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forward is before the Feb. 20 trade deadline, according to the San Antonio Express-News on Saturday.

Leonard, who travel to Italy for their Europa League clash at Inter Milan.Italy is in a state of lockdown and no football is allowed to be played in the country until April, other Federico Pastorello, but in his ‘previous working life’ he was one of the best sporting directors of Serie A, a recognition he was given in his time with Palermo. He was a stand out in different clubs, but the greatest experiences were certainly tho than European competitions, because of the spread of coronavirus.Torres came out onis awaiting the results of an X-ray on his injured right hand, could return to action as soon as Tuesday against the Clippers or Wednesday at Portland. He was averaging 11.6 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 28.6 minutes per game before going down with injury.at at Liverpool on Sunday.The Norwegian has also pointed to “long balls” that he suggests make the Reds the most direct team in the Premier League.Goals in either half from Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah sent the Carabao Cup semi-finalists tumbl

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guard scored a team-high 30 points on 11 of 19 from the floor, including 1 of 2 from downtown, and 7 of 8 from the free throw line in a 121-112 win over the Magic.

Parker did all of hi excited wnja Matic has fielded a bumper offer from MLS.The Sun says Matic is in talks with MLS side Chicago Fire about a lucrative move.And the exit door may even open in the next few weeks.Chicago plan ited from Saudi Arabia is cooling.A report suggests that the Public Investment Fund in the country may be wavering on their idea of buying the Tyneside club.A report in The Shields Gazette suggests that Manchester United are the main target for the Sto make Serbian Matic their ‘designated signing’ and areorking with Allan Saint-Maximin.Bruce feels the only problem with the winger is that he “needs to pass the ball more”.”Well, look, I said when he walked through the door that he’s going to excite people the way he plays, the way he is,” he s damage in 34 minutes of game action, also adding five assists and one rebound. He is averaging 19.0 points and 5.3 assists over his last four games.

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Nightly Grades: LeBron James goes supernova

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Each night, Eye on Basketball brings you what you need to know about the games of the NBA. From great performances to terrible clock management ard insists his “dream” is to be regarded as the best player in the world.A target for Real Madrid, Hazard has in the past played down claims of such ambition.However, he now tells Planet Health: “Dreams are what allow you to move. “My personal dreamthe report card evaluates and eviscerates the good, the bad, and the ugly from the night that was. 

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LeBron. James. Wow. 

The four-time MVP finished with 61 on 22-33 shooting, including 8-10 from 3 as he and the Heat eviscerated the Bobcats, 124-109 en route to an eighth straight win.

A

The were on a back-to-back, but the have had major problems with them the past couple seasons. And not only was the win fairly authoritative, it also pulls Brooklyn to 29-29, with a chance to go back over .500 for the first time this season Wednesday against the .

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Tough win for the Grizzlies. The were riding a six-game winning streak and showing flashes of being a legit good basketball team. Memphis needed this one badly to keep pace in the Western playoff race, and the Grizzlies went on the road and got it done, 110-104. led the way with 21, had 16 and 10 rebounds while controlled the game brilliant with 10 points, eight rebounChelsea-duo-Callum-Hudson-Odoi-Reece-James-set-returns-Fridays-23s-clash.html”>Daily Mail says the exciting young duo are set to feature for Chelsea’s under-23s against Brighton at Stamford Bridge after long spells on the sidelines.Winger Hudson-Odoids and seven assists.

B

was the latest player to embarrass the , going for 17 points and 26 rebounds in a 96-85 win for the .

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What could they really do? LeBron was on a mission to show everyone how spectacular he is, and whelona players are at eachother’s throats over the sacking of Ernesto Valverde, it has been revealed.Valverde lost his job in the New Year to be replaced by former Real Betis coach Quique Setien.AS says Valverde’s demise has split the locker room, withn that happens, there’s nothing stopping him except maybe The Avengers. 

even had a terrific game, dropping 36 with 19 rebounds as the Bobcats somehow kind of stayed in the game game despite LeBron’s eruption.

B-

The won! Good job, Bucks! You beat the by 26, and picked up a 12th win. 

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win! Or lose. Depending on your current perspective. Either way, they had more points than the Blazers and came out with an impressive, resilient victory. No shame in competing. 

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The went back above .500 with a win in Denver… but they shot 64 free throws in the game. That’s not their fault, but still, what a gross way to win.

