NBA news round-up: Zion progressing, Williams’ knee surgery, Wembanyama’s draft caution and more

Victoir WEMBANYAMA of ASVEL during the Turkish Airlines Euroleague match between ASVEL LDLC and Olimpia Milan at The Astroballe on April 7, 2022 in...

As the domestic campaign gets underway this weekend in France, projected 2023 top draft pick and teenage center Victor Wembanyama spoke with understandable caution about preferring team fit as well as a favourable environment rather than just being the No. 1 selection. Zion Williamson’s strength-and-conditioning coach provided an encouraging endorsement, Robert Williams III (knee) will miss the start of the season and more besides. Read the round-up here. Continue reading

NBA Q&A: Big questions answered, predictions made as 21-22 season into business months

Nikola Jokic of Team LeBron and Joel Embiid of Team Durant talk during the 2022 NBA All-Star Game at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on February 20, 2022...

A few weeks removed from the All-Star break and now into the home straight for another eventful NBA season, I spoke to LA Clippers fan and NBA expert Jack Brown earlier this month – discussing multiple topics including: under-the-radar players, intriguing offseason storylines, the MVP race as well as why he has a surprise team emerging from the West come playoff time. Continue reading

CJ McCollum to the Pelicans: This exit from Portland felt inevitable, but also long overdue

McCollum of the Portland Trail Blazers during the game against the Chicago Bulls at United Center on January 30, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO...

Midway through his ninth NBA campaign, after 564 regular season games and 57 more in the playoffs, Portland Trail Blazers shooting guard CJ McCollum has been acquired as part of a seven-player trade package sending him to the New Orleans Pelicans. It’s the end of an era in Oregon for the 30-year-old, while opening up new opportunities elsewhere. But why now?
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Veteran sharpshooter JJ Redick to bypass training camp, assessing options

Redick of the Dallas Mavericks shoots the ball against the Detroit Pistons in the second quarter at American Airlines Center on April 21, 2021 in...

After an abrupt and messy departure from New Orleans saw him traded to the Dallas Mavericks at the trade deadline last season, veteran shooting guard JJ Redick revealed he wouldn’t be participating in training camp on his own podcast – so will likely bide his time waiting for the right opportunity before agreeing terms with a team at some stage for the 2021-22 season. Continue reading

Necessary or excessive? Lonzo Ball, Alex Caruso and DeMar DeRozan join Chicago

Lonzo Ball of the New Orleans Pelicans drives around DeMar DeRozan of the San Antonio Spurs during the second half at HP Field House at ESPN Wide...

A young playmaking point guard continuing to quietly improve his three-point shot, an under-appreciated spark plug from the bench in Los Angeles and a four-time All-Star shooting guard who is routinely disrespected despite his leaguewide pedigree. How much have these three acquisitions raised Chicago’s ceiling in an Eastern Conference with two clear frontrunners? Continue reading

Lonzo Ball, Dennis Schroder among Chicago Bulls’ free agency guard targets

Zach LaVine of the Chicago Bulls looks to pass under pressure from Lonzo Ball of the New Orleans Pelicans at the United Center on February 10, 2021...

After falling two games shy of the postseason play-in tournament, reports claim Chicago want a starting point guards in the upcoming free agency period to bolster their offensive repertoire alongside All-Star duo Zach LaVine and Nikola Vucevic. Pelicans’ RFA Lonzo Ball and Lakers guard Dennis Schroder are linked, while Kyle Lowry and Spencer Dinwiddie are also named.
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Preview: New Orleans Pelicans vs Houston Rockets – Who continues their momentum?

Brandon Ingram of the New Orleans Pelicans shoots the ball during the game against the Milwaukee Bucks on January 29, 2021 at the Smoothie King...

Brandon Ingram had 28 points, Zion Williamson impressed with 21 on 13 shots alongside a career-high seven assists as the Milwaukee Bucks (11-7) had their two-game winning run snapped emphatically away from home overnight. Can they sustain that level of efficiency against a well-rested Houston Rockets (8-9) team in the second of their back-to-back slate? Continue reading

NBA Previews: Bucks host Lakers, Jazz target successive wins over Pelicans

Bucks provide ticket information on postponed games

Two NBA match previews as the Milwaukee Bucks (9-5) look to respond after a heartbreaking defeat against the Brooklyn Nets as they host the defending champion Lakers (11-4), while Stan Van Gundy’s New Orleans Pelicans (5-8) hope to avoid successive defeats against a resurgent Utah Jazz team (10-4) after a sluggish start to the regular season. Who will come out on top?  Continue reading

Oklahoma City Thunder rightly building around Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

Young Thunder finding their legs in playoff run vs. Rockets - HoustonChronicle.com

After a whirlwind month which saw his mentor Chris Paul depart for Phoenix, a new head coach appointed, multiple teammates leaving in trades or free agency, it’s become increasingly clear that the Oklahoma City Thunder are both prepared and willing to build their team around Shai Gilgeous-Alexander going forward – a belief echoed by GM Sam Presti earlier this weekend. Continue reading