2018 NBA free agency rumors: Lakers warn entire staff not to tamper
The Lakers don’t want to get into any trouble during this year’s free agency period.
Los Angeles co-owner and governor Jeanie Buss called a meeting, which was led by president of basketball operations Magic Johnson, to warn employees not to tamper ahead of the free agent signing period, according to ESPN.
The Lakers are expected to be a big player in the free agency market and it’s been speculated the franchise will target LeBron James and Paul George.
Divac is apparently not so enthralled with Slovenian guard Luka Doncic and has eyes for Michael Porter Jr., though his injury questions might scare off the Kings. That could leave Divac to draft Marvin Bagley III. If he does, and Bagley is just so-so while Doncic goes on to be the kind of star guard who makes other players better, Ranadive’s Kings could be in for another half-decade of playoff-free suffering.
Brandon Belt and Joe Panik drove in two runs each, Hunter Pence had a pinch-hit, two-run double, and the Giants completed a three-game sweep with a 9-6 victory over the division-leading Arizona Diamondbacks. It was San Francisco’s seventh win in eight games and their first sweep of the Diamondbacks since September of 2016. San Francisco moved into a second-place tie at 2 1/2 games behind Arizona for the first time since June 10.
A four-run fifth inning highlighted by Pence’s double off reliever Silvino Bracho gave the Giants an 8-3 lead. Cory Gearrin (1-1) got one out in the fourth inning to earn the win in relief of starter Derek Holland.
Afterward, manager Bruce Bochy praised the veteran Pence — who is primarily a bench player at present — for accepting his role.
He is our spiritual leader. I know his role has changed and he has handled it so well. This is a little bit of a change for him and it is not easy, Bochy said. He has a great attitude and just wants to help the club win.