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Free agency update


Only two teams are left fighting for the Larry O'Brien trophy which means 28 teams are in their facilities, game planning all possible free agency and draft scenarios. This is the time when front offices earn their wage, so what have they been up to?

Anthony Davis

There is always one player that holds up all decisions, but this year we have several. The KD-Kyrie-Davis trio is in so many scenarios that it would be best if they coordinated in a WhatsApp group, and have a Decision 2.0 where all three let us and the league know at the same time. Well, back to reality.

There are at least four teams we know of (Boston, New York, both LA teams) that are in the mix and they won't make significant moves as long as there is a chance they get AD. That will hold up a lot of other decisions on the market. So what the situation?

Despite his confident approach, it seems winning Zion didn't help David Griffin convince AD to give the Pelicans a chance. As reported by Shams Charania, they had a "respectful and productive" meeting, Griffing let the league know he will start to accept calls on AD.

Davis made a list of the Lakers, Knicks, and Clippers as his desirable destinations; Boston is always lurking in the background. Don't discard a dark horse like the Raptors-Kawhi last year.

Kyrie Irving

Stephen A. reported that Kyrie let the Nets know they are his preferred destination this offseason. The same day, a lot of chatter about D'Angelo Russell's future destination started to appear, with Utah, Orlando, Minnesota, and Indiana being talked about. It's not hard to put two and two together here, the Nets are planning for Kyrie.

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Still, a glance through his IG profile lets you know Kyrie could change his mind 5 times in the meantime. Who knows.

Kemba Walker

Charlotte's front office named Kemba their 1st priority and Kemba did the same. Walker confirmed to Jared Weiss of The Athletic that the Hornets remain his “first priority” Kemba always expressed great fondness for the community in Charlotte and they can make him a supermax player. We're talking $221 million.

Despite being the richest basketball player ever, MJ is known for considering the tax a no-go in Charlotte. Signing Kemba to this deal and avoiding the luxury tax would be a path into oblivion for Charlotte's playoff chances.

There is still an outside chance an offer from NY or LA entices Kemba if Charlotte starts to negotiate on the supermax.

Reading the tea leaves

KD to the Knicks always sounded absurd when you considered Knicks ownership and roster situation. If Kyrie already told the Nets to get ready, and Kyrie and KD are buddies that want to join forces...

Think about it, it's still New York, they are in a new arena in Brooklyn, the roster is good, Sean Marks is a good GM and they will soon be owned by the first Chinese owner in the NBA. NBA players love to grow their brand in China.

Don't sleep on it.

Kevin Garnett & Michael Jordan

“I’ll have these n****s kill you in here” - Kevin Garnett on how he ruined a pickup game with Michael Jordan by nearly getting into a fight with Scottie Pippen

Garnett's competitive juices were flowing, and he wasn't happy with the supposed disrespect he was getting from Pippen, which caused the two to clash

Stephen A.Smith & Anthony Davis

"Davis is clearly a league MVP candidate"- Steven A. Smith highlights Anthony Davis's impact on the Los Angeles Lakers recent success

Smith is convinced the Lakers' recipe for success is tied to Anthony Davis and his ability to stay healthy because then he is the best player on their team

Allen Iverson

That time Allen Iverson put on a show at a basketball tournament immediately after getting paroled - "The whole ghetto came out to watch"

Iverson was granted parole, so he immediately showed up at the Georgetown University basketball tournament, where he dominated all of his opponents and electrified the crowds with his performances

Chicago Bulls guard Michael Jordan and Bill Walton

Michael Jordan’s brilliant answer to Bill Walton’s question about his highlights plays

MJ basically explained the difference between stars and winners.

The Ringer founder Bill Simmons

“They weren't testing during the playoffs” — Bill Simmons on PEDs in the NBA

The Ringer's founder said he finds “impossible to believe no great basketball star over the last 25 years didn't use HGH and other stuff during the playoffs when they weren't testing.”

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant and Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant

"Really just don't be a crybaby” — Kevin Durant shares the most important lesson he learned from Kobe Bryant

Kevin Durant, who has become known for his colorful personality on Twitter, recently shared that Kobe Bryant told him not to be a crybaby.