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Wizards, Wolves Frontrunners For Derrick Rose

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Former Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Derrick Rose is now a free agent after being traded to the Utah Jazz, who then released him, at the NBA trade deadline.

Now, the Washington Wizards and the Minnesota Timberwolves are leading the pack as the tams with the most interest in the veteran guard who is averaging 14.7 ppg this season, according to The Athletic’s Jon Krawczynski.

Washington is looking for help as they are playing without John Wall and the addition of Rose could help the Wizards stay afloat in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Minnesota offers a chance for Rose to reunite with Tom Thibodeau, who coached Rose during their time together with the Chicago Bulls. However, Rose would also be reuniting with former Bulls’ teammate Jimmy Butler, whom he had a rocky relationship with in Chicago.

This isn’t the first time that the Wolves have expressed interest in Rose. Minnesota had trade talks with the New York Knicks when Rose was a member of their team.

Minnesota also had talks with Rose last offseason when Rose was a free agent, but ultimately decided to go with Jeff Teague as their starter and veteran Aaron Brooks as depth behind backup Tyus Jones.

 

Charlotte Hornets

Hornets Interested in Andre Drummond

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The Charlotte Hornets are interested in one particular big man during 2020 free agency, should he be available.

According to Havy.com’s Sean Deveney, the Hornets are expected to pursue Detroit Pistons’ center Andre Drummond if he reaches the free agent market after the season.

Armed with significant cap space, the Hornets are poised to be serious competition for the Pistons when it comes to Drummond and a long-term deal.

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Magic’s Nikola Vucevic Out with Ankle Injury

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The Orlando Magic will be without star center Nikola Vucevic for the next four weeks due to a right ankle injury, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Vucevic was injured during the second quarter of Wednesday’s game against the Toronto Raptos when he turned his ankle during a fall.

The loss of Vucevic will be tough for the Magic, who are expected to turn to Khem Birch and Mo Bamba during his absence.

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Nets’ Caris LeVert Out Following Surgery

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The Brooklyn Nets will be without swingman Caris LaVert for the next several weeks following surgery to repair ligament damage in his right thumb, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

LaVery suffered the injury during Sunday night’s loss to the Phoenix Suns and then underwent an X-ray exam, followed by an MRI.

LaVert has averaged 16.8 points per game this season for the Nets.

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