Still: A 132-128 road win behind 33 points and 19 rebounds for , his 50th double-double of the season, is impressive.

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The battled, but when the other team attempts 39 more free throws than you, it’s an uphill battle.

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On a second of a back-to-back, with playing on a sprained ankle, the Bulls just didn’t have the necessary energy to play with the Nets tonight. 

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Oof, . Losing at home to the Lakers is not a good look. 

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You lost to the Bucks. And not just that, but by 26. That’s an automatic F. 

F

Sigh. Just sigh.

(They lost 96-85 to the Pistons tonight.)

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minutes in amidfielder Hirving Lozano.Napoli have

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guard , who returned with little issue from a finger injury, played 32 minutes in amidfielder Hirving Lozano.Napoli have offered €40m for the Mexico international.“We’ve been following Lozano since last January,” De Laurentiis told ESPN.“We know very well that he can be a good buy for Napoli. We’ve also bic Calvert-Lewin is enjoying the way his form has tuhas no problems with his assistant coaches showing their passion on the sidelines.Former Gunners player Freddie Ljungberg, who is now one of Emery’s assistants, was very animated on the touchline during their Carabao Cup game against Nottingham Foresrned around this season.The attacker has been on fire since Carlo Ancelotti took over midway through the campaign.He recently signed a five year deal that will keep him at the club until June 2025.Aeen following James a loss at Memphis Monday. Bradley scored 14 points as he shot 6 of 12 from the field. He added three assists and a steal for the Celtics in the losing effort. Bradley has scored in double figures in back-to-back games. He’s just at 10 points per game on the year with three assists and a handful of rebounds.

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w 1-1 with Olympiacos in front of a barren stadium

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forward turneby the coronavirus outbreak.The Premier League club drew 1-1 with Olympiacos in front of a barren stadium in Greece on Thursday.Speaking after the Europa League last-16 tie, Wolves skipper Conor Coady said: “It was a tough game, it went harder when td in another dominant performance during Saturday’s contest against the Rockets.Love went 11 of 22 shooting from the field, including 2 of 5 from beyond the arc, and a perfect 3 of 3 from the charity stripe. He finished the game with 27 points and 15 rebounds, with six of them coming from the offensive side. He also chipped in with Love has doubled up in all but one of the team’s first 15 games this season. He is averaging 20.4 points and 13.2 rebounds on 41.3 shooting froays that he is not thinking about his future at Newcastle United while he is out on loan at Swansea City.The goalkeeper is only worried about helping Swansea get into the playoffs and eventually back into the Premier League.The 22-year-old has ten mom the field, includr Kalvin Phillips.The Mirror says Wolves and Bournemouth have joined Aston Villa in the race to sign Phillips.Villa have offered £11million for Phillips and now Leeds’ rising midfield star has attracted interest from Wolves and Bournemouth.Phillips,ing 32.0 percent from downtown.

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Sources: Rockets exploring Asik trades again

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The have renewed efforts to trade disgruntled center , with for Manchester City assistant manager Mikel Arteta.The Arsenal-DID-inform-Man-City-pursuit-Mikel-Arteta-despite-claims-contrary.html” target=”_blank”>Daily Mail says Arteta will be confirmed as Arsenal’s new manager on Friday as it emerged the Gunnethe emerging once again as a potential landing spot, league sources told CBSSports.com on Tuesday.

The two teams engaged in serious discussions on an Asik deal in December, when the Rockets were trying to move the defensive-minded center so they could aggregate any players acquired for use in future deals. With that possibility long gone, Houston GM Daryl Morey has re-opened trade talks, and the Sixers have more payroll flexibility than any team in the league to make a deal work.

The Sixers are $11 million under the salary cap, meaning they can absorb Asik’s $8.4 million salary without sending back any players. They also have to add $5.1 million to their payroll to meet the league’s salary floor of $52.8 million.

According to executives who’ve engaged in conversations with Houston about Asik, Morey is still setting the price high for the Turkish 7-footer, who was lured away from the Bulls as a restricted free agent in 2012. The structure of the offer sheet Asik signed, which calls for him to be paid $15 million next season, has been problematic. Though his cap hit would be only $8.4 million in 2014-15, any team acquiring Asik before Thursday’s deadline would face an expenditure of $17 million for him to play a little more than 100 games — a tough sell for any owner under the restrictive CBA.

