February 6, 2023 | 3:23 pm EST Update
Marc Stein: LeBron James to @RealMikeWilbon just now on ESPN on the Lakers’ inability to trade for Kyrie Irving: “I can’t sit here and say I’m not disappointed (at) not being able to land such a talented (player) … that can help you win championships. … But my focus has shifted now.”
Kyrie Irving was never on the Bulls’ radar, according to a team source. Neither is Russell Westbrook, another rumored point guard that the Bulls have been linked to since November. This entire 2022 offseason was based on “continuity’’ from Karnisovas, and that remains unchanged.
The 42-year-old Spanish legend Pau Gasol, who last played with Barcelona in 2021 and who won the 2006 FIBA World Cup in Japan, has been announced as Global Ambassador for the 2023 FIBA World Cup, which will be played between Japan, Indonesia, and the Philippines between August 25 and September 10.
February 6, 2023 | 3:06 pm EST Update
The Miami Heat has been receiving inquiries about point guard Kyle Lowry, and he’s now among several Heat players in play as Thursday’s NBA trade deadline approaches. The Heat initially had no interest in dealing Lowry. But the team’s position has softened recently, and Miami is now open to trades involving Lowry if the team is offered a deal it views as advantageous, according to a source in contact with the team.