National Basketball League News & Notes

February 26, 2020

This NBA trade deadline featured several league changing moves. The success of some of these trades is not known right now, there may not be a lot of time left before the next ones take place. Big names on the trade block during this summer’s NBA free agency will be Bradley Beal and Victor Oladipo.

“Had Beal not agreed to a contract extension in October, he would have been the top name in this year’s trade market. Once we hit the offseason, he’ll be eligible to be moved again. ”

Brooklyn Nets GM Sean Marks has no problem with Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant and other Nets sharing their thoughts on potential roster moves.

“These guys know the players better than anyone else. (When we say to them), ‘This is what we’re looking at. Well what do you think?’ They’ll be brutally honest because they’ve got to go play with those guys,” Marks said in an interview on WFAN’s Benigno and Roberts Show earlier this week. “So, I think it’s important to weigh their opinions from time to time, and we certainly do that.”

Many NBA stars are consulted on personnel matters, it isn’t all that surprising that Nets management would talk to its players about potential moves.

But the issue arose earlier this season when Irving said publicly that the Nets still needed to add talent to compete for a title.

Mike Conley’s first year outside of Memphis has been up and down, as the Utah Jazz’s big offseason addition hasn’t been as snug of a fit in his new digs as some first believed. Conley, who has battled with injury this year, is averaging 13.4 points and 4.1 assists in 27.9 minutes per game.

The team hasn’t been quite as good with Conley on the floor, as he has a net rating of -4.4, according to advanced stats. As a result, the Jazz plan to make a pretty drastic change, moving Conley to the bench and sliding third-year forward Royce O’Neale into the team’s starting lineup.

Leon Rose, a prominent player agent, will take over as the New York Knicks team president on Sunday, according to two people familiar with the timetable.

Rose verbally agreed to take the job in early February and spent the rest of the month detaching himself from the various players he represents for Creative Artists Agency, according to the people, who spoke anonymously because they were not authorized to discuss the situation publicly.

The Knicks have not yet formally announced Rose’s hiring and may not do so until next week since Rose’s first day, March 1, falls on a weekend. Steve Mills, Rose’s predecessor, was reassigned to a new role within the Madison Square Garden Company on Feb. 4, two days before the N.B.A.’s annual trade deadline.

League wide reaction to Rose’s appointment has been measured, thanks in part to the widespread expectation that James L. Dolan, the Knicks’ owner, was finally going to pursue a highly experienced lead voice for the front office, such as the Toronto Raptors’ Masai Ujiri.

The NBA has revealed that Charlotte Hornets guard Malik Monk has been suspended for violating the league’s anti-drug program. Monk will remain suspended until it is determined that he follows the program.

The news comes as Monk enjoys a particularly productive month. The 22-year-old has averaged 16.7 points per game in nine February contests thus far.

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