The Los Angeles Lakers are trying to acquire another first-round pick in this Thursday’s NBA draft, league sources told ESPN. The Lakers have engaged at least two other teams in the lottery, sources said, as they search for players to improve their outside shooting and perimeter defense.
May 24, 2018 | 11:04 pm EDT Update
With David Fizdale bringing in his own staff, three Knicks assistants from last season – Jerry Sichting, Corey Gaines and Dave Bliss – won’t return to the team, the Daily News has learned. Video coordinator Pat Licursi is also gone, sources said.
Fizdale is expected to hire Keith Smart as his lead assistant. Other candidates for the bench, according to reports, include Jud Buechler, Pat Sullivan, Royal Ivey and Pat Delaney. Howard Eisley, who was an assistant under Jeff Hornacek, could remain on the staff.
May 24, 2018 | 9:58 pm EDT Update
The Utah Jazz could be pretty much the same team in 2018-19 as it was last season, but the franchise won’t be afraid to make improvements even if it puts them into NBA’s luxury tax territory. That’s the message Utah GM Dennis Lindsey had Thursday in a wide-ranging interview at the Utah Jazz basketball campus.
“I think we’re in a good position where we haven’t cornered ourselves economically relative to the performance of our team, and that should give us a few options to consider,” he said. “My best guess is the option that we’ll ultimately consider, is bringing the team back intact, but I don’t know what other things are going to come our way.”