Even with the Conference Finals going on in, there are still lots of other rumblings and grumblings making news throughout the NBA. The biggest news coming out of the Conference Finals was the return of Chris Paul from the COVID protocol. With many coaching vacancies, rumored player movement, the upcoming Olympic Games, and other NBA news, there’s no shortage of happenings in the league. Let’s take a look at some of the news and rumors making headlines in the NBA so yo can continue betting against their NBA odds.
2021 NBA Betting News & Rumors June 28th Edition
Is Lillard’s Time in Portland Coming to an End?
Damian Lillard is rumored to be upset with the Portland Trail Blazers. It has been reported that he’s unhappy with Portland’s inability to surround him with a team that could challenge for an NBA title. Even though Chauncey Billups is a coach that Lillard said he would be good playing for, Lillard is rumored to be upset that he hasn’t been consulted during the coaching search. We’ll see how this all plays out, but expect to hear numerous trade scenarios involving Lillard in the upcoming weeks.
Could We See a Magic Penny?
The Orlando Magic are searching for a head coach, and we’re hearing that one of their former superstar players could be the leading candidate to take over for Steve Clifford. Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway has emerged as a top contender for the Magic head coaching position. Hardaway, a former All-Star with the Magic, is currently the head coach at the University of Memphis. After being interviewed by the Magic last week, Hardaway impressed the Orlando management and could be the next head coach.
Will We See Kawhi Again this Season?
Reports out of Los Angeles are stating that Kawhi Leonard won’t make the trip to Phoenix for Game 5. It’s sounding more and more like he won’t play for the rest of the season. Even if the Los Angeles Clippers advances to the NBA Finals, we may not see Leonard play in that series.
Not Quite the Dream Team
USA Basketball announced their 12-man squad that will be headed to Tokyo later this summer to represent the United States. Many big names such as LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Stephen Curry, Jimmy Butler, and Donovan Mitchell declined invites to participate. Even though those names won’t be playing, Team USA will still send a stacked squad to Japan. Bam Adebayo, Bradley Beal, Devin Booker, Kevin Durant, Kevin Love, Draymond Green, Zach Lavine, Jayson Tatum, Damian Lillard, Jrue Holiday, Khris Middleton, and Jerami Grant will all be donning the red, white, and blue. Team USA will be led by Gregg Popovich, who will be assisted by Steve Kerr, Lloyd Pierce, Eric Spoelstra, and Jay Wright.
It’s Draft Time
Now that the NBA has held their annual draft lottery, the rumors will be flying. The Detroit Pistons won the lottery and hold the #1 pick in this year’s draft. Unless something drastic happens, all signs point to the Pistons drafting Cade Cunningham out of Oklahoma State. Cunningham is a versatile guard that is very athletic. Cunningham is drawing comparisons to Jayson Tatum, so if this holds true, the Pistons will be getting a very good player.
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