Ramona Shelburne: Can confirm Blake Griffin & Clippers have agreed on a 5-$173 deal. @Brad Turner first. He did not get a no trade clause, per sources
March 20, 2023 | 7:00 am EDT Update
Lakers working out Tristan Thompson, Tony Bradley
Shams Charania: The Los Angeles Lakers are working out free agent centers Tristan Thompson and Tony Bradley this week, sources tell me and @jovanbuha . Thompson, an 11-year NBA veteran, was a key member of the 2016 championship Cavaliers team alongside LeBron James.
Ryan Ward: Austin Reaves on MVP chants: “Obviously, that’s never sustainable. But for them to recognize what I do, obviously, not an MVP-caliber player, guys that are really good. But for them to do that, for me is special. It means a lot to me. So, you know, shout out Lakers Nation.”
Jovan Buha: Anthony Davis said he and LeBron joke about Austin Reaves’ ability to get foul calls and draw free throws. “Man, we wish we could get some of those,” Davis said.
Mike Trudell: Reaves said it’s his job to simply play as hard as he can every second he’s on the floor, as that’s how he thinks basketball should be played, even if that’s tough to always sustain. He added: “I’m not the best at anything, but I think I’m really good at a lot of things.”
Dave McMenamin: Rui Hachimura, at 6-8, 230 pounds, gets credited for having a sturdy frame. But what was it like for him to guard the Magic’s 6-10, 250-pound rookie Paolo Banchero? “I don’t know if he’s 19-years old. I don’t know. I’m not sure,” Hachimura said with a laugh. “But he’s a great player for sure.” (Editor’s note: Banchero actually turned 20 earlier in the season. But Hachimura’s insinuation was that’s a grown man over there in Orlando)
Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Darius Garland was recently asked if Evan Mobley has taken a leap from his rookie to sophomore year. (via Cleveland Cavaliers): “Yeah. I’ve said it for two years now, he should have been Rookie of the Year last year. He’s up for Defensive Player of the Year this year. He definitely took another leap this year. You see the growth. Every game he gets better and better. He’s really starting to find himself as a basketball player in this league. He knows how to get to his spots, knows how to get to his shot whenever he wants to. You’re just seeing a glimpse of it. I mean he’s still a 21-year-old kid that hasn’t been in the weight room a lot, just getting used to the physicality of the game. We’re seeing a glimpse of it right now.”
“Just having fun, getting lost in basketball. Just like you guys do when you’re up at night, writing a story. You got your little headphones on. You catch the vibe and get lost in your craft,” Beverley humorously said, referencing reporters. “I’m fortunate to play with DeMar and Zach. No one person can guard them so you gotta take away something and I guess it’s PatBev. I like it that way.”