5-Star Prospect Mitchell Robinson Reportedly May Skip Season, Wait for NBA Draft

After committing to Western Kentucky and leaving before playing a minute, Mitchell Robinson might sit out the entire 2017-18 season.

According to Jon Rothstein of FanRag Sports, the 5-star recruit has visited multiple programs since being granted his release, but could instead just choose to prepare for the 2018 NBA draft.

The player’s camp reportedly believes he can remain a top-10 pick after sitting out the full season.

     

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Trilogy vs. 3 Headed Monsters Set for BIG3 Basketball League Championship

The 3 Headed Monsters will take on Trilogy in the first-ever BIG3 championship after the squads won their respective semifinal matchups Sunday in Seattle.

This pits the top two teams from the league’s regular season, the only squads who finished the eight weeks with a winning record. Trilogy are now 9-0 on the year while the 3 Headed Monsters are 7-2.

The league championship is set for Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

            

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Lakers News: LA Releases Statement on Paul George Tampering Investigation

The Los Angeles Lakers responded Sunday to tampering allegations made against them by the Indiana Pacers.

Lakers director of media relations Alison Bogli announced: “As the NBA‘s statement made clear, we cannot comment about the specifics of any ongoing investigation. We can confirm, however, that we are cooperating fully with the NBA in the hope of clearing our name as soon as possible.”

This comes after reporter Peter Vecsey reported the NBA was investigating the Lakers for potentially tampering with then-Pacer Paul George. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN also reported the news, specifying the “probe centered on possible impermissible contact” between George and Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson.

Bogli’s comments referred to the NBA’s statement asking the Pacers and Lakers to “refrain from commenting,” which Sean Highkin of The Athletic passed along in full:

“At the request of the Indiana Pacers, the NBA opened an investigation into alleged tampering by the Los Angeles Lakers. The independent investigation is being conducted by the law firm Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. The Lakers have been cooperative and, at this point, no findings have been made. We have asked both teams to refrain from commenting while the investigation is ongoing.”

Los Angeles didn’t issue a formal denial in its statement, but Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.com reported the team is denying the allegations and believes it will be cleared following the league’s investigation.

Wojnarowski and Shelburne explained a guilty finding could result in a number of punishments for the Lakers, including a fine of up to $5 million, potential suspensions of team officials involved in the tampering while George was under contract with the Pacers and even restrictions on potentially landing George in the future.

“If the NBA were to find evidence that the Lakers had engaged in a side agreement with George, he could be prohibited from signing a free-agent deal with Los Angeles or being part of a trade to the Lakers,” they wrote.

Although Indiana ultimately traded him to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis, George has been connected with the Lakers throughout much of the offseason.

Wojnarowski—then of The Vertical—reported in June the star told the Pacers he planned on becoming a free agent following the upcoming season instead of exercising his player option for 2018-19 and eyed the Lakers as his preferred destination.

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Lakers Tampering Allegation Reportedly Due to Magic Johnson, Paul George Contact

The Indiana Pacers reportedly filed a tampering charge against the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday revolving around Magic Johnson and Paul George.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported the news, noting the “probe centered on possible impermissible contact” between the Lakers’ president of basketball operations and George—whom the Pacers traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder this offseason.

Sean Highkin of The Athletic shared the NBA‘s statement in response to the situation:

At the request of the Indiana Pacers, the NBA opened an investigation into alleged tampering by the Los Angeles Lakers. The independent investigation is being conducted by the law firm Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen and Katz. The Lakers have been cooperative and, at this point, no findings have been made. We have asked both teams to refrain from commenting while the investigation is ongoing.

           

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Blake Griffin Could See LeBron James Joining Knicks Before LA

There’s been plenty of buzz linking LeBron James to a potential move to the Los Angeles Lakers when he becomes a free agent after the 2017-18 season. But at least one NBA player, Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin, thinks a move to the New York Knicks is more likely.

“I could see him going to New York before L.A.,” Griffin said on the View from the Cheap Seats podcast (h/t Aaron Mansfield of Complex.com). “I still think, when you go to the Garden, it’s a completely different feeling. The energy there seems like there’s just a consistent buzz the entire game… even last year when you go play them, it’s still there.”

Griffin added, “Honestly, I don’t see him coming to L.A. period. Listen, again, I have no idea [laughs]. I think something is brewing with him and his group of guys. I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I think something’s brewing and they’re going to try to make that work.”

           

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Clippers Reportedly Offer GM Position to Thunder’s Michael Winger

The Los Angeles Clippers have reportedly offered their vacant general manager position to Oklahoma City Thunder executive Michael Winger.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported the news, noting the deal could be finalized “soon.” 

Winger, 37, is currently an assistant general manager to Sam Presti in Oklahoma City. He’s spent the last seven years with the franchise.

        

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NBA Denies Allegation of Plan to Rule out Giannis Antetokounmpo of EuroBasket

The NBA denied a claim from the Greek federation that the league hatched a plot to keep Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo out of EuroBasket.

“The NBA and the Milwaukee Bucks have followed all appropriate protocol under the NBA-FIBA agreement,” the NBA said in a statement, per the Associated Press. “Giannis has an injury that has been confirmed through multiple examinations, and any suggestion to the contrary is false.”

          

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