Report: Sacramento Kings interested in Zach LaVine

Report: Sacramento Kings interested in Zach LaVine

On Thursday morning, K.C. Johnson stated that the Sacramento Kings may be interested in Zach LaVine.

The Sacramento Kings are one of the few teams that will have significant cap-space this offseason.

Our Vincent Goodwill reported that the Bulls have in fact offered LaVine a qualifying offer, so the ball is now in his court. 

In a seperate article, Johnson also went on to talk about the Bulls strategy with RFAs: "The Bulls’ history with restricted free agents is well documented. They make a proactive offer they feel is the right value and tell the player to go beat it if he feels he’s worth more."

After the 2018 NBA Draft in which the Kings took Marvin Bagley III with the No. 2 pick, they are projected to have around $17 million in salary-cap space. However, the Kings can create more room to spend by trading away some of their young talent. Specifically, players like No. 6 overall picks Buddy Hield and Willie Cauley-Stein could draw interest on the market, seeing as many teams may feel that the Kings have not developed the pair of 24-year olds up to this point. The two will make around a combined $8.5 million next season, and moving one or both of them would allow Sacramento to offer up a max-contract to free agents.

Real GM, referring back to Johnson, stated that the Bulls are hoping to sign LaVine for a figure between $14-to-$16 million. Interestingly enough, this figure is just under the threshold of what the Bulls reportedly want to offer LaVine.

And if you look at the teams outside of the Kings, the also rebuilding Dallas Mavericks, Atlanta Hawks and even the (now) title-contending Philadelphia 76ers could send sizeable offer sheets to LaVine. This would force the Bulls to truly show if they feel that he is a central part of the rebuild.

But as of now, Sacramento is the only team outside of the Bulls who are reportedly interested in LaVine.

With a core of De’Aaron Fox, Bogdan Bogdanovic and Bagley, LaVine’s fit with the Kings is questionable, seeing as he has never played a large share of minutes at the small forward spot. But he certainly would add to their overall talent and “risk profile”.

One thing that is certain, July 1 promises to be a crucial point in time for the future of Chicago Bulls basketball.

Report: NBA and ESPN planning a televised H-O-R-S-E competition

Report: NBA and ESPN planning a televised H-O-R-S-E competition

The NBA and ESPN are teaming up to plan a televised H-O-R-S-E competition among "several high-profile players," according to reporting by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

It's the latest in a line of creative ideas from the NBA and ESPN to fill the void left by the indefinite suspension of live sports due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Friday night, ESPN broadcast the first half of the first round of a players-only NBA 2K20 tournament, to run through April 11.

No details have emerged as it relates to a timeline of events, which players would participate or what the format of the H-O-R-S-E competition would be.

Players would trade trick shots virtually, according to Wojnarowski. Many NBA players undoubtedly have private home gyms or courts from which they could safely compete.

This isn't the first time the NBA has waded into the H-O-R-S-E waters. In 2009 and 2010, H-O-R-S-E was broadcast on TNT as a regular part of All-Star weekend festivities before being cancelled in 2011 (Kevin Durant won the competition both years). And understandably so. This matchup, between Durant and Rajon Rondo, devolved into a standstill 3-point contest narrated by a boisterous Charles Barkley:

That event was a reclamation of a 32-player H-O-R-S-E tournament the league broadcast on CBS during the 1977-78 season, which Paul Westphal won over Rick Barry. Barry made the finals as a replacement for an injured Pete Maravich, who absolutely trounced his way through the tourney. 

At least there was some creativity back then:

Of course, all of the league's past H-O-R-S-E experiments were held in person with fans in attendance. It remains to be seen how they'll look to spice up this iteration of the competition.

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Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, Tim Duncan highlight decorated Hall of Fame class

Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, Tim Duncan highlight decorated Hall of Fame class

The Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame announced its official Class of 2020 on Saturday. And my word is it stacked:

Headlined by Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett and the late Kobe Bryant, this is one of the most star-studded classes in history. Also set to be honored: 10-time WNBA All-Star and four-time Olympic gold medalist Tamika Catchings, three-time NCAA-champion coach Kim Mulkey, five-time Division II National Coach of the Year Barbara Stevens, four-time National Coach of the Year Eddie Sutton, two-time NBA champion coach Rudy Tomjanovich and longtime FIBA executive Patrick Baumann.

There are some Chicago ties in here, too. Garnett famously spent a year of his high school career at Farragut Career Academy on the West Side of Chicago, receiving McDonald's All-American and national player of the year honors in 1995. Catchings won an IHSA Division AA state title as a freshman and Ms. Illinois Basketball as a sophomore in a stint at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire before embarking on her illustrious college and WNBA career.

And Tomjanovich, of course, coached the Houston Rockets teams that won the only two non-Bulls titles from 1991-1998 — teams that current Bulls coach Jim Boylen served as an assistant with

As of this writing, the Class of 2020 is set to be officially enshrined in Springfield, Mass., on Aug. 29.

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