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Spurs’ Quincy Pondexter trying to recruit Anthony Davis… sort of

SAN ANTONIO — All eyes are on the New Orleans Pelicans and the future of All-Star Anthony Davis. Reports surfaced that Davis is wanting out of New Orleans for the bright lights of Los Angeles to join the Lakers before the 2019 NBA Trade Deadline.
From the Celtics to the Knicks, it seems teams are hoping to land the services of Davis.

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As is San Antonio Spurs’ Quincy Pondexter but it’s not for what you think.
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chatting with his former Pelicans teammate. However, before Spurs fans jump for joy at the thought of Pondexter trying to convince Davis of taking his talents to San Antonio it’s not for what he can do on the court but more for off the court.

Pondexter made it clear the only services he is trying to get from Davis is for him to make an appearance at his kids basketball camp in California.

Just tryna get @antdavis23 and @timfraz23 to my kids camp in Fresno this summer

Gay beats buzzer, lifts San Antonio Spurs past Phoenix Suns

Rudy Gay hit a jumper at the buzzer to lift the San Antonio Spurs to a 126-124 win against a surprisingly game Phoenix Suns team on Tuesday at the AT&T Center.

The Suns, ranked last in the Western Conference standings at 11-42, hung tight with the Spurs for the majority of the game. San Antonio improves to 30-22 on the year.

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Behind 38 points from Devin Booker on 14-of-19 shooting, cheap nba jerseys from china the Suns shot 60 percent from the field and 44.8 percent from 3-point range.

The Spurs hit 15 3-pointers, doing so in back-to-back games for the first time in franchise history. LaMarcus Aldridge led the Spurs with 29 points and was one of seven players in double figures. Davis Bertans scored 18 points, Marco Belinelli netted 17 off the bench, Gay added 16, Derrick White had 15 and Bryn Forbes and Patty Mills had 12 apiece.

The game was tied midway through the third quarter before the Spurs went on a 14-2 run to build their largest lead of the night at 12 points.

The Suns continued to hang around, scoring 11 straight points to pull within 96-95 early in the fourth quarter.

Aldridge isn’t sweating All-Star announcement

SAN ANTONIO – LaMarcus Aldridge has a couple of reasons for not tuning in to watch TNT an-nounce the 14 coach-selected All-Star reserves at 6 p.m. Thursday.

For starters, he’ll be at the AT&T Center preparing for the Spurs’ game with the Brooklyn Nets. But even if he had the night free, Aldridge at age 33 simply doesn’t care if he becomes an All-Star for the seventh time in his 13-season career.
“If I’m in, I’m in. If I’m not, I’m not,” he said. “I am too far into cheap nba jerseys  my career to be worried about those types of things. I’m worried about winning and trying to take this team far.”

After surviving a shooting slump that stretched over the first 17 games of the season, Aldridge has produced an All-Star caliber season that includes per-game averages of 21.1 points on 51.6 percent shooting from the field, 8.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.2 steals.

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But he isn’t sweating whether he’ll represent the Spurs for the third time in his four seasons with the club after spending his first nine seasons with the Port-land Trail Blazers.

“Y’all can just let me know if I get in or not,” he told reporters after the 126-124 win over the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night, his third game in a row in which he posted 28 or more points.

While Aldridge doesn’t care whether he gets to go to Charlotte for the elite game Feb. 17, he’s hoping teammate DeMar DeRozan makes it.

“For sure,” Aldridge said. “He’s been great all year.”

Statistically, though, that’s not quite accurate. While DeRozan is averaging 21.5 points, 6.2 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 1.1 steals, he has struggled in January, averaging 16.4 points on 41.8 percent shooting from the field.

DeRozan, who was traded from Toronto to the Spurs in the offseason in the Kawhi Leonard blockbuster, reached the All-Star game four times with the Raptors.

“It’s always an honor when-ever you get mentioned (as a candidate), let alone be in the actual game,” he said. “It’s something you always look forward to, something you dream about your whole life.”

Both players face fierce competition in the deep Western Conference and very well may spend All-Star Weekend resting at home or wherever they choose to visit for a mini-vacation.

The Spurs have had at least one All-Star selection in 39 of the 41 All-Star Games since joining the NBA in 1976, the most of any team in that span. The Spurs have had an All-Star in 20 straight seasons, the longest active streak in the NBA.
The only two years the Spurs haven’t had at least one All-Star were 1989 (the season before David Robinson joined the team) and 1997 (the season before Tim Duncan joined the team).

Aldridge is one of six players to have appeared in at least six of the last seven All-Star Games. The others are LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Russell Westbrook and James Harden.

