Move over, LeBron. DeMarcus Cousins is the talk of the NBA today.
Cousins shocked the world by signing a one-year deal to join the Death Star on Monday. It’s a controversial move that has a lot of NBA Twitter throwing hate Boogie’s way (nothing new to him), but it was the right move for Boogie given his current circumstances.
I’ll write a lot of words about this later today to explain why it is a genius play; until then, go ahead and get your Warriors NBA title bets in and order your new Cousins jerseys. It’s okay to feel a little bad for LeBron and the Lakers, too.
More news for your morning…
Several former Cats on the move in NBA free agency:
Monday was an insane day for NBA free agency. Obviously, DeMarcus Cousins is the headliner for one of the wildest moves in free agency history, but there were several other former Cats on the move as well.
Starting in Los Angeles, we saw the Lakers give up one former Cat only to sign another in a trade (but not an actual trade) with the New Orleans Pelicans. The Lakers signed Rajon Rondo for $9 million for one year, but did not re-sign Julius Randle. Randle ended up with Pelicans soon after he was renounced in L.A. His new deal is for $18 million over two years.
Mannnnnnnnn tooooo excited!! Excited about the future. Let’s get to work! @PelicansNBA
— Julius Randle (@J30_RANDLE) July 3, 2018
Nerlens Noel also found a new team in the Western Conference. He leaves Dallas behind for a veteran minimum contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Noel will make $3.5 million over two years, which is kind of sad if you read this:
There are also reports that Karl-Anthony Towns and Devin Booker will soon sit at the table with their respective teams to begin the max deal discussions.
Monday’s summer league recap:
Monday night marked the beginning of the NBA summer league, which includes SIXTEEN former Kentucky Wildcats this year. Night 1 gave us De’Aaron Fox and Wenyen Gabriel against the Lakers, and Bam Adebayo against the Warriors.
Adebayo went for 14 and 14 for the Heat, but in a losing effort. Fox had a great night with 23 points (9-of-15 shooting), eight rebounds, six assists, three steals, and five turnovers in a winning effort, but we only got a tiny glimpse of Gabriel in that one. The rook played only a little over a minute and did not record any statistics.
More NBA Summer League action tonight:
7 p.m. | Atlanta Hawks vs. San Antonio Spurs | NBA TV
9 p.m. | Miami Heat vs. Los Angeles Lakers | NBA TV
9 p.m. | Memphis Grizzlies vs. Utah Jazz | NBA TV
11 p.m. | Golden State Warriors vs. Sacramento Kings | NBA TV
Once again, you’ll see three former Wildcats in action: Bam Adebayo (Heat), Wenyen Gabriel (Kings) and De’Aaron Fox (Kings).
Here’s where you can catch KSR this week:
Thursday, July 5 | Beaver Dam | Beaver Dam Amphitheater
217 South Main Street, Beaver Dam, KY
Friday, July 6 | Owensboro | Academy Sports and Outdoors
3051 Highland Pointe Drive, Owensboro, KY
The full summer tour schedule can be seen here.
We’ll also be throwing out the first pitch and doing some other fun things at the Thursday night baseball game between the Owensboro RiverDawgs and my Madisonville Miners.
I’ll leave you with Trae Young’s first two three-pointers for the Atlanta Hawks.
Trae Young’s first two three-point attempts as an Atlanta Hawk ????? pic.twitter.com/P5W8ZIW8oI
— Rob Perez (@World_Wide_Wob) July 2, 2018
Remember, the Hawks passed on Luka Doncic to get Young in the draft. It’s a bold strategy, Cotton. Let’s see if it pays off for them.