LeBron to Lakers in 2018: The Inevitability?

His Majesty will take his talents to the West

The King’s next destination: Hollywood?
Make no mistake about it. LeBron James, despite his recent NBA Finals defeat at the hands of Stephen Curry and the rest of the Golden State Warriors, remains as one of the best basketball players that the world has seen. And whether you love him or not, you know, as well as the rest of the league knows, that the King is not yet done. He still has a healthy body which can enable him to play for a couple of years. And yes, even at the age of 32, LeBron James is the definition of greatness.

Throughout the 2016-2017 season, His Majesty has averaged 26 points per game, 8 assists and 8 rebounds. That’s the kind of stat line anyone would expect from a player of LeBron’s calibre. And as mentioned, he is not slowing down any time soon especially now that the Cleveland Cavaliers have traded its star point guard, Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics in exchange for another star, Isaiah Thomas and a bunch of role players.

While Thomas’ game has flourished tremendously as we saw during the entire 2016-2017 season and eventually leading the Celtics to the Eastern Conference Finals, Thomas himself sustained a hip injury during their series against Cleveland which almost vetoed the said trade. This trade plus LeBron’s apparent strained relationship with the management is just one of the many reasons why he is about to break the hearts of the Cavs fans. Again.

If we’re going to look back at history, LeBron James has already jumped from one ship to the other, the first being in 2010 when he took his talents to Miami where he joined Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh to form the Big 3. Most people thought that the Heat’s Big 3 would dominate the league for a long period of time.

Nope. LeBron again, broke the heart of Miami fans in 2014 when he left and returned to the Cavs where he would join Irving and Kevin Love for another Big 3 of their own. Now? If we are to believe the rumors, the King is about to make a big jump, literally and figuratively. As far as people around LeBron are concerned, LeBron Raymone James will be taking his talents out West, and is seasoned to be joining the Los Angeles Lakers. Yep. You read it right, folks. The Lakers, whether we like it or not, will likely be the next beneficiary of LeBron’s services.

Assuming that it will happen, will this impending move change the fortunes of the Lakers who have been struggling to even win winnable games during the recent years? The answer is: yes. Adding a LeBron James to the Purple and Gold will change the direction of the wind for Los Angeles, drastically. Keep in mind, folks. The Lakers have one of the most hyped rookies in recent history in Lonzo Ball. And, Brandon Ingram and Julius Randle are improving too.

Just imagine if the King crosses to the West, yes, he can help the Lakers win more games. But can he help them dethrone the Warriors, challenge the Spurs, diffuse the Rockets?

The answer is: It depends. It depends on the chemistry that will be built come LeBron’s arrival. It depends on how the rest of the Lakers will react. And most importantly, the success of the Lakers will depend on who is willing to take the shot come clutch situation and that’s where LeBron is needed, right?

July 2018 is still far away and we have a 2017-2018 season ahead of us. For the fans of the Lakers and the Cavs, it’s going to be a long, agonizing wait. It’s like waiting for your love of your life to leave you on that specific date. Many things can still happen between now and Free Agency 2018, and if you’ve been watching the NBA during the last few years, then you know that anything can happen.

Ty Lawson, Sacramento Kings agree to one-year contract

The Sacramento Kings add back court depth to their roster after signing Ty Lawson to a one-year deal.

Lawson will be the back-up of Darren Collison who is recently cleared of domestic violence. He will get a lot of opportunities with the Kings as they are lacking of a point guard after they lost Rajon Rondo this summer.

Lawson averaged 5.4 points, 3.9 assists and 2 rebounds in 66 games with Houston Rockets and Indiana Pacers.

He has career averages of 13.1 points, 2.8 rebounds, 6.2 assists and 1.2 steals over his young seven year NBA career.

NBA: Yi Jianlian joins Los Angeles Lakers

Yi Jianlian appeared in Rio Olympics as a member of Chinese team, has signed a contract with the Lakers, it was announced by the team on Monday.

Yi will be a great addition to the rebuilding LA Lakers. Yi has a very good range for his height and can handle the ball really well. With this attributes, Yi most likely will be playing a 2nd stringer for the team.

Yi was a number 6 overall pick last 2007 by the Milwaukee Bucks. He last played in Dallas last 2012 then the team dropped him to D-League and afterward he just played basketball in his hometown.

