This kind of role wasn’t what Collins envisioned comi…

This kind of role wasn’t what Collins envisioned coming into the season, but it’s been his most enjoyable because he’s experiencing what he’s been looking for since entering the league. “These are meaningful moments now,” Collins said. “I’m proving I can win here. It’s just as valuable as showing I can get 20 or 25 points per game. Whatever anyone wants to see out of me scoring, I feel like I’ve already shown that I can score and put the ball in the bucket if that’s what you want. But are we winning because of it or with me in my situation now, do I have to score 25 every time to win? That’s not the case and it’s been me understanding that the winning makes everything so much better to appreciate all of this. What I really appreciate is it has allowed me to grow as a player and experience the other side of this league, which is winning. I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
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Here’s what Wojnarowski reported on ESPN’s morning show ‘Get Up’: “Philadelphia is still asking for a lot. Teams are not willing to be strip-mined to trade for Ben Simmons. They’re going to continue to try and find a way, to see if there’s a deal here as free agency starts. You kind of get another cycle of deal-making here. But he’s four years left on his deal, they’re not going to just give him away in Philly. Whatever they get back for him, they’ve got to believe it continues to make them a championship contender. But they’d like to get a deal done before training camp.”
That pushed Hield to the forefront. But even as the possibility of a deal built around Kyle Kuzma and Harrell began to form, the Lakers kept the door open to a Westbrook deal. Westbrook asserted his voice into the conversation, and per an NBA source, the Wizards pivoted. Just like that, the pieces the Kings liked for Hield were no longer available.
Italy made it to the quarterfinals of the Olympic Games after storming back against Nigeria to secure the win, 80-71, at Saitama Super Arena on Saturday. Nicolo Melli and Achille Polonara put the finishing touches on a 14-0 sprint generating a 70-64 lead. The European side held on to secure the victory punching in the ticket for the next round. The team led by Meo Sacchetti will rank first in Group B if Germany beats Australia by a margin of 17 points or less later in Tokyo. It will be in second place in any other case. A helpful reminder, the three group winners and the best-placed second will be seeded for Sunday’s draw.