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July 29, 2019

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Los Angeles Lakers superstar Anthony Davis says if he doesn’t win a championship during his NBA career, it will be one of his “biggest failures” in life.

The Anthony and LeBron James will try and lead the purple-and-gold to a title in 2019-20.

“I don’t think I have a failure that I’ve had yet,” Davis told ESPN as a guest on That’s What She Said with Sarah Spain. “Obviously at the end of my career if I don’t win a championship that would be, I would feel that’s one of my biggest failures. But right now, I still have a lot to do in this world on and off the court.

“So I don’t feel like I’ve failed in anything. I think I just continue to do it over until I succeed at it.”

Beal reportedly has no plans to accept the Wizards’ lucrative extension offer. Could he be the next star to hit the trade market? And if so, what will his trade market look like after several teams paid heavy prices to load up on superstar talent?

The Washington Wizards offered Bradley Beal a contract extension to pay him as much money as they possibly could, for as long as they’re able to. Beal didn’t immediately sign the new contract, just as his agent, Mark Bartelstein, said he wouldn’t, because there was no reason for him to.

Steve Ballmer discussed the potential of changing the brand identity of the Los Angeles Clippers ahead of their potential move into a new arena in 2024, calling the opportunity a “once-in-a-lifetime chance.”

Ballmer did not rule out changing the logo, the colors, or even the team name in the buildup to the Clippers moving into a new arena.

“We have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to really step our identity up another level. I don’t anticipate making a change, but we have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and that is the kind of thing you somehow do in consultation with your fans,” said Ballmer.

Ja Morant the second overall pick in the 2019 draft if the piece that the Memphis Grizzles. Morant didn’t play in Summer League. He was recovering from knee surgery. Morant averaged 24.5 points, 5.7 rebounds and 10.0 assists per game at Murray State in 2018-19 while shooting 49.9 percent from the field, 36.3 percent from beyond the arc and 81.3 percent from the free-throw line.

The Grizzlies are building their team around Morant and big man Jaren Jackson Jr. Memphis is hoping Morant and Jackson Jr. will be the next Conley-Gasol connection.

The No. 1 overall pick  Zion Williamson wants to “work as hard as he can and be a sponge from our veterans.”

The New Orleans Pelicans have three solid veterans in Jrue Holiday, JJ Redick and Derrick Favors. New Orleans GM David Griffin has already said multiple times this summer New Orleans is Holiday’s team, as he doesn’t want to put too much pressure on Williamson.

“(We want Zion) to work as hard as he can and be a sponge from our veterans,” the Pelicans exec told Keith Smith of Real GM. “Zion is going to be really good. He’s probably going to be good to start, but the most important thing is that he’s a hard working kid and wants to get better. That’s all we want right now. To put more on his shoulders is asking a lot of someone his age.”

Free agent Ben McLemore has agreed to a partially guaranteed two-year deal with the Houston Rockets. McLemore, 26, was selected seventh overall by the Kings in 2013. After spending his first four years in the NBA in Sacramento, he signed with the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2017-2018 season.

In his six-year NBA career so far, the Kansas product averaged 8.8 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.1 assists across 23.7 minutes. He has shot 41.7 percent from the field and 35.3 percent from deep. Last season, he registered a career-high 41.5 percent from 3-point country through 19 games.

General manager Daryl Morey and analysts believe that the Rockets expect McLemore to embrace a spot-up shooter role, much like what Gerald Green has been doing for the Mike D’Antoni-coached squad.

Marcus Smart is now the longest-tenured player on the Boston Celtics roster. As a new leader he is admitting the early playoff exit is not solely on Kyrie Irving but on the whole team.

Smart’s role will likely see a bump in playing time and crucially importance as a leader, being the longest-tenured player along with the defensive and emotional core of the Celtics. While Boston was able to find a fine Kyrie replacement in three-time All-Star guard Kemba Walker, nobody knows the Celtics better than Smart right now.

Jeremy Lin, the Asian-American point guard spent last season playing for the Atlanta Hawks and the Toronto Raptors. He won his first career championship with the latter, but he was usually seen on the court during garbage time. Moreover, it seems that the Raps have no intention of bringing him back next season.

Kendrick Perkins has said, “Jeremy Lin’s situation is a harsh reality of the NBA. Very few have the opportunity to dictate when the league moves on from them. So for the ones that have the privilege to have one of those 450 spots, cherish it.”

All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony is still without a job a sad, but true reality for what his NBA life has become as he ages into potential retirement. His longtime trainer Chris Brickley went on Power 105’s The Breakfast Club a few days ago, giving DJ Envy and Angela Yee a ringing endorsement, saying he’s much better than most players currently in the league.

“He’s easily better than 60 percent, 70 percent of the NBA players walking around,”  said Brickley. “It’s just that teams are afraid of ‘I want to be a starter.’ It’s not the case. Melo just wants to have a farewell season, do what D-Wade did. Have a jersey swap. He had a great career, he’s a Hall of Famer. So hopefully that could happen.”

One of the Toronto Raptors’ die-hard fans doesn’t think the team should retire Kawhi Leonard’s jersey.

Nav Bhatia, the Raptors fan who’ve watched all of the team’s games since it came into the NBA back in 1995, told Luke Fox of Sports Net Canada that Leonard’s jersey should never be raised into the rafters of Scotiabank Arena, even after the All-Star forward led the team to its first-ever NBA championship last season.

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