NBA News: May 29th

NBA NEWS: May 29th



The Philadelphia 76ers are aiming for the stars this offseason, with Los Angeles Clippers’ standout Paul George emerging as their top target come July’s free agency, according to sources close to The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor.

Daryl Morey, the 76ers’ president of basketball operations, has made it clear: the team needs a high-caliber wing alongside Joel Embiid and Tyrese Maxey, and George fits the bill perfectly. With his impressive stats from last season—averaging 22.6 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.5 steals across 74 games—George could provide the firepower Philadelphia seeks.

Although George is eligible for a lucrative four-year, $221-million contract with the Clippers, reports suggest they haven’t matched the three-year, $152.4-million deal they offered Kawhi Leonard in January, fueling speculation about his future.

With nearly $60 million in cap space and up to five tradable first-round draft picks, the 76ers have the financial muscle to make a splash. However, should the George pursuit fall through, New Orleans Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram emerges as a viable backup plan, as per O’Connor’s insights.

Ingram, a former Lakers star, has blossomed into an All-Star since joining the Pelicans, averaging 20.8 points, 5.7 assists, and 5.1 rebounds last season, making him an enticing option for Philadelphia.

The 76ers’ postseason hopes were dashed by the New York Knicks in the opening round, emphasizing the urgency for roster upgrades. Despite their past playoff struggles, the franchise is determined to break the cycle and make a deep postseason run, aiming to surpass their 2001 Finals appearance.


NBA Former player Bill Walton

NBA Hall of Famer and two-time champion Bill Walton has passed away at 71 following a prolonged battle with cancer, announced by the league on Monday.

Walton’s basketball journey began at UCLA in the 1970s, where he led the Bruins to consecutive undefeated seasons and clinched two national championships. As a towering 6-foot-11 center, he earned the title of Final Four Most Outstanding Player twice and secured the Naismith College Player of the Year award thrice, leaving an enduring mark on college basketball.

Mick Cronin, UCLA Bruins head coach, paid tribute to Walton, acknowledging his immeasurable impact on the program and the sport itself. Walton’s relentless energy, passion, and unwavering candor became the defining traits of his larger-than-life personality.

Drafted first overall by the Portland Trail Blazers in 1974, Walton swiftly established himself as a dominant force. His third NBA season saw him finish second in MVP voting while leading the league in rebounding and blocks, earning him the Finals MVP as he propelled the Blazers to their inaugural championship.

Despite battling injuries throughout his career, Walton’s adaptability and basketball IQ remained evident. He went on to play for the Los Angeles Clippers and Boston Celtics, contributing to the Celtics’ 1986 championship victory and earning the Sixth Man of the Year accolade, having impacted the NBA Playoff odds at the time.

Transitioning to broadcasting post-retirement, Walton’s insightful commentary and infectious enthusiasm endeared him to basketball fans worldwide. His contributions were recognized with an Emmy Award for “Best Live Sports Television Broadcast” in 2001.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver hailed Walton as a transformative figure, lauding his impact on the court and in the broadcasting booth. Walton’s legacy transcends statistics, embodying charisma, dedication, and an unwavering love for the game that will inspire generations to come.

While his passing leaves a void in the basketball community, Bill Walton’s indelible contributions ensure that his memory will be cherished and celebrated for years to come.