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    Retired NBA forward-turned-media personality Matt Barnes has backed off criticism of the Boston Celtics for suspending head coach Ime Udoka over an alleged affair with an unidentified female staffer. Barnes, 42, originally slammed the suspension on Thursday, only to reverse course on Friday when he learned the 'all the facts,' which he says are '100 times uglier than any of us thought.' Udoka was suspended late Thursday night for the upcoming 2022-23 season over 'multiple' violations of team rules, involving a single female team staff member. ESPN, The Athletic, and The Associated Press have since reported that Udoka was having in inappropriate, but consensual relationship with the woman.  However, The Athletic raised questions about the relationship Thursday night, reporting that Udoka was accused by the woman of making 'unwanted comments' to her, prompting the Celtics to launch internal interviews that ultimately led to his suspension. On Friday, in a self-shot Instagram video, Barnes explained that he deleted his previous post criticizing the decision because he learned more information. 'Since I'm a part of the media now, and I try not...
    Getty Eric Bledsoe #6 of the Milwaukee Bucks drives to the basket against Chris Paul #3 of the Houston Rockets. As the NBA offseason transitions out of the free agency period and inches toward the opening of team training camps, front offices are focused on rounding out their rosters. While the remaining free agents left are not as attractive as the big-name players and are considered the bottom of the barrel, they are often the players who can be the difference makers in whether a team wins a championship. The contributions of players such as Al Horford, Kevon Looney, and Gary Payton II in last year’s NBA Finals cannot be overstated. The Brooklyn Nets roster is nearly complete as general manager Sean Marks deserves his flowers for making key moves this offseason such as trading for Royce O’Neale and inking TJ Warren and Markieff Morris to free agent deals, all while dealing with the Kevin Durant trade saga. Kristian Winfield of the New York Daily News notes that the one thing the Nets are devoid of is a...
    No sooner does the NBA schedule drop, as it did Wednesday, then so do the accompanying strength-of-schedule analytics. While this is not like the NFL, where you don’t play most of the teams, the NBA schedule still has ample twists and turns (back-to-back sets, conference teams faced only three times, miles traveled), to add some legitimacy to those ratings. Based on the methodology of Positive Residual (which factors in opponent strength, rest and altitude), the Heat’s schedule comes out ranked 12th in toughness out of the NBA’s 30 teams. When it comes to perceived “scheduled wins,” a rested team facing an opponent on the second night of a back-to-back, the Heat’s schedule sets up as particularly difficult, fifth-toughest in the league. As for basic strength of schedule (somewhat of a flawed approach, since it is based on last season’s records at this stage), Tankathon ranks the Heat with the league’s third-easiest schedule (this is further flawed at this stage, because good teams don’t have to play themselves). And when it comes to the projections from analyst Ed Kupfer, who utilizes...
    Getty Julius Randle #30 of the New York Knicks reacts. Leading up to the NBA Draft, reports surfaced of the Philadelphia 76ers gauging the market for multiple key players. Among those Daryl Morey made available was veteran forward Tobias Harris. Since joining the Sixers in 2019, Harris has become a pillar of the franchise. Along with being a leader in the locker room, he consistently puts up All-Star-level production. That being said, the 30-year-old is also the team’s highest-paid player at $37.6 million. Last season, Harris posted averages of 17.2 PPG, 6.8 RPG, and 3.5 APG.  Ahead of a new regular season, New York Knicks insider Fred Katz answered an array of questions from fans. When the idea of a Harris/Julius Randle swap was brought up, he quickly shot the idea down from the Sixers’ perspective. I don’t believe Randle is anywhere close to a better fit with Embiid than Harris is, and I’d bet my bank account that Sixers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey agrees with me. Defenders would help off Randle to double-team Embiid all the time....
    Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images As we await the return of NBA basketball, we’re taking a trip through the record books to find every team’s all-time Win Shares leader. If you have ever spent any time perusing the one and only Basketball-Reference, you have surely noticed that every team’s landing page includes a list of the All-Time Top 12 Players for every franchise based on Win Shares. Win Shares is an advanced stat calculated to quantify exactly how much a player contributes to winning. It’s not a perfect metric but it’s a good shorthand for overall productivity and it has the benefit of being available historically so it can be used for comparisons across eras. Below is a comprehensive list of all the players that lead every franchise in all-time Win Shares, in descending order beginning with the team with the lowest Win Shares leader total.30. Charlotte Hornets: Kemba Walker, 48.5 Win SharesThe amount of time that a franchise has been around certainly plays a factor in this list. With only 33 seasons under their belt, the Charlotte Hornets have...
    Getty Jimmy Butler #22 of the Miami Heat reacts Before the postseason even ended, the Chicago Bulls were being urged to pursue Miami Heat star Jimmy Butler by the crew from ESPN’s “Keyshawn, J-Will, and Max”. The Bulls’ former franchise cornerstone was in the middle of some controversy following a sideline blowup with head coach Eric Spoelstra and teammate Udonis Haslem. Flash forward four months and they are now being mentioned as a possible trade destination for Butler for a different reason. Brooklyn Nets superstar Kevin Durant turned up the heat on his trade request. The Heat have been on his list all along but a deal has been hard to come by due to the amount of compensation the Nets are rightfully seeking in return. That has left the NBA world to speculate on ways to get a deal done which brings us to Butler’s hypothetical return to Chicago.Jimmy Butler Back to the Bulls?This topic was part of a rabbit hole traversed by Bryan Toporek and guest Morten Jensen on the August 11 episode of “The NBA...
