Lonzo Ball says he’s incredibly thankful to Jay-Z for ordering 3 pairs of his ZO2 kicks — but reminds the mogul the shoes ain’t coming for another 3 months! We got Lonzo out in Bev Hills over the weekend — after dropping some cash at Louis Vuitton — and asked about Jay publicly and privately throwing his support behind the Big Baller Brand. “I’m just thankful man,” the Lakers rookie said … “Appreciate it.”
February 19, 2018 | 3:46 pm EST Update
DeAndre Jordan came close to being dealt to the Cavaliers, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, but the deal fell through because the Clippers were unwilling to absorb Iman Shumpert’s salary. This makes the summer ahead that much more interesting for Jordan. With the salary cap flattening, only seven teams are expected to have over $10 million in cap space. There were 10 such teams last summer and 25 in 2016, as ESPN’s Bobby Marks and Brian Windhorst recently wrote. A dearth of free-agent funds will lead to a hard choice for Jordan, who has a player option worth $24.1 million for the 2018-19 season. But multiple league executives think it’s unlikely that he’d receive that type of money annually on the open market. Most of the teams that are expected to have money, like the Hawks, 76ers, and Nets, don’t need an expensive 30-year-old rim-running center, and the teams that do need one won’t have to pay him max money.