The so-called “agent model” they are adopting, furthermore, has flopped (with Lon Babby in Phoenix and Arn Tellem in Detroit) as often as it has flourished (Bob Myers in Golden State and Rob Pelinka with the Los Angeles Lakers). The skeptics are also bound to point out that, as recently as last May, no one was looking to the Lakers for any sort of blueprint. LeBron James chose to sign with the Lakers as a free agent in July 2018 independent of anyone working for them — and they were a franchise in disarray, after Magic Johnson’s unforeseen resignation as team president in April, until Anthony Davis forced a trade to the Lakers to team up with James.
May 7, 2021 | 8:40 pm EDT Update
Jonathan Feigen: Khyri Thomas, signed about three hours ago, checks in. He’s the 28th player to play for the Rockets this season, tying the NBA record. Bucks with a rare chance to beat Khryi/Kyrie three times in a week.
Rob Schaefer: Zach LaVine welcomes Bulls fans back to United Center (to cheers). Have to say, this is pretty surreal.
May 7, 2021 | 7:58 pm EDT Update
Eric Nehm: The Bucks have officially listed Giannis Antetokounmpo in their starting lineup for tonight’s game, despite his stomach illness. He’ll start alongside Jrue Holiday, Donte DiVincenzo, Khris Middleton, and Brook Lopez.