NBA Suspends Embiid and Anthony-Towns

Last night altercation between Philadelphia 76ears Joel Embiid and Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl Anthony-Towns has led to both of them being suspended for their scuffle.

Embiid and Towns have been talking trash to one another for years on Twitter. Last night Embiid and Towns were caught together after a play and Towns took offense to Embiid’s hold. The two brawled to the ground before teammates and other officials broke them up. Towns, visibly angry, was escorted back to the bench while Embiid joked with teammates.

Both players will be suspended for two games.

Dwight Howard Pushes Lakers

Dwight Howard’s second tenure in Los Angeles is starting off good. After only playing nine games last year, there have been fears amongst fans and experts that he wouldn’t be a good backup.

When DeMarcus Cousins was sidelined with another season-long injury, the Lakers had to find a backup and decided to go along with Howard.

Two nights ago, form off the bench, Howard scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in his third game. During an interview, Howard echoed his outlook from when he was signed and the preseason. He was very team-focused and not boastful but content with his place on the team. If Howard produces numbers like that, which helped the Lakers surge for the win, he could be the difference-maker in the Battle of Los Angeles.

 

Lakers Will Sign Cousins and Rondo

DeMarcus Cousins will be signing a one year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers. With Kawhi Leonard signing with the Clippers, the Lakers have resign point guard Rajon Rondo to a two year deal. Rondo, Cousins, and Anthony Davis all played together in New Orleans and will now be with LeBron James and Kuzma.

Paul George Traded to Clippers and..

3 hours ago ESPN Paul George will be traded to the Clippers and NBA.com reports that Kawhi Leonard will Reportedly sign with the Clippers.

This is great for the NBA as the Lakers will not be a superteazm. In fact looking at the teams everyone seems balance. The top teams if we go by superstar talents are

-Los Angeles Lakers: LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

-Brooklyn Nets: Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving

-Los Angeles Clippers: Kawhi Leonard and Paul George

The Golden State Warriors, Milwaukee Bucks, Boston Celtics, and Philadelphia Sixers made deals that help keep them in the picture.

Now the NBA seems even more exciting. Last year Eastern Conference play-offs were more enjoyable as most fans expected the Warriors to return for their fifth finals appearance. With Lebron gone the Eastern Conference was left open for Toronto, Boston, Philadelphia, and Milwaukee or anyone who could upset those four.

Nobody expected Lebron to not make the playoffs with his team, but with Anthony Davis they will be a playoff team this year. What seed depends on how they build around the two and Kuzma. They are reportedly acquiring Jared Dudley from the Brooklyn Nets.

Fans can rest easy now. The biggest fear was that Kawhi would sign with the Lakers with Anthony Davis and LeBron James. Even the experts and their sources expected to happen. Kawhi opted for the less popular Clippers and one can assume that he hopes to deliver a NBA Championship there. The move makes sense to as Leonard is from Southern California.

Still Waiting on Leonard

Latest reports on Kawhi Leonard is that it’s between the Los Angeles Lakers and Toronto Raptors. I stated before I would hate to see him go to the Lakers to form a super team with Anthony Davis and Lebron James. However unlike when Kevin Durant went to Golden State and Lebron going to Miami. Leonard has proven he can win twice as the superstar. The first time with the Spurs with Duncan, Ginobli, and Parker. The second time basically all by himself with the Raptors.  So, if he did decide to go to the Lakers it would be more about just winning and maybe not being “the man.”

So far, the NBA free agency has started to balance power. The Nets look like they will be a force next season. The Bucks managed to gain some power back after losing some of its  players. The Heat got better with Jimmy Butler. Detroit may be better with Derrick Rose.  It would be nice to keep Leonard in Toronto. Drake is doing his part. Only time will tell when Leonard will make his decision. Hopefully, it’s not the Lakers.

 

The Dominos start to fall

Well it’s been a busy few hours after free agency started yesterday at 6pm. The biggest news was Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving both confirming to sign with the Brooklyn Nets.

The Philadelphia Sixers offer Tobias Harris a five year deal which means Jimmy Butler isn’t in there plans. They are now finalizing a deal with Al Horford for four year, 109 million deal as reported by Adrian Wojnarowski.

Since they are losing Durant the Warriors are reportedly going to acquire DeAngelo Russell services. This will help with not only losing Kevin Durant, but the loss of Klay Thompson due to injury.

Apparently Jimmy Butler will be finalizing a deal with the Miami Heat. Andre Iguodala is reportedly being traded to the Grizzlies.

The Milwaukee Bucks are going to be resigning Brook Lopez who has revamp his career by becoming a stretch five and hitting threes.  His deal will be a four year, 52 million dollar contract. Not bad for a center with 11 years and an injury history.  This was confirmed by Matt Velasquez of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

 

 

Breaking: Kevin Durant plans to sign four-year deal with Nets

by Terrio Jenkins

An article on NBA.com reports that Kevin Durant will alledgely make his announcement tonight. The NBA free agency starts at 6 p.m.  eastern time. The Nets are also in the process of finalizing a deal with Kyrie Irving. They are also expected to sign veteran center DeAndre Jordan according to Adrian Wojnarowski.