Toronto Raptors: Grades in tight win over Mavericks

The Toronto Raptors closed out their 3-game road trip with a 123-120 win. The Dallas Mavericks were tough, but the Raps’ deep shooting proved too much.
After a pair of disappointing losses, the Toronto Raptors were in danger of slipping into a slump. With the Eastern Conference being so tight at the top, losing their third straight game would be trouble.
The Dallas Mavericks have pushed themselves into long-shot playoff contention in large part because of the remarkable rookie season of Luka Doncic. He was better than advertised, racking up a triple-double of 35 points, 10 assists, and 12 rebounds. For a chunk of the second half, his efforts looked like they would be sufficient. Happily for Toronto fans, their team’s often shaky three-point shooting was on target, and a strong fourth quarter produced a 123-120 victory.

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The Raptors have struggled early in recent games, allowing their opponents to build up what prove to be insurmountable leads. That wasn’t the case in Dallas, as the Raptors came out hot. Kawhi Leonard and Kyle Lowry established their presence early, splitting 23 first-quarter points.

Neither slowed down much in the second, and Toronto wound up with a 70-point half and 12-point lead. The Raptors were a sizzling 11 of 20 from beyond the arc, with seven players making at least one long ball.

The bubble burst in the third quarter. The Raptors were as cold as a polar vortex, needing almost five minutes to record their first basket. Dallas was happy to take advantage, and grabbed a three-point lead. That stretched to as much as seven early in fourth quarter, before a Norman Powell long ball began the comeback.

Raptors can dream about Anthony Davis, but it’s just that

That doesn’t preclude the Raptors from trying. Kawhi Leonard wasn’t too interested in coming, either, and he presumably spent part of Monday trying to avoid vanishing in a snowstorm. The Raptors would have to offer up their best young assets to even have a chance to sit at the table, so a theoretical package would have to start with Pascal Siakam and possibly OG Anunoby (who is highly valued within the franchise, but has been unable to replicate Siakam’s leap this season), and presumably Serge Ibaka or Jonas Valanciunas.

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Add a distant first-rounder, maybe two. There was no indication any offer was in Toronto’s plans Monday, though in Platonic circumstances it would be a no-brainer. Pairing Anthony Davis and Kawhi Leonard plus shooters would mean immediate contention. Toronto would truly be all in. And that’s your best offer.

The real question is, the best deal for whom? Davis switched to Paul and Klutch Sports last September, and Paul’s statement to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski read, “Anthony Wholesale nba jerseys
wants to be traded to a team that allows him the chance to win consistently and compete for a championship.” Which, strictly applied, rules out the Knicks.

The Pelicans released a statement that said they would do the best thing for the Pelicans, and asked the NBA “to strictly enforce the tampering rules associated with this transaction.” The NBA, which as a league is a tampering traffic cop on a tampering F1 course, is already looking into whether Davis would be fined a small amount for demanding a trade.

Poor New Orleans. LeBron’s patience with the Lakers has always seemed like one of those old Hollywood Western sets where the general store and the saloon are just painted plywood held up with two by fours. Paul is said to be sensitive to the idea that he might steer his megastar client to his megastar buddy. Perish the thought.

Well, except … huh. New Orleans should hold out for the best deal, and Boston can theoretically offer the best deal, but not now. They have purloined first-rounders and a deep well of young talent, from Jayson Tatum on down. Due to a quirk in the collective bargaining agreement involving Kyrie Irving’s contract, Boston can’t trade for Davis before July 1. But the Celtics have the best goods, if they are willing to offer them.

Which … hey, so why did Davis and Klutch Sports go public now? Yahoo’s Chris Hayes reported that Boston was not a priority for Davis because, “There’s a growing belief of uncertainty that Kyrie Irving will not re-sign with Boston.” Ah. But that could probably be figured out if the Pelicans wait until the window to sign Irving opens up on July 1, right? Unless you wanted New Orleans to move Davis somewhere else now, or something.

No, most people believe LeBron is pulling levers and strings, even as his injury absence has exposed some of the holes in the younger Laker players. The Los Angeles Times reported that any deal would have to start with … eh, some of the entirely disposable parts that currently populate the Lakers roster, it doesn’t matter. It’s possible the Pelicans front office is panicky and not up to the tricky task of disposing of a superstar and getting real value back. Precisely nobody in the league will be surprised if Davis winds up a Laker.

Why Raptors are doubtful to trade for Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis is on the market, so cue the procession of teams that will rush to try to acquire the 25-year-old superstar, be it ahead of the Feb. 7th trade deadline or this coming summer.

The New Orleans Pelicans big man has long been atop the list of dream targets and the writing has been on the wall for a potential Davis trade for quite some time.

