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L.A. Notes: Powell, Seattle Game, LeBron, Lakers

L.A. Notes: Powell, Seattle Game, LeBron, Lakers

Norman Powell is looking forward to a fresh start with the Clippers after suffering a left foot fracture shortly after being acquired in a February trade, writes David Yapkowitz of 213 Hoops. Powell played just three games before the injury, then returned for two games late in the season and two more in the play-in tournament. He said it was difficult trying to adapt to a new team without being on the court.

โ€œItโ€™s kind of a tough hill to climb on, only playing for three games and then coming back for the playoffs, itโ€™s tough,โ€ Powell said. โ€œI really didnโ€™t get a full chance to show what I bring to the table, just a little bit of a spark there.โ€

The Clippers envision Powell as a complementary scorer when Kawhi Leonard and Paul George are both healthy and as someone who can carry the offense when theyโ€™re not on the court. After winning a title with the Raptors in 2019, Powell believes heโ€™s on another team that can reach that level.

โ€œWe got nine, 10 guys that can be starters on other teams and to have them all on one team is really big especially throughout the course of the season,โ€ he said. โ€œWe showed last year that with injuries and things, guys can step up and play big minutes, but if everybody is healthy, itโ€™s a real good shot to have a championship.โ€

Thereโ€™s more NBA news from Los Angeles:

  • The Clippers and Trail Blazers will play a preseason contest October 3 in Seattle, marking the first time the former NBA city has hosted a game since 2018. The location was the idea of head coaches and longtime friends Tyronn Lue and Chauncey Billups, who both have team owners with ties to the Seattle area, according to Andrew Greif of The Los Angeles Times.
  • LeBron Jamesโ€˜ new extension will put the Lakers in a tight financial situation over the next two years, says Bobby Marks of ESPN (video link). If Talen Horton-Tucker and Damian Jones both pick up their player options for the 2023/24 season, the team will have just $22MM in cap space with only five players under contract. If the Lakers keep next yearโ€™s first-round pick, that number could fall to about $19MM (depending on where exactly the pick lands), which isnโ€™t nearly enough to sign a high-level free agent.
  • Jovan Buha of The Athletic analyzes the Lakersโ€˜ schedule, which is loaded with tough games early in the season.

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