Chris Tulp – TalkBasket.net https://www.talkbasket.net NBA, EuroLeague, FIBA basketball news Tue, 19 Jan 2021 23:43:40 +0000 en hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.6 Jimmy Butler, Avery Bradley remain out for Heat https://www.talkbasket.net/119584-jimmy-butler-avery-bradley-remain-out-for-heat https://www.talkbasket.net/119584-jimmy-butler-avery-bradley-remain-out-for-heat#respond Tue, 19 Jan 2021 23:43:35 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119584 The Miami Heat will begin their four-game road trip on Jan. 20 without Jimmy Butler and Avery Bradley due to health and safety protocols. The two players did not travel with the team for their next two games in Tampa against the Toronto Raptors, according to Ira Winderman of The South Florida Sun Sentinel. It’s […]

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Jimmy Butler, Avery Bradley remain out for Heat

The Miami Heat will begin their four-game road trip on Jan. 20 without Jimmy Butler and Avery Bradley due to health and safety protocols.

The two players did not travel with the team for their next two games in Tampa against the Toronto Raptors, according to Ira Winderman of The South Florida Sun Sentinel.

It’s unclear if they will join the team and play the final two games of the road trip on Jan. 23 and Jan. 25.

Butler and Bradley last played in the Heat’s victory over the Washington Wizards on Jan. 9 and the team has gone 1-3 since then.

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Raptors waive Alex Len https://www.talkbasket.net/119542-raptors-waive-alex-len https://www.talkbasket.net/119542-raptors-waive-alex-len#respond Tue, 19 Jan 2021 20:04:22 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119542 The Toronto Raptors announced that they have waived center Alex Len. Len signed a one-year deal with the team back in November. In seven games, Len averaged 2.3 points and 1.6 rebounds per game in only 10.9 minutes per game. Chris Boucher has had a breakout season and has emerged as the team’s main center, […]

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Raptors waive Alex Len

The Toronto Raptors announced that they have waived center Alex Len.

Len signed a one-year deal with the team back in November.

In seven games, Len averaged 2.3 points and 1.6 rebounds per game in only 10.9 minutes per game.

Chris Boucher has had a breakout season and has emerged as the team’s main center, averaging 16.1 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 2.5 blocks per game in 13 games.

If Len clears waivers, he’ll be an unrestricted free agent on Jan. 21 and he will be eligible to sign with another team that possibly needs some frontcourt depth.

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Kyrie Irving expected to play Wednesday https://www.talkbasket.net/119530-kyrie-irving-expected-to-play-wednesday https://www.talkbasket.net/119530-kyrie-irving-expected-to-play-wednesday#respond Tue, 19 Jan 2021 18:46:16 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119530 Brooklyn Nets head coach Steve Nash said he expects Kyrie Irving to play against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Jan. 20. Nash also confirmed that Irving practiced today for the first time in over two weeks. Irving, who has been out since Jan. 5 due to personal reasons, told the media “there’s been a lot of […]

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Kyrie Irving expected to play Wednesday

Brooklyn Nets head coach Steve Nash said he expects Kyrie Irving to play against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Jan. 20.

Nash also confirmed that Irving practiced today for the first time in over two weeks.

Irving, who has been out since Jan. 5 due to personal reasons, told the media “there’s been a lot of family and personal stuff” going on the last two weeks.

“Very excited to be back with my teammates,” said Irving. “They had my back and supported me and my family. I take full accountability for my actions. Had a conversation with each and everyone of them.”

Irving also apologized to fans he disappointed by not playing.

“I am back, I am happy to be back, we got some great pieces and we move on and I let my actions and my game speak for itself like I planned on doing,” said Irving. “I just needed a pause. With everything going on in the world, it’s hard to ignore.”

The 28-year-old will join a new-look Nets team that features arguably the best trio in the NBA of Irving, Kevin Durant and James Harden.

This season, Irving is averaging 27.1 points, 5.3 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 1.6 steals per game.

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Pacers’ Myles Turner has slight hand fracture https://www.talkbasket.net/119519-pacers-myles-turner-has-slight-hand-fracture https://www.talkbasket.net/119519-pacers-myles-turner-has-slight-hand-fracture#respond Tue, 19 Jan 2021 16:48:12 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119519 Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner has a slight fracture in his right hand and will be re-evaluated in the coming days, according to Shams Charania. Part of the re-evaluation will be whether his wrist will require surgery. Turner suffered the injury against the Portland Trail Blazers on Jan. 14. The 24-year-old was off to a […]

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Pacers’ Myles Turner has slight hand fracture

Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner has a slight fracture in his right hand and will be re-evaluated in the coming days, according to Shams Charania.

Part of the re-evaluation will be whether his wrist will require surgery.

Turner suffered the injury against the Portland Trail Blazers on Jan. 14.

The 24-year-old was off to a strong start this season, averaging 12.4 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.5 steals and an NBA-leading 4.2 blocks per game.

In Turner’s absence, Domantas Sabonis will play more minutes at center and backup center Goga Bitadze will get more minutes off the bench.

The Pacers will also likely play more small-ball with players like Doug McDermott and Justin Holiday playing larger roles.

Along with Turner, the Pacers are also without T.J. Warren (foot surgery) and newly-acquired Caris LeVert, who is out indefinitely after an MRI revealed a small mass on his left kidney during a physical.

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Wizards’ COVID situation gets worse; another player tests positive https://www.talkbasket.net/119408-wizards-covid-situation-gets-worse-another-player-tests-positive https://www.talkbasket.net/119408-wizards-covid-situation-gets-worse-another-player-tests-positive#respond Mon, 18 Jan 2021 23:54:40 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119408 The Washington Wizards have had a seventh player test positive for COVID-19, as well as a staff member, according to Ava Wallace of The Washington Post. No staff had tested positive until now. The Wizards brought their eligible players in for individual work over the weekend, but haven’t gathered as a group since Jan. 11, […]

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Wizards’ COVID situation gets worse; another player tests positive

The Washington Wizards have had a seventh player test positive for COVID-19, as well as a staff member, according to Ava Wallace of The Washington Post.

No staff had tested positive until now.

The Wizards brought their eligible players in for individual work over the weekend, but haven’t gathered as a group since Jan. 11, which was their last game played.

Despite the new positive tests, there’s still hope that the Wizards, with six healthy players, could practice again as soon as Jan. 20, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

Although the they’ve had seven positive tests among players, some could soon be cleared to play again.

The Wizards had their next scheduled game on Jan. 20 against the Charlotte Hornets postponed, their fifth consecutive postponed game of the season.

If they are able to get the league-required eight available players sometime this week, it’s possible that they could return to game action against the Milwaukee Bucks on Jan. 22.

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Damian Lillard, Kevin Durant named Players of the Week https://www.talkbasket.net/119384-damian-lillard-kevin-durant-named-players-of-the-week https://www.talkbasket.net/119384-damian-lillard-kevin-durant-named-players-of-the-week#respond Mon, 18 Jan 2021 20:56:39 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119384 Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard and Brooklyn Nets’ Kevin Durant have been named NBA Players of the Week for the Western and Eastern Conference, respectively, for Week 4. Lillard averaged 30.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 7.3 assists per game, as the Trail Blazers went 3-1. Lillard’s performances from the week: Jan. 11: 23 points (8-16 […]

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Damian Lillard, Kevin Durant named Players of the Week

Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard and Brooklyn Nets’ Kevin Durant have been named NBA Players of the Week for the Western and Eastern Conference, respectively, for Week 4.

Lillard averaged 30.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 7.3 assists per game, as the Trail Blazers went 3-1.

Lillard’s performances from the week:

  • Jan. 11: 23 points (8-16 FG, 3-6 3P), 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 block
  • Jan. 13: 40 points (11-23 FG, 6-15 3P), 1 rebound, 13 assists, 3 steals
  • Jan. 14: 22 points (7-16 FG, 2-5 3P), 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal
  • Jan. 16: 36 points (10-23 FG, 4-12 3P), 7 rebounds, 7 assists, 1 steal

Durant averaged 34.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 8.0 assists per game, as the Nets went 3-0.

Durant’s performances from the week:

  • Jan. 12: 34 points (12-18 FG, 4-7 3P), 9 rebounds, 13 assists
  • Jan. 13: 26 points (10-18 FG, 3-5 3P), 3 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 blocks
  • Jan. 16: 42 points (16-26 FG, 5-8 3P), 4 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, 2 blocks

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Knicks, Warriors, Lakers among most valuable NBA franchises https://www.talkbasket.net/119365-knicks-warriors-lakers-among-most-valuable-nba-franchises https://www.talkbasket.net/119365-knicks-warriors-lakers-among-most-valuable-nba-franchises#respond Mon, 18 Jan 2021 19:59:50 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119365 The New York Knicks are the most valuable NBA franchise, worth $5.42 billion, according to Sportico‘s 2021 NBA franchise valuations ranking list. Rounding out the top-five is the Golden State Warriors ($5.21 billion), Los Angeles Lakers ($5.14 billion), Brooklyn Nets ($3.40 billion) and Boston Celtics ($3.18 billion). Below is the full 30-team list: New York […]

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Knicks, Warriors, Lakers among most valuable NBA franchises

The New York Knicks are the most valuable NBA franchise, worth $5.42 billion, according to Sportico‘s 2021 NBA franchise valuations ranking list.

Rounding out the top-five is the Golden State Warriors ($5.21 billion), Los Angeles Lakers ($5.14 billion), Brooklyn Nets ($3.40 billion) and Boston Celtics ($3.18 billion).

Below is the full 30-team list:

  1. New York Knicks – $5.42 billion
  2. Golden State Warriors – $5.21 billion
  3. Los Angeles Lakers – $5.14 billion
  4. Brooklyn Nets – $3.40 billion
  5. Boston Celtics – $3.18 billion
  6. Chicago Bulls – $3.14 billion
  7. Houston Rockets – $2.77 billion
  8. Los Angeles Clippers – $2.63 billion
  9. Dallas Mavericks – $2.58 billion
  10. Toronto Raptors – $2.55 billion
  11. Philadelphia 76ers – $2.50 billion
  12. Miami Heat – $2.38 billion
  13. San Antonio Spurs – $2.05 billion
  14. Washington Wizards – $2.05 billion
  15. Portland Trail Blazers – $1.91 billion
  16. Milwaukee Bucks – $1.86 billion
  17. Sacramento Kings – $1.84 billion
  18. Denver Nuggets – $1.77 billion
  19. Cleveland Cavaliers – $1.74 billion
  20. Detroit Pistons – $1.74 billion
  21. Utah Jazz – $1.71 billion
  22. Oklahoma City Thunder – $1.66 billion
  23. Phoenix Suns – $1.64 billion
  24. Indiana Pacers – $1.55 billion
  25. Atlanta Hawks – $1.54 billion
  26. Orlando Magic – $1.53 billion
  27. Charlotte Hornets – $1.51 billion
  28. Minnesota Timberwolves – $1.43 billion
  29. Memphis Grizzlies – $1.36 billion
  30. New Orleans Pelicans – $1.35 billion

The average NBA franchise is worth nearly $2.4 billion, down two percent as a direct result from the pandemic, according to data compiled by Sportico.

The cumulative revenue for the NBA’s 30 teams of $8.3 billion was down from the previous, non-COVID-impacted season by roughly 10 percent, while national revenues (accrued predominantly from the league’s broadcast and sponsorship deals, as well as its licensing program) dropped only two percent.

In what was an unpredictable year for the NBA, there was a level of stability, even with the completion of the 2019-2020 season in a bubble at Orlando’s Walt Disney World.

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Cavaliers likely to trade or release Kevin Porter Jr. after outburst in locker room https://www.talkbasket.net/119354-cavaliers-likely-to-trade-or-release-kevin-porter-jr-after-outburst-in-locker-room https://www.talkbasket.net/119354-cavaliers-likely-to-trade-or-release-kevin-porter-jr-after-outburst-in-locker-room#respond Mon, 18 Jan 2021 17:10:24 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119354 Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kevin Porter Jr. is expected to be released or traded by the team following an incident in the locker room on Jan. 15. The second-year player became angry when he entered the locker room and found that the team gave his locker to newly-acquired Taurean Prince, according to Jason Lloyd, Joe Vardon, Kelsey […]

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Cavaliers likely to trade or release Kevin Porter Jr. after outburst in locker room

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kevin Porter Jr. is expected to be released or traded by the team following an incident in the locker room on Jan. 15.

The second-year player became angry when he entered the locker room and found that the team gave his locker to newly-acquired Taurean Prince, according to Jason Lloyd, Joe Vardon, Kelsey Russo and Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Porter, who’s locker was moved to the wall where “younger, end-of-bench players reside,” reportedly began yelling and at one point, threw food.

The decision to move Porter’s locker was based on NBA seniority and spacing to adhere to COVID-19 protocols, a team source told Spencer Davies of Basketball News.

The 20-year-old “remained combative” when general manager Koby Altman came into the locker room and confronted him.

Head coach J.B. Bickerstaff heard the commotion from his office and and came in, “shocked and disgusted at what he heard,” per The Athletic.

The Cavaliers spent the weekend trying to trade Porter with no luck so far, the report adds.

Porter was told to clean out his locker after the outburst and other members of the roster were told he’d no longer be on the team, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst.

Bickerstaff didn’t specifically address the incident, but hinted that the decision to move on from Porter was final.

“We all want to see Kevin be successful and I still feel that way, so whatever it is that happens in the future for him, I hope nothing but the best for him,” said Bickerstaff. “It’s part of our responsibility as coaches to give everyone our all and try to make the best of every situation and I can say that we did that.”

Porter was arrested back in November and charged with improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle after he flipped his SUV.

He has yet to play this season due to personal reasons.

The Cavaliers’ team source hopes that Porter can turn things around in his life off the court.

“I’m worried about him outside of basketball at this point.”

In 50 games last season, Porter averaged 10.0 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game.

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Trail Blazers’ CJ McCollum suffers sprained foot https://www.talkbasket.net/119267-trail-blazers-cj-mccollum-suffers-sprained-foot https://www.talkbasket.net/119267-trail-blazers-cj-mccollum-suffers-sprained-foot#respond Sun, 17 Jan 2021 05:00:34 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119267 Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum left the team’s game against the Atlanta Hawks with a left foot sprain and will not return, the team announced. McCollum will undergo an MRI on his left foot to determine the extent of the injury, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports. He suffered the injury in the […]

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Trail Blazers’ CJ McCollum suffers sprained foot

Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum left the team’s game against the Atlanta Hawks with a left foot sprain and will not return, the team announced.

McCollum will undergo an MRI on his left foot to determine the extent of the injury, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.

He suffered the injury in the first quarter, but played through it until halftime and didn’t return in the second half.

Here’s the play it happened:

In 12 games, McCollum, 29, is averaging 27.6 points, 4.3 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 1.4 steals per game.

The injuries are hitting the Trail Blazers hard, as they are also currently without center Jusuf Nurkic who is expected to miss at least eight weeks after undergoing surgery on his fractured right wrist.

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Pacers’ Caris LeVert out indefinitely https://www.talkbasket.net/119218-pacers-caris-levert-out-indefinitely https://www.talkbasket.net/119218-pacers-caris-levert-out-indefinitely#respond Sat, 16 Jan 2021 23:11:34 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119218 Caris LeVert, who was recently acquired by the Indiana Pacers, will be out indefinitely after an MRI revealed a small mass on his left kidney during a physical. The physical took place prior to finalizing the four-team James Harden trade between the Pacers, Brooklyn Nets, Houston Rockets and Cleveland Cavaliers. LeVert will undergo further medical […]

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Pacers’ Caris LeVert out indefinitely

Caris LeVert, who was recently acquired by the Indiana Pacers, will be out indefinitely after an MRI revealed a small mass on his left kidney during a physical.

The physical took place prior to finalizing the four-team James Harden trade between the Pacers, Brooklyn Nets, Houston Rockets and Cleveland Cavaliers.

LeVert will undergo further medical tests and more details will follow as needed, the team announced.

“On behalf of my family and myself, we want to thank the Indiana Pacers for their support and guidance,” LeVert said in a statement. “We are grateful for their extreme thoroughness during the physical process and I am looking forward to joining the team and being part of this great organization as soon as possible.”

The Pacers must have confidence from doctors that LeVert will be medically okay in the end, or the deal wouldn’t have gone through if there was any doubts, notes ESPN’s Bobby Marks.

“We acquired Caris because of who he is as a young man first and foremost,” Pacers President of Basketball Operations Kevin Pritchard said in a statement. “His basketball skill and on court play speaks for itself and we know he has a great career ahead of him. We will support Caris through this time and know that he will join us on the court as soon as he is able.”

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Karl-Anthony Towns tests positive for COVID-19; Timberwolves-Grizzlies postponed https://www.talkbasket.net/119064-karl-anthony-towns-tests-positive-for-covid-19 https://www.talkbasket.net/119064-karl-anthony-towns-tests-positive-for-covid-19#respond Sat, 16 Jan 2021 00:02:16 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119064 Minnesota Timberwolves star center Karl-Anthony Towns has announced that he has tested positive for COVID-19. Statement by Towns posted on Twitter: “Prior to tonight’s game, I received yet another awful call that I tested positive for COVID. I will immediately isolate and follow every protocol. I pray every day that this nightmare of a virus […]

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Karl-Anthony Towns tests positive for COVID-19; Timberwolves-Grizzlies postponed

Minnesota Timberwolves star center Karl-Anthony Towns has announced that he has tested positive for COVID-19.

Statement by Towns posted on Twitter:

“Prior to tonight’s game, I received yet another awful call that I tested positive for COVID. I will immediately isolate and follow every protocol. I pray every day that this nightmare of a virus will subside and I beg everyone to continue to take it seriously by taking all of the necessary precautions. It breaks my heart that my family, and particularly my father and sister continue to suffer from the anxiety that comes along with the diagnosis as we know all too well what the end result could be.”

Towns lost seven family members to COVID-19-related deaths, including his mother, Jackie.

As a result, the Timberwolves’ game against the Memphis Grizzlies scheduled for Friday has been postponed due to health and safety protocols.

The Timberwolves are going through contact tracing and do not have the league-required eight players available.

The team also recently announced that Ricky Rubio and Juan Hernangomez have entered the league’s health and safety protocols, as Hernangomez entered isolation and will be out for at least 10 days.

The organization has had two positive COVID-19 tests over the last two days and one player is in the league’s contact tracing protocols, according to President of Basketball Operations Gersson Rosas.

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Jusuf Nurkic to undergo surgery on fractured wrist https://www.talkbasket.net/119047-jusuf-nurkic-to-undergo-surgery-on-fractured-wrist https://www.talkbasket.net/119047-jusuf-nurkic-to-undergo-surgery-on-fractured-wrist#respond Fri, 15 Jan 2021 21:33:10 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119047 Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic will undergo surgery on his fractured right wrist and miss at least eight weeks, according to Shams Charania. Nurkic, 26, suffered the injury against the Indiana Pacers on Jan. 14 after attempting to swipe the ball from Malcolm Brogdon as he drove to the basket. If the eight week-plus […]

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Jusuf Nurkic to undergo surgery on fractured wrist

Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic will undergo surgery on his fractured right wrist and miss at least eight weeks, according to Shams Charania.

Nurkic, 26, suffered the injury against the Indiana Pacers on Jan. 14 after attempting to swipe the ball from Malcolm Brogdon as he drove to the basket.

If the eight week-plus timetable holds up, Nurkic will miss about over a third of the 72-game season, assuming all of the games until he returns are played without COVID-19 postponements.

With Nurkic out, the Trail Blazers will rely on big men Enes Kanter and Harry Giles.

In 12 games, Nurkic was averaging 9.8 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game.

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NBA postpones two Wizards-Cavaliers games https://www.talkbasket.net/119036-nba-postpones-two-wizards-cavaliers-games https://www.talkbasket.net/119036-nba-postpones-two-wizards-cavaliers-games#respond Fri, 15 Jan 2021 21:04:23 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119036 Two games between the Washington Wizards and Cleveland Cavaliers scheduled for Jan. 17 and Jan. 18 have been postponed due to health and safety protocols. Due to ongoing contact tracing within the Wizards, the team does not have the league-required eight available players. The Wizards are now up to five total positive COVID-19 cases. This […]

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NBA postpones two Wizards-Cavaliers games

Two games between the Washington Wizards and Cleveland Cavaliers scheduled for Jan. 17 and Jan. 18 have been postponed due to health and safety protocols.

Due to ongoing contact tracing within the Wizards, the team does not have the league-required eight available players.

The Wizards are now up to five total positive COVID-19 cases.

This is now the third and fourth consecutive postponements for the Wizards and Nos. 11 and 12 of the NBA season.

Their next scheduled game is against the Charlotte Hornets on Jan. 20, so it will be a waiting game to see if any players can clear the health and safety protocols by then.

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James Harden completes physical, not practicing with Nets https://www.talkbasket.net/119016-james-harden-completes-physical-not-practicing-with-nets https://www.talkbasket.net/119016-james-harden-completes-physical-not-practicing-with-nets#respond Fri, 15 Jan 2021 18:23:43 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119016 James Harden has completed his physical with the Brooklyn Nets, but will not practice with the team today, according to ESPN’s Malika Andrews. Every player involved in the four-team, seven-player trade must complete their respective physical before Harden can participate in any on-court team activity. If the other players get cleared by the end of […]

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James Harden completes physical, not practicing with Nets

James Harden has completed his physical with the Brooklyn Nets, but will not practice with the team today, according to ESPN’s Malika Andrews.

Every player involved in the four-team, seven-player trade must complete their respective physical before Harden can participate in any on-court team activity.

If the other players get cleared by the end of the day, Harden could potentially be set to make his Nets debut against the Orlando Magic on Jan. 16.

Harden will wear No. 13 with the Nets.

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Kyrie Irving fined $50,000, can return to Nets Saturday https://www.talkbasket.net/119013-kyrie-irving-fined-50000-can-return-to-nets-saturday https://www.talkbasket.net/119013-kyrie-irving-fined-50000-can-return-to-nets-saturday#respond Fri, 15 Jan 2021 17:07:52 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119013 Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving has been fined $50,000 for violating the NBA’s health and safety protocols, the league announced. The violation comes after a mask-less Irving attended a private indoor family birthday party last weekend. The league prohibits “attending indoor social gatherings of 15 or more people or entering bars, lounges, clubs or similar […]

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Kyrie Irving fined $50,000, can return to Nets Saturday

Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving has been fined $50,000 for violating the NBA’s health and safety protocols, the league announced.

The violation comes after a mask-less Irving attended a private indoor family birthday party last weekend.

The league prohibits “attending indoor social gatherings of 15 or more people or entering bars, lounges, clubs or similar establishments.”

Irving has been subject to a five-day quarantine period and he will forfeit his salary for the games missed during that time.

In his case, the result is about $410,000 per game in forfeited salary.

In total (including the fine), it will cost Irving a total of approximately $870,000.

After being away from the team due to personal reasons, it appears that Irving is nearing a return.

If Irving continues to test negative and clears protocol, he will be expected to play for the Nets against the Orlando Magic on Jan. 16, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

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Wizards up to five total COVID-19 cases https://www.talkbasket.net/119011-wizards-up-to-five-total-covid-19-cases https://www.talkbasket.net/119011-wizards-up-to-five-total-covid-19-cases#respond Fri, 15 Jan 2021 16:33:49 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119011 The Washington Wizards are now up to five players who have tested positive for COVID-19, according to Shams Charania and Fred Katz of The Athletic. A third player tested positive on Jan. 14, so two more have joined them. It remains unclear how many players are involved in contact tracing. Rui Hachimura and Moritz Wagner […]

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Wizards up to five total COVID-19 cases

The Washington Wizards are now up to five players who have tested positive for COVID-19, according to Shams Charania and Fred Katz of The Athletic.

A third player tested positive on Jan. 14, so two more have joined them.

It remains unclear how many players are involved in contact tracing.

Rui Hachimura and Moritz Wagner are the only players that are publicly known to be in the league’s health and safety protocols.

The Wizards last played on Jan. 11 against the Phoenix Suns and have had two games postponed this week – Jan. 13 against the Utah Jazz and Jan. 15 against the Detroit Pistons.

It seems likely that the team’s next two games against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Jan. 17 and Jan. 18 will be postponed in light of today’s news.

The Wizards could be without some of the players who tested positive for a while.

Players who test positive must go through a 10-14 day quarantine, which could be longer if a player experiences symptoms.

Then, they have a two-day ramp up period and have to pass a cardio screening test before returning to the court.

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Timberwolves’ Ricky Rubio, Juan Hernangomez entering health and safety protocols https://www.talkbasket.net/118926-timberwolves-ricky-rubio-juan-hernangomez-entering-health-and-safety-protocols https://www.talkbasket.net/118926-timberwolves-ricky-rubio-juan-hernangomez-entering-health-and-safety-protocols#respond Fri, 15 Jan 2021 00:22:32 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=118926 Minnesota Timberwolves’ Ricky Rubio and Juancho Hernangomez will both miss the team’s next game on Jan. 15 against the Memphis Grizzlies due to health and safety protocols. Hernangomez has entered isolation and will be out for at least 10 days, according to Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic. A timeline for Rubio’s absence hasn’t been established […]

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Timberwolves’ Ricky Rubio, Juan Hernangomez entering health and safety protocols

Minnesota Timberwolves’ Ricky Rubio and Juancho Hernangomez will both miss the team’s next game on Jan. 15 against the Memphis Grizzlies due to health and safety protocols.

Hernangomez has entered isolation and will be out for at least 10 days, according to Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic.

A timeline for Rubio’s absence hasn’t been established yet.

Rubio could have registered a positive or inconclusive COVID-19 test, or he could be quarantining as a result of contact tracing.

In 11 games, Rubio is averaging 6.3 points, 2.8 rebound, 5.4 assists and 1.4 steals per game, while Hernangomez is averaging 6.6 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.

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Celtics’ Kemba Walker getting closer to returning https://www.talkbasket.net/118895-celtics-kemba-walker-getting-closer-to-returning https://www.talkbasket.net/118895-celtics-kemba-walker-getting-closer-to-returning#respond Thu, 14 Jan 2021 19:42:12 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=118895 Boston Celtics point guard Kemba Walker was a full participant in Thursday’s practice for an hour, head coach Brad Stevens announced. “His strengthening has gone fantastic,” Stevens said when asked about Walker. “He’s put in a ton of work. He went full-go today for an hour with us.” Walker, who has been recovering from a […]

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Celtics’ Kemba Walker getting closer to returning

Boston Celtics point guard Kemba Walker was a full participant in Thursday’s practice for an hour, head coach Brad Stevens announced.

“His strengthening has gone fantastic,” Stevens said when asked about Walker. “He’s put in a ton of work. He went full-go today for an hour with us.”

Walker, who has been recovering from a lingering knee injury, will not play in the team’s next game on Jan. 15 against the Orlando Magic, but he is getting closer to a return to game action.

The 30-year-old remains without a timetable, but he reportedly has a chance to return next week at the earliest.

Walker is proud and impressed of how his team has played so far this season.

“Those guys have really been holding the fort down and absolutely killing it … I’m hoping to come back and add onto that,” said Walker.

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Third Wizards player tests positive for COVID-19 https://www.talkbasket.net/118864-third-wizards-player-tests-positive-for-covid-19 https://www.talkbasket.net/118864-third-wizards-player-tests-positive-for-covid-19#respond Thu, 14 Jan 2021 16:44:19 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=118864 A third Washington Wizards player has tested positive for COVID-19, according to Adrian Wojnarowski. The NBA already postponed the team’s games on Jan. 13 and Jan. 15 due to contact tracing and not having the league-required eight players. Rui Hachimura and Moritz Wagner were recently placed in the league’s health and safety protocols, but their […]

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Third Wizards player tests positive for COVID-19

A third Washington Wizards player has tested positive for COVID-19, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

The NBA already postponed the team’s games on Jan. 13 and Jan. 15 due to contact tracing and not having the league-required eight players.

Rui Hachimura and Moritz Wagner were recently placed in the league’s health and safety protocols, but their quarantine time hasn’t been announced.

Names of other players involved in contact tracing haven’t been released yet.

The NBA still has to decide on allowing the Wizards to play their home games against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Jan. 17 and Jan. 18, but the chances of avoiding more postponements are fading, notes Wojnarowski.

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Teams interested in Rockets’ P.J. Tucker https://www.talkbasket.net/118745-teams-interested-in-rockets-p-j-tucker https://www.talkbasket.net/118745-teams-interested-in-rockets-p-j-tucker#respond Wed, 13 Jan 2021 23:42:50 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=118745 Multiple teams have inquired about P.J. Tucker’s availability and have expressed interest in acquiring the veteran forward, according to Kelly Iko of The Athletic. Before James Harden was traded to the Brooklyn Nets, Tucker was linked to the Philadelphia 76ers, as they reportedly wanted both players in a potential deal. In nine games, Tucker, 35, […]

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Teams interested in Rockets’ P.J. Tucker

Multiple teams have inquired about P.J. Tucker’s availability and have expressed interest in acquiring the veteran forward, according to Kelly Iko of The Athletic.

Before James Harden was traded to the Brooklyn Nets, Tucker was linked to the Philadelphia 76ers, as they reportedly wanted both players in a potential deal.

In nine games, Tucker, 35, is averaging 5.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.2 steals per game.

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Zion Williamson out due to health and safety protocols https://www.talkbasket.net/118737-zion-williamson-out-due-to-health-and-safety-protocols https://www.talkbasket.net/118737-zion-williamson-out-due-to-health-and-safety-protocols#respond Wed, 13 Jan 2021 22:46:34 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=118737 New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson is out for tonight’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers, the team announced. Williamson being out is related to an inconclusive COVID-19 test, as well as timing of the results of another test, according to ESPN’s Andrew Lopez. The team believes it’s nothing of significance. More information regarding Williamson’s […]

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Zion Williamson out due to health and safety protocols

New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson is out for tonight’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers, the team announced.

Williamson being out is related to an inconclusive COVID-19 test, as well as timing of the results of another test, according to ESPN’s Andrew Lopez.

The team believes it’s nothing of significance.

More information regarding Williamson’s status and possible quarantine time should be provided in the coming days.

In nine games, the 20-year-old is averaging 21.9 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.3 steals per game.

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Rockets acquiring Victor Oladipo in James Harden trade https://www.talkbasket.net/118714-rockets-acquiring-victor-oladipo-in-james-harden-trade https://www.talkbasket.net/118714-rockets-acquiring-victor-oladipo-in-james-harden-trade#respond Wed, 13 Jan 2021 21:36:13 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=118714 The Indiana Pacers are trading Victor Oladipo to the Houston Rockets for a package around Caris LeVert, according to Shams Charania. LeVert was just dealt to the Rockets in the James Harden deal. The full current trade details involving the Rockets, Pacers, Brooklyn Nets and Cleveland Cavaliers: Rockets: Victor Oladipo, Dante Exum, Rodions Kurucs, 3 […]

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Rockets acquiring Victor Oladipo in James Harden trade

The Indiana Pacers are trading Victor Oladipo to the Houston Rockets for a package around Caris LeVert, according to Shams Charania.

LeVert was just dealt to the Rockets in the James Harden deal.

The full current trade details involving the Rockets, Pacers, Brooklyn Nets and Cleveland Cavaliers:

  • Rockets: Victor Oladipo, Dante Exum, Rodions Kurucs, 3 BKN first-rounders (2022, 2024, 2026), 1 MIL first (2022, unprotected), 4 BKN 1st round swaps (2021, 2023, 2025, 2027)
  • Nets: James Harden, 2024 second-round pick from Cavaliers
  • Pacers: Caris LeVert, 2nd-rounder
  • Cavaliers: Jarrett Allen, Taurean Prince

Oladipo, 28, will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, so there’s no guarantee that he will be with the Rockets long-term.

By acquiring Oladipo now, the Rockets could potentially include him in another deal at the March 25 trade deadline in order to acquire further value.

For now, the Rockets have a solid core that includes Oladipo, John Wall and Christian Wood.

After acquiring LeVert, the Pacers also now have a solid trio of their own including LeVert, Domantas Sabonis and Malcolm Brogdon.

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Rockets looking to trade James Harden today; 76ers prepared to offer Ben Simmons in potential deal https://www.talkbasket.net/118685-rockets-looking-to-trade-james-harden-today-76ers-prepared-to-offer-ben-simmons-in-potential-deal https://www.talkbasket.net/118685-rockets-looking-to-trade-james-harden-today-76ers-prepared-to-offer-ben-simmons-in-potential-deal#respond Wed, 13 Jan 2021 19:33:32 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=118685 The Houston Rockets have increased their efforts to find a potential suitor for a James Harden trade. The Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets are viewed as the finalists, as the Nets are preparing an offer of all its future first round picks and pick swaps, according to Shams Charania. The Rockets are pursuing a trade […]

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Rockets looking to trade James Harden today; 76ers prepared to offer Ben Simmons in potential deal

The Houston Rockets have increased their efforts to find a potential suitor for a James Harden trade.

The Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets are viewed as the finalists, as the Nets are preparing an offer of all its future first round picks and pick swaps, according to Shams Charania.

The Rockets are pursuing a trade package from the 76ers that would be headlined by Ben Simmons and Tyrese Maxey, according to Marc Stein of The New York Times.

The Rockets are “increasingly determined” to complete a trade for Harden as soon as today, Stein adds.

The 76ers would also want P.J. Tucker in addition to Harden.

The Rockets’ talks with the 76ers and Nets have reportedly increased in recent days, even before Harden criticized the team in his postgame news conference after their blowout loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.

As a result, Harden was not at practice today.

“We felt that it was best for the group and best for James not to come to practice,” said head coach Stephen Silas.

The Rockets are planning to keep Harden away until a trade is done, with the front office weighing the best final offers from the 76ers and Nets, sources told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne and Adrian Wojnarowski.

Joining the 76ers would allow Harden to reunite with former Rockets GM Daryl Morey and play alongside star center Joel Embiid, while joining the Nets would allow Harden to play alongside his former Oklahoma City Thunder teammate Kevin Durant.

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There’s “real concern” from NBA people who know Kyrie Irving https://www.talkbasket.net/118681-theres-real-concern-from-nba-people-who-know-kyrie-irving https://www.talkbasket.net/118681-theres-real-concern-from-nba-people-who-know-kyrie-irving#respond Wed, 13 Jan 2021 17:33:08 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=118681 Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving remains away from the team due to personal reasons and even those who know him aren’t sure what’s going on. “There are dozens of reporters calling everybody they can think of, trying to get to the bottom of this,” Joe Vardon of The Athletic reported. “It appears few people inside […]

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There’s “real concern” from NBA people who know Kyrie Irving

Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving remains away from the team due to personal reasons and even those who know him aren’t sure what’s going on.

“There are dozens of reporters calling everybody they can think of, trying to get to the bottom of this,” Joe Vardon of The Athletic reported. “It appears few people inside the NBA know what’s going on with Irving, and the few who probably do (like, Nets officials) aren’t saying. There is real concern throughout the league from people who know him.”

Head coach Steve Nash was recently asked if he was sure, or confident, that Irving would return this season.

“Uhh, sure,” replied Nash. “Like I said, right now I got to focus on coaching this team and getting the best out of them. I can’t make any predictions or prognostications about things outside of this building.”

Nets GM Sean Marks recently addressed the situation, saying that they have yet to finalize Irving’s return date.

“Kyrie will have the opportunity to address his absence when he is ready to do so,” said Marks.

