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Heisler: Despite what you’ve heard, Kawhi Leonard is not on his way to Lakers yet

first_imgComing early this year … it’s Christmas in Lakerdom!Kawhi Leonard wants to be a Laker!LeBron James might want to, too! With Kawhi here, the Lakers could move from co-favorites with Houston into leading contenders!LeBron might still be able to bring yet another big free agent, like his pal, Chris Paul, or Paul George. Sign up for Home Turf and get 3 exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Even before ESPN scoopmaster Adrian Wojnarowski reported – credibly, as ever – that Leonard wants to be traded to the Lakers, a pundit for the Worldwide Leader in Sports had thrown out the fantastic possibility of Kawhi, LeBron and CP3 – all – joining the Lakers.That story, by Kevin Pelton, is speculative … but technically possible.What has changed are the presumed ground rules in the LeBron Derby: The Cavaliers, long aware James might leave, are now expected to seek something back by agreeing to trade him to the team he chooses.Interested teams no longer need to create a $36 million maximum salary slot on their own. The Lakers, who already have close to two max slots, could get LeBron and two more superstars.If the Cavs take back salary along with prospects, what had concerned only a few teams has been broken wide open. The result will be a fantastic level of wheeling and dealing, possibilities, and headlines, such as today’s.Since anyone can say anything, it’s wise to stick with the little that we know … which suggests, at least to me, that Kawhi is exceedingly unlikely to become a Laker.It has long been known that the newly enigmatic Leonard, coming off a season that he largely took off with a minor-looking injury, wants to be a Laker. Wojnarokwsi reported as much months ago.Woj also reported that the Spurs have put their mis-spent season behind them and will sit down with Kawhi in the hope of finding out where his head is and, if still on Earth, wooing him back with the super-maximum $219 million extension only they can offer him.Kawhi’s people have reportedly not conveyed his desire to be traded to the team. Without risking a tampering bust, they can’t have told the Lakers … although the Lakers not only know about it but are assuredly wide-eyed at the prospect, which would take precedence, even over James, who’s seven years older, almost two generations in NBA time.That’s as far as anyone has reported it has gotten, until now with the season’s end and the yawning news hole prompting the speculation that’s now racing ahead of events.This thing still must proceed in steps.• Leonard and the Spurs will presumably meet although no timetable has been reported.They’ll either fall into each others’ arms and agree last season was a big misunderstanding, or not, in which case the team really will shop Kawhi.• If Leonard is leaving, Spurs boss Gregg Popovich will help decide where he’s going, with Kawhi under contract for next season.I can’t imagine Popovich, who is as transparent as he is principled, trading Leonard in a deal that could create another Western Conference super-power … and, worse still, in the person of their old arch-rivals, the Lakers.Related Articles VIDEO: Watch Kyle Kuzma’s game winner and what he said about it Popovich has long cautioned against deals that help West rivals. In a notorious exception in 2007, his trusty GM, R.C. Buford, got him to trade the rights to Luis Scola to Houston. Scola became a Rockets mainstay and the Spurs received nothing from the deal. Popovich is said to have clenched his teeth for months.If seeing Scola in Houston would have been a 1 on the Spurs’ 10-point scale of devastating, Kawhi in a Lakers uniform would be off the charts.Far likelier is a deal to an Eastern Conference team. With Boston sure to be as interested as the Lakers, that could mean San Antonio acquiring a glowing prospect like Jayson Tatum or, perhaps, two, such as Jaylen Brown and Terry Rozier.Interestingly, there might be another local option for Leonard if Pop bars the door to the Lakers. … the Clippers, who would presumably offer all they have – take DeAndre Jordan, please – to rebuild around Kawhi.With less fear of building a Clippers dynasty than helping create yet another Lakers dynasty, Popovich might go for that.All this will remain speculation until something actually happens, presumably in July, although more reports from the Worldwide Leader will be along momentarily. Lakers on verge of sealing home court advantage, what does it mean in the NBA bubble? Jubilation, anguish as race for NBA’s Western 8th seed gets as close as ever center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersWith a James-Leonard-Paul nucleus, it wouldn’t even matter if LeBron is getting up there at 33 and Paul gets hurt every spring. They could just play LeBron 50 games during the season, and let CP3 take the whole thing off and just play in the postseason!Oh, right, and then there’s real life.What’s the difference between “headlines” and “events?”In an “event,” something happens.In a “headline,” nothing has to happen. Morning Wrap: Full coverage from Lakers-Clippers thriller; Angels, Dodgers going in different directions; Whicker pays tribute to legendary Mike Gillespie Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error VIDEO: LeBron James and Doc Rivers respond to Donald Trump calling NBA kneeling protests “disgraceful” last_img read more

