The Lakers are using Larry Nance Jr. as a sweetener in deals involving Jordan Clarkson, according to The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor . Lakers forward Julius Randle has also been thrown out in trade talks, but it’s unlikely any team hands over a first-round pick for him considering Randle will become a restricted free agent this summer.
Lakers are using Larry Nance as a sweetener in deals involving Jordan Clarkson, league sources say. It’s unclear which teams have interest, if any. Clarkson is signed through 2019-20 and teams are reluctant to take on pricey long-term contracts.
Anunoby has had moments guarding other All-Stars, too, such as Bradley Beal, LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Kevin Durant. Anunoby didn’t have as much individual success guarding them as he did against Harden, but he still put his defensive potential on full display in those matchups, using his quick feet to stay in front of them, his strong upper body to stand his ground and his length to force them into taking as difficult of a shot as possible.
The score was tied at the midpoint of the third quarter. Ball was having a quiet performance to that point of the game, but a turnover by Jarrett Jack ignited a personal 7-0 scoring run. It began with Ball running the full length of the court and throwing down a one-handed alley-oop from Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. He then made Jack pay for going under a Brook Lopez screen by draining a deep 3-pointer, only to follow it up by making Jack pay for going over a Lopez screen by attacking the basket and weaving his way around Enes Kanter for a smooth layup.
In fact, he called free agency an absolute must as an accessory piece to roster building. It won’t be the main building block, but when he says he doesn’t want to be afraid of free agency, he sounds like he means it. Ideally, the Packers would add a pass-rusher (or two) in free agency, so they don’t have to rely solely on the draft to fill their biggest need. — Rob Demovsky
Thompson’s scoring (20.0 points per game) is down from the last three seasons, but he is leading the league in 3-point shooting at 45.5 percent, and his 49.4 percent overall shooting is a career-high. Thompson still does not have big numbers outside of his shooting (3.9 rebounds and 2.5 assists), but he is a top-flight perimeter defender in addition to his marksmanship.
Lowry’s numbers aren’t as impressive as they’ve been in the past, scoring 16.6 points per game with 6.5 assists and 5.7 rebounds. But Lowry has sacrificed for the benefit of the Raptors offense, and the team goes into the break with the best record in the East.
Lowry is still capable of putting up big scoring numbers — he had 40 against Minnesota last month — but he’s comfortable with giving up the ball more now.