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Meanwhile, (D’Angelo) Russell, (Jordan) Clarkson and Julius Randle are expected to represent the Lakers’ long-term future.

But will those three players blossom enough to persuade a marquee free agent enough that a future partnership would lead to NBA championships?

“It’s hard to convince a veteran free agent to come to L.A. because they’re going to love our No. 2 pick (Russell). Or they’re going to love playing with our seventh pick from a year ago (Randle),” Kupchak said. “But we’re hoping that all three of these guys can develop and go into the offseason so that we can say to prospective veteran free agents, ‘Listen you’ve seen them play this year, come play with them.’”

Source: Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News

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Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons has agreed to a five-year, $170 million maximum contract extension, agent Rich Paul tells
@TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.

Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

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Sources: Cavaliers Waive JR Smith

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Sources: The Cleveland Cavaliers have waived JR Smith, making him a free agent. Cavs had been attempting to move Smith all the way up until the 5 p.m. ET waiver deadline today.

Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

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Sources: Reggie Bullock, Knicks Agree to Re-Worked Deal

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Free agent Reggie Bullock has signed a new two-year deal with the New York Knicks, agent David Bauman tells
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Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

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