Pacific Notes: Suns Staff, Walton, Bell, LeBron

A trio of assistants/scouts in other organizations could soon be joining Monty WilliamsSuns staff, Marc Stein of the New York Times tweetsSteve Blake (Trail Blazers), Randy Ayers (Nets) and Mark Bryant (Thunder) have emerged as top contenders to join Williams in Phoenix. Williams was hired by the Suns three weeks ago after spurning overtures from the Lakers.

We have more from the Pacific Division:

  • Luke Walton was spotted by the media helping out with the Kings’ pre-draft workout on Thursday but he didn’t speak to the press, Jason Anderson of the Sacramento Bee reports. The new Kings head coach hasn’t faced the media since a lawsuit alleging that he sexually assaulted a former reporter was filed last month. The league and organization are jointly investigating the matter.
  • Jordan Bell, who will be a restricted free agent this summer, has made a positive impression in the postseason, as the team’s website notes. The Warriors forward received a start in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals and averaged 6.8 PPG, 2.3 RPG and 2.0 APG in the series. “Jordan Bell is one of those guys who has got that energy,” veteran swingman Andre Iguodala said. “He thrives off the spotlight. He enjoys being in those moments and people are watching him.
  • People within LeBron James‘ inner circle expressed concern that the dysfunction within the Lakers organization could ruin the team’s summer even before Magic Johnson‘s public criticism of GM Rob Pelinka and the front office structure, Sam Amick of The Athletic reports. The challenge of convincing at least one top free agent to join James was already seen as daunting around the league, and recent developments have make that uphill climb far worse, Amick adds.
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18 thoughts on “Pacific Notes: Suns Staff, Walton, Bell, LeBron

  1. claude raymond

    Has anyone stopped to consider that possibly few players want to play with Lebron in the Lebronum and Bailey Circus?

    • Senioreditor

      They’ll be at least 1 if not 2 players that will sign on to play with him. The pundits are all so smart. LOL

    • x%sure

      Do you not read these comment sections, or watch sports-news hot-takes TV shows??? Or maybe, for you, every day really is a new day, and everything must be contemplated anew.

      Funny how you think your thought is fresh. Join the madding crowd with it.

    • Puke Walton you still have a job? btw as a Lakers fan don’t come back to LA!!

      • RenoChris

        You guys dropped him for Frank Vogel. You will think Walton was the second coming of Phil Jackson after next years train wreck. He doesn’t want to go back to LA. No one wants to go there let alone go back.

  2. I think best approach is this. Sign Nikola V for 24 M. Trade Lonzo to Bulls for 7 pick. Sign D. Collision for 12m. Sign Seth for 6, Sign Bojan Bog for $16m, one vet backup center 2m, Bring Bullock back and draft Hunter and Garland

    • JonnyLucas

      Sounds like a team that won’t win anything… They must land AD AND a max FA like kyrie or Kawhi. Which won’t happen… another bad year in laker land is looming.

      • Tell me how you do that with $42 M in cap space? Davis is 27M and has a trade kicker. Even if he doesn’t take it, you give up 4 lakers at $20.5 m. That’s uses 6.5m But roster is down to 5. That means you have cap hold for 7 open
        roster spots at almost $1M each. 42-6.5 -7 is $29.5 So you have $30.5 of space because he’ll eat up a roster spot. Max slots are 33 and 35 I think.

  3. JonnyLucas

    If the lakers can’t land kyrie, Kawhi, or AD, they will be lost at sea. Ingram was showing significant improvement before the injury though…. I hope he makes it back good as new.

  4. Disagree. You all say we can’t land a great FA? So what’s your plan? You need 3 Point shooting. Only hope is trade. You get AD and have $28 M left to spend. Lose Lonzo, Ingram and at least Hart or Kuzma and maybe both. So you need 3 starters and back up for $28 M. That includes 5M for roster cap holds. So back to my plan. Right before LBJ got hurt (and others) we had a stretch of about 15-20 games where we were near 70% wins. So we keep almost everyone we have and add major depth, 3 or shooting. Anyone gets hurt, we have backup. And we have two young draft choices to develop.

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