How will LeBron James and the Lakers work out together next season?

They’ll all help the young guys advance their learning curves. I wouldn’t pencil them in for a Western Conference finals just yet, but they’re just starting their rise back up to the top. This will be a 2-3 year process.
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Soooo I know Indy isn’t the biggest market, but Pacers had a great season when nobody expected and gave top teams in East all they could handle last year. They picked up Doug McDermott and Tyreke Evans and got better under the radar. Why are people (not) mentioning the fact that in an East without LeBron, the Pacers should be contenders? Now have four lottery picks in the last five years: Victor Oladipo, Domantas Sabonis, Myles Turner and McDermott. They can possibly be a top-three team in East.

Considering their cap limitations, the Wizards did fine — though I wouldn’t be thrilled with an option year for 2019 for Howard if I were a Wizards fan. Next summer is so crucial for them. If they don’t make a major move to upgrade their talent, it’s going to be very, very difficult to do so any time later, with John Wall and Bradley Beal eating up increasingly large chunks of the cap. And any dollar already spoken for hurts that effort (though I suppose it’s possible an opted-in Howard could have some trade value next summer). But, to your point: bringing in Howard, Rivers and Green should give Washington a more versatile nine-man rotation to use in a more navigable East next season.

The more dramatic option would be a buyout for Anthony, who might be willing to give up some money to sign with another team if it becomes clear his role in Oklahoma City will diminish next season. Even merely waiving Anthony and stretching his 2018-19 salary would (along with a Singler waiver) trim the Thunder’s luxury-tax bill to a more manageable $40 million or so.

Looming Jake Guentzel Youth Jersey over all of these decisions is a crucial question: Just how good does Oklahoma City project to be in 2018-19 after re-signing George? Certainly, the Thunder are better-positioned now than had George left via free agency, in which case Oklahoma City would still have been in the luxury tax with few options to improve an average roster.

The success of the Thunder’s starting five last season has been a point in favor of Anthony’s value to the team. Oklahoma City outscored opponents by 14.2 points per 100 possessions last season with its Womens Andre Tippett Jersey starters on the court, the second-best net rating among the 10 lineups that logged at least 500 minutes in 2017-18 according to NBA Advanced Stats.

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