The Los Angeles Lakers have selected Josh Hart out of Villanova with the No. 30 pick in the first round of the 2017 NBA Draft, acquiring the pick in a draft-day trade with the Utah Jazz. Hart, the Big East’s Player of the Year, should be a fantastic addition to the Lakers’ young core. He averaged 18.7 points per game as a Senior, shooting 40.4 percent from deep. Hart improved in each of the four years he spent at Villanova and adds some much-needed depth in the Lakers’ backcrout. He could be the three-and-D specialist the Lakers have been looking, also nabbing Defensive Player of the Year honors in the Big East on his way out. A comparison often mentioned when looking at the fact that Hart will
Jerry West has called his decision to leave the Golden State Warriors organization that he helped build into a burgeoning dynasty in favor of taking a similar consulting role with the Los Angeles Clippers the “last adventure of my life.” The goal of that quest? According to Sam Amick of USA Today Sports, the “grand plan” for West — a Hall of Fame player during his years wearing forum blue and gold who helped build a pair of Lakers dynasties during a quarter-century as a scout, coach and general manager, has won a pair of Executive of the Year trophies and served as a vital voice in the Warriors’ front office over the past six years — as he joins up with Clips decision-makers Doc Rivers and Lawrence Frank is to recruit and land the one and only LeBron James. According to two people with knowledge of the situation, West’s potential ability to improve the Clippers’ chances of landing the Cleveland Cavaliers star in free agency in the summer of 2018 was a significant factor in his hiring and in the willingness of owner Steve Ballmer to pay West between $4 and $5 million annually.
Chauncey Billups once competed against the Cleveland Cavaliers as a player. Billups met with team owner Dan Gilbert on Wednesday for the second straight day to discuss a front-office position with the Cavaliers, who are regrouping after losing to Golden State in the NBA Finals. Gilbert could be close to offering a job to Billups, according to a person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the talks.