Lonzo Ball is the Lakers’ new direction, and D’Angelo Russell’s abrupt trade proves it

In Lonzo Ball, the Los Angeles Lakers have an anti-D’Angelo Russell. No wonder they traded away their former star point guard just a month ago for little in return, clearing a path for Ball as the team’s new starter.

It signals not only a player swap, but a culture change they believed they needed to make.

Mikhail Prokhorov in Brooklyn, Tom Gores in Detroit, and Josh Harris in Philadelphia also pulled discount purchases. All these sales — some under financial duress, some following the death of family patriarchs — happened in the run-up to and immediate aftermath of the 2011 NBA lockout.

The Kings sale in early 2013 was a capstone of sorts — a veritable report card on how the exclusive club of people wealthy enough to buy major sports franchises felt the league did in collective bargaining. That record price for a mediocre team in a mid-sized market without an arena plan revealed what Cheap NFL Jerseys Usa we now know to be true: The NBA is ascendant.

The next sale — the Bucks, another mediocre team in a mid-sized market without an Cheap NFL Jerseys arena plan — set a new record. Then came Steve Ballmer’s $2 billion for the Clippers, followed by just under $900 million for the freaking Atlanta Hawks.

There’s an old addage that goes: “It’s better to have one in hand than two in the bush,” and that’s the game the Pelicans were forced to play here.

Sure, there were some other options out there that may have been better. Both Kyle Lowry and George Hill are upgrades at this point, but it’d take cap gymnastics to even have a shot at signing one of them outright. And the Pelicans just aren’t that attractive of a suitor for either of them at this point.

Moving on Holiday as quickly as possible was the best decision they could have made. Now they’ll get a chance to see him work a full season alongside Davis and Cousins.

Blake Griffin has a toe injury and is out in Game 3 vs. Jazz

Blake Griffin will not return to Game 3 of the Jazz-Clippers series with a bruised right toe, the Clippers announced on Friday. Griffin headed back to the locker room after apparently sustaining the injury on this play.

Griffin missed 18 games in the middle of the season after undergoing a minor arthroscopic knee surgery, finishing with 61 games played. It’s the third straight season he has played fewer than 70 games, suiting up for only 35 last year and 67 in the 2014-15 season.

It wasn’t just Griffin dealing with injuries this season, with Chris Paul missing time as well. The injuries knocked the Clippers to the No. 4 seed, and they headed into Game 3 tied 1-1 against a Utah Jazz team that’s missing Rudy Gobert with a knee injury.

Griffin had 11 points on 5-of-9 shooting before he exited the game, and his Cheap NFL Jerseys absence Baseball Jerseys dissipates the big man advantage that Los Angeles had over Utah.

Until then, they’ll continue beating teams in every other way.

So, yes, Adam Eaton is likely out for the season, which is a brutal blow for a team that was chugging along so well and just traded top prospects to get him. This is still the best team in baseball, though, if we’re assuming that even half of the above stories are more than April mirages. We knew the pitching was going to be elite. We knew the lineup would score enough runs to make them the favorites.

Pretty sure none of us saw this coming, though. There aren’t too many teams that could lose an all-star outfielder and still have the best team in baseball. You can argue the Cubs are better, and I’m not going to stop you. For me, though, it’s the Nationals. What a terrifying collection of baseball men.