David ‘Dubi’ Pick: L.A. Clippers and James Bell, I’m told, agreed on Summer League deal. He’s an MVP contender for No. 1 seed in Israel.
October 19, 2017 | 3:20 pm EDT Update
Brandon Ingram knows many have forgotten about him after his inconsistent rookie season, and he’s ready to remind them about what last year’s No. 2 overall pick can do. “I know I am going to be a great player in this league,” Ingram told ESPN before he opens his second NBA season Thursday night against the LA Clippers.
Now Ingram starts the season with heavy expectations placed on Ingram’s broad shoulders. But the 20-year-old is embracing all the challenges. “Twenty points is five points a quarter,” Ingram said. “When you believe in yourself as much as I do, I think it is very possible [to meet Johnson’s expectations]. For me this preseason, I got a chance to reflect and try to figure out how I can do that.” The first step for Ingram is reminding the critics who might have forgotten about him why the Lakers took him after Ben Simmons in the 2016 draft. “For sure,” Ingram says when asked if he thinks some have forgotten what he can do. “I don’t like to look at things [said] outside of the team, but you can say that. “And I gave them reasons to [forget].”
October 19, 2017 | 2:55 pm EDT Update
Bobby Marks: The likelihood is that the [Boston Celtics] will apply for the disabled player exception, which will be worth up to $8.4 million. The league will have to determine whether Gordon Hayward’s injury will keep him out until June 15–the target date–for it to be granted. I think it’s good to have, I just don’t see how many good options are out there. The rule is, you’re trading for or signing players on a one-year contract. If you look at the [small forwards] under contract, there’s not many great ones out there that can have an immediate impact right now.