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If anything has been made clear about the Los Angeles Lakers this past week, it’s their current state of dysfunction. The franchise is being run by leaders who do not trust each other, who do not communicate with each other, and who do not stay in their lane.

One example that was pointed out by Bleacher Report’s Eric Pincus happened during the Anthony Davis trade talks in February when Magic apparently offered more in the package then what was originally communicated to Jeanie.

According to someone familiar with the situation, the disconnect stems back to the trade deadline. Johnson apparently offered the New Orleans Pelicans more in a trade for All-Star forward Anthony Davis (notably Lonzo Ball) than had been communicated with Buss.

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Roughly a week after losing the greatest coach the men’s basketball program had ever seen, Michigan brought back one of its own in an effort to fill the void.

Juwan Howard, a former Michigan All-American forward and member of the famed Fab Five recruiting class, agreed in principle to become the program’s new head coach Wednesday, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed.
The deal, according to the person, is a five-year contract. The financial terms have not been made available at this time. Howard was officially offered the job by Michigan on Wednesday after meeting with athletic director Warde Manuel on Tuesday.
Howard, 46, has been hired to replace John Beilein — the program’s all-time winningest coach — who ended his 12-year run at the school last Monday to become the new head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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It’s no secret that Anthony Davis is going to be on the trade block this offseason, and the New York Knicks are sure to be one of the potential suitors for the Pelicans’ big man.

Although, if the price tag for AD is anything like what is being reported right now, trade talks may be over before they really even begin.

Apparently the demands have not changed since the Pelicans basically asked for the Lakers entire young core and a slew of draft picks back in February.

I mean come on now, this “equitable package” is absolutely absurd. For one, we don’t even know if the Knicks are even going to get the first overall pick, that will be decided at the conclusion of the NBA Draft Lottery on Tuesday.

For argument’s sake, lets say New York lands Williamson, who just might be the most hyped amateur prospect since Lebron James. That alone is a pretty high price to pay for Davis, who already has one foot out the door and has certainly hampered the Pelicans’ leverage in trade talks.

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Blake Griffin and the Detroit Pistons entered the 2018-19 NBA season with the goal of fully dominating the LeBron James-less Eastern Conference and winning an NBA championship title. The Pistons have succeeded to return to the Eastern Conference Playoffs, only to be swept by the No. 1 seed Milwaukee Bucks in the first round – the same fate they suffered in their past two playoff appearances.

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The Pistons’ early playoff exit was mostly blamed to Blake Griffin’s injury. However, even if the All-Star power forward was healthy, no one still expected the Pistons to represent the Eastern Conference in the NBA Finals 2019. After suffering another huge disappointment, Zach Buckley of Bleacher Report believes that the Pistons may go on some “soul-searching” and explore the possibility of trading Griffin and his lucrative contract in the 2019 NBA offseason.

With their limited salary cap space and lack of interesting trade assets, the Pistons don’t have enough flexibility to have a major upgrade on their roster next summer. Buckley thinks that the Pistons’ current situation may force them to consider everything, including undergoing a rebuilding process which could start by trading Blake Griffin. Once Griffin becomes officially available on the trade market, one of the NBA teams who could express strong interest in adding him to their roster is the Miami Heat.

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James Harden, the reigning NBA MVP, is confident his Houston Rockets can dethrone the back-to-back champions.

The quest to prevent the Golden State Warriors from winning their third NBA title in a row begins on Sunday at Oracle Arena in Oakland.

The Rockets have been itching to play the Warriors in the playoffs this season after Golden State bounced them in seven games in the Western Conference finals last season. When asked about the opportunity, Harden talked confidently about his squad.

“We’re a very confident group of guys. We’ve been that way the entire year,” Harden told reporters on Saturday. “We’re more than capable. We’re excited about the opportunity. We know the difficulties and the challenges that are going to come along that way, but we’re prepared for them.”

Harden explained that “every possession, every game” will be a chance to win, and that the Rockets will have to take advantage of that. But Harden said he also knows how “difficult” that will be.

The Rockets are healthy, happy and rolling, full of momentum after bouncing the Utah Jazz in the first round in five games.

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The Los Angeles Lakers are hardly a stable organization right now. Their president of basketball operations resigned unexpectedly at the end of the season. Their head coach was fired for losing with a roster he openly objected to during its construction. It’s unclear who exactly is running the team right now, but the options appear limited to a former agent that a rival NBA executive described by saying “no one trusts him,” a retired Lakers backup turned coaching nomad viewed as “beyond unpopular,” and, amazingly, that former backup’s wife. This is not a ship many should be eager to board at the moment.

Things are so bad that, apparently, they are struggling to secure a head coach because all of their candidates keep getting told to avoid the team. Jorge Sedano reported on his ESPN podcast Tuesday (as transcribed by Anthony Irwin of Silver Screen and Roll) that a close friend of former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Ty Lue said “‘I told Ty, don’t take the Lakers job. This thing is a mess.’” Ramona Shelburne added a similar nugget on Monty Williams by saying on ESPN 710 with Mason & Ireland that “everyone in the league has told him not to take the job.”

Williams and Lue will ultimately need to make their own decisions on the matter, but the fact that the Lakers are getting bashed from multiple sources to multiple candidates speaks to how miserable their reputation around the NBA is right now. The Lakers are the laughingstock of basketball right now. Forget about luring a top coach away from a playoff team as they may have tried with Doc Rivers. The Lakers can’t even get coaches who are readily available to take over the NBA’s most glamorous job

The Raptors face an impossible summer of decisions ahead. If they fail to secure an NBA Championship this postseason, where do they go from there? If Kawhi Leonard stays, do they give it another go with the same roster? If he leaves, do they rebuild completely, or use some of their other pieces to trade for another star to replace him?

In regards to the latter, Grant Hughes of Bleacher Report suggested that Bradley Beal could be the answer. For both Washington and Toronto, it gives them a chance for a fresh start.

“The Wizards would be reluctant to trade Beal after they watched him prove his mettle as a primary option, but this deal facilitates a semi-rebuild while also adding flexibility to a cap sheet in need of exactly that. Ibaka and VanVleet provide leverage in upcoming free-agent negotiations with Tomas Satoransky and Bobby Portis; if the Wizards have proven options at those positions, they might avoid overspending to keep incumbents out of desperation. Powell is a rotation wing who’d play significant minutes immediately, and Anunoby, coming off a down year, is the high-upside, buy-low asset who pairs nicely with a lottery-protected first.”

Bradley Beal proved he is capable of being the first option with John Wall out.


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