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Dan Favale

Kawhi Leonard Says He’s Beginning Toronto Raptors Tenure with ‘Open Mind’

Kawhi Leonard Says He’s Beginning Toronto Raptors Tenure with ‘Open Mind’

Kawhi Leonard appeared at the Toronto Raptors’ Media Day full of awkward laughs, smiles and, relative to his typical demeanor, candor. This is to say, he wouldn’t commit to staying with the Raptors beyond this season, but he also said he’s looking for reasons to remain. From The Athletic’s Eric Koreen: No one in the [...]

September 24, 2018 dfavale Dan Favale 0

Magic Johnson Told Luke Walton Not to Worry if LeBron-Led Lakers Get Off to a Bad Start

Magic Johnson Told Luke Walton Not to Worry if LeBron-Led Lakers Get Off to a Bad Start

Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton apparently needn’t worry about his job security if his squad gets off to a poor start to the 2018-19 regular season. That’s the message team president Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka have delivered to him anyway. From ESPN.com’s Ohm Youngmisuk: “As I was talking to Luke [...]

September 21, 2018 dfavale Dan Favale 0

Knicks in No Rush to Sign Kristaps Porzingis to Extension

Knicks in No Rush to Sign Kristaps Porzingis to Extension

Even with his ACL injury in mind, Kristaps Porzingis seems like a near-lock to field max-contract offers as a restricted free agent next summer. If you’re the New York Knicks, then, you might as well sign him now, while he’s injured and potentially willing to accept a discount, right? Not exactly. New York’s front office [...]

September 21, 2018 dfavale Dan Favale 0

Rumor: Brandon Knight Expected to Miss ‘Some Time’ for Rockets After Undergoing Knee Surgery

Rumor: Brandon Knight Expected to Miss ‘Some Time’ for Rockets After Undergoing Knee Surgery

It sounds like Brandon Knight’s debut with the Houston Rockets will have to wait. After undergoing surgery on his left knee, the recently acquired guard is expected to miss “some time,” according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania: This is significant because it’s the same knee that caused Knight to miss all of last season with [...]

September 21, 2018 dfavale Dan Favale, Rumors 0

New York Knicks Still Hope to Reach Resolution on Joakim Noah Situation Before Training Camp

New York Knicks Still Hope to Reach Resolution on Joakim Noah Situation Before Training Camp

If both the New York Knicks and Joakim Noah get their way, the 33-year-old big man will not be a member of the team for that much longer. This has been the default refrain for quite some time. Noah is owed $37.8 million over the next two seasons, including this one, but doesn’t fit into [...]

September 20, 2018 dfavale Dan Favale 0

Jimmy Butler Apparently Isn’t ‘Dead Set’ on Requesting Trade from Timberwolves

Jimmy Butler Apparently Isn’t ‘Dead Set’ on Requesting Trade from Timberwolves

Maybe the relationship between Jimmy Butler and the Minnesota Timberwolves can be salvaged after all. Initial reports from The Athletic’s The Athletic’s Shams Charania and Jon Krawczynski intimated just the opposite. They heard Butler was prepared to “seriously contemplate his future with the franchise” ahead of next summer’s free agency. All signs pointed to him requesting a trade. But NBA.com’s [...]

September 19, 2018 dfavale Dan Favale 0

Lonzo Ball Won’t Be Ready for 5-on-5 Action When the Lakers Open Training Camp

Lonzo Ball Won’t Be Ready for 5-on-5 Action When the Lakers Open Training Camp

When the LeBron James-led Los Angeles Lakers open training camp next week, Lonzo Ball will not be a full-on participant. Speaking with Spectrum SportsNet’s Mike Bresnahan, head coach Luke Walton indicated that the sophomore floor general would not be ready to partake in 5-on-5 drills once the team officially opens its doors: Lonzo Ball (knee) [...]

September 19, 2018 dfavale Dan Favale 0

Kobe Bryant Thinks Rajon Rondo Can Help Lonzo Ball

Kobe Bryant Thinks Rajon Rondo Can Help Lonzo Ball

Kobe Bryant is not worried about how Rajon Rondo and Lonzo Ball will work together. During an appearance on  “The Rich Eisen Show,” the Los Angeles Lakers legend talked about how he believes the veteran floor general can help the 2017 second-overall pick (from Lakers Nation’s Dan Duangdao):   “I think there’s a lot to be learned from. [...]

September 14, 2018 dfavale Dan Favale 0

Jamal Crawford Has Drawn Interest from Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers

Jamal Crawford Has Drawn Interest from Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers

Despite being unsigned as the NBA gears up for the opening of training camps, Jamal Crawford remains a wanted man. During an appearance on The Jump, ESPN.com’s Marc J. Spears that, in addition to the Golden State Warriors, the soon-to-be 19-year-old veteran is drawing interest from the Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers (via Clutch Points’ [...]

September 14, 2018 dfavale Dan Favale, Rumors 0

Danny Green Thinks Kawhi Leonard Would Have Hard Time Leaving Toronto Raptors

Danny Green Thinks Kawhi Leonard Would Have Hard Time Leaving Toronto Raptors

A majority of people seem to believe the Toronto Raptors have an extremely slim chance of keeping Kawhi Leonard beyond this season. Count Danny Green among the exceptions. Talking on the latest episode of his Inside the Green Room podcast, Green intimated that his teammate of the past seven years will probably have a tough time leaving [...]

September 12, 2018 dfavale Dan Favale 0