Are the Lakers contenders now? If not, how far away are they?

Herring: Right now? No. This is a really young team that last season was one of the worst in the league in 3-point shooting — LeBron needs shooters around him — and could use some better defense on the wings. Both things could be addressed by moving major pieces to get Leonard, which would almost certainly be good for the short-term outlook. But such a deal would immediately thin the team’s secondary scoring depth, probably in the form of Kyle Kuzma or Brandon Ingram, if not both.

The Thunder would be looking at a road map that has them over the salary cap, with a core of Westbrook, Steven Adams and a 34-year-old disgruntled Anthony. The Thunder shot their shot, taking a swing at a near full recovery from Durant leaving by adding a star small forward, but they could be left in a more desperate, more uncomfortable position than ever.

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Presti has talked a lot about how the Thunder are still working off the canvas they had when the team relocated from Seattle more than a decade ago. It’s been a single-line graph for this era of the Thunder, a decade of playoff appearances, MVPs, historical achievements and periodic contention.

For now, the Thunder don’t want to go down any new paths. What they want is to finish the plan that started a year ago. They have a real chance to retain George and to keep working off that same canvas.The star extensions that matter in NBA free agency

Hendricks might feel good, but he looked anything but as he answered questions at his locker after giving up six runs in 2⅔ innings, serving the Dodgers two home run balls as his first-inning ERA ballooned to 7.88. He was asked if his pregame preparation should be scrutinized, considering those early-game struggles.

You’re always looking at your routine, he said. Today my bullpen was OK. Felt strong. The mechanical things I’ve been working on felt OK. I get out there and I’m all over the place.

Staked to a 2-0 lead, Hendricks gave up a home run to Max Muncy on his 10th pitch of the game, a two-seam fastball. Later in the first, Yasmani Grandal doubled home two runs on a four-seamer.