Magic Johnson thinking face is the first meme of NBA Summer League

As the Lakers played their first Summer League game on Friday, the ESPN cameras zoomed in on Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka watching the young squad on the court. It wasn’t much, but a timely screen grab caught Magic Johnson looking like he’s low-key flexing for the gram. He definitely knew the cameras were on him, and he wanted to look as stoic as possible. We don’t blame him; it’s a good look, but it jumpstarted the first meme of the NBA Summer League.

This is especially difficult for Magic, who I assume has a fairly large garage. Imagine he left the door open while he’s all the way in Las Vegas? We’d be pensive about the whole situation too.

Oh me? Just trying to gather my thoughts in this candid photo that I’m posting on Instagram later. This needs an accompanying fake-deep photo caption to really be peak Instagram. That or some delectable colorful dessert.

The NBA Finals were anticlimactic, but they served to ensure Iguodala gets paid one way or another. He looked downright spry after a hobbled close to the season, and his clutch defense on LeBron James showed he still has it.

He created a market to threaten Golden State into giving him a bigger contract than the Warriors likely wanted, but at least he’s back.

It seems impossible that C.J. Miles just turned 30 at the end of the regular season. The power of the preps-to-pro black mirror knows no bounds.

Miles is just a very solid NBA wing: he’s quite efficient, will defend anyone you throw at him, and fits in. He never stands out, but every team could use a few players like him. He seems like the perfect Houston Rocket.

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Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is the latest victim of NBA restricted free agency

Van Gundy’s rash move may have been foolish we’ll see how Caldwell-Pope pans out, but renouncing valuable players you could still extract value from is usually a bad idea but it had a huge impact on how the player’s summer will wrap up. There are two routes: A one-year balloon contract with a team preserving cap space for 2017 (hello, Lakers) or a more reasonable, closer-to-market-value multi-year deal (perhaps with the Hawks).

Getting out of restricted free agency has its benefits. But Caldwell-Pope’s foray into the market was damaged heavily already. What a weird system.

There’s good and there’s bad, one agent who recently had a client sign a two-way contract told me. On one hand, when teams are looking to make call-ups, you’re locked into the one team. But on the other, if the team really likes you, you have to do anything you can to get your foot in the door.

It cements in place the opportunity to have guys in a development situation where they really are connected to the NBA organization and affiliate organization, Kent Lacob, general manager of the Santa Cruz Warriors, told me. It really provides more synergy and opportunity for guys to be integrated into both. I think that aids in the development of not just improving as a player, but specifically catered to the system, and the culture, and the team that they’re with.

Likewise, Rio Grande Valley Vipers head coach Matt Brase told me he sees the two-way contract as an awesome new addition.

Last year’s free agency was centered around whether Kevin Durant would stay with Russell Westbrook or bolt for the Bay Area. This summer, on the other hand, has a wider variety of players that can make moves and create the chaos NBA fans long to see. While Durant is again a free agent, it’s known he plans to re-sign with Golden State, so we can’t expect much drama there.

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How Danny Ainge brought the Celtics here and delivered Gordon Hayward

Their frontcourt is awfully thin and there are still the other transactional shoes to drop. By using cap space to sign Hayward they won’t have the more valuable exceptions to pad out the roster. Depending on what they can get back in trade, they’ll be relying on rookies and near-rookies to play meaningful roles. Free agency looms for Isaiah Thomas after next season, as well.

That’s alright for now because Ainge and the Celtics are still primed for the future. No doubt there will be more interest about those draft picks and no doubt there will be a million more rumors between now and whenever this incredible string of assets has finally run its course. Ultimately what getting Hayward does is buy even more time for that vision to materialize.

Give Danny Ainge this: He’s walked down all three roster avenues to build this team and he’s not done yet.

So far, 11 such contracts have been officially announced, and both Milwaukee (Wisconsin’s Bronson Koenig and Utah State’s Jalen Moore) and Washington (Florida’s Devin Robinson and Pittsburgh’s Michael Young) have already filled both spots. On the surface, it seems like a win for everyone involved.

A couple of agents I spoke to at NBA Summer League last week said they would not encourage their clients to sign two-way contracts this coming summer. Their pleas, in some cases, will fall on deaf ears, while other agents don’t have the same negative feelings about it.

That addition was only possible because Payton had autonomy to sign with any team rather than being tied into the Rockets.

