Adrian Wojnarowski: Howard came to meet Lakers after dropping 25 pounds; showed his back was healthy. Lakers want him to protect rim/rebound in limited role. There was sense Howard realized he hit “rock bottom” and had been humbled. Still they’ll judge him on actions, not words. He’s been warned.
May 6, 2021 | 11:58 am EDT Update
Shams Charania: New Orleans Pelicans two-way forward Naji Marshall has agreed to a new three-year, $5.3 million deal, with rest of this season and next season fully guaranteed, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Marshall has had a strong rookie season.
According to Eurohoops sources, the Brooklyn Nets are planning to sign Mike James for the rest of the season and through the NBA playoffs once his second 10-day contract expires on May 13. James signed his second 10-day contract with Brooklyn on Monday. The 30-year old guard is averaging 6.7 points and 3.6 assists in seven games with the Nets so far this season. His best game came against the Blazers on April 30 where he scored a season-high 15 points.
Josh Robbins: The Magic intend to sign Admiral Schofield to a 10-day contract, with a roster spot created via an injury hardship exception that has been approved by the NBA, league sources tell me and @Shams Charania.
Meanwhile, the whole team is built around Gobert at both ends of the floor, to the point that the Jazz are massively worse when he’s off the court even though they have one of the league’s best backup centers and two legit Sixth Man of the Year candidates. (Utah outscores opponents by 15.4 points per 100 with Gobert on the floor … and are outscored by 1.5 with him off the court.) His value is more apparent at the defensive end, where Gobert is likely to win Defensive Player of the Year, but observers undersell the extent of Gobert’s offensive impact. His only weakness is that he lacks the post game to dominate against switches, but he’s an elite screener with a huge catch radius around the rim and one with an unmatched motor for screening, re-screening and trucking down the lane every time.
The Hawks had the worst center rotation in the league last season and replacing that with 30 minutes Capela has been the main thing vaulting them into the East’s top five. His addition helped fortify a rather shaky perimeter defense with his rim protection and rebounding, a key reason the Hawks improved from 27th to 22nd in defense this year despite adding multiple offense-only players. The stats show the defense is respectable with Capela (108.0 opponent offensive rating) and flammable without (114.2). It’s not hard to see why: Capela’s 6.1 percent block rate is the league’s fifth best, despite the fact he doesn’t recklessly chase blocks.
According to sources with knowledge of the situation, Dallas Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic has broken away from a deal with EA Sports, and he has signed with 2K. No details were revealed on the new agreement, but it makes Doncic the favorite to be the cover athlete for NBA 2K22. Doncic was officially named the cover athlete for NBA Live Mobile back in December 2019, but nothing has materialized for the console version of the brand.
Aaron Rodgers might be pulling the equivalent of that in the NFL — or at least something close to it. He’s clearly unhappy in his situation with the Packers. So he’s trying to force his way out. Anthony Davis said he totally understands where he’s coming from. He was playing Call of Duty live on a stream and was asked about the situation by his game chat.
May 6, 2021 | 10:01 am EDT Update
The Knicks can add up to four years to Randle’s contract, and both sides intend to talk over the summer to see if they can come to an agreement, sources said. But salary-cap rules limit the raise in Randle’s salary to a max of 20%. It would begin with New York fully guaranteeing Randle’s contract for next season. Currently, just $4 million of Randle’s $19.8 million deal for next year is guaranteed, a reminder of the Knicks’ hedge when signing him back in 2019. After that, the Knicks could add up to $106 million in guaranteed money. Including incentives, that could leave Randle with five years and nearly $140 million.