The 2020-21 NBA regular season may now be a thing of the past, but life goes on, even for the teams that will be sitting out this year’s quickly-approaching playoffs.
Better yet, just days after the regular season has concluded, rumors are already flying fast and furious across the league’s landscape. Whether it’s a player-related potential trade, some impending move in free agency or an unexpected coaching change, I’ve got some juicy rumors that will make your hoops-loving ears burn. That being said, let’s get right to it so you can keep betting against their NBA odds.
2021 NBA Betting News & Rumors May 18th Edition
Cry Me A River
LA Lakers future Hall of Famer LeBron James might be one of the biggest stars in NBA history, but he’s also one of the biggest cry-babies of all-time too. James is apparently still bitter over the high ankle sprain he suffered when Atlanta Hawks forward Solomon Hill dove for a loose ball and collided with James causing the Lakers forward to suffer an ankle injury.
“It’s been hard to tackle it. I was playing some of the best basketball of my career before the injury,” James said. “It was not a self-inflicted wound or something I could control. It wasn’t like I wasn’t putting in the work and then my body failed me. I literally had a grown man diving at my leg for a loose ball.
For his part, Hill fired off a tweet from the movie Friday responding to James’ whining. Take that King James. Ouch.
Knicks Look To Acquire A Star
The Knicks have been one of the NBA’s most pleasant surprises this season. New York went 41-31 to finish fourth in the Eastern Conference standings and earn their first playoff berth since 2013. Now, reports say the Knicks want to acquire another star in the offseason to pair with Julius Randle and RJ Barrett. Now that they’re officially winners, I can see it happening.
Boston’s Beans Are Baked, But Not Brad Stevens’
The Celtics are still alive as a play-in title long shot, but there are rumors coming out of Boston that suggest there’s some unhappiness with head coach Brad Stevens. I personally think Stevens is still an excellent head coach, but Boston’s roster is a mess and that falls on GM Danny Ainge. Boston’s beans might be baked this season, but Stevens will be back next season and likely for several more seasons to come.
Free Agency Looming Large For Several Teams
The Charlotte Hornets, Dallas Mavericks, New York Knicks, Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder, San Antonio Spurs and Toronto Raptors all have the ability to clear upward of $20-plus million in cap space come August. Unrestricted veteran free agents like Kyle Lowry, Tim Hardaway Jr., Evan Fournier, JJ Redick, Tony Snell and Paul Milsap could all move to new teams in 2021-22. Restricted free agents like John Collins, Lauri Markkanen, Malik Monk, could all be in play as well.
Oh, did I forget to mention that Chris Paul and Kawhi Leonard both have player options and could both from the Phoenix Suns and LA Clippers respectively? Mike Conley, DeMar DeRozan, Victor Oladipo and Dennis Schroeder are all unrestricted free agents as well.
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