“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.” This doesn’t mean you should expect a blockbuster before the deadline. But the kindling wood for a bonfire is in place. And don’t be surprised if you hear a lot of speculation between now and then.
Mike McGraw: Mirotic said after the game he’s not sure what’s going to happen, but he’s really hoping to play Wed against Golden State. #Bulls
Vincent Goodwill: Zach LaVine on if he wants the team kept together: “It’s not my concern to be making those decisions. Right now we’re rolling. We have a good little thing going out there. Keep the chemistry but whatever happens, it’s above our heads.”
KC Johnson: Mirotic on talk between now and Feb. 8 trade deadline: “I know my name is going to be there. I’m doing my job. I’m sure they’re (management) doing their job. We’re both going to do what’s best for the team.”
That noted, Los Angeles might also be unlikely to receive those types of offers in the first place, according to Bobby Marks of ESPN: “The biggest obstacle is that he’ll be a restricted free agent in the offseason. In talking to teams, they feel that instead of giving up an asset or first-round pick for Randle, they can just go out and sign him. Give him an offer sheet in the summer and not give up an asset. … If [Lakers] keep him, that’s an indication that they’re going to retain him when we get into the summer.”