The Pelicans have failed to put together a winning roster around Davis. The University of Kentucky product can opt out of his contract after next season, so New Orleans would Cheap Toronto Raptors jerseys be wise to sever ties with the five-time all-star before his current deal is through, lest risk watching one of the most talented forwards the NBA has ever seen bolt in free agency.

The Davis trade story progressed significantly on Monday morning after his agent, Rich Paul, stated that Davis has notified the Pelicans that he does not plan to re-sign with the club once his contract is up and that he has officially requested a trade.

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There is a long line of teams that will be vying for Davis’s services, whether they are contenders seeking to seriously bolster their lineup, or teams with the right package of assets to pull the trigger and begin re-building their team around ‘The Brow.’

Fans of nearly every fan base will ask themselves today: Does my team have a shot?

If you follow the Toronto Raptors, that question holds major implications on several fronts. Acquiring Davis would not only cement the Raptors’ status as the team to beat in the East, but could even make them favourites to win it all. That’s how good Davis — who is averaging nearly 30 points and 13.3 rebounds per game this season — is.

But do the Raptors really have a shot at landing him? Don’t hold your breath waiting for it to happen.

To say there’ll be competition for Davis’s services is an understatement. A generational talent, Davis would dramatically alter the hopes of whichever team eventually trades for him, and clubs will be willing to empty the war chest to make it happen — particularly if they feel they can sign him to an extension next summer.

The fact is, the Raptors don’t have the assets to match other teams.

Aside from Kawhi Leonard — and even then his expiring contract hurts his market value — Toronto’s most valuable trade chip is Pascal Siakam, the 24-year-old Most Improved Player candidate and potential all-star who is on his rookie-scale contract for one more season before becoming a restricted free agent. The ability to have him under team control for the near future is naturally appealing, to say nothing of his sky-high potential.

But it is going to take a lot more to land a player of Davis’s calibre. Any package is believed to have to include a combination of prospects and draft picks. But beyond Siakam, the Raptors don’t really have players to include in a deal that will dramatically move the needle for New Orleans.

Delon Wright is one player whose name will come up in trade talks between now and the Feb. 7 deadline, but he is on the final year of his deal and, with his role and playing time diminishing under Nick Nurse, hasn’t shown the kind of progression needed to boost his trade value.

OG Anunoby is certainly a player of undeniable promise but it’s unclear whether he holds the same regard outside of the Toronto market.

The Raptors do have the salaries to match. A package of Siakam, Anunoby, Serge Ibaka, Norman Powell and draft picks in exchange for Davis and the expiring contract of Solomon Hill would technically work. But is it the best New Orleans can do?

The answer likely lies in the draft picks, and this is where the Raptors really pale in comparison to others.

Call it a happy consequence of winning, but unless Toronto is dealing future picks — and you’d have to think the Pelicans would want immediate selections that can help land them another potential star via the draft to accelerate their rebuild— it’s unlikely Toronto’s picks would be high enough to entice New Orleans.

This season, the Raptors’ pick, top-20 protected, will belong to the San Antonio Spurs as part of the DeMar DeRozan trade. And whether Leonard stays or goes, selections in the next couple of seasons may not even be in the lottery, plummeting their value given the Pelicans’ situation.

Compare that to the most popular — or at least most-rumoured — potential landing spots like Boston or Los Angeles, and the Raptors can’t compete.

Wizards seek a rare accomplishment: Two road wins in row

ORLANDO — The singers couldn’t hold a note and their melodies fell flat, but Friday night, their joyful noise filled the showers of the visitors’ locker room at Amway Center.

After earning a 95-91 win over the Orlando Magic, several Washington Wizards players took part in an impromptu, and out of tune, shower concert. The reasons for the song were plentiful. The Wizards had arrived in Orlando early Friday morning for what looked like a “schedule loss” — after a home defeat cheap nba jerseys to Golden State, it was their second game in as many nights to end a long week of adjusting to home life following their trip to London. Instead, the victory marked only the team’s sixth road win of the season.

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You could hear the relief from the bathroom chorus but also see it in the faces of the players, who chowed down on the postgame catering. The Wizards needed that win; it helped them keep pace in the chase for a playoff spot. Washington (21-27) remains two games behind the eighth-seeded Charlotte Hornets (23-25) with 34 games left in the season.
Even more, the win set up the Wizards for a rare achievement. As Washington continues its meandering three-game road trip Sunday in San Antonio, the team will look for its first consecutive road victories since Dec. 3 and 5 at New York and Atlanta. But obstacles await, as they tend to do with the Wizards.

