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76ers’ Wilson Chandler Talks Trade, Role with Philly

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Philadelphia 76ers forward Wilson Chandler is inching closer to making his season debut with his new team, as he is still recovering from a strained hamstring, and Chandler, who was acquired from the Denver Nuggets via trade this offseason is opening up about the trade, and his role with the Sixers moving forward.

“To be honest, I never really thought about it much because I knew at any moment I could be traded,” Chandler said, during an interview with Hoops Rumors. “So I kind of just dealt with [the chances of being traded] day-to-day.”

“When you’re younger, even though you know it’s a business, it’s still shocking when you get traded especially when you’re in a good rhythm and just getting a feel for a place, you kind of like it and you’re settled in,” Chandler continued.

“As you get older, you realize more and more how the business works, you look at both teams and see if you’re going to a good situation. That plays a big part in it. The city, the organization, the team.”

Chandler is excited to make his debut with his new team, and return to the court.

“Just watching from afar and then being in training camp with these guys. It’s an amazing team, a young team,” Chandler said, while also discussing his role with the team upon his official return.

“A little three, a little four. Kind of a two-way [forward]. Make open shots, defend, and play off of Ben [Simmons] and Joel [Embiid],” Chandler explained. “You really don’t need to do too much playing with those guys.”

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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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Boston Celtics

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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