There’s now a chance that the Washington Wizards could look to pull off a blockbuster Bradley Beal trade this summer. While general manager Tommy Sheppard has pushed back against that idea in recent months, the decision to part ways with head coach Scott Brookschanges the dynamics.
Amid the torrential stream of NBA news on Wednesday came this nugget, on the possibility of the Los Angeles Lakers pursuing Kyle Lowry this summer, per The Athletic’s Eric Koreen.
In the cascading deluge of breaking news roiling the NBA on Wednesday, don't miss a significant reality suddenly under the spotlight in New Orleans: The person general manager David Griffin hires as the next head coach to replace Stan Van Gundy will impact multiple futures — that of Zion Williamson and therefore the league itself, that of the Pelicans long-term hopes and, perhaps most of all, that of Griffin himself.
Duke's 2021-22 basketball season was already shaping up as an intriguing storyline before coach Mike Krzyzewski announced earlier this month that he will retire once it's complete. For the first time in more than a quarter-century, the Blue Devils are entering a new campaign after missing the NCAA Tournament, and that alone meant there were going to be lots of eyeballs on one of the sport's storied programs.
The Denver Nuggets were swept in the second round by the Phoenix Suns even with Nikola Jokic's heroic performances. There is no doubt that the MVP needs some more offensive firepower on the roster, especially considering the fact that Jamal Murray will be out with injury for a very long time, as ACL injuries generally take around a year to fully recover from.
The Golden State Warriors are on the verge of making their first significant addition of the off-season.
The Trail Blazers are expected to hire Chauncey Billups as coach. Becky Hammon, Dawn Staley, Mike D’Antoni and Brent Barry are also reportedly candidates.
John Calipari’s first head coaching job during his Hall of Fame career was at UMass, and the school is set to honor him for his success there.
It is anticipated that the Wizards will attempt to negotiate a new contract extension with All-Star guard Bradley Beal this offseason, per Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington. Hughes notes that, interestingly enough, this new extension could replace the current one. Beal signed that earlier two-year extension, worth nearly $72MM, in 2019, but it is set to kick in during the 2021/22 season.
NBA trade rumors will soon start picking up steam now that what promises to be an event-filled offseason is on the horizon. Some teams will look to move off expensive stars as a way to save cash. Others are going to go all in with their championship windows still wide open.
The Los Angeles Lakers are going to have to get creative this offseason to make a major addition to their roster. Bleacher Report’s Greg Swartz suggests the Lakers make a run at Pistons bucket-getter Jerami Grant. Swartz’s proposal has the Lakers dangling Kyle Kuzma, the No. 22 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft and two future second-round picks (2023, 2024) in exchange for Grant.
For the second time during the NBA playoffs, Giannis Antetokounmpo got hit with a 10-second violation while shooting free throws.
The Golden State Warriors may have caught an unexpected break in their bid to land an All-Star big man.
Juwan Howard isn’t ready to leave his alma mater, even if it means passing up a head-coaching job in the NBA. The long-time assistant coach for the Miami Heat will return for his third season at the University of Michigan, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojanoraowski.
The Portland Trail Blazers are closing in on their next head coach. According to reports, the team’s front office has narrowed down its search to five primary candidates. As it is, it looks like Damian Lillard’s next coach is going to come from either the Los Angeles Clippers, the San Antonio Spurs, or the Brooklyn Nets.
Spurs assistant Becky Hammon is among the candidates who will be interviewed for the Trail Blazers‘ head coaching vacancy, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Those who were fans of the “LeBronzo” era in Los Angeles got a bit of a treat this week.
San Jose State will name Jeff Konya as its new athletic director, a source tells The Athletic.
Discussions about expansion teams are very common around the NBA in recent months. After all the events happening globally and in the United States, the league is reportedly considering adding one or two more teams to the 30 that already exist.
Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso will be a target for the Cleveland Cavaliers when he hits unrestricted free agency this summer.
Given his current status with the Toronto Raptors, it’s becoming more likely that Kyle Lowry will be looking for a new home in NBA free agency.
The Los Angeles Lakers have been eliminated in the first round this season due to the stellar play of Chris Paul and the Phoenix Suns. This season has been a tough one for the Lakers, as they have struggled with injuries all season. The injury woes definitely played a part in their defeat.
Impending free-agent wing Kelly Oubre Jr. appears to be garnering interest despite a subpar 2020-21 campaign with the Golden State Warriors.
Could Penny Hardaway make the leap from college coaching to the NBA? He might get an opportunity to do so.