Irving will remain out this week and may not return next week either, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

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Hawks-Suns game postponed https://www.talkbasket.net/118670-hawks-suns-game-postponed https://www.talkbasket.net/118670-hawks-suns-game-postponed#respond Wed, 13 Jan 2021 16:35:44 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=118670 The game between the Atlanta Hawks and Phoenix Suns tonight has been postponed, according to Adrian Wojnarowski. Contact tracing with Suns players is a factor, as they last played the Washington Wizards on Jan. 11. The Wizards are dealing with positive tests and contact tracing and also had their game against the Utah Jazz tonight […]

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Hawks-Suns game postponed

The game between the Atlanta Hawks and Phoenix Suns tonight has been postponed, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

Contact tracing with Suns players is a factor, as they last played the Washington Wizards on Jan. 11.

The Wizards are dealing with positive tests and contact tracing and also had their game against the Utah Jazz tonight postponed.

The Hawks-Suns game is now the seventh postponed game of the season so far.

The NBA just implemented several new and strict COVID-19 protocols to try to minimize the number of positive tests and potential exposure around the league, as they navigate playing through a pandemic that has no signs of slowing down.

The Suns are scheduled to play the Golden State Warriors next on Jan. 15, while the Hawks are scheduled to play the Jazz next on Jan. 15.

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James Harden says Rockets are just not good enough: “It’s something that I don’t think can be fixed” https://www.talkbasket.net/118571-james-harden-says-rockets-are-just-not-good-enough-its-something-that-i-dont-think-can-be-fixed https://www.talkbasket.net/118571-james-harden-says-rockets-are-just-not-good-enough-its-something-that-i-dont-think-can-be-fixed#respond Wed, 13 Jan 2021 04:44:21 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=118571 Houston Rockets star James Harden sounds like he is growing more dissatisfied with the team’s performance so far this season. At his postgame press conference, Harden got up and left the podium immediately after discussing the team. “I love this city. I’ve literally done everything I can. I mean, this situation is crazy. It’s something […]

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James Harden says Rockets are just not good enough: “It’s something that I don’t think can be fixed”

Houston Rockets star James Harden sounds like he is growing more dissatisfied with the team’s performance so far this season.

At his postgame press conference, Harden got up and left the podium immediately after discussing the team.

“I love this city. I’ve literally done everything I can. I mean, this situation is crazy. It’s something that I don’t think can be fixed. Thanks,” said Harden.

That’s as close to publicly requesting a trade that a player can get, notes ESPN’s Tim MacMahon.

Here’s video of him walking out of the postgame conference:

Harden is aware that the Rockets are continuing to discuss trade scenarios with teams, although no deal is imminent, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Rockets’ asking price remains steep for a player of Harden’s caliber.

Harden’s teammates were left to address his comments, but John Wall didn’t specifically mention them.

“When you have certain guys that don’t want to buy in, it’s hard,” said Wall, also adding that his chemistry with Harden has “been a little rocky.”

“I don’t think it’s been the best, that’s all I can say,” Wall added.

Harden’s contract doesn’t have a no-trade protection, meaning the Rockets could trade him anywhere.

Harden reportedly gave the Rockets a list of preferred trade destinations that includes the Brooklyn Nets, Philadelphia 76ers, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, Portland Trail Blazers and Boston Celtics.

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Wednesday’s Wizards-Jazz game postponed https://www.talkbasket.net/118531-wednesdays-wizards-jazz-game-postponed https://www.talkbasket.net/118531-wednesdays-wizards-jazz-game-postponed#respond Wed, 13 Jan 2021 00:57:04 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=118531 The NBA has postponed the game between the Washington Wizards and Utah Jazz on Jan. 13 due to health and safety protocols. The Wizards don’t have the league-required eight players available due to COVID-19 contact tracing. This will be the sixth postponed game of the season. The Wizards cancelled practice on Jan. 12, as two […]

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Wednesday’s Wizards-Jazz game postponed

The NBA has postponed the game between the Washington Wizards and Utah Jazz on Jan. 13 due to health and safety protocols.

The Wizards don’t have the league-required eight players available due to COVID-19 contact tracing.

This will be the sixth postponed game of the season.

The Wizards cancelled practice on Jan. 12, as two players entered the NBA’s health and safety protocols.

Those two players were later revealed to be Rui Hachimura and Moritz Wagner.

The league will be probing to understand how long players may have been in contact with COVID-19-positive teammates and opponents during recent days, before, during and after games, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

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Mavericks expected to have enough players for next game https://www.talkbasket.net/118513-mavericks-expected-to-have-enough-players-for-next-game https://www.talkbasket.net/118513-mavericks-expected-to-have-enough-players-for-next-game#respond Tue, 12 Jan 2021 22:28:57 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=118513 The Dallas Mavericks are headed to Charlotte for their next game against the Hornets on Jan. 13, which would indicate that it is set to be played as scheduled. The Mavericks are expected to have 12 players available for the game, according to Marc Stein of The New York Times. The Mavericks’ last game against […]

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Mavericks expected to have enough players for next game

The Dallas Mavericks are headed to Charlotte for their next game against the Hornets on Jan. 13, which would indicate that it is set to be played as scheduled.

The Mavericks are expected to have 12 players available for the game, according to Marc Stein of The New York Times.

The Mavericks’ last game against the New Orleans Pelicans on Jan. 11. was postponed after the Mavericks didn’t have the league-required eight players.

Four Mavericks’ players have reportedly tested positive for COVID-19.

While it’s unknown who the four players are, reports have suggested that Maxi Kleber was one of them.

Jalen Brunson, Dorian Finney-Smith and Josh Richardson were self-isolating, so one of those three tested positive, while the other two were close contacts.

Along with the four players who tested positive, one other player will remain out due to contact tracing for the game against the Hornets.

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NBA implementing several new COVID-19 protocols https://www.talkbasket.net/118501-nba-implementing-several-new-covid-19-protocols https://www.talkbasket.net/118501-nba-implementing-several-new-covid-19-protocols#respond Tue, 12 Jan 2021 20:17:32 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=118501 The NBA and NBPA are putting new, stricter COVID-19 protocols into place to try to minimize the number of positive tests and potential exposure around the league. All of the following changes and measures will take effect immediately: Activities Outside the Team Environment: For at least the next two weeks, players and team staff are […]

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NBA implementing several new COVID-19 protocols

The NBA and NBPA are putting new, stricter COVID-19 protocols into place to try to minimize the number of positive tests and potential exposure around the league.

All of the following changes and measures will take effect immediately:

Activities Outside the Team Environment:

For at least the next two weeks, players and team staff are required to remain at their residence (when the team is in its home market) at all times except to attend team-related activities at the team facility or arena, exercise outside, or perform essential activities, or as a result of extraordinary circumstances. Away-from-work interactions are limited to those with household members, family and any personal staff working regularly in the home. When on the road, players and team staff are prohibited from leaving their hotel (other than for team activities or emergencies) or interacting with non-team guests at the hotel.

With this, NBA players and team staff are essentially entering in-market bubbles, notes Shams Charania.

Meetings:

For at least the next two weeks, any pre-game meeting in the locker room is limited to no more than 10 minutes in duration and all attendees must wear a facemask. All other meetings involving players and team staff must continue to occur on the court, in a league-approved space, or at the arena in a room large enough to provide for at least 6 feet of distance between individuals. Meeting attendees must continue to wear facemasks at all times.

On the Road:

For team flights, teams must create a seating plan on planes so that players whose assigned seats are closest to each other on the bench for games are also closest to each other on the team plane. All treatment sessions at a hotel, such as massages and physical therapy, must occur in a ballroom or other large open space, with at least 12 feet between individual stations. Facemasks and face shields are required for all individuals during such sessions.

Game Day:

Players are prohibited from arriving at the arena more than three hours before tip-off. During the pre- and post-game periods, players must limit interactions to elbow or fist bumps, avoid extended socializing and maintain 6 feet of distance as much as possible.

Facemasks:

All players must wear facemasks on the bench at all times. Upon exiting the game, and prior to returning to the bench, players can sit in “cool down chairs,” arranged at least 12 feet from the bench with each chair 6 feet apart, where facemasks are not required. Once a player has cooled down, he must return to his assigned seat on the bench and wear a facemask until he enters the game again. Players must always wear facemasks in the locker room, during strength and conditioning activities and when traveling with anyone other than a household member. Coaches and other team staff must wear facemasks at all times during games.

Testing:

Any individual who regularly visits the interior of the home of a player or team staff member for a professional purpose must undergo COVID-19 testing twice per week. For any team with a positive player case or high-risk staff member case, the NBA may require players and team staff to undergo five consecutive days of twice-per-day, lab-based testing, in addition to daily point-of-care testing.

“The league’s Health and Safety Protocols may be additionally amended during the season as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic evolves,” the NBA and NBPA announced.

While all of these new rules will be in place for at least two weeks, “that’s probably the minimum,” a source told Tim Reynolds of The Associated Press.

Some, if not most of the changes figure to remain in place for the rest of the season to help make sure it goes as smooth as possible.

Despite the recent postponed games, the NBA does not have any intentions of pausing the season.

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Celtics-Magic game on Wednesday postponed https://www.talkbasket.net/118498-celtics-magic-game-on-wednesday-postponed https://www.talkbasket.net/118498-celtics-magic-game-on-wednesday-postponed#respond Tue, 12 Jan 2021 19:07:40 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=118498 The game between the Boston Celtics and Orlando Magic on Jan. 13 has been postponed, according to Adrian Wojnarowski. The Magic and Celtics were scheduled to play Jan. 13 and Jan. 15 in Boston, but the Magic won’t be traveling today and it is immediately unclear the status of the Friday game, notes Wojnarowski. The […]

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Celtics-Magic game on Wednesday postponed

The game between the Boston Celtics and Orlando Magic on Jan. 13 has been postponed, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Magic and Celtics were scheduled to play Jan. 13 and Jan. 15 in Boston, but the Magic won’t be traveling today and it is immediately unclear the status of the Friday game, notes Wojnarowski.

The Celtics already had their game against the Chicago Bulls on Jan. 12 postponed, as they are still short of the league-required eight players.

This is now the third game in a row postponed for the Celtics out of the five total games that the league has postponed this season.

On the last injury report, the Celtics had nine players out.

Two players, Kemba Walker and Romeo Langford, are out with injuries, while seven others are out due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

That left the team with eight available players, but in light of recent postponements, the Celtics have all but certainly had more enter protocols, notes ESPN’s Tim Bontemps.

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Wizards cancel practice as two players enter health and safety protocols https://www.talkbasket.net/118476-wizards-cancel-practice-as-two-players-enter-health-and-safety-protocols https://www.talkbasket.net/118476-wizards-cancel-practice-as-two-players-enter-health-and-safety-protocols#respond Tue, 12 Jan 2021 16:34:27 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=118476 After two players entered the NBA’s health and safety protocols, the Washington Wizards cancelled today’s practice “out of an abundance of caution,” the team announced. It’s unknown who the two players are or whether they will be required to quarantine. Getting put on the health and safety list means that the players either returned a […]

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Wizards cancel practice as two players enter health and safety protocols

After two players entered the NBA’s health and safety protocols, the Washington Wizards cancelled today’s practice “out of an abundance of caution,” the team announced.

It’s unknown who the two players are or whether they will be required to quarantine.

Getting put on the health and safety list means that the players either returned a positive or inconclusive COVID-19 test or they were close contact to someone else who tested positive.

There’s a chance that the two players will be in danger of missing the team’s next game against the Utah Jazz on Jan. 13.

This marks five straight games where players on either the Wizards or their previous opponent entered COVID-19 protocol the next day, notes Chase Hughes of NBCSports Washington.

The Wizards’ recent opponents include the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat who are both currently without several players due to health and safety protocols.

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Mavericks have two additional players test positive for COVID-19 https://www.talkbasket.net/118394-mavericks-have-two-additional-players-test-positive-for-covid-19 https://www.talkbasket.net/118394-mavericks-have-two-additional-players-test-positive-for-covid-19#respond Mon, 11 Jan 2021 23:36:15 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=118394 Four Dallas Mavericks have tested positive for COVID-19 after two more rotation players tested positive Monday, according to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon and Zach Lowe. None of the players have been publicly named due to privacy issues, but it was implied that Maxi Kleber was one of the positive tests, as he was required to quarantine […]

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Mavericks have two additional players test positive for COVID-19

Four Dallas Mavericks have tested positive for COVID-19 after two more rotation players tested positive Monday, according to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon and Zach Lowe.

None of the players have been publicly named due to privacy issues, but it was implied that Maxi Kleber was one of the positive tests, as he was required to quarantine for 10-14 days.

Jalen Brunson, Dorian Finney-Smith and Josh Richardson are also out due to health and safety protocols, as one of them tested positive, while the other two were considered close contacts after contact tracing.

The NBA postponed the game between the Mavericks and New Orleans Pelicans on Jan. 11 due to ongoing contact tracing that left the Mavericks without the required eight players.

The Mavericks’ next game against the Charlotte Hornets on Jan. 13 could also be in jeopardy.

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Heat list eight players out due to health and safety protocols https://www.talkbasket.net/118389-heat-list-eight-players-out-due-to-health-and-safety-protocols https://www.talkbasket.net/118389-heat-list-eight-players-out-due-to-health-and-safety-protocols#respond Mon, 11 Jan 2021 22:58:25 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=118389 The Miami Heat have added seven players, in addition to Avery Bradley, to the out/health and safety protocols list following the completion of contact tracing. The eight players include the following: Avery Bradley Jimmy Butler Goran Dragic Kendrick Nunn Bam Adebayo Moe Harkless Udonis Haslem KZ Okpala Bradley was the first to be placed on […]

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Heat list eight players out due to health and safety protocols

The Miami Heat have added seven players, in addition to Avery Bradley, to the out/health and safety protocols list following the completion of contact tracing.

The eight players include the following:

  • Avery Bradley
  • Jimmy Butler
  • Goran Dragic
  • Kendrick Nunn
  • Bam Adebayo
  • Moe Harkless
  • Udonis Haslem
  • KZ Okpala

Bradley was the first to be placed on the list on Jan. 10 and as a result, the Heat didn’t have the required eight players to proceed with their game against the Boston Celtics due to contact tracing.

The Heat are arranging for the players who need to self-isolate due to contact tracing to fly back to Miami on a private plane, according to Ira Winderman of The South Florida Sun Sentinel.

The player who tested positive for COVID-19 will be isolated in a hotel, while the rest of the team flies to Philadelphia for their scheduled game against the 76ers on Jan. 12.

As of now, the Heat have nine available players including Precious Achiuwa, Tyler Herro, Andre Iguodala, Meyers Leonard, Kelly Olynyk, Duncan Robinson, Chris Silva and two-way players Max Strus and Gabe Vincent.

However, Leonard is currently questionable with a shoulder injury, while Olynyk and Vincent are probable with a groin and knee injury, respectively.

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Luka Doncic, Jayson Tatum named Players of the Week https://www.talkbasket.net/118377-luka-doncic-jayson-tatum-named-players-of-the-week https://www.talkbasket.net/118377-luka-doncic-jayson-tatum-named-players-of-the-week#respond Mon, 11 Jan 2021 21:11:22 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=118377 Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic and Boston Celtics’ Jayson Tatum have been named NBA Players of the Week for the Western and Eastern Conference, respectively, for Week 3. Doncic averaged 30.3 points, 12.0 rebounds and 11.3 assists per game, as the Mavericks went 3-0. Doncic’s performances from the week: Jan. 4: 33 points (12-25 FG, 3-10 […]

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Luka Doncic, Jayson Tatum named Players of the Week

Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic and Boston Celtics’ Jayson Tatum have been named NBA Players of the Week for the Western and Eastern Conference, respectively, for Week 3.

Doncic averaged 30.3 points, 12.0 rebounds and 11.3 assists per game, as the Mavericks went 3-0.

Doncic’s performances from the week:

  • Jan. 4: 33 points (12-25 FG, 3-10 3P), 16 rebounds, 11 assists
  • Jan. 7: 38 points (13-22 FG, 2-7 3P), 9 rebounds, 13 assists, 5 steals, 1 block
  • Jan. 9: 20 points (7-20 FG, 3-9 3P), 11 rebounds, 10 assists, 2 blocks, 1 steal

Tatum averaged 33.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game, as the Celtics went 3-0.

Tatum’s performances from the week:

  • Jan. 4: 40 points (11-19 FG, 5-8 3P), 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks
  • Jan. 6: 27 points (10-21 FG, 5-8 3P), 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal
  • Jan. 8: 32 points (14-27 FG, 3-9 3P), 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal

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Mavericks-Pelicans game postponed Monday, Celtics-Bulls postponed Tuesday https://www.talkbasket.net/118357-mavericks-pelicans-game-postponed-monday-celtics-bulls-postponed-tuesday https://www.talkbasket.net/118357-mavericks-pelicans-game-postponed-monday-celtics-bulls-postponed-tuesday#respond Mon, 11 Jan 2021 18:38:09 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=118357 The Dallas Mavericks vs. New Orleans Pelicans game tonight has been postponed, according to Callie Caplan of The Dallas Morning News. Ongoing contact tracing left the Mavericks without the necessary eight available players, according to Adrian Wojnarowski. The team already had four players out due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols including Jalen Brunson, Dorian […]

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Mavericks-Pelicans game postponed Monday, Celtics-Bulls postponed Tuesday

The Dallas Mavericks vs. New Orleans Pelicans game tonight has been postponed, according to Callie Caplan of The Dallas Morning News.

Ongoing contact tracing left the Mavericks without the necessary eight available players, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

The team already had four players out due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols including Jalen Brunson, Dorian Finney-Smith, Josh Richardson and Maxi Kleber.

The Mavericks didn’t add any other player to that list due to contact tracing after Kleber’s positive test on Jan. 10, which means at least five players entered protocols today, according to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon.

This is the third game postponed of the season after the game between the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat was postponed on Jan. 10.

Celtics-Bulls game and beyond

The game between the Celtics and Chicago Bulls on Jan. 12 has also been postponed, becoming the fourth such game of the NBA season and the third in the last two days.

The Celtics are still short of the required eight players.

Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Grant Williams, Tristan Thompson, Robert Williams, Javonte Green and Semi Ojeleye are all out due to the NBA’s COVID-19 protocols, while Kemba Walker and Romeo Langford are out with injury.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver recently said that January would likely be the worst month for the league for the virus, but he also expressed optimism that things would improve in February and beyond.

“They tell us it’ll be better later in the season, but I just hope this doesn’t break the league in the next few weeks,” one GM told Wojnarowski.

The NBA and NBPA will be meeting today about modifying the league’s health and safety protocols.

The NBA’s general managers have a conference call set today to discuss these issues with league too, according to Wojnarowski.

Topics for the conference call today will be centered on tightening protocols including re-examining shootarounds and practice lengths, pre-and-post game socializing on court (for example, hugs), further restrictions on restaurant dining and tighter rules on mask-wearing.

The NBA has also set a special Board of Governors meeting for Jan. 12.

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Wizards’ Russell Westbrook to miss one week https://www.talkbasket.net/118355-wizards-russell-westbrook-to-miss-one-week https://www.talkbasket.net/118355-wizards-russell-westbrook-to-miss-one-week#respond Mon, 11 Jan 2021 17:45:16 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=118355 Washington Wizards star Russell Westbrook is expected to miss the next week of play with a left quadriceps injury, the team announced. The injury was suffered “due to repeated contact to the area since the beginning of the season.” Westbrook will be re-evaluated at the end of the week. In seven games, the 32-year-old is […]

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Wizards’ Russell Westbrook to miss one week

Washington Wizards star Russell Westbrook is expected to miss the next week of play with a left quadriceps injury, the team announced.

The injury was suffered “due to repeated contact to the area since the beginning of the season.”

Westbrook will be re-evaluated at the end of the week.

In seven games, the 32-year-old is averaging 19.3 points, 9.7 rebounds, 11.3 assists and 1.3 steals per game.

The Wizards just lost center Thomas Bryant for the rest of the season due to a torn ACL, but they will get star Bradley Beal back after he missed last game due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

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Cavaliers sign Yogi Ferrell to 10-day contract https://www.talkbasket.net/118350-cavaliers-sign-yogi-ferrell-to-10-day-contract https://www.talkbasket.net/118350-cavaliers-sign-yogi-ferrell-to-10-day-contract#respond Mon, 11 Jan 2021 17:07:38 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=118350 The Cleveland Cavaliers have used their hardship exception to sign point guard Yogi Ferrell to a 10-day contract. The hardship exception allows a team to temporarily sign a player to its 15-man roster beyond the maximum of 17 players which includes two two-way players. If he passes COVID-19 testing and protocols, he is expected to […]

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Cavaliers sign Yogi Ferrell to 10-day contract

The Cleveland Cavaliers have used their hardship exception to sign point guard Yogi Ferrell to a 10-day contract.

The hardship exception allows a team to temporarily sign a player to its 15-man roster beyond the maximum of 17 players which includes two two-way players.

If he passes COVID-19 testing and protocols, he is expected to be cleared for Monday’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies, according to Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com.

Ferrell, 27, has a chance to immediately be in the rotation, as the team is dealing with injuries to guards Darius Garland, Collin Sexton, Dante Exum and Matthew Dellavedova.

In addition to those players, Kevin Love and Dylan Windler also remain out due to a calf injury and fractured left hand, respectively.

Teams can apply for the hardship exception if they have four players who have missed at least three consecutive games due to illness or injury and will be out for at least two weeks.

Exum has been out three straight games and is expected to miss one-to-two months with a strained right calf.

The Cavaliers received permission from the league to use the hardship exception on Monday morning, notes Fedor.

Ferrell played 50 games for the Sacramento Kings last season, averaging 4.4 points and 1.4 assists per game in a career-low 10.6 minutes per game.

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Celtics-Heat game postponed https://www.talkbasket.net/118245-celtics-heat-game-postponed https://www.talkbasket.net/118245-celtics-heat-game-postponed#respond Sun, 10 Jan 2021 21:50:53 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=118245 The Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat game tonight has been postponed, according to Shams Charania. A Heat player has returned an inconclusive COVID-19 test and as a result, the team doesn’t have the required eight players to proceed with the game due to contact tracing. Heat guard Avery Bradley was ruled out due to health […]

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Celtics-Heat game postponed

The Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat game tonight has been postponed, according to Shams Charania.

A Heat player has returned an inconclusive COVID-19 test and as a result, the team doesn’t have the required eight players to proceed with the game due to contact tracing.

Heat guard Avery Bradley was ruled out due to health and safety protocols, so it’s unclear if he was the player with the inconclusive result.

It was reported that Bradley is expected to miss more time with the team.

This will be the second postponed game of the NBA season due to teams falling below the league-required eight players.

Before the game’s postponement, the Celtics were dealing with issues of their own, as they would’ve only had eight eligible players.

Nine players would’ve been out due to health and safety protocols/injury.

Despite these recent developments, the NBA has no plans to pause the season despite thinning rosters because of COVID-19 protocols affecting several teams, notes Adrian Wojnarowski.

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Nets’ Kevin Durant set to return, Kyrie Irving still out https://www.talkbasket.net/118243-nets-kevin-durant-set-to-return-kyrie-irving-still-out https://www.talkbasket.net/118243-nets-kevin-durant-set-to-return-kyrie-irving-still-out#respond Sun, 10 Jan 2021 21:27:03 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=118243 Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant is listed available to play today against the Oklahoma City Thunder, while Kyrie Irving is listed as out due to personal reasons. The Nets went 2-1 without Durant, who was out for health and safety protocols due to contact tracing/exposure to COVID-19. In six games, the 32-year-old is averaging 28.2 […]

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Nets’ Kevin Durant set to return, Kyrie Irving still out

Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant is listed available to play today against the Oklahoma City Thunder, while Kyrie Irving is listed as out due to personal reasons.

The Nets went 2-1 without Durant, who was out for health and safety protocols due to contact tracing/exposure to COVID-19.

In six games, the 32-year-old is averaging 28.2 points, 7.0 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.2 steals per game.

Irving, on the other hand, will now miss his third straight game.

It’s unclear when he will return to the court for the Nets.

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Wizards’ Thomas Bryant suffers torn ACL https://www.talkbasket.net/118210-wizards-thomas-bryant-suffers-torn-acl https://www.talkbasket.net/118210-wizards-thomas-bryant-suffers-torn-acl#respond Sun, 10 Jan 2021 17:53:27 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=118210 Washington Wizards center Thomas Bryant has been diagnosed with a torn left ACL, according to Adrian Wojnarowski. Bryant will miss the rest of the season and now faces a nine-to-12 month recovery timetable. The 23-year-old had emerged as one of the team’s best offensive weapons along with stars Bradley Beal and Russell Westbrook. Bryant was […]

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Wizards’ Thomas Bryant suffers torn ACL

Washington Wizards center Thomas Bryant has been diagnosed with a torn left ACL, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

Bryant will miss the rest of the season and now faces a nine-to-12 month recovery timetable.

The 23-year-old had emerged as one of the team’s best offensive weapons along with stars Bradley Beal and Russell Westbrook.

Bryant was averaging 14.3 points (career-high), 6.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game, while shooting 64.8 percent from the field.

The Wizards will now rely more on centers Robin Lopez and Moe Wagner.

With Bryant out, Lopez will likely be the starter, but this paves the way for Wagner more than anyone, notes Chase Hughes of NBCSports Washington.

The Wizards will likely apply for a Disabled Player Exception with the loss of Bryant, as they don’t have an open roster spot, per ESPN’s Bobby Marks.

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Mavericks’ Maxi Kleber in self-isolation https://www.talkbasket.net/118206-mavericks-maxi-kleber-in-self-isolation https://www.talkbasket.net/118206-mavericks-maxi-kleber-in-self-isolation#respond Sun, 10 Jan 2021 17:33:50 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=118206 Dallas Mavericks forward Maxi Kleber is entering self-isolation and will miss 10-to-14 days due to COVID-19 protocols, according to Shams Charania. The Mavericks practice facility has been shut down after the team’s second positive test in three days, according to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon. It’s unknown if Kleber was the second positive test or if he […]

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Mavericks’ Maxi Kleber in self-isolation

Dallas Mavericks forward Maxi Kleber is entering self-isolation and will miss 10-to-14 days due to COVID-19 protocols, according to Shams Charania.

The Mavericks practice facility has been shut down after the team’s second positive test in three days, according to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon.

It’s unknown if Kleber was the second positive test or if he was placed in isolation due to contact tracing.

Kleber joins teammates Jalen Brunson, Dorian Finney-Smith and Josh Richardson on the health and safety protocol list.

More contact tracing is being done now, MacMahon adds.

Brunson, Finney-Smith or Richardson registered the first positive COVID-19 test, while the other two were out due to contact tracing.

That positive test came after the team’s game against the Denver Nuggets on Jan. 7.

In nine games this season, Kleber is averaging 7.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game in 24.3 minutes per game.

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Hawks’ Bogdan Bogdanovic suffers awkward knee injury https://www.talkbasket.net/118186-hawks-bogdan-bogdanovic-suffers-awkward-knee-injury https://www.talkbasket.net/118186-hawks-bogdan-bogdanovic-suffers-awkward-knee-injury#respond Sun, 10 Jan 2021 05:34:06 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=118186 Atlanta Hawks swingman Bogdan Bogdanovic went down with a right knee injury against the Charlotte Hornets on Jan. 9. So far, there has been no official diagnosis, but Bogdanovic was almost immediately ruled out for the rest of the game. The 28-year-old had to be helped off the court by his teammates and wasn’t able […]

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Hawks’ Bogdan Bogdanovic suffers awkward knee injury

Atlanta Hawks swingman Bogdan Bogdanovic went down with a right knee injury against the Charlotte Hornets on Jan. 9.

So far, there has been no official diagnosis, but Bogdanovic was almost immediately ruled out for the rest of the game.

The 28-year-old had to be helped off the court by his teammates and wasn’t able to put much weight on his leg.

The injury occurred when Bogdanovic was running up court with the ball, as he tried to avoid LaMelo Ball who was attempting to reach for the steal.

Bogdanovic went to change direction and got his feet tied up, landing awkwardly on his right leg which buckled underneath him.

The video of the injury:

The Hawks have been affected by injuries this season, as they are already without Danilo Gallinari, Rajon Rondo, Kris Dunn and rookie Onyeka Okongwu.

In eight games (one start), Bogdanovic was averaging 10.5 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game.

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76ers playing Saturday with nine available players https://www.talkbasket.net/118120-76ers-playing-saturday-with-nine-available-players https://www.talkbasket.net/118120-76ers-playing-saturday-with-nine-available-players#respond Sat, 09 Jan 2021 17:32:22 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=118120 After being up in the air, the game between the Philadelphia 76ers and Denver Nuggets will take place, as the 76ers have nine eligible players. Joel Embiid, Danny Green and Paul Reed were cleared from health and safety protocol, according to Adrian Wojnarowski. However, clearance from the health and safety protocol doesn’t guarantee that Embiid […]

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76ers playing Saturday with nine available players

After being up in the air, the game between the Philadelphia 76ers and Denver Nuggets will take place, as the 76ers have nine eligible players.

Joel Embiid, Danny Green and Paul Reed were cleared from health and safety protocol, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

However, clearance from the health and safety protocol doesn’t guarantee that Embiid will play today, as he just counts as an eligible player toward the eight necessary players for the 76ers to avoid postponement, notes Wojnarowski.

The nine eligible players include Ben Simmons, Tyrese Maxey, Isaiah Joe, Dwight Howard, Dakota Mathias, Tony Bradley and the three who recently got cleared, Embiid, Green and Reed.

76ers’ Tobias Harris, Shake Milton, Matisse Thybulle and Vincent Poirier are each out today against the Nuggets due to health and safety protocols and will receive a quarantine period, according to Shams Charania.

The game was on the verge of being the NBA’s second COVID-19-related postponement of the season, due to several players being deemed close contact to Seth Curry who recently tested positive for COVID-19.

A 76ers’ staff member also tested positive on Jan. 8.

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76ers’ staff member tests positive; next game in doubt https://www.talkbasket.net/118052-76ers-staff-member-tests-positive-next-game-in-doubt https://www.talkbasket.net/118052-76ers-staff-member-tests-positive-next-game-in-doubt#respond Sat, 09 Jan 2021 06:18:14 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=118052 As the Philadelphia 76ers await a league ruling on their game on Jan. 9, a member of the team’s training staff has tested positive for COVID-19, per Shams Charania. The positive test has led to additional contact tracing within the team and the NBA is continuing its review process. The 76ers could be short of […]

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76ers’ staff member tests positive; next game in doubt

As the Philadelphia 76ers await a league ruling on their game on Jan. 9, a member of the team’s training staff has tested positive for COVID-19, per Shams Charania.

The positive test has led to additional contact tracing within the team and the NBA is continuing its review process.

The 76ers could be short of the league-required eight players to play against the Denver Nuggets, as seven players are in the health and safety protocol due to close contact to Seth Curry who tested positive for COVID-19.

Along with Curry, Terrance Ferguson and Mike Scott have already been ruled out due to personal reasons and a left knee contusion, respectively.

Currently, the team only has six available players: Ben Simmons, centers Dwight Howard and Tony Bradley, rookie guards Tyrese Maxey and Isaiah Joe and guard Dakota Mathias.

The 76ers bused back to Philadelphia and the Nuggets flew into Philadelphia on the night of Jan. 9, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

If the game is ultimately postponed, it will be the second such game of the season, as the Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder had an opening night game postponed when the Rockets only had seven players eligible.

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Bradley Beal on Wizards’ defensive struggles: “We can’t guard a parked car” https://www.talkbasket.net/118047-bradley-beal-on-wizards-defensive-struggles-we-cant-guard-a-parked-car https://www.talkbasket.net/118047-bradley-beal-on-wizards-defensive-struggles-we-cant-guard-a-parked-car#respond Sat, 09 Jan 2021 05:39:54 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=118047 Washington Wizards star guard Bradley Beal is clearly fed up with the team’s lack of defense. The team can score plenty of points, as they are averaging 119.2 points per game in nine games, but also giving up an average of 122.1 points per game, last in the NBA. “It’s our defense. I don’t know […]

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Bradley Beal on Wizards’ defensive struggles: “We can’t guard a parked car”

Washington Wizards star guard Bradley Beal is clearly fed up with the team’s lack of defense.

The team can score plenty of points, as they are averaging 119.2 points per game in nine games, but also giving up an average of 122.1 points per game, last in the NBA.

“It’s our defense. I don’t know why it’s our defense. At this point, we can’t guard a parked car,” Beal said.

Beal is off to a scorching start to the season, leading the NBA with 35.0 points per game.

Despite the early season personal success, Beal still isn’t pleased, as some of his best performances have come in a loss.

“I’m pissed off,” he said. “… Any of my career highs, they’ve been in losses. So I don’t give a damn. You can throw it right out the window with the other two or three I’ve had.”

If the Wizards don’t find a way to fix their defensive struggles, it could be a long season, as the team already has seven losses, tied for the most in the league with the Detroit Pistons.

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Report: John Collins, Trae Young have a growing disconnect https://www.talkbasket.net/117984-report-john-collins-trae-young-have-a-growing-disconnect https://www.talkbasket.net/117984-report-john-collins-trae-young-have-a-growing-disconnect#respond Fri, 08 Jan 2021 19:38:58 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=117984 Atlanta Hawks’ John Collins has reportedly voiced his concern with how Trae Young runs the offense, according to Chris Kirschner and Sam Amick of The Athletic. This took place at a film session on Jan. 5, one day after the Hawks blew 15-point leads and lost back-to-back games to the Cleveland Cavaliers and New York Knicks. […]

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Report: John Collins, Trae Young have a growing disconnect

Atlanta Hawks’ John Collins has reportedly voiced his concern with how Trae Young runs the offense, according to Chris Kirschner and Sam Amick of The Athletic.

This took place at a film session on Jan. 5, one day after the Hawks blew 15-point leads and lost back-to-back games to the Cleveland Cavaliers and New York Knicks.

Per Kirschner and Amick:

John Collins, the fourth-year big man who just weeks before bet on himself in a big way during his failed extension talks with the Hawks, shared his unfiltered and unhappy views about the way franchise centerpiece Trae Young was running the offense. According to three sources who were either in the session or had knowledge of what was said, Collins raised several issues about the way these Hawks were functioning with Young at the helm.

Collins talked about the need to get into offensive sets more quickly and to limit all those early shot-clock attempts that leave his teammates on the outside looking in. He shared his desire to be more involved and expressed a desire for more ball involvement and flow on offense.

There was no back-and-forth between the two, but the pointed criticism caught the attention of the room. And Young, sources say, made it clear to others later that he strongly disagreed with Collins’ assessment.

At least one Hawks player told The Athletic he believed the aftermath of Tuesday’s film session carried over into Wednesday’s game and was the reason for Young’s passive and lethargic performance.

In that lethargic performance from Young in the team’s 102-94 loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Jan. 6, he went 2-of-9 from the field, 0-of-3 from three-point and committed seven turnovers.

“Trae is my brother regardless,” Collins said via text message, despite the recent disagreement with Young, when The Athletic asked him about the situation.

Hawks center Clint Capela reportedly had a discussion with Young after the film session about his time playing alongside James Harden and Dwight Howard with the Houston Rockets.

Capela relayed that Howard’s desire for more touches and Harden’s lack of passing the ball contributed to that group of players ultimately being broken up, per Kirschner and Amick.

With the Hawks losing three straight games, the focus will be on Young and Collins to see if they and the team can get back on the winning track and iron out their issues.

