Pacific Notes: Looney, Lakers, Suns, Kings

When it comes to Warriors players facing free agency this summer, the focus has rightly been on Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson, but those aren’t the only players on the roster with expiring contracts.

One key role player up for a new deal this offseason is Kevon Looney, who played regular minutes at center this season as DeMarcus Cousins and Damian Jones dealt with injuries. Now, his role has increased once again with Cousins expected to miss the rest of the playoffs, perhaps putting him in a position to boost his value as he nears free agency.

The Warriors hold Looney’s Bird rights, allowing the team to go over the cap to re-sign him. But if Thompson and Durant return, it’s not clear how high Golden State would be willing to go to retain a role player. Asked about Looney’s upcoming free agency, teammate Andre Iguodala acknowledged that a more lucrative payday may await the youngster elsewhere.

“I hope he gets paid,” Iguodala said, per Anthony Slater of The Athletic (video link). “So I hope he doesn’t come back because I hope he gets all the money.”

Here’s more out of the Pacific:

  • Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka met with Sixers assistant Monty Williams earlier this week to discuss the club’s head coaching vacancy, and there’s an expectation on both sides that a second visit will occur at some point, sources tell ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Williams is one of three known candidates for the Lakers’ job, along with Tyronn Lue and Juwan Howard.
  • The Suns‘ approach to the offseason will hinge largely on where the team’s first-round pick lands in the lottery, as Gina Mizell of The Athletic explains. Mizell sketches out multiple potential paths for Phoenix’s offseason — one that involves Zion Williamson, one featuring Ja Morant, and one in which the Suns land outside the top two in the draft.
  • In a story published shortly after Dave Joerger was let go by the Kings, Jason Jones of The Athletic passes along some fascinating tidbits on Joerger’s tenure in Sacramento. According to Jones, Joerger never really seemed to connect with youngsters Marvin Bagley III and Harry Giles, favorites of the front office. Sources also told Jones that Joerger favored drafting Luka Doncic over Bagley, and would have been on board with trading Buddy Hield before the 2018/19 season.
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8 thoughts on “Pacific Notes: Looney, Lakers, Suns, Kings

  1. MiserablePadreFan

    I just ran the math and after 1000 draft lottery simulations, I came up with a 100% probability that the Suns will be picking 7th. Also because God hates the Phoenix Suns.

    • kaptain k

      As a suns fan I truly believe this. The draft gods (nba exec) don’t believe in the Suns market. If the pick falls out they should try to move it for a solid vet and some future assets. This is a huge summer and need to provide Booker with pieces and prevent Ayton from taking a slump.

    • x%sure

      Are the Suns snakebit?
      I will try a chart in a word-box.
      50-win seasons
      tm yrs 50+ pct #1
      Celts 72 33 46% 16
      Lakrs 58 31 53% 11 (+ Minn.)
      Spurs 45 29 64% 5
      Suns 50 19 38% 0
      Sixrs 55 17 31% 2 (+ Syra.)
      Bulls 52 16 31% 6
      Jazz 39 16 41% 0
      Pstns 61 14 23% 3
      Mavs 38 14 37% 1
      Kniks 72 13 18% 2

    • x%sure

      Are the Suns snakebit?
      I will try a chart in a word-box.
      50-win seasons
      team…yrs…50…pct…#1s
      Celts…72…33…46%…16
      Lakrs…58…31…53%…11 (+ Minn.)
      Spurs…45…29…64%….5
      Sunss…50…19…38%….0
      Sixrs…55…17…31%….2 (+ Syra.)
      Bulls…52…16…31%….6
      Jazzz…39…16…41%….0
      Pstns…61…14…23%….3
      Mavss…38…14…37%….1
      Kniks…72…13…18%….2

  2. Glad Joerger got fired, I mean he didn’t get along with MBIII & Giles… also wanted to get rid of Hield, this guy has no idea at all, good riddance… now will see if Luke can do better, not so sure just now though… will see!

    • sleepyfloyd

      Imagine…… a guy that thought luka was better.

      Ever think maybe he was the lone guy that knew the young guys suck

  3. Yep it is

    The Suns will get hosed they always do. Zion to the Knicks just like Ewing and then we hear “ it wasn’t rigged”. The commissioner could care less about the 5th largest city in America as long as the Knicks and Lakers have the players. Both SUCK

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