NBA trade rumors: Latest news on Klay Thompson’s future, Celtics’ approach with Marcus Smart

The Pelicans are still all-in on DeMarcus Cousins, but there’s no way they can give him a five-year deal worth $175 million, as he’s recovering from a torn Achilles. Several players who recently have suffered the injury — Rudy Gay, Elton Brand and Wes Matthews Jr. — have come back, but have never been able to play at the same level. The Pels won’t be able to get insurance for that type of injury, according to a few GMs, so they’ll probably offer Cousins only two years at around $44 million.

The Cousins’ injury looks as if it’ll cost the Pels a playoff spot. No one, including Anthony Davis, has been able to fill Cousins’ alpha role. Cousins reportedly had interest in going to the Lakers as a free agent this summer, and the feeling was mutual. But after this kind of injury, LA has to move on. The Pels, however, still need Cousins.

As New York employment attorney Kevin Mintzer, one of Browne Sanders’ lawyers, sees it, the NBA is now reaping what it has sown.

“I am not surprised,” said Mintzer (who does not speak for Browne) of the Mavs’ situation. “As we’ve seen throughout industries, this is an issue that is still pervasive, everywhere. I am particularly not surprised that it is a problem in the NBA given the nonexistent reaction that the NBA had to Anucha’s case back in 2007 and 2008 when it happened, and a few years ago when Mr. Dolan and Mr. Thomas were on TV saying slanderous things about my client eight years after the fact.”

Memphis has had conversations about trade possibilities for Gasol, but he is owed $50 million over the next two seasons, is 33 years old and, though he has only missed one game this year, has had trouble staying healthy in recent seasons. That has undercut his value, and the Grizzlies have not been able to find an attractive return package. Milwaukee was interested, but the Bucks went conservative, trading for journeyman center Tyler Zeller this week.

The 2017 draft class (and one holdover from the 2016 class) has turned out to be one of the deepest we have seen in quite some time — and given NBA fans a fun topic of debate for the stretch run. At Paypal Cheap Jerseys minimum, there are five rookies worth discussing, even Real Madrid Cheap Jerseys if Simmons and Mitchell are clearly in a separate tier.

Jimmy Butler challenges Clippers’ Lou Williams to 1-on-1 after tweet feud

Jimmy Butler doesn’t want to hear anyone questioning him for sitting out Sunday’s All-Star Game. In fact, he challenged Lou Williams to take him on one-on-one to prove he earned his All-Star bid.

Before Friday’s matchup with the Rockets, Butler spoke about how he got called out for accepting an All-Star bid but didn’t end up playing in the game.
It’s a tough blow for the Bucks, who also are missing Malcolm Brogdon (quadriceps tendon tear).

Now Milwaukee likely will be giving Xavier Munford, who was brought in Sunday from the Wisconsin Herd, more playing time.

Giannis Antetokounmpo, who also was battling an ankle sprain, will likely be ready for Tuesday’s game against the Knicks.

“But we know how we need to play to win. We know when what we’re doing isn’t good enough. We know when we’re not playing well, not playing as well as we can, and when we’re vulnerable. We know when we need to put our foot on the gas, to be peaking at the right time. Having won with this group is a big thing we have going for us.”

For doing that on his platform, someone got on her platform and told him he doesn’t deserve his.

As if a platform was hers to give. He’s got it, whether she likes that or not.

NBA fans have survived three days without basketball after Sunday’s All-Star Game, but Thursday marks the return of pro hoops and the start of the stretch run before the playoffs.

The conclusion of the All-Star break means it’s time to get ready for the league’s “second half,” but in reality, roughly one-third of the season schedule remains for all 30 teams. With that in mind, here are five things to watch as the 2017-18 regular season comes to a close.

The last time the Spurs won less than 50 games in a season was the lockout-shortened 1998-99 season in which only 50 games were played (their 37-13 record put them at a 61-win pace). San Antonio holds an NBA-record of 18 consecutive seasons of winning 50 or more games, including its 50-16 record in the 66-game Wholesale NFL Jerseys China 2011-12 season.

At 35-24, San Antonio is currently on pace to win fewer than 50 games Wholesale Jerseys China this season, and its 18-year streak is once again in jeopardy. Most recently, the Spurs were 32-24 in the 2009-10 season, but won 18 of their last 26 games to finish the season 50-32.

Kristaps Porzingis laments late loss to Hawks: ‘We don’t know how to finish games’

Kristaps Porzingis didn’t hold back after the Knicks blew a late lead and lost to the Hawks, 99-96, Sunday.

The Knicks were leading by four with 1:07 left in the game when the Hawks capitalized on two missed free throws by Porzingis and a missed shot by Tim Hardaway Jr.

According to stats, Cleveland sharpshooter Kyle Korver has taken 60 percent of his 3s either open (defender within four-to-six feet) or wide open (no defender within six feet). In Utah, 39 percent of Hood’s 3s came either open or wide open. If he gets the Korver treatment from defenses, his perimeter shooting should get a boost.

Of course, the Celtics are in a bit of a tailspin now, and one February game does not mean much in the context of a season. Other than Hill, the new Cavs have very little postseason experience — Hood played 11 postseason games last year, and shot terribly (35.2 percent from the field, 26.0 percent from the 3-point line), while Clarkson and Nance have never been to the playoffs. There’s no telling how they’ll handle the pressure of the stretch run for Cleveland, and the playoffs.

Houston (38-13) has proven its legitimacy as a real contender in the Western Conference with a shot to dethrone the defending champion Warriors. Despite holding a 2-0 record over Golden State this season, Houston could use one more piece to match the Warriors’ firepower. The Rockets will need all the points they can find for a potential seven-game series.

Similar to the 2017 deadline acquisition of Lou Williams, Evans would add depth and scoring to a Houston bench that needs another contributor outside of Eric Gordon. Evans’ 3-point shooting this season would help his transition into Mike D’Antoni’s system. Of the teams that do not own a first-round pick in 2018, Houston is the most likely to acquire Evans.

By Feb. 8, Evans will know if he is contributing to a playoff push or a title Cheap Braves Jerseys run. It will all depend on what Memphis looks to get in return — and which contender is willing to pull the Cheap Baseball Jerseys trigger.

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