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Lonzo, LaMelo Ball set to square off for first time ever https://www.talkbasket.net/117976-lonzo-lamelo-ball-set-to-square-off-for-first-time-ever https://www.talkbasket.net/117976-lonzo-lamelo-ball-set-to-square-off-for-first-time-ever#respond Fri, 08 Jan 2021 18:14:51 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=117976 New Orleans Pelicans’ Lonzo Ball and brother LaMelo of the Charlotte Hornets will play against each other for the first time in an organized game. Lonzo, 23, drafted No. 2 overall in the 2017 NBA Draft, and younger brother LaMelo, 19, drafted No. 3 overall in the 2020 NBA Draft, haven’t shared the court together […]

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Lonzo, LaMelo Ball set to square off for first time ever

New Orleans Pelicans’ Lonzo Ball and brother LaMelo of the Charlotte Hornets will play against each other for the first time in an organized game.

Lonzo, 23, drafted No. 2 overall in the 2017 NBA Draft, and younger brother LaMelo, 19, drafted No. 3 overall in the 2020 NBA Draft, haven’t shared the court together since they played at Chino Hills high school back in 2015.

“I think it’s going to be a lot of fun,” Lonzo said on Thursday. “This is our first time matching up in a real game. … I think it just shows that all the hard work paid off. We’re really close, we grew up together doing the same thing even though he’s younger than I am.”

The two brothers have talked about their backyard games against each other growing up.

Lonzo said that he was too big to match up with LaMelo one-on-one, but there was a lot of 2-on-2 or 3-on-3 games.

LaMelo has played against bigger players all his life which helped him adjust to the NBA level, as he isn’t afraid of an opponent.

“That’s probably the most competitive basketball I’ve been in — in the backyard, back there fighting, scrapping, falling on concrete, playing hella hard,” LaMelo said on Thursday. “Parents getting scared when their kids go back there. It was a whole lot. Just something you had to witness, for real.”

Neither brother has thought too much about the possibility of guarding one another, instead, both saying they would do whatever their coaches asked of them in order to get the win.

“It’s all love. That’s my brother,” LaMelo said. “We grew up together. You know our pops has us real close. We spent every day together. Pretty much talk to each other all the time now. He’s still my brother at the end of the day.”

Pelicans head coach Stan Van Gundy knows what it’s like to compete against a brother, as he coached against his younger brother Jeff.

“I know how close my brother and I are,” Stan said. “Competing against my brother is not comfortable because you have 363 days a year where you’re rooting for your brother and hoping for his happiness, but then two nights a year where you’re trying to kick each other’s (butts). So it’s a little different feel. … It is surreal to look over (at the opposing team) in an NBA game and say, ‘God, that’s my brother. We grew up together.’ It’s a phenomenal accomplishment. They [Lonzo and LaMelo] should be proud of themselves and proud of each other.”

Lonzo, whose Pelicans are 4-4, comes into the game averaging 13.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.1 steals per game.

LaMelo, whose Hornets are 3-5, comes into the game averaging 11.8 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 1.6 steals per game.

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Celtics’ Robert Williams tests positive for COVID-19; two other Celtics out https://www.talkbasket.net/117973-celtics-robert-williams-tests-positive-for-covid-19-two-other-celtics-out https://www.talkbasket.net/117973-celtics-robert-williams-tests-positive-for-covid-19-two-other-celtics-out#respond Fri, 08 Jan 2021 16:50:01 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=117973 Boston Celtics center Robert Williams was the lone player to test positive for COVID-19, according to Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe. Williams has reportedly been asymptomatic. Tristan Thompson and Grant Williams are also out for contact tracing and will be required to quarantine for a minimum of seven days. Carsen Edwards, who was originally […]

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Celtics’ Robert Williams tests positive for COVID-19; two other Celtics out

Boston Celtics center Robert Williams was the lone player to test positive for COVID-19, according to Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe.

Williams has reportedly been asymptomatic.

Tristan Thompson and Grant Williams are also out for contact tracing and will be required to quarantine for a minimum of seven days.

Carsen Edwards, who was originally thought to be a close contact, won’t have to quarantine for contact tracing and will be available for the team’s next game against the Washington Wizards on Jan. 8.

Without Thompson, Robert Williams and Grant Williams, the Celtics will be shorthanded in the frontcourt for the next few games.

The team will lean more on players like Daniel Theis and Semi Ojeleye.

It’s possible that Tacko Fall could also enter the rotation.

Head coach Brad Stevens also figures to use small-ball lineups with Jayson Tatum or Jaylen Brown playing the four spot.

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Breaking: Entire 76ers team quarantining after Seth Curry tests positive for COVID-19 https://www.talkbasket.net/117873-breaking-entire-76ers-team-quarantining-after-seth-curry-tests-positive-for-covid-19 https://www.talkbasket.net/117873-breaking-entire-76ers-team-quarantining-after-seth-curry-tests-positive-for-covid-19#respond Fri, 08 Jan 2021 04:48:59 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=117873 The Philadelphia 76ers learned of a positive COVID-19 test for a player during tonight’s game against the Brooklyn Nets, forcing the entire team to quarantine in New York tonight and contact trace, according to Shams Charania. The positive test came from Seth Curry, which the team learned of near the start of the loss in […]

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Breaking: Entire 76ers team quarantining after Seth Curry tests positive for COVID-19

The Philadelphia 76ers learned of a positive COVID-19 test for a player during tonight’s game against the Brooklyn Nets, forcing the entire team to quarantine in New York tonight and contact trace, according to Shams Charania.

The positive test came from Seth Curry, which the team learned of near the start of the loss in Brooklyn tonight, notes Adrian Wojnarowski.

He went to an isolation room immediately and thereafter left the arena separate from the team.

Contact tracing will reportedly take place in the morning of Jan. 8.

Curry was already ruled out for the game against the Nets due to an ankle injury and labeled as day-to-day.

The 76ers are scheduled to play next on Jan. 9 against the Denver Nuggets.

The Nets, who are scheduled to play the Memphis Grizzlies on Jan. 8, are still flying to Memphis, but it’s still possible that some Nets players will be affected by contact tracing protocols.

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Nuggets’ Michael Porter Jr. facing additional quarantine time https://www.talkbasket.net/117870-nuggets-michael-porter-jr-facing-additional-quarantine-time https://www.talkbasket.net/117870-nuggets-michael-porter-jr-facing-additional-quarantine-time#respond Fri, 08 Jan 2021 03:56:03 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=117870 Denver Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr. is facing a minimum of 10 additional quarantine days due to health and safety protocols, according to Shams Charania. Porter finished a seven-day quarantine this week due to contact tracing protocols and now reportedly faces an additional quarantine period in the 10 to 14-day range, Charania adds. The 22-year-old […]

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Nuggets’ Michael Porter Jr. facing additional quarantine time

Denver Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr. is facing a minimum of 10 additional quarantine days due to health and safety protocols, according to Shams Charania.

Porter finished a seven-day quarantine this week due to contact tracing protocols and now reportedly faces an additional quarantine period in the 10 to 14-day range, Charania adds.

The 22-year-old was originally listed as questionable for the team’s game against the Dallas Mavericks and there was belief that he might play, but he was ultimately ruled out.

It’s unclear what led to the additional quarantine time for Porter and as a result, he will remain away from the team for the foreseeable future.

In four games this season, Porter is averaging 19.5 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game.

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Four Celtics players dealing with health and safety protocols https://www.talkbasket.net/117832-four-celtics-players-dealing-with-health-and-safety-protocols https://www.talkbasket.net/117832-four-celtics-players-dealing-with-health-and-safety-protocols#respond Fri, 08 Jan 2021 00:12:45 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=117832 Boston Celtics’ Grant Williams, Robert Williams, Tristan Thompson and Carsen Edwards are listed as questionable for the team’s next game due to health and safety protocols, the team announced. The Celtics play the Washington Wizards on Jan. 8. The four players possibly came in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 and therefore, could […]

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Four Celtics players dealing with health and safety protocols

Boston Celtics’ Grant Williams, Robert Williams, Tristan Thompson and Carsen Edwards are listed as questionable for the team’s next game due to health and safety protocols, the team announced.

The Celtics play the Washington Wizards on Jan. 8.

The four players possibly came in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 and therefore, could be in a contact tracing situation, notes ESPN’s Tim Bontemps.

It’s also possible that one of the players could have tested positive or even had an inconclusive test result.

In eight games, Thompson, the only regular starter of the four players, is averaging 8.4 points and 8.5 rebounds per game.

Backup center Robert Williams (16.4 minutes per game) and forward Grant Williams (19.1 minutes per game) are key members of the frontcourt rotation.

Edwards has played four games, only averaging 7.3 minutes per game.

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Nets’ Kyrie Irving out due to personal reasons https://www.talkbasket.net/117826-nets-kyrie-irving-out-due-to-personal-reasons https://www.talkbasket.net/117826-nets-kyrie-irving-out-due-to-personal-reasons#respond Thu, 07 Jan 2021 22:39:13 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=117826 Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving will miss tonight’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers due to personal reasons, according to Shams Charania. It’s unknown what those personal reasons are. The Nets are already without Kevin Durant who remains out due to health and safety protocols. Through seven games, Irving is averaging 27.1 points, 5.3 rebounds, 6.1 […]

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Nets’ Kyrie Irving out due to personal reasons

Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving will miss tonight’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers due to personal reasons, according to Shams Charania.

It’s unknown what those personal reasons are.

The Nets are already without Kevin Durant who remains out due to health and safety protocols.

Through seven games, Irving is averaging 27.1 points, 5.3 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 1.6 steals per game.

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NBA contact tracing sensors going into effect https://www.talkbasket.net/117813-nba-contact-tracing-sensors-going-into-effect https://www.talkbasket.net/117813-nba-contact-tracing-sensors-going-into-effect#respond Thu, 07 Jan 2021 19:44:30 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=117813 Starting Jan. 7, NBA players, coaches and staff will be required to wear proximity sensor devices for team activities beyond games. This includes practice, travel (the team plane or the team bus) and time spent at practice facilities, notes Marc Stein of The New York Times. The NBA hopes that the sensors improve contact tracing […]

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NBA contact tracing sensors going into effect

Starting Jan. 7, NBA players, coaches and staff will be required to wear proximity sensor devices for team activities beyond games.

This includes practice, travel (the team plane or the team bus) and time spent at practice facilities, notes Marc Stein of The New York Times.

The NBA hopes that the sensors improve contact tracing efforts after positive COVID-19 tests.

Players are not required to wear the sensors during games or at the team hotel when traveling, according to ESPN’s Baxter Holmes.

The Kinexon SafeZone sensors record close proximity (which is defined as six feet) and duration when people wearing the sensors interact, but do not track the location or an individual’s movement.

A health official with direct knowledge of the situation previously noted that the sensors should “significantly help” in determining which players or staff might need to quarantine.

“We don’t want to have to needlessly quarantine someone that doesn’t need to be,” said the official, per Holmes.

The effort is a collaboration of the NBA, the players’ union and medical officials, and those involved believe it should serve as a proactive measure.

“We’re hopeful that it can also be used not only when there are cases, but proactively to try to reduce contacts even before there are cases,” said NBA senior vice president David Weiss.

Data from the sensors will only be shared with the league and the person’s team and not with other teams.

Information from the sensors also won’t be available after the 2020-2021 NBA season.

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Four new positive COVID-19 tests in NBA https://www.talkbasket.net/117805-four-new-positive-covid-19-tests-in-nba https://www.talkbasket.net/117805-four-new-positive-covid-19-tests-in-nba#respond Thu, 07 Jan 2021 17:39:09 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=117805 Four new NBA players have tested positive for COVID-19 out of 498 tested since Dec. 30, the NBA and NBPA announced. “Anyone who has returned a confirmed positive test is isolated until they are cleared for leaving isolation under the rules established by the NBA and Players Association in accordance with CDC guidance,” according to […]

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Four new positive COVID-19 tests in NBA

Four new NBA players have tested positive for COVID-19 out of 498 tested since Dec. 30, the NBA and NBPA announced.

“Anyone who has returned a confirmed positive test is isolated until they are cleared for leaving isolation under the rules established by the NBA and Players Association in accordance with CDC guidance,” according to the statement by the NBA and NBPA.

Chicago Bulls’ Tomas Satoransky and Chandler Hutchison recently tested positive, so those two players were likely two of the four positive tests.

Several players around the league are listed as out due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols, so it’s unclear which other two players tested positive.

In the last round of testing results on Dec. 30, there were no new positive cases, but that didn’t continue into the new year.

This wasn’t unexpected given gatherings over the holidays, notes Shams Charania.

Adam Silver said on a league call recently that health experts advised that January is shaping up to be the worst month in the U.S. in terms of case spikes, with expected improvements beginning in February.

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Several NBA teams eyeing Taj Gibson https://www.talkbasket.net/117794-several-nba-teams-eyeing-taj-gibson https://www.talkbasket.net/117794-several-nba-teams-eyeing-taj-gibson#respond Thu, 07 Jan 2021 17:21:06 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=117794 Free agent veteran forward Taj Gibson is reportedly receiving interest from multiple NBA teams, especially the New York Knicks. Gibson, 35, has worked out for seven teams including the Washington Wizards, a person close to Gibson told Marc Berman of The New York Post. “He’s in shape,” the person said. “There’s no hard feelings. He […]

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Several NBA teams eyeing Taj Gibson

Free agent veteran forward Taj Gibson is reportedly receiving interest from multiple NBA teams, especially the New York Knicks.

Gibson, 35, has worked out for seven teams including the Washington Wizards, a person close to Gibson told Marc Berman of The New York Post.

“He’s in shape,” the person said. “There’s no hard feelings. He knows it’s a business.”

Gibson spent last season with the Knicks where he played 62 games (56 starts) and averaged 6.1 points and 4.3 rebounds per game.

While the Knicks waived Gibson back in November, the two sides still had mutual interest in a possible reunion and the Knicks have “touched base” with Gibson recently, according to Ian Begley of SNY.tv.

People within the Knicks organization like the idea of bringing Gibson back “because of the role he played on and off the court for New York last season,” per Begley.

Gibson was seen as a mentor to center Mitchell Robinson.

He also has a history with head coach Tom Thibodeau, as Gibson played for him with the Chicago Bulls and Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Knicks have dealt with injuries in their frontcourt, as Nerlens Noel and Obi Toppin are both currently out.

If they ultimately want to sign Gibson, the Knicks would have to waive a player on their 15-man roster to free up a spot.

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Magic’s Markelle Fultz suffers torn ACL https://www.talkbasket.net/117710-magics-markelle-fultz-suffers-torn-acl https://www.talkbasket.net/117710-magics-markelle-fultz-suffers-torn-acl#respond Thu, 07 Jan 2021 02:52:48 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=117710 Orlando Magic point guard Markelle Fultz suffered a torn left ACL and will miss the rest of the season, the team announced. Fultz suffered the non-contact injury in the first quarter of the team’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers and had to be taken off the court in a wheelchair. It’s a brutal blow for […]

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Magic’s Markelle Fultz suffers torn ACL

Orlando Magic point guard Markelle Fultz suffered a torn left ACL and will miss the rest of the season, the team announced.

Fultz suffered the non-contact injury in the first quarter of the team’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers and had to be taken off the court in a wheelchair.

It’s a brutal blow for the 22-year-old and the Magic.

Fultz has dealt with injuries in his career, as he previously battled a shoulder injury that affected his shooting and was diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS).

He was averaging 14.3 points, 3.6 rebounds and 6.1 assists in seven games.

Rookie guard Cole Anthony will step into a bigger role for the Magic for the rest of the season.

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Rockets’ Christian Wood questionable to play Wednesday https://www.talkbasket.net/117667-rockets-christian-wood-questionable-to-play-wednesday https://www.talkbasket.net/117667-rockets-christian-wood-questionable-to-play-wednesday#respond Wed, 06 Jan 2021 20:53:42 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=117667 Houston Rockets’ Christian Wood is dealing with left knee soreness and is questionable for the team’s game against the Indiana Pacers on Jan. 6. Wood played 33 minutes against the Dallas Mavericks on Jan. 4, so it’s unclear when the injury happened and became an issue. If Wood ultimately can’t play, P.J. Tucker and DeMarcus […]

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Rockets’ Christian Wood questionable to play Wednesday

Houston Rockets’ Christian Wood is dealing with left knee soreness and is questionable for the team’s game against the Indiana Pacers on Jan. 6.

Wood played 33 minutes against the Dallas Mavericks on Jan. 4, so it’s unclear when the injury happened and became an issue.

If Wood ultimately can’t play, P.J. Tucker and DeMarcus Cousins will handle the minutes at center.

Wood, 25, is enjoying a breakout season in his first year with the Rockets, averaging 23.6 points, 10.0 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.0 steal and 2.0 blocks per game in five games.

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Kristaps Porzingis nearing a return to action https://www.talkbasket.net/117664-kristaps-porzingis-nearing-a-return-to-action https://www.talkbasket.net/117664-kristaps-porzingis-nearing-a-return-to-action#respond Wed, 06 Jan 2021 19:37:40 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=117664 Dallas Mavericks’ Kristaps Porzingis is nearing his season debut, according to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon. Porzingis, however, won’t play against the Denver Nuggets on Jan. 7. “In terms of a timetable, we’re not talking weeks. We’re talking some time in the next week, week and a half, if all things continue to go well,” said head […]

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Kristaps Porzingis nearing a return to action

Dallas Mavericks’ Kristaps Porzingis is nearing his season debut, according to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon.

Porzingis, however, won’t play against the Denver Nuggets on Jan. 7.

“In terms of a timetable, we’re not talking weeks. We’re talking some time in the next week, week and a half, if all things continue to go well,” said head coach Rick Carlisle.

The 25-year-old was recently a “full-go” at practice and is almost ready to return after surgery on his torn meniscus.

The Mavericks are off to a 3-4 start without Porzingis, who will likely eventually be eased back into his usual playing time.

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Knicks’ Alec Burks in walking boot https://www.talkbasket.net/117637-knicks-alec-burks-in-walking-boot https://www.talkbasket.net/117637-knicks-alec-burks-in-walking-boot#respond Wed, 06 Jan 2021 16:28:55 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=117637 New York Knicks’ Alec Burks underwent further testing for his sprained left ankle and will be in a walking boot, the team announced. Burks will be re-evaluated in seven-to-10 days. The 29-year-old has missed the team’s last four games after suffering the injury against the Milwaukee Bucks on Dec. 27. Burks scored 22 points in […]

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Knicks’ Alec Burks in walking boot

New York Knicks’ Alec Burks underwent further testing for his sprained left ankle and will be in a walking boot, the team announced.

Burks will be re-evaluated in seven-to-10 days.

The 29-year-old has missed the team’s last four games after suffering the injury against the Milwaukee Bucks on Dec. 27.

Burks scored 22 points in the first two games this season and is averaging 20.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists in three games.

The Knicks have still managed to win four of their last five games since he suffered the injury, including the game he left early.

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Hawks’ Rajon Rondo out at least three more games https://www.talkbasket.net/117529-hawks-rajon-rondo-out-at-least-three-more-games https://www.talkbasket.net/117529-hawks-rajon-rondo-out-at-least-three-more-games#respond Wed, 06 Jan 2021 00:45:40 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=117529 The Atlanta Hawks will be without veteran point guard Rajon Rondo for at least the next three games, according to the team. Rondo will enter a period of rest and rehabilitation to strengthen his right knee and will be reviewed prior to the team’s three-game West Coast trip, the team announced. If the timetable given […]

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Hawks’ Rajon Rondo out at least three more games

The Atlanta Hawks will be without veteran point guard Rajon Rondo for at least the next three games, according to the team.

Rondo will enter a period of rest and rehabilitation to strengthen his right knee and will be reviewed prior to the team’s three-game West Coast trip, the team announced.

If the timetable given by the Hawks holds up, Rondo will miss two games against the Charlotte Hornets (Jan. 6 and Jan. 9) and one against the Philadelphia 76ers (Jan. 11).

He will then have the opportunity to return against the Phoenix Suns on Jan. 13.

The 34-year-old has played two games this season, averaging 6.0 points and 7.0 assists per game.

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Cavaliers’ Dante Exum out 1-2 months https://www.talkbasket.net/117516-cavaliers-dante-exum-out-1-2-months https://www.talkbasket.net/117516-cavaliers-dante-exum-out-1-2-months#respond Tue, 05 Jan 2021 23:59:14 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=117516 Cleveland Cavaliers guard Dante Exum is expected to miss one-to-two months with a strained right calf, according to Shams Charania. Exum suffered the non-contact injury in the first quarter of the team’s 103-83 loss to the Orlando Magic on Jan. 4. The 25-year-old was recently put into a defensive stopper role by head coach J.B. […]

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Cavaliers’ Dante Exum out 1-2 months

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Dante Exum is expected to miss one-to-two months with a strained right calf, according to Shams Charania.

Exum suffered the non-contact injury in the first quarter of the team’s 103-83 loss to the Orlando Magic on Jan. 4.

The 25-year-old was recently put into a defensive stopper role by head coach J.B. Bickerstaff.

“I think (Dante) is a heck of a defender,” Bickerstaff said over the weekend. “He’s extremely intelligent. He’s got great length. And he’s committed to trying to go out and get the job done.”

Exum was inserted into the starting lineup with Isaac Okoro and Kevin Porter Jr. out.

In three games this season, Exum was averaging 3.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game.

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Timberwolves’ Josh Okogie ruled out Tuesday https://www.talkbasket.net/117500-timberwolves-josh-okogie-ruled-out-tuesday https://www.talkbasket.net/117500-timberwolves-josh-okogie-ruled-out-tuesday#respond Tue, 05 Jan 2021 19:48:27 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=117500 Minnesota Timberwolves guard Josh Okogie will not be available against the Denver Nuggets on Jan. 5, according to Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic. Okogie went through shootaround and head coach Ryan Saunders is “hopeful” that he plays against the Portland Trail Blazers on Jan. 7. This will be the third game in a row missed […]

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Timberwolves’ Josh Okogie ruled out Tuesday

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Josh Okogie will not be available against the Denver Nuggets on Jan. 5, according to Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic.

Okogie went through shootaround and head coach Ryan Saunders is “hopeful” that he plays against the Portland Trail Blazers on Jan. 7.

This will be the third game in a row missed for Okogie due to a strained left hamstring.

In three games, the 22-year-old is averaging 8.0 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game.

Saunders has had to alter the starting lineup with injuries to Okogie and Karl-Anthony Towns, who is dealing with a dislocated left wrist that he suffered on Dec. 26.

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Wizards’ Rui Hachimura says it’s “really easy” to get post-up opportunities https://www.talkbasket.net/117496-wizards-rui-hachimura-says-its-really-easy-to-get-post-up-opportunities https://www.talkbasket.net/117496-wizards-rui-hachimura-says-its-really-easy-to-get-post-up-opportunities#respond Tue, 05 Jan 2021 18:27:45 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=117496 Despite missing four games to start the season, Washington Wizards forward Rui Hachimura is already back in mid-season form. Hachimura was diagnosed with conjunctivitis and had to work his way back to full strength quickly without much practice time. In three games, the 22-year-old is averaging 14.3 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game, […]

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Wizards’ Rui Hachimura says it’s “really easy” to get post-up opportunities

Despite missing four games to start the season, Washington Wizards forward Rui Hachimura is already back in mid-season form.

Hachimura was diagnosed with conjunctivitis and had to work his way back to full strength quickly without much practice time.

In three games, the 22-year-old is averaging 14.3 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game, while shooting 51.9 percent from the field.

The Wizards are 2-1 in those three games.

Hachimura reportedly added 10 pounds of muscle in the offseason and he has used that to his advantage, leading the team with 5.0 post-ups per game.

“[Our shooters] open up the floor, so it’s really easy to post up,” said Hachimura. “Especially now, all the other teams are switching on me, so I’ve got small guys on me. That’s when it gets easy.”

Hachimura took advantage of a mismatch in the post with Kyrie Irving in the team’s 123-122 win over the Brooklyn Nets.

“Point guards aren’t going to get away with switching on him,” said head coach Scott Brooks. “He puts them into the paint and scores on them very quickly.”

Hachimura has the chance to be one of the Wizards most important players this season where they have expectations to make a playoff push.

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NBA updates safety rules https://www.talkbasket.net/117375-nba-updates-safety-rules https://www.talkbasket.net/117375-nba-updates-safety-rules#respond Tue, 05 Jan 2021 00:13:24 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=117375 The NBA has informed its 30 teams of updated rules regarding COVID-19 safety on the bench, according to Shams Charania. The rule changes: Starting Tuesday (Jan. 5), all active players who are dressed to play must wear face mask until they enter the game All players, coaches and staffers in Tiers 1/2 must wear a […]

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NBA updates safety rules

The NBA has informed its 30 teams of updated rules regarding COVID-19 safety on the bench, according to Shams Charania.

The rule changes:

  • Starting Tuesday (Jan. 5), all active players who are dressed to play must wear face mask until they enter the game
  • All players, coaches and staffers in Tiers 1/2 must wear a mask when outside team setting and indoor

After exiting the court, active players are strongly recommended to wear a mask in the bench area, Charania adds.

The requirement resets at halftime (wear mask at start of second half until they enter the game).

Inactive players remain required to wear a mask for the entire game.

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Stephen Curry, Tobias Harris named Players of the Week https://www.talkbasket.net/117357-stephen-curry-tobias-harris-named-players-of-the-week https://www.talkbasket.net/117357-stephen-curry-tobias-harris-named-players-of-the-week#respond Mon, 04 Jan 2021 20:55:33 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=117357 Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry and Philadelphia 76ers’ Tobias Harris have been named NBA Players of the Week for the Western and Eastern Conference, respectively, for Week 2. Curry averaged 39.7 points, 6.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game in three games, as the Warriors went 2-1. Curry’s performances from the week: Dec. 29: 31 […]

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Stephen Curry, Tobias Harris named Players of the Week

Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry and Philadelphia 76ers’ Tobias Harris have been named NBA Players of the Week for the Western and Eastern Conference, respectively, for Week 2.

Curry averaged 39.7 points, 6.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game in three games, as the Warriors went 2-1.

Curry’s performances from the week:

  • Dec. 29: 31 points (9-17 FG, 5-9 3P), 6 assists, 5 rebounds, 2 steals
  • Jan. 1: 26 points (9-20 FG, 4-12 3P), 8 rebounds, 5 assists
  • Jan. 3: Career-high 62 points (18-31 FG, 8-16 3P), 5 rebounds, 4 assists

Harris averaged 23.3 points, 9.7 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game in three games, as the 76ers went 3-0.

Harris’ performances from the week:

  • Dec. 29: 26 points (11-20 FG, 2-5 3P), 11 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, 2 blocks
  • Dec. 31: 20 points (8-15 FG, 3-4 3P), 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block
  • Jan. 2: 24 points (9-14 FG, 4-7 3P), 9 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 steals, 3 blocks

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Nets’ Spencer Dinwiddie undergoes ACL surgery https://www.talkbasket.net/117351-nets-spencer-dinwiddie-undergoes-acl-surgery https://www.talkbasket.net/117351-nets-spencer-dinwiddie-undergoes-acl-surgery#respond Mon, 04 Jan 2021 20:39:50 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=117351 Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie underwent successful ACL reconstruction surgery on his right knee, the team announced. Dinwiddie will begin rehabilitation next week and is expected to make a full recovery. The fact that Dinwiddie had a reconstruction rather than a repair essentially eliminates any chance of him returning this season. The 27-year-old suffered the […]

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Nets’ Spencer Dinwiddie undergoes ACL surgery

Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie underwent successful ACL reconstruction surgery on his right knee, the team announced.

Dinwiddie will begin rehabilitation next week and is expected to make a full recovery.

The fact that Dinwiddie had a reconstruction rather than a repair essentially eliminates any chance of him returning this season.

The 27-year-old suffered the injury in the team’s 106-104 loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Dec. 27.

In three games this season, Dinwiddie averaged 6.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game in 21.4 minutes per game.

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Grizzles to sign Tim Frazier https://www.talkbasket.net/117331-grizzles-to-sign-tim-frazier https://www.talkbasket.net/117331-grizzles-to-sign-tim-frazier#respond Mon, 04 Jan 2021 19:07:43 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=117331 The Memphis Grizzlies are signing free agent guard Tim Frazier via hardship exception, according to Shams Charania. The Grizzlies don’t currently have an open roster spot, but they won’t have to waive a player to add Frazier due to the hardship exception. The team has been without Jaren Jackson Jr. and Justise Winslow and now […]

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Grizzles to sign Tim Frazier

The Memphis Grizzlies are signing free agent guard Tim Frazier via hardship exception, according to Shams Charania.

The Grizzlies don’t currently have an open roster spot, but they won’t have to waive a player to add Frazier due to the hardship exception.

The team has been without Jaren Jackson Jr. and Justise Winslow and now Ja Morant will be out for three-to-five weeks due to an ankle sprain.

The terms of Frazier’s deal have not been reported, but it will likely be a non-guaranteed minimum-salary contract.

This is the first NBA transaction of the 2021 calendar year.

Frazier, 30, has played 272 NBA games in his career.

He played 27 games (11 starts) for the Detroit Pistons last season and averaged 3.6 points, 1.2 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game in 13.1 minutes per game.

The Grizzlies will become the seventh NBA team for Frazier in his seven-year career in the league.

Frazier once played all 53 minutes of an overtime game for the Milwaukee Bucks against the Atlanta Hawks in the 2018-2019 season and finished the game with 20 points, seven rebounds and 15 assists.

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Marvin Bagley won’t discuss father’s tweet about trade request https://www.talkbasket.net/117328-marvin-bagley-wont-discuss-fathers-tweet-about-trade-request https://www.talkbasket.net/117328-marvin-bagley-wont-discuss-fathers-tweet-about-trade-request#respond Mon, 04 Jan 2021 18:41:28 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=117328 Sacramento Kings’ Marvin Bagley III made it clear that he has no intentions of talking about his father’s tweet asking the Kings to trade him. “Before we start, I just want to say that if there are no questions about the game tomorrow or what we’re going to do tomorrow, please don’t ask, I don’t […]

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Marvin Bagley won’t discuss father’s tweet about trade request

Sacramento Kings’ Marvin Bagley III made it clear that he has no intentions of talking about his father’s tweet asking the Kings to trade him.

“Before we start, I just want to say that if there are no questions about the game tomorrow or what we’re going to do tomorrow, please don’t ask, I don’t want to give any extra information on nothing,” Bagley said on Jan. 3, via James Ham of NBC Sports California. “If you don’t have any questions about the team and tomorrow’s game, then hold off.”

“@SacramentoKings PLEASE trade Marvin Bagley III ASAP! Love – Coach Bagley,” his father tweeted.

The since-deleted tweet stemmed from the lack of recent fourth quarter playing time for Bagley, as he has only played a total of two fourth quarter minutes in the team’s last three games.

Under the NBA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, any player who publicly requests a trade will be fined, so it’s not surprising that Bagley didn’t mention his father’s tweet.

Bagley reportedly continues to maintain an open line of communication with head coach Luke Walton and the two spoke on Jan. 3.

“We’ve had very honest talks,” said Walton. “Things we talk about I’m going to keep between us but throughout my time here we’ve had a lot of good talks about honest things which I believe a coach and a player should have. Nothing different, nothing new. But with him and all the guys I coach, I try to make that a high priority. Understanding that not everyone is always going to be happy, but the communication will always be there and always available.”

Walton also addressed the comments by Bagley’s father after the Kings’ 104-92 loss to the Houston Rockets, avoiding adding fuel to the fire.

“My message is always the same — we don’t listen to any of that,” said Walton. “It’s us within these walls, us within this locker room. We’re in this together. Like I always say, good or bad, we’ve got to do everything we can to not let that affect what we’re trying to get done here.”

Bagley, 21, is averaging 11.8 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game in the team’s first six games.

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Cavaliers coach J.B. Bickerstaff on Collin Sexton: “He’s a walking bucket” https://www.talkbasket.net/117325-cavaliers-coach-j-b-bickerstaff-on-collin-sexton-hes-a-walking-bucket https://www.talkbasket.net/117325-cavaliers-coach-j-b-bickerstaff-on-collin-sexton-hes-a-walking-bucket#respond Mon, 04 Jan 2021 17:49:54 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=117325 Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton has picked up this season right where he left off last season before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. In the team’s final five games before the NBA went on hiatus last season, Sexton was averaging 30.0 points, 3.6 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game. In the team’s first six games this […]

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Cavaliers coach J.B. Bickerstaff on Collin Sexton: “He’s a walking bucket”

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton has picked up this season right where he left off last season before the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

In the team’s final five games before the NBA went on hiatus last season, Sexton was averaging 30.0 points, 3.6 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game.

In the team’s first six games this season, the 22-year-old is averaging 26.0 points, 2.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.5 steals per game, while shooting 55.6 percent from the field and 55.0 percent from three-point.

Sexton hit a go-ahead three-pointer against the Atlanta Hawks on Jan. 2 that helped seal a 96-91 comeback win.

“He’s a walking bucket,” head coach J.B. Bickerstaff said after the game. “There are certain people who have a knack for putting the ball in the basket all sorts of ways. The kid is not afraid of the biggest moments. When we needed a basket, he went and manufactured a basket, and that’s a unique skill.”

In the come-from-behind win over the Hawks, the Cavaliers scored 26 points in the fourth quarter with Sexton scoring half of them, finishing the game with 27 points on 10-of-18 from the field and 2-of-5 from three-point.

“If we didn’t have him bailing us out of some bad possessions, if we didn’t have him making tough shots, if we didn’t have him providing the kind of offensive spark, offensive push, drive that he gives us, I don’t know how many points we would have scored, especially with Kev (Kevin Love) out. He’s been ridiculous,” said Bickerstaff.

Sexton’s fast start to this season can be attributed to his work ethic.

“He puts in as much time, if not more than anybody I’ve ever been around in this league,” said Bickerstaff. “He plays with a sense of purpose and understanding of who he is and how to play to his strengths. And it’s come to a point, too, where his teammates are comfortable now with him. They know how to make him better, get him the ball in the proper spots and how to play with him.”

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Bulls’ Tomas Satoransky tests positive for COVID-19 https://www.talkbasket.net/117179-bulls-tomas-satoransky-tests-positive-for-covid-19 https://www.talkbasket.net/117179-bulls-tomas-satoransky-tests-positive-for-covid-19#respond Mon, 04 Jan 2021 02:31:29 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=117179 Chicago Bulls guard Tomas Satoransky has tested positive for COVID-19, according to head coach Billy Donovan. Satoransky gave Donovan permission to reveal the news, per K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago. This comes two days after Donovan revealed that forward Chandler Hutchison tested positive, leading to Satoransky, Lauri Markkanen and Ryan Arcidiacono being quarantined. One […]

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Bulls’ Tomas Satoransky tests positive for COVID-19

Chicago Bulls guard Tomas Satoransky has tested positive for COVID-19, according to head coach Billy Donovan.

Satoransky gave Donovan permission to reveal the news, per K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago.

This comes two days after Donovan revealed that forward Chandler Hutchison tested positive, leading to Satoransky, Lauri Markkanen and Ryan Arcidiacono being quarantined.

One support staff member also recently tested positive.

The Bulls, who leave for a four-game road trip on the West Coast on Jan. 4, will likely be without the players in COVID-19 protocol (Markkanen and Arcidiacono).

Hutchison and Satoransky will remain out for the near future.

If Markkanen or Arcidiacono ultimately get cleared, the team would discuss whether worth flying said player out depending on where the Bulls are in the trip, notes Johnson.

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Bulls’ Chandler Hutchison tests positive for COVID-19 https://www.talkbasket.net/116937-bulls-chandler-hutchison-tests-positive-for-covid-19 https://www.talkbasket.net/116937-bulls-chandler-hutchison-tests-positive-for-covid-19#respond Sat, 02 Jan 2021 00:08:29 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=116937 Chicago Bulls’ Chandler Hutchison has tested positive for COVID-19, according to head coach Billy Donovan. Hutchison remains in Washington, as the Bulls played the Wizards on Dec. 29 and Dec. 31. His teammates Lauri Markkanen, Tomas Satoransky and Ryan Arcidiacono remain under the league’s health and safety protocol and are back in Chicago. As a […]

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Bulls’ Chandler Hutchison tests positive for COVID-19

Chicago Bulls’ Chandler Hutchison has tested positive for COVID-19, according to head coach Billy Donovan.