    Getty Lakers exec Rob Pelinka The Los Angeles Lakers roster is getting closer to being finalized for the start of the season, but there are several veterans who were on the team’s roster last season that remain unsigned, including Carmelo Anthony. Former NBA executive turned ESPN analyst Bobby Marks predicts that Anthony will ultimately return to the Knicks before the season tips off. “Anthony can still help the Lakers but there is a clear emphasis on younger players off the bench,” Marks wrote on August 2, 2022. “New York has two open roster spots and possibly more if a Donovan Mitchell trade occurs. A return to his former team is Anthony’s best option.” Anthony was a solid contributor for the Lakers last season averaging 13.3 points, 4.2 rebounds and one assist while shooting 37.5% from long-range during his 69 appearances. The forward has an impressive career resume including being a 10-time All-Star, six-time All-NBA member and being named to the league’s 75th Anniversary Team. Anthony has successfully transitioned from being the focal point of a team’s offense...
    Getty (From left to right) Brooklyn Nets' general manager Sean Marks, team co-owner Clara Wu Tsai, Ben Simmons and head coach Steve Nash attend the "Unfinished Business" premiere at the 2022 Tribeca Festival. On Wednesday, July 27, the Brooklyn Nets shared an All-Access look at parts of the team’s offseason on their official YouTube video. The video was the first episode of their YouTube series ‘On Location with the Brooklyn Nets.’ In the first episode, fans “get an all-access look at NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.” The video features Steve Nash, Cam Thomas, David Duke Jr., Day’Ron Sharpe, Nic Claxton, Kessler Edwards, and more.  Episode one gives a behind-the-scenes look into the Nets time in Las Vegas for summer league. It gives fans an exclusive look into team practices, coaches speaking to players, and even Kessler Edwards talking to his agent after signing his two-year contract to return to the Nets.  Play On Location with the Brooklyn Nets: Inside NBA Summer LeagueIn the series premiere of On Location with the Brooklyn Nets, get an all-access look at...
    Getty Draymond Green #23, Klay Thompson #11 and Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors laugh together after defeating the Boston Celtics 103-90 in Game Six of the 2022 NBA Finals at TD Garden on June 16, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images) The Golden State Warriors will run it back next season with the same core who have won the franchise four titles in eight years, but the team may also add a legend of the game to its rotation before the year begins. After factoring in an exorbitant luxury tax that irks Joe Lacob so much he was willing to pay $500,000 in fines last week just to complain about it publicly, the Warriors are on track to roster the most expensive group of players in NBA history in 2022-23, per Zach Lowe of ESPN. Their number could become even more prohibitive if the Dubs figure out a way to extend both Jordan Poole and Andrew Wiggins within the next year, which the team has noted it plans to attempt, before new...
    Getty Lakers coach Darvin Ham, right, could have a lot of say in re-signing Carmelo Anthony. While some of the biggest names in the NBA have been churned through the rumor mill in recent weeks, one future Hall of Fame forward remains without a team in free agency: Carmelo Anthony, who was a Laker last year. He could yet remain one, but don’t expect it to happen quickly. One NBA general manager told Heavy Sports he expects Anthony to re-sign with the Lakers. “They have a lot to sort out obviously,” the GM said. “But as more things get set, they’ll probably get back around to bringing him in. It’s just, at this point, you don’t know what might happen with Westbrook and whether you might need to take on players, so you see that around the league a lot—teams have 10, 11, 12 players signed and there’s no hurry to fill in the last spots until you see how the other stuff plays out.” The Lakers currently have 13 of their 15 roster spots filled. They have...
    Getty Donovan Mitchell #45 of the Utah Jazz in action against Kevin Durant #7 of the Brooklyn Nets The trade demand of Kevin Durant has put the entire NBA free agency on hold, according to some NBA insiders and other available NBA free agents. Recently, it started to look like the Nets weren’t going to be able to get what they want in return for Durant, and he was going to wind up back in Brooklyn next season. As summer league was winding down, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst shared that a deal may not be coming soon, and that executives were going to be going on vacation.  “The executives are going on vacation… At this point, the Nets’ preferred situation is for Kevin Durant to stay with them. There is no trade that they’ve got that they like.” Windhorst said, per Legion Hoops.  All signs seemed to point to trade discussions were ramping downward around Durant, and he was likely staying with the Nets, but recent reports from Marc Stein have the first positive momentum in Durant trade talks. Marc Stein on Durant Trade TalksAs trade...
    Getty Los Angeles Lakers VP of basketball operations Rob Pelinka. As time passes, it could become more difficult for the Los Angeles Lakers to pull off a trade for Kyrie Irving. The seven-time All-Star has yet to formally request a trade from the Brooklyn Nets and there’s been little movement on a possible Kevin Durant deal. If Durant doesn’t go anywhere, it’s hard to imagine Irving getting traded. With a blockbuster trade becoming less likely, the Lakers may need to look at other ways to improve the roster. That could involve the team looking at Patrick Beverley, who was recently traded to the Utah Jazz as part of the Rudy Gobert deal. Beverley recently stated that he’d be open to going to the Lakers if it was possible. While he’s been an antagonist of the team in the past, he would provide veteran leadership and defense to the team. Andy Bailey of Bleacher Report pitched that the Lakers trade Talen Horton-Tucker and rookie Max Christie to the Jazz for Beverley: Over his 10-year career, he has 2,203 three-point...
