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Afternoon Read: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander could help L.A. in free agency

Will Shai Gilgeous-Alexander draw top free agents to Los Angeles?

A writer over at Complex Sports believes so.

Adam Caparell thinks it could be Gilgeous-Alexander, not LeBron James, bringing more star power to L.A. this summer. He believes Gilgeous-Alexander’s play in the Clippers’ playoff series with the Warriors is catching the eye of some of the NBA’s soon-to-be available stars. In this excerpt I am about to share with you, Caparell names Kevin Durant as a potential L.A. teammate, in addition to saying the former Wildcat is a better young point guard option than the other guy in L.A.:

You think Durant isn’t taking notice of what the 20-year-old kid just did? KD, of course, is the No. 1 free agent this summer and definitely has made mental notes about SGA. While Durant hates it when we speculate about his future and his headspace, a drastically improved SGA and Durant would be a helluva duo. Thompson, Kawhi Leonard, or any other top level free agent could just as easily fit in alongside the smooth and silky point guard and thrive. It’s not crazy talk to say SGA’s ceiling appears to be higher than that of the second year player from UCLA who plays for the Clippers’ crosstown rival.

For sure, there are things that Lonzo Ball does better than SGA—like rebound, rack up assists, and make the highlight passes. But you can easily contend Gilgeous-Alexander had a better overall rookie campaign than Ball, considering he played way more games, helped get his squad to the playoffs, shot markedly better from the field and free throw line, and, you know, actually played. Plus, SGA doesn’t bring a boatload of hype or hoopla with him like Ball. [more]

I recommend reading the whole thing. It’ll make you proud of that four-star point guard who came to Kentucky as a projected backup, and left after one season as a lottery pick.

[Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Is a Big Reason Why Free Agents Will be Crushing on the Clippers]

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

3 Comments for Afternoon Read: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander could help L.A. in free agency

  1. Cokely53
    4:01 pm April 22, 2019 Permalink

    Maybe it’s more obvious to someone outside of Kentucky but why did anyone ever believe Ball was good enough to go #2? Fox proved in the sweet 16 that Ball would be a bust and yet somehow Magic was gullible enough to draft him.

    • Smyrna_Cat
      4:13 pm April 22, 2019 Permalink

      Agree on BOTH Fox and SGA. I think it is a bit of a reach though about how much this influences players like Durant.

  2. Luether
    8:05 pm April 22, 2019 Permalink

    Shai continues to exceed expectations…