Hutchison remains in Washington, as the Bulls played the Wizards on Dec. 29 and Dec. 31.

His teammates Lauri Markkanen, Tomas Satoransky and Ryan Arcidiacono remain under the league’s health and safety protocol and are back in Chicago.

As a result, they will continue to be out for the team’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Hutchison’s positive COVID-19 test comes on the heels of the league announcing on Dec. 30 that there were zero positive tests out of 495 players in the latest round of testing.

In four games this season, Hutchison, 24, is averaging 3.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game in 13.0 minutes per game.

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Magic’s Chuma Okeke out with bone bruise https://www.talkbasket.net/116910-magics-chuma-okeke-out-with-bone-bruise https://www.talkbasket.net/116910-magics-chuma-okeke-out-with-bone-bruise#respond Fri, 01 Jan 2021 19:50:44 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=116910 Orlando Magic forward Chuma Okeke is expected to miss several weeks with a bone bruise in his left knee, according to Adrian Wojnarowski. All of the knee’s ligaments are reportedly intact and the team won’t issue a timetable for his return, per Josh Robbins of The Athletic. Okeke missed his entire rookie season last year […]

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Magic’s Chuma Okeke out with bone bruise

Orlando Magic forward Chuma Okeke is expected to miss several weeks with a bone bruise in his left knee, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

All of the knee’s ligaments are reportedly intact and the team won’t issue a timetable for his return, per Josh Robbins of The Athletic.

Okeke missed his entire rookie season last year due to a torn ACL in the same knee, an injury that he suffered in college.

In five games this season, the 22-year-old is averaging 3.0 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game in 18.2 minutes per game.

The Magic signed Okeke to his rookie contract on Nov. 16.

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Nuggets’ Michael Porter Jr. likely out multiple games https://www.talkbasket.net/116897-nuggets-michael-porter-jr-likely-out-multiple-games https://www.talkbasket.net/116897-nuggets-michael-porter-jr-likely-out-multiple-games#respond Fri, 01 Jan 2021 17:22:47 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=116897 Denver Nuggets’ Michael Porter Jr. will miss the team’s game against the Phoenix Suns on Jan. 1 due to health and safety protocols, according to Shams Charania. Porter “could be out a number of days” as the Nuggets conduct contact tracing. The 22-year-old was deemed to have been in close contact with COVID-19, notes Kendra […]

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Nuggets’ Michael Porter Jr. likely out multiple games

Denver Nuggets’ Michael Porter Jr. will miss the team’s game against the Phoenix Suns on Jan. 1 due to health and safety protocols, according to Shams Charania.

Porter “could be out a number of days” as the Nuggets conduct contact tracing.

The 22-year-old was deemed to have been in close contact with COVID-19, notes Kendra Andrews of The Athletic.

Under league rules, these situations require a seven-day quarantine.

If that timeline holds up for Porter, he will miss two games (in addition to tonight’s game) against the Minnesota Timberwolves and one against the Dallas Mavericks.

In four games this season, Porter is averaging 19.5 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game.

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Pacers’ TJ Warren out indefinitely https://www.talkbasket.net/116836-pacers-tj-warren-out-indefinitely https://www.talkbasket.net/116836-pacers-tj-warren-out-indefinitely#respond Thu, 31 Dec 2020 23:42:40 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=116836 Indiana Pacers forward TJ Warren will undergo surgery to repair a stress fracture in his left foot and will be out indefinitely, according to Adrian Wojnarowski. The 27-year-old was averaging 15.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game in four games this season. Warren previously dealt with plantar fasciitis in his right foot. He […]

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Pacers’ TJ Warren out indefinitely

Indiana Pacers forward TJ Warren will undergo surgery to repair a stress fracture in his left foot and will be out indefinitely, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

The 27-year-old was averaging 15.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game in four games this season.

Warren previously dealt with plantar fasciitis in his right foot.

He also underwent a similar surgery on his right foot while with the Phoenix Suns back in 2016.

Warren has not appeared in more than 66 games in a season and has missed 119 games out of 569 regular season games since he was drafted in 2014.

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Bucks’ Torrey Craig undergoes surgery for fractured nose https://www.talkbasket.net/116831-bucks-torrey-craig-undergoes-surgery-for-fractured-nose https://www.talkbasket.net/116831-bucks-torrey-craig-undergoes-surgery-for-fractured-nose#respond Thu, 31 Dec 2020 23:09:59 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=116831 Milwaukee Bucks forward Torrey Craig had surgery to repair a fractured nose, according to Adrian Wojnarowski. Craig is expected to be able to resume contact basketball activities in two weeks. The 30-year-old was injured in the fourth quarter of the team’s 130-110 loss to the New York Knicks on Dec. 27. Craig is only averaging […]

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Bucks’ Torrey Craig undergoes surgery for fractured nose

Milwaukee Bucks forward Torrey Craig had surgery to repair a fractured nose, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

Craig is expected to be able to resume contact basketball activities in two weeks.

The 30-year-old was injured in the fourth quarter of the team’s 130-110 loss to the New York Knicks on Dec. 27.

Craig is only averaging 6.5 minutes per game in two games this season.

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Magic’s Terrence Ross ruled out against 76ers https://www.talkbasket.net/116821-magics-terrence-ross-ruled-out-against-76ers https://www.talkbasket.net/116821-magics-terrence-ross-ruled-out-against-76ers#respond Thu, 31 Dec 2020 19:45:21 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=116821 Orlando Magic guard Terrence Ross will not play against the Philadelphia 76ers on Dec. 31 due to right hamstring irritation, the team announced. Ross first suffered the injury against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Dec. 29, but ultimately returned to the game after briefly leaving. The 29-year-old sixth man is off to a hot start […]

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Magic’s Terrence Ross ruled out against 76ers

Orlando Magic guard Terrence Ross will not play against the Philadelphia 76ers on Dec. 31 due to right hamstring irritation, the team announced.

Ross first suffered the injury against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Dec. 29, but ultimately returned to the game after briefly leaving.

The 29-year-old sixth man is off to a hot start for the 4-0 Magic, averaging 21.0 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game, while shooting 51.8 percent from the field.

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Cavaliers’ Kevin Love out at least 3-4 weeks https://www.talkbasket.net/116501-cavaliers-kevin-love-out-at-least-3-4-weeks https://www.talkbasket.net/116501-cavaliers-kevin-love-out-at-least-3-4-weeks#respond Tue, 29 Dec 2020 17:56:25 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=116501 Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love reaggravated a right calf strain that he suffered during the preseason, the team announced. Love will be re-evaluated in three-to-four weeks. The 32-year-old got re-injured and left the team’s home game on Dec. 27 against the Philadelphia 76ers. “Further examination and an MRI administered on Monday at Cleveland Clinic Sports […]

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Cavaliers’ Kevin Love out at least 3-4 weeks

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love reaggravated a right calf strain that he suffered during the preseason, the team announced.

Love will be re-evaluated in three-to-four weeks.

The 32-year-old got re-injured and left the team’s home game on Dec. 27 against the Philadelphia 76ers.

“Further examination and an MRI administered on Monday at Cleveland Clinic Sports Health confirmed the injury. Love will undergo a series of treatment and rehabilitation,” according to the team.

In Love’s absence, Larry Nance Jr. will be leaned heavily on, as he is averaging 8.7 points, 8.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.3 steals per game in the first three games.

The Cavaliers have started the season 3-0 with wins over the Charlotte Hornets, Detroit Pistons and 76ers, and are just one of four NBA teams that remain undefeated.

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No ankle fracture for Ja Morant https://www.talkbasket.net/116430-no-ankle-fracture-for-ja-morant https://www.talkbasket.net/116430-no-ankle-fracture-for-ja-morant#respond Tue, 29 Dec 2020 02:57:25 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=116430 X-Rays on Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant’s left ankle reveal no fracture, according to Adrian Wojnarowski. Morant, 21, left in the first half of the team’s game against the Brooklyn Nets after landing on the ankle of another player and had to be taken off the court in a wheelchair. The Grizzlies announced that Morant […]

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No ankle fracture for Ja Morant

X-Rays on Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant’s left ankle reveal no fracture, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

Morant, 21, left in the first half of the team’s game against the Brooklyn Nets after landing on the ankle of another player and had to be taken off the court in a wheelchair.

The Grizzlies announced that Morant suffered a left ankle sprain and was wearing a boot when he returned to the bench.

Morant was off to a hot start to the season, averaging 36.0 points, 2.5 rebounds, 8.0 assists and 1.0 steal per game in the first two games.

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Brandon Ingram, Domantas Sabonis named Players of the Week https://www.talkbasket.net/116367-brandon-ingram-domantas-sabonis-named-players-of-the-week https://www.talkbasket.net/116367-brandon-ingram-domantas-sabonis-named-players-of-the-week#respond Mon, 28 Dec 2020 20:33:49 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=116367 New Orleans Pelicans’ Brandon Ingram and Indiana Pacers’ Domantas Sabonis have been named NBA Players of the Week for the Western and Eastern Conference, respectively, for Week 1. Ingram averaged 26.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 6.7 assists per game in three games, while the Pelicans went 2-1. Ingram’s performances from the week: Dec. 23: 24 […]

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Brandon Ingram, Domantas Sabonis named Players of the Week

New Orleans Pelicans’ Brandon Ingram and Indiana Pacers’ Domantas Sabonis have been named NBA Players of the Week for the Western and Eastern Conference, respectively, for Week 1.

Ingram averaged 26.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 6.7 assists per game in three games, while the Pelicans went 2-1.

Ingram’s performances from the week:

  • Dec. 23: 24 points (10-19 FG), 11 assists, 9 rebounds, 3 steals, 1 block
  • Dec. 25: 28 points (7-17 FG, 10-11 FT), 3 assists, 2 rebounds
  • Dec. 27: 28 points (9-23 FG), 11 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 block

Sabonis averaged 24.3 points, 11.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists per game in three games, while the Pacers went 3-0, the team’s best start since the 2013-2014 season.

Sabonis’ performances from the week:

  • Dec. 23: 32 points (11-18 FG), 13 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal
  • Dec. 26: 22 points (8-11 FG), 10 rebounds, 11 assists, 1 steal
  • Dec. 27: 19 points (8-18 FG), 10 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 block

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Hornets’ Cody Zeller suffers fractured hand https://www.talkbasket.net/115737-hornets-cody-zeller-suffers-fractured-hand https://www.talkbasket.net/115737-hornets-cody-zeller-suffers-fractured-hand#respond Thu, 24 Dec 2020 03:14:26 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=115737 Charlotte Hornets starting center Cody Zeller fractured his left hand in a 114-121 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, the team announced. Zeller suffered the injury in the second half after defending a shot by Cavaliers center Andre Drummond and fighting for the rebound. It’s still too soon to tell how much time Zeller will miss, […]

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Hornets’ Cody Zeller suffers fractured hand

Charlotte Hornets starting center Cody Zeller fractured his left hand in a 114-121 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, the team announced.

Zeller suffered the injury in the second half after defending a shot by Cavaliers center Andre Drummond and fighting for the rebound.

It’s still too soon to tell how much time Zeller will miss, a source told Adrian Wojnarowski.

Zeller, 28, recorded six points, three rebounds, three steals and one block in 19 minutes of action before leaving the game.

Bismack Biyombo, who finished with 11 points and four rebounds in the loss, is expected to replace Zeller in the starting lineup.

The Hornets are one of the few NBA teams with an open roster spot still available, according to ESPN’s Bobby Marks.

The team may choose to use that open roster spot to sign a veteran big man or use small-ball lineups with P.J. Washington at center.

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Rockets’ contact tracing connected to rookie KJ Martin https://www.talkbasket.net/115689-rockets-contact-tracing-connected-to-rookie-kj-martin https://www.talkbasket.net/115689-rockets-contact-tracing-connected-to-rookie-kj-martin#respond Wed, 23 Dec 2020 19:46:28 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=115689 The Houston Rockets’ contact tracing is linked to rookie KJ Martin’s COVID-19 test results, according to Adrian Wojnarowski. Martin is now listed on the NBA injury report as “not with the team – self-isolating.” There was a group of players including Martin, John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins who were away from the facility at an […]

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Rockets’ contact tracing connected to rookie KJ Martin

The Houston Rockets’ contact tracing is linked to rookie KJ Martin’s COVID-19 test results, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

Martin is now listed on the NBA injury report as “not with the team – self-isolating.”

There was a group of players including Martin, John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins who were away from the facility at an apartment getting haircuts, which has led to the contact tracing on Wall and Cousins, notes Wojnarowski.

Wall and Cousins have both tested negative.

Rockets rookie forward Jae’Sean Tate is also among the group of players sent home due to contact tracing.

Ahead of tonight’s scheduled game between the Rockets and the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Thunder have not had any communication from the league about what is happening, or the status of tonight’s game, notes ESPN’s Tim Bontemps.

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Rockets to miss several key players for season opener due to contact tracing https://www.talkbasket.net/115678-rockets-to-miss-several-key-players-for-season-opener-due-to-contact-tracing https://www.talkbasket.net/115678-rockets-to-miss-several-key-players-for-season-opener-due-to-contact-tracing#respond Wed, 23 Dec 2020 17:57:23 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=115678 Several Houston Rockets, including John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins and possibly more, are expected to miss the team’s season opener against the Oklahoma City Thunder due to COVID-19 contact tracing. Wall tested negative for COVID-19, but was among a group of Rockets sent home because of a positive test from another teammate, according to Adrian Wojnarowski. […]

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Rockets to miss several key players for season opener due to contact tracing

Several Houston Rockets, including John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins and possibly more, are expected to miss the team’s season opener against the Oklahoma City Thunder due to COVID-19 contact tracing.

Wall tested negative for COVID-19, but was among a group of Rockets sent home because of a positive test from another teammate, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

That player is getting tested again to confirm the positive test.

Along with Wall, Cousins and other players that could be out, Ben McLemore has also already been ruled out for the team’s first game, as he tested positive for COVID-19 days ago, notes Wojnarowski.

McLemore, however, isn’t the teammate whose positive test initiated the contact tracing today on the team.

More information on what other players will miss tonight’s game against the Thunder should become available later in the day.

The Rockets could be severely depleted to start the season.

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Hawks’ Rajon Rondo out for season opener https://www.talkbasket.net/115667-hawks-rajon-rondo-out-for-season-opener https://www.talkbasket.net/115667-hawks-rajon-rondo-out-for-season-opener#respond Wed, 23 Dec 2020 17:04:58 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=115667 Atlanta Hawks point guard Rajon Rondo will miss the team’s opening game against the Chicago Bulls on Dec. 23 due to NBA COVID-19 protocols. On the NBA’s official injury report, Rondo is listed as out because of “health and safety protocols.” The 34-year-old’s absence is related to him attending a funeral last weekend, but he […]

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Hawks’ Rajon Rondo out for season opener

Atlanta Hawks point guard Rajon Rondo will miss the team’s opening game against the Chicago Bulls on Dec. 23 due to NBA COVID-19 protocols.

On the NBA’s official injury report, Rondo is listed as out because of “health and safety protocols.”

The 34-year-old’s absence is related to him attending a funeral last weekend, but he reportedly didn’t test positive for COVID-19, according to Chris Kirschner of The Athletic.

It’s unclear when Rondo will be cleared to return to action.

The Hawks will also be without guard Kris Dunn (knee), swingman Tony Snell (foot), rookie center Onyeka Okongwu (foot) and center Clint Capela is doubtful with Achilles soreness.

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James Wiseman starting in Warriors debut https://www.talkbasket.net/115512-james-wiseman-starting-in-warriors-debut https://www.talkbasket.net/115512-james-wiseman-starting-in-warriors-debut#respond Tue, 22 Dec 2020 21:29:13 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=115512 The Golden State Warriors will start James Wiseman at center tonight for the team’s season opener against the Brooklyn Nets. Wiseman, who didn’t play in the preseason due to COVID-19 protocols, has impressed enough in training camp and the Warriors are extremely high on his future, according to Anthony Slater of The Athletic. The No. […]

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James Wiseman starting in Warriors debut

The Golden State Warriors will start James Wiseman at center tonight for the team’s season opener against the Brooklyn Nets.

Wiseman, who didn’t play in the preseason due to COVID-19 protocols, has impressed enough in training camp and the Warriors are extremely high on his future, according to Anthony Slater of The Athletic.

The No. 2 overall pick in this year’s draft only played three games in college and didn’t have a Summer League with the shortened offseason, but he’ll be thrown into the fire for his NBA debut against Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.

“James is going to be our starting center before too long,” head coach Steve Kerr recently told reporters. “It might happen Tuesday. But clearly, he is our long-term starting center and when we feel he’s ready for that then we will put him out there and then it’s a matter of minutes and how long he can play. For me as a coach and my staff, it’s let’s give him the experience of seeing the different pictures that are going to be in front of him.”

The 19-year-old rookie will have a great opportunity to contribute to the Warriors right away.

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No minutes restrictions for Russell Westbrook in Wizards’ season opener https://www.talkbasket.net/115494-no-minutes-restrictions-for-russell-westbrook-in-wizards-season-opener https://www.talkbasket.net/115494-no-minutes-restrictions-for-russell-westbrook-in-wizards-season-opener#respond Tue, 22 Dec 2020 20:02:25 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=115494 Washington Wizards point guard Russell Westbrook says he won’t be on any minutes restrictions for the team’s first game against the Philadelphia 76ers on Dec. 23. Westbrook rested for the first two preseason games before playing 17 minutes in the preseason finale. Head coach Scott Brooks recently said that the team would avoid playing Westbrook, […]

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No minutes restrictions for Russell Westbrook in Wizards’ season opener

Washington Wizards point guard Russell Westbrook says he won’t be on any minutes restrictions for the team’s first game against the Philadelphia 76ers on Dec. 23.

Westbrook rested for the first two preseason games before playing 17 minutes in the preseason finale.

Head coach Scott Brooks recently said that the team would avoid playing Westbrook, 32, in back-to-back games this season to protect their newly acquired star from potential injuries.

The Wizards first back-to-back set will be against the Chicago Bulls on Dec. 31 and the Minnesota Timberwolves on Jan. 1.

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Hornets’ Gordon Hayward to play in season opener https://www.talkbasket.net/115489-hornets-gordon-hayward-to-play-in-season-opener https://www.talkbasket.net/115489-hornets-gordon-hayward-to-play-in-season-opener#respond Tue, 22 Dec 2020 18:24:03 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=115489 Charlotte Hornets forward Gordon Hayward says he will be available to play for the team’s opener against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Dec. 23. “I’ve just got to kind of play through it,” said Hayward. “There is no risk to further damage by playing. So it’s kind of a pain tolerance type deal.” The 30-year-old suffered […]

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Hornets’ Gordon Hayward to play in season opener

Charlotte Hornets forward Gordon Hayward says he will be available to play for the team’s opener against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Dec. 23.

“I’ve just got to kind of play through it,” said Hayward. “There is no risk to further damage by playing. So it’s kind of a pain tolerance type deal.”

The 30-year-old suffered an avulsion fracture of the fifth finger on his right hand and was labeled as day-to-day.

It was previously thought that Hayward would miss the start of the season, but he was able to fully practice on Dec. 21.

It’s believed that the Hornets will start Devonte’ Graham, Terry Rozier, Hayward, PJ Washington and Cody Zeller on opening night.

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Hawks, John Collins fail to reach contract extension agreement https://www.talkbasket.net/115410-hawks-john-collins-fail-to-reach-contract-extension-agreement https://www.talkbasket.net/115410-hawks-john-collins-fail-to-reach-contract-extension-agreement#respond Tue, 22 Dec 2020 00:54:18 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=115410 The Atlanta Hawks and forward John Collins will not have a contract extension agreement, according to Shams Charania. Collins, 23, will become a coveted restricted free agent in 2021. The Hawks felt like they made a competitive offer to Collins and the franchise will still be interested in keeping him, notes Sarah K. Spencer of […]

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Hawks, John Collins fail to reach contract extension agreement

The Atlanta Hawks and forward John Collins will not have a contract extension agreement, according to Shams Charania.

Collins, 23, will become a coveted restricted free agent in 2021.

The Hawks felt like they made a competitive offer to Collins and the franchise will still be interested in keeping him, notes Sarah K. Spencer of The Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Collins has previously stated that he feels like he should be a candidate for a max contract, but the Hawks’ front office wasn’t ready to commit to that yet.

“I definitely would be a little disappointed, but business is business, sometimes you don’t get exactly what you want, or things don’t happen the way you planned,” Collins said on Dec. 21 about the possibility of not reaching an extension agreement. “But I was planning on playing all of these games, these 72 games, that are coming up this year anyway, so that’s just going to be the plan is to just lock in on those and make sure as the season’s over, I have the best ability to do whatever, in that case.”

Last season, he averaged 21.6 points, 10.1 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.6 blocks per game in 41 games and emerged as another rising star along with teammate Trae Young.

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Lonzo Ball won’t sign extension with Pelicans https://www.talkbasket.net/115383-lonzo-ball-wont-sign-extension-with-pelicans https://www.talkbasket.net/115383-lonzo-ball-wont-sign-extension-with-pelicans#respond Mon, 21 Dec 2020 21:42:21 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=115383 New Orleans Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball won’t sign a contract extension with the team and will become a restricted free agent next summer, according to Adrian Wojnarowski. Both sides remain positive about the ability to move forward together, Klutch Sports CEO and Ball’s agent Rich Paul told ESPN. The Pelicans will have the ability to […]

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Lonzo Ball won’t sign extension with Pelicans

New Orleans Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball won’t sign a contract extension with the team and will become a restricted free agent next summer, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

Both sides remain positive about the ability to move forward together, Klutch Sports CEO and Ball’s agent Rich Paul told ESPN.

The Pelicans will have the ability to match any offers that Ball receives in free agency.

New head coach Stan Van Gundy has praised Ball, calling him a “very, very smart player and extremely unselfish.”

Van Gundy has also said that Ball may be the best in the league at advancing the ball and allowing his teammates to play in transition.

Ball, 23, averaged 11.8 points, 6.1 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 1.4 steals per game in 63 games last season in his first season with the Pelicans and could be poised for a breakout 2020-2021 season.

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Heat stop discussions with Rockets about James Harden https://www.talkbasket.net/115379-heat-stop-discussions-with-rockets-about-james-harden https://www.talkbasket.net/115379-heat-stop-discussions-with-rockets-about-james-harden#respond Mon, 21 Dec 2020 21:21:15 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=115379 The Miami Heat are no longer engaging the Houston Rockets when it comes to James Harden, according to Ira Winderman of The South Florida Sun Sentinel. Conversation between the two teams “never was more than cursory.” The Heat were previously in a similar situation, shutting down trade rumors about Jimmy Butler before the 2018-2019 season, […]

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Heat stop discussions with Rockets about James Harden

The Miami Heat are no longer engaging the Houston Rockets when it comes to James Harden, according to Ira Winderman of The South Florida Sun Sentinel.

Conversation between the two teams “never was more than cursory.”

The Heat were previously in a similar situation, shutting down trade rumors about Jimmy Butler before the 2018-2019 season, only to eventually sign him during the 2019 offseason.

The franchise’s approach has been to push the speculation aside with the season about to begin.

“One high ranking Heat official had strong interest in a Harden deal, per source in frequent contact with Heat front office. If Rockets change their mind and accept less than what they’re seeking now, Heat very likely would re-engage. But Rockets standing firm.”

Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald

It was recently reported that the Heat and Harden had mutual interest and Tyler Herro wasn’t considered “untouchable” in a potential trade.

If the Heat wanted a real shot at acquiring Harden without giving up Butler or Bam Adebayo, they would likely have to give up young players like Herro, Duncan Robinson, or Kendrick Nunn and veterans Andre Iguodala and Kelly Olynyk.

The situation surrounding Harden will continuously be monitored by teams throughout the season.

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Eric Gordon to come off the bench for Rockets, Danuel House to start https://www.talkbasket.net/115366-eric-gordon-to-come-off-the-bench-for-rockets-danuel-house-to-start https://www.talkbasket.net/115366-eric-gordon-to-come-off-the-bench-for-rockets-danuel-house-to-start#respond Mon, 21 Dec 2020 20:25:36 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=115366 Houston Rockets’ Eric Gordon says he will be coming off the bench for the team, while Danuel House Jr. will be in the starting lineup. “I’m fine with either or. I’ve been telling every coach since I’ve been here I really don’t care as long as we win,” said Gordon. “I know if I come […]

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Eric Gordon to come off the bench for Rockets, Danuel House to start

Houston Rockets’ Eric Gordon says he will be coming off the bench for the team, while Danuel House Jr. will be in the starting lineup.

“I’m fine with either or. I’ve been telling every coach since I’ve been here I really don’t care as long as we win,” said Gordon. “I know if I come off the bench I’ll have more of a chance to have the ball in my hands.”

In his four seasons with the Rockets, Gordon, 31, has started less than half of his total games played (113 out of 248) in his sixth man role.

House, meanwhile, is expected to be the team’s starting small forward, according to head coach Stephen Silas.

“I reserve the right to change that if necessary,” said Silas. “I like House because he can guard the best player on the other team, he’s a spacer, he kind of can live off what James [Harden], John [Wall] and [Christian Wood] do and then having Eric’s veteran scoring, defending punch off the bench in a more featured role kind of makes sense to me.”

Last season, House, 27, averaged career-highs across the board with 10.5 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.1 steals per game on 30.4 minutes per game.

With the final starting spot named, the Rockets starting lineup will be made up of John Wall, James Harden, House, P.J. Tucker and Christian Wood.

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Wizards’ Rui Hachimura out three weeks https://www.talkbasket.net/115356-wizards-rui-hachimura-out-three-weeks https://www.talkbasket.net/115356-wizards-rui-hachimura-out-three-weeks#respond Mon, 21 Dec 2020 18:38:46 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=115356 Washington Wizards forward Rui Hachimura will miss approximately three weeks with conjunctivitis, the team announced. Hachimura was diagnosed with bi-lateral epidemic keratoconjunctivitis (EKC) on Dec. 16 and missed the Wizards’ final two preseason games. The 22-year-old has a severe case of pink eye with blurred vision and he is sensitive to light, according to head […]

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Wizards’ Rui Hachimura out three weeks

Washington Wizards forward Rui Hachimura will miss approximately three weeks with conjunctivitis, the team announced.

Hachimura was diagnosed with bi-lateral epidemic keratoconjunctivitis (EKC) on Dec. 16 and missed the Wizards’ final two preseason games.

The 22-year-old has a severe case of pink eye with blurred vision and he is sensitive to light, according to head coach Scott Brooks.

Hachimura was expected to be the team’s starting power forward.

The Wizards could choose to start Davis Bertans in that spot, but Brooks prefers him coming off the bench in a sixth man role.

They could also choose to play with smaller lineups and start Troy Brown Jr. and rookie Deni Avdija.

Anthony Gill is another option to start as a bigger forward, as he started in the team’s final preseason game.

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Bucks lose draft pick for violating league rules in failed Bogdan Bogdanovic trade https://www.talkbasket.net/115350-bucks-lose-draft-pick-for-violating-league-rules-in-failed-bogdan-bogdanovic-trade https://www.talkbasket.net/115350-bucks-lose-draft-pick-for-violating-league-rules-in-failed-bogdan-bogdanovic-trade#respond Mon, 21 Dec 2020 17:28:01 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=115350 The NBA has determined that the Milwaukee Bucks violated league rules with the timing of the Bogdan Bogdanovic transaction and will lose their 2022 second round draft pick. After the investigation into the sign-and-trade that was opened on Nov. 20, the league ultimately determined that early discussions between the Bucks and Bogdanovic and/or his agent […]

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Bucks lose draft pick for violating league rules in failed Bogdan Bogdanovic trade

The NBA has determined that the Milwaukee Bucks violated league rules with the timing of the Bogdan Bogdanovic transaction and will lose their 2022 second round draft pick.

After the investigation into the sign-and-trade that was opened on Nov. 20, the league ultimately determined that early discussions between the Bucks and Bogdanovic and/or his agent did take place in “conduct detrimental to the NBA.”

“The penalty took into account the Bucks’ cooperation with the investigation, the absence of evidence of any impermissible early agreement on the terms of a contract between the Bucks and Bogdanovic, and the fact that the team ultimately did not sign Bogdanovic,” according to the statement released by the NBA.

The Bucks could’ve faced a more severe penalty if the NBA found evidence of an early agreement between the two sides.

The 2022 second round pick is the first one that was available, as the Bucks already traded away their 2021 second round pick in a 2018 deal for George Hill.

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Wizards’ Thomas Bryant fined $45,000 https://www.talkbasket.net/115171-wizards-thomas-bryant-fined-45000 https://www.talkbasket.net/115171-wizards-thomas-bryant-fined-45000#respond Sat, 19 Dec 2020 19:24:25 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=115171 Washington Wizards center Thomas Bryant has been fined $45,000 for repeatedly making inappropriate contact with a game official, the league announced. Bryant, who received a technical foul for the incident, was attempting to confront Detroit Pistons’ Blake Griffin after Griffin threw Bryant to the ground in the preseason game on Dec. 17. Griffin was given […]

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Wizards’ Thomas Bryant fined $45,000

Washington Wizards center Thomas Bryant has been fined $45,000 for repeatedly making inappropriate contact with a game official, the league announced.

Bryant, who received a technical foul for the incident, was attempting to confront Detroit Pistons’ Blake Griffin after Griffin threw Bryant to the ground in the preseason game on Dec. 17.

Griffin was given a Flagrant Foul 1 for his role in the incident.

Bryant is expected to be the Wizards starting center on opening night and play an important role for the team this upcoming season.

The 23-year-old averaged career-highs last season with 13.2 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.1 blocks per game.

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NBA GM survey released, Lakers voted as favorite to repeat https://www.talkbasket.net/115054-nba-gm-survey-released-lakers-voted-as-favorite-to-repeat https://www.talkbasket.net/115054-nba-gm-survey-released-lakers-voted-as-favorite-to-repeat#respond Fri, 18 Dec 2020 18:50:50 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=115054 Defending champion Los Angeles Lakers are the clear cut favorites to win it all again in the 19th annual NBA GM survey. In the survey, 81 percent of the general managers picked the Lakers to win the championship in 2021, which is the third-highest rate in the history of the survey behind the Golden State […]

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NBA GM survey released, Lakers voted as favorite to repeat

Defending champion Los Angeles Lakers are the clear cut favorites to win it all again in the 19th annual NBA GM survey.

In the survey, 81 percent of the general managers picked the Lakers to win the championship in 2021, which is the third-highest rate in the history of the survey behind the Golden State Warriors in 2017-2018 (93%) and 2018-2019 (87%).

The GMs responded to 33 different questions about the best teams, players, coaches and offseason moves.

They also weren’t allowed to vote for their own team or personnel.

Percentages are based on the pool of answers to a particular question, rather than all 30 GMs’ response.

Here are some of the survey questions and answers:

A. Predictions

Which team will win the 2020 NBA Finals?

  1. Los Angeles Lakers – 81%
  2. Los Angeles Clippers – 11%

Also receiving votes: Brooklyn Nets, Miami Heat

Rank the top four teams in the Eastern Conference:

  1. Milwaukee Bucks – 35% total
  2. Brooklyn Nets – 24% total
  3. Miami Heat – 21% total
  4. Boston Celtics – 11% total
  5. Philadelphia 76ers – 6% total
  6. Toronto Raptors – 2% total
  7. Indiana Pacers – 0% total

Rank the top four teams in the Western Conference:

  1. Los Angeles Lakers – 38% total
  2. Los Angeles Clippers – 28% total
  3. Denver Nuggets – 19% total
  4. Dallas Mavericks – 6% total
  5. Portland Trail Blazers – 4% total
  6. Utah Jazz – 4% total
  7. Golden State Warriors – 1% total
  8. Phoenix Suns – 0% total

B. PLAYERS

Who will win the 2020-21 Kia MVP?

  1. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks – 32%
  2. Luka Doncic, Mavericks – 21%
  3. Anthony Davis, Lakers – 18%
  4. LeBron James, Lakers – 18%
  5. Kevin Durant, Nets – 7%
  6. Nikola Jokic, Nuggets – 4%

Which player is most likely to have a breakout season in 2020-21?

1. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Oklahoma City Thunder – 15%
Michael Porter Jr., Nuggets – 15%
3. De’Aaron Fox, Sacramento Kings – 12%
4. Devin Booker, Suns – 8%
Zion Williamson, New Orleans Pelicans – 8%
Also receiving votes: Deandre Ayton, Suns; Bol Bol, Nuggets; Mikal Bridges, Suns; Luka Doncic, Mavericks; Kevin Durant, Nets; Gordon Hayward, Charlotte Hornets; Tyler Herro, Heat; Lauri Markkanen, Chicago Bulls

Who is the best international player in the NBA?

  1. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks –68%
  2. Luka Doncic, Mavericks – 29%
  3. Nikola Jokic, Nuggets – 4%

C. OFFSEASON MOVES

Which team made the best overall moves this offseason?

1. Lakers – 37%
2. Suns – 22%
3. Thunder – 15%
4. Atlanta Hawks – 7%
Bucks – 7%
76ers – 7%
7. Trail Blazers – 4%

Which one player acquisition will make the biggest impact?

  1. Chris Paul, Suns – 44%
  2. Jrue Holiday, Bucks – 33%
  3. Serge Ibaka, Clippers – 7%

Also receiving votes: Bogdan Bogdanovic, Hawks; Kevin Durant, Nets; Gordon Hayward, Hornets; Russell Westbrook, Washington Wizards

What was the most surprising move of the offseason?

  1. Gordon Hayward to the Hornets – 54%
  2. John Wall-Russell Westbrook trade – 18%
  3. Jerami Grant to the Detroit Pistons – 11%
  4. Montrezl Harrell to the Lakers – 7%

Also receiving votes: Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka leaving the Raptors; Jrue Holiday to the Bucks; Chris Paul to the Suns

D. ROOKIES & INTERNATIONAL

Who will win the 2020-21 Kia Rookie of the Year?

  1. LaMelo Ball, Hornets – 39%
  2. James Wiseman, Warriors – 29%
  3. Obi Toppin, New York Knicks – 18%
  4. Anthony Edwards, Minnesota Timberwolves – 7%

Also receiving votes: Deni Avdija, Wizards; Isaac Okoro, Cleveland Cavaliers

Which rookie was the biggest steal at where he was selected in the Draft?

1. Tyrese Haliburton (12), Kings – 43%
2. Saddiq Bey (19), Pistons – 11%
3. Kira Lewis Jr. (13), Pelicans – 7%
Tyrese Maxey (21), 76ers – 7%
Obi Toppin (8), Knicks – 7%

Also receiving votes: Precious Achiuwa (20), Heat; Cole Anthony (15), Orlando Magic; Vernon Carey Jr. (32), Hornets; Theo Maledon (34), Thunder; Skylar Mays (50), Hawks

E. COACHES

Who is the best head coach in the NBA?

1. Erik Spoelstra, Heat – 46%
2. Nick Nurse, Raptors – 18%
Gregg Popovich, San Antonio Spurs – 18%
4. Brad Stevens, Celtics – 11%

Also receiving votes: Rick Carlisle, Mavericks; Steve Kerr, Warriors

F. MISCELLANEOUS

Which team has the most promising young core?