His NBA Career stats is composed of 7.9 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 0.7 APG, 0.5 SPG & 0.7 BPG.

LeBron James Becomes NBA’s Highest Paid Player With New Contract With The Cavaliers

LeBron James signs a three-year, $100 million deal to return in Cleveland making him the highest paid player in NBA history ($33.33 million per season) surpassing Mike Conley Jr.’s five-year, $153 million deal ($30.6 million per season)

James and the Cavaliers recently captured the 2016 NBA Championship even after being down 3-1 in the series against the Golden State Warriors.

The 2016 NBA Finals MVP averaged 25.3 points, 7.4 rebounds, 6.8 assists and 1.4  steals per game in the regular season and averaged 26.3 points, 9.5 rebounds, 7.6 assists, 2.3 steals and 1.4 blocks.

The Cavaliers added depth on their point guard position drafting Kay Felder in the second round. They also acquired Mike Dunleavy Jr. via trade, signed Chris Andersen and re-signed Richard Jefferson this off-season. Their last off-season task is to re-sign J.R. Smith who is considered a big part of their Finals campaign against the Warriors.

The New Big Five in Oakland, How did the Fans React to KD’s Decision?

(Kevin Durant Photo Courtesy of Bleacher Report)

It has been a shocking news for Oklahoma City Thunder Fans, after Kevin Durant joined the bandwagon and left them just to join the powerhouse Golden State Warriors. The Warriors now, are much more lethal as a contender than before. The Big 5 for the Warriors consists of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala, Draymond Green and of course.. Durant.

The fans were not happy with what happened and were disappointed with Durant’s decision.

Here are some of what I found about fans reacting on Durant’s Instagram:

Here is Durant’s essay posted on The Players Tribune. A message on ending his 9-year stint with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

//platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsAfter all, it is still Durant’s decision. We couldn’t blame him for leaving, but it is unfair to go to a team who has a lot of star players in their prime and lastly, going to a team who just eliminated them last playoffs just to win a championship, is much worse than not winning a ring.

Internet Broke when Kevin Durant Announced Joining The Golden State Warriors

Kevin Durant reportedly signing with the Golden State Warriors. According to USA Today Sports, the contract will be a 2-year, $54 million, with player option for second year. Contract will allow Durant to maximize the projected salary cap of $107 million next year on condition of anonymity because contracts can’t be signed until the moratorium ends on July 7.

Many people are not happy about Kevin Durant switching teams and still remember him tweeting: “Now everybody wanna play for the heat and the Lakers? Let’s go back to being competitive and going at these people” when LeBron James joined the Heat in 2010. For them, they are now the same. Both left their teams to chase rings…

Kevin Durant became MVP averaging 27.4 points and 7 rebounds, seven-time All-Star with the Oklahoma City Thunder and led the team to the NBA Finals in 2012, and to the Western Conference finals in four of the past six years.

“It really pains me to know that I will disappoint so many people with this choice, but I believe I am doing what I feel is the right thing at this point in my life and my playing career. “I will miss Oklahoma City, and the role I have had in building this remarkable team”, Durant wrote (source of quote: The Associated Press).

Matt Barnes Back Home, Heads to Sacramento after the Kings agreed to 2-year, $12 million deal

(Artwork by Sean Curate)

Matt Barnes has reunited with the Sacramento Kings, after signing a contract worth $12 million for a two-year deal, sources told ESPN’s Marc Stein.
Barnes played for the Kings during the 2004-05 season, but was traded halfway through the season to the Philadelphia 76ers, but hasn’t played due to knee tendinitis. He was later waived by the 76ers.
Barnes then went to different teams. Signed with the Knicks in 2005-06 offseason, waived after playing six games. Went to 76ers again to serve a second stint, until he finished out the season.
Signed with the Golden State Warriors for two years 2006-08, where he averaged 9.8 and 6.7 points per game, his highest ppg during that time of his career.
Went to Phoenix and played with the Suns for one year. He improved since he was traded to the Suns after playing with the Warriors for two years, averaging 10.2 points per game.
After a year with the Suns, he went to Orlando for one season. Averaging 8.8 points per game, until he was traded again to another team.
Barnes then signed with the L.A. Lakers, spent two seasons as a role player, he averaged 6.7 and 7.8 points in Lakers uniform.
He was traded again and landed to the Clippers, he spent three years and had his career-highs with the Clippers. He was consistent throughout his stint with them, after averaging 10.3, 9.9 and 10.1 points for three seasons.
Last season, he played for the Grizzlies and averaged 8.3 points per game.
The Kings brought back Barnes due to his defensive toughness on the perimeter and size. Which they lacked throughout the past seasons.

