Lakers hire JJ Redick as head coach: 15-year NBA veteran, TV analyst takes over Los Angeles franchise

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The Los Angeles Lakers are hiring JJ Redick as their next head coach, sources confirm to CBS Sports’ Bill Reiter. Redick, a 15-year NBA veteran who played for the Orlando Magic, Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Clippers, Philadelphia 76ers, New Orleans Pelicans and Dallas Mavericks, was most recently in a TV analyst role with ESPN. He has never coached at the professional nor amateur level.

While successful on the court, Redick’s rise to prominence has largely come through the media as he hosted a podcast during his playing career. Since retiring, he has worked as a critically acclaimed broadcaster for ESPN. Now, Redick takes one of the highest-profile gigs in the coaching profession for his first job.

Redick’s hiring comes at the end of a tumultuous search for the Lakers. While he was one of the first names linked

Bulls trading Alex Caruso to Thunder for Josh Giddey

The Oklahoma City Thunder traded Josh Giddey to the Chicago Bulls in exchange for guard Alex Caruso, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Thursday.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because trades can’t be announced until July 6. ESPN first reported the trade.

The 21-year-old Giddey was investigated following accusations by an anonymous social media user that he had an improper relationship with an underage girl.

The NBA and the Newport Beach, California, Police Department investigated Giddey during the season. The Newport Beach police completed their investigation in January and detectives were “unable to corroborate any criminal activity. ” The NBA also later dropped its investigation.

Gordon Hayward. He averaged 16.3 points, 7.0 rebounds and 5.5 assists while shooting 57.2% from the field in April regular-season games. His playing time was cut significantly in the playoffs, and he lost his starting job for the first time in his career.

Giddey was the No. 6 overall pick in 2021 and he made the All-Rookie second team. He is a member of Australia’s national team that will play at the Paris Olympics this summer. He is an exceptional passer and at 6-foot-8, his size makes him a solid rebounder.

The 30-year-old Caruso, who plays point guard and shooting guard, has established himself as a defensive presence in four years with the Los Angeles Lakers and then three years with the Bulls. He has career averages of 6.8 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists. He averaged a career-high 10.1 points this past season. He was on the all-defense first team in 2023 and the second team in 2024.

The Thunder also have Cason Wallace, a second-team all-rookie selection this past season, in place at point guard.

Reporting by The Associated Press.

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Why Lakers' JJ Redick hire makes it even more likely they will pick Bronny James in 2024 NBA Draft

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The Los Angeles Lakers ended their coaching search on Thursday by hiring former NBA veteran and ESPN analyst/broadcaster JJ Redick. The first-time coach will lead one of the most prominent franchises in professional sports after never coaching at the professional or amateur level.

Redick has been co-hosting the “Mind the Game” podcast with current Lakers superstar LeBron James since March. The hire of Redick is the latest clue and signal that Bronny James — LeBron’s oldest son — will be a member of the Lakers sometime next week during the two-day NBA Draft that starts on Wednesday.

The Lakers hold two picks (Nos. 17 and 55) in the draft. I’m here to tell you that one will be used to draft the USC star.

If you have followed this development since Bronny enrolled at Sierra Canyon High School in

Agent Rich Paul: Bronny James, LeBron aren't package deal to Lakers, Suns

Cynical minds and true believers alike expect Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James and his son, former USC guard and 2024 NBA Draft prospect Bronny James, to play together in the NBA. But is that pairing really a shoo-in?

“LeBron is off this idea of having to play with Bronny,” Rich Paul, the agent of both LeBron and Bronny James, told ESPN on Wednesday. “If he does, he does. But if he doesn’t, he doesn’t. There’s no deal made that it’s guaranteed that if the Lakers draft Bronny at 55, he [LeBron] will re-sign. If that was the case, I would force them to take him at 17. We don’t need leverage. The Lakers can draft Bronny and LeBron doesn’t re-sign. LeBron is also not going to Phoenix for a minimum deal. We can squash that now.”

Bronny James has only worked out for two teams: the Lakers and the Phoenix Suns

The Lakers own the No. 17 and 55 picks in the 2024 draft, while the Suns own the No. 22 pick. Both teams are coming off first-round playoff losses and have new head coaches; Phoenix hired former Milwaukee Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer to replace Frank Vogel, who was fired after one season, and Los Angeles is seeking a new head coach after firing Darvin Ham.

Minnesota Timberwolves, Dallas Mavericks and Toronto Raptors have also registered interest in

2024 NBA Draft No. 1 pick odds: Bronny James remains most bet prospect

Bettors continue to be all-in on Bronny James.

How in? 

So in that James currently has the most bets on him to be the No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming NBA Draft at BetMGM. His odds to be the first pick currently sit at +20000.

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James has the most tickets by a wide margin (30%) to go No. 1 overall. That count is over 11% more than Donovan Clingan, who has the second-highest ticket percentage (18.8%). 

Zaccharie Risacher has the third-most tickets at 17.4%. 

Clingan, the 7-foot-2 center from UConn, won two National Championships with the Huskies and averaged 13 points and 7.4 rebounds last season.

Risacher is a 6-foot-9 19-year-old who most recently played for JL Bourg in the Betclic Elite League in France. Risacher averaged 10.1 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. 

James averaged 4.8 points and 2.8 rebounds and started only six games for the USC Trojans.

While James represents BetMGM’s biggest liability, the book, presumably, isn’t too worried. And understandably so, since the idea of James actually going No. 1 is a lengthy long shot.

One oddsmaker spoke about the growing Bronny liability, saying, “It would have to be a very big number before we become concerned.” 

Bronny — son of Los Angeles superstar LeBron James — reportedly “turned heads” at the recent NBA combine. His medical clearance to participate in the combine comes almost a year after he suffered cardiac arrest while working out as a part of USC’s basketball team.

However, for all the positive press that came out of the younger James’ recent workouts, there has also been some skepticism.

One of those critiques was that his actual height is 6-foot-1.5 without shoes, not 6-foot-4 as previously listed. Additionally, some scouts noted that, with his current skillset, he’s not NBA-ready.

At Draftkings Sportsbook, the Lakers are currently the favorite to draft Bronny James (+140). 

In the past, Lebron has been outspoken about the opportunity to play with his son. “I need to be on the floor with my boy — I got to be on the floor with Bronny,” James said.

Recently, however, Lebron put great emphasis on the importance of Bronny following his own path. 

“I haven’t given it much thought lately, obviously I thought about it in the past,” LeBron said, almost waiving the question. The end of the day, the kid has to do what he wants to do. I don’t even want to say kid no more, the young man will decide what he wants to do and how he wants his career to go.” 

The Phoenix Suns have the second-best odds to draft Bronny at DraftKings (+650), followed by the Raptors, Wolves and Mavs, all at +1000.

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