1. Pelicans – 41%
2. Memphis Grizzlies – 22%
3. Hawks – 11%
Celtics – 11%
Nuggets – 11%
6. Mavericks – 4%

What’s the biggest pandemic-related challenge facing your team this season?

1. Travel (protocols and safety on the road) – 21%
2. Staying healthy – 18%
3. Compliance and responsibility – 7%
Lack of fans – 7%
Lack of group interaction – 7%
Mental health – 7%
Unpredictability – 7%

Also receiving votes: Impact on standings from games missed, Lack of continuity and practice time, Limits on personnel, Managing family, Quick transition from the offseason, Relocation, Soft tissue injuries

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Jeremy Lin signing with Warriors https://www.talkbasket.net/115043-jeremy-lin-signing-with-warriors https://www.talkbasket.net/115043-jeremy-lin-signing-with-warriors#respond Fri, 18 Dec 2020 17:10:59 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=115043 Jeremy Lin is finalizing a deal with the Golden State Warriors, pending a letter of clearance from the Chinese Basketball Association, according to Shams Charania. Lin will reportedly play for the Warriors’ G League team, the Santa Cruz Warriors, notes Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated. This means that Lin won’t be on the Warriors […]

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Jeremy Lin signing with Warriors

Jeremy Lin is finalizing a deal with the Golden State Warriors, pending a letter of clearance from the Chinese Basketball Association, according to Shams Charania.

Lin will reportedly play for the Warriors’ G League team, the Santa Cruz Warriors, notes Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated.

This means that Lin won’t be on the Warriors 15-man roster, but it gives him a chance to be in the team’s system, so they can monitor him throughout the season.

The 32-year-old started his NBA career with the Warriors, playing 29 games with the team in the 2010-2011 season.

Lin recently practiced with the G League Ignite team, but left the team after one scrimmage to pursue other opportunities.

He last played in the NBA in 2018-2019 with the Atlanta Hawks and Toronto Raptors, winning the NBA Finals with the Raptors.

The Warriors will have to cut a player from their 20-man training camp roster to make room for the signing of Lin.

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Yogi Ferrell signs with Jazz https://www.talkbasket.net/115011-yogi-ferrell-signs-with-utah-jazz https://www.talkbasket.net/115011-yogi-ferrell-signs-with-utah-jazz#respond Fri, 18 Dec 2020 06:19:38 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=115011 Free agent guard Yogi Ferrell has agreed to a deal with the Utah Jazz, according to Shams Charania. Ferrell, 27, will provide the Jazz with some depth at point guard behind Mike Conley. It was reported back in November that Ferrell was drawing interest in the free agent market. Last season, Ferrell averaged 4.4 points, […]

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Yogi Ferrell signs with Jazz

Free agent guard Yogi Ferrell has agreed to a deal with the Utah Jazz, according to Shams Charania.

Ferrell, 27, will provide the Jazz with some depth at point guard behind Mike Conley.

It was reported back in November that Ferrell was drawing interest in the free agent market.

Last season, Ferrell averaged 4.4 points, 1.0 rebound and 1.4 assists per game in 50 regular season games for the Sacramento Kings.

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Rockets to have 16-20 percent fan capacity https://www.talkbasket.net/114964-rockets-to-have-16-20-percent-fan-capacity https://www.talkbasket.net/114964-rockets-to-have-16-20-percent-fan-capacity#respond Thu, 17 Dec 2020 22:17:36 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=114964 The Houston Rockets announced that they plan to host fans at the Toyota Center with reduced capacity and health safety protocols in place. “There will be a reduced capacity of spectators at Toyota Center of approximately 16-20 percent (3,000 to 3,660) for Rockets games and other events, beginning with the Rockets regular-season season opener next […]

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Rockets to have 16-20 percent fan capacity

The Houston Rockets announced that they plan to host fans at the Toyota Center with reduced capacity and health safety protocols in place.

“There will be a reduced capacity of spectators at Toyota Center of approximately 16-20 percent (3,000 to 3,660) for Rockets games and other events, beginning with the Rockets regular-season season opener next Wednesday. Thursday’s preseason game against the Spurs is to be played with staff, friends and family in attendance as a final test of the health and safety requirements and sanitation steps planned.”

Jonathan Feigen of The Houston Chronicle

The Rockets have developed the following protocols and guidelines:

  • Reduced capacity will be enforced for Rockets games and all other arena events to allow for proper distancing between sets of guests.
  • Ticketed fans will be required to answer a series of health questions before entering the arena. Fans seated in close proximity to the court will require additional league mandated testing protocols.
  • Proper face masks will be required for ages 2 and up and must be worn at all times inside the arena, unless actively eating or drinking.
  • No bags are permitted, however lockers will be available for rent.
  • All tickets will be digital. Guests will manage and scan their touchless tickets through the Houston Rockets mobile app.
  • To promote social distancing and sanitization, floor markers and signs promoting social distancing and hand sanitization stations will be placed around the arena.
  • Frequent sanitization of all high touch surface areas during games and events such as seats, handrails, door knob, restrooms, countertops, etc.
  • All staff will receive additional health and safety training.  In addition, staff will also have their temperature checked and will wear appropriate personal protective equipment.
  • All point of sales at Toyota Center will be cashless. Plexiglas barriers will be installed at all concession and retail stands to reduce direct contact between guests and staff. A touchless food and beverage ordering system option will allow fans to receive their orders at their designated seat to maximize social distancing and the overall fan experience.

The Rockets are one of five NBA teams that plan to have fans for the upcoming season along with the Utah Jazz, Memphis Grizzlies, New Orleans Pelicans and most recently, the Orlando Magic who will host 4,000 fans.

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DeMarcus Cousins shares perspective about torn Achilles with Chris Clemons https://www.talkbasket.net/114955-demarcus-cousins-shares-perspective-about-torn-achilles-with-chris-clemons https://www.talkbasket.net/114955-demarcus-cousins-shares-perspective-about-torn-achilles-with-chris-clemons#respond Thu, 17 Dec 2020 19:58:20 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=114955 Houston Rockets guard Chris Clemons, who just suffered a torn Achilles, has a teammate in DeMarcus Cousins who knows exactly what he’s going through. “I spoke with him last night after the game,” Cousins said. “My only message was just take your time. One thing I noticed with professional athletes and injuries, we love our craft, we […]

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DeMarcus Cousins shares perspective about torn Achilles with Chris Clemons

Houston Rockets guard Chris Clemons, who just suffered a torn Achilles, has a teammate in DeMarcus Cousins who knows exactly what he’s going through.

“I spoke with him last night after the game,” Cousins said. “My only message was just take your time. One thing I noticed with professional athletes and injuries, we love our craft, we love the game itself. Once you have tough off, you’re always itching to get back and play that game. … We’re so used to playing through pain. Sometimes, we feel like we’re in a good place when it’s not necessarily the case. My only message is take his time, get everything right, he has a lot of basketball left to play in his career.”

Clemons, 23, will now be assured his $1.5 million salary for the upcoming NBA season, as it was previously non-guaranteed.

The Rockets could create flexibility and open up a roster spot by trading the injured Clemons to either a team that has cap space or a trade exception, notes ESPN’s Bobby Marks.

If they ultimately choose to keep him, the Rockets will have to waive another player before the regular season.

Clemons will undergo season-ending surgery and is expected to make a full recovery.

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Clippers’ Steve Ballmer voted best owner by NBA insiders https://www.talkbasket.net/114951-clippers-steve-ballmer-voted-best-owner-by-nba-insiders https://www.talkbasket.net/114951-clippers-steve-ballmer-voted-best-owner-by-nba-insiders#respond Thu, 17 Dec 2020 18:17:08 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=114951 In a survey of 31 NBA insiders, Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer was voted as the best team governor while Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadive was voted as the worst. The participants in the survey included 13 executives, 10 front-office personnel, six scouts and two coaches who cast their votes for the three best […]

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Clippers’ Steve Ballmer voted best owner by NBA insiders

In a survey of 31 NBA insiders, Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer was voted as the best team governor while Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadive was voted as the worst.

The participants in the survey included 13 executives, 10 front-office personnel, six scouts and two coaches who cast their votes for the three best and three worst owners, according to Mike Vorkunov of The Athletic.

Ballmer ranked first with 20.5 votes followed by Micky Arison of the Miami Heat (14 votes), Mark Cuban of the Dallas Mavericks (11 votes), Joe Lacob and Peter Guber of the Golden State Warriors (10.5 votes), Wyc Grousbeck and Steve Pagliuca of the Boston Celtics (eight votes) and Peter Holt of the San Antonio Spurs (eight votes).

“Ballmer is the best because it’s: ‘Hey Steve, we need this,'” one agent told Vorkunov. “OK, boom.”

“I would say Ballmer is No. 1,” said another scout. “His enthusiasm, his willingness to spend money, what he’s done with the Clippers, forging into L.A., creating their own identity, and building their own building now, that’s bad news.”

Ranadive (23.5 votes), Robert Sarver of the Phoenix Suns (23 votes) and James Dolan of the New York Knicks (21 votes) were voted as the three worst owners in the league.

No other owner received more than five votes.

“His intentions are good but in terms of hiring the basketball people and letting them do their work, he both hires bad basketball people and doesn’t let them do their work,” an executive said of Ranadive. “That’s a bad combination.”

The Kings haven’t had a winning season or made the playoffs under Ranadive (since the 2005-2006 season) and the franchise has won more than 33 games only once since 2013-2014.

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One new positive COVID-19 test in NBA https://www.talkbasket.net/114947-one-new-positive-covid-19-test-in-nba https://www.talkbasket.net/114947-one-new-positive-covid-19-test-in-nba#respond Thu, 17 Dec 2020 17:18:05 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=114947 One new NBA player has tested positive for COVID-19 out of 549 tested since Dec. 10, the NBA and NBPA announced. This is the third phase of testing around the league and the number of positive cases has continued to decreased. Before this latest round where only one player tested positive, 48 players tested positive […]

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One new positive COVID-19 test in NBA

One new NBA player has tested positive for COVID-19 out of 549 tested since Dec. 10, the NBA and NBPA announced.

This is the third phase of testing around the league and the number of positive cases has continued to decreased.

Before this latest round where only one player tested positive, 48 players tested positive in the initial testing phase from Nov. 24-30 and eight players tested positive in the second round.

“Anyone who has returned a positive test during this initial phase of testing in their team’s market is isolated until they are cleared for leaving isolation under the rules established by the NBA and Players Association in accordance with CDC guidance,” according to the statement by the NBA and NBPA.

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Magic pick up team option on Mo Bamba https://www.talkbasket.net/114861-magic-pick-up-team-option-on-mo-bamba https://www.talkbasket.net/114861-magic-pick-up-team-option-on-mo-bamba#respond Wed, 16 Dec 2020 21:18:21 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=114861 The Orlando Magic have exercised their fourth-year team option on center Mo Bamba, the team announced. Bamba’s $5.97 million salary for the upcoming season was already fully guaranteed, so today’s move also guarantees his $7.5 million salary for the 2021-2022 season. This move also puts him on track for a rookie scale extension during the […]

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Magic pick up team option on Mo Bamba

The Orlando Magic have exercised their fourth-year team option on center Mo Bamba, the team announced.

Bamba’s $5.97 million salary for the upcoming season was already fully guaranteed, so today’s move also guarantees his $7.5 million salary for the 2021-2022 season.

This move also puts him on track for a rookie scale extension during the 2021 offseason, but if he doesn’t sign a new deal then, he would become a restricted free agent in 2022.

Bamba, 22, previously struggled with complications and effects from COVID-19 since the summer, causing him to miss the NBA restart in Orlando.

He says he’s no longer dealing with symptoms, as he works on getting his conditioning back and hasn’t yet been cleared for contact in practice.

He averaged 5.4 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game (14.2 minutes per game) in 62 games last season.

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Wizards’ Deni Avdija “has a good chance to be” starting small forward https://www.talkbasket.net/114852-wizards-deni-avdija-has-a-good-chance-to-be-starting-small-forward https://www.talkbasket.net/114852-wizards-deni-avdija-has-a-good-chance-to-be-starting-small-forward#respond Wed, 16 Dec 2020 20:52:41 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=114852 Washington Wizards rookie Deni Avdija has impressed enough so far to the point where he could be a starter on opening night. Avdija “has a good chance to be” the starting small forward heading into the season, according to head coach Scott Brooks. Brooks also noted that it’s still an open competition for the starting […]

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Wizards’ Deni Avdija “has a good chance to be” starting small forward

Washington Wizards rookie Deni Avdija has impressed enough so far to the point where he could be a starter on opening night.

Avdija “has a good chance to be” the starting small forward heading into the season, according to head coach Scott Brooks.

Brooks also noted that it’s still an open competition for the starting spot between Avdija, Troy Brown Jr. and Isaac Bonga.

Starting Avdija would give Brown more opportunity to play some point guard, a position he has played plenty of in his life, as he has a preference for the position.

In his first preseason game against the Brooklyn Nets, Avdija scored 15 points with four rebounds and two assists, shooting a perfect 6-of-6 from the field and 3-of-3 from three-point.

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JaVale McGee set to make debut with Cavaliers https://www.talkbasket.net/114850-javale-mcgee-set-to-make-debut-with-cavaliers https://www.talkbasket.net/114850-javale-mcgee-set-to-make-debut-with-cavaliers#respond Wed, 16 Dec 2020 20:10:16 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=114850 JaVale McGee, a late arrival to Cleveland Cavaliers training camp after being traded from the Los Angeles Lakers, is likely to play in the team’s final preseason game on Dec. 18 against the New York Knicks. “He brings a wealth of experience, championship experience,” head coach J.B. Bickerstaff said of McGee. “He brings a great […]

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JaVale McGee set to make debut with Cavaliers

JaVale McGee, a late arrival to Cleveland Cavaliers training camp after being traded from the Los Angeles Lakers, is likely to play in the team’s final preseason game on Dec. 18 against the New York Knicks.

“He brings a wealth of experience, championship experience,” head coach J.B. Bickerstaff said of McGee. “He brings a great energy, a high IQ, an intellect about the game and he’s fun to be around. He keeps the energy positive, he keeps us moving in a great direction. My expectation with him is that he’ll play on Friday if things continue to progress the right way.”

McGee, 32, is part of a crowded Cavaliers’ frontcourt that also includes Andre Drummond, Kevin Love, Larry Nance Jr. and Thon Maker, but could emerge as the backup center to Drummond.

Last season, McGee averaged 6.6 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game in 68 games.

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Rockets created a culture that gave James Harden all the power https://www.talkbasket.net/114831-rockets-created-a-culture-that-gave-james-harden-all-the-power https://www.talkbasket.net/114831-rockets-created-a-culture-that-gave-james-harden-all-the-power#respond Wed, 16 Dec 2020 18:07:42 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=114831 James Harden’s tenure with the Houston Rockets can be summed up in three words by a former staff member: “Whatever James wants.” If the Rockets had two or three days between games, Harden would hire private jets to fly to Las Vegas or other cities, according to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon. Harden also had a say […]

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Rockets created a culture that gave James Harden all the power

James Harden’s tenure with the Houston Rockets can be summed up in three words by a former staff member: “Whatever James wants.”

If the Rockets had two or three days between games, Harden would hire private jets to fly to Las Vegas or other cities, according to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon.

Harden also had a say in personnel moves, both on the coaching staff and player movement.

He pushed for the firing of former head coach Kevin McHale as well as the departure of Chris Paul and Dwight Howard, MacMahon notes.

The Rockets have been fine with letting Harden exercise his power, as they considered it “good business” in order to keep an elite MVP caliber player happy.

“We knew who the boss of the organization was,” a former Rockets assistant coach said. “That’s just part of what the deal was when you go to Houston. The players, coaches, GM, owner all know. I don’t blame James. I blame the organization. It’s not his fault. He did what they allowed him to do.”

The Rockets haven’t achieved their ultimate goal of reaching and winning the NBA Finals, advancing to the Western Conference finals twice, but Harden has provided them a realistic chance at doing just that and contending.

He’s also become one of the most durable players in the league, ranking as one of the league leaders in minutes per game and often playing through injuries such as sprained ankles and shoulder bruises that might cause other players to miss games.

All of these factors led to the Rockets looking the other way when it came to what Harden did off the court.

“If they have multiple days off, everybody knows: James is going to fly somewhere else and party,” a member of last season’s coaching staff said. “But he’s going to come back and have a 50-point triple-double, so they’re OK with it.”

Harden, who recently joined the team and played in a preseason game on Dec. 15, had a “good conversation” with head coach Stephen Silas.

The Rockets are reportedly patiently exploring the trade market for Harden, searching for a possible deal that wouldn’t lead the franchise to a long rebuild mode.

“You can’t get mad at your kid if you let him eat candy every night and then suddenly one night you don’t and they throw a tantrum,” an ex-Houston assistant coach said. “You’re the one who let them eat candy every night. The Rockets turned the organization over to James, and now they have to live with the fallout.”

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Rockets’ Chris Clemons tears Achilles https://www.talkbasket.net/114778-rockets-chris-clemons-tears-achilles https://www.talkbasket.net/114778-rockets-chris-clemons-tears-achilles#respond Wed, 16 Dec 2020 05:40:32 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=114778 Houston Rockets guard Chris Clemons is believed to have suffered a torn right Achilles tendon in the team’s preseason game against the San Antonio Spurs, according to Shams Charania. Clemons will have an MRI on Wednesday morning to confirm the diagnosis that will end his season. After knocking down a three-pointer, Clemons ran back on […]

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Rockets’ Chris Clemons tears Achilles

Houston Rockets guard Chris Clemons is believed to have suffered a torn right Achilles tendon in the team’s preseason game against the San Antonio Spurs, according to Shams Charania.

Clemons will have an MRI on Wednesday morning to confirm the diagnosis that will end his season.

After knocking down a three-pointer, Clemons ran back on defense before tweaking and grabbing his ankle.

The 23-year-old then had to be taken off the court in a wheelchair.

Clemons was expected to have an important role for the Rockets, as he would’ve provided depth at point guard behind John Wall, who the Rockets plan to be careful with coming off an Achilles injury of his own.

Last season, Clemons averaged 4.9 points per game (8.8 minutes per game) in 33 games.

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Rudy Gobert making commitment to play in Olympics https://www.talkbasket.net/114705-rudy-gobert-making-commitment-to-play-in-olympics https://www.talkbasket.net/114705-rudy-gobert-making-commitment-to-play-in-olympics#respond Tue, 15 Dec 2020 19:51:54 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=114705 Utah Jazz and French center Rudy Gobert announced his intentions to represent his country at the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games. “My goal is definitely to play,” Gobert said last week. “Obviously, if we go to the NBA Finals, and we go to a Game 7, I might miss the Opening Ceremony, but hopefully we can […]

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Rudy Gobert making commitment to play in Olympics

Utah Jazz and French center Rudy Gobert announced his intentions to represent his country at the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games.

“My goal is definitely to play,” Gobert said last week. “Obviously, if we go to the NBA Finals, and we go to a Game 7, I might miss the Opening Ceremony, but hopefully we can figure it out.”

A potential Game 7 of the NBA Finals would be on July 22, while the first set of men’s basketball games in Tokyo begin on July 25.

Gobert, 28, plans to join the French national team as soon as possible after the Jazz’s season ends next spring or summer.

“The vacation will probably be after the Olympics,” he added.

At the 2019 FIBA World Cup, Gobert averaged 10.1 points, 9.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.9 blocks per game in eight games.

Gobert was joined at last year’s World Cup by fellow NBA players including Evan Fournier, Nicolas Batum and Frank Ntilikina.

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Breaking: Giannis Antetokounmpo signs supermax extension with Bucks https://www.talkbasket.net/114707-breaking-giannis-antetokounmpo-signs-supermax-extension-with-bucks https://www.talkbasket.net/114707-breaking-giannis-antetokounmpo-signs-supermax-extension-with-bucks#respond Tue, 15 Dec 2020 18:28:47 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=114707 Giannis Antetokounmpo has announced that he is signing a contract extension with the Milwaukee Bucks, six days before the Dec. 21 deadline. The two-time MVP will sign a five-year, $228.2 million supermax extension with the franchise, the largest deal in NBA history, according to Shams Charania. The deal includes an opt-out after the fourth year, […]

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Breaking: Giannis Antetokounmpo signs supermax extension with Bucks

Giannis Antetokounmpo has announced that he is signing a contract extension with the Milwaukee Bucks, six days before the Dec. 21 deadline.

The two-time MVP will sign a five-year, $228.2 million supermax extension with the franchise, the largest deal in NBA history, according to Shams Charania.

The deal includes an opt-out after the fourth year, Antetokounmpo’s agent Alex Saratsis told Adrian Wojnarowski.

“This is my home, this is my city.. I’m blessed to be able to be a part of the Milwaukee Bucks for the next 5 years. Let’s make these years count. The show goes on, let’s get it,” Antetokounmpo tweeted.

Antetokounmpo joins Stephen Curry, James Harden, Damian Lillard, Russell Westbrook and John Wall as players to qualify for and sign a supermax extension.

If Antetokounmpo ultimately passed on signing the extension, he would have become an unrestricted free agent next summer and the biggest name to hit the free agent market since Kevin Durant in 2016.

Last season, the 26-year-old became the third player in NBA history to win MVP and Defensive Player of the Year in the same season.

The Bucks have finished the regular season with the best record in the league for the last two years, but failed to reach the NBA Finals.

Antetokounmpo is hoping to take the team to the next level and bring a championship to the city of Milwaukee.

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Magic to host 4,000 fans https://www.talkbasket.net/114644-magic-to-host-4000-fans https://www.talkbasket.net/114644-magic-to-host-4000-fans#respond Tue, 15 Dec 2020 04:19:27 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=114644 The Orlando Magic will have a limited capacity of approximately 4,000 physically-distanced fans for the 2020-2021 NBA season, the team announced. The Magic’s preseason games will be open to family members of the organization during an evaluation phase. The first five regular season games at the team’s Amway Center are expected to have a “lesser […]

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Magic to host 4,000 fans

The Orlando Magic will have a limited capacity of approximately 4,000 physically-distanced fans for the 2020-2021 NBA season, the team announced.

The Magic’s preseason games will be open to family members of the organization during an evaluation phase.

The first five regular season games at the team’s Amway Center are expected to have a “lesser capacity” in order to allow fans to get accustomed to the health and safety protocols in place.

Those protocols include the following:

  • Physically-distanced seating
  • Mandatory face coverings
  • Pre-arrival symptom and exposure survey
  • Testing for those in-close proximity to the court
  • Deep and constant cleaning in high-traffic areas of the building with disinfectant, including on point of purchase devices, door handles, elevator buttons, escalator handrails, and restrooms
  • The addition of hand sanitizer stations throughout the arena
  • To reduce contamination, a no-bag policy will be implemented (only exceptions will be medical and parent bags, which will go through an X-ray machine at designated locations upon entry into Amway Center)

The Amway Center also has implemented several other health and sanitization upgrades.

The Magic are just one of five NBA teams that are planning on having fans for the upcoming season, joining the Utah Jazz, Memphis Grizzlies, New Orleans Pelicans and Houston Rockets.

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Noah Vonleh tests positive for COVID-19, waived by Bulls https://www.talkbasket.net/114601-noah-vonleh-tests-positive-for-covid-19-waived-by-bulls https://www.talkbasket.net/114601-noah-vonleh-tests-positive-for-covid-19-waived-by-bulls#respond Mon, 14 Dec 2020 22:12:00 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=114601 Chicago Bulls forward Noah Vonleh has tested positive for COVID-19 and will be released by the team, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports. Vonleh began his mandatory 10-day quarantine and is feeling “good overall.” “Unfortunately, I have tested positive for COVID, and so my time with the Bulls has come to an end,” Vonleh […]

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Noah Vonleh tests positive for COVID-19, waived by Bulls

Chicago Bulls forward Noah Vonleh has tested positive for COVID-19 and will be released by the team, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.

Vonleh began his mandatory 10-day quarantine and is feeling “good overall.”

“Unfortunately, I have tested positive for COVID, and so my time with the Bulls has come to an end,” Vonleh said in a statement. “Thank you to the organization for everything. Though it was a short time, I appreciate the opportunity. I am thankfully feeling good, and I look forward to working my way to another NBA opportunity once I’m cleared to play again!”

NBA teams won’t be announcing which players test positive for COVID-19 throughout the season unless the player comes out and says otherwise, like Vonleh did.

Vonleh, 25, had a non-guaranteed contract and received a training camp invite with the Bulls.

The Bulls are already carrying 15 players on guaranteed contracts, so Vonleh wasn’t going to be on the roster when the regular season started.

In the last three years, Vonleh has spent time with the Portland Trail Blazers, Bulls, New York Knicks, Minnesota Timberwolves and Denver Nuggets.

He averaged 3.7 points and 3.4 rebounds per game in 36 games (10.5 minutes per game) for the Timberwolves and Nuggets last season.

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James Harden practices with Rockets; set to make preseason debut https://www.talkbasket.net/114591-james-harden-practices-with-rockets-set-to-make-preseason-debut https://www.talkbasket.net/114591-james-harden-practices-with-rockets-set-to-make-preseason-debut#respond Mon, 14 Dec 2020 20:07:25 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=114591 Houston Rockets star James Harden took part in the team’s light workout and will play in the next preseason game on Dec. 15 against the San Antonio Spurs. “We’ll figure out the minutes tomorrow,” head coach Stephen Silas said, regarding Harden’s return to action. Silas also mentioned that P.J. Tucker returned to practice for the […]

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James Harden practices with Rockets; set to make preseason debut

Houston Rockets star James Harden took part in the team’s light workout and will play in the next preseason game on Dec. 15 against the San Antonio Spurs.

“We’ll figure out the minutes tomorrow,” head coach Stephen Silas said, regarding Harden’s return to action.

Silas also mentioned that P.J. Tucker returned to practice for the Rockets and both Tucker and Harden were “very good.”

Silas added that he and Harden had a good conversation.

“You can ask him about his commitment and all that sort of thing. But we had a good conversation,” Silas said. “He was locked in. He was asking good questions. He was bringing up good points. We had a good discussion. We talked basketball. I’m a basketball coach, and he’s a basketball player. We talked hoop today. As far as his commitment to what we’re doing basketball-wise, he was right there. As far as the rumors … that’s another question you’ll have to ask of him.”

Harden is still reportedly pushing for a trade despite the arrival of John Wall, but the situation surrounding Harden remains fluid, even with him finally back with the team.

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NBA executive on LaMelo Ball: “Not many see the game like he does” https://www.talkbasket.net/114565-nba-executive-on-lamelo-ball-not-many-see-the-game-like-he-does https://www.talkbasket.net/114565-nba-executive-on-lamelo-ball-not-many-see-the-game-like-he-does#respond Mon, 14 Dec 2020 17:54:05 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=114565 Despite not scoring in his preseason debut for the Charlotte Hornets, LaMelo Ball’s passing and rebounding skills were on full display. “He can’t shoot, but not many see the game like he does,” a league executive told Joe Vardon of The Athletic. Ball went scoreless on 0-of-5 shooting, but recorded 10 rebounds and made a few dazzling […]

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NBA executive on LaMelo Ball: “Not many see the game like he does”

Despite not scoring in his preseason debut for the Charlotte Hornets, LaMelo Ball’s passing and rebounding skills were on full display.

“He can’t shoot, but not many see the game like he does,” a league executive told Joe Vardon of The Athletic.

Ball went scoreless on 0-of-5 shooting, but recorded 10 rebounds and made a few dazzling passes.

If the preseason game was any indication, the Hornets plan to bring Ball off the bench behind guards Devonte’ Graham and Terry Rozier.

Once Ball finds a consistent jump shot, he will have the potential to turn into a real threat on offense, but it won’t happen overnight.

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James Harden still pushing for trade despite arrival of John Wall https://www.talkbasket.net/114549-james-harden-still-pushing-for-trade-despite-arrival-of-john-wall https://www.talkbasket.net/114549-james-harden-still-pushing-for-trade-despite-arrival-of-john-wall#respond Mon, 14 Dec 2020 17:09:11 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=114549 The arrival of John Wall has left James Harden “unmoved and uninterested in pursuing a new partnership” and Harden continues to push for a trade, according to Adrian Wojnarowski. After making his Rockets debut in the first preseason game, Wall expressed his desire to play alongside Harden. “I think me and James can be a […]

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James Harden still pushing for trade despite arrival of John Wall

The arrival of John Wall has left James Harden “unmoved and uninterested in pursuing a new partnership” and Harden continues to push for a trade, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

After making his Rockets debut in the first preseason game, Wall expressed his desire to play alongside Harden.

“I think me and James can be a heck of a combination,” he said after the team’s 104-91 loss to the Chicago Bulls. “I just hope we get the opportunity to get into the regular season and see how it goes.”

This isn’t personal with Wall, as there’s “no change” in Harden’s desire for a fresh start elsewhere, notes Wojnarowski.

The Rockets have talked with the Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers about a possible trade for Harden.

The Rockets have reportedly asked the 76ers for three first round picks in addition to Ben Simmons, but the 76ers have so far been unwilling to include Simmons in any trade proposals.

Harden, 31, is expected to pass his sixth COVID-19 test today which would then clear him to begin practicing with the team.

“For the Rockets, this is necessary for the team to operate under new coach Stephen Silas while also allowing for some leverage in the trade market to get closer to full value for Harden. The appearance of a distressed asset only hinders an organization in making a trade of this magnitude, and Harden has expressed understanding of that concept, as well as the idea that it may take time to find a trade that returns appropriate value to the Rockets,” sources said.

Adrian Wojnarowski

Despite being cleared, it’s unclear if Harden will actually practice with the team.

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James Harden-for-Ben Simmons trade to become a possibility? https://www.talkbasket.net/114149-james-harden-for-ben-simmons-trade-to-become-a-possibility https://www.talkbasket.net/114149-james-harden-for-ben-simmons-trade-to-become-a-possibility#respond Fri, 11 Dec 2020 19:27:46 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=114149 As the NBA preseason sets to tip-off, the Philadelphia 76ers rank as the most likely destination for Houston Rockets’ James Harden, according to Marc Stein of The New York Times. This is “when the Rockets eventually reach the point of trading James Harden.” The Rockets have insisted (for now) that they won’t trade Harden and […]

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James Harden-for-Ben Simmons trade to become a possibility?

As the NBA preseason sets to tip-off, the Philadelphia 76ers rank as the most likely destination for Houston Rockets’ James Harden, according to Marc Stein of The New York Times.

This is “when the Rockets eventually reach the point of trading James Harden.”

The Rockets have insisted (for now) that they won’t trade Harden and the 76ers have insisted (for now) that they won’t trade Ben Simmons.

The familiarity between the two front offices can “ultimately defuse any lingering tension from Daryl Morey’s departure from Houston to Philadelphia,” Stein notes.

Along with the 76ers, the Brooklyn Nets, Miami Heat and Milwaukee Bucks have also been previously mentioned as possible landing spots for Harden.

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Grizzlies waiving Mario Hezonja https://www.talkbasket.net/114147-grizzlies-waiving-mario-hezonja https://www.talkbasket.net/114147-grizzlies-waiving-mario-hezonja#respond Fri, 11 Dec 2020 19:00:08 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=114147 The Memphis Grizzlies are waiving forward Mario Hezonja, according to Shams Charania. Multiple teams are expected to express interest after he clears waivers and training camp ends. It was recently reported that Hezonja, 25, would not be with the Grizzlies for training camp, as it was expected that the team wouldn’t keep him. Hezonja was […]

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Grizzlies waiving Mario Hezonja

The Memphis Grizzlies are waiving forward Mario Hezonja, according to Shams Charania.

Multiple teams are expected to express interest after he clears waivers and training camp ends.

It was recently reported that Hezonja, 25, would not be with the Grizzlies for training camp, as it was expected that the team wouldn’t keep him.

Hezonja was traded to the Grizzlies in a three-team deal on Nov. 20 that also sent Enes Kanter from the Boston Celtics to the Portland Trail Blazers.

He averaged 4.8 points and 3.5 rebounds per game in 53 games (16.4 minutes per game) for the Trail Blazers last season.

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NBA to have rapid COVID-19 testing https://www.talkbasket.net/114064-nba-to-have-rapid-covid-19-testing https://www.talkbasket.net/114064-nba-to-have-rapid-covid-19-testing#respond Fri, 11 Dec 2020 05:33:57 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=114064 The NBA is planning to administer a daily point-of-care, rapid testing system for this upcoming season, according to Shams Charania. The results are expected in approximately 30 minutes for home teams and 90 minutes for teams on the road prior to games. The policy for invalid COVID-19 test results will be to undergo another rapid […]

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NBA to have rapid COVID-19 testing

The NBA is planning to administer a daily point-of-care, rapid testing system for this upcoming season, according to Shams Charania.

The results are expected in approximately 30 minutes for home teams and 90 minutes for teams on the road prior to games.

The policy for invalid COVID-19 test results will be to undergo another rapid test at least 30 minutes after the result of the first test and still be able to participate in team activities while awaiting a second result, Charania notes.

The NBA and NBPA plans to discuss players, coaches and staff being required to receive a COVID-19 vaccine when one is confirmed to be safe and effective during the season.

If a vaccine ends up not being required, those who elect not to receive it may have additional health and safety-focused restrictions, such as wearing masks and being tested more frequently than those who get the vaccine.

The league will also provide twice-a-week testing for household members of players and staff in order to “enhance their protection throughout the season,” according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

Positive COVID-19 tests will be a part of the 2020-2021 season, but protocols are in place to help ensure that the season goes as smooth as it possibly can.

The rapid tests will also be a way to help limit and control any possible outbreaks within a team.

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Bulls’ Garrett Temple still not practicing after testing positive for COVID-19 https://www.talkbasket.net/113992-bulls-garrett-temple-still-not-practicing-after-testing-positive-for-covid-19 https://www.talkbasket.net/113992-bulls-garrett-temple-still-not-practicing-after-testing-positive-for-covid-19#respond Thu, 10 Dec 2020 20:12:14 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=113992 New Chicago Bulls guard Garrett Temple is still not practicing with the team after testing positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 28. On Dec. 6, Temple said that he was nine days into his mandatory 12-day quarantine period. Temple still needs “several” negative tests and cardiovascular screening tests before he returns to action, notes Cody Westerlund […]

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Bulls’ Garrett Temple still not practicing after testing positive for COVID-19

New Chicago Bulls guard Garrett Temple is still not practicing with the team after testing positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 28.

On Dec. 6, Temple said that he was nine days into his mandatory 12-day quarantine period.

Temple still needs “several” negative tests and cardiovascular screening tests before he returns to action, notes Cody Westerlund of 670TheScore.com.

Temple, 34, thinks that he was exposed to the virus while spending time with his family in Louisiana for Thanksgiving.

“We have to be smart about who we’re around, [and] about wearing a face mask wherever,” Temple recently said, via The Chicago Tribune. “I feel like if I had a face mask on during the time with my family, I definitely would have mitigated the risk of getting it.”

Temple, who averaged 10.3 points and 3.5 rebounds per game last season with the Brooklyn Nets, his 10th year in the NBA, signed a one-year, $4.7 million deal with the Bulls in free agency last month.

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Nick Nurse expects Aron Baynes to be Raptors’ starting center https://www.talkbasket.net/113988-nick-nurse-expects-aron-baynes-to-be-raptors-starting-center https://www.talkbasket.net/113988-nick-nurse-expects-aron-baynes-to-be-raptors-starting-center#respond Thu, 10 Dec 2020 19:32:06 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=113988 Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse said he anticipates opening the season with Aron Baynes as the starting center. The expected starting lineup on the team’s opening night will be Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet, OG Anunoby, Pascal Siakam and Baynes, with Norman Powell coming off the bench as the sixth man, notes Josh Lewenberg of […]

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Nick Nurse expects Aron Baynes to be Raptors’ starting center

Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse said he anticipates opening the season with Aron Baynes as the starting center.