NBA Free Agency: Rajon Rondo is Now Part of the Chicago Bulls!

(Artwork by Sean Curate)
After just meeting with the Bulls in Chicago last Friday, the unrestricted free agent point guard is now officially a Chicago Bull. Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated released the news via Twitter:

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The Bulls agreed to sign Rondo in a $28 million worth of a two-year deal, according to ESPN.com and NBA.com. Rondo has been doing great lately for the past season with the Sacramento Kings, after leading the NBA in assists with 11.7, in addition to that, he also averaged 11.7 points and six rebounds. As a point guard, he was a stat-sheet stuffer. He made 37 double-doubles and six triple-doubles.

Although, there have been also problems with Rondo’s attitude. Last season, Rondo was suspended after he targeted a referee by using a homophobic slur. He also clashed with different coaches, Rick Carlisle of Dallas Mavericks and Doc Rivers, who was still coaching with the Celtics at that time.

Chicago did a right move in trading Rose, but we can’t still conclude if Rondo will be able to mesh with Chicago Bulls’ coach Fred Hoiberg, who has an easy-going personality.

After all, Rondo said that he is excited to work with the Bulls. Let’s just wait on the things he will bring to the table for the upcoming NBA season.

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UPDATED NBA Free Agency Signings Recap







Recapping Free Agency…


EASTERN CONFERENCE

PHILADELPHIA 76ers
-Jerryd Bayless (3 yrs, $27M) 
-Sergio Rodriguez (1 yr, $8M)
-Gerald Henderson (2 yrs, $18M)

MILWAUKEE BUCKS
-Mirza Teletovic (3 yrs, $30M)
-Matthew Dellavedova (4 yrs, $38.5M)  

CHICAGO BULLS
-Rajon Rondo (2 yrs, $30M)
-Dwyane Wade (2 yrs, $47.5M) 

CLEVELAND CAVALIERS
-Richard Jefferson (2 yrs, $5M)


BOSTON CELTICS
-Al Horford (4 yrs, $113M) 

ATLANTA HAWKS
-Dwight Howard (3 yrs, $70.5M) 
-Kent Bazemore (4 yrs, $70M)
-Jarett Jack (1 yr, $1.5M)
-Kris Humpries (1 yr, $4M)

MIAMI HEAT
-Hassan Whiteside (4 yrs, $98M) 
-Tyler Johnson (4 yrs, $50M)
-Udonis Haslem (1 yr, $4M)
-James Johnson (1 yr, $4M)
-Wayne Ellington (2 yrs, $12M)
-Willie Reed (2 yrs)
-Derrick Williams (1 yr, $5M)

CHARLOTTE HORNETS
-Nicolas Batum (5 yrs, $120M) 
-Marvin Williams (4yrs, $54.5M) 
-Ramon Sessions (2 yrs, $12.5M)
-Roy Hibbert (1 yr, $5M)
-Brian Roberts (1 yr, $1.5M

NEW YORK KNICKS
-Joakim Noah (4 yrs, $72M) 
-Courtney Lee (4 yrs, $50M)
-Brandon Jennings (1 yr, $5M)
-Lance Thomas (4 yrs, $27M)
-Sasha Vujacic (1 yr)

ORLANDO MAGIC
-D.J. Augustin (4 yrs, $29M)

-Evan Fournier (5 yrs, $85M) 
-Jeff Green (1 yr, $15M) 
-Bismack Biyombo (4 yrs, $72M) 

BROOKLYN NETS
-Jeremy Lin (3 yrs, $36M) 
-Justin Hamilton (2 yrs, $6M) 
-Trevor Booker (2 yrs, $18.5M)
-Greivis Vasquez (1 yr)
-Luis Scola (1 yr)

INDIANA PACERS
-Al Jefferson (3 yrs, $30M)

