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76ers’ Josh Richardson out at least 2-3 weeks

MRI on 76ers guard Josh Richardson showed a slight strain of his left hamstring and he’s expected to be re-evaluated in two-to-three weeks, according to Shams Charania.

Source: Shams Charania.

Timberwolves president Rosas: Karl-Anthony Towns is untouchable

Minnesota Timberwolves president Gersson Rosas said that Karl-Anthony Towns is untouchable and won’t be traded by the franchise.

Per ESPN, “Karl-Anthony Towns is as untouchable as they come,” Rosas told ESPN. “He’s the best player on our team and he’s the guy we’re building around. Everything we do is to help him become the best player and to help us become the best team we can be. He’s a special talent that we’re going to do anything possible to help him achieve his highest potential.”

76ers reportedly focusing on Bogdan Bogdanovic, Robert Covington

According to Jon Johnson, the Philadelphia 76ers are currently focusing on Sacramento Kings guard Bogdan Bogdanovic and Minnesota Timberwolves forward Robert Covington as potential targets to improve the roster.
Bogdanovic is averaging 14.3 points and 3.6 assist, shooting 42% from the field, 38% from long range and 65% from the foul line.
Covington, who played with the 76ers for 4 and a half years, is averaging 12.7 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.7 steals.

Source: Jon Johnson.

Pistons granted $9.2 million disabled player exception

The Detroit Pistons have been granted a $9.2 million disabled player exception for the season ending injury to Blake Griffin.
Griffin underwent knee surgery and will miss the remainder of the season.

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald purchases minority stake in Suns

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has purchased a minority stake in the Phoenix Suns, becoming the second active NFL player with an NBA ownership share.

Fitzgerald joins Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who purchased a stake in the Milwaukee Bucks in 2018, as the only active NFL players who are partial owners of NBA teams.

The news was reported by ESPN.

Mavs’ Dwight Powell suffers season-ending torn right achille tendon injury

Dallas Mavericks forward Dwight Powell suffered a serious achilles tendon injury.

Per ESPN, The Mavericks fear that starting center Dwight Powell suffered a season-ending torn right Achilles tendon early in the first quarter of Tuesday night’s 110-107 loss to the LA Clippers.

“It’s a somber night with Dwight’s situation,” Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. “He’s going to have an MRI tomorrow. Right Achilles injury feared to be severe, but we won’t know for sure until the diagnostic tests are done. It’s a real tough one.”

Lakers, 76ers among teams interested in Derrick Rose.

According to Chris Haynes, there are several NBA teams interested in Pistons guard Derrick Rose, including the Lakers and the 76ers.

The former MVP has an open series of 9 games with at least 20 points scored.

For the season he’s averaging 18.4 points and 5.8 assist, shooting 50% from the field, 31% from beyond the arc and 87% from the foul line.

Source: Haynes.

Sacramento Kings announce trade with Portland Trail Blazers

The Sacramento Kings announced today that the team has acquired guard-forward Kent Bazemore, forward Anthony Tolliver, a 2024 second-round draft selection and a 2025 second-round draft selection from the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for forwards Trevor Ariza, Wenyen Gabriel and Caleb Swanigan.

Kings trade Trevor Ariza to Portland in multiplayer deal

The Portland Trail Blazers have agreed to trade Kent Bazemore, Anthony Tolliver and two future second-round draft picks to the Sacramento Kings in a deal that sheds $12.5 million in salary, NBA sources told ESPN.

The Kings will send Trevor Ariza, Wenyen Gabriel and Caleb Swanigan to the Blazers, whose luxury tax bill drops to $7 million with the deal.

Bazemore ($19.3 million) and Tolliver ($1.6 million) are on expiring contracts. Ariza ($12.2 million) has a partial guarantee of $1.8 million on his $12.8 million contract next season. The Blazers will have until June 30 to pick up or decline that option.

Portland will also create a $7.2 million and a $1.7 million trade exception as part of the deal. Both exceptions will expire next January.

Source: ESPN.

Knicks rule out trade for Andre Drummond preferring Free Agency pursuit

The New York Knicks have no interest in trading for Andre Drummond, according to a source that spoke with Marc Berman of the New York Post.

Drummond can become a free agent this offseason.

While the Knicks believe in the potential of Mitchell Robinson, it wouldn’t preclude them from pursuing Drummond in free agency.

Source: Marc Berman.

NBA delays vote on schedule changes

The NBA will continue to look at making calendar changes for the 21-22 season, but no vote on the matter will take place at the Board of Governors meeting this April, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski.

Minnesota reportedly ‘intensifying’ pursuit of D’Angelo Russell

According to the Athletic, the Minnesota Timberwolves are trying to ‘remake the roster to better fit their vision for the team moving forward’, and that includes intensifying their pursuit of  D’Angelo Russell.