The expected starting lineup on the team’s opening night will be Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet, OG Anunoby, Pascal Siakam and Baynes, with Norman Powell coming off the bench as the sixth man, notes Josh Lewenberg of TSN Sports.

Last season, Baynes improved as a three-point shooter with the Phoenix Suns, making 1.4 threes per game and shooting 35.1 percent from three-point.

Baynes, 34, agreed to a two-year, $14.3 million deal with the Raptors in free agency after centers Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka signed with the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers, respectively.

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Pacers’ T.J. Warren has plantar fasciitis https://www.talkbasket.net/113983-pacers-t-j-warren-has-plantar-fasciitis https://www.talkbasket.net/113983-pacers-t-j-warren-has-plantar-fasciitis#respond Thu, 10 Dec 2020 18:59:08 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=113983 Indiana Pacers forward T.J. Warren is week-to-week with plantar fasciitis in his right foot, the team announced. Swingman Brian Bowen II will also be out an estimated six-to-eight weeks after suffering a partial tear in his groin. Warren, 27, likely won’t be available when the Pacers begin the 2020-2021 NBA season on Dec. 23. Players […]

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Pacers’ T.J. Warren has plantar fasciitis

Indiana Pacers forward T.J. Warren is week-to-week with plantar fasciitis in his right foot, the team announced.

Swingman Brian Bowen II will also be out an estimated six-to-eight weeks after suffering a partial tear in his groin.

Warren, 27, likely won’t be available when the Pacers begin the 2020-2021 NBA season on Dec. 23.

Players including Justin Holiday and JaKarr Sampson will be relied upon more while Warren is out.

Warren, who was a star in the NBA restart in the Orlando bubble, averaged 19.8 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.2 steals per game in 67 games last season.

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Eight new positive COVID-19 tests in NBA https://www.talkbasket.net/113962-eight-new-positive-covid-19-tests-in-nba https://www.talkbasket.net/113962-eight-new-positive-covid-19-tests-in-nba#respond Thu, 10 Dec 2020 17:27:50 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=113962 Eight new players have tested positive for COVID-19 out of 541 in the latest round since Dec. 2, the NBA and NBPA announced. That number is down from the league’s announcement last week that 48 out of 546 had tested positive. Given that there won’t be a bubble for the upcoming season, positive cases are […]

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Eight new positive COVID-19 tests in NBA

Eight new players have tested positive for COVID-19 out of 541 in the latest round since Dec. 2, the NBA and NBPA announced.

That number is down from the league’s announcement last week that 48 out of 546 had tested positive.

Given that there won’t be a bubble for the upcoming season, positive cases are expected.

“Anyone who has returned a positive test during this initial phase of testing in their team’s market is isolated until they are cleared for leaving isolation under the rules established by the NBA and Players Association in accordance with CDC guidance,” according to the statement by the NBA and NBPA.

The league has sent multiple health and safety protocol manuals to teams and also warned of possible severe punishments for violating those COVID-19 protocols.

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James Harden requires six negative COVID-19 tests before being cleared https://www.talkbasket.net/113872-james-harden-requires-six-negative-covid-19-tests-before-being-cleared https://www.talkbasket.net/113872-james-harden-requires-six-negative-covid-19-tests-before-being-cleared#respond Wed, 09 Dec 2020 22:00:27 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=113872 Houston Rockets star James Harden will need to register six negative COVID-19 tests before returning to group workouts per NBA protocols, according to Shams Charania. Harden finally arrived in Houston on Dec. 8. If Harden continues to test negative, he would be cleared to practice with the Rockets on Dec. 14, notes ESPN’s Tim MacMahon. […]

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James Harden requires six negative COVID-19 tests before being cleared

Houston Rockets star James Harden will need to register six negative COVID-19 tests before returning to group workouts per NBA protocols, according to Shams Charania.

Harden finally arrived in Houston on Dec. 8.

If Harden continues to test negative, he would be cleared to practice with the Rockets on Dec. 14, notes ESPN’s Tim MacMahon.

The NBA required players to test negative for COVID-19 for three consecutive days before entering team facilities for individual workouts before training camp.

However, Harden was subject to a longer testing period, as he violated league policies by attending parties and clubs in Atlanta and Las Vegas without wearing a mask.

Harden could make his preseason debut on Dec. 15, but despite being back, it still remains up in the air if he will stay with the Rockets.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo not focused on new contract https://www.talkbasket.net/113865-giannis-antetokounmpo-not-focused-on-new-contract https://www.talkbasket.net/113865-giannis-antetokounmpo-not-focused-on-new-contract#respond Wed, 09 Dec 2020 21:18:53 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=113865 Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo has a big contract decision deadline approaching, but he isn’t worried about it. “Right now, I am not focused on that. I am just trying to focus on myself,” he said, adding that he is leaving those discussions to his agent, Alex Saratsis, and the front office. Antetokounmpo, 26, has […]

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Giannis Antetokounmpo not focused on new contract

Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo has a big contract decision deadline approaching, but he isn’t worried about it.

“Right now, I am not focused on that. I am just trying to focus on myself,” he said, adding that he is leaving those discussions to his agent, Alex Saratsis, and the front office.

Antetokounmpo, 26, has until Dec. 21 to sign a super-max extension with the Bucks, or he can choose to bypass a new deal and keep his 2021 free agency options open.

However, Dec. 21 isn’t a drop dead date when it comes to a new contract for Antetokounmpo, as he can dictate the length of the contract but at less money, notes ESPN’s Bobby Marks.

The Bucks have recently reportedly “gone kind of silent” on whether Antetokounmpo will sign a supermax extension, according to ESPN’s Zach Lowe.

“During the Jrue Holiday, Bogdan Bogdanovic bonanza, the Bucks were really optimistic,” said Lowe on The Jump. “They were about ready to pop the champagne, they were super excited. They’ve gone kind of silent since then. I don’t really know what that means … I just haven’t been hearing that [that optimism].”

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Updated FIBA Men’s World Rankings https://www.talkbasket.net/113842-updated-fiba-mens-world-rankings https://www.talkbasket.net/113842-updated-fiba-mens-world-rankings#respond Wed, 09 Dec 2020 18:58:23 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=113842 The FIBA Men’s World Rankings have been updated after the second window of the FIBA Continental Cup Qualifiers. The only change in the top 10 was Russia and Czech Republic switching spots, as Russia moved up two spots to No. 9 and Czech Republic fell two spots to No. 11. Czech Republic suffered losses to […]

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Updated FIBA Men’s World Rankings

The FIBA Men’s World Rankings have been updated after the second window of the FIBA Continental Cup Qualifiers.

The only change in the top 10 was Russia and Czech Republic switching spots, as Russia moved up two spots to No. 9 and Czech Republic fell two spots to No. 11.

Czech Republic suffered losses to lower-ranked Belgium and Denmark in the FIBA EuroBasket 2022 Qualifiers.

EuroBasket 2017 champion Slovenia climbed one spot to No. 16 after winning two games to improve to 3-1 in Group F of the Qualifiers after wins over Austria and Ukraine.

Israel moved up two spots to No. 39 after getting wins against Spain and Poland in Group A to secure their birth at the FIBA EuroBasket 2022.

Syria and Saudi Arabia were the biggest risers in Asia, each moving up five spots to No. 90 and No. 91, respectively.

Both teams went 1-1 in Group E.

Bahrain moved up five spots to No. 107 after qualifying for the FIBA Asia Cup 2021 with wins against Iraq and India.

South Sudan, coached by longtime NBA player and federation president Luol Deng, was the biggest riser in the rankings, moving up nine spots to No. 98 after going 2-1 in group play of the FIBA AfroBasket 2021 Qualifiers.

Kenya was the second biggest riser in the rankings, moving up seven spots to No. 115.

Uganda broke into the top 100 moving up four spots from No. 101 to No. 97 after going 2-1 in Group E.

Madagascar suffered the biggest drop in the rankings, plummeting 30 spots from No. 104 to No. 134 after three losses to Tunisia, Central African Republic and Democratic Republic of Congo by a combined 71 points.

National teams will return to the court in February 2021 for the last window of each FIBA Continental Cup Qualifiers.

Click here to see the current, full FIBA Men’s World Rankings.

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Doc Rivers hints at 76ers’ starting lineup https://www.talkbasket.net/113835-doc-rivers-hints-at-76ers-starting-lineup https://www.talkbasket.net/113835-doc-rivers-hints-at-76ers-starting-lineup#respond Wed, 09 Dec 2020 16:48:19 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=113835 When asked about the starting lineup on opening night, Philadelphia 76ers head coach Doc Rivers responded playfully about who it will be. He was asked if the lineup will consist of Ben Simmons, Seth Curry, Danny Green, Tobias Harris and Joel Embiid. “You can make that assumption, but it doesn’t mean it won’t change. But […]

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Doc Rivers hints at 76ers’ starting lineup

When asked about the starting lineup on opening night, Philadelphia 76ers head coach Doc Rivers responded playfully about who it will be.

He was asked if the lineup will consist of Ben Simmons, Seth Curry, Danny Green, Tobias Harris and Joel Embiid.

“You can make that assumption, but it doesn’t mean it won’t change. But it sounds like a good lineup. I may use that,” Rivers said.

Curry, who was acquired in a draft night trade with the Dallas Mavericks, recently mentioned that he has been getting a lot of run alongside Simmons and Embiid, which confirms that he will be a starter on opening night.

The 76ers needed to add three-point shooting in the offseason and they addressed those needs in acquiring players like Curry and Green.

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James Harden arrives in Houston https://www.talkbasket.net/113761-james-harden-arrives-in-houston https://www.talkbasket.net/113761-james-harden-arrives-in-houston#respond Tue, 08 Dec 2020 19:55:35 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=113761 James Harden has arrived in Houston and tested for COVID-19 in accordance with the NBA’s protocol today, according to Adrian Wojnarowski. Harden took his test at the Houston Rockets’ Toyota Center. This is the first step in being cleared to join the team for group workouts. “That’s pretty much all I know,” head coach Stephen […]

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James Harden arrives in Houston

James Harden has arrived in Houston and tested for COVID-19 in accordance with the NBA’s protocol today, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

Harden took his test at the Houston Rockets’ Toyota Center.

This is the first step in being cleared to join the team for group workouts.

“That’s pretty much all I know,” head coach Stephen Silas said, confirming that Harden got tested.

Silas also spoke about his relationship (or lack thereof) with Harden.

“Trust is built day to day, and once the relationship begins, we’ll begin that process of trust,” he said. “Obviously there wasn’t a great start to it, but that’s the NBA. The NBA is not going to be roses every day.”

It’s a step in the right direction that Harden has finally arrived, but it still doesn’t mean that the issues between him and the Rockets are gone or that he’s even a lock to stay with the team.

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James Harden open to trade to 76ers https://www.talkbasket.net/113751-james-harden-open-to-trade-to-76ers https://www.talkbasket.net/113751-james-harden-open-to-trade-to-76ers#respond Tue, 08 Dec 2020 18:19:53 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=113751 Houston Rockets star James Harden has recently indicated to the team that he would be open to a trade to the Philadelphia 76ers, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Tim MacMahon. So far, there have been no talks with the 76ers, as Daryl Morey has been “adamant” that he wants to keep his two young […]

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James Harden open to trade to 76ers

Houston Rockets star James Harden has recently indicated to the team that he would be open to a trade to the Philadelphia 76ers, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Tim MacMahon.

So far, there have been no talks with the 76ers, as Daryl Morey has been “adamant” that he wants to keep his two young stars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons.

Teams would reportedly be reluctant to give up the assets needed to acquire a player of Harden’s caliber without confidence that he would be willing to remain with the franchise when he can opt out of his contract following the 2021-2022 NBA season, notes Wojnarowski and MacMahon.

Few contenders have the ability to give the Rockets what they would want in return.

The asking price for the Rockets is believed to be “a package that includes a young franchise cornerstone and a bundle of first-round picks and/or talented players on rookie contracts,” sources told Wojnarowski and MacMahon.

Harden has previously been linked to the 76ers along with the Brooklyn Nets, although there hasn’t been any traction in talks between the Rockets and Nets.

Rockets head coach Stephen Silas has stated that there is no timetable for Harden’s return to the team.

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Knicks’ Austin Rivers dealing with groin pull https://www.talkbasket.net/113673-knicks-austin-rivers-dealing-with-groin-pull https://www.talkbasket.net/113673-knicks-austin-rivers-dealing-with-groin-pull#respond Tue, 08 Dec 2020 00:43:14 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=113673 New York Knicks guard Austin Rivers was limited at practice due to a groin pull, according to head coach Tom Thibodeau. Rivers, 28, is expected to be day-to-day with his injury. He still has two weeks to get fully healthy for the 2020-2021 NBA season opener on Dec. 23 against the Indiana Pacers. Rivers, who […]

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Knicks’ Austin Rivers dealing with groin pull

New York Knicks guard Austin Rivers was limited at practice due to a groin pull, according to head coach Tom Thibodeau.

Rivers, 28, is expected to be day-to-day with his injury.

He still has two weeks to get fully healthy for the 2020-2021 NBA season opener on Dec. 23 against the Indiana Pacers.

Rivers, who agreed to a three-year, $10 million deal with the Knicks in free agency, will get the opportunity to be a solid contributor for the team.

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Draymond Green, James Wiseman miss Warriors practice for undisclosed reasons https://www.talkbasket.net/113644-draymond-green-james-wiseman-miss-warriors-practice-for-undisclosed-reasons https://www.talkbasket.net/113644-draymond-green-james-wiseman-miss-warriors-practice-for-undisclosed-reasons#respond Mon, 07 Dec 2020 22:48:25 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=113644 Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said Draymond Green and rookie center James Wiseman did not practice today. “I will not comment on that any further. You can make your own deductions,” Kerr said when asked about Wiseman’s absence, via ESPN’s Cassidy Hubbarth. “It’s unfortunate. But it’s just the way it goes,” Kerr said, […]

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Draymond Green, James Wiseman miss Warriors practice for undisclosed reasons

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said Draymond Green and rookie center James Wiseman did not practice today.

“I will not comment on that any further. You can make your own deductions,” Kerr said when asked about Wiseman’s absence, via ESPN’s Cassidy Hubbarth.

“It’s unfortunate. But it’s just the way it goes,” Kerr said, regarding Wiseman’s absence at the start of his first NBA season. “Our coaching staff has been showing him tape the last few days. He’s still getting some homework in. It’s not ideal, but nothing’s ideal for anyone in 2020.”

Warriors GM Bob Myers announced on Dec. 1 that two players tested positive for COVID-19 and while they can’t reveal who tested positive, Green and Wiseman were reportedly the only players to miss practice.

After those two players return from quarantine, they will still need “several days” before being cleared to practice, Kerr noted.

Players must pass a cardiac screening before resuming full-team workouts due to the nature of the virus.

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Magic’s Terrence Ross has small fracture in big toe https://www.talkbasket.net/113620-magics-terrence-ross-has-small-fracture-in-big-toe https://www.talkbasket.net/113620-magics-terrence-ross-has-small-fracture-in-big-toe#respond Mon, 07 Dec 2020 19:08:14 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=113620 After experiencing some discomfort in his left first metatarsal (big toe), an MRI has revealed a minor, non-displaced, hairline fracture for the Orlando Magic’s Terrence Ross. Ross will continue to participate in non-contact practice activities and be re-evaluated. His return to full contact work will depend on how he responds to treatment. In 69 games […]

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Magic’s Terrence Ross has small fracture in big toe

After experiencing some discomfort in his left first metatarsal (big toe), an MRI has revealed a minor, non-displaced, hairline fracture for the Orlando Magic’s Terrence Ross.

Ross will continue to participate in non-contact practice activities and be re-evaluated.

His return to full contact work will depend on how he responds to treatment.

In 69 games last season, Ross, 29, averaged 14.7 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.1 steals per game.

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NBA updating policies for resting healthy players https://www.talkbasket.net/113613-nba-updating-policies-for-resting-healthy-players https://www.talkbasket.net/113613-nba-updating-policies-for-resting-healthy-players#respond Mon, 07 Dec 2020 18:23:03 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=113613 The NBA is implementing a new resting policy for the 2020-2021 season that plans to prevent teams from resting healthy players, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports. Teams will be prohibited from resting healthy players for any high-profile, nationally-televised game and a violation could result in a fine of at least $100,000. On a […]

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NBA updating policies for resting healthy players

The NBA is implementing a new resting policy for the 2020-2021 season that plans to prevent teams from resting healthy players, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.

Teams will be prohibited from resting healthy players for any high-profile, nationally-televised game and a violation could result in a fine of at least $100,000.

On a new player resting policy, absent, unusual circumstances, a team should not rest multiple healthy players for the same game and teams should not rest healthy players on the road.

In situations when teams decide to rest a healthy player, that player should be visible to the fans, Haynes notes.

These are updated protocols to the player resting policy established in 2017.

It’s somewhat surprising that the league would focus more on this issue for the 2020-2021 season, as teams will be playing a compressed 72-game schedule and most arenas won’t have fans due to COVID-19 restrictions.

However, with fewer fans attending games and more games being watched virtually and on TV, those nationally-televised games become more important for the NBA, as they don’t want to see their star players sitting out notable games.

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Raptors announce three positive tests within organization https://www.talkbasket.net/113602-raptors-announce-three-positive-tests-within-organization https://www.talkbasket.net/113602-raptors-announce-three-positive-tests-within-organization#respond Mon, 07 Dec 2020 17:28:16 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=113602 Three members of the Toronto Raptors organization have tested positive for COVID-19, the team announced today. “During the league-mandated testing period prior to training camp, three members of the Toronto Raptors organization tested positive for COVID-19. All three are, and will continue to, self-isolate away from the rest of the organization,” the statement reads. “Adherence […]

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Raptors announce three positive tests within organization

Three members of the Toronto Raptors organization have tested positive for COVID-19, the team announced today.

“During the league-mandated testing period prior to training camp, three members of the Toronto Raptors organization tested positive for COVID-19. All three are, and will continue to, self-isolate away from the rest of the organization,” the statement reads. “Adherence to protocols, follow-up testing and contact tracing has so far revealed no spread to other members of the Raptors organization. We will continue to follow safety protocols, and will update the situation as appropriate.”

The team didn’t reveal who tested positive or say if any of the three positive tests were players.

The Raptors began training camp at Saint Leo University and will play their home games at Amalie Arena in Tampa Bay, Florida, the team’s temporary home for the 2020-2021 NBA season.

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76ers’ Mike Scott, Tyrese Maxey tested positive for COVID-19 https://www.talkbasket.net/113593-76ers-mike-scott-tyrese-maxey-tested-positive-for-covid-19 https://www.talkbasket.net/113593-76ers-mike-scott-tyrese-maxey-tested-positive-for-covid-19#respond Mon, 07 Dec 2020 16:51:48 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=113593 Philadelphia 76ers forward Mike Scott and rookie guard Tyrese Maxey are not with the team at the start of training camp after testing positive for COVID-19. Both players are waiting to clear COVID-19 protocols and are expected to join the team in the coming days, according to Derek Bodner of The Athletic and Keith Pompey […]

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76ers’ Mike Scott, Tyrese Maxey tested positive for COVID-19

Philadelphia 76ers forward Mike Scott and rookie guard Tyrese Maxey are not with the team at the start of training camp after testing positive for COVID-19.

Both players are waiting to clear COVID-19 protocols and are expected to join the team in the coming days, according to Derek Bodner of The Athletic and Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer.

A player who tests positive and remains asymptomatic can’t participate in workouts for 10 days.

After those 10 days, a player will have to work out individually for two days and pass a cardiac screening before resuming full-team workouts.

This means a player will miss up to 12 days if he tests positive.

Scott, 32, averaged 6.0 points and 3.6 rebounds per game in 68 games for the 76ers last season.

Maxey, who was drafted No. 21 overall in this year’s draft, averaged 14.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game in his lone season at Kentucky.

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Tristan Thompson to miss most of training camp https://www.talkbasket.net/113439-tristan-thompson-to-miss-most-of-training-camp https://www.talkbasket.net/113439-tristan-thompson-to-miss-most-of-training-camp#respond Sat, 05 Dec 2020 23:53:45 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=113439 Boston Celtics newly acquired center Tristan Thompson will miss most of training camp because of a hamstring strain, according to head coach Brad Stevens. Stevens also said that the Celtics hope to have Thompson “ramped up” by the opening regular season game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Dec. 23. If Thompson ultimately misses any games, […]

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Tristan Thompson to miss most of training camp

Boston Celtics newly acquired center Tristan Thompson will miss most of training camp because of a hamstring strain, according to head coach Brad Stevens.

Stevens also said that the Celtics hope to have Thompson “ramped up” by the opening regular season game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Dec. 23.

If Thompson ultimately misses any games, Daniel Theis and Robert Williams will handle the minutes at center.

The Celtics signed Thompson to a two-year, $19 million deal in free agency to help bolster their frontline depth.

Last season, Thompson averaged 12.0 points, 10.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game in 57 games.

The Celtics will be the only other team Thompson has played for, as he has spent his entire NBA career with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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NBA warns of severe punishments for COVID-19 protocol violations https://www.talkbasket.net/113428-nba-warns-of-severe-punishments-for-covid-19-protocol-violations https://www.talkbasket.net/113428-nba-warns-of-severe-punishments-for-covid-19-protocol-violations#respond Sat, 05 Dec 2020 23:28:48 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=113428 The NBA has warned teams that violations that lead to COVID-19 spread impacting other teams and causing schedule adjustments could result in “fines, suspensions, adjustment or loss of draft choices and game forfeitures.” The league made these changes in their updated Health and Safety Protocol. Teams are “extremely aware” of this and it’s a huge […]

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NBA warns of severe punishments for COVID-19 protocol violations

The NBA has warned teams that violations that lead to COVID-19 spread impacting other teams and causing schedule adjustments could result in “fines, suspensions, adjustment or loss of draft choices and game forfeitures.”

The league made these changes in their updated Health and Safety Protocol.

Teams are “extremely aware” of this and it’s a huge concern, especially with the punishments that have been handed down in the NFL this season, notes Adrian Wojnarowski.

Players who violate the safety protocols could also face in-season quarantine and reduced paychecks, according to ESPN.

The memo sent to teams doesn’t specifically outline the length of quarantine, but it does say that any such player “may be subject to a proportionate adjustment to pay for any games missed during the period that the player is in quarantine and undergoing testing due to engaging in such activities and/or conduct.”

The NBA may also conduct random, unannounced in-person inspections of team facilities to check whether teams are complying with the COVID-19 protocols in place.

The league also detailed plans for when COVID-19 vaccines are FDA-approved and confirmed to be safe and effective.

The NBA and NBPA will decide if players, coaches and staff will be required to receive the vaccine.

If a vaccine ends up not being required, those who elect not to receive it may have additional health and safety-focused restrictions, according to Shams Charania.

For example, people who don’t get the vaccine could have to wear a mask or be tested more frequently than those who do get it.

Teams could even be punished for failing to comply and failing to report any “potential or actual violation and/or any discipline imposed by the team for such violation” with teams also facing further “enhanced discipline” for repeatedly violating the protocols.

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Karl-Anthony Towns has lost seven family members to COVID-19 https://www.talkbasket.net/113341-karl-anthony-towns-has-lost-seven-family-members-to-covid-19 https://www.talkbasket.net/113341-karl-anthony-towns-has-lost-seven-family-members-to-covid-19#respond Fri, 04 Dec 2020 23:27:16 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=113341 Minnesota Timberwolves star center Karl-Anthony Towns is making “all the moves necessary to keep [his family] alive.” Towns, 25, says that he “hasn’t been in a good place” since his mother passed away from COVID-19 back in April. He also said that he has lost six other family members due to COVID-19 in addition to […]

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Karl-Anthony Towns has lost seven family members to COVID-19

Minnesota Timberwolves star center Karl-Anthony Towns is making “all the moves necessary to keep [his family] alive.”

Towns, 25, says that he “hasn’t been in a good place” since his mother passed away from COVID-19 back in April.

He also said that he has lost six other family members due to COVID-19 in addition to his mother and is “looking for answers to try to keep my family well informed.”

“I play this game more because I just love watching my family members seeing me play a game I was very good and successful at,” said Towns, via Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic. “It always brought a smile for me when I saw my mom at the baseline and in the stands and stuff and having a good time watching me play. It’s going to be hard to play. It’s going to be difficult to say this is therapy. I don’t think this will ever be therapy again for me. But it gives me a chance to relive the good memories I had. I guess that’s the only therapy I’m going to get from it. It’s not going to help me emotionally or anything like that.”

Towns will physically be ready for the upcoming season, but it’s clear that he has been through a lot and is emotionally drained.

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Paul George: “I want to retire a Clipper” https://www.talkbasket.net/113319-paul-george-i-want-to-retire-a-clipper https://www.talkbasket.net/113319-paul-george-i-want-to-retire-a-clipper#respond Fri, 04 Dec 2020 21:30:24 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=113319 Los Angeles Clippers star Paul George told reporters that he’s happy that he’s home and is committed to the team. “I want to retire a Clipper,” he said. “I’ll say that every year. This is where my heart is.” The Clippers are the third team that George has played for in his 10-year NBA career. […]

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Paul George: “I want to retire a Clipper”

Los Angeles Clippers star Paul George told reporters that he’s happy that he’s home and is committed to the team.

“I want to retire a Clipper,” he said. “I’ll say that every year. This is where my heart is.”

The Clippers are the third team that George has played for in his 10-year NBA career.

George is from Southern California and had long wanted to play in Los Angeles, so he’s now right at home.

The 30-year-old averaged 21.5 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.4 steals per game in 48 games in his first season as a Clipper.

George played 29.6 minutes per game, his lowest since his rookie year after coming off of shoulder surgery.

He is expected to be at 100 percent entering training camp for the upcoming season.

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Hornets’ Malik Monk tests positive for COVID-19 https://www.talkbasket.net/113309-hornets-malik-monk-tests-positive-for-covid-19 https://www.talkbasket.net/113309-hornets-malik-monk-tests-positive-for-covid-19#respond Fri, 04 Dec 2020 20:33:10 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=113309 Charlotte Hornets guard Malik Monk has tested positive for COVID-19, according to head coach James Borrego. Monk reportedly has no symptoms, but will miss at least several more days of practice, notes Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer. The 22-year-old should be ready for the start of the season on Dec. 22. Last season, Monk […]

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Hornets’ Malik Monk tests positive for COVID-19

Charlotte Hornets guard Malik Monk has tested positive for COVID-19, according to head coach James Borrego.

Monk reportedly has no symptoms, but will miss at least several more days of practice, notes Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer.

The 22-year-old should be ready for the start of the season on Dec. 22.

Last season, Monk averaged 10.3 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game in 55 games.

The NBA recently announced that 48 players tested positive for COVID-19, so there will be many players besides Monk who will be waiting to get medically cleared.

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Russell Westbrook to practice with Wizards on Saturday https://www.talkbasket.net/113283-russell-westbrook-to-practice-with-wizards-on-saturday https://www.talkbasket.net/113283-russell-westbrook-to-practice-with-wizards-on-saturday#respond Fri, 04 Dec 2020 17:39:35 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=113283 Russell Westbrook arrived in Washington today and is scheduled to make his practice debut with the Washington Wizards on Saturday, according to Marc Stein of The New York Times. The Wizards held their first group practice today, as they were among the teams that had their players undergo coronavirus testing early to get a Dec. […]

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Russell Westbrook to practice with Wizards on Saturday

Russell Westbrook arrived in Washington today and is scheduled to make his practice debut with the Washington Wizards on Saturday, according to Marc Stein of The New York Times.

The Wizards held their first group practice today, as they were among the teams that had their players undergo coronavirus testing early to get a Dec. 4 start date for their first practice instead of waiting for Dec. 6.

The 32-year-old star point guard will wear No. 4 with the Wizards, a number he wore back in high school.

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NBA won’t test players for marijuana https://www.talkbasket.net/113189-nba-wont-test-players-for-marijuana https://www.talkbasket.net/113189-nba-wont-test-players-for-marijuana#respond Thu, 03 Dec 2020 23:01:33 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=113189 After not testing players for marijuana in the Orlando bubble, the NBA will continue that for the upcoming 2020-2021 season, according to Ben Dowsett of Forbes. The decision was largely based on COVID-19 safety protocols, as a way to limit unnecessary contacts. Testing for marijuana would mean more close contact required for players. There is […]

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NBA won’t test players for marijuana

After not testing players for marijuana in the Orlando bubble, the NBA will continue that for the upcoming 2020-2021 season, according to Ben Dowsett of Forbes.

The decision was largely based on COVID-19 safety protocols, as a way to limit unnecessary contacts.

Testing for marijuana would mean more close contact required for players.

There is also “significant expectation” from many in the league that the entire marijuana testing program is on the way out in the near future, Dowsett also notes.

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NBA planning for trade deadline in March https://www.talkbasket.net/113175-nba-planning-for-trade-deadline-in-march https://www.talkbasket.net/113175-nba-planning-for-trade-deadline-in-march#respond Thu, 03 Dec 2020 20:32:06 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=113175 The NBA is targeting March 25 for its 2020-2021 season trade deadline, pending approval from the Board of Governors, according to Shams Charania. The target date for players to be waived and eligible for postseason rosters is April 9, Charania also notes. In a normal schedule, the trade deadline is in early February. This upcoming […]

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NBA planning for trade deadline in March

The NBA is targeting March 25 for its 2020-2021 season trade deadline, pending approval from the Board of Governors, according to Shams Charania.

The target date for players to be waived and eligible for postseason rosters is April 9, Charania also notes.

In a normal schedule, the trade deadline is in early February.

This upcoming regular season starts on Dec. 22 and will run through May 16.

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Nikola Jokic says he feels “rested” heading into next season https://www.talkbasket.net/113158-nikola-jokic-says-he-feels-rested-heading-into-next-season https://www.talkbasket.net/113158-nikola-jokic-says-he-feels-rested-heading-into-next-season#respond Thu, 03 Dec 2020 18:44:02 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=113158 Despite the shortened offseason, Denver Nuggets star center Nikola Jokic is ready for the quickly approaching season. “I feel rested. … My body is where it’s supposed to be,” Jokic said. The Nuggets lengthy playoff run combined with the shorter turnaround to the upcoming season meant that the team had less time to recover. Jokic […]

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Nikola Jokic says he feels “rested” heading into next season

Despite the shortened offseason, Denver Nuggets star center Nikola Jokic is ready for the quickly approaching season.

“I feel rested. … My body is where it’s supposed to be,” Jokic said.

The Nuggets lengthy playoff run combined with the shorter turnaround to the upcoming season meant that the team had less time to recover.

Jokic has been durable throughout his career so far, playing at least 73 games in each of his first five NBA seasons.

He won’t hit that number this season due to the 72-game regular season schedule, but based on his comments, it sounds like he’s ready to go help lead the Nuggets to be a contender once again in the Western Conference.

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Malcolm Brogdon wins J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award https://www.talkbasket.net/113132-malcolm-brogdon-wins-j-walter-kennedy-citizenship-award https://www.talkbasket.net/113132-malcolm-brogdon-wins-j-walter-kennedy-citizenship-award#respond Thu, 03 Dec 2020 17:48:10 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=113132 Indiana Pacers guard Malcolm Brogdon has won the 2019-2020 J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award as selected by the Professional Basketball Writers Association (PBWA). Named after the NBA’s second commissioner, the honor is presented annually to a player, coach or athletic trainer who shows outstanding service and dedication to the community. Brogdon was one of five […]

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Malcolm Brogdon wins J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award

Indiana Pacers guard Malcolm Brogdon has won the 2019-2020 J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award as selected by the Professional Basketball Writers Association (PBWA).

Named after the NBA’s second commissioner, the honor is presented annually to a player, coach or athletic trainer who shows outstanding service and dedication to the community.

Brogdon was one of five finalists for the award along with Milwaukee Bucks guard Jrue Holiday (who played for the New Orleans Pelicans in 2019-20), Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves guard Josh Okogie and Atlanta Hawks head coach Lloyd Pierce.

“The depth and breadth of Malcolm Brogdon’s commitment to making a positive difference is inspiring,” said PBWA President Josh Robbins of The Athletic. “Members of the Professional Basketball Writers Association salute him and commend his fellow finalists and nominees for their exemplary work.”

Brogdon, 27, is being honored for his commitment to education, gender and health equality as well as his support for criminal justice and voting reform.

In July, Brogdon launched the Brogdon Family Foundation with a focus on two major initiatives, Hoops4Humanity and the JHA Education Project.

Hoops4Humanity seeks to create access to clean water and education for children and families in Africa.

The JHA Education Project focuses on literacy, mentoring and infrastructure programs for students in underserved communities.

Brogdon averaged career highs of 16.5 points, 4.9 rebounds and 7.1 assists per game in 54 games last season in his first season with the Pacers.

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Russell Westbrook bothered by criticism about being a bad teammate https://www.talkbasket.net/113135-russell-westbrook-bothered-by-criticism-about-being-a-bad-teammate https://www.talkbasket.net/113135-russell-westbrook-bothered-by-criticism-about-being-a-bad-teammate#respond Thu, 03 Dec 2020 16:59:41 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=113135 Washington Wizards new star point guard Russell Westbrook is “very bothered” by suggestions that he’s a bad teammate. “I know this about Westbrook right now, he has been very bothered, I’m told, by the suggestion of the kind of teammate he is and the criticism that he’s felt he’s taken here in the last months […]

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Russell Westbrook bothered by criticism about being a bad teammate

Washington Wizards new star point guard Russell Westbrook is “very bothered” by suggestions that he’s a bad teammate.

“I know this about Westbrook right now, he has been very bothered, I’m told, by the suggestion of the kind of teammate he is and the criticism that he’s felt he’s taken here in the last months about being a great teammate,” said Adrian Wojnarowski on ESPN’s Get Up. “That’s important to him. I think those who played with him in his career consider him among the most loyal guys who would do almost anything for the guys around him or people in an organization. I think going to Washington, I think that’s extra motivation for him to really try to make it work with Bradley Beal.”

Westbrook will have the opportunity to be a point guard who can share the ball and help spotlight Beal and help him become an All-NBA player and get the Wizards back into the playoffs.

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NBA announces 48 positive COVID-19 tests https://www.talkbasket.net/113010-nba-announces-48-positive-covid-19-tests https://www.talkbasket.net/113010-nba-announces-48-positive-covid-19-tests#respond Wed, 02 Dec 2020 23:25:18 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=113010 48 NBA players have tested positive for coronavirus out of 546 tested during the initial testing phase from Nov. 24-30, the NBA and NBPA announced. Everyone across the NBA expected a number of positive tests because players are returning to their home market and restarting the league’s health and safety protocols. This is part of […]

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NBA announces 48 positive COVID-19 tests

48 NBA players have tested positive for coronavirus out of 546 tested during the initial testing phase from Nov. 24-30, the NBA and NBPA announced.

Everyone across the NBA expected a number of positive tests because players are returning to their home market and restarting the league’s health and safety protocols.

This is part of the process and similar to when players were tested before the July NBA restart in Orlando, Charania notes.

“Anyone who has returned a positive test during this initial phase of testing in their team’s market is isolated until they are cleared for leaving isolation under the rules established by the NBA and Players Association in accordance with CDC guidance,” according to the statement by the NBA and NBPA.

