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While the NBA world buzzes back to life with media days, training camps and even preseason contests this week, it continues delivering the off-court buzz that makes it an around-the-clock follow, too.
The Los Angeles Lakers aren’t in the heart of the biggest story—they’re among the seemingly few clubs not yet connected to Jimmy Butler—but they’re still making some roster noise of their own.
We’ll detail the latest below.
Interest, But No Offer for Jamal Crawford?
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While every basketball free agent is technically a hooper-for-hire, few players fit that description better than Jamal Crawford.
The three-time Sixth Man of the Year has already donned seven different jerseys over his decorated 18-year career. It’s quite possible he’ll be rocking an eighth soon, as he’s coming off a year in which he provided the Minnesota Timberwolves with 17.9 points and 4.0 assists per 36 minutes.
Will the Lakers be that team? They might be throwing around the idea, at least.
“The Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers, Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Lakers have all shown interest, a source said, but none has offered a contract,” Marc J. Spears wrote for The Undefeated.
While Crawford’s game fits virtually any situation, he wouldn’t appear to address a major need in L.A.
The Lakers go at least two-deep around the perimeter, and they’re already overloaded with playmakers—especially if they hope to probe deeper into Brandon Ingram’s off-the-bounce skills. Their second unit also has a healthy number of offense-first flamethrowers like Kyle Kuzma, Michael Beasley and perhaps rookie Mo Wagner.
Unless the organization covets Crawford’s locker-room leadership, it might be better off letting him sign with a club that’s closer to championship contention.
Pelicans Not Worried About Anthony Davis Joining Klutch?
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If you’re an avid reader of tea leaves, you may have had a field day with Sunday’s news of Anthony Davis joining Klutch Sports Group.
Yes, that is LeBron’s agency. And, yes, the King has already publicly welcomed the Brow to the “family”:
So, clearly, James and Davis will form the Association’s next superpower, right? The Ringer’s Bill Simmons thinks so:
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As I said a few weeks ago – just start selling the Davis/Lakers jerseys now. https://t.co/26bEBFsOot
The New Orleans Pelicans, though, don’t share the sentiment.
“The Pelicans, per a variety of sources, don’t seem particularly concerned about Davis exchanging agents,” Scott Kushner wrote for The Advocate.
Changing agents, of course, doesn’t have to mean more than a player is just picking the company they feel best represents them. Davis has never indicated he’s interested in going elsewhere and hi