The New York Knicks may have missed out on Zion Williamson and every major free agent, but at least their fans can hang their hats on this: They are the odds-on favorite to win the 2019 NBA Summer League.
The NBA said the postponement was for "precautionary reasons". And it was no surprise that he stayed to see Williamson.
That's a lot of heavy lifting when there were already two stars, including the player considered arguably the greatest ever (LeBron), sitting there in Laker Purple and Gold with arms wide open.
"I've never met him", James said.
But while Zion was among the biggest players in most of his college games, he's going to be cut down to size at least a little at the National Basketball Association level.
In an interview with Pelicans writer Jim Eichenhofer, Zion acted excited about being able to play in a league with more spacing. Then again, he also got cheered for coming onto the floor for warmups, for dunks in the layup line and when his name got introduced as the fifth and final starter for the Pelicans in the pregame introductions.
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In the days after the Raptors' Game 6 win, Leonard was spotted in Niagara Falls with his family and at a Blue Jays game . Carter is also reporting that Leonard is not interested in signing a one or two year contract.
At the end of the day the Lakers got just what they wanted, one of the league's most valuable assets.
"We're not going to do anything insane with him", Gentry said.
Along with the more notable three Lakers expected to attend, Jared Dudley is also expected to be in attendance at the Vegas Summer League game - meaning every Laker with a contract excpet Troy Daniels should be at the game.
Davis gives the Lakers a true superstar to build around for the foreseeable future as the 26-year-old is a six-time All-Star and three-time All-NBA First Team selection with career averages of 23.7 points, 10.5 rebounds, and 2.4 blocks per game.
"People want to be part of something big and special", said Warren LeGarie, the summer league's executive director.