family vacation of his adult life. That’s when James learned that his 17th NBA offseason would be unprecedentedly short. When James was told the NBA intended to resume games on Dec. 22, just 72 days after the Lakers beat Miami to win the title, the superstar admits he reacted with a mild expletive. “Just being completely honest,…

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AD signs 5-year extension with Lakers

From Timothy Rapp of B/R: Anthony Davis is going to be a member of the Los Angeles Lakers for the foreseeable future. The Lakers and Davis are finalizing a five-year, $190 million max contract Thursday. His agent, Klutch Sports’ Rich Paul, confirmed details of the deal to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.   His re-signing comes one day after LeBron James inked a two-year, $85.7 million extension with L.A. through the 2022-23 campaign. The Lakers’ trade for Davis was one of the biggest moves of the 2019 offseason, and it came at a high…

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NBA releases Christmas Day schedule

Christmas Day is one of the biggest days for the NBA, which likely played a role in the league trying to get the upcoming season started when it shall. Tuesday, the league released the docket of games for the sun’s birthday. Here are the slate of games: Pelicans @ Heat (12pm ET) Warriors @ Bucks (2:30pm ET) Nets @ Celtics (5pm ET) Mavericks @ Lakers (8pm ET) Clippers @ Nuggets (10:30pm ET)

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Marc Gasol reportedly to sign with Lakers

From nba.com: Former Defensive Player of the Year Marc Gasol is reportedly headed for L.A. to join the Lakers. Veteran big man Marc Gasol, who was drafted by the Lakers before his rights were traded to Memphis 12 years ago, is reportedly set to join L.A. for its title defense. Multiple reports indicate Gasol intends to sign a two-year deal at the $2.7 million veteran exception. Though the 35-year-old has seen a sharp drop in overall production — playing just 26.4 minutes per last season, down from 33.0 two seasons…

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Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Lakers agree on three-year, $40 million deal

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has agreed to a three-year, $40 million deal to return to the Los Angeles Lakers, his agent, Rich Paul of Klutch Sports, told ESPN on Saturday. Caldwell-Pope re-signed with the Lakers in July 2019 on a two-year, $16.6 million deal that included an $8.5 million player option for the 2020-21 season, which he declined. With his 3-and-D skills, Caldwell-Pope was a valuable supporting player in the Lakers’ run to the NBA championship this past season. The guard shot a career-best 38.5% from 3-point range in the regular season and was…

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76ers and Dwight Howard agree on one year deal

from B/R’s Tim Daniels: The Philadelphia 76ersand center Dwight Howard reached an agreement on a one-year deal on Friday, which his agent, Charles Briscoe, confirmed to Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium.  Bobby Marks of ESPN reported the deal is for the veteran minimum exception of $2.6 million. Howard put together a resurgent season with the Los Angeles Lakers by carving out an important bench role with the NBA champions. He averaged 7.5 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.1 blocks while playing 18.9 minutes per game in 69 regular-season appearances. The 34-year-old remained a key asset during the Lakers’ playoff run,…

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Montrezl Harrrell agrees to 2-year, $19 Million deal with Lakers

from Tyler Conway of Bleacher Report: The Los Angeles Lakers and forward Montrezl Harrell reportedly agreed to a deal, per Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium. Agent Rich Paul confirmed the terms of the deal to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski: two years and $19 million with an option for the second season. The Lakers used the mid-level exception on the deal. Harrell spent the last three seasons with the Clippers, emerging as one of the NBA‘s best bench players. He averaged 18.6 points and 7.1 rebounds last season while providing energy off the bench for an L.A. Clippers team that reached…

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Bucks and Warriors amongst teams that would be interested in Avery Bradley

From Scott Polacek of B/R: Los Angeles Lakers guard Avery Bradley, who Dave McMenamin of ESPN reported is expected to decline his player option for 2020-21, will reportedly attract multiple suitors as a free agent this offseason.  According to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, the expectation is Bradley will be “courted” by “several contenders,” including the Golden State Warriors and Milwaukee Bucks. It should come as no surprise that multiple teams are interested in Bradley considering he is a veteran playmaker with playoff experience and the ability to impact the game in a number of ways. He entered the…

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