How Celtics’ unique salary cap situation could open door for another star trade
Randle and Hood prove more compelling than Doug McDermott, Shabazz Napier, Nik Stauskas or any other player who fits the description because they can provide value to the Celtics even without being a part of an eventual mega-deal.
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Wallace has hit eight of nine on isolation plays, per Synergy Sports. His jagged, arrhythmic off-the-bounce game confounds defenders.
He has guarded three positions on defense, and allowed Doc Rivers to limit the minutes Lou Williams and Milos Teodosic — sieves on defense — have played together against opposing starters. He has softened the blow of Avery Bradley’s continued absence.
The Clippers would be dead without contributions from Jamil Wilson, C.J. Williams and Wallace on two-ways. Wallace’s future with LA is uncertain, but he has earned an NBA contract.
While landing James, George or both is far from a sure thing, the Lakers have put themselves in a great position to do so.
Consider it a lesson learned, one that goes back to the escape of Dwight Howard in 2013 and ran right through the Kupchak-Buss attempts to sign Carmelo Anthony and LaMarcus Aldridge. The Lakers made no promises in those days, but the team left open enough hope on July 1 that fans were crestfallen when the targets signed elsewhere a week or so later.
This time, the Lakers are ahead of the story, making clear that the successful signing of James, George or anyone major would be as much a surprise to them as anyone else. This time, when the second week of July comes around, folks in Lakerland will either be ecstatic in their surprise that the team signed someone major, or eagerly looking forward to July 2019.
Johnson and Pelinka are buying themselves another year.
I think that’s disrespectful because it challenges our knowledge outside of sports, McCollum said. It kind of puts us in a box. The lady who said it, for one, she was reading off a teleprompter, which is very easy to do, and, for two, we all have opinions on things because we’re Americans, we’re humans. We’ve grown up here and seen different things based on where you grew up at.