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Michael Cunningham: Muscala (ankle) listed as out for Hawks at CLE Sun. Delaney (ankle) is doubtful. Schroder (ankle) and Belinelli (Achilles) are probable.
Michael Cunningham: Ilyasova (knee) out Sun. vs Bucks. Schröder (ankle) and Belinelli (Achilles) are prob.
Michael Cunningham: #ATLHawks Budenholzer says all except Belinelli (Achilles) and Plumlee (quad) available to play vs. Mavs
Charles F. Gardner: Charlotte coach Steve Clifford said Kemba Walker will sit out tonight’s game against the Bucks. Marco Belinelli (finger) also out for the Hornets.
Chris Kroeger: Marco Belinelli out for #Hornets tonight. Lamb will get more minutes, Graham stepping up too.
Sportando: Marco Belinelli suffered the fracture of the jaw bone. Tomorrow he will join NT training camp in Turin
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December 14, 2017 | 5:56 am EST Update
Sam Amick: Rival execs still expect Paul to head for the Lakers in free agency, meaning his trade value will be depressed. Also, OKC is just 3 games out of 4th spot in the West. Still time…
The league is watching the George situation very closely, and there’s a general belief that the Thunder will have to act if they haven’t significantly improved a few months from now (there are 29 games left before the deadline). With every George trade inquiry – whether it’s Presti on the call or recently returned front office mate/former Orlando Magic GM Rob Hennigan, who often handles such discussions for OKC – executives will be eager to exploit the situation.
In the ESPN Insider story on what each team’s fans should look for as trade season begins, Marks suggested moving Harris was about numbers… Harris’ salary in particular. The former second-round pick is having a career season and will be an unrestricted free agent in July. If Brooklyn is looking to optimize Harris’ trade value, the window is now. If they hold onto him past Feb. 8, the Nets will either have to sign Harris to a contract that starts in the $5-6 million range or lose him for nothing. Expect the Nets to receive a good second-round pick if Harris is moved.
Except Noel rejected the deal. Then in August, he fired his agent, Happy Walters, and replaced him with Rich Paul, whose playbook is to push for larger deals, and to hold off on signing long-term extensions until the player has the leverage, especially with guys as young as Noel (23). There were reports at the time that Noel was pushing for a max deal. A league source adamantly told B/R recently, though, that those reports were incorrect and that there was actually no dialogue whatsoever with the Mavericks after the agency change.
Do he and Paul push for a trade after he returns from injury—and is there even a team willing to surrender assets for a player it knows could demand a $100 million deal this summer? It will be months before we get answers. For now, all Noel can do is sit back and wait. “I most definitely don’t regret anything. I’m not nervous because I know my abilities,” he told Bleacher Report. “I know what I’m capable of. I know what I can get on the court any time, day or night, and do. It’s simply getting the opportunity to show it.”
Despite the awful appearance, the internal dynamic remains – by all accounts – very positive. There has been no rotting of this superstar core, just a well-intentioned group that can’t seem to play consistently. From their respectable net rating (plus-1.2, 11th overall) to their stout defense (2nd overall), there are reasons to believe they’ll turn this around.
After coming up with a steal and hitting two free throws to ice the game in his first outing back in Indiana since being traded in June, Paul George walked off the floor Wednesday night and handed his shoes to the son of former teammate Monta Ellis. “I’m glad the circus is over with; now everybody can move on,” George said. “I understood what the environment was going to be coming into to tonight. My teammates did a great job of helping me battle this one tonight.”