The Celtics’ All-Star expressed his happiness early i…

The Celtics’ All-Star expressed his happiness early in the season for Banchero and was excited to finally play him. The two squared off for a fourth and final time on Monday as Banchero and the Magic walked away with the 113-98 win. Afterward, Tatum offered a scouting report of Banchero. He is a bigger wing: 6-foot-10 and has to be 230 or something like that. (He can) create off the bounce, he can shoot, post up. He has had a hell of a year. I think, obviously, probably the Rookie of the Year. (He) has been playing at a high level. Looks like he has gotten better every month and getting accustomed to the game. (I’m) happy for him.
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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.