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Now that the Los Angeles Lakers have gotten their blockbuster trade to pair Anthony Davis with LeBron James out of the way, they can move forward and figure out what other stars they’re going to try to bring to L.A. to join them, and there are increasing signs that Kyrie Irving might be a possibility.

Irving and the Lakers have been linked a few times, with reports that Irving has spoken to people about playing for L.A., and other rumors that James is already recruiting him.

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While the Brooklyn Nets still appear to be the favorites for Irving, it may not be safe to rule out the Lakers just yet, especially after Saturday’s trade for Davis, according to David Aldridge of The Athletic (emphasis mine):

If Davis waives his $4.7 million trade kicker, the Lakers will be able to add another star in free agency on a max contract. Whether it’s Kemba Walker, whom the New York Times’ Marc Stein reported as a potential Lakers target, or Kyrie Irving, whom sources have maintained for months wants to play with Davis, someone dynamic will likely be on the ball next season in L.A. (Cap guru Albert Nahmad pointed out Saturday that the Lakers might wait 30 days after the June 20 draft to officially execute the trade so Davis could keep his trade bonus.)

According to Bobby Marks of ESPN, the Lakers will have either $27.8 million in cap space, or $32.5, depending on when they finalize the deal for Davis, and if Davis keeps or waives his $4 million trade kicker. The latter number is only a hair under the max contract that Irving is eligible for, meaning that he might not have to sacrifice much financially to leave the Boston Celtics for L.A., or at least not compared to leaving for any other team, as Boston can still offer him an extra year and more money annually.

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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Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard has struggled during the Western Conference finals series against the Golden State Warriors, and it might partly be attributed to injury.

Lillard has been playing with separated ribs, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

The star guard appeared to have suffered the injury in Game 2 after Warriors center Kevon Looney landed on top of him and rolled over during a loose-ball scramble.

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Tim Anderson is putting his legs — and wallet — to good use on and off the field.

The 25-year-old White Sox shortstop is donating $500 each time he steals a base this season, with proceeds going to his anti-violence foundation, he announced in an Instagram post. Anderson leads Major League Baseball with 12 stolen bases.

“With EVERY stolen base I swipe this season, I personally pledge $500 to help steal away from senseless violence within our communities,” he wrote in the post Wednesday.

In conjunction with his donations, he started a pledgeit.org drive seeking $25,000. As of Thursday afternoon, it had raised $1,665.

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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.

Otto Porter Jr. has had a massive impact on the Bulls’ soul.

Their 5-3 record since he came on board is an obvious consequence. His attitude, his shot-making, his size — which makes switching seamless — and his dog mentality on defense have generated a true esprit de corps.

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“I can’t say I did,’’ coach Jim Boylen said Thursday when asked if he thought Porter would be so influential so quickly. “I would not be telling you the truth. I’m thankful for it, but I didn’t see it coming.’’

That’s because a player’s intangibles often aren’t felt until he’s in that locker room.

Jabari Parker was signed to a two-year, $40 million contract during the summer and boasted that he wasn’t paid to play defense, which he backed up once training camp and the regular season started.

Parker and Bobby Portis were sent packing to the Wizards for Porter, who came in with playoff experience and a contract that pays him $26 million this season and $27.2 million next season with a player option at $28.4 million for the 2020-21 season. Big money, no doubt. But the new highest-paid Bull is willing to dive after loose balls, wants to defend the best players and plays the game unselfishly.


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