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Reports: Westbrook discussed in 3-team deal
A multi-team trade could be in the works. According to multiple reports, the Los Angeles Lakers, Utah Jazz and Minnesota Timberwolves have been in talks on a 3-team deal that would send Russell Westbrook to the Jazz while the Lakers land D’Angelo Russell. Jazz guard Mike Conley was reportedly sent to the Timberwolves as part of the trade. Bleacher Report/TNT’s Chris Haynes reports that the Jazz would likely buy out Westbrook, who is in the final year of his contract.
— 4:17 p.m.
Report: Knicks express interest in Hart
The New York Knicks could be looking to improve their backcourt depth for the final weeks of the 2022-23 season. According to Michael Scotto of HoopsHype.com, the Knicks are eyeing Portland Trail Blazers goaltender Josh Hart. A regular starter for the Blazers, Hart is averaging 9.5 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 3.9 apg and 1.1 spg this season.
— 1:38 p.m.
Several teams are interested in Gordon
As the Houston Rockets’ most experienced player, Eric Gordon has played a vital role for this young team. As the trade deadline approaches, Gordon is also attracting interest from the Phoenix Suns and LA Clippers, according to Kelly Iko of The Athletic. If not dealt with by Thursday’s deadline, Gordon could be a candidate for takeover.
— 12:20 p.m.
Vucevic hopes Bulls core remains intact
The Chicago Bulls have flirted with being in (and out of) the Play-In Tournament picture all season. After Tuesday’s 104-89 road loss to Memphis, Chicago fell to 27-28 as its disappointing season continues. After the game, Bulls center Nikola Vucevic told Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times that he wanted core team members Zach LaVine and DeMar DeRozan to stay put. “There are a lot of ways we fit in. Just about us building this chemistry. Plus, the three of us – Zach [LaVine]DeMar [DeRozan] and myself – are at a point in our career where we want to win, to make it happen. When you put it all together, it makes a lot of sense to give it a shot and keep working on it. When all three of us take that lead and play the way we have to play, we could be a good team.
— 8:26 a.m.
Report: Sixers targeting multiple big men
The Philadelphia 76ers and Utah Jazz could circle each other in a potential deal, writes Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer. The Sixers are reportedly targeting jazz big man Jarred Vanderbilt in a trade that would deal defensive-minded swingman Matisse Thybulle to Utah, Pompey reports. Besides Vanderbilt, the Sixers are also interested in Detroit Pistons center Nerlens Noel and former 76ers center Andre Drummond (now with the Chicago Bulls).
— 8:06 a.m.
LeBron: “I can play for a few more years”
After securing the spot as the NBA’s all-time leading scorer, LeBron James spoke to the NBA team on TNT about his feat. While the night as a whole and the conversation in particular was naturally about her milestone, there was a bit of a list-related nugget in this conversation. Asked by Shaquille O’Neal how much longer he can play, James replied: “I know that for sure. I can play for a few more years… Try to compete for championships, that’s something I feel like I can still do for any group of guys, for any franchise, I can go out there and still help win several championships.
— 7:54 a.m.