If your goal is to play in the G-League and you want to have the freedom of movement, then yeah, maybe it does make sense to have freedom of movement in signing instead, Lacob said.

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De’Aaron Fox tweets and deletes response to Lonzo Ball missing their rematch at Summer League

Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball and Sacramento Kings point guard De’Aaron Fox had a heated rivalry during their stints in college, and the feud could carry over to the NBA. However, even though the Kings and Lakers will collide in the Summer League on Monday, fans will have to wait for both players to compete against one another at the next level.

According to ESPN.com’s Ramona Shelburne, Ball will not play Monday night against Sacramento because of a groin injury he suffered. Shelburne noted that the 19-year-old guard has been dealing with groin issues since last week.

The Mavericks and Knicks were also teams that showed interest but Holiday ultimately signed back with Chicago. Holiday was part of the Derrick Rose trade in 2016 that sent Rose and Holiday to the Knicks. His choice to go with Chicago in free agency could be that it gives him an opportunity to be a starter as the Bulls are in rebuilding mode after trading away All-Star Jimmy Butler on draft night. Holiday has bounced around with many teams in his career but this is his first big day and hopefully a good fit for the future.

As such, the only teams that get into the restricted free agency business are those with already existent cap space. Few teams are willing to perform cap sheet gymnastics just to submit an offer sheet, and rightly so.

One more minor twist: RFA offer sheets must be at least three years in length. So teams with one year of cap space to burn aren’t in the game. This is why the Lakers weren’t available to RFAs L.A. wants to retain its cap space for next summer.

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Lawsuit claims Atlanta Hawks discriminated against entertainers because of race

One business day before Turner was brought in, Hayes was fired, according to the lawsuit. Hayes was allegedly let go for terminating one staffer and suspending another without consulting the Human Resources department. Hayes said there was no policy against that.

The same day, Hayes sent an email to Shaw, Wilkinson, and one other person to express that his firing was retaliatory. Shaw emailed him back a week later and told him he should have complained in writing, that decisions about security have nothing to do with race, and that there was nothing she could do for him.

The biggest thing is the league gets better, Brase said. I just think it’s good that we’re getting people toward the baseball minor league system where you’re bringing guys up the way you want to bring them up. I think that’s important, too, for players to have some stability. If you’re in a certain situation and learning that system, and you get a chance at the NBA level, you’re comfortable.

Brase brought up Gary Payton II, who played for the Vipers last year, as a player who could have been retained on a two-way deal had he signed with the Rockets organization this summer instead of the last one.

We (would have been able) to keep him in the system, Brase said. Gary is a great system fit for us, the way he played.

Things we could see this summer? Gordon Hayward could leave Utah or Kyle Lowry could walk away from his best friend DeMar DeRozan and the Toronto Raptors. We’ve already seen Chris Paul, who would have been the big fish on the market, engineer a trade to the Houston Rockets. Then we were blindsided when Paul George, who is not a free agent, was traded by the Pacers to join Westbrook in Oklahoma City.

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Serge Ibaka, Raptors agree to three-year, $65 million deal, per report

As the first move to bringing back a core that fell below expectations last season, the Toronto Raptors have re-signed power forward Serge Ibaka to a three-year deal worth $65 million, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The move is believed to be the first domino before the Raptors re-sign All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry to attempt for a deeper playoff run next season.

Swaggy P has had a knack in the past for his on-court antics, but that should have little influence on the Warriors’ chemistry that has won two championships in the past three seasons. The Warriors signed free agent center JaVale McGee last season and turned him into a towering defensive presence and integral bench spark plug for their championship run.

Young’s signing follows an expensive free agency for Warriors ownership. Golden State signed Shaun Livingston to a three-year, $27 million deal then inked Andre Iguodala for three years at $48 million. The Warriors then signed Stephen Curry to the first supermax deal worth $201 million, before re-signing Kevin Durant on a two-year, $53 million deal.

The Warriors were forced to let Ian Clark and Matt Barnes leave in free agency this summer, but they replaced the two reserves with Young and Omri Casspi. Now, Golden State has a full roster as it attempts to repeat as NBA champions next season.

At the beginning of November, Parker issued Hayes a final verbal warning about being respectful and watching his tone.

By December, The Dream, 2 Chainz and Jeezy, and the Old School Hip Hop Fest (majority black entertainers) came to the Philips Arena. They all requested to bypass security. All of their requests were denied. And heightened security measures were enforced during their events, according to the lawsuit.

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