CBS Sports journalist Sam Quinn told the Los Angeles Lakers what difficulties they will face if they seriously expect to sign Milwaukee Bucks forward Yannis Adetokunbo.
The Lakers have been secretly negotiating with Giannis for more than a year. Despite building a championship-contending team around LeBron James and Anthony Davis, they previously refused to sign a single free agent to a contract that would last until next season. They signed a two-way deal with his brother Costas.
Here’s the problem:the Lakers have almost no way to offer him a contract comparable to the market. Let’s say no one is included in their summary list for the new season, except for James, Davis, and the remainder of Luol Deng’s deal. Assuming that the contracts of LeBron and Davis are at the “ceiling”, the signing of Giannis will definitely exceed their ceiling of $81 million dollars. They could do exchanges… But what assets? Kyle Kuzma won’t be the centerpiece of the Giannis trade. The “new Orleans” are all of your drafts. The bucks didn’t want to cooperate. Without a place in the ceiling, the Lakers have no leverage.
The path here essentially depends on LeBron and Davis ‘ salary cuts, as well as requests from Yannis himself. Therefore, the deal seems unlikely. LeBron, a former nbpa Vice President, has always taken the maximum since 2014. Davies and Giannis are both at the peak of their careers and have already lost money due to the virus. They don’t get any discounts for it.
The idea of a trio of Yannis, LeBron and Davis is absolutely insane and terrible for all the other 29 teams. They would be the new NBA super team and perhaps more invincible than the Golden state team that everyone hated a few years ago,” fadeaway World reports.
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The club where Mike D’antoni will continue to work is named
Former Houston rockets head coach Mike D’antoni will lead the Indiana Pacers, according to Keith Pompey, a journalist for the Philadelphia Inquirer. According to the source, D’antoni will take the vacant position, which was vacated after the dismissal of head coach Nate McMillan. Indiana parted ways with the specialist after the Pacers were eliminated after the first round of the playoffs.
D’antoni informed Houston that he has no plans to return to the club in the new season. Under the guidance of a specialist, the rockets lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in the second round of the playoffs. D’antoni’s contract expires at the end of the season.
According to the source, the Philadelphia Sixers and new Orleans Pelicans are also bidding for the specialist.