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NBA Playoff Eligibility Waiver Deadline: Landing Spots for Top Buyout Candidates

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The best landing spots will be listed in decreasing order of sensibility.Let's ride.Amin Elhassan, NBA Analyst for ESPN, joins “The Full 48” with Howard Beck to discuss the overrated Los Angeles Clippers, the Lakers unexpected dominance, LeBron’s stamina, Houston Rockets’ small ball style, and the origins of The Pitino Game.Kent Bazemore joined the Sacramento Kings in late January without the intention of seeking a buyout, per Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes. His offensive efficiency has cratered over the past two seasons, but he offers a dose of shooting and secondary ball-handling and can adequately match up on defense with most guards and some wings.Latching on to the Oklahoma City Thunder could guarantee Bazemore a spot in the starting five. And while a 32-year-old doesn't fit the Knicks' timeline, they desperately need competent shooters, and this year's free-agency class isn't worth prioritizing cap space.Guaranteeing Ellington's salary still feels unlikely. Their offensive rating has likewise plunged to the 5th percentile whenever Joel Embiid and Al Horford share the floor, and they could use an off-ball shot-maker to both complement Ben Simmons and help navigate his absence due to a lower-back injury.Best Landing Spots: Philadelphia, Indiana, Oklahoma CityLeague sources told Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes that Maurice Harkless plans to remain with the New York Knicks, a sentiment later echoed by the 26-year-old himself."I'll be here the rest of the year," he said, per the New York Daily News' Stefan Bondy.But, like, why?Maybe the Knicks have designs on signing Harkless to a fat one-plus-one deal this summer using his Bird rights. Smaller lineups featuring him, OG Anunoby and Pascal Siakam up front would be a defensive terror, and he might play himself ahead of Rondae Hollis-Jefferson in the postseason rotation, if only because he can actually shoot threes.Best Landing Spots: Toronto, L.A. Lakers, UtahTristan Thompson is yet another buyout candidate who, so far, plans to resist the temptation to leave his current digs. The former would easily become the best fit should they promise to start him over Daniel Theis.Sniffing around the Dallas Mavericks would also be a good move if they're not committed to Willie Cauley-Stein (player option).They need switchable heft after losing Dwight Powell to an Achilles injury, and they're a squad that could be working with more than the MLE this summer should Tim Hardaway Jr. decline his player option, though the money they already have invested in Powell, Kristaps Porzingis, Maxi Kleber and Boban Marjanovic makes it unlikely they'd sling more than an inflated one-year deal.Best Landing Spots: Boston, L.A. Clippers, DallasEvan Turner is essentially a free agent already. The Clippers have no use for him after landing Marcus Morris Sr. at the trade deadline and signing the recently bought-out Reggie Jackson, and teams in general won't trip over themselves to add a non-shooting wing who has appeared in just 19 games this season.Select playoff squads can sell themselves on Turner's secondary ball-handling and defensive portability.

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