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    Getty Eric Bledsoe, Los Angeles Lakers Regardless of if the Los Angeles Lakers retain or trade Russell Westbrook, they’re going to need a backup guard, ideally one with vast NBA experience. Luckily, there is currently a free agent point guard that fits the bill, and according to Bleacher Report’s Zach Buckley, the Lakers might be able to convince him to join their roster on a team-friendly deal. Of course, that guard is Eric Bledsoe, the former All-NBA Defensive First Team and All-NBA Defensive Second Team point guard. Me: “How do you get so good at shot blocking? Eric Bledsoe: “You watch me play?” “Yeah.” “I mean I’ve been doing that my whole career. It’s just instincts & time. I got good instincts on defense, so I know where to be sometimes. Sometimes it be bad, so it ain’t always good.” pic.twitter.com/8H73b4lV9e — Tomer Azarly (@TomerAzarly) November 12, 2021 “The 32-year-old unceremoniously hit the open market when the Portland Trail Blazers waived him before his contract became fully guaranteed for 2022-23. He wound up being overpaid on that...
    Getty Sixers forward Georges Niang is dealing with left knee patella tendinopathy. It doesn’t take a doctor to tell Georges Niang has been struggling mightily in the Eastern Conference semifinals. The three-point specialist has gone ice cold in the Heat-Sixers series: 26.7% from deep on 4-for-18 shooting. It did look like he wasn’t getting the proper lift on a few shots in Game 4 and now we know the reason why. Niang has been playing on an injured left knee since the end of the regular season, according to Doc Rivers. He’s getting treatment for it and doesn’t plan to sit out any playoff games. However, it is something to monitor for a guy who has been arguably the Sixers’ most reliable three-point bomber. Niang shot 40.3% from deep on the year while averaging 9.2 points per game. He shot it reasonably well in the first-round series versus Toronto, but it appears the grind of the postseason might be getting to that knee. Niang isn’t going to complain about it. “Obviously it’s just something that we’ve been addressing...
    In January 2020, the Miami Heat faced a decision when it came to 3-point specialists available in the G League, opting to sign Gabe Vincent from the Sacramento Kings’ affiliate rather than promote Mychal Mulder from their own G League team. Now the Heat have both. In a move that only impacts the regular-season roster, the Heat have signed Mulder to a two-way contract, shifting the 6-foot-3 guard into the spot previously held by Kyle Guy, who has been waived. The move brings Mulder, 27, full circle with the Heat, after he spent training camp with the team in 2019. He then went on to play a combined 82 NBA games with the Golden State Warriors and Orlando Magic. Mulder was signed to a two-year contract, typical of such Heat late-season moves, making him available for the team’s offseason and summer-league programs. Players under two-way contracts are not eligible for the playoffs, but can train and travel with the team during the postseason. Both Mulder and Guy have been playing for the Heat’s G League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce,...
    In January 2020, the Miami Heat faced a decision when it came to 3-point specialists available in the G League, opting to sign Gabe Vincent from the Sacramento Kings’ affiliate rather than promote Mychal Mulder from their own G League team. Now the Heat have both. In a move than only impacts the regular-season roster, the Heat have signed Mulder to a two-way contract, shifting the 6-foot-3 into the spot previously held by Kyle Guy, who has been waived. The move brings Mulder, 27, full circle with the Heat, after he spent training camp with the team in 2019. He then went on to play a combined 82 NBA games with the Golden State Warriors and Orlando Magic. Mulder was signed to a two-year contract, typical of such Heat late-season moves, making him available for the team’s offseason and summer-league programs. Players under two-way contracts are not eligible for the playoffs, but can train and travel with the team during the postseason. Both Mulder and Guy have been playing for the Heat’s G League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce, whose...
    Getty Dewayne Dedmon #21 of the Miami Heat reacts against the Philadelphia 76ers during the fourth quarter at American Airlines Arena on May 13, 2021. There was a stretch in late April where Dewayne Dedmon played “incredible” basketball for the Miami Heat. That carried over into the postseason and now the soon-to-be 32-year-old big man is coming back. Dedmon is signing a one-year deal to reprise his role as Bam Adebayo’s backup and help mentor second-year center Precious Achiuwa. Shams Charania was the first to report the move as free agency signings cannot become official until Aug. 6. He averaged 7.1 points and 5.4 rebounds while shooting 70.8% from the field in 16 regular-season games. He saw his minutes ratchet up from 13.1 to 14.3 minutes per game in the playoffs. “He plays incredibly hard. He’s unselfish. He takes all the right shots,” Butler said of Dedmon back on April 29. “We probably want him to shoot the ball a little bit more, especially on that pick-and-pop. But he’s a pro’s pro. He comes in. He stars in...
