Imagine you’re searching for a new apartment because you think there’s a better living situation out in the world. You’re done with your roommate and ready to see what’s available. But the longer the search goes, the more you realize there’s not a great deal to be found. So you stick with your old roomie, pretending you wanted to stay there all along. And now the rent has gone up, and it’s due soon. Awkward, right?
Los Angeles actively shopped Jordan throughout the season but ultimately kept the big man past the Feb. 8 trade deadline. The Clippers felt they were getting close to completing a deal with the Cavs this past Thursday, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, but once it was clear the Cavs were going in a different direction with multiple trades as opposed to a Jordan blockbuster, the Clippers decided to keep their current roster intact.
The Grizzlies have been giving heavy minutes to lineups featuring Jarell Martin, JaMychal Green and Marc Gasol — two power forwards and a center. For stretches of their completely unwatchable foul-fest against Phoenix on Wednesday, they had Martin guarding Elfrid Payton. You won’t believe this, but it went poorly — and those super-big lineups cannot score, like, at all. Also: Has any coach told Marquese Chriss that fouling is bad? Does he think it’s good?
The Kings have been playing retrograde double-center lineups all season, and they stepped it up in Monday’s loss/win against Minnesota by sliding Bruno Caboclo — still two years away from being two years away, and maybe a few months away from China — to small forward alongside Skal Labissiere and Kosta Koufos.
This season has been particularly interesting after all movement last summer of big-name players such as Chris Paul, Dwight Howard and Zach Randolph. Some of these tributes made sense, some of these did not. Some players even received fan tribute videos.
Sporting News ranked the top 15 tribute videos so far this season, from least deserving to most deserving. For the sake of conciseness, this list was limited to active players (i.e., no Paul Pierce).
The night before the 2012 trade deadline, Dwight Howard unexpectedly signed his opt-in waiver with Orlando, effectively killing the Nets’ chances at trading for him. Instead, they went all-in on acquiring veterans in an attempt to convince Deron Williams to re-sign that summer.