NBA notebook: Lakers eye James as point guard

NBA notebook: Lakers eye James as point guard
By Reuters

09/07/2019 at 06:52Updated 09/07/2019 at 06:54

LeBron James is preparing to take on a new role with the Los Angeles Lakers this season as point guard, according to a report Monday by Yahoo!

Chris Haynes.

The 34-year-old James will take over floor general duties from Lonzo Ball, who
was traded to New Orleans, and Rajon Rondo, who remains one of three other
point guards on the Lakers' roster along with Quinn Cook and Alex Caruso.

While James has started sparingly as a point guard in his career, the job
falls within his comfort zone since the 15-time All-Star and four-time NBA MVP
has functioned primarily as a point forward for most of his career.

James is starting his 17th season in the league and will be surrounded by
several new faces looking to contend for a championship thanks to the addition
of All-Star forward Anthony Davis and six-time All-Star center DeMarcus

--Russell Westbrook's 11-year run in Oklahoma City could be coming to a close
as the Thunder shift into rebuilding mode.

The latest move from Thunder general manager Sam Presti came as forward Jerami
Grant was traded to the Denver Nuggets for a 2020 first-round pick. Moving
Grant saves the Thunder $39 million, according to ESPN.

Grant, 25, averaged 13.6 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 80 games (77
starts) for the Thunder last season.

--Point guard Avery Bradley signed a two-year deal with the Lakers after
officially clearing waivers.

Bradley joins a rebuilt roster around LeBron James that features a multitude
of newcomers including Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins and Danny Green.

Bradley, 28, was a target of the Lakers in trade talks in 2017 and 2018. He
split time last season between the Los Angeles Clippers and Memphis Grizzlies,
averaging 16.1 points and 4.0 assists in Memphis.

--Jabari Parker agreed to a two-year, $13 million deal with the Atlanta Hawks.

Parker, 24, was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2014 draft but will be starting
over with his fourth team.

Injuries have limited Parker to 247 career games -- he suffered torn anterior
cruciate ligaments in 2014 and 2017 -- but he holds averages of 15.1 points
and 5.7 rebounds per game in the NBA.

--Eight-year veteran point guard Ricky Rubio signed a multi-year deal with the
Phoenix Suns.

Rubio, who will pair in the backcourt with shooting guard Devin Booker,
averaged 12.7 points, 6.1 assists and 3.6 rebounds last season, his second
with the Utah Jazz. He helped Utah to consecutive playoff appearances,
averaging 14.6 points, 7.7 assists, 5.5 rebounds and 1.8 steals in the
playoffs the past two seasons.

Rubio has career averages of 11.1 points, 7.7 assists and 4.2 rebounds in 498
games (477 starts). He ranks fifth among all active players in assists per
game (18th all-time) and second among active players in steals per game (19th
all-time) with five career seasons ranking in the league's top 10 in assists
per game and four seasons in the top 10 in steals per game.

--The Clippers will re-sign forward JaMychal Green to a two-year, $10 million
deal, The Athletic's Shams Charania reported.

Green reportedly turned down more lucrative offers elsewhere to return to the
Clippers and try to win a championship.

Green, 29, split the 2018-19 season between Los Angeles and the Grizzlies.
With the Clippers, he played in 24 games and averaged 8.7 points and 6.5
rebounds in 19.6 minutes.

--The Golden State Warriors acquired forward/center Omari Spellman in a trade
with the Hawks and reportedly signed veteran guard Alec Burks.

The Hawks received center Damian Jones and a 2026 second-round draft pick from
the Warriors in exchange for Spellman.

Spellman, 21, appeared in 46 games (11 starts) during his 2018-19 rookie
season and averaged 5.9 points and 4.2 rebounds. The 24-year-old Jones played
in 49 regular season games during three seasons with the Warriors, averaging
3.6 points and 2.3 rebounds.

--The Toronto Raptors re-signed Patrick McCaw on Monday.

The deal is for two seasons, according to The Athletic.

McCaw played in 29 games this past season for the Cleveland Cavaliers and
Toronto. McCaw signed with the Cavs on Dec. 30, 2018, but was released on Jan.
7. Three days later, he was picked up by the Raptors.

McCaw spent his first two years with the Golden State Warriors. He played in
128 games (30 starts) with the Warriors, averaging 3.7 points and 1.5

In each of McCaw's three seasons, he was an NBA champion. His personal
three-peat was the first since Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neil accomplished
the feat from 2000-2002.

--The Minnesota Timberwolves claimed point guard Tyrone Wallace off waivers
from the Clippers.

Wallace, 25, appeared in 92 games (19 starts) over the past two seasons with
the Clippers, averaging 5.5 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 16.1

Wallace also played in 64 games (40 starts) in the G League during the 2016-17
and 2017-18 campaigns, averaging 17.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, 4.3 assists and
1.4 steals per game.

--The Brooklyn Nets signed free-agent guard Garrett Temple and re-signed
guard/forward Theo Pinson.

Temple, 33, spent last season with the Memphis Grizzlies and Los Angeles
Clippers, appearing in 75 games (career-high 55 starts) and averaging 7.8
points, a career-high 2.9 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.0 steals in a
career-high 27.2 minutes per game.

Pinson agreed to a deal with the Nets two days after the team rescinded its
qualifying offer to the 23-year-old to maximize cap space.

Pinson appeared in 18 games with Brooklyn last season, averaging 4.5 points,
2.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 11.7 minutes per game. He also appeared in
three playoff games for the Nets, averaging 3.0 points, 1.0 rebounds and 1.0
assists in 7.3 minutes per contest.

--Field Level Media