What would you tell NBA teams right now about the sort …

What would you tell NBA teams right now about the sort of role you could provide for them on a rebuilding squad (like Rockets) or a contender (like Nuggets)? Kenneth Faried: More so a team for the Rockets, I’d show these young guys, “Hey, we got to come in here and play hard every day, because this could be your last game.” You never know, especially with this NBA. If you’re not coming here, playing hard, practicing hard, focusing on getting better every day, and trying to win games and continue to build, then instantly you’ll be traded or kicked out of the league in general.
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January 31, 2023 | 4:33 am EST Update

Nets feeling no pressure on extension talks with Kyrie Irving

As Kyrie Irving’s agent and stepmother Shetellia Riley Irving told my podcast partner Chris Haynes in a Bleacher Report story last week, Irving hopes to sign a contract extension with the Nets — but substantive talks between the sides have yet to begin. Some league observers have posited that this could be by design on Brooklyn’s part, with the Nets apparently convinced that they are under no pressure to move swiftly on the extension front when Irving would likely need their help via sign-and-trade to relocate in the offseason to any other team he likes.

Orlando eyeing Fred VanVleet?

Teams like the Los Angeles Clippers would like to improve at that position, with John Wall apparently available. The Orlando Magic have eyes on a quality veteran like VanVleet, per sources. The Dallas Mavericks are still looking for a Jalen Brunson replacement. The Washington Wizards don’t have a true answer at the point.