Hornets coach Steve Clifford will rejoin the team for practice on Tuesday. Clifford, who left the team Dec. 6 because of health reasons, will coach the Hornets Wednesday against Washington. He spoke with his team on Friday. “It’s great news,” Batum said. “I called him right away and talked to him. It’s good to know he’s coming back, and it’s good to know he’s getting better. He’s been out a few weeks, and it could be scary (to be sick), but the most important thing right now is his health.”
January 16, 2018 | 6:05 am EST Update
Marc Stein: One trusted source pulled me aside at the @nbagleague Showcase last week in suburban Toronto and insisted that the Cavs will “definitely” swing at least one deal before the Feb. 8 trade deadline. But is there really one deal out there that closes this gap?
With that in mind, the prudent route is to take on players — even if they carry larger salary obligations than the Mavericks would like — provided the Mavericks also can get prime assets in return. “I would say we are looking to use our cap space actively,” Cuban said Monday. “We will take back salary to get picks or guys we think can play.”
For a few fleeting moments, several Clippers dared the Rockets to come farther into the room, sources said. Security and team officials soon converged on the Rockets, pushing them out the door and back toward the visiting locker room, sources said. Ariza was described as the first one through the door, with Paul lingering in the back, witnesses told ESPN.
Michael J. Duarte: Mike D’Antoni said Blake Griffin hit him right before each got in each others faces and were issued technicals. #Rockets #ItTakesEverything