LIBTELCO Boss Clarifies ‘US$30M’ Acquisition of Novafone

first_imgThe Managing Director of the Liberia Telecommunications Corporation (LIBTELCO), Sebastian Muah, has clarified that the price tag on the transaction between Novafone and Libtelco is US$10.4 million, not US$30 million as it has been reported.Director Muah made the disclosure at the Ministry of Information’s regular Thursday press briefing held on Capitol Hill in Monrovia.He said, “The acquisition of 100 percent shares in Novafone means Libtelco can do what it needs to foster its commercialization and strategies; and it means Novafone continues to run, but with a new management team and direction.”Expanding on the benefits of the agreement, Director Muah said with the acquisition of Novafone, Libtelco will also maintain the current license, which costs US$1 million a year or US$15 million for 15 yearsHe said the value of the remaining cost on the license is about US$12 million.“Novafone has a competitive asset that will allow Libtelco immediate national coverage and provide immediate competition… the manufacture of the core network of Novafone put the replacement value on its equipment with still 10 years remaining.“US$11 million depreciated over the last three years would net to about $8-9 million,” Director Muah said.He said the cost to build over 100 sites for Novafone across the country would cost over US$5 million, including a fully online site without access to network equipment. Libtelco, he said, would spend over 24 months to get access to the network.“Novafone has active subscribers base between 90,000 in a month and 190,000 in a three month period. These subscribers pay on the average US$3-5 per month. Telecom’s valuation takes into account customers. Despite all the challenges, Novafone’s revenue for the last two years exceeded US$4 million,” the Libtelco boss said.He said Libtelco saw an opportunity to acquire the network and use Novafone as the vehicle because Libtelco intends to accelerate the revenue growth, which continues to rise year by year.“Our focus is to increase the operation’s profit margin. Since Novafone was not experiencing losses due to the decline in revenue, it continues to increase in its operational costs. We also saw it as a way to accelerate Libtelco’s market access immediately and not wait for 24 months down the road,” he said.On the impact on the government and Liberians, who are owners and customers, Director Muah said Libtelco’s license extends to 2030 and its equipment lifespan extends to 2026.“For the next ten years, provided we do not divest our plan, the government stands to save over 70 percent of its current budgeted telecom cost, which is right now valued at US$5-7.2 million per year. That’s US$50-72 million in 10 years. It also means the government can now boast of having a national infrastructure to provide the kind of service and system that is required to transform Liberia,” he said.Director Muah said the government will be able to bring online not only emergency systems, but financial systems that would take cash out of people’s hands and make financial transactions traceable.Meanwhile, he said Libtelco, with stringent measures, will be completing the proverbial fiber ring in July this year from operating revenue, and not subsidies or loans.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Yakima Man Struck and Killed on I90 near GeorgeRiverCom Reports 911 System

first_imgA 31-year-old Yakima man, Thomas B. Whitlock died when he was struck by a vehicle on Interstate 90 seven miles east of George Thursday night.The Washington State Patrol says the man was standing in the westbound lanes of the highway while attending to his disabled vehicle when he was struck by a Dodge Ram pickup being driven by a Wenatchee man.  The accident was reported about 9:40pm.Troopers say no charges will be filed and that the cause was a pedestrian in the lane of travel.last_img