Due to that expense, teams like the and have no interest in acquiring Asik, sources say. The like him, but not at the Rockets’ current asking price. The problem in assembling a deal with the Sixers is the same problem the teams experienced in December, only worse because more of Asik’s total compensation over the next two years is in the rear-view mirror.

The Rockets want a first-round pick for Asik, sources say. Theose Mourinho has paid tribute to Manchester United defender Max Taylor.The 19-year-old was diagnosed with testicular cancer in October 2018 when Mourinho was in charge at Old Trafford and the Portuguese was devastated with the news.Following surgery Sixers have New Orleans’ 2014 pick (1-5 protected), but are looking to use their cap space to acquire first-round picks — not divest them. Philadelphiformer club Leicester City.A summer signing for the Red Devils, Maguire was questioned after Sunday’s win over Chelsea if he had to adjust to playing at his new club.Sky Sports reports Geoff Shreeves asked: “How different will this be from Leicester a’s floor-spacing interests the Rockets, but the Sixers have been asking teams for a first-round pick in return.

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Russell Westbrook to play against the Heat

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The just made the bestlle says the club must be patient with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Neville says inconsistency will plague the team as they rebuild.Speaking on the Gary Neville Podcast, Neville said: “I think United are going to have moments like that in this period acquisiton on trade deadline day.The team announced will play against the on Thursday, his first game since Dec. 25.

Westbrook has been out since Christmas after having an arthroscopic procedure on his surgerically repaired right knee. He makes his return right on the team’s timetable that was set in December.

However, it sounds like he will have a minute restriction placed upon him and he might not play in back-to-backs for the time being.“We are all very excited to have Russell back. He has worked extremely hard says PSG star Neymar would be welcome at Real Madrid.The Brazil captain is being linked with Real and former club Barcelona after PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi took aim at the behaviour of the club’s big names.Casemiro told AS: “Neymar is a greatthroughout his rehabilitation, and his addition will allow us to build on the progress we have made in his absence,” Sam Presti said in a statement. “As Russell integrates back into the team we are going to manage the transition by building his minutes over time and will evaluate his availability in back-to-back situations. Thesez.The Brazilian, signed from Chelsea on transfer deadline day, made his first start for the club in Saturday’s win over Burnley.Sokratis said: “When [David] came we spoke a lot that we will have moments when we struggle, but we have to struggle all t steps are an effort to control the areas of his return to play where feasible, given the reduced practice and conditioning time during the regular season. Our goal is to create the best foundation for Russell and the team as we head into the postseason.”

Westbrook, 24, is averaging 21.3 points and 7.0 assists in 25 games this season. The Thunder are 21-4 with him, and 22-8 without him.

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ltic on deadline day at the start of the season, e

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guard is dealing with for Lyon striker Moussa Dembele.Dembele left Celtic on deadline day at the start of the season, earning the Scottish champions £18m.The 22-year-old has since impressed in Ligue 1 and has caught the eye of United chiefs, no he isn’t focused on the future of Laurent Koscielny.The veteran defender refused to join his teammates on the preseason tour of America in order to force through a return to France.And Emery says the issue is between Koscielny and the club.Speaking tably Cantona.The Old Traffan illness that of Friday’s game against the Lakers, according to the St.teta will already know what players he needs to sign in the summer.The Gunners have yet to lose a game this year, winning six and drawing four of their ten matches so far this year. And Merson has been impressed with how the club have settled under t Paul Pioneer Press. Rubio will likely be a game-time decision as a result of the illness.

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NBA trading deadline 2014: What to watch for

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The NBA trading deadline is rapidly approaching, and as rumors continue to swirl — even if only slightly — here’s what to watch for until the deals are done.

Trade Deadline 2014  | Thursday, Feb. 20, 3 p.m. ET.

Teams can trade any eligible player up until the deadline. After that, you’re locked in with your roster till draft night. Teams can trade players, players’ rights, draft picks, trade exceptions and, of course. almighty cash.

Because otherwise it would be total chaos until and throughout the playoffs. Also, the deadline provides a heightened week of anticipation, rumors, and discussion after the All-Star break, boosting the NBA’s visibility which is always a good thing for them.

All in all, it’s been a much quieter week-before-deadline than expected. Early indications were that with so many teams tanking and so many teams desperate to make the playoffs now, we were set for a crazy rush. But instead, it’s been dead quiet as major deals involving and have already gone down, no one wants to trade picks in this super-valuable draft, and many teams that would be willing to move their pick (Washington, Indiana, Golden State) have already moved theirs.

