Bulls’ current interest level in Zach LaVine trade

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Zach LaVine has been a popular name in trade talks in recent seasons, but the Chicago Bulls don’t seem committed to dealing him anytime soon. While speaking about the future of the Bulls, K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports highlights Chicago’s current interest level in trading LaVine.

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Josh Hall Out Due To COVID-19 Protocols

Hoops Rumors

Thunder rookie small forward Josh Hall will miss at least tomorrow’s tilt against the Clippers due to the league’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols, per Joe Mussatto of the Oklahoman (Twitter link).

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Japan privately concludes Tokyo Olympics should be canceled due to coronavirus

Fox 8

Japan’s government has privately concluded the Tokyo Olympics will have to be canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, The Times reported, citing an unnamed senior member of the ruling coalition.

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Old Dominion men’s, women’s basketball teams pause due to COVID-19

Yardbarker

In what's been a rarity among schools during the coronavirus pandemic, both the men's and women's basketball teams of the Old Dominion Monarchs announced on Thursday that they are pausing activities due to COVID-19 issues.  

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Tennessee hiring Central Florida’s Danny White as athletics director

USA Today

Tennessee is hiring Central Florida’s Danny White as its athletics director, a person with knowledge of the move told USA TODAY Sports.

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Struggling New Orleans Pelicans need to trade Lonzo Ball

Sportsnaut

Led by Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Zion Williamson, the New Orleans Pelicans were expected to take the next step to playoff contention in 2020-21. 

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Bradley Beal battling NBA to call off next Wizards game amid outbreak

Clutch Points

Washington Wizards star Bradley Beal is calling in the big guns, as the team continues to battle a full-blown COVID-19 outbreak within its ranks. According to the two-time All-Star, the Wizards are now going to request the NBPA to step in as the team continues to try and convince the league to suspend their matchup against the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday.

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Kyrie Irving flips ring finger to remind haters of championship

Cavs Nation

The Cleveland Cavaliers hosted the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday, and it was a special occasion for former Cavs superstar Kyrie Irving. Prior to tipoff, the Cavs played a video tribute for the six-time All-Star, who along with LeBron James, led Cleveland to a historic championship back in 2016.

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College basketball players who were snubbed from rankings

CBS Sports

With 357 teams comprising Division I college basketball, there was only room for 0.28 players per team on our list of the sport's top 101 players that was published in November. Sure, the Ivy League and a couple other teams have since dropped out of the 2020-21 season, but when our team of college basketball writers was deliberating who to include on the list, no one had dropped out of the season yet.

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Federal judge rules in favor of Zion Williamson, deems marketing deal void

The Score

A federal judge in North Carolina granted New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson partial judgment on Wednesday in his lawsuit against Gina Ford and Prime Sports Marketing, according to ESPN's Mark Schlabach.

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Adam Silver wants NBA players to get vaccines to set example for black community

Larry Brown Sports

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver wants the league’s players to get the COVID-19 vaccine because he believes they can help set a good example for the black community.

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What it Would Take for Celtics to Land Bradley Beal

Heavy

The Boston Celtics ultimately removed themselves from the James Harden sweepstakes, as the Houston Rockets remained bullish on their asking price. In return, the Celtics kept their young, talented core intact, while Harden was shipped off to Brooklyn in a four-team deal.

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The Real Reason Why Kobe Bryant Changed His Jersey From No. 8 To No. 24

Fadeaway World

Perhaps the two most notorious numbers in basketball are Kobe Bryant’s 8 and 24. Bryant, who died in January of 2020, made the numbers famous, not just for what he was able to do on the court, but for what he was able to do off of it.

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NCAA announces dates for preliminary March Madness rounds

ESPN

The NCAA announced on Tuesday its dates for the preliminary rounds of the 2021 men's basketball tournament, which will take place entirely in Indianapolis and its surrounding areas.

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Penn State men’s basketball interim head coach Jim Ferry incurs $10,000 fine, public reprimand

Centre Daily Times

Penn State men’s basketball interim head coach Jim Ferry earned Penn State an institutional fine of $10,000 from the Big Ten and a public reprimand for his actions following Penn State’s loss to Purdue on Sunday.

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Boston College-Virginia Tech men’s basketball game postponed due to COVID-19

CBS Boston

 The contest between Boston College and Virginia Tech’s men’s basketball teams scheduled for Wednesday has been postponed, due to a positive COVID-19 test within the BC program.

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Celtics did in fact discuss Jaylen Brown in trade talks for James Harden

Sportsnaut

ESPN’s Brian Windhorst made this claim on his recent Hoop Collective podcast, noting that Brown was discussed as a potential target for the Rockets. There’s no telling how far the talks got from there. 

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Washington Wizards hoping to resume practicing as soon as Wednesday

ESPN

Despite reeling with six remaining healthy players, the Washington Wizards are hopeful they can resume practicing as soon as Wednesday — nine days after the franchise's last game amid a coronavirus outbreak within the team, sources told ESPN on Monday.

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Wizards’ COVID-19 Problems Worsen As Another Player Tests Positive

Hoops Rumors

The Wizards’ COVID-19 issues continue to mount, as a seventh player and a staff member have now tested positive, Ava Andrews of the Washington Post tweets.

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Duke unranked for first time since 2016

Yardbarker

The men's basketball team of the Duke Blue Devils has made some unfortunate history. 

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Three-star big man Tyrone Baker commits to Georgia

247 Sports

Tyrone Baker, a six-foot-nine and 190-pound big man out of Fort Bend (Texas) Hightower, has committed to Tom Crean and Georgia, he tells 247Sports.

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Mavs star Luka Doncic surpasses Michael Jordan in all-time triple-double list in historic feat

Clutch Points

In only his third season in the NBA, Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic has already surpassed Michael Jordan in one category.

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James Harden On Chemistry With Brooklyn Nets: “When You Play With Really Really Good Players, It’s Pretty Easy.”

Fadeaway World

James Harden is one of the premier scorers in the league, and a player that has the ability to score from anywhere on the court. He is equally adept at passing the ball, possessing the vision to set up his wide-open teammates for easy baskets. All of James Harden’s skills were reflected in his legendary, triple-double debut with the Brooklyn Nets. It seemed as if Harden’s already developed some chemistry with his teammates.

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Grizzlies’ Jonas Valanciunas Enters NBA’s COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols

Bleacher Report

The Memphis Grizzlies will be without big man Jonas Valanciunas for Monday's game against the Phoenix Suns.

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Coach Fred Hoiberg tests positive for COVID-19 as Nebraska Cornhuskers extend pause

ESPN

Nebraska men's basketball coach Fred Hoiberg announced Sunday he has tested positive for COVID-19 and the program said it would continue to pause activities for a minimum of seven more days.

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