July 29, 2021 | 7:55 am EDT Update
Of all the scenarios for a supporting player believed to be in play, one source to the situation indicated the Hield deal — which would involve forward Kyle Kuzma and would also likely require Lakers forward Montrezl Harrell to opt in to the final year of his deal (worth $9.7 million) and be included — appears the most promising thus far.
There’s a reason you’re reading about so many Lakers possibilities these days — with our Shams Charania’s Sunday report revealing the latest — and it has everything to do with the internal urgency that is driving their movements at the moment. Never mind that the people closest to him can envision him playing past his 40th birthday, or that he still has two seasons left on his current contract, the harsh truth is that James won’t be an MVP-caliber player forever.
Lamar Odom is stepping back in the boxing ring, but this time he ain’t scrapping with a childhood pop star … L.O. is fighting former heavyweight champ, Riddick Bowe!! Celebrity Boxing founder Damon Feldman tells TMZ Sports they’ve inked a deal pitting the 6’10”, 41-year-old former NBA All-Star against the retired 53-year-old pugilist.
July 29, 2021 | 6:28 am EDT Update
The Los Angeles Lakers appear to have an advantage in free agency as they are drawing interest from ‘a ton of’ veteran players that are willing to take a pay cut in order to team up with LeBron James and chase a championship. “There’s a lot of speculation right now that seems founded that the Lakers have a ton of veteran-type players ready and interested to come sign on minimum deals and go chase this ring with LeBron,” Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report said on Lakers Central Podcast.
Emiliano Carchia: Josh Obiesie will join the Sacramento Kings for the NBA Summer League, sources tell @Emiliano Carchia. Obiesie spent the season in Germany with Würzburg
Luka Doncic and Zoran Dragic did their part to help the Slovenian selection grab its second-ever Olympic victory with a 116-81 showdown against Japan on Thursday to advance to the quarterfinals of the tournament. With two wins in this group, the selection cannot finish lower than third, and even if so happens, they would still be better than the third-place team from Group A (USA or Czech Republic. Doncic, who entered the court coming from a 48-point debut on Tuesday, had 25 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists in this victory, while Dragic added 24 points on 10-13 FG and 4 rebounds. Vlatko Cancar left the court with 16 points, Klemen Prepelic added 12, Jaka Blazic had 10, as all 12 players scored for coach Aleksander Sekulic.
Jorge Sierra: We’re only two games in, but as of now Slovenia has the best scoring average in Olympic Games history outside of the 1992 Dream Team. 1992 USA: 117.2 ppg. 2021 Slovenia: 117.0 ppg. 2012 USA: 115.5 ppg.