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Milwaukee Bucks: Re-signing Brook Lopez will be a priority

According to Malika Andrews of Espn, re-signing Brook Lopez will be a priority for the Milwaukee Bucks in the next NBA Free Agency.

The big man ended the playoff with averages of 11.2 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.9 blocks.

The Bucks will have some decisions to make this summer, with Khris Middleton , Nikola Mirotic and Brook Lopez that will be unrestricted free agent, while Malcolm Brogdon will be a restricted free agent.

Source: Espn.

Rumors: NBA Finals run next season could help Milwaukee sign Antetokoumpo to ‘supermax’ deal

According to Malika Andrews of Espn, with an NBA Finals run next season the Milwaukee Bucks can improve their chances of signing Giannis Antetokounmpo to the supermax in the summer of 2020:

In more concrete terms, a source close to Antetokounmpo said that getting to the NBA Finals is not just an ambition, it could tip the scales as he weighs his contractual future.

 

The Greek Freak ended the playoffs with averages of 25.5 points, 12.2 boards, 4.9 assist and 2 blocks, shooting 49% from the field, 32% from long range and 63% from the foul line.

Next summer the 24-year-old superstar will be eligible for a super-max extension that is expected to be worth a record $247 million over five years.

Source: Espn.

Mutual interest between Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets?

According to a report from Anthony Puccio of SNY, Kyrie Irving and his camp are seriously considering the possibility of joining the Brooklyn Nets during the free agency, if the former Cavaliers will decide to leave the Boston Celtics.

The addition of Irving wouldn’t exclude the return of D’Angelo Russell. Inside the Nets’ front office, in fact, several people like the idea of pairing the two guards and let them play together.

Source: SNY.

NBA Draft Rumors: Jarrett Culver will not drop past No. 7

Sean Deveney of the Sporting News, citing NBA sources, reveals that Texas Tech guard Jarrett Culver will not drop past No. 7 in the next NBA Draft. The reporter identifies the New York Knicks (N0.3), Los Angeles Lakers (No.4) and the Cleveland Cavaliers (No.5)  among the interested teams.

Culver ended his sophomore season with the Red Raiders with averages of 18.5 points, 6.4 rebounds, 3.7 assist and 1.5 steals, shooting 52% from two points, 30% from long range and 70% from the foul line.

Source: Sporting news.

Los Angeles Lakers hire Judy Seto as Director of Sports Performance

The Los Angeles Lakers have hired Judy Seto as Director of Sports Performance, the team announced today. Seto will report to General Manager Rob Pelinka and will oversee the medical care and optimize the health and performance of Lakers players.

Seto is returning to the Lakers after serving as the team’s head physical therapist from 2011-16. She earned dual degrees in kinesiology and psychology from UCLA, a master’s degree in physical therapy from Stanford, a master’s degree in business administration from Troy State University and a doctorate in physical therapy from Temple University.

Source: Los Angeles Lakers.

Wizards interested in Neil Olshey?

The Washington Wizards, after Tim Connelly turned down their proposal, are still on the market for a president of basketball operations.
The new main target is Portland Trail Blazers GM, Neil Olshey.

Per NBC Sports, As for the rumor mill, one name stands out: Neil Olshey.
Numerous sources told NBC Sports Washington of the Wizards’ interest in Blazers President of Basketball Operations, the architect behind the Portland squad that reached the 2019 Western Conference Finals.

LeBron James is already recruiting Kawhi Leonard and Jimmy Butler

LeBron James wants the Los Angeles Lakers to be contenders next season after a year way below expectations.
LeBron already started the recruiting of Kawhi Leonard and Jimmy Butler .

ESPN’s Brian Windhorst was a guest for Thursday’s episode of Pardon The Interruption and during his appearance he gave some evidence to what many were already assuming: LeBron is recruiting free agents, namely Toronto’s Kawhi Leonard and Philadelphia’s Jimmy Butler.

“From what I understand, he has already begun the recruiting process. I’ve heard he has had contact with Kawhi Leonard. I’ve heard he has had contact with Jimmy Butler. There is no tampering enforcement by players. … The thing about it is, I don’t know if texts and calls and maybe a dinner with LeBron is enough for the Lakers to overcome the hurdles that they’re going to have.”

Kendrick Perkins won’t be surprised to see Kevin Durant sign with the Clippers

Kevin Durant to the Los Angeles Clippers ?
Kendrick Perkins won’t be surprised to see his former teammate with the Oklahoma City Thunder sign with the Clippers .

Per LA Times, Kendrick Perkins, who was a teammate of Durant’s in Oklahoma City and played for Doc Rivers in Boston, further fueled the Durant-to-the-Clippers talk when he sat down with Kristine Leahy on her show “Fair Game.” “Don’t be surprised if K.D. signs with the Clippers,” Perkins said. “Everybody is screaming New York but do not be surprised if K.D. signs and plays for Doc. I don’t even have to recruit him. He likes the organization. He likes Doc Rivers.”

