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Watch Russell Westbrook drain two buzzer-beaters against Blazers Hawks’ Collins out weeks with sprained ankle, Hunter also at least a week Draymond Green wants to play 4-5 more years, ideally with Warriors, not stressed about contract Lakers reportedly leaning toward packaging Beverley, Nunn in trade Khris Middleton reportedly set to return to Bucks Friday vs. Lakers

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The Portland Trail Blazers should have known it wasn’t their night when Russell Westbrook shortly before the half-time, he knocked down a three-pointer with a stepping back.

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Westbrook didn’t finish, he had another buzzer at the end of the third.

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Westbrook wasn’t the only guy in the building to drain half the court—in the second game in a row, a Lakers fan knocked down a half-court shot, this time winning $25,000.

It was a good night for the Lakers and their fans at home against the Trail Blazers. They got 31 points from LeBron Jamesplus 27 points and 12 boards from Anthony Davis. Austin Reeves added in 22, and the Lakers took control in the third and got the win they needed.

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Hawks will be without both starting forwards for at least the next three games.

John Collins will miss at least the next two weeks with a sprained left ankle and De’Andre Hunter will be suspended for at least one week with a right hip flexor strain, the Hawks said Thursday.

Both walked away with injuries during Wednesday night’s victory over Orlando. Hunter only played seven minutes and Collins was injured after a dunk that was disallowed at halftime.

Hunter is third among the Hawks in scoring with 14.9 points per game, while Collins is fourth with 12.3 points per game.

Hunter, a fourth-year player from Virginia, has yet to play a full season due to various injuries.

Jordan Pool Renewed with the Warriors this summer. Same way Andrew Wiggins.

Draymond Green didn’t – and he hit Poole and was out of the team for a while.

All of this has fueled speculation about Green’s future at Golden State. He has a $27.6 million player option for next season but could become a free agent this summer. With the Warriors payroll through the roof Stephen Curry as well as Clay Thompson are at the maximum extension, Poole and Wiggins have just received the money, and the contract extension for Jonathan Cuminga and the rest of the young players are coming – there are questions about how long Green will be in the Bay Area.

In an open and honest interview with ESPN Andscape’s Mark SpearsGreen has spoken about everything from his post-hit relationship with Poole to his future. Here are a few highlights:

“I want to play for another four or five years. That would be enough for me.”

“You can look at the NBA right now. There are five guys who have been on the team for over 11 years. We have three [along with Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson]. This is a very rare item. The NBA has 470, 480 players? There are five guys who have been on his team for over 11 years. This is amazing. So you don’t just give it away. So definitely I would be interested in that.”

Rumor has it he wants to play with LeBron James and Lakers: “I never said that. People can say what they want. I’m also not one to react strongly to what someone might say. I react to things when I want to react to them. I don’t react to things just because someone said it.”

Is he worried about his next contract: “No, not at all. I have a great agent [Rich Paul]. The best agent in the business. That’s why you contact an incredible agent because they are in business. I play basketball. This is what I want.”

I have no doubt there is mutual interest in Green staying with the Warriors, the question is at what cost. It’s not max. As for the threat of his departure, Green is still an elite defender and minor playmaker, but it’s fair to wonder what the free agent market will look like for him. Green is no longer the goal-scoring player he once was, and his unique skill set doesn’t fit any roster and system (whether he really fits the Lakers, for example).

It’s now widely believed in the league that Green will choose the last year of his contract with the Warriors – especially if they make the playoffs again – because that level of money doesn’t suit him. However, it only takes one owner to fall in love with the idea and send their CEO to close the deal. After all, the market might be for him, or he might be open to securing three or four years with another team, but for less dollars a year.

Green also talks about his relationship with Poole in the Q&A section, and it sounds professional and business-like. That’s all it should be, but it’s not the “play with joy” model that the Warriors are built on.

While the Lakers looked better, winning 6 of 8 with the top 10 offense and defense in the league this stretch, plus Anthony Davis continues to play at the All-NBA level at center.

This run, in which Los Angeles is still ranked 13th in the West, has come on the soft side of the schedule (like three wins over the Spurs) and is about to be tested by several weeks of harder games, starting with suddenly healthy Milwaukee Bucks on Friday. Although the Lakers were better, no one looks at them and thinks “rival”. Are they even a playoff team?

That’s why the Lakers are still in the deal market. But It is reported by The Athletic Jovan Buha. Lakers are aware of the move Russell Westbrook and his $47 million may not come through, so they’re more focused on a smaller deal. Patrick Beverly as well as Kendrick Nunn (possibly with a choice) to bring back quality RPGs to complete the list).

The Lakers are leaning towards [a Nunn/Beverley trade] for now, the team’s sources said. This would entail a small step to slightly refresh the roster while keeping the possibility of a bigger deal with Westbrook later in the season…

Beverly ($13 million) and Nunn ($5.3 million) are behind their contracts. With the Lakers’ need for extra size on the wingers and a better extra big defenseman alongside Anthony Davis, as well as an excess of small defensemen on the roster, Beverley and/or Nunn are becoming expendable. Packed…



Source: nba.nbcsports.com

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