Show Recap: July 2, 2018 (NBA Free Agency Special)

Opener: Lakers fans doing LeBron’s infamous “Powder Toss:”

Tonight’s Panel:

Starting from the left: Rachel Nichols, NBA Champ and future Hall of Famer, Paul Pierce, Insiders Ramona Shelburne and Brian Windhorst

First Half

Reaction to Rajon Rondo joining Lakers?

“I would expect there to be” – Windhorst on the Lakers not done making moves yet

“They’re obviously going for interchangeable players” – Shelburne

“Guys like Rondo and Stephenson can make plays” – Pierce

“I think they can play with pace” – Shelburne on the Lakers thinking this offseason as they are putting this roster together

“I think they can play with pace” – Shelburne on the Lakers thinking this offseason as they are putting this roster together

“You need a high IQ player. And Rondo is one of those guys” – Pierce

Julius Randle agrees to 2 year, $18M deal with Pelicans

“I don’t know what this means for Boogie Cousins” – Windhorst

“The Pelicans suffered a loss with losing Rondo” – Windhorst

“It’s a great insurance policy, especially if you don’t get Boogie Cousins back” – Pierce

July 2, 2008 – Seattle Sonics move to Oklahoma City and become the Oklahoma City Thunder

Running it back to Rachel’s conversation with Kobe Bryant from the daytime show


Second Half

Reaction to Kobe Bryant’s comments on LeBron?

“LA needs a superstar. This is what LA is all about. Something to get excited about” – Pierce

“He’s been looking for someone to pass the torch to” – Pierce”He needs a superstar” – Pierce

“He’s been to more Sparks games than Laker games” – Shelburne

“You don’t show up unless somebody is worthy of showing up” – Shelburne

“You have to do it. They have to do it now” – Pierce on the Lakers needing to get Kawhi sooner rather than wait

“When I checked in today, the conversations are still far apart” – Shelburne update on the Kawhi to Lakers talk

What’s next for Cavs?

“They informed Kevin Love that they don’t intend to trade him” – Windhorst

“They’re going to have a hard time to stay in the middle here. They are an expensive team right now” – Windhorst

“It doesn’t make sense to keep him. Kevin Love doesn’t fit in their long-term plan” – Pierce

“They are in rebuild. This team shouldn’t make the playoffs” – Pierce

Kawhi Make or MissNote: Get used to seeing this until Kawhi gets traded!

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Returns; J.J. Redick returning to 76ers on 1-year deal

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Flights; Should Celtics be worried about Robert Williams?
He overslept an introductory conference call the day after the NBA Draft and missed a flight to Boston and was not present for the start of the team’s summer league practices

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Fresh Starts; Like Mario Hezonja to the Knicks?

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Boredom; Better move: Favors staying in Utah or Noel to OKC?

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Magic; Magic agree to 4-year $84M deal to bring back Aaron Gordon

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Peace; Brawl a bad look for FIBA?

Eastern Conference wide open without LeBron?
The last non-LeBron Eastern Conference Champs were…Paul Pierce and his Boston Celtics!

“It’s pretty wide open. Toronto is bringing back their team. Sixers and Celtics will be really good” – Pierce

“Early favorites: Sixers/Celtics in ECF” – Pierce

“He (Kawhi) might consider staying in Philadelphia long-term” – Shelburne on Kawhi possibly being traded to Philly

Pressure off Lakers front office now?

“He (Magic) always thrives under pressure” – Pierce

“He (Magic) wants that pressure and that’s why he took the job” – Pierce

“They’re adding pressure because of these moves that they’re making. No one in the league understands what they are doing” – Windhorst


Think Clint Capela returns to Rockets?

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“The Rockets really aren’t compelled to offer the max that he deserves” – Windhorst

“Restricted free agency is a very tricky thing” – Shelburne”

He doesn’t have any leverage” – Shelburne

“I don’t know if he’s worth the max” – Pierce”My understanding is: When they met, it didn’t go well” – Shelburne”Clint Capela is unhappy right now” – Windhorst

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