The Los Angeles Lakers have made one of the biggest moves to beat the NBA trade deadline by acquiring Isaiah Thoms and Channing Frying from the Cleveland Cavaliers and sending Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr.
While the Lakers trade will not be able to help the Lakers into the playoffs, they have created a bigger future salaries to go after big names in the upcoming free agency. Rumors have been swirling around that the Lakers can lure LeBron James and Paul George this summer. The Lakers have a $46.9 million cap room to accommodate two stars in the free agency. Unloading Clarkson’s $26 million owed over the next two seasons was important for the Lakers aspirations of landing a big talent. The Cavs helped the Lakers for this reason.
For the Cavaliers, the trade could be a quick fix on what they are experiencing. The Cavaliers didn’t get better since the insertion of Thomas in the roster, instead it created some sort of damage in their chemistry that resulted to more losses than victories. It provides stability with younger legs both in offense and defense. Clarkson averages 14.5 points per game in which he comes from the bench often while Nance averages 8.6 points and 6.8 rebounds per game.
Will the Lakers be able to get stars in the free agency with this action?
The New York Knicks take on the Chicago Bulls in one of the NBA games on Friday, start time at 8:00 PM ET, at the United Center, Chicago, Illinois.
The New York Knicks (1-3) are coming from a 118-99 loss to the Houston Rockets on Wednesday Night. Carmelo Anthony scored 21 points to lead the Knicks.
On the season, the Knicks are averaging 96.8 points, 40.0 rebounds and 19.3 assists per game. Defensively, the Knicks are yielding 110.3 points against the opposing teams.
For the Knicks, Antony leads in points (21.0) and in steals (1.5) per game. Joakim Noah leads in rebounds (7.5) and in assists (5.5) per game while Kyle O’Quinn averages 2.0 blocks per game. Derrick Rose averages 16.3 points while Kristaps Porzingiz averages 14.5 points per game.
The Chicago Bulls (3-1) are coming from a 107-100 loss to the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night. Jimmy Butler scored 23 points to lead the Bulls.
On the season, the Bulls are averaging 110.3 points, 52.3 rebounds and 26.5 assists per game. Defensively, the Bulls are yielding 98.8 points per game against the opposing teams.
For the Bulls, Butler averages 21.3 points while Taj Gibson leads in rebounds with 9.3 per game. Rajon Rondo leads in assists with 7.8 while Dwayne Wade leads in steals with 1.8 per game. Robin Lopez averages 1.5 blocks per game.
Knicks vs Bulls game schedule info:
Date: November 4, 2016
Start Time: 8:00 PM ET
TV Channel Schedule: ESPN
Live Stream: NFL League Pass, WatchESPN
Radio: ESPN Radio
Odds and Point Spread: -7.5 Chicago, 210.5 O/U