Author: Brett Pollakoff

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Jordan McRae shatters backboard at Sixers practice


Jordan McRae was a late addition to the Salt Lake City Summer League squad for the Sixers, but he wasted little time in making a strong impression.

From Max Rappaport of

McRae went up for a dunk on one of seven baskets that line the floor of the team’s practice facility, but as he hung on the rim he felt something give. Moments later, he was showered with glass from the backboard above him. Evidence courtesy of Sixers equipment manager Scott Rego:

McRae was the 58th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, and spent this past season playing in Australia and for Philadelphia’s D-League team. He is one of many trying to make the opening day roster, but being involved in this unique incident will, at the very least, get him a brief amount of time in the spotlight.

Report: C.J. Watson agrees to three-year deal with Magic

Chicago Bulls v Indiana Pacers

Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports:

The Magic has agreed to a three-year, $15 million deal with guard C.J. Watson, a source told Yahoo.

Orlando has nice young point guard talent in Victor Oladipo and Elfrid Payton, and Watson’s veteran presence can potentially help them along.

Watson will be playing for his fifth team as he enters his ninth NBA season, but has earned positive reviews and a solid reputation everywhere he’s been.

Watson averaged 10 points, 2.9 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 24.9 minutes per contest with the Pacers last season, while knocking down 40 percent of his shots from three-point distance.

Report: Lakers, Pacers reach deal to trade Roy Hibbert to LA

Minnesota Timberwolves v Indiana Pacers

The Lakers’ chosen path of rebuilding, where they target the biggest names on the market and then lose out on all the lesser ones while they wait for a player who ultimately never comes to make his decision, hasn’t worked out as planned.

Their only recourse, then, is to try to add assets by trading for talent instead.

But while L.A. certainly has the cap space to absorb players on big-money deals, they lack anything of substance to offer for guys who are truly valued in their current situation. For that reason, the Lakers are looking at a reclamation project like Roy Hibbert by talking trade with the Pacers.

Marc Stein of

ESPN sources say that the Lakers and Pacers are actively discussing a trade where L.A. would take Roy Hibbert into salary-cap space

After missing out on all of their free-agent targets, Lakers are talking trade with Pacers which would land them the former All-Star center

Jared Zwerling of Bleacher Report:

Hearing the Lakers-Pacers deal is done involving Roy Hibbert. Just a matter of the assets involved now.

You’ll recall that Pacers brass did everything they could to dissuade Hibbert from opting into the final year of his contract, one that is worth more than $15.5 million for next season. Head coach Frank Vogel intimated that Hibbert could be benched next year as his team looks to play faster, while team president Larry Bird’s quote on Hibbert’s contract decision amounted to “whatever he does, he does.”

Since there’s only one year remaining on Hibbert’s deal, this is worth the risk from the Lakers’ perspective. Best case scenario is that Hibbert provides rim protection alongside Julius Randle in the frontcourt, and helps a defense that finished last season ranked 29th out of 30 teams in efficiency.

If it doesn’t work out, the Lakers finish in the lottery once again, and can continue to rebuild through the draft. Given the way the team has chosen to conduct its rebuild, there aren’t a whole lot of other appealing options.