This week’s mailbag features your questions on which top-10 picks are most ready to contribute as rookies, the returns on blockbuster trades involving star players and more. You can tweet your questions using the hashtag #peltonmailbag or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. “Your rating of the Jimmy Butler trade made me think of the following question:
After Lonzo Ball was selected No. 2 overall by the Los Angeles Lakers in Thursday’s NBA draft, his father, LaVar, wasn’t shy about proclaiming his belief that the team would make the postseason in 2017-18. “Lonzo Ball is going to take the Lakers to the playoffs in his first year,” the outspoken LaVar told ESPN’s
The only person who really knows how close the New York Knicks came to trading Kristaps Porzingis before Thursday’s draft is Phil Jackson. Everyone involved will say publicly (and, probably, anonymously to reporters) that the trade wasn’t close. (Jackson didn’t want to comment on the Knicks’ trade discussions Thursday night.) League sources, though, say that
NEW YORK — Chris Paul has been re-elected as president of the National Basketball Players Association. Chris Paul and Blake Griffin will become free agents after deciding not to pick up the player options in their contracts for next season, sources said. Paul’s new four-year term begins immediately. He will be assisted by the union’s
Kalen Gilleese has a body full of tattoos that he has had inked for the past 12 years, but none of them earned national attention. That was until this week, when he got a crying LeBron James face on this right calf. “I’ve heard from a lot of people that have seen it,” Gilleese said.
In his first interview since Thursday night’s blockbuster trade, All-Star Jimmy Butler told the Chicago Sun-Times on Friday that he’s not mad at the Bulls but does wish certain things were handled better by the organization leading up to the deal. Butler’s name had been rumored in trade talks for much of the last year.
NEW YORK — Magic Johnson and the Los Angeles Lakers made it official at 7:47 p.m. ET Thursday, when Showtime met ‘Zotime with the second pick of the NBA draft. Lonzo Ball was selected as a point guard by the greatest point guard of all, and wouldn’t you know it, he walked onto the stage
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Los Angeles Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka on Thursday explained the team’s logic for pulling off its draft-week trade with the Brooklyn Nets, which included shipping out promising point guard D’Angelo Russell in what amounted to a salary dump. The trade was made official Thursday. Russell, the No. 2 overall pick
The Denver Nuggets and Phoenix Suns have held discussions on a trade that would send point guard Emmanuel Mudiay and the No. 13 pick in Thursday’s NBA draft for point guard Eric Bledsoe, league sources told ESPN. However, sources described the dialogue as “fluid.” Denver, for some time, has been seeking an upgrade at the
10:11 AM ET Ramona Shelburne Close ESPN Senior Writer Senior writer for ESPN.com Spent seven years at the Los Angeles Daily News Michael C. Wright Close ESPN Staff Writer Joined ESPN in 2010 Previously covered Bears for ESPN.com Played college football at West Texas A&M The San Antonio Spurs, in pursuit of a top-10 pick