When Los Angeles Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr.broke a bone in his left hand last week, there was a brief possibility the team might replace him in the starting lineup with veteran power forward Luol Deng.
Instead the Lakers started rookie Kyle Kuzma, who proceeded to put up double-doubles in both his starts. Kuzma has played so well, he may never come out of the starting lineup — even when Nance is ready to return in 4-6 weeks.
Deng remained right where he has been for most of the season — on the inactive list, while the Lakers prioritize developing their younger players over getting value out of the man they signed to a four-year, $72 million contract in the summer of 2016.
Deng said he and his agent, Jeff Austin from Octagon sports management, have been working with the Lakers to find a resolution to the situation, either via trade or buyout, but he understands it may take weeks, months or even years to settle as he has two years and $36 million remaining on his contract after this season.
Source: Ramona Shelburne of ESPN
76ers to Workout Kevin Knox, Zhaire Smith for Second Time
Philadelphia 76ers Pre-Draft Workouts – Media Availability
11:00 A.M. Group Workout:
G-F B.J. Johnson (La Salle)
G De’Anthony Melton (USC)
G Tyler Nelson (Fairfield)
G Malik Newman (Kansas)
G Landry Shamet (Wichita State)
G Zhaire Smith (Texas Tech)
1:00 P.M. Workout:
F Kevin Knox (Kentucky)
Source: Philadelphia 76ers
Sources: Jamal Crawford Declines Player Option with Timberwolves
Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jamal Crawford has declined his $4.5 million player option for next season and will become a free agent, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Crawford, a three-time Sixth Man of the Year, will become one of the top reserve scorers on the open market after facing Monday’s deadline to decide on his option.
In his 18th NBA season, Crawford averaged 10.3 points and 20.7 minutes in 80 contests, marking his 16th consecutive year that he scored in double figures per game. He joined the Timberwolves on a two-year contract last offseason and served as a veteran leader for the franchise’s first playoff season since 2004.
Source: Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports
Sources: Raptors Want Top-10 Pick, Interested in Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
According to one league source, no one on Toronto’s roster is off limits as the Raptors pursue a top-10 pick
According to one league source, no one on Toronto’s roster is off limits as the Raptors pursue a top-10 pick https://t.co/AZzCv8fPXD
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) June 18, 2018
Source: Marc Stein on Twitter