Could Suns, Warriors jump into Kevin Love sweepstakes? Giannis Antetokounmpo leaves game with sprained wrist Celtics remove interim tag, officially make Joe Mazzulla head coach Clippers reportedly begin talks to sign Russell Westbrook after buyout Post Malone, Jewel (both with Utah ties) to perform at NBA All-Star Game

Kevin Love is working on a buyout deal from the Cleveland Cavaliers that would make him a free agent. Miami Heat – a team looking to increase the size of the buyout market is the first pop-up name.

But there were always other suitors. Phoenix Suns Traded Cameron Johnson And Jay Crowder to land Kevin Duran and want to add depth to the quad, and ESPN’s Brian Windhorst advises keeping an eye on them. as a potential landing site.

Then there’s the Warriors, who are hitting .500 at the All-Star break and need a shake-up. Monte Pool of NBC Sports Bay Area listed as Love as a player that Golden State can target at the deadline. It wouldn’t be surprising if they made a few calls, but how many minutes do they have to give away?

So far this is all very preliminary, but Love has options.

Love fell out of the Cleveland rotation as he was benched in the team’s last dozen games, and league sources say game time will be a big factor in his decision to sign. He can still contribute, averaging 8.5 points and 6.8 rebounds in the games he has played this season and shooting 35.4% of 3.

Love has time during the All-Star break to complete a buyout – he’s in the last year of his contract, he paid him $28.9 million – and choose his new team. There will be no rush to make a decision.

Thursday in Chicago in the first quarter Giannis Antetokounmpo became the Milwaukee Bucks’ all-time leader in assists.

Early in the second quarter, he sprained his wrist by falling into a standing position after a block and went out of the game, never to return.

There is no word yet on the severity of the sprain or whether he could end up missing this Sunday’s All-Star Game, where he captains alongside LeBron James.

The game happened when the Bulls are guarding Coby White went around Antetokoumbo, but the Greek Frick pursued him and struck a block from the shield. Antetokumbō fell onto the counter, breaking the fall with his right hand, resulting in a sprain.

The Bucks, runners-up in the East, will be cautious about returning their MVP candidate, but they have the advantage of a week before the All-Star break with no games.

Antetokounmpo averages 32.5 points and 12.3 rebounds per game, along with 5.5 assists and an elite defense. He is a serious candidate for what will be his third MVP trophy.

Joe Mazzulla has been promoted from the back bench to one of the most prestigious coaching positions in the NBA. When the Celtics suspended Ime Udoka due to an inappropriate relationship with a team member, Mazzulla was named interim head coach. He did an impressive job of keeping the Celtics locker room from losing focus despite heavy distraction, and Boston heads into the All-Star break with an NBA-best record (and he will coach in the All-Star Game).

On Thursday, the Celtics removed the temporary tag from Mazzulla’s title.

“As he has shown, Joe is a very talented coach and leader,” Celtics president of basketball Brad Stevens said in a statement. “He has a unique ability to bring the room around the mission to life. We are grateful for the work he has done to help us get to this point and are delighted that he has agreed to lead us into the future.”

The Celtics also extended Mazzulla’s contract along with a new title.

It’s unclear what this means for Udoka. While it has always been highly unlikely that he would return to coach the Celtics, he is still under contract and is currently in limbo. The Brooklyn Nets seriously considered hiring Udoki after the firing of Steve Nash, but dropped the idea due to the nature of his suspension from the Celtics.

Coach Tyrone Liu and the Clippers feel they need more point guard. What do they need? Shooting, defending, someone who is comfortable without the ball in glasses but can sometimes take on some raffle duties.

It describes Russell Westbrook? Because that’s who the Clippers started talking to, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Westbrook was traded from the Lakers to the Jazz in a three-team blockbuster that also sent Mike Conley to the Timberwolves. Westbrook has reportedly spoken to Yuta about a potential ransom, but he wants a landing spot first. He got permission to speak to the Clippers, Heat, Bulls and Wizards. reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. However, Mark Stein’s report says that Westbrook will take most of the All-Star break to make a decision, he wants to recharge and take his time.

Westbrook loved to play at home in Los Angeles with his family, and he has fans in the Clippers organization.

“I was talking to him just to find out where his head was and see if there was anything I could do…” Paul George said after a recent game. “I am a big supporter and fan of Russ’ work, having had one of the best seasons of my career with him. I saw what he was capable of night and night. I really think he can improve the team. He is such a great talent. He picks up, finds guys, makes the game easy for everyone. I think he will come, he will grapple, he will understand how we play and he will adapt to it.”

Westbrook’s game had changed—switched sides, I should say—since George had played with him in Oklahoma City. Westbrook averaged 15.9 points and 7.5 assists per game with the Lakers and had four triple-doubles, but he is ineffective and does not play well with the other Lakers.

Are the Clippers in a position where throwing the dice at Westbrook is worth it? Does it meet their requirements? Perhaps we’ll find out soon.


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