Recently, Nets GM Billy King spoke to the YES Network’s Jessica Taff, and confirmed that the Nets are aggressively shopping Troy Murphy, and confident that they will be able to trade him before the deadline:
“Obviously, you know, I’m very focused on Troy. I feel bad for Troy in this situation, but I think something will come before the deadline.”
The 6-11 Murphy is a great rebounder and deadly three-point shooter, but has never been to the playoffs in nine seasons, and his lack of defensive ability or ball skills have caused him to fall out of favor with Avery Johnson. Murphy likely won’t be able to put a contending team over the top, but his ability to rebound and stretch the floor could be useful, and his $12 million salary comes off the books after this season, so some team may be willing to take Murphy off of King’s hands before the trade deadline.
Kobe Bryant with spin move around LeBron James (VIDEO)
Just another magical day in the Valley of the Sun, where clearly Jeff Hornacek was the problem….
During an early timeout in the Suns’ game at Golden State, Markieff Morris tried to explain something to Archie Goodwin, who is seated. This conversation gets heated quickly, and teammates eventually have to step in and separate the two teammates.
The Suns have shopped Morris around as the trade deadline approaches, this isn’t going to help his value.
We should find out more about what happened after the game ends, although I’m sure both sides will play it down as “nothing.”
Kawhi Leonard drains game winner to beat Orlando (VIDEO)
This is how much Gregg Popovich trusts Kawhi Leonard on offense now: Tie game with 13.3 seconds remaining, and the play design is a 1-4 flat isolation for Leonard. It’s the kind of play teams will call for LeBron James or Kevin Durant. Popovich just called it for Leonard.
And he was rewarded with a game-winning bucket.
Leonard finished with 29 points, LaMarcus Aldridge had 21, and the Spurs head into the All-Star break with a 45-8 record, on pace to win 70 games this season. And that still would only get them a two seed.
Hornets’ Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffers shoulder dislocation, leaves game
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had been back just six games after suffering a torn labrum in the preseason that required surgery. The Hornets had won four of those six, were playing improved defense, and looked like a potential playoff team in the East.
INJURY UPDATE: @hornets Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has suffered a dislocated right shoulder. #CHAatIND