    Box Office: Why ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ May Be a Pandemic Anomaly Biden moves up deadline to make all adults eligible for COVID-19 vaccine by April 19 The Los Angeles Lakers have agreed to a deal with free agent guard Ben McLemore, The Athletic's Shams Charania reports.  The veteran shooting specialist became a free agent on Monday after being released by the Houston Rockets last week and clearing waivers. His deal is for the remainder of the season, according to the report. Terms of the contract were not reported. The Lakers had an open roster spot and do not need to make a corresponding cut. McLemore was reportedly coveted by contenders Other contenders had interest in McLemore, including the Milwaukee Bucks, according to the report. Ben McLemore's agent is Klutch Sports CEO Rich Paul, who has close personal and business ties with LeBron James and also represents Anthony Davis.  © Provided by Yahoo! Sports Ben McLemore, a Klutch client, reportedly drew interest from other contenders before joining the Lakers. (Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) Video: Chris Broussard: James Harden has to get...
    Getty New York Knicks guard Austin Rivers is a veteran shooter and the son of Sixers coach Doc Rivers. There were some hurt feelings the last time Doc Rivers coached his son in the NBA. Not from the family unit, but from teammates when the two worked together for the Los Angeles Clippers. The word “entitlement” was thrown out there and caused Chris Paul to “despise” Rivers, according to reports. Would the 59-year-old coach want to bring his 28-year-old son to the Philadelphia 76ers and risk another awkward scenario? Maybe. The Athletic’s John Hollinger speculated on a Rivers’ reunion in Philly on Monday when he said “don’t be surprised” if the Sixers call the New York Knicks about the veteran guard. The Sixers seemed determined to add shooters to the roster and the younger Rivers can certainly do that. He is shooting 36.4% from deep this year in the Big Apple while averaging 7.3 points per game in a reserve role. It wouldn’t be a flashy transaction, but it could be a good one for depth. Austin Rivers...
    Knicks could be targeting 3-point specialist in ‘smaller’ trade By: Alexander Wilson March 14, 2021 ShareTweetFlipRedditWhile head coach Tom Thibodeau of the New York Knicks refused to commit to the idea that they could target a superstar prior to the March 25 trade deadline, that doesn’t mean they’re completely out of the market. The Knicks have been connected to players like Bradley Beal, Zach LaVine, and Victor Oladipo the past few weeks, but making a smaller, less impactful trade could still be on their mind. Two players the New York have kept her eyes on are three-point specialist JJ Redick of the New Orleans Pelicans and guard Lonzo Ball. Adding a point guard might be beneficial for a team that is currently without Elfrid Payton and Derrick Rose. The moment Rose left the team for personal reasons, they completely imploded against the Milwaukee Bucks. However, second-year guard RJ Barrett has looked phenomenal over the past three games, averaging 25 points, 3.3 assists, and 4.6 rebounds. The Knicks are happily watching Barrett develop into...
    Alec Burks’ 3-point accuracy has been sharper than his injury projections. When he sprained his right ankle in the season’s third game on Dec. 27, the Knicks’ hot-shooting swingman thought he’d be back in a flash. “I underestimated it,’’ Burks said after Wednesday’s practice in San Francisco. “I felt if I took a couple of days off, I’d be back to playing. It wasn’t the case. We had to reevaluate things. The staff helped me a lot and got me back playing.’’ That was some sprain. More than three weeks later, he finally will be back Thursday against the Warriors — the franchise that resuscitated his career in 2019-20, when he averaged 16.1 points. “I’m just glad to be playing,’’ Burks said. “It’s a team I used to play for. I still got a great relationship [there], a great organization. But I’m just excited to play against anybody.’’ Burks put up pretty numbers for both the Warriors and the 76ers last season, putting the 6-foot-5 guard on the Knicks radar during November’s free agency. Alec BurksNBAE via Getty Images Knicks...
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