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Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo Discusses Firing Of Jason Kidd

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There has been a lot of fallout from the firing of Milwaukee Bucks head coach Jason Kidd earlier this week.

Earlier today, we wrote about Bucks’ forward Jabari Parker refuting reports that a rift between him and Kidd was a contributing factor to Kidd’s firing.

Now, Bucks’ superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo is talking about Kidd’s departure, saying it made him “uncomfortable”.

“It’s kind of uncomfortable, especially for a guy like me that is—as I said, one of my characteristics is that I’m being loyal to the people around me,” Antetokounmpo said, according to ESPN.

“That’s one of my characteristics, but it’s kind of uncomfortable knowing before it happened.”

Kidd spoke of a phone conversation he had with Antetokounmpo after the firing, saying the star player and franchise cornerstone offered to go to ownership on Kidd’s behalf.

“He called me and said, ‘Coach, this isn’t right what they’re about to do, but [they] are gonna let you go,'” Kidd said, according to ESPN’s Ramona Shelbourne.

It seems Milwaukee is feeling the ripple effects of a firing that was handled poorly and may leave a bad taste in players’ mouths, such as Antetokounmpo.

Cleveland Cavaliers

Cavs’ Tristan Thompson Out 2-4 Weeks

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The Cleveland Cavaliers will be without center Tristan Thompson for two-to-four weeks with a sprained left foot, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Thompson exited Monday’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks during the third quarter after he landed awkwardly on the foot of Bucks’ guard Malcolm Brogdon.

Thompson, 27, is averaging 12 points and 11.6 rebounds per game this season for Cleveland.

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Bulls’ Zach Lavine Meets Privately with Jim Boylen

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Amid the division within the Chicago Bulls organization between new head coach Jim Boylen, who took over recently for the fired Fred Hoiberg, and a number of players on the roster, has taken another turn.

According to ESPN’s Malika Andrews and Ramona Shelbourne, Bulls guard Zach LaVine spoke with Boylen one-on-one following the players boycotting of Sunday’s practice imposed by Boylen, which they felt was excessive.

“You just want to be real with people,” LaVine said, per the report. “There shouldn’t be any clouds. I think of myself as one of the leaders on the team. I just wanted to voice my opinion to them.”

“This is a business, this isn’t a dictatorship. We are all grown men, so everybody has a voice.”

Boylen has said that he has spoken with the team regarding the purpose of the practice on Sunday, but it is clear that the dysfunction runs deep in the organization.

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Eastern Conference

Knicks Could Trade Enes Kanter

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Enes Kanter’s days as a member of the New York Knicks could be coming to a close as the veteran big man could be traded by the Knicks ahead of this year’s NBA trade deadline, according to ESPN’s Bobby Marks.

If they choose not to trade him, the Knicks could renounce him during the offseason to maximize their cap space so that they could be major players in free agency next summer.

“If the Knicks are going free-agent shopping in July, they will likely do it without Kanter,” Marks speculated. “The impending free agent has a $27.9 million cap hold, and the only clear path for New York to create max room would be to renounce Kanter or let him walk in the summer.

The question leading into the deadline: Will the front office decide to maximize Kanter’s trade value now or keep the center as an insurance policy if they miss out on their free-agent targets?”

Kanter has posted 14.9 points and 11.5 rebounds per game for New York this season.

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