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NBA rumors: LeBron James to have minutes restriction rest of season

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NBA rumors: LeBron James to have minutes restriction rest of season

The Lakers are 6.5 games out of a playoff spot in the Western Conference standings, and they appear to be throwing in the towel on the 2019 season.

LeBron James will enter into a "cool-down" period over the remaining 17 games of the season, Yahoo's Chris Haynes reported Thursday.

What does that mean, exactly?

"Now that the Lakers are almost out of playoff contention," Haynes said on The Spin, "There was a conversation between LeBron James' trainer and the front office, and they came to the conclusion that, moving forward, LeBron James will play with a minutes restriction of 28 to 32 minutes. And possibly, on back-to-backs, depending on how LeBron James feels, that he might sit out one of those back-to-backs."

LeBron has played in the last eight NBA Finals, but this year, barring a miracle, he won't even play in the postseason.

With the games meaning nothing, the Lakers will want to limit the miles on LeBron’s body. The 34-year-old has three years left on his contract with the Lakers.

"I won't necessarily be a shutdown for LeBron, but a cool-down for LeBron," Haynes said.

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The Lakers have one game remaining with both the Warriors and the Kings. The game against the Warriors comes on the front end of a back-to-back with the Clippers on April 4 and April 5, so LeBron could sit out one of those games.

It's a disappointing end to the season for LeBron. He was supposed to return the Lakers to their glory days. Instead, he will most likely watch the postseason from home.

Steve Kerr jokes with Klay Thompson about redshirt year with Warriors

Steve Kerr jokes with Klay Thompson about redshirt year with Warriors

Now this is the kind of content you are here for.

Steve Kerr spoke to reporters after shootaround Wednesday morning. And as he saw guard Klay Thompson walking nearby, the Warriors coach busted out the jokes.

"Klay, we don't really need at all," Kerr said.

After Thompson responded with "redshirt season," Kerr seized the opportunity to roast the two-time All-NBA selection.

"We're redshirting him, trying to get him bigger and stronger. Get him used to campus life. Academically, he's got a ways to go ..."

Klay is rehabbing his torn left ACL, and will be sidelined until at least the All-Star break.

It's possible that the five-time All-Star misses the whole season, hence the "redshirt" reference.

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But the Warriors sure hope that doesn't become the reality and Klay is able to come back at the end of the regular season for a playoff push.

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Warriors' Omari Spellman tweaks back, will not play against Lakers

Warriors' Omari Spellman tweaks back, will not play against Lakers

The Warriors -- already shorthanded in the frontcourt -- will be without another big man Wednesday night in Los Angeles.

Omari Spellman tweaked his back during Monday's game and won't suit up against the Lakers, per Connor Letourneau of The San Francisco Chronicle.

Spellman started at center in Golden State's first preseason game and came off the bench in the last two contests.

He is averaging 5.0 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 17.0 minutes per appearance, and is 3-for-9 from beyond the arc.

With Kevon Looney, Willie Cauley-Stein, Alen Smailagic and Spellman all unavailable, you probably can expect training camp invite Kavion Pippen to see extended action.

Additionally, Marquese Chriss likely will play even more.

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And in case you missed it, Steph Curry (rest) will not be in uniform.

The plan is for the two-time NBA MVP to play around 30 minutes in the Dubs' preseason finale Friday night at Chase Center.

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