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Jarrett Allen dunks over Jonas Valanciunas (video)


Jonas Valanciunas turned around just in time to become a prop in this Jarrett Allen dunk.

Ex-wife of Lorenzen Wright agrees to face Tennessee murder charges

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RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — The ex-wife of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright will not fight authorities’ attempt to send her from California to Tennessee, where she’s charged with killing him nearly eight years ago.

The Desert Sun newspaper reports that Sherra Wright briefly appeared in Riverside County Superior Court on Monday agreed to go back to Tennessee to face first-degree murder charges.

Authorities now have 30 days to bring her to Memphis, where Lorenzen Wright was found dead in 2010 at age 34. He had been shot multiple times.

Sherra Wright was arrested in December.

Lorenzen Wright played for 13 seasons as a forward and center in the NBA, including several for the Grizzlies in Memphis, where he was born and raised.

Report: Bucks’ Mirza Teletovic expected to be out until late in regular season

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A few weeks ago, the Bucks announced Mirza Teletovic was out with blockages in his lungs.

They didn’t reveal much about his timeline, but word is trickling out.

Gery Woelfel of Woelfel’s Press Box:

But two sources close to the Bucks claim Teletovic won’t be returning anytime soon. They believe the 6-foot-9 forward will be sidelined for at least three more months – or until late in the regular season. At that point, it could be difficult for Teletovic to be in game shape for the playoffs

Considering Teletovic had blood clots in his lungs a couple years ago, it’s encouraging this latest issue isn’t necessarily career-ending. I’m still not totally convinced Teletovic will return, but this beats it already being ruled out.

The Bucks could use Teletovic’s 3-point shooting. Perhaps, they’ll sufficiently address that need before the trade deadline. But if not – and Teletovic is cleared to play – working him into game shape for the playoffs might be a priority.

Rumor: Some Lakers frustrated with Julius Randle

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The Lakers are a multi-billion-dollar entertainment product, free-agent destination and de facto showcase for LaVar Ball’s shoe company.

They’re also a basketball team.

To that end, they called a team meeting a couple weeks ago to vent about all the other aspects swirling around. Unsurprisingly, Julius Randle came up. Randle is a solid young player who’s unlikely to have a future in Los Angeles, as the Lakers chase star free agents. It’s obviously not an easy situation for Randle, and apparently not everyone likes how he has handled this crossroads season.

Frank Isola of the New York Daily News:

According to one league source, one topic discussed is that some Lakers have been frustrated by the play of Julius Randle, who has been the subject of trade reports for nearly a year now.

After coming off the bench prior, Randle has started the six games since the meeting. The Lakers have lost five of those, but they were struggling before. Purely in terms of basketball, Randle – a forceful big man – probably makes more sense off the bench. Still, it’s completely reasonable for Luke Walton to experiment with lineups on his relatively deep team.

But this doesn’t necessarily end between the lines, and it’s easy to connect dots.

Some Lakers vented about Randle during the meeting… Walton moved Randle into the starting lineup immediately afterward, anyway… Believing he was ignored, a Laker upset with Randle leaked word to Isola… LaVar Ball talks about Walton losing the team.

Maybe Ball is right. Maybe he’s not. But this might be one issue causing sparks in the locker room.

Report: Bulls plan to trade Nikola Mirotic

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Nikola Mirotic – who missed the start of the season due to an injury sustained from a practice punch by teammate Bobby Portis – reportedly still wants the Bulls to trade him.

Good new for Mirotic then.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

The Bulls are still planning to trade forward Nikola Mirotic

Mirotic has been intrigued with the Utah Jazz, whose coach, Quin Snyder, has a reputation of maximizing offensive talent.

Mirotic can’t be traded until next Monday. He can also veto any trade, giving him say in where he goes.

He’d be an interesting fit in Utah as a stretch four next to Rudy Gobert. The Jazz also have several moderately valuable players who could be used in a trade.

Mirotic has played well since returning, giving him value on his $12.5 million salary with a $12.5 million team option for next season. If Chicago still wants to move him and he still wants to be moved, it’ll likely happen.