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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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Southeast Notes: Mitchell, Beal, Kuzma, Porzingis, Adebayo, Young, Murray

[ad_1] August 20th 2022 at 8:40am CST by Dana Gauruder The Wizards should be bold and acquire a star player like Donovan Mitchell to pair up with Bradley Beal, who’s now locked into an extension, Josh Robbins of The Athletic opines. That pairing would put up big offensive numbers but Washington would have to make other moves to cover for the backcourt’s defensive shortcomings. The front office would have to
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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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Pacific Notes: Wiggins, Westbrook, Kyrie, LeBron

[ad_1] Fresh off his first NBA title and All-Star selection in 2021/22, Warriors starting small forward Andrew Wiggins is hoping to prove his mettle as an All-Defensive Team-caliber competitor, as he told Vince Carter on the retired eight-time All-Star’s podcast, The VC Show with Vince Carter (h/t to Andrei de Guzman of TalkBasket). “One thing I’m really gonna strive for this upcoming season is being on the [All-]Defensive Team,” Wiggins said.
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Heat Notes: Schedule, Butler, Herro

[ad_1] If the Heat needed any extra motivation heading into the 2022/23 season, the NBA’s newly released TV schedule should provide some, Ira Winderman writes for The Sun Sentinel. As Winderman outlines, despite making it to within one game of the NBA Finals last season, Miami will make just 11 appearances on TNT, ESPN, and ABC in ’22/23. By comparison, the Lakers, who missed the play-in tournament, will have 27
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Pacific Notes: Wiggins, | Hoops Rumors

[ad_1] Appearing with Taylor Rooks on her Bleacher Report show, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban cited Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins as the difference in the Western Conference Finals. Wiggins was outstanding in the five-game series, averaging 18.6 points and 7.2 rebounds per night while shooting 46.2% from the field. “It was just guys who knew their roles, like an Andrew Wiggins,” Cuban said. “I think he was the one who beat
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Southwest Notes: Zion, W. Green, Spurs, Grizzlies

[ad_1] The schedule of nationally televised games for the upcoming season indicates that league officials are still skeptical about the prospect of a full year from Zion Williamson, writes William Guillory of The Athletic. Not counting games on NBA TV, the Pelicans will play in front of a national audience just 11 times — six on TNT and five on ESPN — which ranks 13th in the league. New Orleans
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Central Notes: Walker, Stewart, Bulls, Bucks

[ad_1] The Pistons are likely holding onto Kemba Walker to see if he might have any value in a potential trade, Keith Langlois of NBA.com writes in a mailbag column. There have been rumors since late June of a buyout agreement for Walker, who was acquired from the Knicks in a trade that was agreed upon on draft night but couldn’t be finalized until the moratorium lifted. There’s little chance
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L.A. Notes: Powell, Seattle Game, LeBron, Lakers

[ad_1] Norman Powell is looking forward to a fresh start with the Clippers after suffering a left foot fracture shortly after being acquired in a February trade, writes David Yapkowitz of 213 Hoops. Powell played just three games before the injury, then returned for two games late in the season and two more in the play-in tournament. He said it was difficult trying to adapt to a new team without
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Atlantic Notes: Knicks, Anunoby, Flynn, Sixers, Celtics

[ad_1] Appearing on CNBC on Monday (video link), financial analyst Jonathan Boyar said that there’s a belief Knicks owner James Dolan will explore selling his sports franchises after Madison Square Garden Entertainment finishes building the MSG Sphere in Las Vegas. The new Vegas venue is scheduled to open in 2023. However, an MSG executive responded to that report with a quick and succinct denial, according to Knicks reporter Tommy Beer