THE FAKE NEWS BRONNY JAMES MARKETING TOUR GOES ON UNABATED!

By Mike Bennett

Agent Rich Paul only wants Bronny James to have a full NBA contract and not a two-way deal.

And he cares more about fit than exactly which team Bronny is taken by, and there is no link between drafting Bronny and what LeBron James will do as a potential free agent.

Paul reiterated all those things in an interview with Jonathan Givony of ESPN, but adding a couple of new tidbits.

First, Bronny has only worked out for the Lakers and Suns, and that’s by design. Other teams have wanted to work out Bronny — Paul mentions Dallas, Minnesota, and Toronto — but Paul says he is focused on fit.

“I got the word out early to teams that if you plan on bringing Bronny in, here’s what you need to know: If you won’t give him a real deal, there’s nothing to talk about. It’s hard to get real development on a two-way deal. I don’t care about him going to the Lakers, or Phoenix, or about what number he gets picked. It’s about fit…

“There are other teams that love Bronny. For example, Minnesota, Dallas, Toronto. If it’s not the Lakers, it will be someone else. Minnesota would love to get Bronny in, but I don’t know who their owner is going to be. [Mavs GM] Nico Harrison is like an uncle to Bronny. If the Lakers don’t take him at 55, Dallas would take him at 58 and give him a guaranteed deal. Masai [Ujiri, Raptors president,] loves him. They could take him without even seeing him at 31. Workouts aren’t everything for these teams.”

“LeBron is off this idea of having to play with Bronny,” Paul told ESPN.

“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.”

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