DETROIT PISTONS
-Ish Smith (3 yrs, $18M)
-Andre Drummond (5 yrs, $130M)  
-Jon Leuer (4 yrs, $42M) 
-Boban Marjanovic (3 yrs, $21M) Spurs could match the offer

TORONTO RAPTORS
-DeMar DeRozan (5 yrs, $145M) 

-Jared Sullinger (1 yr, $6M)

WASHINGTON WIZARDS
-Bradley Beal (5 yrs, $128M) 
-Ian Mahinmi (4 yrs, $64M) 
-Jason Smith (3 yrs, $16M)
-Marcus Thornton (1 yr, $1.3M)
Andrew Nicholson (4 yrs, $26M)



WESTERN CONFERENCE

LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS
-Austin Rivers (3 yrs, $35M) 
-Wesley Johnson (3 yrs, $18M) 
-Jamal Crawford (3 yrs, $42M)
-Luc Mbah a Moute (2 yrs, $4.5M)
-Mareese Speights (1 yr, $1.5M)

MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES
-Chandler Parsons (4 yrs, $94M) 
-Mike Conley (5 yrs, $153M)
-James Ennis (2 yrs, $6M)
-Troy Daniels (3 yrs, $10M)
-Andrew Harrison (3 yrs)

UTAH JAZZ
-Joe Johnson (2 yrs, $22M) 

SACRAMENTO KINGS
-Arron Afflalo (2 yrs, $25M)
-Anthony Tolliver (2 yrs, $16M) 
-Garrett Temple (3 yrs, $24M)
-Matt Barnes (2 yrs, $12M)

LOS ANGELES LAKERS
-Timofey Mozgov (4 yrs, $64M) 
-Jordan Clarkson (4 yrs, $50M)
-Luol Deng (4 yrs, $72M)
-Tarik Black (2 yrs, $12.85M)
-Marcelino Huertas (2 yrs)

DALLAS MAVERICKS
-Harrison Barnes (4 yrs, $95M)
-Dwight Powell (4 yrs, $37M)
-Deron Williams (1 yr, $10M)
-Seth Curry (2 yrs, $6M)
-Dirk Nowitzki (2 yrs, $40M)

DENVER NUGGETS
-Darrell Arthur (3 yrs, $23M) 

NEW ORLEANS PELICANS
-Solomon Hill (4 yrs, $52M) 
-E’Twaun Moore (4 yrs, $34M)
-Tim Frazier (2 yrs, $4M)
-Langston Galloway (2 yrs, $10M)

HOUSTON ROCKETS
-Ryan Anderson (4 yrs, $80M) 
-Eric Gordon (4 yrs, $53M) 
-Nene (1 yr, $2.9M)
-James Harden (4 yrs extension, $119M)

SAN ANTONIO SPURS
-Pau Gasol ( 2 yrs, $30M)
-Dewayne Dedmon (2 yrs, $6M)


PHOENIX SUNS
-Jared Dudley (3 yrs, $30M) 
-Leandro Barbosa ( 2 yrs, $8M)

PORTLAND TRAILBLAZERS
-Evan Turner (4 yrs, $70M) 
-Festus Ezeli (2 yrs, $16M)

-Allen Crabbe (4 yrs, $75M) 

-Meyers Leonard (4 yrs, $41M)


GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS
-Kevin Durant (2 yrs, $54.3M)
-Zaza Pachulia (1 yr, $2.9M)
-David West (1 yr, $1.55M)
-James McAdoo (1 yr, $1M)
-Ian Clark (1 yr, $1M)

MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES
-Cole Aldrich (3 yrs, $22 million)
-Brandon Rush (1 yr, $3.5M)

OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER
-No signings yet-



Rockets, Anderson Agree to a Four-Year Deal

Ryan Anderson has agreed to a four-year, $80 million deal with the Houston Rockets. A day after Dwight Howard announces that he will go and play for the Atlanta Hawks, the Houston Rockets made a move by acquiring a solid stretch four.
Anderson averaged 13.7 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 27.5 minutes of action per game last season with the Pelicans. His numbers dipped too much after averaging 19.8 points and 6.5 rebounds in the 2014-2015 season.
The rockets are stocked with stretch fours in Anderson, Beasley, Motiejunas (restricted FA), Terrence Jones (UR FA) and Josh Smith (UR FA)