Las Vegas Rumors
Marc Stein: I reported in June that NBA expansion is not expected until the league has secured both a new labor pact with the players’ union and a new television deal. That didn’t stop a recent report out of Las Vegas about expansion announcements coming much sooner for Sin City and Seattle, but there was a silver lining to that erroneous report: It almost ensures that someone will press for an up-to-date sense of the league’s expansion plans.
WillieGRamirez: Multiple sources have told me the NBA want to finally announce expansion to Las Vegas and Seattle during the Clippers’ two preseason games at Seattle’s Climate Pledge Arena, on Sept. 30 and Oct. 3. The Lakers then play two preseason games in Vegas on Oct 5 and 6.
Metropolitans 92 from Paris will take on G League Ignite on Oct. 4 and Oct. 6 in a pair of exhibition games in Henderson, Nevada. The games are expected to be broadcasted on the ESPN family of networks, the source said.
How might these new players fit with the familiar faces? With training camp set to begin Sept. 24, here’s what The Chronicle is hearing about the situation from different sources within the organization: James Wiseman is aware of the areas of his game that need improvement and is “really starting to make some headway” this offseason following his debut at Las Vegas summer league. Though the Warriors still don’t know what kind of production to expect from the 21-year-old center, or which lineup combinations in which he fits best, they remain confident that he’s on track to reach his potential.
Everything is done with a purpose to further his game, which played a major role in the Warriors trusting his upside and preparation to take him with the No. 28 pick in the 2022 NBA Draft, despite a disappointing lone college season. “As you know, the game has changed a lot,” Baldwin said to NBC Sports Bay Area on the latest episode of Dubs Talk in an interview during the Las Vegas Summer League. “I like to watch [Kevin Durant], I like to watch Khris Middleton, I like to watch [Jayson Tatum]. I’m watching Otto Porter Jr., Michael Porter Jr. — guys that I think have roles that I can fill some day. “It’s just important to be multifaceted and learn from everybody.”