That said it’s extremely unlikely to see a deadline go by with no moves.

Some more general information:

Picks to burn

Since several teams already have traded their pick, that means other clubs have multiple first-round picks which they can use to make a deal. There are eight:

Suns (possible four total) (possible three, but one is lottery-protected from Philly and that ain’t happening) (possible three total) (possible three, but more likely two) (possible two) (possible two)76ers (possible two)Jazz (Two)On the move?

There are of course players heavily rumored to be on the market. Reports conflict on all these guys, since in the history of man, no team has ever wanted to admit that a player was available, but here are the ones that consistently come up in rumors.

(we could name this list after him) (but that’s mostly died down)Any Sixers player not named or Make a move, or stick

Separate of what is actually being reported as happening, there are five teams that need to make a deal:

The big three in the frontcourt is not working. They can’t afford big extensions for Greg Monroe and after giving his contract. Something’s got to be done. My favorite trade idea is , Andre Miller, and Kenneth Faried from Denver for and Monroe.

They have possibly four draft picks. They have the sixth seed. There’s no reason not to swing for a home run with one of the picks as bait. I don’t know if Pau Gasol actually is a taking a cut that gets out of the infield, let alone the park, but they should swing at something.

They have the offense to make some noise in the playoffs, but really need a rim protector. and are not it.

Because Thad Young deserves more than this and itts he’s been disappointed with Gylfi Sigurdsson this season.The Iceland international has struggled to make an impact.Osman told GentingBet: “I’ve been disappointed with Gylfi Sigurdsson this season.”I don’t think there’s any question that Gylfi’s no’s time to go even further into the tank.

Give up the ghost, Daryl Morey. Trade Omer Asik.

At the other end, there are five teams which should stand pat:

They’re still a really good team. They could be way better than the record indicates, and a model for playoff succsss (three-pointers plus good interior and perimeter defense). No need for a panic trade.

They’re hitting their stride and should to see what’s possible with the group they have now.

Unless you can trade coaches, this team has enough to accomplish its goal: Reach the playoff. Re-evaluate after that.

I want to see what a full, healthy roster for this team could do with more time together.

I want them to get trapped between being bad and a legit contender, so fans and media can understand why trading Kyle Lowry and bottoming out beforehand would have been better.

The Money tes. This is their big chance. With a transfer ban. And a new manager. This season offers Chelsea’s kids an opportunity like no other…And strengthening their case will be the new coaching team about to be installed. For all the complaints from DerbDodge

Teams are always making moves at the deadline for reasons beyond basketball. Two teams, the Bulls and , are set to be at or near the luxury tax. the Lakers are $7.5 million over and in a disaster season like this, do they really want to waste a year of their repeater-tax hits?

The Bulls are under, but only $678,000, so they might feel more comfortable getting further under. Read this, and its follow up, from ShamSports.com on why teams would want more breathing d Sead Kolasinac are currently under 24-hour guard amid claims they’ve been caught up in a local gang war.The Sun says an East European gang has stepped in after North London thugs tried to steal the aces’ watches in a moped raid.But the yobs will noroom for cap space.

Salary caps in play

Five teams have cap room to take on huge contracts in salary dumps to acquire future assets:

Philadelphia 76ers: $11 million: $5.6 millionPhoenix Suns: $5.2 million: $1.7 million: $1.7 million

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f the season, scoring 29 points on 10 of 18 shooti

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forward came one assist short of recording his first double-double of the season, scoring 29 points on 10 of 18 shooting while totaling 15 rebounds and a season-high nine awith Spurs.”I do more for the team defensively. Maybe not getting as many goals and assists, but that’s not important to me. I make sure I help the team and try to keep my pla his exit from the club last season.The 34-year-old has enjoyed a resurgent season at Villarreal which has led to a recall to the Spain national team.And he still harbours some regret at not being able to say farewell to the Emirates.”I have always nce in the starting 11. I’m learning every year as a player and I feel more ssists in his team’s 120-109 win over the Blazers Wednesday.

Love alscould yet play outside of Europe.Lloris told France Football: “I do not think so. I think I still have a few years ahead of me. In any case, I will do everything to make the most of it. I will also know how to say stop at the right time, but I’m not o hit four of his seven three-point attempts while playing 41 minutes in the victory. He has averaged 25.2 points, 13.7 rebounds and 4.2 assists over 25 games played.

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