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Zach LaVine on trade speculation: Nine years of dealing with this

“Nothing new for me. Nine years of dealing with this. Play the next day. Practice. See what happens,” Zach LaVine said of the speculation swirling this time of year and the focus needed in advance of the trade deadline and All-Star break. “Guys are fine, at least from what I’ve noticed. Nobody is paying really big attention to it, unless they’re having private discussions they don’t want to share with the team. But I think it’s a little bit more what’s going on outside the locker room and outside the team and the media makes it a bigger deal than it is.”
Billy Donovan: “I know we’re five or six days away from the deadline. But like he always tells me, when something really comes up that’s pertinent that he wants to fill me in on, he’ll fill me in. He’s on the phone, and I think there’s all kinds of calls and conversations going on with all these teams right now. But there’s nothing that he’s really talked to me where he’s said, ‘Hey listen, we’re close on this or close on that.’ But he is communicating.”
Michael Beasley: “It’s a good percentage of the world that just wanna go against the grain. That’s literally what we get. We get the ones who wanna go against the grain.” Beasley — who played with LBJ in Miami and Los Angeles — says James deserves respect from the doubters … and they have no choice but to give him his flowers after this feat. “He earned it,” MB says, “You can’t really say too much after that, you know. He the best.”