    Getty NBA Insiders suggest a blockbuster trade involving three teams that would land Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (L) with the Miami Heat, and ship Tyler Herro (R) to Utah. The ever-evolving situation regarding the Miami Heat landing Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell in a blockbuster trade gained major momentum this past week. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted on July, 12 “After previously shutting down inquiries on moving All-Star guard Donovan Mitchell, rival teams say the Utah Jazz are showing a willingness to listen on possible trade scenarios.” The latest Heat news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Heat newsletter here! Join Heavy on Heat! According to The Athletic‘s Shams Charania and Tony Jones, the New York Knicks “have begun discussions on a potential trade” for the three-time All-Star, as they possess eight future first-round picks that can be used in a deal, but also noted how Miami has also expressed interest. According to Greg Sylvander (Miami Heat insider), the Heat have submitted a trade for Donovan Mitchell ???? pic.twitter.com/19svLlS7is — MyBookie – Bet With The...
    The 2023 NBA playoffs are more than nine months away, and one thing is already clear. There will be chaos. The Minnesota Timberwolves grabbed a megaphone and announced that to the world when they traded multiple players and several first-round picks — one of them in 2029, which means that youngster is currently 12 and probably can’t dunk yet — to the Utah Jazz for Rudy Gobert. And with that, Minnesota is officially added to a list of legit Western Conference title contenders. There are solid arguments that can be made for no fewer than seven teams right now when debating who’ll represent the West in this coming season’s NBA Finals: defending champion Golden State, along with Phoenix, Dallas, the Los Angeles Clippers, Memphis, Denver and Minnesota are all on that list. Remember, at least three of those teams won’t get past the first round next spring. At least three. But give the Timberwolves credit for what they did, because this is the way of the NBA world now. Organizations are either all-in or all-out. Some team is about to...
    Getty Golden State Warriors star Andrew Wiggins on the court prior to Game 6 of the 2022 NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics. For Golden State Warriors people, Andrew Wiggins’ exorbitant contract has been a point for discussion since before the 2021-22 campaign began. With the former No.1 overall pick slated to make $33.6 million in the final year of his deal next season, many have felt as though the time is nigh for the team to cash in on the pact before it expires. That urgency to get out from under him has only increased with the Dubs expected to dole out a massive extension to Jordan Poole, who averaged 18.5 points, 4.0 assists and 3.4 assists per game this past season. However, after Wiggins became a first-time All-Star in ’21-22, as well as a key cog in the Dubs’ effort to recapture the NBA championship, there’s suddenly a thought that they could re-up with both Poole and Wiggins — luxury tax be damned. Or, there’s a third path that Golden State could take with their star wings....
    Getty Blake Griffin, NBA free agent The Bulls have a number of needs on the roster heading into what will be a critical offseason for a team that appeared to have itself back into NBA contention until an injury-ridden late-season drop-off left a sour taste in the collective mouths of Bulls fans. Chicago needs depth. It needs defense on the wings. It needs health. But it could also use a jolt of veteran energy, and for that there could be an interesting candidate: free-agent Nets forward Blake Griffin. Griffin showed he can still play with energy and inspire his team during last year’s playoffs, even though it was only in two appearances for a Nets team that was swept. Griffin, because of his lack of mobility, was pulled from the rotation by Brooklyn down the stretch of last season, but played with great aggressiveness in the last two games of the team’s ill-fated postseason run against Boston. “There will be a number of teams that look at him,” one Eastern Conference executive said. “Chicago, Miami, the Lakers, maybe...
    Getty New Los Angeles Lakers guard Scotty Pippen Jr. With only one draft pick in the 2022 NBA Draft, the Los Angeles Lakers had to look to undrafted free agency to add more young players. The team quickly signed the son of a legend by bringing in Shareef O’Neal for Summer League. The Lakers didn’t stop there with the signing of players with ties to legends. Prior to the draft, the team brought in Scotty Pippen Jr. for a workout, who is the son of Chicago Bulls legend Scottie Pippen. The Lakers must have liked what they saw as Pippen announced on draft night that he was heading to Los Angeles. Dreams come true???? Let’s get to work #lakeshow ???????? pic.twitter.com/dYS6xiJYzL — Scotty Pippen Jr (@spippenjr) June 24, 2022 According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Pippen is getting a two-way contract with the Lakers, which is a step above the Summer League deal O’Neal got. Vanderbilt guard Scotty Pippen Jr. has agreed to a two-way NBA contract with the Los Angeles Lakers, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. —...
