Agents aren’t pleased with the notion of raising the NBA’s minimum age, as Sean Deveney of The Sporting News examines. They feel shut out of the union’s search for a new executive director and they’re worried that whomever the union picks will be hurried to the bargaining table to discuss the age issue, Deveney writes.
More from around the league:
- Pierre Jackson will likely join the Pelicans for summer league action, reports Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports, who shares the tidbit in his weekly power rankings. Jackson signed for the rest of this season with a Turkish team shortly before the trade deadline.
- Mike Tokito of The Oregonian details Trail Blazers rookie Allen Crabbe‘s up-and-down season, as well as the player’s thoughts on the benefits of playing in the D-League.
- Who will be the first player taken in this year’s NBA draft? Joel Brigham, Alex Kennedy, Jessica Camerato, and Jabari Davis of Basketball Insiders debate the issue.
- Speaking of the first pick, Jabari Parker is making a strong case that it should be him, writes Scott Howard-Cooper of NBA.com. He believes that Parker is the most complete player in the entire draft, despite not having “elite” athleticism.
- Pau Gasol is unsure if his pending free agency will be affected by Kobe Bryant‘s recent criticism of the Lakers front office, writes Mark Medina of The Los Angeles Daily News.
- Mavs owner Mark Cuban isn’t sure if the Lakers will ever be able to recapture their magic without Jerry Buss around, writes Eddie Sefko of The Dallas Morning News. Cuban said, “Jerry Buss was the Lakers, so I don’t know if the Lakers will ever be the Lakers. I don’t think there was a smarter owner in the history of the NBA than Jerry Buss. So that’s tough to replace. I don’t think people realize just how good an owner Jerry was.”
Chuck Myron contributed to this post.