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Atlantic Notes: Toppin, Reddish, Rose, Warren, Barnes, Durant

[ad_1] Obi Toppin averaged 17.1 MPG in his second season with the Knicks and it’s unlikely his playing time will increase, Fred Katz of The Athletic writes in his latest mailbag. With Julius Randle at power forward and the duo of Mitchell Robinson and Isaiah Hartenstein at center, along with the presence of Jericho Sims, Toppin won’t have a big role unless there’s an injury or trade. It’s still more playing time
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Atlantic Notes: Russell, Celtics Roster, Durant, Nets

[ad_1] The Celtics have revealed that they will wear Bill Russell-themed City Edition jerseys 12 times during the 2022/23 season, to honor the life and legacy of the 11-time Boston champion, reports Chris Forsberg of NBC Sports Boston (Twitter link), who recaps a Celtics press statement announcing the news. Two of those city jersey appearances will transpire during two Russell-themed home tribute contests, one against the Sixers in October and
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Pelicans Reportedly Unwilling To Offer Ingram In Package For Durant

[ad_1] The Pelicans are unwilling to include Brandon Ingram in a trade offer for Nets star Kevin Durant, league sources tell Christian Clark of NOLA.com. New Orleans has been mentioned as a possible landing spot for Durant, who is pushing for a trade out of Brooklyn. Building an offer around Ingram would mean offering up a young forward with an All-Star nod on his résumé — the Pelicans would also
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Latest On Kevin Durant | Hoops Rumors

[ad_1] Kevin Durant‘s situation with the Nets has reached a stalemate, Brian Windhorst of ESPN reports (hat tip to RealGM). On Monday’s episode of Get Up, Windhorst said the Nets haven’t lowered their asking price. “There hasn’t been an urgency in trade talks,” he said. “There hasn’t been a change in strategy by the Brooklyn Nets.” Other teams aren’t backing down, either, as they refuse to give up the assets
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Eastern Notes: Durant, Bulls, Micic, Giannis, LeBron

[ad_1] Nets superstar Kevin Durant has ended his feud with Bulls coach Billy Donovan, but Chicago still probably doesn’t have the assets to trade for him, Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times writes. Donovan coached Durant with the Thunder from 2015-20. The Bulls can offer DeMar DeRozan, Nikola Vucevic, Patrick Williams and draft capital for Durant, as Cowley notes, but the Nets likely wouldn’t be interested. Brooklyn is reportedly seeking
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Southeast Notes: Spoelstra, Oladipo, Durant, Kispert

[ad_1] August 14th 2022 at 3:18pm CST by Alex Kirschenbaum Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra seems likely to let chemistry and on-court fit determine the team’s line-ups, writes Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel in a reader mailbag. Winderman notes that Miami may even consider Max Strus or Caleb Martin as its starting power forward. The team let starting power forward P.J. Tucker leave for the Sixers in free agency this summer,
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Latest On Kevin Durant | Hoops Rumors

[ad_1] Kevin Durant‘s standoff with the Nets over his desire to be traded is likely to continue into the start of the season, ESPN’s Bobby Marks said this week in an appearance on “NBA Today” (video link). Marks theorizes that Durant hurt his cause with an ultimatum in his recent meeting with team owner Joe Tsai, saying he won’t return unless head coach Steve Nash and general manager Sean Marks are
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Atlantic Notes: Quickley, Durant, Sixers, Raptors, R. Williams

[ad_1] While the addition of Jalen Brunson and the return of Derrick Rose will likely move Immanuel Quickley off the ball in 2022/23, the Knicks guard is making it a priority to improve his play-making abilities this offseason, writes Zach Braziller of The New York Post. “We put a big emphasis on his passing, we’ve worked a lot on his passing out of the pick-and-roll,” Andrew Morant, Quickley’s trainer, told Braziller.
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Southeast Notes: Oladipo, Durant, Wagner, Maker

[ad_1] Victor Oladipo re-signed with the Heat this summer on a two-year deal worth approximately $18MM. Oladipo has only appeared in 12 regular season games since he was acquired from Houston at the 2021 trade deadline but he’s ready to return to top form, he told Vince Carter on the VC podcast (hat tip to Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald). He’s calling it his “Revenge Tour.” “When I say
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Kevin Durant Rumors: Ultimatum, Harrington, Nash, Sixers, Celtics

[ad_1] The ultimatum that Kevin Durant presented to Nets owner Joe Tsai – trade me or fire Sean Marks and Steve Nash – hasn’t had its intended effect so far, Brian Windhorst said during an appearance on ESPN’s Get Up on Wednesday (video link). Windhorst suggests that by presenting Tsai with such a “preposterous” alternative to trading him, Durant was hoping to “speed up the process,” since trade talks between