Now that the NBA trade deadline has come and gone, and many of the top buyout players have been signed, things are starting to slow down. Teams are making their playoff pushes, and some teams are already thinking about the draft. Let’s take a look at some of the top news stories and rumors in the NBA this week so you can keep wagering against their NBA odds.
Latest NBA Rumors and News Out There – April 6th Update
It looks like two college freshmen are the frontrunners to be the first pick in the upcoming draft. While it has long been known that Oklahoma State’s Cade Cunningham was a favorite to be the first pick, we’re now hearing some rumors that that may not be the case. After a strong run in the NCAA Tournament, many draft experts and some NBA general managers are speculating that Gonzaga’s Jalen Suggs could be the first pick. Many are saying that Suggs has the explosiveness of Russell Westbrook, but he’s a better shooter and a much better defender.
There’s a lot of time between now and the draft, so I’m sure we’ll hear a lot more between now and then.
How Much Longer can Luke Walton Survive?
Walton’s Sacramento Kings are having another abysmal season. Currently sitting in the 12th spot in the Western Conference with a record of 22-29, the Kings are once again destined for a lottery selection. Since he was hired in 2019, Walton hasn’t had much success, and we’re wondering if the Kings front office is ready to make a change? Walton has been in the news, as the families of DeAaron Fox and Marvin Bagley have publicly complained about some of Walton’s decisions and have even made public remarks about the possibilities of Fox and/or Bagley wanting out of Sacramento. If the Kings continue to head down the wrong path, it’s inevitable that Walton will probably lose his job at the end of the season.
Everyone is Looking for Big Men and Shooters
Now that the buyout market has basically ended, it’s obvious that contenders have been looking for big men and perimeter shooting. The Lakers signed Andre Drummond after Cleveland bought him out. Drummond will fill a need for the Lakers after JaVale McGee and Dwight Howard left the team this past offseason.
Boogie Cousins is back! The Clippers just signed the big man to a 10-day contract. If Cousins plays well, it’s more than likely that the Clippers will sign him for the rest of the season. He could be a huge scoring boost for LA in the playoffs.
As for perimeter shooting, the Lakers also addressed that need, as they have signed former Rocket Ben McLemore. McLemore has been a very good shooter the past two seasons, as he has shot better than 40% from beyond the arc. He’ll bring some much needed shooting to the Lakers. He’ll help spread the floor for LeBron James and Anthony Davis when they return from injury. The Lakers have signed him for the remainder of the season, so they think that he can be a huge key for an extended playoff run.