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Wizards’ Jeff Green Says ‘Unity’ Key To Reaching Eastern Conference Finals

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Washington Wizards’ forward Jeff Green, who was signed in free agency this year, sees an opportunity for the team to reach the Eastern Conference Finals.

Green brings experience and a veteran presence to a Wizards team that suffered a quick exit from the postseason in 2018.

“To get there, you have to have team unity,” Green said, according to Kendra Andrews of The Washington Post.

“You need to all be on the same page. You have to sacrifice a little bit to make sure you’re doing what it takes to get the team there. I think that’s the biggest key. It’s not an individual thing … it definitely takes team effort and sacrifice out of your own game to make sure the team goes the extra mile to get there.”

“With the talent that’s on this team, the opportunity that is at hand and can be conquered in this Eastern Conference, I think a lot of guys are hungry to get to that point,” Green continued.

“Being there myself last year with Cleveland, I know it takes a lot … I felt like this team has it. I want to get back to that point and when I got the call, I felt like it was the best opportunity for me to get there.”

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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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