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Former Hawks star Kyle Korver named assistant general manager Raptors trade rumors: Fred VanVleet, Gary Trent Jr., but likely not OG Anunoby LeBron is everything for Lakers. Too often, it’s not enough (until Davis returns). Report: Clippers open to John Wall trade for backup big man Steve Kerr calls Warriors’ Stephen Curry the ‘modern MJ’

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ATLANTA — The Atlanta Hawks have promoted Kyle Korver to assistant general manager as they continue to remodel their front office.

The move comes less than a month after Travis Schlenk stepped down as team president on December 21, with general manager Landry Fields taking over day-to-day operations. Schlenk was appointed to the post of adviser.

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Fields was named CEO last year. His new role was announced ahead of Monday’s Hawks game against the Miami Heat.

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Korver joined the Hawks in July 2022 as director of player relations and development. He spent the 2021–2022 season as a Player Development Assistant with the Brooklyn Nets.

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Korver played nearly five seasons with Atlanta (2012–17) and was an All-Star in 2015.

“Kyle has brought a great perspective and voice to our group after seamlessly transitioning from playing to coaching to the front office,” Fields said in a statement released by the team.

“Moving forward, I’m delighted to have him even more involved in the day-to-day management and leadership of our basketball team.”

Fields and Korver are working with principal owner Tony Ressler’s son, Nick Ressler, director of basketball and business operations, on the new management team.

Korver played 17 seasons with Philadelphia, Utah, Chicago, Atlanta, Cleveland and Milwaukee. He is fifth in NBA history with 2,450 three-pointers.

In slow-fire trading season (at best), the league’s eyes are on the Toronto Raptors – they can bring the market to a boil in just a couple of moves. Will the team, now stuck somewhere in between – somewhere where Masai Ujiri won’t let her live – be able to take the dramatic step to turn around by the trade deadline?

Probably not, but nothing is out of scope for the table. Here’s the latest on how things are going with them, according to report by Jake Fisher from Yahoo Sports.

Fred VanVliet is a name that other teams are interested in, but the Raptors are more likely to secure an extension with the 29-year-old point guard after the season than move him.

Fred VanVleet’s apparent trade seems to have more to do with his poor performance this season as the smaller guard nears his 29th birthday than the front office’s willingness to part ways with such a central team leader.

Both VanVleet and the Raptors agreed to delay renewal negotiations until the end of the season. Fisher evaluates something in Kyle Lowry the extension range is three years, $100 million—although that could be a bit high after a poor season (18.2 points per game, but more worrisome is 37.6% shooting overall). Then again Tyler Herro a contract (four years, $130 million) could add up. If the Raptors and VanVleet can’t reach an agreement by July 1, expect the Suns and Magic to be among the teams interested in a free agent.

• The guy the other teams are hoping for will become available. And Anunobi. Don’t bet on it. He was arguably the best perimeter defenseman in the league and the Raptors see him as a key player going forward.

Meanwhile, Raptors officials left rival front offices with the impression, sources say, that it would require a catch of at least the amount of Atlanta’s off-season price for Dejont Murray – several unprotected picks in the first round – for Toronto to even consider parting ways with OG Anunoby, a well-known favorite of Ujiri.

Pascal sorry – All-NBA player – will shake up the market, but it is unlikely that he will be available. If so, it would take a catch almost at Harden’s level to close the deal (more of a summer move than a deadline).

• Raptor most likely to be sold: Gary Trent Jr.

The Trent appears to be the most likely Raptor to sell, by a wide margin. Various rival executives were under the impression that Toronto would even try to move Trent before the deadline, as Trent could opt out of next season’s $18.5 million player selection and test leeway. According to preliminary data, Trent will seek more than $25 million on average in the year leading up to the start of the 2023-2024 campaign.

Trent is the league’s most sought-after player – a winger who can both defend and shoot threes – but whoever trades him should know he could re-sign and keep him this summer.

As with the Bulls, many teams are watching to see if the Raptors front office decides to do something bold at the trade deadline. Smart money on less, Trent only moves, but the teams are watching and will call.

ANGELS – Sometimes it’s just:

Sunday, LeBron James was +19 in a game the Lakers lost by one.

On Monday, LeBron hit +19 again — and scored a season-high 48 points — in a game the Lakers won by eight (versus a team that lost an 11-game streak).

It’s tempting to say the Lakers are going the same as LeBron, but that’s not true. He’s been brilliant, bringing it every night of the season as he turns 38 – he’s a deserving All-Star starter who hit a historic milestone in scoring on Sunday night.

Too many LeBron nights are not enough.

At least for now Anthony Davis returns. It could happen as early as the end of this month – according to Jared Greenberg of NBA TV – or at the beginning of the next month (according to Shams Charania of The Athletic).

LeBron has taken the Lakers to an 8-8 record without Davis, but watching them, it’s obvious how much he’s missed. Officially coach Darwin Ham said there is no timeline, and when asked what he needs to see, “just increase the amount of stuff on the court by making it run up and down. Right now he’s basically been adjusted to stay half court, but the only time we see him run and then come back the next day just to see how his body reacts – specifically his leg, how that reaction – just for increased load inside. training”.

At the moment, the Lakers are the LeBron James show.

LeBron had had enough on Martin Luther King Day when he poured 48 points into the Rockets.

“I think this is historic, man,” Ham said after the game. “At various levels. For him to be at this point in his career and still be able to produce at the level that he produces, I think we can all just witness it, be a part of it, it shows his competitive spirit. His relentless mentality.”

It was the second night in a row and there was speculation that LeBron would get the day off (he was listed as questionable due to ankle pain most of the day). LeBron admitted that he was tired from yesterday’s game, but played anyway.

“I could very easily take the day off tonight, but I don’t feel the momentum of our baseball club could use me to take the day off tonight,” LeBron said, referring to the team’s approaching three-game losing streak. “I don’t think I wanted to sit on that Philadelphia loss last night, I wanted to kick it out of my taste buds and see if we can win tonight.”

The best LeBron was missing last night. Or the game before.

On Sunday against the 76ers, LeBron was the best player on the court – 35 points plus 10 assists – and yet, when the Lakers had a chance to win one, but with the ball in the last seconds, LeBron never touched the rock. Russell Westbrook decided to isolate Joel Embiid.

“We stopped, gave ourselves a chance…


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