The full statement from the NBA and NBPA:

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LiAngelo Ball signing with Pistons https://www.talkbasket.net/112974-liangelo-ball-signing-with-pistons https://www.talkbasket.net/112974-liangelo-ball-signing-with-pistons#respond Wed, 02 Dec 2020 20:18:24 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=112974 LiAngelo Ball is signing a one-year, non-guaranteed contract with the Detroit Pistons, according to Shams Charania. Ball, 22, the brother of New Orleans Pelicans guard Lonzo and Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo, is signing an Exhibit 10 deal, Charania notes. This means that he will get an invite to Pistons’ training camp. Exhibit 10 players also […]

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LiAngelo Ball signing with Pistons

LiAngelo Ball is signing a one-year, non-guaranteed contract with the Detroit Pistons, according to Shams Charania.

Ball, 22, the brother of New Orleans Pelicans guard Lonzo and Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo, is signing an Exhibit 10 deal, Charania notes.

This means that he will get an invite to Pistons’ training camp.

Exhibit 10 players also get bonuses of up to $50,000 to sign with a team’s G League affiliate if they ultimately get waived, but they have to play for the G League affiliate for at least 60 days to get paid.

However, the G League season is still currently up in the air.

All three Ball brothers are now signed to NBA contracts.

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Mario Hezonja, Marko Guduric won’t be with Grizzlies for training camp https://www.talkbasket.net/112967-mario-hezonja-marko-guduric-wont-be-with-grizzlies-for-training-camp https://www.talkbasket.net/112967-mario-hezonja-marko-guduric-wont-be-with-grizzlies-for-training-camp#respond Wed, 02 Dec 2020 19:47:15 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=112967 Mario Hezonja and Marko Guduric are not and will not be in camp with the Memphis Grizzlies, according to Chris Herrington of The Daily Memphian. The two players remain on the roster for now, but barring trades, a buyout for both before the roster cut-down deadline reportedly looks likely. The Grizzlies currently have 17 players […]

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Mario Hezonja, Marko Guduric won’t be with Grizzlies for training camp

Mario Hezonja and Marko Guduric are not and will not be in camp with the Memphis Grizzlies, according to Chris Herrington of The Daily Memphian.

The two players remain on the roster for now, but barring trades, a buyout for both before the roster cut-down deadline reportedly looks likely.

The Grizzlies currently have 17 players on guaranteed contracts and must trim that number down to 15 before the regular season starts on Dec. 22.

Hezonja, 25, averaged 4.8 points and 3.5 rebounds per game in 53 games (16.4 minutes per game) for the Portland Trail Blazers last season.

He was traded to the Grizzlies in a three-team deal on Nov. 20 that also sent Enes Kanter from the Boston Celtics to the Trail Blazers.

Guduric, 25, averaged 3.9 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game in 44 games (11.0 minutes per game) for the Grizzlies last season.

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NBA opening night features Lakers vs. Clippers https://www.talkbasket.net/112948-nba-opening-night-features-lakers-vs-clippers https://www.talkbasket.net/112948-nba-opening-night-features-lakers-vs-clippers#respond Wed, 02 Dec 2020 17:07:57 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=112948 The NBA’s tentative Dec. 22 opening night doubleheader features the Brooklyn Nets vs. Golden State Warriors followed by the Los Angeles Lakers vs. Los Angeles Clippers. The two games will be held in Brooklyn and Los Angeles, respectively. Those four teams are also featured in Christmas Day games with the Warriors visiting the Milwaukee Bucks, […]

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NBA opening night features Lakers vs. Clippers

The NBA’s tentative Dec. 22 opening night doubleheader features the Brooklyn Nets vs. Golden State Warriors followed by the Los Angeles Lakers vs. Los Angeles Clippers.

The two games will be held in Brooklyn and Los Angeles, respectively.

Those four teams are also featured in Christmas Day games with the Warriors visiting the Milwaukee Bucks, the Nets visiting the Boston Celtics, the Lakers hosting the Dallas Mavericks and the Clippers visiting the Denver Nuggets.

With opening night less than three weeks away, the NBA is expected to release its 72-game season schedule soon.

The league will reportedly just release the first half of the 2020-2021 schedule for now with the second half schedule being announced in the new year.

The NBA wants to keep scheduling flexibility due to possible COVID-19 complications.

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Clippers waiving Joakim Noah; likely headed to retirement https://www.talkbasket.net/112877-clippers-waiving-joakim-noah-likely-headed-to-retirement https://www.talkbasket.net/112877-clippers-waiving-joakim-noah-likely-headed-to-retirement#respond Wed, 02 Dec 2020 02:50:44 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=112877 The Los Angeles Clippers are waiving center Joakim Noah and his agent says Noah is “likely headed toward retirement,” according to Adrian Wojnarowski. Noah, 35, who was “one of his era’s most ferocious competitors,” had a 13-year NBA career with the Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, Memphis Grizzlies and five games for the Clippers this […]

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Clippers waiving Joakim Noah; likely headed to retirement

The Los Angeles Clippers are waiving center Joakim Noah and his agent says Noah is “likely headed toward retirement,” according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

Noah, 35, who was “one of his era’s most ferocious competitors,” had a 13-year NBA career with the Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, Memphis Grizzlies and five games for the Clippers this past season.

He was a two-time All-Star in 2013 and 2014, three-time All-Defensive Team choice in 2011, 2013 and 2014 and All-NBA First Team choice in 2014.

“What an illustrious career for Joakim, starting with two national titles at the University of Florida, to becoming an NBA Defensive Player of the Year and ultimately evolving into one of the most passionate, spirited players to ever come through our sport,” Noah’s agent Bill Duffy said, via Wojnarowski. “It’s been my honor to represent Joakim through his journey.”

In 672 NBA games, Noah averaged 8.8 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.3 blocks per game.

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Terry Stotts hints that Carmelo Anthony will come off the bench for Trail Blazers https://www.talkbasket.net/112851-terry-stotts-hints-that-carmelo-anthony-will-come-off-the-bench-for-trail-blazers https://www.talkbasket.net/112851-terry-stotts-hints-that-carmelo-anthony-will-come-off-the-bench-for-trail-blazers#respond Tue, 01 Dec 2020 23:35:35 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=112851 Portland Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts said that he expects newly acquired Derrick Jones Jr. and Robert Covington to be the starting forwards on opening night. Stotts also made it known that Carmelo Anthony knows his role on the team and that he’d be okay with coming off the bench. This confirms Trail Blazers […]

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Terry Stotts hints that Carmelo Anthony will come off the bench for Trail Blazers

Portland Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts said that he expects newly acquired Derrick Jones Jr. and Robert Covington to be the starting forwards on opening night.

Stotts also made it known that Carmelo Anthony knows his role on the team and that he’d be okay with coming off the bench.

This confirms Trail Blazers GM Neil Olshey’s recent comments that Anthony would “likely” come off the bench this upcoming season.

Stotts also said that better defensive teams have versatility and length on the perimeter and the Trail Blazers improved in that aspect of the game with the addition of Jones and Covington, plus the return of Rodney Hood from his torn Achilles.

The Trail Blazers will once again be a contender in the sure-to-be competitive Western Conference.

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Two Warriors players test positive for COVID-19 https://www.talkbasket.net/112839-two-warriors-players-test-positive-for-covid-19 https://www.talkbasket.net/112839-two-warriors-players-test-positive-for-covid-19#respond Tue, 01 Dec 2020 22:00:45 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=112839 Golden State Warriors GM Bob Myers announced that two Warriors players tested positive for COVID-19, per Marc Stein of The New York Times. As a result, individual workouts and the team’s first practice will be delayed until Dec. 2 and Dec. 7, respectively. Myers did not specifically name the two players who tested positive. These […]

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Two Warriors players test positive for COVID-19

Golden State Warriors GM Bob Myers announced that two Warriors players tested positive for COVID-19, per Marc Stein of The New York Times.

As a result, individual workouts and the team’s first practice will be delayed until Dec. 2 and Dec. 7, respectively.

Myers did not specifically name the two players who tested positive.

These are the first reported cases among NBA players since before the NBA restart in July and they likely won’t be the last as teams are re-entering their respective markets and beginning training camps leading up to the start of the 2020-2021 NBA season on Dec. 22.

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Rick Carlisle discusses what Josh Richardson brings to the Mavericks https://www.talkbasket.net/112815-rick-carlisle-discusses-what-josh-richardson-brings-to-the-mavericks https://www.talkbasket.net/112815-rick-carlisle-discusses-what-josh-richardson-brings-to-the-mavericks#respond Tue, 01 Dec 2020 20:52:49 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=112815 Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle spoke about what newly acquired swingman Josh Richardson brings to the team. “He’s a high-level defensive player, which is something that we needed,” Carlisle said. “We’ve been looking for a guy who can guard point guards and add scoring off the ball … He’s a guy from afar who […]

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Rick Carlisle discusses what Josh Richardson brings to the Mavericks

Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle spoke about what newly acquired swingman Josh Richardson brings to the team.

“He’s a high-level defensive player, which is something that we needed,” Carlisle said. “We’ve been looking for a guy who can guard point guards and add scoring off the ball … He’s a guy from afar who I’ve always thought would be a great fit with Luka Doncic.”

Someone who can score off the ball and who is a solid defender is something that the Mavericks needed.

Last season with the Philadelphia 76ers, Richardson shot 33.3 percent off the catch and 47.1 percent when left “wide open” (no defender within six feet).

Richardson will play an important role for a Mavericks team that has high aspirations of being a contender in the Western Conference.

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Pacers to wear pinstripe City Edition uniforms https://www.talkbasket.net/112786-pacers-to-wear-pinstripe-city-edition-uniforms https://www.talkbasket.net/112786-pacers-to-wear-pinstripe-city-edition-uniforms#respond Tue, 01 Dec 2020 17:56:22 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=112786 For the first time since 2013, the Indiana Pacers will wear pinstripes on their uniforms for their 2020-2021 City Edition. The new City Edition is known as “Power IN Pinstripes.” “Indiana originally debuted a pinstriped uniform in the 1997-98 season which came in blue, white and gold. The team wore the uniforms in the 2000 NBA Finals […]

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Pacers to wear pinstripe City Edition uniforms

For the first time since 2013, the Indiana Pacers will wear pinstripes on their uniforms for their 2020-2021 City Edition.

The new City Edition is known as “Power IN Pinstripes.”

“Indiana originally debuted a pinstriped uniform in the 1997-98 season which came in blue, white and gold. The team wore the uniforms in the 2000 NBA Finals and through the 2005-06 season. The Pacers wore a pinstriped alternate jersey during the 2012-13 season, as well,” per the Pacers.

The release continues, “In addition to the pinstripes, this season’s City Edition uniform also draws inspiration from the Indiana state flag. The uniform features the flag’s royal blue color while the shorts have a basketball-inspired torch to reinforce the state’s love of basketball.”

A closer look at the new classic:

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Heat reveal new “Vice Versa” uniforms https://www.talkbasket.net/112775-heat-reveal-new-vice-versa-uniforms https://www.talkbasket.net/112775-heat-reveal-new-vice-versa-uniforms#respond Tue, 01 Dec 2020 16:53:50 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=112775 The Miami Heat unveiled their newest and final Vice edition uniform, Vice Versa, that will be worn during the 2020-2021 NBA season. The uniform combines previous pastel color schemes from other Vice jerseys. “ViceVersa fast-forwards VICE to where it’s never been before: the Miami of a not-so-distant tomorrow. ViceVersa isn’t necessarily a destination—it’s a feeling, […]

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Heat reveal new “Vice Versa” uniforms

The Miami Heat unveiled their newest and final Vice edition uniform, Vice Versa, that will be worn during the 2020-2021 NBA season.

The uniform combines previous pastel color schemes from other Vice jerseys.

“ViceVersa fast-forwards VICE to where it’s never been before: the Miami of a not-so-distant tomorrow. ViceVersa isn’t necessarily a destination—it’s a feeling, a mood, an energy,” per the Heat.

The team’s release continues, “ViceVersa has duality—existing as either pink or blue depending your point-of-view. It has singularity, sporting a design unlike any HEAT or NBA uniform before it. But it also honors HEAT history, with traces of previous VICE uniforms featured throughout. ViceVersa also leverages the uniform’s unique design via illusions, mirroring and reflections. The uniform celebrates the pink and blue gradient, which has been a staple in all of the previous VICE campaigns.”

A closer look at the Vice Versa uniforms:

The Heat will also play on an alternate court to match the new uniforms:

The Heat are currently only taking preorders for the jerseys due to production delays related to COVID-19.

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Jared Dudley re-signing with Lakers https://www.talkbasket.net/112700-jared-dudley-re-signing-with-lakers https://www.talkbasket.net/112700-jared-dudley-re-signing-with-lakers#respond Tue, 01 Dec 2020 00:09:57 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=112700 Free agent Jared Dudley has agreed to a one-year, $2.6 million deal to return to the Los Angeles Lakers, according to Adrian Wojnarowski. Dudley only played 8.1 minutes per game for the Lakers in 45 games last season, averaging 1.5 points and 1.2 rebounds per game. The 35-year-old’s impact is more so felt off the […]

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Jared Dudley re-signing with Lakers

Free agent Jared Dudley has agreed to a one-year, $2.6 million deal to return to the Los Angeles Lakers, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

Dudley only played 8.1 minutes per game for the Lakers in 45 games last season, averaging 1.5 points and 1.2 rebounds per game.

The 35-year-old’s impact is more so felt off the court, as his presence in the locker room carries great value within the organization, notes Wojnarowski.

Dudley tweeted his response to staying with the Lakers and coming back for his 14th NBA season:

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Andrew Bogut announces retirement from basketball https://www.talkbasket.net/112692-andrew-bogut-announces-retirement-from-basketball https://www.talkbasket.net/112692-andrew-bogut-announces-retirement-from-basketball#respond Mon, 30 Nov 2020 23:52:07 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=112692 After 14 NBA seasons and two seasons in the National Basketball League (NBL), Andrew Bogut has decided to call it a career. Bogut, 36, made the announcement on his Rogue Bogues podcast. “The decision hasn’t been an easy one, but I think it is the right decision,” Bogut said. “The decision that I made and […]

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Andrew Bogut announces retirement from basketball

After 14 NBA seasons and two seasons in the National Basketball League (NBL), Andrew Bogut has decided to call it a career.

Bogut, 36, made the announcement on his Rogue Bogues podcast.

“The decision hasn’t been an easy one, but I think it is the right decision,” Bogut said. “The decision that I made and where I will be signing for next season is absolutely nowhere. I will be retiring from professional basketball, effective immediately. … I was hoping to get to 2020 Tokyo Games and then call it a day after that. … It’s just not meant to be … I just can’t physically and mentally get to 2021 with the way the body has been.”

Bogut played for the Milwaukee Bucks, Golden State Warriors, Dallas Mavericks, Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers and then spent the last two years with the Sydney Kings in the NBL.

In 706 NBA games, Bogut, the former No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft, averaged 9.6 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.5 blocks per game.

In his final season in the NBL, Bogut averaged 8.5 points, 8.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.1 blocks per game.

He represented Australia at three Olympic Games (2004, 2008, 2016) and two FIBA World Cups (2006, 2019).

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Evan Turner joining Celtics as assistant coach https://www.talkbasket.net/112656-evan-turner-joining-celtics-as-assistant-coach https://www.talkbasket.net/112656-evan-turner-joining-celtics-as-assistant-coach#respond Mon, 30 Nov 2020 17:18:58 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=112656 10-year NBA veteran Evan Turner is finalizing a deal to join the Boston Celtics as an assistant coach, according to Shams Charania. Turner is expected to focus on player development. The 32-year-old played for the Celtics from 2014-2016. Last season, Turner only played 19 games for the Atlanta Hawks before being traded to the Minnesota […]

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Evan Turner joining Celtics as assistant coach

10-year NBA veteran Evan Turner is finalizing a deal to join the Boston Celtics as an assistant coach, according to Shams Charania.

Turner is expected to focus on player development.

The 32-year-old played for the Celtics from 2014-2016.

Last season, Turner only played 19 games for the Atlanta Hawks before being traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves, where he did not play any games.

It’s not clear if Turner is ending his playing career for good, as he hasn’t officially announced his retirement.

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Rockets signing Gerald Green https://www.talkbasket.net/112646-rockets-signing-gerald-green https://www.talkbasket.net/112646-rockets-signing-gerald-green#respond Mon, 30 Nov 2020 16:36:42 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=112646 Gerald Green has agreed to a one-year, nonguaranteed deal for the veteran’s minimum with the Houston Rockets, according to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon. Green, who is a Houston native, will try to make the team during camp after missing last season due to a broken foot. The 34-year-old suffered the broken foot on Oct. 10, 2019 […]

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Rockets signing Gerald Green

Gerald Green has agreed to a one-year, nonguaranteed deal for the veteran’s minimum with the Houston Rockets, according to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon.

Green, who is a Houston native, will try to make the team during camp after missing last season due to a broken foot.

The 34-year-old suffered the broken foot on Oct. 10, 2019 during a preseason game before the 2019-2020 NBA season.

In his last full NBA season (2018-2019), Green averaged 9.2 points and 2.5 rebounds per game in 73 games as a key rotation player for the Rockets.

Green recently said that he hoped to re-sign with the Rockets.

“Everybody knows how much I feel about this city and what this city feels for me,” he said via Mark Berman of KRIV. “For me, if I come back again…I’m gonna have the same feeling I did when I came back in 2017.”

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NBA announces preseason schedule https://www.talkbasket.net/112410-nba-announces-preseason-schedule https://www.talkbasket.net/112410-nba-announces-preseason-schedule#respond Fri, 27 Nov 2020 21:58:25 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=112410 The NBA has officially released the full preseason schedule for the 2020-2021 season, which tips off on Dec. 11. The preseason will consist of 49 total games from Dec. 11-19. The full schedule that begins with a five-game slate on Dec. 11: Orlando Magic vs. Atlanta Hawks New York Knicks vs. Detroit Pistons Houston Rockets […]

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NBA announces preseason schedule

The NBA has officially released the full preseason schedule for the 2020-2021 season, which tips off on Dec. 11.

The preseason will consist of 49 total games from Dec. 11-19.

The full schedule that begins with a five-game slate on Dec. 11:

  • Orlando Magic vs. Atlanta Hawks
  • New York Knicks vs. Detroit Pistons
  • Houston Rockets vs. Chicago Bulls
  • Los Angeles Clippers vs. Los Angeles Lakers
  • Sacramento Kings vs. Portland Trail Blazers

Each team will play a minimum of two and a maximum of four games, including at least one home game and one away game.

The full schedule can be found at this link and below:

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Kings signing Hassan Whiteside https://www.talkbasket.net/112217-kings-signing-hassan-whiteside https://www.talkbasket.net/112217-kings-signing-hassan-whiteside#respond Wed, 25 Nov 2020 22:58:09 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=112217 Free agent center Hassan Whiteside has agreed to a one-year deal with the Sacramento Kings, according to Adrian Wojnarowski. It will be a one-year deal for the veteran minimum, according to Jason Jones of The Athletic. Whiteside, 31, was drafted by the Kings in 2010 and only played 19 games for the team over the […]

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Kings signing Hassan Whiteside

Free agent center Hassan Whiteside has agreed to a one-year deal with the Sacramento Kings, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

It will be a one-year deal for the veteran minimum, according to Jason Jones of The Athletic.

Whiteside, 31, was drafted by the Kings in 2010 and only played 19 games for the team over the course of two seasons.

He will join Richaun Holmes and Marvin Bagley III as the Kings’ primary big men in the frontcourt.

In his only season with the Portland Trail Blazers last season, Whiteside averaged 15.5 points, 13.5 rebounds and 2.9 blocks per game in 67 regular season games.

After a solid regular season playing 30 minutes per game, his playing time significantly decreased once Jusuf Nurkic returned from injury in the NBA restart.

In five playoff games, Whiteside averaged 6.8 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game.

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Derrick Favors expects to come off the bench with Jazz https://www.talkbasket.net/112204-derrick-favors-expects-to-come-off-the-bench-with-jazz https://www.talkbasket.net/112204-derrick-favors-expects-to-come-off-the-bench-with-jazz#respond Wed, 25 Nov 2020 22:22:01 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=112204 Derrick Favors, who recently signed with the Utah Jazz, knows what to expect when it comes to his playing time next season. He said even though he hasn’t had a specific conversation with the team about it, he comes in knowing that his role will be different than the last time he played for the […]

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Derrick Favors expects to come off the bench with Jazz

Derrick Favors, who recently signed with the Utah Jazz, knows what to expect when it comes to his playing time next season.

He said even though he hasn’t had a specific conversation with the team about it, he comes in knowing that his role will be different than the last time he played for the Jazz.

“Coming off the bench, playing maybe 24-25 minutes. I already knew what it was gonna be,” Favors said.

Favors, 29, will more than likely be the primary backup to Rudy Gobert this upcoming season, although the two big men could still share the court at times.

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2021 NBA All-Star weekend pushed back to 2024 https://www.talkbasket.net/112189-2021-nba-all-star-weekend-pushed-back-to-2024 https://www.talkbasket.net/112189-2021-nba-all-star-weekend-pushed-back-to-2024#respond Wed, 25 Nov 2020 18:43:26 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=112189 The NBA has postponed the 2021 All-Star weekend in Indianapolis until February 2024, the league and the Indiana Pacers announced. The event, which was originally scheduled for Feb. 12-14, 2021, will now take place Feb. 16-18, 2024. Public health conditions prevented the Pacers, the NBA All-Star Host Committee and the NBA from appropriately planning and […]

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2021 NBA All-Star weekend pushed back to 2024

The NBA has postponed the 2021 All-Star weekend in Indianapolis until February 2024, the league and the Indiana Pacers announced.

The event, which was originally scheduled for Feb. 12-14, 2021, will now take place Feb. 16-18, 2024.

Public health conditions prevented the Pacers, the NBA All-Star Host Committee and the NBA from appropriately planning and executing fan-focused All-Star activities in Indianapolis that were envisioned for this February. The 2024 NBA All-Star Game will take place at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, home of the Pacers, on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2024. Plans for a revised NBA All-Star 2021 will be announced at a later date.

“While we are disappointed that the NBA All-Star Game will not take place in Indianapolis in 2021, we are looking forward to the Pacers and the city hosting the game and surrounding events in 2024,” said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. “I want to thank Herb Simon, Steve Simon, Rick Fuson and the entire Pacers organization as well as the NBA All-Star 2021 Host Committee and the community of Indianapolis for working with us to reschedule our All-Star activities.”

With the 2021 All-Star Game postponed, here are the All-Star Game locations for the next few years:

  • 2021: Postponed to 2024
  • 2022: Cleveland, Ohio (70th All-Star Game)
  • 2023: Salt Lake City, Utah (71st All-Star Game)
  • 2024: Indianapolis, Indiana (72nd All-Star Game)

This upcoming season will be the first time since 1999 that there won’t be an All-Star Game.

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Mavericks release white and gold jerseys https://www.talkbasket.net/112181-mavericks-release-white-and-gold-jerseys https://www.talkbasket.net/112181-mavericks-release-white-and-gold-jerseys#respond Wed, 25 Nov 2020 18:18:17 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=112181 The Dallas Mavericks unveiled their new City Edition Legacy is Everything uniform for the 2020-2021 NBA season. The jersey is “a nod to one of the most iconic and powerful symbols of the City of Dallas, the legend of the Pegasus.” Star big man Kristaps Porzingis revealed and wore the jerseys in the videos and […]

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Mavericks release white and gold jerseys

The Dallas Mavericks unveiled their new City Edition Legacy is Everything uniform for the 2020-2021 NBA season.

The jersey is “a nod to one of the most iconic and powerful symbols of the City of Dallas, the legend of the Pegasus.”

Star big man Kristaps Porzingis revealed and wore the jerseys in the videos and pictures below:

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Brandon Ingram agrees to five-year max extension with Pelicans https://www.talkbasket.net/112091-brandon-ingram-agrees-to-five-year-max-extension-with-pelicans https://www.talkbasket.net/112091-brandon-ingram-agrees-to-five-year-max-extension-with-pelicans#respond Tue, 24 Nov 2020 20:07:51 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=112091 New Orleans Pelicans All-Star forward Brandon Ingram has agreed to a five-year, $158 million maximum contract extension, according to Adrian Wojnarowski. Ingram passed on a more modest extension offer a year ago after arriving from the Los Angeles Lakers in the Anthony Davis trade, Wojnarowski notes. He counted on a bigger role to elevate his […]

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Brandon Ingram agrees to five-year max extension with Pelicans

New Orleans Pelicans All-Star forward Brandon Ingram has agreed to a five-year, $158 million maximum contract extension, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

Ingram passed on a more modest extension offer a year ago after arriving from the Los Angeles Lakers in the Anthony Davis trade, Wojnarowski notes.

He counted on a bigger role to elevate his performance and became the go-to scorer for the Pelicans, averaging 23.8 points, 6.1 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.0 steal per game in 62 games.

Ingram earned his first All-Star selection and was named the Most Improved Player of the Year in 2019-2020.

The 23-year-old is now the fourth member of the 2016 NBA Draft class to get a max deal, joining Denver Nuggets’ Jamal Murray, Philadelphia 76ers’ Ben Simmons and Toronto Raptors’ Pascal Siakam.

Ingram also becomes the fifth player to receive a max deal this offseason joining Sacramento Kings’ De’Aaron Fox, Utah Jazz’s Donovan Mitchell, Boston Celtics’ Jayson Tatum and Miami Heat’s Bam Adebayo.

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Magic officially sign Dwayne Bacon https://www.talkbasket.net/112087-magic-officially-sign-dwayne-bacon https://www.talkbasket.net/112087-magic-officially-sign-dwayne-bacon#respond Tue, 24 Nov 2020 19:44:05 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=112087 The Orlando Magic have officially signed swingman Dwayne Bacon, President of Basketball Operations Jeff Weltman announced. Bacon agreed to a two-year deal with the Magic when free agency opened on Nov. 20. The 25-year-old averaged 5.7 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game in 39 games for the Charlotte Hornets last season. Bacon led […]

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Magic officially sign Dwayne Bacon

The Orlando Magic have officially signed swingman Dwayne Bacon, President of Basketball Operations Jeff Weltman announced.

Bacon agreed to a two-year deal with the Magic when free agency opened on Nov. 20.

The 25-year-old averaged 5.7 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game in 39 games for the Charlotte Hornets last season.

Bacon led or tied the team in scoring twice, scored in double figures 10 times and had 20-plus points three times, including a career-high 25 points on Nov. 2 against the Golden State Warriors.

He will wear No. 8 with the Magic.

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Axel Toupane joining Warriors for training camp https://www.talkbasket.net/112080-axel-toupane-joining-warriors-for-training-camp https://www.talkbasket.net/112080-axel-toupane-joining-warriors-for-training-camp#respond Tue, 24 Nov 2020 18:30:38 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=112080 French swingman Axel Toupane is joining the Golden State Warriors on an Exhibit 10 deal, according to Anthony Slater of The Athletic. Toupane will receive an invitation to the team’s training camp that is set to begin on Dec. 1. “Since the end of the last season my goal is to return to the NBA,” said […]

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Axel Toupane joining Warriors for training camp

French swingman Axel Toupane is joining the Golden State Warriors on an Exhibit 10 deal, according to Anthony Slater of The Athletic.

Toupane will receive an invitation to the team’s training camp that is set to begin on Dec. 1.

“Since the end of the last season my goal is to return to the NBA,” said Toupane. “I know that if I am in shape and with my experience, I have a real chance. I know the players better, I know my game better, I am overall better suited than three years ago.”

The 28-year-old has played 25 regular season NBA games.

He appeared in 21 games for the Denver Nuggets in the 2015-2016 season and averaged 3.6 points and 1.5 rebounds per game.

He then played two games each for the Milwaukee Bucks and New Orleans Pelicans in the 2016-2017 season.

Since leaving the NBA, Toupane has played for Zalgiris Kaunas, Olympiacos, Unicaja and most recently, SIG Strasbourg this season.

Toupane has also been a member of the French national team at events including the 2017 EuroBasket and 2019 FIBA World Cup.

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Nuggets sign Bol Bol to new deal https://www.talkbasket.net/112078-nuggets-sign-bol-bol-to-new-deal https://www.talkbasket.net/112078-nuggets-sign-bol-bol-to-new-deal#respond Tue, 24 Nov 2020 17:50:47 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=112078 Denver Nuggets center Bol Bol has agreed to a new two-year, $4.2 million deal with the team, according to Shams Charania. The Nuggets converted Bol’s two-way contract into a standard contract. As a rookie last season, Bol only had seven appearances at the NBA level and eight games in the G League. The 21-year-old flashed […]

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Nuggets sign Bol Bol to new deal

Denver Nuggets center Bol Bol has agreed to a new two-year, $4.2 million deal with the team, according to Shams Charania.

The Nuggets converted Bol’s two-way contract into a standard contract.

As a rookie last season, Bol only had seven appearances at the NBA level and eight games in the G League.

The 21-year-old flashed his potential in limited action, averaging 12.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game in the G League and 5.7 points and 2.7 rebounds with the Nuggets.

The Nuggets are “excited” about his development this upcoming season, Charania notes.

Backup center Mason Plumlee signed with the Detroit Pistons in free agency, so Bol could potentially slide into his role from last season as Nikola Jokic’s primary backup or even share the floor with him at times.

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Knicks adding assistant coach to staff https://www.talkbasket.net/112067-knicks-adding-assistant-coach-to-staff https://www.talkbasket.net/112067-knicks-adding-assistant-coach-to-staff#respond Tue, 24 Nov 2020 17:07:42 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=112067 Boston Celtics G League coach Darren Erman is finalizing a deal to join Tom Thibodeau’s staff with the New York Knicks, according to Adrian Wojnarowski. Erman, 44, coached the Maine Red Claws to a 28-14 record in 2019-2020, third best in the G League, after spending several years as an assistant in the NBA. He […]

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Knicks adding assistant coach to staff

Boston Celtics G League coach Darren Erman is finalizing a deal to join Tom Thibodeau’s staff with the New York Knicks, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

Erman, 44, coached the Maine Red Claws to a 28-14 record in 2019-2020, third best in the G League, after spending several years as an assistant in the NBA.

He was an assistant coach for the Golden State Warriors for three seasons (2011-2014), Boston Celtics for one season (2014-2015) and New Orleans Pelicans for three seasons (2015-2018).

Erman was then the associate head coach for the Pelicans during the 2018-2019 NBA season before coaching the Red Claws last season.

He’ll join Mike Woodson, Andy Greer, Johnnie Bryant, Kenny Payne and Dice Yoshimoto on Thibodeau’s staff.

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Two free agent point guards drawing interest https://www.talkbasket.net/111989-two-free-agent-point-guards-drawing-interest https://www.talkbasket.net/111989-two-free-agent-point-guards-drawing-interest#respond Tue, 24 Nov 2020 00:52:37 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=111989 Point guards Emmanuel Mudiay and Yogi Ferrell are starting to “pick up traction” in the free agent market, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports. Both players could likely sign somewhere for a veteran’s minimum contract. Mudiay, 24, averaged 7.3 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game in 54 regular season games last season […]

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Two free agent point guards drawing interest

Point guards Emmanuel Mudiay and Yogi Ferrell are starting to “pick up traction” in the free agent market, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.

Both players could likely sign somewhere for a veteran’s minimum contract.

Mudiay, 24, averaged 7.3 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game in 54 regular season games last season for the Utah Jazz.

Ferrell, 27, averaged 4.4 points, 1.0 rebound and 1.4 assists per game in 50 regular season games for the Sacramento Kings.

Mudiay and Ferrell were backups and averaged 15.7 minutes and 10.6 minutes per game, respectively, career-lows for both players.

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Raptors to sign Alex Len https://www.talkbasket.net/111937-raptors-to-sign-alex-len https://www.talkbasket.net/111937-raptors-to-sign-alex-len#respond Mon, 23 Nov 2020 19:43:31 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=111937 Free agent center Alex Len has agreed to a deal with the Toronto Raptors, according to Shams Charania. The deal will be for one year, per Michael Scotto of HoopsHype. Len, 27, played 55 games last season for the Atlanta Hawks (40 games) and Sacramento Kings (15 games) and averaged 8.0 points and 5.8 rebounds […]

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Raptors to sign Alex Len

Free agent center Alex Len has agreed to a deal with the Toronto Raptors, according to Shams Charania.

The deal will be for one year, per Michael Scotto of HoopsHype.

Len, 27, played 55 games last season for the Atlanta Hawks (40 games) and Sacramento Kings (15 games) and averaged 8.0 points and 5.8 rebounds per game.

The Raptors just signed center Aron Baynes to a two-year deal and re-signed center Chris Boucher to a two-year deal as well, after losing Serge Ibaka and Marc Gasol to the Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers in free agency, respectively.

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Markieff Morris staying with Lakers https://www.talkbasket.net/111932-markieff-morris-staying-with-lakers https://www.talkbasket.net/111932-markieff-morris-staying-with-lakers#respond Mon, 23 Nov 2020 17:39:35 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=111932 Free agent forward Markieff Morris has announced on Twitter that he is staying with the Los Angeles Lakers. “Run it back! #Lakeshow,” Morris tweeted. Morris will reportedly sign a one-year deal to return to the Lakers, according to Shams Charania. The Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers were both in pursuit of Morris. The 31-year-old averaged […]

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Markieff Morris staying with Lakers

Free agent forward Markieff Morris has announced on Twitter that he is staying with the Los Angeles Lakers.

“Run it back! #Lakeshow,” Morris tweeted.

Morris will reportedly sign a one-year deal to return to the Lakers, according to Shams Charania.

https://twitter.com/ShamsCharania/status/1330926095722573828?s=20

The Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers were both in pursuit of Morris.

The 31-year-old averaged 9.7 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game in 58 total games last season and will help further solidify the Lakers bench.

All that’s left for the Lakers to do is officially sign Anthony Davis, as it’s just a matter of how long he signs for.

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Solomon Hill signing with Hawks https://www.talkbasket.net/111926-solomon-hill-signing-with-hawks https://www.talkbasket.net/111926-solomon-hill-signing-with-hawks#respond Mon, 23 Nov 2020 17:11:18 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=111926 Free agent forward Solomon Hill has agreed to a one-year deal with the Atlanta Hawks, according to Adrian Wojnarowski. Last season, the 29-year-old averaged 5.5 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game in 59 total regular season games for the Memphis Grizzlies and Miami Heat. He was dealt from the Grizzlies (48 games) to […]

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Solomon Hill signing with Hawks

Free agent forward Solomon Hill has agreed to a one-year deal with the Atlanta Hawks, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

Last season, the 29-year-old averaged 5.5 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game in 59 total regular season games for the Memphis Grizzlies and Miami Heat.

He was dealt from the Grizzlies (48 games) to the Heat (11 games) at last season’s trade deadline.

Hill then only played seven playoff games for the Heat, averaging 6.0 minutes per game.

The Hawks have been busy in free agency, as they have now signed Danilo Gallinari, Kris Dunn, Rajon Rondo and Hill.

The team also traded for wing Tony Snell from the Detroit Pistons and are still waiting to see if the Sacramento Kings will match its offer sheet (four-year, $72 million) for Bogdan Bogdanovic.

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Serge Ibaka agrees to deal with Clippers https://www.talkbasket.net/111750-serge-ibaka-agrees-to-deal-with-clippers https://www.talkbasket.net/111750-serge-ibaka-agrees-to-deal-with-clippers#respond Sun, 22 Nov 2020 04:34:21 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=111750 Free agent Serge Ibaka has agreed to a deal with the Los Angeles Clippers, according to Shams Charania. Ibaka plans to sign a two-year, $19 million deal with a player option in the second year, according to Adrian Wojnarowski. Ibaka will look to fill the void left by Montrezl Harrell who signed with the Los […]

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Serge Ibaka agrees to deal with Clippers

Free agent Serge Ibaka has agreed to a deal with the Los Angeles Clippers, according to Shams Charania.