    Getty LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Durant at the 2018 All-Star Game. On June 20, NBA Insider Shams Charania of “The Athletic” reported that All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets hit an ‘impasse’ on talks of a new deal. After playing just 29 games last season, and still having yet to play a full season with the franchise since his arrival in 2019, the Nets have been reluctant to offer their star a long-term extension. Irving has a player option on the upcoming final year of his deal with the Nets. He can opt-in for the 2023 season or enter free agency and join another team. ESPN insider Adrian Wojnarowski says that if Irving decides to dash in free agency the Los Angeles Lakers are considered the ‘most’ significant threat to land the Nets star. “While some believe that accomplishing that tall task is nearly impossible for the organization, it appears that the Lakers are seen as the ‘most significant threat’ to land a certain superstar guard. That star is none other than Kyrie...
    Getty Andrew Wiggins on the court during the NBA Finals. For the better part of two seasons, most close to the Golden State Warriors saw Andrew Wiggins as an eventual casualty of the team’s salary restrictions, but his blossoming role throughout the playoffs and performance in the NBA Finals may have forced a course change. Wiggins took on a new role with the start of the playoffs and the implementation of a new small-ball lineup, becoming one of the team’s top rebounders and drawing the most difficult defensive assignments. Though many believed that Wiggins would be gone by the end of next season, Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle now says the Warriors are discussing a max contract extension that will make him a permanent part of the team’s core going forward and potentially the bridge between eras. The latest Warriors news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Warriors newsletter here! Join Heavy on Warriors! Wiggins Could Get New DealAs recently as May, Letourneau didn’t see a long future for Wiggins in Golden State....
    Kyrie Irving's days in Brooklyn may be numbered despite the All-Star guard's previous statements assuring Nets fans he doesn't 'plan on going anywhere.' Multiple sources have told The Athletic's Shams Charania that contract talks between Irving and the Nets brass have 'grown stagnant,' and as a result, he is considering opting out of the final year and $37 million on his current deal to become a free agent. Irving has several options available to him: He could opt into the final year of his contract with the Nets and delay free agency until the summer of 2023, he could sign an extension to stay in Brooklyn on a longer deal, or he can opt out to test the free agent market next month ahead of the 2022-23 season. And if he does test his value in free agency, The Athletic reports the crosstown rival New York Knicks as well as the Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers would be interested in signing Irving. The Lakers are the most intriguing option given Irving's history with LA star LeBron James, his...
    Getty Zach LaVine #8 of the Chicago Bulls drives to the basket The Miami Heat have been in multiple offseason discussions since being eliminated from the NBA playoffs by the Boston Celtics. Now, the season is officially over, and the Golden State Warriors were crowned champions, effectively ushering in the NBA transaction season. This is the time for Heat President Pat Riley to shine. Riley has proven to do what the Heat need to add to their team, and now with many believing they are one star away, this may be the offseason to add to it.  The Heat have been attached to rumors with everyone from Donovan Mitchell, Bradley Beal, and even free agent big men that could fill a role with Montrezl Harrell and Dwight Howard.  However, one possibility that is reportedly gaining steam is the Heat landing who once was a sleeper but now looks more likely with Zach LaVine from the Chicago Bulls. LaVine is coming off of a great year with the Bulls, and many expected him to resign this offseason. But NBC Sports Chicago’s K.C. Johnson reported LaVine’s return “no longer is considered...
    Getty Darvin Ham with Rob Pelinka. The NBA season is officially over with the Golden State Warriors taking down the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals. Now that games are done being played, teams can start getting serious about roster construction for next season. The Los Angeles Lakers have a new head coach in Darvin Ham and now it’s time to set him up for success. The team has limited flexibility with three max players on the roster in LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook. Out of the three, the Lakers would mostly want to get off of Westbrook’s contract. He’s set to make $47 million next season once he picks up his player option. He’s not a good fit with the current roster and the Lakers would be better off with a different player. One guy who would certainly be a better fit is Zach LaVine. The two-time All-Star with the Chicago Bulls is going to hit free agency soon and can pick his team. Signs are pointing to him staying in Chicago but he’s always...
    Getty Boston Celtics star Jayson Tatum. Throughout the last several decades, the Los Angeles Lakers have had success due to their ability to attract superstar players. Team legends like Wilt Chamberlain, Shaquille O’Neal, Jamaal Wilkes and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar did not start with the team but now have their jersey numbers hanging in Crypto.com Arena due to their contributions. After Kobe Bryant started to decline, the team tried a different approach. The Lakers attempted to build through the draft and did find some good players along the way. However, there were some moves that were a mistake in hindsight. In 2017, the team had the No. 2 overall pick in the NBA Draft. Instead of selecting Jayson Tatum out of Duke, the team took UCLA star Lonzo Ball. The move wasn’t a surprise as Ball’s ties to Los Angeles made it a perfect fit. Tatum was taken by the Boston Celtics with the next pick. Five years later, it’s clear that Tatum is the better player as he leads the Celtics to an NBA Finals appearance while Ball was...
    Getty Rudy Gobert and Anthony Davis look on during a 2019 game between the Utah Jazz and the LA Lakers. Basketball is a team game. But when a team with expectations as high as the Brooklyn Nets had this season suffers as big of a collapse as they did in their first-round loss to the Boston Celtics, everyone’s performance gets looked at more closely from top to bottom.  Where the Nets really struggled in their first-round elimination was on the defensive end, as they failed to get stops and were thoroughly out-rebounded by Boston’s defense. Greg Swartz of Bleacher Report says that Brooklyn should target a trade for former Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert in this ‘no-brainer’ trade proposal. Full Trade Proposal Details: Brooklyn Nets receive:  Rudy Gobert Read More From Heavy EXCLUSIVE: Doris Burke Goes Deep on Keys to the NBA Finals Utah Jazz Receive:  Ben Simmons Nic Claxton (Sign and Trade) 2023 First Round Pick (via Philadelphia 76ers) The latest Nets news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Nets newsletter here! ...
