Speaking on the Los Angeles Lakers' channel on Spectrum SportsNet earlier this week, National Basketball Association insider and salary cap expert Larry Coon reported extreme trade demands from the Spurs put the Celtics ahead of the Los Angeles Lakers, who aren't willing to implode the existing roster around LeBron James to add Leonard, who is one season away from free agency. For the Lakers, they had a really strong start to free agency. By Tuesday afternoon, there was just a bare spot where once had been a downtown landmark.
Trading the former for very little return last summer might have accelerated LeBron's decision to leave but, ironically, it might also pave the way for Cleveland to tank, which is probably their best chance to rebuild a winning team a few years down the line. He finished third in MVP voting that year. That was certainly the case with Paul George, who before signing with the Oklahoma City Thunder previous year, wanted to join the Los Angeles side.
This hasn't gone unnoticed, raising the volume of calls to abolish the NBA's conference structure and seed the playoffs 1-16, regardless of conference affiliation.More news: Warriors Add DeMarcus Cousins to Further Boost Three-Peat Chances
Moments later, they agreed to a one-year deal worth $9 million to sign Rajon Rondo, a veteran point guard most recently with the Celtics, according to sources who weren't authorized to speak publicly. Randle will immediately become an unrestricted free agent.
Randle, a 23-year-old Dallas native spent, four seasons with the Lakers after being drafted seventh overall in 2014.
While Rondo has demonstrated that he can still contribute, especially as a passer, his defense and shooting are still severe limitations in his game.More news: Golden State's Kevin Durant arriving in Manila on July 8
Ball was the Los Angeles Lakers' starting point guard for the majority of last season.
The Spurs have yet to trade Kawhi Leonard. If you add Kawhi to that mix, it's a decent squad-but certainly not one that's going to challenge the best of the best. Ball had a respectable rookie season for the Lakers when healthy, but with LeBron James in Los Angeles and in need of another star, Ball's future there is as precarious as ever.
"Now they don't have cap space", Travis said.More news: Comcast’s Xfinity Mobile is now throttling video and mobile hotspots
The Lakers, however, seem to be moving slowly. Once we get to it, my agent and my team we will all tackle it the right way but my family plays a big part in it. Cousins is joining a team that has won three championships in four years and is considered a lock to win a fourth in five years next season. He only signed for a year and for $12 million, but will give the Pacers a nice complement to Oladipo. Curry's improved playmaking and shooting make him a solid fit for a Lakers team that is in dire need of more shooters and spacing.