Hawks acquire Jones, pick from Warriors in exchange for Spellman

The Atlanta Hawks have acquired center Damian Jones and a 2026 second round draft pick from the Golden State Warriors in exchange for forward/center Omari Spellman, it was announced today.

Jones has played in 49 career regular season games (22 starts) in three seasons with the Warriors, tallying 3.6 points, 2.3 rebounds and 0.7 blocks in 11.9 minutes (.643 FG%, .577 FT%). The seven-foot-tall Jones posted career-high averages in points (5.4), boards (3.1), assists (1.2), blocks (1.0) and minutes (17.1) this past season, earning 22 starting assignments in 24 appearances.

Jones, the 30th overall selection in the 2016 NBA Draft, attended Vanderbilt University and is a two-time NBA Champion, appearing in 12 career playoff contests (one start) with Golden State. He is a native of Baton Rouge, LA.

Spellman was selected by Atlanta with the 30th overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. The Villanova University product appeared in 46 contests (11 starts) as a rookie, recording 5.9 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 17.5 minutes per game.

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Report: DeMarcus Cousins to the Lakers

Free-agent C DeMarcus Cousins has signed with the Lakers, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

It is a one-year deal, according to the report.

The 28-year-old Cousins spent last season with the Golden State Warriors. In 30 regular season games, he averaged 16.3 ppg, 8.2 rpg, and 3.6 apg.  The four-time All-Star will be reunited with his former teammate in New Orleans, Anthony Davis.

If he can stay healthy, Cousins can help the Lakers. Also, it would put him in line to get a big raise the following season.

Report: Warriors trade Andre Iguodala to Grizzlies

The Golden State will look a lot different next season. On Sunday afternoon, Kevin Durant made the announcement that he was headed to Brooklyn to join the Nets. Late Sunday night, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Warriors had acquired D’Angelo Russell from the Nets in a sign-and-trade for Kevin Durant. It’s a four-year, $117 million max contract for Russell, according to the report.

Finally, according to Wojnarowski, Golden State shipped Andre Iguodala to the Memphis Grizzlies.

This is a lot to unpack, and there could be some more moving parts, but here is what you need to know for now; Durant to Brooklyn, Russell to Golden State, and Iguodala to Memphis.

What a day!

Are the 2019 Warriors turning into the 1989 Lakers?

In 1989, the Los Angeles Lakers were looking to be the first team to win three straight NBA titles since the Celtics did it in the 1960s. After having the best record in Western Conference, and working their way to the NBA Finals, Los Angeles seemed poised to three-peat, but for that to happen, the Lakers needed to beat the “Bad Boy” Detroit Pistons, a team Los Angeles beat in a tight, seven-game series in the 1988 NBA Finals.

However, on their way to trying to win three straight NBA titles, the 1988-89 Los Angeles Lakers ran into some problems. Before Game 1 of the 1989 NBA Finals, Byron Scott injured his hamstring in practice, which forced him to miss the series. Also, in Game 2, the regular season MVP, Magic Johnson would injure his hamstring, which caused him to miss the rest of the series. Those injuries were a big reason why the Pistons swept the Lakers in the 1989 NBA Finals.

Thirty years later we could be seeing a similar script with the 2018-19 Golden State Warriors. The Warriors are trying to three-peat, and after losing Game 3 123-109, the Raptors lead the NBA Finals 2-1.

Golden State is without Kevin Durant, who has not played in the NBA FInals and has been ruled out of Game 4 after injuring his calf in Western Conference semifinals against Houston, and they were without Klay Thompson in Game 3. Good thing for the Warriors, Thompson is expected to return in Game 4. How healthy Thompson will be is uncertain. Kevon Looney, who has contributed off the Warriors’ bench, could miss the rest of the series with a non-displaced first costal cartilage fracture. Also, star C DeMarcus Cousins recently returned from a quad injury,  and while he was effective in Game 2, he was not very good in Game 3 and looked very sluggish.

The Warriors are breaking down right in front of our eyes.

Golden State has played a lot of basketball in the last five seasons. The Warriors have been to the NBA Finals five straight years. Before the 1989 Finals, the Lakers had played in three out the last four NBA Finals. 1989 made it four out of five NBA Finals appearances for Los Angeles.

While the Lakers were able to make it back to the NBA Finals in 1991(lost to Bulls in five), the Lakers’ Dynasty was pretty much done after 1989.

Could the Warriors suffer a similar fate? Durant and Thompson can become free agents in the summer. Thompson is probably going to return, but Durant’s return is still up in the air at this point.

Anything can happen, but as the Finals continue on, it is becoming evident that the 2019 Warriors could end up like the 1989 Lakers.

 

Stephen A. Smith believes the Lakers could get blown out by Warriors on Christmas(VIDEO)

The NBA will announce the complete schedule of games for the upcoming 2018-19 season on Friday. Today, the league announced the national television schedule for the opening week of the season, Christmas Day games, and three Martin Luther King Jr. Day games on TNT.

On Christmas Day, LeBron James and the Lakers will travel to Oracle Arena to battle the world champion Golden State Warriors. For James, it will be a rematch of the NBA Finals, but for the rest of the Lakers, it will be an opportunity to show the Warriors and the rest of the NBA that they are for real.

While many are looking forward to the Lakers-Warriors, ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith has some concerns

“My concern here is the Lakers are going to get blown out the building,” Smith said on First Take today.

Listen below as Smith gives his take on Lakers-Warriors on Christmas Day:

So much can happen between now and Christmas Day. Therefore, I’ll let this one play itself out.

Boozer on Lakers: ‘They need more help to beat the Warriors'(Video)

The Los Angeles Lakers are in a good spot right now. With the addition of LeBron James, Los Angeles should be able to make some noise in the Western Conference.

While the Lakers may have missed out on Kawhi Leonard(traded to Raptors), for now, they still are a team with decent young talent in Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, and Lonzo Ball. Also, they added veterans Lance Stephenson, JaVale McGee and Rajon Rondo to the mix.

Former NBA player Carlos Boozer does believe Los Angeles will need more help to beat the Warriors, but he likes the direction the team is going in.

“I love Kuzma. I think Kuzma is a star. I think he will be a potential All-Star soon,” Boozer recently said. “I like the addition of Rondo; that’s a great pickup for them, but they need more help to beat the Warriors.”

For the Lakers, this is a process. After signing a four-year deal with the team, LeBron James is committed to this organization. It’s almost similar to what happened in James’ first year back in Cleveland. He knew that the team might not win a title right away, but they continued to add, and eventually, they would win a title in Cleveland the following year.

Listen Below as Boozer talks BIG3 & AFFL, Lakers, and LeBron James:

 

 

Report: DeMarcus Cousins signs with Warriors

According to ESPN, free agent C DeMarcus Cousins and the Warriors agree to a one-year, $5.3 million deal.

Cousins, 27,  is still recovering from a torn left Achilles he suffered back in January.  The Lakers and Pelicans were reportedly the two teams in talks with Cousins, but now the four-time All-Star is with GSW.

When Cousins gets healthy, the Warriors could have a starting lineup of five players who were All-Stars last season.

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