    Expect for Russell Westbrook to suit up again for the Los Angeles Lakers next NBA season. All signs are pointing towards Russell Westbrook exercising his $47 million player option to remain with the Los Angeles Lakers at least for one more season. NBA insider Marc Stein reported the Lakers are “tuning out the skeptics” and are telling “anyone who will listen” they are not interested in conceding any additional assets in a deal for Westbrook or be willing to eat his entire 2022-23 NBA season salary by cutting him loose. The Los Angeles area native and former UCLA star largely underwhelmed playing in his first year with the Lakers. Westbrook has bounced around from team to team since leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder.Los Angeles Lakers seem committed to keeping Russell Westbrook aroundLet’s be honest here. What other options do the Lakers have really? Westbrook is not going to get anywhere close to that amount of money should he decline his player option. So he is going to do it and the Lakers will have to deal with the consequences of another bad...
    Getty Ime Udoka of the Boston Celtics. The Boston Celtics enjoyed a moment of bliss on Sunday night as they took down the Miami Heat in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals, 100-96. With the win, Boston will be heading to their first NBA Finals since 2010, with a chance to win their first title since 2008. After two hard-fought series, the Celtics got to enjoy themselves for a small period of time after the game. But now, they need to get right back to work preparing for the Golden State Warriors, who will be playing in their sixth NBA Finals in the last eight years. Ima Udoka spoke about Boston’s mentality heading into the NBA Finals during his post-game interview after Game 7. “It would be all for naught if we go lay an egg in the Finals, and we understand that,” Udoka stated. “Guys were quick to celebrate but quick to flip the page and say, we got four more. We don’t hang or celebrate Eastern Conference Championships in the Celtics organization. So, we all...
    Getty RJ Barrett of the New York Knicks and Zach LaVine of the Chicago Bulls. When the season for NBA trade rumors rolls around, the New York Knicks will always be involved. They are home to the biggest market in the NBA, and despite their lack of recent success, free agents are often drawn in by life in the big city. At least, that’s the idea. In the past, while rumors of players joining the Knicks ran rampant, nothing actually happened. Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving were linked to the Knicks in 2019 but instead chose to team up on the Brooklyn Nets. Even stars like Kawhi Leonard and Zion Williamson were connected to New York in one way or another. And based on recent odds, those types of rumors will never end. According to BetOnline.ag, the Knicks are one of the favorites to land Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine this summer. After LaVine said that he was heading into free agency “open-minded,” reports began to come out that he may be more interested in leaving than initially thought....
    Getty Lakers GM Rob Pelinka is headed towards a pivotal offseason. The Los Angeles Lakers are always an appealing destination for NBA stars, and Bulls guard Zach LaVine is the latest player to be linked to L.A. The Lakers are among the Vegas favorites to land LaVine if the star opts to leave the Bulls in free agency. Los Angeles is third in the odds at 4-to-1, just behind San Antonio (2-to-1) and Portland (3-to-1) if LaVine decides to bolt Chicago, per BetOnline.AG. LaVine generated some buzz from Los Angeles fans after telling TMZ during a May 24, 2022 interview that he has “always been a big fan” of the Lakers. The star guard is familiar with Los Angeles given his standout college season at UCLA in 2013-14. Additional teams with the best odds to land LaVine include the Hawks (5 to 1), Knicks (6 to 1) and Heat (7-to-1). ALL the latest Los Angeles Lakers news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Lakers newsletter here! Join Heavy on Lakers! The Lakers Would Have...
    Getty Jayson Tatum of the Boston Celtics. Boston Celtics star Jayson Tatum was named All-NBA First Team despite receiving fewer overall votes than Joel Embiid. It wasn’t his fault. Unfortunately, that’s how the chips fall sometimes when dealing with the NBA’s antiquated system of sticking to positions. Embiid did earn All-NBA Second Team honors, but the fact he wasn’t First Team rubbed a lot of people the wrong way. The Philadelphia 76ers star was the runner-up for MVP and won the league’s scoring crown. It wasn’t enough, even if Embiid was clearly one of the five best players this season. And Tatum agreed. “I do think it should probably be position-less,” Tatum told reporters. “You know, Joel Embiid was second in MVP voting and made Second Team. It doesn’t really make too much sense, right? I think it should just be like the 15 best players. Obviously, with some guys in their contract years, with super-max deals involved, that’s tough. I’m sure that’s tough on the voters as well, so I think there’s a lot that could be...
