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Report: Kings’ Rudy Gay, Ben McLemore, Kosta Koufos available via trade

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In free agency, the Sacramento Kings went out and got Arron Afflalo to be a solid two guard, and they got Matt Barnes, who can start at the three and fit in the system. Of course, all that goes around the centerpiece DeMarcus Cousins.

With those three guys on the roster, Rudy Gay, Ben McLemore, Kosta Koufos may not be, something long rumored and now confirmed Marc Stein of ESPN.

None of that is shocking, although this is an interesting twist.

Gay is the biggest name of the three, and he remains an athletic wing who scored 17.2 points per game last season. He’s not elite (at either end), and after a few injuries his efficiency slipped last season, but he’s still a quality NBA wing that a number of teams could use. He’s on a now reasonable contract for $27.6 million over the next two seasons.

With Gay by himself, Sacramento maybe could swap solid veterans with a team, or get a non-lottery first round pick. But packaging McLemore or Koufos could add to that value. McLemore should catch the eye of teams looking for wing depth — he shot 36 percent from three last season, his feel for the game is improving, and he’s still on his rookie deal. Koufos is the kind of defensive bit a number of teams could use.

Now that the main crush of free agency is over, teams will step back, assess where they are missing, and try to fill that in via remaining free agents or trades. Which means the Kings may well get some phone calls about these three.

Somehow, Ja Morant highlights keep getting better (video)

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Ja Morant is special.

He has already produced a few amazing plays during his rookie year. He has even taken over full games with his flashy play.

But the performance he put on during the Grizzlies’ win over the Cavaliers last night was something else.

Thrice, Morant elevated for show-stopping dunks. He scored only once. But each time, something incredible happened.

First, Morant way up to catch a lob from Jae Crowder, adjusted mid-air and found Jaren Jackson Jr. for a dunk:

Then, less than a minute later, Morant finished a lob from Crowder with a beautiful one-handed slam:

Finally, Morant leaped to posterize Larry Nance Jr., realized that wouldn’t work then threw a spinning behind-the-back pass to Jackson. Though Alfonzo McKinnie blocked Jackson, Morant’s move was dazzling:

If Morant is going to keep putting on shows like this during games, maybe we can forgive him for skipping the dunk contest.

Trae Young gets ankles absolutely destroyed by Dejounte Murray (video)

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The Hawks got Trae Young his desired help, trading for Jeff Teague.

Maybe Young will do his part and step up on defense.

That didn’t happen on this possession against Spurs guard Dejounte Murry.

At least Young continued his breakout season on the other end, scoring 31 points and dishing nine assists in Atlanta’s rare victory in San Antonio.

Tristan Thompson slaps Jae Crowder’s rear end, gets ejected (video)

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What is it about Cleveland athletes slapping butts and getting in trouble?

Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. faces a simple battery charge for slapping a police officer’s backside in LSU’s locker room after the College Football Playoff National Championship.

Last night, Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson got ejected for slapping Grizzlies forward Jae Crowder‘s behind.

Thompson and Crowder got double technical fouls earlier in the game. So, Thompson got ejected with a tech for this incident between free throws.

Though the two are former Cleveland teammates, Crowder didn’t look amused. Crowder doesn’t play.

The Cavs rallied without Thompson, but Memphis won, 113-109.

Kyle Lowry flings in wild 3-pointer (video)

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Kyle Lowry had the ball in his left hand when he felt contact. Not only did he try to sell a foul by flailing his arms, the right-hander tried to draw a shooting foul by hurling an off-balance 31-footer toward the basket.

No continuation. No whistle at all.

But Lowry made the shot, anyway.

Lowry and the Raptors will take it, but they didn’t need a break like that against the Wizards’ dismal defense last night. Toronto won, 140-111.