“You can see Kevin Durant going there,” Perkins said Wednesday while talking to Colin Cowherd on FS1. “They’re in L.A. He can flourish and be himself and it would be his team. I would love to see K.D. play for a coach like Doc Rivers and assistant coaches like Rex, Sam Cassel and Armond Hill. They have a great group of guys. The way Doc draws up plays with his play calling, I could just imagine the plays he would draw up for Kevin Durant.”

Bucks “desperate” to dump Tony Snell’s contract?

The Milwaukee Bucks will try to trade Tony Snell who has two years remaining on his contract.

 

Per Woelfel’s Press Box, Press Box, Because the Bucks are in a brutal salary-cap dilemma, there is continual speculation Snell will be traded during the offseason. Snell, who is being paid $10.60 million this season, is owed $11.39M next season and has a player option for $12.17M the following season. According to some NBA officials, the Bucks are eager/desperate to dump Snell’s contract in an attempt to lighten what appears to be their inevitable luxury tax penalty.

Of course, teams aren’t salivating to take Snell off the Bucks’ hands, especially with his bloated salary. “He’s just not a good value,’’ an NBA executive said. “I know they brought in some guys at his spot like (Pat) Connaughton but his (Snell’s) play has leveled off, too. “I think the only way they can move him is if they package him with a pick, for instance. But he’s already traded two (future) No. 1s, so that won’t be easy to do that, either.’’

Source: Woelfel's Press Box.

Mills on Porzingis: He told us I’ll give you seven days to trade me or I’m going back to Europe’

New York Knicks president Steve Mills said that Kristaps Porzingis threatened the franchise to return to Europe if not dealt in seven days after he walked into his office to request a trade.

Per The Score, “(Porzingis) walked into my office – and (general manager Scott Perry) was sitting there with me – and point blank said to us, ‘I don’t want to be here. I’m not going to re-sign with the Knicks and I’m going to give you seven days to trade me or I’m going back to Europe,'” Mills said at a fan forum event Wednesday.

“Fortunately for us … we had a number of deals lined up,” Mills said. “We just started a trade call as soon as he walked out of the office.”

Clippers emerged as equally dangerous threat to the Knicks to sign Kevin Durant

The Los Angeles Clippers and the New York Knicks are expected to be the most important suitors of Kevin Durant in the upcoming free agency.

Per Marc Stein of NY Times, Within the last month, very smart and plugged-in people I have consulted say that the Los Angeles Clippers have emerged as an equally dangerous threat to the Knicks to sign Durant away from Golden State. And I believe it.

Problem is, at various points during the season, I have heard trusted insiders state with conviction that Durant is already planning to join the Knicks … and then that he is likely to consider the Nets as well … and now that he is eyeing the Clippers just as intently as New York.

Source: Ny Times.

At least five teams expected to pursue Tobias Harris in free agency

At least five teams are expected to make an offer to Tobias Harris who will be free agent from July 1, 2019.

Harris can sign a five-year, $188 million with the Philadelphia 76ers and $141 million in four years with any other team.

Per Philly.com, According to several sources, the Sacramento Kings, Dallas Mavericks, Utah Jazz, Indiana Pacers, and Brooklyn Nets are among the teams that will go after the forward in free agency. All five teams can offer maximum-salary contracts.

By trading for Harris, the Sixers acquired his Bird rights. That enables them to offer him a five-year, $188 million max contract.

David Griffin says Pelicans will have right environment for Anthony Davis and Zion Williamson

New Orleans Pelicans president David Griffin says that he is confident that the franchise will build the right environment for Anthony Davis and potentially Zion Williamson, if selected with the 1st pick of the 2019 NBA Draft.

Per ESPN, “We’ll probably sit together in Los Angeles at some point around the draft workouts that take place there,” Griffin said Tuesday during a conference call to introduce Langdon. “And I think that’s the next step — really to look each other in the eye and talk about what’s important to us. And we’re very optimistic from previous conversations with Rich Paul, his agent, and with all of the people here that know Anthony and know what he’s about. We’re very confident that we have a compelling situation for him here.

“And if winning is what he is indeed all about, which we have every reason to believe, we feel confident that we can create — and are creating — the right environment for Anthony and frankly for high-caliber players of all types to want to be a part of. This is something that we hope creates an energy that recruits itself, and Anthony would just be one step in that process.”

“I’m certain that’s a false narrative relative to the players that could potentially be the No. 1 pick,” Griffin said. “We’ve sat with multiple players that we’re looking at for that first pick. In fact, in the case of Zion Williamson, Alvin Gentry and I sat with he and his parents the night of the lottery. … And Alvin and I were also together in interviewing Ja Morant in Chicago as well. And I think because we sat with those kids, who are both incredible human beings and all about all the right things, we know unequivocally that either one of them would be thrilled to join us in New Orleans. And they’re both very much excited about the concept.”

Source: ESPN.