As players from the 2011 NBA Draft negotiate extensions on their rookie deals, none will have a more interesting decision to make than Reggie Jackson. Jackson’s current situation is fairly comparable to Eric Bledsoe, who spent most of his first three seasons playing behind Chris Paul. Read More. Written by Jonathan Tjarks on Sep 17, 2014
In this episode, host Daniel Leroux (@DannyLeroux) goes in-depth on the Pacific Division with Jack Winter of Dime Magazine (@ArmstrongWinter) and Seth Partnow of Hoop365, Clipperblog, and the Hardwood Paroxysm Basketball Network (@SethPartnow).
The three review the summer moves for all five teams including the ownership change for the Los Angeles Clippers and new coaches for the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Lakers.
In addition, they preview the season ahead including ranking the franchises, predicting the number of playoff teams, and selecting breakout players.
Free agent Julyan Stone will work out for the Lakers in Los Angeles this week, his second visit with the organization before meeting three other teams, league sources told RealGM.
Stone also has scheduled workouts with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Clippers and Miami Heat, sources said, attempting to solidify an NBA contract before training camps start. The Sacramento Kings remain a possible landing spot for Stone.
Stone held a workout with the San Antonio Spurs earlier in the week, and he’s received two lucrative offers from Chinese clubs.
At 6-foot-6, Stone has tantalizing frame for a point guard and is one of the NBA’s tallest at the position.
In three NBA seasons, Stone has averaged 1.3 points, 1.1 assists and 44 percent shooting from the field in seven minutes per game. He was an undrafted signing for the Denver Nuggets in 2011, spent two years with the franchise and joined the Toronto Raptors last offseason. He was waived on July 7.
The Los Angeles Lakers would be interested in either Eric Bledsoe or Goran Dragic if they reach free agency next summer, according to sources.
The Phoenix Suns have been unable to agree upon terms with Bledsoe on a long-term contract. Bledsoe is currently a restricted free agent and could leave next summer as an unrestricted free agent if he signs the qualifying offer.
The Houston Rockets also have interest in Dragic in free agency.
The Los Angeles Lakers have signed Jordan Clarkson, the 46th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, whose rights were acquired from the Washington Wizards on draft night.
In the 2014 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, Clarkson led the Lakers’ entry in scoring, (15.8 points per game) and rebounding (5.0) while shooting 42.1% (8-19) from beyond-the-arc in five games (all starts).
Undrafted guard Keith Appling has reached agreement on a non-guaranteed training camp contract with the Los Angeles Lakers, league sources told RealGM.
In four seasons at Michigan State, Appling was an integral starter as part of two Sweet Sixteen teams and an Elite Eight finish this year. He averaged 11.2 points and 4.5 assists as a senior, and the 6-foot-1 product went into the pre-draft process assuring teams he would find his offensive game again after dealing with injury issues last season.
Appling played two games for the Portland Trail Blazers in the July summer league.
Appling, 22, participated in the McDonald’s All-American Game while attending high school in Detroit.