2015 Offseason Preview: Los Angeles Lakers

Jun 25, 2015; Brooklyn, NY, USA; D'Angelo Russell (Ohio State) shakes hands with NBA commissioner Adam Silver after being selected as the number two overall pick to the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round of the 2015 NBA Draft at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 25, 2015; Brooklyn, NY, USA; D’Angelo Russell (Ohio State) shakes hands with NBA commissioner Adam Silver after being selected as the number two overall pick to the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round of the 2015 NBA Draft at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Free Agents: Carlos Boozer (Unrestricted), Ronnie Price (U), Wayne Ellington (U), Ed Davis (U), Wesley Johnson (U), Jeremy Lin (U), Vander Blue (Restricted), Jordan Hill (Team Option)


 

“We’re a young, eager group ready to restore this franchise back to where it once was. I think that kind of sums it up. These guys are ready. I’m excited to play a piece in that project. It’s going to be tough, it’s going to be a long road, it’s going to take a lot of work. I know the three of us are and I know the guys in the locker room are more than ready and willing to. ”

-Larry Nance Jr.

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Post-Draft: Kristaps Porzingis

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Justin Lane/European Pressphoto Agency

 


UPDATE: Carmelo Anthony’s (alleged) reaction to Knicks’ pick of Porzingis:

“[Carmelo] feels completely hoodwinked and betrayed by Phil Jackson. He feels like he was lied to, like he was sold a bill of goods. And he’s willing to concede that he wanted his money. But he didn’t know it was going to be like this. He didn’t know it was going to be this bad. And he can’t believe that his second season under the Phil Jackson regime, he has to look forward to it being worse than even last year was.”

-Stephen A. Smith


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2015 Offseason Preview: Philadelphia 76ers

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Free Agents: Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (Unrestricted), Jason Richardson (U), Ish Smith (U), Thomas Robinson (U), Henry Sims (Restricted), Glenn Robinson III (R)


Another season passes, and almost like clockwork, Sam Hinkie’s team has somehow managed to find yet another way to take a step back. Shipping Carter-Williams off to the Bucks was a sound decision; no one anticipated Embiid’s setback and nobody asked Dario Saric to stay in Turkey for another year The fact remains, though, that the Sixers are in a state of perpetual freefall. This is in no small part by Hinkie’s conscious efforts to reach for lottery picks and to trade away all high value assets all while operating above the cap floor.  Yes, the NBPA’s investigation into possible CBA violations on the part of “tank commander” Continue reading “2015 Offseason Preview: Philadelphia 76ers”