For one, Washington has not beaten the Spurs in San Antonio since 1999, a run of 18 consecutive losses. Also, the night in Orlando notwithstanding, the Wizards are a six-win road team for a reason. Their normal deficiencies are amplified away from Capital One Arena; among their woes, they are the worst road rebounding team in the league, posting an average of 39.0 in 24 road games.

Although the Wizards held on for a win Friday night with a lineup that featured Jeff Green at center, they could not keep the Magic away from rebounds. Orlando clobbered the Wizards under the boards 52-38, and its dominance grew more pronounced in the fourth quarter. The Magic grabbed 15 rebounds compared with the Wizards’ eight, and it produced seven second-chance points for its efforts. Rookie Mo Bamba came off the bench to collect four rebounds in 6½ minutes in the final quarter. Terrence Ross also sparked Orlando’s second unit with four rebounds; Trevor Ariza was the only Wizards player to secure more than one in the quarter.

How John Wall’s Disabled Player Exception helps the Wizards

Daily Digits is a new daily feature we’re doing at Bullets Forever this year where we look at stats about the Wizards. We’ll dive into the numbers, add context, and discuss how they affect the product on the court.

Today’s stat is the value of the Disabled Player Exception the NBA granted for John Wall’s season-ending injury, which is…

$8,641,000
Earlier this week, the NBA approved the Wizards’ application for a Disabled Player Exception after John Wall’s season-ending heel surgery. Washington can use the exception to sign a player for the rest of the season, claim a player off waivers in the final year of their deal, or trade for a player in the final year of their contract.

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Disabled Player Exceptions are more common than you think. The league also granted exceptions to Mavericks and Grizzlies this season after J.J. Barea and Dillon Brooks Wholesale jerseys
went down with season-ending injuries. Seven teams got exceptions last season, including the Celtics who used their exception from the Gordon Hayward injury to sign Greg Monroe.

Back in the 2015-16 season, the Wizards got an exception after Martell Webster had to undergo season-ending hip surgery. They didn’t use it that year and it wouldn’t be surprising if they didn’t again here. Anyone they sign with the exception counts on the team payroll and as part of the team’s luxury tax payments.

There are ways it could still come into play this season, especially around the trade deadline. The exception allows them to construct a simultaneous that would allow them to circumvent the salary matching rules in trades. Let’s say for the sake of making a hypothetical work that the Wizards wanted to trade Markieff Morris to Oklahoma City for Alex Abrines’ expiring contract. Trading them straight up wouldn’t work under the CBA, but if the Wizards used their Disabled Player Exception to get Abrines, the Thunder could use their trade exception from the Carmelo Anthony trade to get Morris and it would be a legal trade. The Wizards did something similar in 2015 to make the Andre Miller-Ramon Sessions trade work.

There’s also an off chance Washington could leverage the exception on the buyout market. With that exception in hand, they could offer veterans a bigger payday than other teams who can only offer the minimum. Again, it would all depend on Washington’s tolerance for extra luxury tax payments, but it’s on the table.

No exception will replace John Wall’s on-court value, and at this point of the season, it may be difficult to get value regardless of how it‘s used. But if nothing else, it always helps to have extra options at your disposal.

It’s time for Spurs vs. Wizards

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Welcome to the game thread. DeMar DeRozan was rested for last night’s victory against the Pelicans, so if he’s able to go tonight, he should primed for a big effort. Bradley Beal is the key performer for the Wizards, and he should be Derrick White’s assignment tonight. LaMarcus Aldridge was in the zone last night against New Orleans, so it will be interesting to see if he can keep it up on the second night of a back-to-back. Go Spurs GO!

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Charlotte Hornets are interested in trading for Andre Drummond

The trade deadline is getting closer, and the Charlotte Hornets have shown interest in the Detroit Pistons’ center, Andre Drummond.
The trade deadline is set for two weeks from now, and trade speculation is starting to pick up all across the NBA. On Thursday, Brandon Robinson reported that the Charlotte Hornets were interested in the Detroit Pistons’ center, Andre Drummond.

Due to Charlotte’s lack of production from their center position, trading for Drummond would make sense for the Hornets. Drummond is twenty-five years old and is in his seventh professional NBA season.

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If the Pistons are interested in these two players from Charlotte, then the Hornets may be getting ready to make a trade soon if the teams can come up with a deal. Picking up Drummond would be a huge improvement for Charlotte’s starting lineup.

So far this season, Drummond is averaging 16.3 points, 14.9 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks per game for the Pistons. Drummond is a double-double machine that could provide instant production at the center position for Charlotte.

It can be noted that Drummond has not had an All-Star caliber point-guard to play with for his entire career. A trade to Charlotte would pair him with one of the deadliest pick-and-roll maestros in the NBA, Kemba Walker.