NBA trade deadline: Lakers’ big move sets stage for star-studded summer
However, the Lakers likely have even more time than that because the delay makes teams more reluctant to commit to offer sheets with other teams’ restricted free agents. Since so few teams have cap space this season, it is entirely possible that the market for Randle has either partially or fully dried up, potentially allowing the Lakers to get him at a reasonable salary that could be traded later on without requiring an asset.
While he has played a part in the Lakers’ rebuild to this point, Clarkson’s contract ensured that he would not be a part of their long-term plans. That eventuality happened sooner than expected as a key part of a much larger deal involving Nance, Cleveland’s first-rounder and some high-profile veterans, but Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka set the stage for an even more interesting July.
Here are the participants for the Dunk Contest. (Gordon will not be able to participate in this year’s contest after withdrawing with a hip injury. The NBA has announced Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell will replace Gordon.)
He was annoyed at the lack of billboards featuring his face in D.C., saying I ain’t got no billboards in D.C. �� I want to leave a legacy and you can’t leave a legacy hiding behind the doors. He allegedly got bitter when Beal signed a maximum extension before Wall got his, and in 2016, Wall said he and Beal have a tendency to dislike each other on the court.
Rather than seeing comments like Beal’s as a game plan for survival during his absence, Wall sees it as a slight toward him. Rather than taking comments like Gortat’s as jokes, he responds with a passive-aggressive tweet. All those reactions do is stir the proverbial pot to the point where both of Wall’s teammates are forced to answer for his actions off the court rather than talk about their successes on it.
Probably the most frustrating part of this from a fan’s perspective is that these actions aren’t consistent with a player like Wall who is a selfless, pass-first point guard, and who balls out to give his teammates Rolex watches for Christmas. Instead, he acts like the shoot first, ask questions later superstar that only diehard Kobe Bryant stans still root for. Perception is reality, and if there’s nothing wrong, he’ll do more to show it. If not, maybe he should follow his own advice.
Like I said, if any guys have a problem with me they can talk to me face to face as a man, Wall said. And if you can’t do that then I lose a lot of respect for you.