The reporter adds that so far the Warriors seem determined to keep the former Ohio State scoring-guard.

In the past few hours Minnesota traded Jeff Teague and Treveon Graham to the Atlanta Hawks for shooting guard Allan Crabbe.

 

 

Source: The Athletic.

Miami Heat sign Kyle Alexander to two-way deal

The Miami HEAT have signed forward/center Kyle Alexander to a two-way contract, the team announced.
The rookie out of Tennesse started the season for Sioux Falls Skyforce in G League, with averages of 10.6 points, 9.1 rebounds and 2.1 blocks over 23 games.

Warriors Sign Damion Lee to Multi-Year Contract

The Golden State Warriors have signed guard Damion Lee to a multi-year contract, the team announced.
Lee is averaging 12.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists.
According to Shams Charania, the contract has a partial guarantee for the 2020/21 season.

Source: NBA.com.

Hornets waive Robert Franks, sign Ray Spalding to two-way contract

The Charlotte Hornets announced that they have waived two-way forward Robert Franks, and that they signed Ray Spalding to a two-way contract.
The former Louisville big man started the season for Rio Grande Valley Vipers in G League, with over 15 points and 8 rebounds per game.

Brooklyn Nets sign Jeremiah Martin to two-way deal

The Brooklyn Nets have signed guard Jeremiah Martin to a two-way contract.

The versatile guard out of Memphis joins the Nets from the Sioux Falls Skyforce in G League, where he was averaging 18.5 points, 5 assist and 1.6 steals.

 

Irving: It’s glaring we need one more piece or two more pieces in order to be at that next level

Kyrie Irving knows what the Brooklyn Nets need in order to compete for the NBA title.

Per ESPN, “I mean, it’s transparent. It’s out there. It’s glaring, in terms of the pieces that we need in order to be at that next level,” Irving said after finishing with 14 points on 6-for-21 shooting in Brooklyn’s 117-106 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday at Wells Fargo Center. “I’m going to continue to reiterate it. We’re going to do the best with the guys that we have in our locker room now, and we’ll worry about all the other stuff, in terms of moving pieces and everything else, as an organization down the line in the summer.

“It’s just something that we signed up for. We knew what we were coming into at the beginning of this season. Guys were going down left and right. [Garrett Temple] is out, [DeAndre Jordan] just got hurt tonight, Wilson [Chandler] is coming back. We’ve got complimentary young guys as well that have done a great job the last three years.

“Collectively, I feel like we have great pieces, but it’s pretty glaring we need one more piece or two more pieces that will compliment myself, [Kevin Durant], DJ, GT, Spence [Dinwiddie], Caris [LeVert], and we’ll see how that evolves.”

LaMelo Ball’s playing time in NBL with Illawarra Hawks is over

LaMelo Ball’s experience in Australian NBL is over.The youngest of the Ball brothers ends his season with Illawarra Hawks averaging 17.0 points per game, 7.6 rebounds per game, 6.8 assists per game and 1.6 steals per game over 12 outings.
Ball, who has been out with injury since December, will focus on the upcoming NBA draft where he is expected to be picked in lottery.

Heat’s Chris Silva earns NBA contract

On October 18, 2019, the HEAT signed Chris Silva to a two-way contract, a deal that splits a player’s time between the team and their G-League affiliate.

Silva would never end up stepping foot on a G-League court.

In 30 games with the HEAT, his impact off the bench would prove to be irreplaceable for a team fighting for a top spot in the Eastern conference.

That impact didn’t go unnoticed.

Today, your Miami HEAT have signed Chris Silva to an NBA contract.

Silva has appeared in 30 games with Miami this season averaging 3.5 points and 3.1 rebounds in 8.3 minutes of action while shooting 69.1 percent from the field, the third-highest percentage in the NBA with at least 50 attempts. He scored a season-high 10 points at Philadelphia on November 23 and has led the team in plus/minus five times, the second-most on the team.

Silva played all four seasons at South Carolina, becoming the first player in school history to total at least 700 rebounds and 500 made free throws. He appeared in 32 games (all starts) as a senior last season averaging 15.2 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.94 blocks and 26.8 minutes while shooting 50.8 percent from the field, 50 percent from three-point range and 74.4 percent from the foul line as he earned All-SEC First Team and All-SEC Defensive Team honors. Among the school’s all-time leaders, he finished third in free throws made (577), sixth in rebounds (876), sixth in blocks (186) and 10th in points (1,509).

Source: Miami Heat.

Suns to sign Tariq Owens to two-way contract

The Phoenix Suns are expected to sign Tariq Owens to a two-way contract.
Owens comes from the Northern Arizona Suns.