Ibaka plans to sign a two-year, $19 million deal with a player option in the second year, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

Ibaka will look to fill the void left by Montrezl Harrell who signed with the Los Angeles Lakers in free agency.

The 31-year-old averaged 15.4 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game last season for the Toronto Raptors.

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Brad Wanamaker agrees to deal with Warriors https://www.talkbasket.net/111723-brad-wanamaker-agrees-to-deal-with-warriors https://www.talkbasket.net/111723-brad-wanamaker-agrees-to-deal-with-warriors#respond Sun, 22 Nov 2020 01:21:03 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=111723 Free agent guard Brad Wanamaker has agreed to a one-year, $2.25 million deal to join the Golden State Warriors, according to Adrian Wojnarowski. Wanamaker is expected to see significant minutes as Stephen Curry’s backup. A key player off the bench for the Boston Celtics last season, the 31-year-old averaged 6.9 points, 2.0 rebounds and 2.5 […]

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Brad Wanamaker agrees to deal with Warriors

Free agent guard Brad Wanamaker has agreed to a one-year, $2.25 million deal to join the Golden State Warriors, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

Wanamaker is expected to see significant minutes as Stephen Curry’s backup.

A key player off the bench for the Boston Celtics last season, the 31-year-old averaged 6.9 points, 2.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 71 regular season games and then 4.9 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game in 17 playoff games.

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Tristan Thompson signs two-year deal with Celtics https://www.talkbasket.net/111718-tristan-thompson-signs-two-year-deal-with-celtics https://www.talkbasket.net/111718-tristan-thompson-signs-two-year-deal-with-celtics#respond Sun, 22 Nov 2020 01:02:15 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=111718 Free agent center Tristan Thompson has reached an agreement with the Boston Celtics, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports. Thompson is going to the Celtics on a two-year, $19 million deal, according to Joe Vardon of The Athletic. The Celtics will only be the second team Thompson has played for, as he has spent […]

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Tristan Thompson signs two-year deal with Celtics

Free agent center Tristan Thompson has reached an agreement with the Boston Celtics, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.

Thompson is going to the Celtics on a two-year, $19 million deal, according to Joe Vardon of The Athletic.

The Celtics will only be the second team Thompson has played for, as he has spent his entire NBA career with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The 29-year-old averaged 12.0 points, 10.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game in 57 games last season.

The Los Angeles Lakers and Toronto Raptors were also reportedly expected to pursue Thompson in free agency.

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Jeremy Lin drawing interest from NBA teams https://www.talkbasket.net/111711-jeremy-lin-drawing-interest-from-nba-teams https://www.talkbasket.net/111711-jeremy-lin-drawing-interest-from-nba-teams#respond Sun, 22 Nov 2020 00:23:38 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=111711 Jeremy Lin wants to return to the NBA and contenders are reportedly showing interest, according to Alex Kennedy of BasketballNews.com. Lin, 32, was recently spotted working out with Brooklyn Nets players including Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Caris LeVert and DeAndre Jordan, as well as Golden State Warriors players including Stephen Curry, Kevon Looney, Eric Paschall […]

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Jeremy Lin drawing interest from NBA teams

Jeremy Lin wants to return to the NBA and contenders are reportedly showing interest, according to Alex Kennedy of BasketballNews.com.

Lin, 32, was recently spotted working out with Brooklyn Nets players including Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Caris LeVert and DeAndre Jordan, as well as Golden State Warriors players including Stephen Curry, Kevon Looney, Eric Paschall etc.

Last season, Lin played with the Beijing Ducks in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) where he averaged 22.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game.

Lin last played in the NBA during the 2018-2019 season with the Atlanta Hawks (51 games) and Toronto Raptors (23 games) and won the NBA Finals with the Raptors.

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Jae Crowder agrees to deal with Suns https://www.talkbasket.net/111661-jae-crowder-agrees-to-deal-with-suns https://www.talkbasket.net/111661-jae-crowder-agrees-to-deal-with-suns#respond Sat, 21 Nov 2020 19:13:52 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=111661 Free agent forward Jae Crowder has agreed to a three-year, $30 million deal with the Phoenix Suns, according to Shams Charania. Crowder reportedly looked for a new deal with the Heat, but was seeking a guaranteed second year, which the Heat wasn’t comfortable offering, notes Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald. The 30-year-old is another […]

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Jae Crowder agrees to deal with Suns

Free agent forward Jae Crowder has agreed to a three-year, $30 million deal with the Phoenix Suns, according to Shams Charania.

Crowder reportedly looked for a new deal with the Heat, but was seeking a guaranteed second year, which the Heat wasn’t comfortable offering, notes Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald.

The 30-year-old is another key addition to a Suns team that has aspirations of being a contender in the Western Conference this upcoming season.

Crowder averaged 10.5 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game in 65 regular season games and then 12.0 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game in 21 playoff games.

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Avery Bradley leaving Lakers, signing with Heat https://www.talkbasket.net/111658-avery-bradley-leaving-lakers-signing-with-heat https://www.talkbasket.net/111658-avery-bradley-leaving-lakers-signing-with-heat#respond Sat, 21 Nov 2020 18:47:08 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=111658 Free agent Avery Bradley has agreed to a two-year, $11.6 million deal with the Miami Heat, according to Shams Charania. Bradley was sold on the Heat’s culture, as President Pat Riley and star Jimmy Butler recruited him to leave the Los Angeles Lakers, Charania notes. The soon-to-be 30-year-old averaged 8.6 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.3 […]

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Avery Bradley leaving Lakers, signing with Heat

Free agent Avery Bradley has agreed to a two-year, $11.6 million deal with the Miami Heat, according to Shams Charania.

Bradley was sold on the Heat’s culture, as President Pat Riley and star Jimmy Butler recruited him to leave the Los Angeles Lakers, Charania notes.

The soon-to-be 30-year-old averaged 8.6 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game in 49 games last season and will be a key addition for the Heat as a perimeter defender.

Bradley choosing to sign with the Heat comes after a report stating that his preference was to stay with the Lakers.

He reportedly wanted to re-sign with the Lakers if they offered him a two-year deal, but he ultimately chose to move on.

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Gordon Hayward agrees to deal with Hornets https://www.talkbasket.net/111655-gordon-hayward-agrees-to-deal-with-hornets https://www.talkbasket.net/111655-gordon-hayward-agrees-to-deal-with-hornets#respond Sat, 21 Nov 2020 18:41:34 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=111655 Free agent Gordon Hayward is signing a four-year, $120 million deal with the Charlotte Hornets, according to Adrian Wojnarowski. Hayward, 30, was regarded as one of the top names on the free agent market this offseason, as multiple teams were targeting him including the Indiana Pacers, Atlanta Hawks and New York Knicks. This decision to […]

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Gordon Hayward agrees to deal with Hornets

Free agent Gordon Hayward is signing a four-year, $120 million deal with the Charlotte Hornets, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

Hayward, 30, was regarded as one of the top names on the free agent market this offseason, as multiple teams were targeting him including the Indiana Pacers, Atlanta Hawks and New York Knicks.

This decision to sign with the Hornets is the biggest surprise of free agency so far, as it was believed that the Pacers were the favorite to land Hayward.

Last season, he averaged 17.5 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game for the Boston Celtics.

The Celtics have lost two max contract players to free agency in the past two years, Kyrie Irving and now Hayward, Wojnarowski notes.

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Moe Harkless signs with Heat https://www.talkbasket.net/111651-moe-harkless-signs-with-heat https://www.talkbasket.net/111651-moe-harkless-signs-with-heat#respond Sat, 21 Nov 2020 18:27:27 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=111651 Free agent forward Moe Harkless has agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million deal with the Miami Heat, according to Adrian Wojnarowski. Harkless, 27, turned down more lucrative deals for a chance to play a prominent role with the defending Eastern Conference champions and ultimately re-enter a more “cash-flushed” free agent marketplace in 2021, Wojnarowski notes. […]

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Moe Harkless signs with Heat

Free agent forward Moe Harkless has agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million deal with the Miami Heat, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

Harkless, 27, turned down more lucrative deals for a chance to play a prominent role with the defending Eastern Conference champions and ultimately re-enter a more “cash-flushed” free agent marketplace in 2021, Wojnarowski notes.

Last season, in 62 total games for the Los Angeles Clippers and New York Knicks, Harkless averaged 5.8 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game.

Harkless, a solid perimeter defender, will likely fill the spot left by Derrick Jones Jr., who agreed to a two-year, $19 million deal with the Portland Trail Blazers.

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Bucks sign Bobby Portis, DJ Augustin https://www.talkbasket.net/111643-bucks-sign-bobby-portis-dj-augustin https://www.talkbasket.net/111643-bucks-sign-bobby-portis-dj-augustin#respond Sat, 21 Nov 2020 17:58:02 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=111643 The Milwaukee Bucks have agreed to deals with two free agents, Bobby Portis and DJ Augustin, according to Shams Charania. Portis is joining the Bucks on a two-year deal with a second-year player option, Charania notes. The 25-year-old, who had his option declined by the New York Knicks earlier this week, averaged 10.1 points, 5.1 […]

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Bucks sign Bobby Portis, DJ Augustin

The Milwaukee Bucks have agreed to deals with two free agents, Bobby Portis and DJ Augustin, according to Shams Charania.

Portis is joining the Bucks on a two-year deal with a second-year player option, Charania notes.

The 25-year-old, who had his option declined by the New York Knicks earlier this week, averaged 10.1 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game last season in 66 games.

Portis should get solid minutes with the Bucks, backing up center Brook Lopez, or even playing alongside him at times.

Augustin on the other hand, agreed to a three-year, $21 million deal, per Charania.

The 33-year-old averaged 10.5 points, 2.1 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game for the Orlando Magic last season.

Augustin will get the opportunity to be a solid backup point guard with the Bucks, or even start some games and play in the backcourt alongside newly-acquired Jrue Holiday.

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Thunder trade Steven Adams to Pelicans https://www.talkbasket.net/111617-thunder-trade-steven-adams-to-pelicans https://www.talkbasket.net/111617-thunder-trade-steven-adams-to-pelicans#respond Sat, 21 Nov 2020 07:16:49 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=111617 The Oklahoma City Thunder have agreed in principle to trade Steven Adams to the New Orleans Pelicans, according to Adrian Wojnarowski. The Thunder will receive a future first round pick and second round picks. The Adams-to-Pelicans trade includes the Denver Nuggets, which traded a 2023 lottery protected first round pick for the No. 24 pick […]

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Thunder trade Steven Adams to Pelicans

The Oklahoma City Thunder have agreed in principle to trade Steven Adams to the New Orleans Pelicans, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Thunder will receive a future first round pick and second round picks.

The Adams-to-Pelicans trade includes the Denver Nuggets, which traded a 2023 lottery protected first round pick for the No. 24 pick (RJ Hampton) on draft night, Wojnarowski notes.

That 2023 pick is headed to the Thunder via the Pelicans, while Hampton will remain with the Nuggets.

Adams, 27, should slot right in as the starting center, as the Pelicans just lost big men Derrick Favors to the Utah Jazz and Jahlil Okafor to the Detroit Pistons in free agency.

Adams averaged 10.9 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game in 63 games last season.

With the Pelicans taking on Adams’ salary, it seems likely that they will be sending away at least one of the point guards, Eric Bledsoe or George Hill, who they acquired in the Jrue Holiday trade with the Milwaukee Bucks.

The Thunder, meanwhile, have now traded away Chris Paul, Dennis Schroder and Adams as they look to build for the future.

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Trevor Ariza to Thunder, Delon Wright to Pistons in three-team trade including Mavericks https://www.talkbasket.net/111618-trevor-ariza-to-thunder-delon-wright-to-pistons-in-three-team-trade-including-mavericks https://www.talkbasket.net/111618-trevor-ariza-to-thunder-delon-wright-to-pistons-in-three-team-trade-including-mavericks#respond Sat, 21 Nov 2020 06:54:49 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=111618 The Dallas Mavericks, Oklahoma City Thunder and Detroit Pistons have struck a three-team deal involving four players, according to Adrian Wojnarowski. Here’s the full deal: Mavericks get James Johnson from Thunder Pistons get Delon Wright from Mavericks Thunder get Trevor Ariza from Pistons, Justin Jackson from Mavericks and future draft picks Before being acquired by […]

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Trevor Ariza to Thunder, Delon Wright to Pistons in three-team trade including Mavericks

The Dallas Mavericks, Oklahoma City Thunder and Detroit Pistons have struck a three-team deal involving four players, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

Here’s the full deal:

  • Mavericks get James Johnson from Thunder
  • Pistons get Delon Wright from Mavericks
  • Thunder get Trevor Ariza from Pistons, Justin Jackson from Mavericks and future draft picks

Before being acquired by the Mavericks in the deal, Johnson, 33, was just traded from the Minnesota Timberwolves to the Thunder.

Ariza, 35, had a similar situation before being acquired by the Thunder in this deal, as he was recently traded from the Portland Trail Blazers to the Houston Rockets, then rerouted to the Pistons.

The Mavericks made the move to open up a roster spot and add some veteran toughness, according to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon, who also notes that they intend to keep Johnson, who could also have value as a $16 million expiring contract in the trade market.

Wright, 28, meanwhile, will be reunited with his former coach from the Toronto Raptors, Dwayne Casey, on the Pistons.

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Robin Lopez agrees to one-year deal with Wizards https://www.talkbasket.net/111603-robin-lopez-agrees-to-one-year-deal-with-wizards https://www.talkbasket.net/111603-robin-lopez-agrees-to-one-year-deal-with-wizards#respond Sat, 21 Nov 2020 04:20:18 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=111603 Free agent Robin Lopez has agreed to terms with the Washington Wizards on a one-year deal, according to Keith Smith of Yahoo Sports. Lopez, 32, joins the Wizards after one season with the Milwaukee Bucks where he averaged 5.4 points, 2.4 rebounds and 14.5 minutes per game. The Wizards get a defensive-minded center in Lopez, […]

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Robin Lopez agrees to one-year deal with Wizards

Free agent Robin Lopez has agreed to terms with the Washington Wizards on a one-year deal, according to Keith Smith of Yahoo Sports.

Lopez, 32, joins the Wizards after one season with the Milwaukee Bucks where he averaged 5.4 points, 2.4 rebounds and 14.5 minutes per game.

The Wizards get a defensive-minded center in Lopez, something the team was targeting in free agency.

Lopez, who has played 832 games in his NBA career, will likely be the backup to Thomas Bryant and bring a solid veteran presence to the team.

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Report: John Wall requests trade out of Washington https://www.talkbasket.net/111596-report-john-wall-requests-trade-out-of-washington https://www.talkbasket.net/111596-report-john-wall-requests-trade-out-of-washington#respond Sat, 21 Nov 2020 03:42:15 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=111596 Washington Wizards point guard John Wall has reportedly made it clear that he wants a trade out of Washington, according to Shams Charania. This comes as talks between the Houston Rockets and Wizards on a Russell Westbrook-for-Wall trade have stalled. It was first reported on Nov. 17 that the Rockets and Wizards were discussing the […]

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Report: John Wall requests trade out of Washington

Washington Wizards point guard John Wall has reportedly made it clear that he wants a trade out of Washington, according to Shams Charania.

This comes as talks between the Houston Rockets and Wizards on a Russell Westbrook-for-Wall trade have stalled.

It was first reported on Nov. 17 that the Rockets and Wizards were discussing the deal centered around the two star guards.

Both Westbrook, 32, and Wall, 30, now want to be traded from their respective teams and it will be interesting to see if and when a deal will be made.

Wall appeared ready to make a return for the Wizards and play alongside Bradley Beal and Davis Bertans this upcoming season after rehabbing and recovering from various injuries including a torn Achilles over the past two seasons.

Recently, Wall was said to be “surprised” by general manager Tommy Sheppard saying the team is building around Bradley Beal.

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Christian Wood agrees to three-year deal with Rockets https://www.talkbasket.net/111588-christian-wood-agrees-to-three-year-deal-with-rockets https://www.talkbasket.net/111588-christian-wood-agrees-to-three-year-deal-with-rockets#respond Sat, 21 Nov 2020 03:31:27 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=111588 Free agent forward Christian Wood has agreed to a three-year, $41 million deal with the Houston Rockets, according to Adrian Wojnarowski. The deal is expected to he completed with a sign-and-trade via the Detroit Pistons. A report first came out that Wood was signing with the Rockets on a three-year, $27 million deal, so it’s […]

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Christian Wood agrees to three-year deal with Rockets

Free agent forward Christian Wood has agreed to a three-year, $41 million deal with the Houston Rockets, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

The deal is expected to he completed with a sign-and-trade via the Detroit Pistons.

A report first came out that Wood was signing with the Rockets on a three-year, $27 million deal, so it’s a significant increase.

Last season, Wood, 25, averaged 13.1 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game, but then averaged 22.8 points, 9.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game over his final 13 games after the Pistons traded Andre Drummond to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Wood was one of the most coveted players on this year’s free agent market.

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Jerami Grant signs three-year deal with Pistons https://www.talkbasket.net/111585-jerami-grant-signs-three-year-deal-with-pistons https://www.talkbasket.net/111585-jerami-grant-signs-three-year-deal-with-pistons#respond Sat, 21 Nov 2020 03:17:21 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=111585 Free agent Jerami Grant has agreed to a three-year, $60 million deal with the Detroit Pistons, according to Shams Charania. The Nuggets were willing to match the three-year, $60 million offer Grant received from the Pistons, but Grant ultimately chose Detroit where he is expected to have an enhanced offensive role, per Charania. Grant, 26, […]

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Jerami Grant signs three-year deal with Pistons

Free agent Jerami Grant has agreed to a three-year, $60 million deal with the Detroit Pistons, according to Shams Charania.

The Nuggets were willing to match the three-year, $60 million offer Grant received from the Pistons, but Grant ultimately chose Detroit where he is expected to have an enhanced offensive role, per Charania.

Grant, 26, averaged 12.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game for the Denver Nuggets last season.

The move reunites Grant with new Pistons general manager Troy Weaver, who worked in the Oklahoma City Thunder front office during Grant’s time with them from 2016-2019.

The Pistons have been active in free agency with the addition of Grant, Mason Plumlee (Grant’s teammate from the Nuggets) and Jahlil Okafor.

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Wizards re-sign Davis Bertans https://www.talkbasket.net/111574-wizards-re-sign-davis-bertans https://www.talkbasket.net/111574-wizards-re-sign-davis-bertans#respond Sat, 21 Nov 2020 03:06:11 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=111574 Free agent forward Davis Bertans has agreed to a five-year, $80 million deal to return to the Washington Wizards, according to Adrian Wojnarowski. It’s one of the biggest deals ever for a European-based agent (Arturs Kalnitis) in the NBA, Wojnarowski also notes. Bertans, 28, averaged 15.4 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 3.7 three-pointers per […]

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Wizards re-sign Davis Bertans

Free agent forward Davis Bertans has agreed to a five-year, $80 million deal to return to the Washington Wizards, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

It’s one of the biggest deals ever for a European-based agent (Arturs Kalnitis) in the NBA, Wojnarowski also notes.

Bertans, 28, averaged 15.4 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 3.7 three-pointers per game last season.

On several occasions, Wizards general manager Tommy Sheppard called signing Bertans the team’s number one priority.

He will get the opportunity to play alongside Bradley Beal and John Wall.

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Montrezl Harrell signs two-year deal with Lakers https://www.talkbasket.net/111566-montrezl-harrell-signs-two-year-deal-with-lakers https://www.talkbasket.net/111566-montrezl-harrell-signs-two-year-deal-with-lakers#respond Sat, 21 Nov 2020 02:47:18 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=111566 Free agent Montrezl Harrell has agreed to a two-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, according to Adrian Wojnarowski. The deal is worth $19 million-plus. Harrell, 26, averaged 18.6 points, 7.1 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.1 blocks per game for the Los Angeles Clippers last season and won Sixth Man of the Year. Harrell’s agent, […]

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Montrezl Harrell signs two-year deal with Lakers

Free agent Montrezl Harrell has agreed to a two-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

The deal is worth $19 million-plus.

Harrell, 26, averaged 18.6 points, 7.1 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.1 blocks per game for the Los Angeles Clippers last season and won Sixth Man of the Year.

Harrell’s agent, Rich Paul, also represents LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

The Lakers now have acquired Dennis Schroder via trade and Wes Matthews and Harrell in free agency.

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Blazers re-sign Rodney Hood https://www.talkbasket.net/111550-blazers-re-sign-rodney-hood https://www.talkbasket.net/111550-blazers-re-sign-rodney-hood#respond Sat, 21 Nov 2020 02:01:16 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=111550 Free agent Rodney Hood is returning to the Portland Trail Blazers on a two-year, $21 million deal, according to Adrian Wojnarowski. Hood, 28, played 21 games last season before tearing his Achilles in December. The Trail Blazers, who acquired Robert Covington and Enes Kanter along with the addition of a healthy Hood, are seemingly eyeing […]

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Blazers re-sign Rodney Hood

Free agent Rodney Hood is returning to the Portland Trail Blazers on a two-year, $21 million deal, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

Hood, 28, played 21 games last season before tearing his Achilles in December.

The Trail Blazers, who acquired Robert Covington and Enes Kanter along with the addition of a healthy Hood, are seemingly eyeing to make a run and be a contender.

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Derrick Favors signs three-year deal with Jazz https://www.talkbasket.net/111527-derrick-favors-signs-three-year-deal-with-jazz https://www.talkbasket.net/111527-derrick-favors-signs-three-year-deal-with-jazz#respond Sat, 21 Nov 2020 01:01:51 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=111527 Derrick Favors has reached a three-year, $27 million deal to reunite with the Utah Jazz, according to Tony Jones of The Athletic. The third year is a player option. Favors spent the majority of his career with the Jazz from 2011-2019. “I’m blessed and grateful to be back with the Utah Jazz,” Favors said via […]

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Derrick Favors signs three-year deal with Jazz

Derrick Favors has reached a three-year, $27 million deal to reunite with the Utah Jazz, according to Tony Jones of The Athletic.

The third year is a player option.

Favors spent the majority of his career with the Jazz from 2011-2019.

“I’m blessed and grateful to be back with the Utah Jazz,” Favors said via Jones.

The Jazz could use Favors as a backup to Rudy Gobert at the center position, or play them both at the same time.

The 29-year-old averaged 9.0 points, 9.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game with the New Orleans Pelicans last season.

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De’Aaron Fox gets a five-year max deal from Kings https://www.talkbasket.net/111514-deaaron-fox-gets-a-five-year-max-deal-from-kings https://www.talkbasket.net/111514-deaaron-fox-gets-a-five-year-max-deal-from-kings#respond Sat, 21 Nov 2020 00:32:55 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=111514 Sacramento Kings young star De’Aaron Fox has agreed to a five-year, $163 million maximum extension, according to Shams Charania. The deal reportedly includes a clause to reach the $195.6 million super max. His new deal will go into effect for the 2021-2022 NBA season, as Fox will play out the last year of his rookie […]

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De’Aaron Fox gets a five-year max deal from Kings

Sacramento Kings young star De’Aaron Fox has agreed to a five-year, $163 million maximum extension, according to Shams Charania.

The deal reportedly includes a clause to reach the $195.6 million super max.

His new deal will go into effect for the 2021-2022 NBA season, as Fox will play out the last year of his rookie contract this upcoming season.

Fox, 22, becomes the first maximum contract of the 2020 NBA free agency.

Last season, Fox averaged 21.1 points, 3.8 rebounds, 6.8 assists and 1.5 steals per game.

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Pistons sign Jahlil Okafor https://www.talkbasket.net/111509-pistons-sign-jahlil-okafor https://www.talkbasket.net/111509-pistons-sign-jahlil-okafor#respond Sat, 21 Nov 2020 00:15:24 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=111509 Free agent center Jahlil Okafor has agreed to a two-year deal with the Detroit Pistons, according to Adrian Wojnarowski. Okafor, 24, only played 30 games for the New Orleans Pelicans last season, averaging 8.1 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game. The Pistons have now signed two centers in free agency in Mason Plumlee […]

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Pistons sign Jahlil Okafor

Free agent center Jahlil Okafor has agreed to a two-year deal with the Detroit Pistons, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

Okafor, 24, only played 30 games for the New Orleans Pelicans last season, averaging 8.1 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game.

The Pistons have now signed two centers in free agency in Mason Plumlee and Okafor.

With the addition of those two big men, Christian Wood will be signing elsewhere in free agency, as he will have several potential suitors.

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Mason Plumlee signs with Pistons https://www.talkbasket.net/111499-mason-plumlee-signs-with-pistons https://www.talkbasket.net/111499-mason-plumlee-signs-with-pistons#respond Fri, 20 Nov 2020 23:54:40 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=111499 Free agent center Mason Plumlee has agreed to a three-year, $25 million deal with the Detroit Pistons, according to Adrian Wojnarowski. Plumlee, 30, averaged 7.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game for the Denver Nuggets last season. He served as Nikola Jokic’s primary backup for the last three-plus seasons and occasionally, the two […]

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Mason Plumlee signs with Pistons

Free agent center Mason Plumlee has agreed to a three-year, $25 million deal with the Detroit Pistons, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

Plumlee, 30, averaged 7.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game for the Denver Nuggets last season.

He served as Nikola Jokic’s primary backup for the last three-plus seasons and occasionally, the two were on the court at the same time.

With the signing of Plumlee, this could mean that Pistons’ Christian Wood will be signing elsewhere in free agency.

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Lakers sign Wes Matthews https://www.talkbasket.net/111489-lakers-sign-wes-matthews https://www.talkbasket.net/111489-lakers-sign-wes-matthews#respond Fri, 20 Nov 2020 23:34:00 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=111489 The Los Angeles Lakers are signing Wes Matthews to a one-year, $3.6 million deal, according to Shams Charania. Matthews, 34, turned down his player option with the Milwaukee Bucks to reach free agency. He averaged 7.4 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game last season. Matthews remains a reliable three-and-D option as a veteran […]

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Lakers sign Wes Matthews

The Los Angeles Lakers are signing Wes Matthews to a one-year, $3.6 million deal, according to Shams Charania.

Matthews, 34, turned down his player option with the Milwaukee Bucks to reach free agency.

He averaged 7.4 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game last season.

Matthews remains a reliable three-and-D option as a veteran player.

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Facundo Campazzo signs with Nuggets https://www.talkbasket.net/111482-facundo-campazzo-signs-with-nuggets https://www.talkbasket.net/111482-facundo-campazzo-signs-with-nuggets#respond Fri, 20 Nov 2020 23:21:29 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=111482 Argentinian guard Facundo Campazzo has signed a two-year, fully guaranteed deal with the Denver Nuggets. The former Real Madrid star will become the shortest NBA player ever with no college basketball experience, per HoopsHype. Campazzo, 29, has been one of the top guards in the EuroLeague for the last several seasons. He’s a two-time EuroLeague […]

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Facundo Campazzo signs with Nuggets

Argentinian guard Facundo Campazzo has signed a two-year, fully guaranteed deal with the Denver Nuggets.

The former Real Madrid star will become the shortest NBA player ever with no college basketball experience, per HoopsHype.

Campazzo, 29, has been one of the top guards in the EuroLeague for the last several seasons.

He’s a two-time EuroLeague champion and a three-time Spanish League champion.

He could emerge as the primary option to backup Jamal Murray.

Campazzo averaged 9.9 points, 2.3 rebounds, 7.1 assists and 1.4 steals per game in 28 EuroLeague games last season.

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Trail Blazers acquire Celtics’ Enes Kanter in three team trade involving Grizzlies https://www.talkbasket.net/111463-trail-blazers-acquire-celtics-enes-kanter-in-three-team-trade-involving-grizzlies https://www.talkbasket.net/111463-trail-blazers-acquire-celtics-enes-kanter-in-three-team-trade-involving-grizzlies#respond Fri, 20 Nov 2020 21:35:45 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=111463 The Portland Trail Blazers are acquiring Boston Celtics’ Enes Kanter in a three-way deal with the Memphis Grizzlies, according to Adrian Wojnarowski. The Grizzlies will receive Mario Hezonja from the Trail Blazers and the No. 30 pick (Desmond Bane) from a draft night deal with the Celtics. The Celtics get a future Grizzlies draft consideration. […]

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Trail Blazers acquire Celtics’ Enes Kanter in three team trade involving Grizzlies

The Portland Trail Blazers are acquiring Boston Celtics’ Enes Kanter in a three-way deal with the Memphis Grizzlies, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Grizzlies will receive Mario Hezonja from the Trail Blazers and the No. 30 pick (Desmond Bane) from a draft night deal with the Celtics.

The Celtics get a future Grizzlies draft consideration.

Kanter, 28, is reuniting with the Trail Blazers, as he played 23 regular season games with them during the 2018-2019 NBA season, averaging 13.1 points, 8.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game.

The deal to bring Kanter in as a veteran backup to Jusuf Nurkic is a sign that Hassan Whiteside won’t be back with the Trail Blazers this upcoming season.

Both Kanter and Hezonja, 25, are on expiring contracts, as they will make $5 million and $1.98 million this season, respectively.

The Grizzlies and Trail Blazers will both use one of their trade exceptions for the two players.

“Home sweet home,” Kanter tweeted after finding out the news that he was headed back to Portland.

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Tampa Bay will be home to Raptors to start season https://www.talkbasket.net/111439-tampa-bay-will-be-home-to-raptors-to-start-season https://www.talkbasket.net/111439-tampa-bay-will-be-home-to-raptors-to-start-season#respond Fri, 20 Nov 2020 18:24:08 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=111439 The Toronto Raptors will begin the 2020-2021 NBA season playing in Tampa, Florida, team president Masai Ujiri announced. The Raptors’ plan to play at their home arena was rejected by the Canadian government, as non-essential travel to Canada has been banned to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. “Ultimately, the current public health situation facing […]

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Tampa Bay will be home to Raptors to start season

The Toronto Raptors will begin the 2020-2021 NBA season playing in Tampa, Florida, team president Masai Ujiri announced.

The Raptors’ plan to play at their home arena was rejected by the Canadian government, as non-essential travel to Canada has been banned to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“Ultimately, the current public health situation facing Canadians, combined with the urgent need to determine where we will play means that we will begin our 2020/21 season in Tampa, Florida,” Ujiri said in a statement. “We want to thank all levels of government, and their public health officials, for their dedication to this process and for looking after the health of Canadians. We commit to continuing our work together, planning for a safe return to playing in Toronto.”

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Canada’s travel restrictions were extended by another 30 days until at least Dec. 21, according to a tweet from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Tampa Bay was previously viewed as the favorite to host the Raptors this upcoming season, beating out other locations including Nashville, Louisville, Kansas City and New Jersey.

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Clippers interested in Hornets’ Terry Rozier? https://www.talkbasket.net/111435-clippers-interested-in-hornets-terry-rozier https://www.talkbasket.net/111435-clippers-interested-in-hornets-terry-rozier#respond Fri, 20 Nov 2020 17:47:46 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=111435 The Los Angeles Clippers reportedly could be in the market for a point guard and have talked to the Charlotte Hornets about Terry Rozier, according to Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated. Rajon Rondo is on L.A.’s radar, though Rondo could command a larger salary than the capped out Clippers can afford. L.A. has also explored […]

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Clippers interested in Hornets’ Terry Rozier?

The Los Angeles Clippers reportedly could be in the market for a point guard and have talked to the Charlotte Hornets about Terry Rozier, according to Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated.

Rajon Rondo is on L.A.’s radar, though Rondo could command a larger salary than the capped out Clippers can afford. L.A. has also explored a deal for Charlotte’s Terry Rozier, per league source.

Rozier, 26, still has two years and around $37 million left on his contract he signed with the Hornets last summer.

He averaged 18.0 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game in his first season with the Hornets.

It was first reported back in October that the Clippers were interested in Rondo.

While Rondo remains “focused” on the Clippers, he is also expected to receive a significant offer from the Atlanta Hawks in free agency worth around $15 million for two years guaranteed.

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Pacers exploring sign-and-trade for Gordon Hayward https://www.talkbasket.net/111431-pacers-exploring-sign-and-trade-for-gordon-hayward https://www.talkbasket.net/111431-pacers-exploring-sign-and-trade-for-gordon-hayward#respond Fri, 20 Nov 2020 17:15:48 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=111431 The Indiana Pacers continue to explore sign-and-trade pathways to try to acquire Gordon Hayward from the Boston Celtics, according to Marc Stein of The New York Times. The New York Knicks and Atlanta Hawks also remain a suitor for Hayward with their salary cap space. Hayward opted out of his $34.2 million player option with […]

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Pacers exploring sign-and-trade for Gordon Hayward

The Indiana Pacers continue to explore sign-and-trade pathways to try to acquire Gordon Hayward from the Boston Celtics, according to Marc Stein of The New York Times.

The New York Knicks and Atlanta Hawks also remain a suitor for Hayward with their salary cap space.

Hayward opted out of his $34.2 million player option with the Celtics and could look to sign elsewhere, or ultimately choose to sign a restructured deal and stay in Boston.

It’s expected that the four options previously listed (Pacers, Knicks, Hawks, or re-sign with Celtics) will be what it comes down to for Hayward, barring a new team showing interest in him.

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NBA investigating Bogdan Bogdanovic sign-and-trade with Bucks https://www.talkbasket.net/111371-nba-investigating-bogdan-bogdanovic-sign-and-trade-with-bucks https://www.talkbasket.net/111371-nba-investigating-bogdan-bogdanovic-sign-and-trade-with-bucks#respond Fri, 20 Nov 2020 00:43:13 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=111371 The NBA has opened an investigation of the reported transaction involving the Milwaukee Bucks and Bogdan Bogdanovic, according to Marc Stein of The New York Times. The investigation will center around tampering, as the deal was leaked in the early hours of Nov. 17. As a restricted free agent, he was not allowed to have […]

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NBA investigating Bogdan Bogdanovic sign-and-trade with Bucks

The NBA has opened an investigation of the reported transaction involving the Milwaukee Bucks and Bogdan Bogdanovic, according to Marc Stein of The New York Times.

The investigation will center around tampering, as the deal was leaked in the early hours of Nov. 17.

As a restricted free agent, he was not allowed to have contract talks before the start of free agency on Nov. 20 and therefore, never agreed to the deal.

The situation led to the Bucks and Bogdanovic reportedly becoming “upset” with each other.

The sign-and-trade would have sent Bogdanovic from the Sacramento Kings to the Bucks in exchange for Donte DiVincenzo, Ersan Ilyasova and D.J. Wilson.

Ilyasova was waived by the Bucks, meaning that Bogdanovic will proceed to free agency and likely sign elsewhere.

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Timberwolves think Malik Beasley, Anthony Edwards can play together https://www.talkbasket.net/111360-timberwolves-think-malik-beasley-anthony-edwards-can-play-together https://www.talkbasket.net/111360-timberwolves-think-malik-beasley-anthony-edwards-can-play-together#respond Fri, 20 Nov 2020 00:02:28 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=111360 The Minnesota Timberwolves believe that Malik Beasley and the No. 1 pick in last night’s draft Anthony Edwards can play together. There’s been no conversations about trading Beasley, according to Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic. “The focus is to have Beasley back,” a source told Krawczynski. Beasley’s name popped up in recent trade rumors, but […]

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Timberwolves think Malik Beasley, Anthony Edwards can play together

The Minnesota Timberwolves believe that Malik Beasley and the No. 1 pick in last night’s draft Anthony Edwards can play together.

There’s been no conversations about trading Beasley, according to Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic.

“The focus is to have Beasley back,” a source told Krawczynski.

Beasley’s name popped up in recent trade rumors, but it sounds like the team will be focused on re-signing him as a restricted free agent.

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