Author: Jordan Samar

Jordan Samar is an experienced sports writer from the Philippines. Before writing for Hardwood Heroics and Gridiron Heroics, he has written for FOX Sports PH and ClutchPoints. Other than writing for Basketball and American Football, he is also covering other sports like Formula 1, tennis, and soccer.

One of the biggest talking points for the Los Angeles Lakers this offseason is the future of D’Angelo Russell, who can become a free agent in July if he doesn’t pick up his player option of roughly $19 million for the 2024-25 season. Whether he triggers his player option or not, the Los Angeles Lakers are expected to explore trades for the one-time NBA All-Star either way. Recent reports indicate that the team would be willing to sign him to a big one-year deal to make him easier to trade. D’Angelo Russell is coming off his best campaign wearing a…

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are eliminated from the 2024 NBA playoffs after losing to the Boston Celtics in five games of the second round, and untimely injuries to their key players played a huge role. Donovan Mitchell (calf), Jarrett Allen (rib), and Caris LeVert (knee) were all sidelined in Game 5, as they watched their team lose with a score of 113-98 on Wednesday night. If they were healthy, many argue that this series is going to be more competitive, but now they’re heading to the offseason with a lot of uncertainty. This is the case, particularly for their center Jarrett…

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The Los Angeles Lakers continue their head coaching search, and according to reports, they’ve narrowed their list to JJ Redick, New Orleans Pelicans associate head coach James Borrego, and Boston Celtics assistant Sam Cassell as their top candidates. If the Los Angeles Lakers ultimately decide to bring in Cassell, the Boston Celtics will lose another important member of their coaching staff since Charles Lee has already taken the Charlotte Hornets job. Nonetheless, Joe Mazzulla couldn’t be any more proud of his colleagues. “He’s been at every seat on the bench. So, he knows how to communicate with every single player…He’s…

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The Boston Celtics have made it to their third consecutive Eastern Conference Finals after they closed out the hobbled Cleveland Cavaliers with a score of 113-98 on Wednesday in Game 5. Jayson Tatum led the way with 25 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists, and four steals on 9-of-16 shooting. However, Al Horford took most of the praise, as he turned back the clock with a vintage performance. The 37-year-old center recorded 22 points, 15 rebounds, five assists, three blocks, and six three-pointers made on 8-of-15 shooting from the field in 35 minutes of action. “Tonight you saw his gift. His…

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One of the biggest questions the Chicago Bulls are facing this upcoming offseason is the health of Lonzo Ball, who hasn’t played a single NBA game since the 2022-23 season. Two years is a lot of missed time for Lonzo Ball, and his comeback couldn’t come soon enough for Chicago Bulls fans. Lonzo Ball is still rehabbing his knee, and he recently provided an update on his status on his new podcast, The WAE Show (What an Experience). “It’s coming along, man. Week by week,” the eldest Ball brother said. “It’s improving, so that’s all I can ask for. Still…

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Patrick Beverley will be a free agent this offseason, and he said that if it were up to him, he would prefer to play for the Milwaukee Bucks next season. In the latest episode of The Pat Bev Podcast, Beverley added that if he were to re-sign with the Milwaukee Bucks, he would be expecting a “little bump” in salary. “I love playing with Bobby, Dame, Greek, (and) Khris. It was cool. It was great,” said Beverley.  “I want to stay with Milwaukee. I want to see what goes here, but you know, I also played well enough in the…

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The New York Knicks are on the brink of making their first trip to the Eastern Conference Finals since 2000, as they went up 3-2 in their second-round series against the Indiana Pacers with a 121-91 blowout victory on Tuesday night. After failing to hit the 40-point mark in Games 2 to 4, including a lackluster 18-point performance last time out, Jalen Brunson reached 40 points for the fifth time this postseason, tallying 44 points, seven assists, four rebounds on 18-of-35 shooting from the field in Game 5. Josh Hart and Miles McBride were the other starters who recorded double-digit…

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The odds are stacked against the Cleveland Cavaliers against the Boston Celtics in Game 5 of their best-of-seven second-round series because the injury bug continues to haunt them. According to Tim Bontemps of ESPN, the Cleveland Cavaliers are facing the prospect of missing Caris LeVert due to a bone bruise in his left knee since he is listed as questionable to play alongside Donovan Mitchell (calf) and Jarrett Allen (rib). The 29-year-old swingman is coming off a strong performance in Game 4, where he notched 19 points, five rebounds, three rebounds, and two steals on 50 percent shooting in 39…

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Washington Wizards rookie Bilal Coulibaly raised eyebrows when he reiterated that Indiana Pacers forward Pascal Siakam is one of the league’s most overrated players. The 19-year-old swingman recently appeared on FanDuel TV’s Run It Back to double down on his previous comments about Siakam because he felt that his offensive game is easy to predict, making him one of the easiest superstars to guard. “I stand by it. I just said that no he was not overrated, you know, but they were asking me kind of like who was the easiest superstar to guard, and I was like Pascal,” Coulibaly…

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The Washington Wizards are expected to be busy this summer, as they will look to rebuild their team through the NBA Draft. Having the No. 2 and 26 picks is a good place to start, but rumor has it they are keen on getting another first-round pick in this upcoming draft. One of the ways for them to do so would likely involve a trade package with Kyle Kuzma, who is ‘expected to be coveted’ again on the trade market by rival teams, in it, according to Michael Scotto of HoopsHype. The Washington Wizards were close to dealing Kyle Kuzma…

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