    Milwaukee Bucks power forward Giannis Antetokounmpo is the only player since the 1966-67 NBA season to make the All-NBA team.  Deciding the NBA’s GOAT is a constant, fluctuating conversation, but historical records don’t lie. In that regard, seeing that Giannis Antetokounmpo just did something that no NBA player has done in 55 years makes him the greatest All-NBA player of several generations. Back in March, NBA on ESPN indicated that if Giannis was a unanimous All-NBA First-Team selection this year, it would mark the fourth consecutive year he’s achieved this honor. The only other players that have achieved it three consecutive times since the 1960s are Michael Jordan, LeBron James, and James Harden. If Giannis is a unanimous All-NBA First Team selection this season, he would be the first to do it FOUR years in a row since at least 1966-67. The only others to have done it three years straight are Michael Jordan, LeBron James and James Harden ???? (h/t Rh1No/Reddit) pic.twitter.com/LfAyebQKLw — NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) March 5, 2022 And with the NBA All-Team results being...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Karl-Anthony Towns has earned All-NBA honors for the second time in his career, and the award puts him in line for a big payday. The league announced Tuesday that Towns made the All-NBA Third Team. The award makes him eligible to sign a supermax contract with the Timberwolves. Towns averaged 24.6 points a game this season, good for 11th in the league. He also ranked 18th in three-point percentage — he’s the only center to appear in the top 20. MORE: Timberwolves Agree To Deal With Nuggets’ Tim Connelly In a March 14 win over the San Antonio Spurs, Towns registered a career-high 60 points, going 7-of-11 from three and snagging 17 rebounds. The Wolves say only three other players in NBA history have recorded a 60+ point and 15+ rebound game — Karl Malone, Michael Jordan and Shaquille O’Neal. Towns earned his third All-Star appearance this season and became the first center to win the three-point contest. Towns is just the third player in Wolves history to earn multiple All-NBA selections, with Kevin Garnett and Kevin...
    The All-NBA teams were revealed ahead of Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals, and Jayson Tatum made the First Team for the first time of his career. The Conference Finals are still ongoing, with the Golden State Warriors one win over the Dallas Mavericks away from the NBA Finals, while the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat are tied 2-2 in their series. Ahead of Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals, the NBA announced some honors for some of the league’s top players. On Tuesday, the NBA announced their All-NBA teams. The First Team is headlined by Giannis Antetokounmpo, Luka Doncic, NBA MVP Nikola Jokic, Devin Booker and Jayson Tatum. The Celtics star has now made the First Team for the first time in his NBA career. You can check out who made the Second and Third Teams in The Athletic’s Shams Charania’s tweet below: 2021-22 All-NBA teams: First: Nikola Jokic, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Luka Doncic, Devin Booker, Jayson Tatum Second: Joel Embiid, Ja Morant, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, DeMar DeRozan Third: Karl-Anthony Towns, LeBron James, Chris Paul, Trae Young,...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo, fellow two-time NBA MVP Nikola Jokic, Luka Doncic, Devin Booker and Jayson Tatum were voted first-team All-NBA on Tuesday, the first time in 67 years all five players were age 27 or younger. Milwaukee’s Antetokounmpo was the only player to receive all 100 possible first-team votes and finished with 500 points in his fourth consecutive first-team selection. Denver’s Jokic and Dallas’ Doncic each received 88 first-team votes and 476 points. Doncic joined Tim Duncan, Kevin Durant and Max Zaslofsky as the only players to make the first team three or more times before turning 24, while Phoenix’s Booker (460 points) and Boston’s Tatum (390) both were first-time selections to the first team. Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid, the NBA’s leading scorer and runner-up to Jokic for MVP, led the second team. He was joined by Ja Morant, winner of the Most Improved Player award, Durant, Stephen Curry and DeMar DeRozan. The third team was Karl-Anthony Towns, LeBron James — who earned his 18th All-NBA selection — Chris Paul, Trae Young and Pascal Siakam. ___ More AP...
    DALLAS — Steph Curry has a couple of Larry O’Brien and MVP trophies to his name, but he will have to make room for more hardware on his mantle. Prior to the Warriors’ Game 4 against Dallas in the Western Conference finals, Curry was named to Second Team All-NBA along with Grizzlies guard Ja Morant. Chicago forward DeMar DeRozan, Brooklyn’s Kevin Durant and Philadelphia center Joel Embiid were also named to the second team. Curry has been named to an All-NBA team eight times in his career. He was previously named second-team All NBA in 2014 and 2017. He was named to the first-team All NBA in 2015, 2016, 2019 and 2021 and third-team in 2018. One win away from his sixth NBA finals appearance, Curry could have a handful more trophies within reach. Curry, 34, averaged 25.5 points per game, ninth best among guards in the league. He shot a career-low 38 percent from 3 in 64 games during the regular season. Should the Warriors beat the Mavericks in the Western Conference finals, Curry is in line to win...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The NBA announced Friday that Miami Heat big man Bam Adebayo was named to the 2021-22 NBA All-Defensive Second Team. Adebayo, 24, led all votes for the Second Team, with a 152, one shy from making it to the First Team. READ MORE: Florida Tops 60,000 New COVID-19 CasesThis now marks Adebayo’s third all-NBA team selection, his third in a row since the 2019-20 NBA season. Adebayo finished fourth in this season’s Defensive Player of the Year voting, falling to Utah’s Rudy Gobert, Pheonix’s Mikal Bridges, and award winner Celtics’ Marcus Smart. READ MORE: Florida Lawmakers To Meet For Session On Property InsuranceAdebayo averaged 19.1 points, 10.1 rebounds, and 1.4 steals in the regular season. He also helped the Heat’s defense hold teams to under 100 points, 24 times this regular season, posting a 23-1 record over that span. MORE NEWS: Coral Springs Police: 3 Separate Crime Scene Tied To One SuspectThis marks the 17th time a Heat player has been named to an All-Defensive Team.
