Johnson, 34, has played for seven NBA teams, including …

Johnson, 34, has played for seven NBA teams, including Toronto twice, and understands the trade deadline uncertainties as well as any player. “It is part of the business,” he said. “You work hard on your game, and it’s not for everybody. Every team you get on, every situation you get on, it may not be the situation for you, so you continue to work. “You’re on an interview every time that you get minutes on the court, so you’ve got to do your job as hard as you can and as best as you can when you get your minutes.”

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Nate Duncan: By trading for James Johnson, Dallas clears Delon Wright's $8.5m for 2021-22. With that an Curry trade, now project for $35m in space in 2021.
Dane Moore: The Timberwolves' trade for Ricky Rubio, according to Gersson Rosas: Minnesota receives: Ricky Rubio, No. 28 (Jaden McDaniels) Oklahoma City receives: James Johnson, No. 17 (Aleksej Pokusevski), Minnesota's 2024 2nd round pick A little different mechanically than expected.
“Today is a very good day because we think the acquisition of Andre, Jae and Solomon will help us with our versatility and create a more balanced roster,” said HEAT President Pat Riley. “Today is also a sad day because we lose three very good players who have been part of our family. We wish Justise, James and Dion nothing but the best in the future.”
Jeff Siegel: If my math is right, Memphis will have a 940k TPE for Iguodala's salary minus Johnson's incoming number and trade Hill and Crowder for Winslow and Waiters. Miami will trade Winslow and Waiters for Iguodala and Hill, then generate a 7.53M TPE for Johnson minus Crowder.
Jeff Siegel: Miami will have to pay James Johnson his $896,202 trade bonus. That amount will be included on the Grizzlies' books.
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Raptors bringing back Khem Birch?

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Marcus Morris apologized to Luka Doncic

With a first-round rematch between their teams set, Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic said there are no hard feelings remaining from the heated rivalry that he developed with LA Clippers forward Marcus Morris Sr. during last season’s playoff series. According to Doncic, Morris apologized to him during a game earlier this season about stepping on the back of Doncic’s left ankle in Game 5, a controversial play that the Mavs considered dirty with their star playing on a sprained ankle.
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