Rick Bonnell: Nic Batum said extending coach Steve Clifford’s contract could enhance the @Charlotte Hornets chances of re-signing him over the summer. Batum on Clifford: “He trusts me. He believes in me. So that could be a big factor.” in Batum’s free-agency decision.
November 30, 2015 | 7:12 pm EST Update
Sam Smith: Popovich on Jimmy Butler: “He’s been on the same trajectory as Kawhi Leonard; they get better every year and play both ends of the court. You can look at teams and start counting how many players play at both ends at a high level. There are not that many.”