Sensing that the Lakers have been weighed down by the persistent trade rumors over the last few weeks, Magic Johnson, the Lakers’ president of basketball operations, plans to meet with the team this weekend in Philadelphia, according to two people with knowledge of the situation not authorized to speak publicly on the matter. Johnson wants to encourage the Lakers to stay the course and to focus on the task ahead with 27 regular-season games left to play, one person said.
November 23, 2020 | 11:45 am EST Update
How does Milwaukee feel now? Brian Windhorst of ESPN: “Internally, league sources said, the Bucks have gone from cautiously optimistic to cautiously confident in recent weeks that the outcome will be favorable when Antetokounmpo returns from Greece, where he has been since mid-September.”
JD Shaw: Source: Free agent G Isaiah Briscoe is scanning the market for interest in hopes of returning to the NBA. The 24-year-old played 39 games with the Magic in 2018-19, spending last season overseas.
November 23, 2020 | 11:35 am EST Update
Dario Saric has agreed to a three-year, $27 million deal to stay with the Phoenix Suns, agents Jeff Schwartz and Mike Lindeman told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. At 6-foot-10, 225 pounds, Saric can play the stretch 4 and 5 positions, averaging 10.7 points and 6.2 rebounds while shooting 35.7% from 3-point range last season.
JD Shaw: Orlando re-signs Gary Clark. “Gary showed that he has the ability to compete with anyone during the NBA restart,” president of basketball ops Jeff Weltman said. “He can both make shots and provide great effort on the defensive end. We are happy to have Gary return to Orlando.”
But he was on the treadmill at his gym on Nov. 16 when he saw a tweet come across his feed. “It’s not the way you want to know, especially my agent was talking with the team and they said my name was off the table when all the rumors and all the stuff happened,” Rubio said. “You feel like everything that they have said to you all year and buying into a new project and a young team and they need you, blah, blah, blah. It seems like nothing’s true.”