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Los Angeles Lakers v Atlanta Hawks

Report: Lakers have ‘big-time’ interest in signing DeMarre Carroll, Celtics and Pistons also in pursuit


Good news for the Lakers: They not only kept their first-round selection this year, they nabbed the No. 2 pick (which they might not use on Karl-Anthony Towns or Jahlil Okafor).

Bad news for the Lakers: They still owe the 76ers a top-three-protected first-rounder next year or the year after.

In other words, there’s no practical incentive for the Lakers to tank (again?), because they’ll probably lose their pick even if they try to keep it. Even the NBA’s worst team has a 35.7 percent chance of drafting outside the top three, and finishing with the league’s worst record is easier said than done (right, 76ers?).

So, the Lakers should try to get as good as possible as quickly as possible. That means pursuing veteran free agents – like DeMarre Carroll.

Sean Deveney of Sporting News:

With his defense and versatility, one league exec estimated his next deal at more than $15 million per year. The Lakers, a source said, have big-time interest in Carroll.

There’s a long list of teams already prepared to pursue Carroll this summer, including the Celtics, Lakers and Pistons.

I like Carroll, whose 3-and-D skills have played a big part in the Hawks’ ascension. But $15 million pear year seems steep, even with the salary cap jumping in 2016.

He turns 29 this summer, and he needs quality teammates more than most. His skill is contributing amazingly without the ball and fitting with other good players. I don’t think the Lakers or Pistons have enough of those. The Celtics might not either, though they have the clearest path to acquiring them. If a team is paying Carroll $15 million per season, that leaves less flexibility to add other good players. The Hawks have built a strong group around him, because they pay Carroll just $2.5 million per season.

Carroll will get a big raise this summer, and he should. But losing teams should be cautious about trying to make him a centerpiece he’s not.

DeMarre Carroll a game-time decision, but there’s pessimism for Game 2


DeMarre Carroll hyperextended his left knee, which – considering how bad the injury looked – is good news for the Hawks.

They might even have Carroll for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals tonight, but…

Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com:

Carroll is the Hawk best-equipped to defend LeBron James. If Carroll can’t play, that’s terrifying for Atlanta. Especially if Kyrie Irving is also out, this shapes up to be a huge night for LeBron.

The Hawks will have to counter with more Paul Millsap on LeBron, probably Kent Bazemore starting and maybe Mike Scott in the rotation. They can win that way, but it certainly won’t be easy.

Report: Kristaps Porzingis will draw ‘significant interest’ from Magic, Kings, Pistons in NBA Draft

Kristaps Porzingis

Latvian big man Kristaps Porzingis was rumored to be worthy of the number one overall selection in this summer’s NBA Draft, and since then, has been projected to go with one of the top three picks.

While teams evaluating Karl-Anthony Towns, Jahlil Okafor, D’Angelo Russell and Emmanuel Mudiay will ultimately be the ones making the decision, should Porzingis fall out of the top four, there appear to be plenty of teams ready and waiting that would be more than happy to scoop him up.

From Michael Scotto of Sheridan Hoops:

Sources: Kristaps Porzingis will draw significant interest from Orlando Magic (No. 5), Sacramento Kings (No. 6) and Detroit Pistons (No. 8).

When drafting this high on the board, and especially for the teams mentioned, this isn’t necessarily about an incoming prospect’s potential fit.

It’s almost always about getting the best player available, and the skill set Porzingis possesses makes him an intriguing selection really at any position once you get past the top two or three picks.

Porzingis is 7’1″, and averaged 10.7 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.1 blocked shots in international play this past season, while knocking down 37.9 percent of his shots from three-point distance.