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Josh Hart is probably too good for Las Vegas Summer League, but the young veteran of the Lakers is spending his summer helping get his teammates prepared for a season that matters.

Las Vegas — As Josh Hart effortlessly got wherever he wanted on the court to help the Los Angeles Lakers blow out the Philadelphia 76ers 96-79, he looked like what he is: A veteran beating up on overmatched prospects who aren’t ready for the bright lights and the crucible of the postseason.

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When he was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder last summer, Carmelo Anthony’s career suddenly was granted a reprieve. Sure, playing in New York afforded Melo visibility and a certain kind of status, but it had been four years since Melo’s Knicks had even sniffed the playoffs.

No longer would he be playing for a clueless franchise whose team president went out of his way to denigrate his game and blame him for the team’s failures. As a veteran with a no-trade clause, the deal required his sign-off. Melo not only agreed, he also waived his $8 million trade kicker.

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Tony Parker will sign a two-year, $10 million deal with the Charlotte Hornets, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Picturing Parker in Hornets blue feels bizarre. The Spurs as we know them are fading.

According to Wojnarowski, Parker called Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich to inform him of his decision, despite San Antonio wanting him back. He will now join Spurs former assistant coach, James Borrego, who was recently hired as head coach in Charlotte.

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No one wants to spend the 4th of July by themselves. It’s a pain. You have to fire up the grill and only cook for yourself. You have to look at your friends’ Instagram that is filled with pictures of their awesome party. It’s a drag. Well ... Donovan Mitchell wasn’t going to go it alone on 4th of July. Ever the man of the people, Donovan Mitchell evidently learned what not to do on 4th of July from a prior Utah Jazzman who collectively ruined every Jazz fan’s BBQ by his decision/indecision/decision/article one year ago today.

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Diana Taurasi is currently in her 14th year in the WNBA, she’s the league’s all-time leading scorer as well as the first WNBA player to hit 1,000 three-pointers. She’s essentially the living GOAT of the league, very similar to that guy LeBron James over in the NBA.

What else do they have in common? Taurasi has worn one sneaker for most of her career and it’s been LeBron James’ signature shoe. She’s been mostly wearing the LeBron 10s for her career but like all sneaker heads, she’s fallen in love with the LeBron 15s. She told WNBA.com, “I think these by far have eclipsed comfort level of any basketball shoe I’ve ever worn.”

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LeBron James is going to L.A. Paul George is staying in Oklahoma City. With the Philadelphia 76ers’ two blockbuster free agent targets off the market, Kawhi Leonard is the only available star they’ve had their eyes on. And once the Sixers completed a trade with the Denver Nuggets to acquire Wilson Chandler, a 2021 second-round pick and the rights to swap a 2022 second-round pick, the instant reaction by many was that this was the precursor to a deal for Leonard.

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This simple Site Manager felt that the selection of Jaren Jackson Jr. was a pick for the future, a future that the Memphis Grizzlies had publicly stated they were not as concerned with as they were the present. It wasn’t that Jackson couldn’t be the best player eventually in this draft - quite the contrary. The potential was always there for him to be great.

Yet for a capped out roster designed to compete immediately, the selection of Jackson Jr. felt like an indirect slap in the face. “We want to win now...but pay no attention to the 18-year old we just took #4 overall behind the curtain.” That is how it felt.

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DeMarcus Cousins secured himself one of the few reliable things in this world on Monday night — a Golden State Warriors championship. He made the move that was the best for him, that would make him happy, and one that he deserved.

The Warriors already had the NBA world in “simulate the season to the end” more. They’ve won two championships since adding Kevin Durant in 2016, and by adding Cousins, they could have (probably) ordered their championship rings yesterday while the rest of the league got an early start on with 2019 free agency.

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I’m irrationally excited about the Indiana Pacers, who haven’t done anything more than what they were supposed to do this summer. With a savvy late first-round draft pick and a couple of low-key veteran signings, general manager Kevin Pritchard has turned a good team into a better one, at least on paper.

That’s how the offseason is supposed to work, especially for a young team on the way up, like Pritchard’s Pacers. What’s weird about this offseason is that virtually no one else has bothered to go out and improve themselves this summer.

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