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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.

 

Brooklyn Nets

Nets to Re-Sign Alan Williams

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The Brooklyn Nets are bringing back veteran big man Alan Williams following his recent departure to join the Chinese Basketball Association.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Williams has decided to remain in the United States following complications that popped up during hit contract negotiations with the Xinjiang Flying Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association.

Williams was having quite the season in the G League,
averaging 21.0 points per game and a league-leading 14.7 rebounds per contest.

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Celtics’ Kyrie Irving Credits Team Meeting for Spark

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The Boston Celtics have been on the upswing of late and Celtics’ guard Kyrie Irving is crediting a recent team meeting, following a loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, as the catalyst for the turnaround.

The loss to Milwaukee back on December 21st was the Celtics’ 3rd in a row and dropped their record to 18-13 on the season.

“We could pinpoint a lot of turning points,” Irving said, according to Jay King of The Athletic.

“We just want to build that chemistry first. Just getting with one another (after the Bucks loss), really put everything out there and then move on from that point. At that point, playing against Milwaukee, we weren’t at rock bottom, but we needed to address some shit in this locker room. It’s just good to get stuff out in the air.”

Irving believes in this team’s chances this season, despite the early struggles.

“We’re not on a good team, we’re on a great one,” Irving said. “We have the talent to be great.”

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Eastern Conference

Kings, Knicks Discussing Zach Randolph, Enes Kanter Trade

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The Sacramento Kings and the New York Knicks are discussing a trade that would send Zach Randolph to the Knicks in exchange for center Enes Kanter.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, neither side is close to an agreement yet, but both are motivated to rid themselves of expiring contracts.

Kanter has been upset with his role on the team this season, and Randolph has yet to play for the Kings this season after signing with the team prior to the 2017-2018 campaign.

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