    NEW YORK (AP) — Defensive Player of the Year Marcus Smart of the Boston Celtics was the leading vote-getter for the All-Defensive first team, with Mikal Bridges of the Phoenix Suns joining him as the other guard. Former Defensive Players of the Year Rudy Gobert of Utah and Giannis Antetokounmpo of Milwaukee were also voted Friday to the first team along with Memphis Grizzlies forward Jaren Jackson Jr. Smart received 99 first-place votes and 198 points from the panel of 100 sportswriters and broadcasters. Bridges, the runner-up to Smart for the league’s top defensive award, got 95 first-team votes and three second-team votes for a total of 193 points. Players received two points for a first-team vote and one for a second-team vote. Gobert, the three-time Defensive Player of the Year, was a first-team All-Defensive selection for the sixth straight season. Antetokounmpo made it for the fourth straight season, which includes the 2019-20 season when was both the NBA MVP and Defensive Player of the Year. Jackson, who led the league with 2.27 blocks per game, is a first-time selection....
    (Voted by a global panel of 100 sportswriters and broadcasters) 2 points for first team; 1 for second team First Team 1st 2nd Pts G Marcus Smart, Bos 99 0 198 G Mikal Bridges, Phx 95 3 193 C Rudy Gobert, Utah 76 19 171 F Giannis Antetokounmpo, Mil 63 30 156 F Jaren Jackson Jr., Mem 55 43 153 Second Team F Bam Adebayo, Mia 57 38 152 G Jrue Holiday, Mil 24 41 89 G Matisse Thybullen, Phi 8 71 87 C Robert Williams III, Bos 3 64 70 F Draymond Green, GS 5 24 34 Others receiving votes (first-team votes in parentheses) Guards: Fred Van Vleet, Toronto, (2) 41; Dejounte Murray, San Antonio (2) 24; Chris Paul, Phoenix, (2) 21; Patrick Beverley, Minnesota, (2) 21; Kyle Lowry, Miami, 6; Alex Caruso, Chicago, (1) 3; Gary Payton II, Golden State, 3; Derrick White, Boston,...
    In the end, Bam Adebayo had to settle for a consolation prize. Beaten out for his primary goal of 2022 NBA Defensive Player of the Year by current Eastern Conference finals opponent Marcus Smart, the Boston Celtics guard, Adebayo had to settle for Friday being named second-team NBA All-Defensive. It is the third consecutive year Adebayo has received second-team designation in the national media balloting, which concludes prior to the start of the playoffs. Heat teammate Jimmy Butler, who last season made second-team All-Defensive, did not make either of this season’s two teams. LeBron James (three times) and Alonzo Mourning (twice) remain the only Heat players to be named to the first team. Named first-team All-Defensive on Friday were Smart, Phoenix Suns guard Mikail Bridges, Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo and Memphis Grizzlies forward Jaren Jackson Jr. Joining Adebayo on the second team were Bucks guard Jrue Holiday, Philadelphia 76ers guard Matisse Thybulle, Celtics center Robert Williams III and Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green. Adebayo finished one point shy of tying Jackson for the...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Rookie of the Year Scottie Barnes, Cleveland forward Evan Mobley and Detroit guard Cade Cunningham were unanimously voted Wednesday to the NBA All-Rookie first team. Orlando’s Franz Wagner and Houston’s Jalen Green were the other players chosen for the first team by a panel of 100 sportswriters and broadcasters. Barnes, the No. 4 pick by the Toronto Raptors, edged Mobley for the Rookie of the Year in the smallest margin under the current format that began in 2002-03. They both received 200 points in the All-Rookie balloting, along with Cunningham, the 2021 No. 1 pick. The second team was New Orleans’ Herbert Jones, Oklahoma City’s Josh Giddey, Denver’s Bones Hyland, Chicago’s Ayo Dosunmu and Indiana’s Chris Duarte. ___ More AP NBA coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Getty Los Angeles Lakers big man Anthony Davis. From a roster standpoint, it doesn’t appear that the Los Angeles Lakers have grand plans to trade away any of their superstar players. Even Russell Westbrook’s chances of sticking around are starting to increase. However, any and everything should on the table for the team after a disastrous season. After the Lakers won a title in 2020, the hope was that Anthony Davis would take the reigns from LeBron James as the team’s best player. Instead, he’s missed a lot of games due to injury and hasn’t looked like his usual dominant self when he’s on the court. ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith recently reported that Davis’ value around the NBA has plummeted and the Lakers would be hard-pressed to find a trade suitor. That might not actually be the case. Heavy.com’s Sean Deveney spoke to an Eastern Conference executive who still believes that Davis has a ton of value. He even said that “a team like Chicago, where he is from, they would bend over backwards to get him.” The...
