Some rival teams believe Orlando can set the tone for t…

Some rival teams believe Orlando can set the tone for this year’s trade market, with Evan Fournier, Terrence Ross and—albeit to a far lesser extent—two-time All-Star Nikola Vucevic each categorized as available. “They’re listening on all those guys,” one assistant general manager said. The name to watch closest of all: Aaron Gordon, considered to be particularly available, and the 25-year-old forward is also eager to welcome a change of scenery, sources said. “They should sell,” an Eastern Conference executive added. “They own their first-round pick. If you can get that pick into the top five, and you’re adding back Jonathan Isaac and Markelle Fultz next season, all of a sudden things could look very different.”
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May 9, 2021 | 11:14 am EDT Update
Magic Johnson: “When we show highlights, it’s how many points somebody had, how far can they shoot out on the court. Russell is neither one of those things. He gets all these triple-doubles, but you don’t see him on the highlights. We’re seeing guys who get 50 or 60 (points), or 45, or who had eight 3-pointers. But we didn’t appreciate and show him getting … I mean, the other night, you get, I think it was 20 boards? People have played 13 years, 15 years, and never get 20 rebounds. Same with assists. I know I got 24 a lot, but for him to get 24, there’s guards who’s played who would never get even 20 (assists). The things he’s been able to do, hopefully, we will say, ‘Give him his love, give him his respect.’ This is really big. This is something I couldn’t even do. I know how big it is.”
“I went after rebounds, too,” he said. “That’s part of your job. Him not hunting down those damn rebounds, they wouldn’t be on this win streak they’re on. You could say Moses Malone hunted rebounds, that he threw the ball up off the glass to get offensive rebounds. Social media, Twitter, and a lot of sportswriters who really don’t know the game have access to players. I tell you what – Beal likes playing with him. He’s not taking away from Beal. Beal’s still getting 30 points a night. Fat Lever (10th all-time in career triple-doubles, with 43) played with Danny Schayes and Blair Rassumussen and all those guys. I bet you Westbrook wouldn’t stop Dennis Rodman from leading the league in rebounding. Rebounding is about contact, especially if you’re offensive rebounding.” Added Walker, “You can’t be selfish getting triple-doubles. You would be doing him a disservice as a coach if you told him not to be aggressive. If he doesn’t play hard, he’s not a good basketball player.”
May 9, 2021 | 7:06 am EDT Update

Rockets to sign Cameron Oliver

Olgun Uluc: Cameron Oliver has agreed to a 10-day contract with the Houston Rockets, league sources told ESPN. He’s expected to suit up for the Rockets’ final four games of the season; the big-man averaged 17.3 ppg & 10.0 rpg in Australia’s NBL for the Cairns Taipans.
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Westbrook matched the Hall-of-Fame point guard with his 181st triple-double with 1:39 remaining in the third quarter. But then Westbrook made sure the Wizards won this critical game, burying two free throws to give Washington the lead with a second left in overtime before sealing a 133-132 overtime win over the Pacers with an incredible block on a Caris LeVert 3-point attempt at the buzzer at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Westbrook finished with 33 points, 19 rebounds, 15 assists and two blocks. “I’m so grateful, thankful and blessed,” said Westbrook, who can set the new triple-doubles career record as early as Monday when the Wizards play in Atlanta. “I take a lot of pride in doing everything to impact winning as much as I can and leave it on the floor.
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