Author: Bennett Ervin

Bennett Ervin has been a writer for Hardwood Heroics since January 2024. Reporting for the Sacramento Kings, Los Angeles Lakers, and other NBA news as well as discussing Fantasy Basketball news such as trades and weekly wavier wire pickups.

There is a new player on top of the NCAA Women’s Division I Basketball Career Scoring Record, and she may be the best show to watch on a basketball court today. This, of course, would be none other than Caitlin Clark, who has filled arenas across the country all season long. This would stay the same as No. 4 Iowa Hawkeyes took on Michigan on Thursday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, with Clark only eight points away from making history.  Caitlin Clark’s Career Achievements Continue Pilling Up  Caitlin Clark kept her hometown crowd from waiting long as she came out hot, scoring…

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The Los Angeles Lakers were utterly silent at the trade deadline, only signing Spencer Dinwiddie after he had been bought out, despite some pressure from LeBron James. With the Lakers standing pat, many NBA Insiders and sources close to the team have hypothesized a potential offseason trade to add a third superstar alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Lakers Wait Till Summer to Trade Targeting Three Superstars The Los Angeles Lakers beat writer for The Athletic, Jovan Buha, from an article a couple of days ago, stated that “this summer could be completely different, especially if the Lakers are willing…

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The Los Angeles Lakers will head into the All-Star break with a 30-26 record after beating the Utah Jazz 138-122 on Wednesday night. Though it’s not where the Lakers were hoping to be at this point after having a Western Conference Finals run the previous year, the team is going into the All-Star break, having won eight of their last eleven games with a new starting lineup of D’Angelo Russell, Austin Reaves, Rui Hachimura, LeBron James, and Anthony Davis, which combined for 96 points in a win against Detroit the previous night, and combined for a whopping 119 points against…

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The Los Angeles Lakers have won five of their last six games since LeBron James tweeted out the hourglass emoji on X/Twitter, beating the Detroit Pistons 125-111 on Tuesday night in Spencer Dinwiddie’s debut with his hometown team.  Los Angeles Lakers Run Away with Win in Dinwiddie’s Debut The Lakers jumped out to an early lead behind the impressive first-quarter scoring of Rui Hachimura and many eye-popping dimes by 3rd-year guard Austin Reaves, never looking back against the Pistons. Reaves, typically known for scoring, dished out two flashy behind-the-back passes to LeBron and Anthony Davis in the first quarter on his way to finishing the…

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With multiple players changing teams during the 2024 NBA trade deadline on Thursday, plenty of waiver wire targets will find an increased role and new opportunities to provide value to fantasy basketball managers. These are some of the best streaming options that got moved to new teams for week 17 and potential pickups for fantasy basketball managers looking to make a run in the playoffs.  Simone Fonteccino, SF, Detroit Pistons, 19% Rostered In Saturday’s 112-106 loss to the Clippers, Simone Fonteccino, in his debut with the Detroit Pistons, had 20 points on 8 of 19 shooting while hitting three of nine…

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With the NBA Trade deadline over, teams’ only option to add talent to their roster is through adding free agents, mostly being bought out from teams. Some players on the list have already been waived, and some are projected to be waived by league insiders. Due to changes in the new CBA rules, several players on this list cannot sign with several different contending teams in the tax apron, which prohibits signing a player with a pre-existing salary of over $12.4M. These teams include the Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns, Milwaukee Bucks, Denver Nuggets, and…

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The Los Angeles Lakers unveiled a statue that immortalized Kobe Bryant outside Crypto.com Arena on Thursday, 2/8/24. The unveiling date incorporates a symbolic gesture to the jersey numbers Bryant wore with the Lakers, No.8 and No. 24, along with the No. 2, which Kobe’s daughter Gianna wore on her youth basketball team. Vanessa Bryant Unveils First Statue of Kobe Bryant Alongside Bryant’s widow, Vanessa Bryant, in an emotional ceremony were Lakers legends and many other NBA all-time greats telling stories of the late Kobe. Vanessa Bryant introduced the statue by quoting Kobe: “Leave the game better than you found it,…

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Per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Dallas Mavericks are acquiring center Daniel Gafford from the Washington Wizards and P.J. Washington from the Charlotte Hornets in two separate trades. Dallas Mavericks Get P.J. Washington and Move On from Williams  The Dallas Mavericks are acquiring P.J. Washington while trading a lightly protected 2027 first-round draft pick, forward Grant Williams, and guard Seth Curry, who the Mavericks have now traded for the third time in his career, to the Charlotte Hornets. Grant Williams was a miss as the significant addition for the Dallas Mavericks in last summer’s free agency, signing a four-year, $53 million…

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Per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the New York Knicks are acquiring Bojan Bogdanovic and Alec Burks sending Evan Fournier, Malachi Flynn, Quentin Grimes, Ryan Arcidiacono, and two future second-round picks to the Detroit Pistons in the trade deadline deal. The New York Knicks Add Veteran Experience to Bench The Knicks get a pair of great perimeter scorers for their playoff push as Bojan Bogdanovich is on pace to make 150 three-pointers for the sixth time in the last seven seasons. Bogdanovic signed a two-year extension with the Pistons last summer after posting a team-high 21.6 points per game in 2022-23. Bojan Bogdanovic…

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Per Adrian Wojnarowski, the Minnesota Timberwolves are acquiring Monte Morris from the Detroit Pistons for Shake Milton, Troy Brown, and a 2030 second-round pick. Monte Morris Moves From Dreary Detroit to Minnesota Timberwolves Monte Morris, who started 61 games in the 2022-2023 season for the Washington Wizards, posting a career-high in points and assists, averaging 10.3 points and 5.3 assists per game last season, has had little playing time for the Detroit Pistons, with only six total games played for an average of 13 minutes per night. After missing the first 43 games to start the 2023-24 NBA season due to a…

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