Per several sources connected to teams like the Brooklyn Nets, Indiana Pacers and San Antonio Spurs, the Lakers have not been willing to part with significant draft capital to get off Westbrook’s contract. But that may have been tied to uncertainty surrounding James’ future, which is now put to rest.
September 27, 2022 | 7:08 pm EDT Update
Mike Trudell: Injury update: Troy Brown Jr. is still dealing with his back issue and is day-to-day, while Lonnie Walker IV is progressing and close to returning to practice (he was on the floor shooting 3’s after practice). Kendrick Nunn was a full participant. pic.twitter.com/D14EXsgKT6
Mike Trudell: Kendrick Nunn reiterated his comments on media day that he’s feeling fully healthy. “It’s been a long time coming, and I feel real good now. I feel a lot stronger. I got my quickness back.”
Dave McMenamin: Kendrick Nunn says “it’s definitely a different vibe” at the start of this year’s training camp compared to last season. “It’s a different vibe, a new coaching staff, Coach Ham coming in and implanting things that he wants done,” he added. “Guys are buying in.”
If Thibodeau heard the noise, he wasn’t copping to it Tuesday. “I’ve never felt pressure, ever,” he said. “See, when you put everything you have into your job, that’s all you can do. So I’ve never felt pressure. Others can say this, that … that ain’t happening here. Just get ready.”
He was just getting started. “I’ve been at this a long time. I approach it the same way. I put everything I have into each and every day. I’m willing to live with that result. There’s no one — no one — who studies this team harder than I do.”
“We’re looking for who fits the best,” Bickerstaff said following the team’s first official practice. “What we try to do is put together the best five-man units that we possibly can. We feel like we are a deep team, and your first unit, second unit, third unit once you make your rotations — we’re trying to create as strong of units as we possibly can. It’s not something where we’re gonna rotate it or anything like that. It’s something that we want to put together so guys have an understanding of who they are and where they fit and when their minutes are gonna come. Whoever can help that group be the best on both ends of the floor, that’s the group we’ll put in. That doesn’t always mean that’s the group that you finish games with. I think there can be two separate groups here.”
In his own words, there are “a lot of players” in the running for the starting gig and there isn’t a frontrunner. According to Bickerstaff, Cedi Osman, Dean Wade, Isaac Okoro, Caris LeVert, Lamar Stevens and Dylan Windler are the contenders. That’s almost half the roster.
Bobby Marks: You can look at it as 1 trade but 2 separate parts. Atlanta is now $1.28M below the tax but have the flexibility to increase because of the $781K partial of Krejci. OKC with 18 guaranteed contract and pick up an additional draft asset. pic.twitter.com/cdS7Eak7H0