    Getty Kyrie Irving #11 of the Brooklyn Nets goes to the basket against Daniel Gafford #21 and Bradley Beal #3 of the Washington Wizards The Brooklyn Nets were eliminated from the playoffs over a week ago, and we have officially entered transaction season in Brooklyn. One of the places where rumors are swirling is around Ben Simmons. It is quickly becoming the Summer of Simmons trade rumors after the point guard never made his Nets debut this season. This postseason has a lot of uncertainty for Brooklyn, with Kyrie Irving being an unrestricted free agent. Bruce Brown is also an unrestricted free agent, along with Blake Griffin, Andre Drummond, and Goran Dragic.  Obviously, bringing Kyrie back is a priority for the Nets. How they fill out the rest of the roster will be seen as time goes by. However, one move that could be in Brooklyn’s future is parting ways with the recently acquired Ben Simmons this summer. With the point guard having a “mental block” preventing a return from injury, and undergoing surgery at the end of the season, why would a team trade...
    Getty Could Melo return to the Knicks? The New York Knicks have a lot of questions to answer in the offseason, and it starts with what are they going to do to make the roster more competitive. There are a variety of different ways to do that, and a trade is one of the ideas that has been floated. Names like Russell Westbrook, De’Aaron Fox and Damian Lillard have been linked to the Knicks over the past year, but nothing came to fruition ahead of the trade deadline, so the offseason will be important to watch. The Knicks can also be active in free agency, and while they don’t have a ton of money to spend this offseason, there are some moves they can make. For example, a certain star forward in Carmelo Anthony could make his return to Madison Square Garden and provide some key scoring off the bench. Coach Tom Thibodeau does like his veterans, so this would seem like a good fit. Bleacher Report’s Zach Buckley predicts Anthony will find his way back to the...
    Getty Golden State Warriors star Klay Thompson reacts during a bout with the Phoenix Suns. The 941-day odyssey that Klay Thompson endured en route to making his return to the Golden State Warriors this season is already the stuff of legend. That Thompson has resembled the player he was before the injury saga makes his story one of basketball’s ultimate comeback tales. And things continue to trend in an incredibly positive direction, as the five-time All-Star averaged 36.7 points over his final three appearances of the regular season. Nevertheless, questions abound regarding Thompson’s ability to be the two-way maven he once was on a consistent basis; not just during Golden State’s upcoming playoff run, but next season and onward into the future. With that being the case, one pundit believes that the Dubs and their GM, Bob Myers, should cash in on Klay Thompson — as well as former No. 2 pick James Wiseman — to bring in an all-everything big man. Namely, Lakers star Anthony Davis. Cowherd Pitches Blockbuster Trade Lakers get: Klay Thompson and James WisemanWarriors...
    This season delivered a fascinating and unique MVP race, but only one of Giannis Antetokounmpo, Joel Embiid and Nikola Jokić can take home the most sacred of the individual NBA awards. With Rookie, Coach, Sixth Man, Most Improved, All-Defense and Defensive Player of the Year awards taken care of, it’s time to wrap up the week with MVP and All-NBA picks. Before we start, a note on criteria and process: I interpret “Most Valuable Player” as the player who contributed the most to his team’s success on the court over the full 2021-22 season. Where a player’s team ranks in the standings only matters insofar as the player in question has influenced that success and a great team is not entitled to an MVP candidate solely because of its record. Availability is also a key part of the value, so the number of games each candidate played weighed fairly heavily into the MVP analysis. All-NBA, to me, is more about identifying the best players than the most valuable, so games don’t play a significant role unless a player missed a...
    STEPHEN CURRY The NBA’s career leader in 3-point goals, Curry changed the game by making shots from well beyond the arc seem routine. But in addition to being prolific, he is a career 43% shooter from deep. The Golden State Warriors won three NBA titles in the 2010s as Curry and Klay Thompson lit up the league with unmatched perimeter shooting and expert passing. Curry was league MVP in 2015 and 2016 and he led the league in scoring and steals in 2016. He led the Warriors team that posted an all-time best 73-9 regular season record in 2015-16. KEVIN DURANT A versatile 6-foot-10 small forward, Durant quickly lifted the Oklahoma City Thunder to prominence after the franchise moved from Seattle. He won scoring titles with the Thunder in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014. He led Oklahoma City to the NBA Finals in 2012 and was league MVP in 2014, famously calling his mother “the real MVP” in his acceptance speech. He controversially left the Thunder to join the powerhouse Golden State Warriors, their biggest rival at the time. He...
    Getty Miami Heat president Pat Riley attends the American Express Teamed Up event with Magic Johnson in 2017. Ahead of the NBA trade deadline, there was a level of chatter about the Miami Heat making an “over-the-top” move. Despite injuries and a December COVID-19 outbreak, the team had somehow climbed to the top of the East standings, leaving many to wonder whether the time had come to go all-in. Unfortunately, the market and the Heat’s wild cap situation precluded a major deal from happening. In the end, Miami’s big move was trading KZ Okpala and rewriting the fine print on a previously dealt draft pick. That’s not to say, though, that team president Pat Riley wasn’t trying to make something happen. Read More From Heavy Bet $5, Win $150 Whether Your Team Wins or Loses During March Madness Per a report from Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer, the team actually had its sights set on one of the game’s best young ballers. Namely, Boston Celtics wing and 2021 All-Star selection Jaylen Brown.Brown Had Multiple Potential Suitors Play Jaylen...