LeBron, Zion and NBA Situations Are Ready to Unravel

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The Los Angeles Lakers have been slowly rolling with chaos since fairly early on in the season but the intensity has definitely increased. Every 538, theirs the odds the knockout rate has dropped to 20%. Russell Westbrook has been ejected from the horrendous cycle of time and has active sniper at coach Frank Vogel in his minutes.

The Lakers chose not to trade Westbrook by the deadline for John Wall, a transaction that is perhaps as short-sighted as the original Westbrook transaction but is believed to be what LeBron was hoping for and has led to Rob’s public explanation Pelinka that may have included lies about Anthony Davis and LeBron’s engagement and announcements. Things that were enough stress that Leaked report is necessary to affirm Pelinka’s job security.

Oh, and LeBron seems Terrible feelings heading to his old home at the All-Star Game this weekend and his wife is sharing on Instagram the photos have a dubious timing by Akron. Where there’s smoke, there’s usually fire, and now there’s a lot of smoke coming out from under the roof of the Lakers.

LeBron still has one more season under contract with the Lakers and the odds of him trying to force a sale this summer seem unreasonably low. However, the specter of his impending free agency coupled with the chaos and uncertainty of this disappointing season will put a lot of pressure on the Lakers’ office this season.

The Lakers owe LeBron, Westbrook and Davis nearly $130 million for next season. They will have another $15 million with Talen Horton-Tucker and Kendrick Nunn (both of which failed to attract any significant gains at the close of the deal). That gives them limited space to try and re-sign Malik Monk and shows the possibility of them trying to rebuild their depth with veteran minimum contracts once again – a proven strategy. proved to be a disaster this year with Carmelo Anthony, Trevor Ariza, Avery Bradley, Wayne Ellington, Dwight Howard, DeAndre Jordan and Kent Bazemore.

This is an organization with an amazing track record of pulling rabbits out of hats but in terms of caps space and tradable assets, they may be less flexible than any other team in the league, geared towards a season where they Yes to make big changes. LeBron probably hasn’t been forced out yet and it’s hard to imagine any other trading scenario looming for Westbrook. Maybe that means they have to make changes where they can, simply for the sake of change and hope it has a ripple effect, like replacing Vogel or Pelinka. Perhaps that means the Lakers need to do what was previously unthinkable and explore trading options for Anthony Davis.

All that to say is that something here has to give. Going into next season with mostly the same team on paper will wave a white flag that the Lakers are not in a position to wave.

But they’re not the only team staring at a cauldron of simmering chaos that could erupt in the second half of this NBA season.

When will the Pelicans cut their losses with Zion Williamson?

ONE report from SI’s Howard Beck earlier this week mentioned that teams are “preparing (and/or planning) for the next disappointing star to claim.” Zion Williamson was one of the names Beck mentioned and the writing certainly appeared on the wall there. The Pelicans traded for CJ McCollum on the trade deadline in an effort to push through the knockout stages and, perhaps, help convince Zion that they were a stay-in team. Instead, that becomes a PR kerfuffle when Zion never contacted McCollum to welcome him into the team. As you may remember, Zion hasn’t played this season and has left the team to rehabilitate himself after leg surgery, away from the team’s medical staff.

JJ Redick, a former teammate of Zion who also happens to share an agency, an alma mater and hates David Griffin, put him in the blast says his behavior is part of a disturbing pattern. And then the Pelicans made their choice excluding Zion in their brochures for season ticket holders for the 2022-23 season. Looks like it’s just a matter of time.

Did the couple Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert run in the right direction?

Donovan Mitchell is also mentioned in the same article by Howard Beck and although he and Gobert continue to say the right things, things seem to be going in the wrong direction. The Jazz are only 10-13th since the start of the new year and have dropped to #4 in the Western Conference rankings, with the Dallas Mavericks also threatening to overtake them. They’ve tended to be an average team over the past two months, and one more disappointing thing, breaking out of the playoffs early could be enough to push things over the edge.

Will Damian Lillard really stay on for another season?

Damian Lillard will most likely be out of the season, and since the Trail Blazers cleared the deck by the trade deadline, it’s unlikely that anything will really change here until we get to the season. But it’s possible that Lillard grew increasingly discouraged as he began to achieve little when trading CJ McCollum, Larry Nance Jr. and Norman Powell. The Blazers have parted ways with an underperforming team, but it’s unclear how they’ll assemble a better team for next season. All it takes is a slight wave of commitment on the part of Lillard and the Blazers can be coerced.

Nets and 76ers delay is inevitable?

At odds of 538, the Nets still have a 36% chance of missing the knockout. Their chance of reaching the Finals is just 3%, behind the Bucks, Celtics, Heat and 76ers. Kyrie Irving will likely be playing at home by the time the playoffs begin, but it’s not yet clear that the Nets are ready to compete for the title this year, even with healthy and attached Ben Simmons. The flip side for Simmons is that his age gives them a base to build on for the future, and if this season ends in chaos as it’s in the middle it might be time for the Nets to consider selling. their present to try to build for tomorrow.

The 76ers, meanwhile, went all out for Harden. It’s a huge talent upgrade but also a big question mark of suitability. If this doesn’t work, and considering the depth of possible contenders around the league, which likely won’t happen, what leverage do they have left to pull? Despair breeds despair and, despite the ‘back against the wall’ praises, I don’t think that’s really a positive variable.

Are the Knicks ready for other changes?

They need to make some changes, but it’s unclear if they’re ready for the chaos that will follow. They signed Julius Randle when his value was at its highest, and dealing with him now almost certainly means paying a dollar for 50 cents. But given the way he’s played this year and the way he interacts with the fans, getting him back for another season looks like it’s going to run into trouble. Tom Thibodeau, meanwhile, is actively burning down every bridge in sight as the team drops to early 2000s performance levels. It’s going to get worse before it gets better. But as long as that “worse” lasts, it remains in the air.

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