Miami Heat rising star Josh Richardson may see his name more and more in the trade rumor mill until the NBA trade deadline passes, and he has been linked to the Minnesota Timberwolves in a potential Jimmy Butler deal, but he is not concerned with the rumors.
“I’ve always kind of stayed in my lane,” Richardson said, according to NBC Sports’ Dan Feldman.
The ascension of Richardson has been a surprise, even to Heat head coach Erick Spoelstra, so it’s not surprising that his name has come up in trade rumors.
“We never want to put a ceiling on anybody,” Spoelstra said. “When he first came in, no, I didn’t necessarily see him as this.”
So far this season, Richardson is putting up career numbers and showing everyone in the league that he is legit.
Nets to Re-Sign Alan Williams
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.
Celtics’ Kyrie Irving Credits Team Meeting for Spark
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.”
Kings, Knicks Discussing Zach Randolph, Enes Kanter Trade
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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