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Sources: Lakers Shifting Future Free-Agent Focus to 2019

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As the Los Angeles Lakers become more realistic about the franchise’s chances of snaring superstars in the free-agent class of 2018, the front office is increasingly looking through a longer lens in its team building process, league sources told ESPN.

The Lakers aren’t abandoning a summer pursuit of stars, but rather they are recalibrating their focus on a 2019 class that could include San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard, Golden State’s Klay Thompson and Minnesota’s Jimmy Butler, league sources told ESPN.

The belief has been that the Lakers were cutting an unapologetic path to salary-cap freedom for two maximum contract slots this July, clearing the way toward a pursuit of superstars like Cleveland’s LeBron James, Oklahoma City’s Paul Georgeand New Orleans’ DeMarcus Cousins. Now, Cousins has a torn Achilles tendon, George has suggested to ESPN’s Rachel Nichols that the Thunder have an advantage in re-signing him, and James is believed to have a reluctance toward signing with the Lakers without an established star immediately joining him.

Pushing back a year on big-game hunting in free agency could serve two purposes: It could alleviate the urgency to unload contracts at Thursday’s trade deadline and around the June NBA draft that could require the Lakers to attach future draft assets as incentives, and it could allow the Lakers’ talented young core — including Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart — to further develop and become more attractive for veteran stars to join.

Source: Ramona Shelburne and Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

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Source: Clippers Have No Deal For DeAndre Jordan at Deadline

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The Los Angeles Clippers will not trade DeAndre Jordan at the trade deadline, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

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Report: Celtics Holding Firm At The Deadline

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Boston has made no deals, standing pat at the deadline and keeping guard Marcus Smart. Celtics value Smart tremendously — showed it in talks with other teams.


Source: Shams Charania, Yahoo Sports via Twitter

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Sources: Wizards Trading Sheldon Mac to Hawks

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Washington is trading guard Sheldon Mac to Atlanta, league sources tell Yahoo.

Source: Shams Charania on Twitter


Source: Chris Miller, NBCSports Washington

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