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Friday, December 14, 2018

Basketball

Report: Trevor Ariza trade falls apart due to confusion over players with same last name

Dillon Brooks

A Trevor Ariza to the Washington Wizards trade reportedly has fallen apart over confusion about which Brooks player the Phoenix Suns were receiving in the deal.

The Suns, Wizards and Memphis Grizzlies were all working on a 3-way trade involving five players. Here’s what the trade looked like:

– Wizards getting Trevor Ariza from Phoenix
– Grizzlies getting Kelly Oubre from Washington
– Suns getting Austin Rivers from Washington and two players from Memphis

The hangup has to do with the two players the Suns were getting from Memphis. One of the players was Wayne Selden. The other was “Brooks.” The problem is Memphis has two players with the same last name, and there was a confusion about whether MarShon Brooks or Dillon Brooks was in the deal.

Memphis thought they were trading MarShon Brooks, while the Suns only were going to make the trade if they were getting Dillon, according to information from Suns reporter John Gambadoro and ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Woj says the deal is dead unless the Wizards and Suns make it directly or involve a different third team.

If you’re wondering how the confusion could have happened, it’s apparently because Washington was used as a conduit in the trade talks and Phoenix and Memphis never spoke directly.

Who would have figured that Dillon Brooks would come between one of the biggest trades of the season?

Report: Wizards to acquire Trevor Ariza in 3-team trade

Trevor Ariza

The Washington Wizards, Memphis Grizzlies and Phoenix Suns are nearing completion on a 3-way trade that would send Trevor Ariza to Washington, according to a report.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Friday night that Ariza would go to the Wizards, while Phoenix would get Austin Rivers, MarShon Brooks and Wayne Selden as part of the deal. Washington would send Kelly Oubre to Memphis.

A trade of Ariza has been anticipated all week. He signed with Phoenix for $15 million in the offseason but has not played well for them, and multiple teams were said to be interested in acquiring him.

Rivers is making $12.65 million this season and will be a free agent after the year. Oubre is making $3.2 million this season and set to make $4.4 million next season with his qualifying offer. He is still on his rookie contract. Oubre is averaging 13 points and 4.4 rebounds per game.

This would mark the second time Rivers has been traded in six months. He was dealt by the Clippers to the Wizards in June.

Things have not been going well for the 11-18 Wizards this season, so they’re hoping this roster shakeup could lead to some positive results.

Watch: Malik Monk, Tim Hardaway Jr get into it after dunk

Tim Hardaway Malik Monk

Malik Monk and Tim Hardaway Jr had a moment of tension following a dunk during Friday’s game.

Monk dunked a ball on a fastbreak pass from Tony Parker under the basket and yammed on Hardaway during the second quarter. He went right up to Hardaway after the dunk and the two bumped chests and exchanged words.

Monk’s Charlotte Hornets were up by around 20 points at the time but ended up losing 126-124 in overtime. Monk had 9 points in the game, while Hardaway had just 12 during an off shooting night.

Bulls’ Jim Boylen says Gregg Popovich has privately offered support

Jim Boylen

Chicago Bulls coach Jim Boylen, under siege from his players, has leaned on mentor Gregg Popovich for support.

Boylen served as an assistant under Popovich with the San Antonio Spurs from 2013 to 2015 and has clearly used him as a coaching influence. The two apparently still speak, as Boylen said Popovich has privately offered him support as he clashes with his players.

Boylen has actually used some of the tactics Popovich has used on his Bulls players. That has clearly backfired, and Boylen was told he has a long way to go before he can consider himself in the same league as the Spurs’ coach. Regardless, Popovich is apparently supporting him, for whatever it’s worth.

10 early NBA Rookie of the Year candidates

Luka Doncic

We’re a third of the way through the NBA season, and a number of players have staked an early claim for postseason hardware. Recently, we reviewed 10 early candidates for MVP.

Though no rookie will enter that conversation this season (the last rookie to win the award was Wes Unseld in 1968-69), a few first-year players look like future MVP candidates. Here are 10 rookies who have gotten off to a hot start – the leading candidates, at this point, to win Rookie of the Year.

10. Miles Bridges, Charlotte Hornets

Bridges made an interesting decision choosing to return to Michigan State for his sophomore year. Though he had a solid season, he didn’t help his draft stock, and he may have hurt it slightly. A top prospect out of high school, he fell to No. 12 in the draft. In his rookie campaign, Bridges isn’t putting up jaw-dropping numbers — 7.5 points and 3.9 rebounds per game. But he’s playing 20 minutes a night for a surprisingly good Charlotte team (currently No. 6 in the East), and he’s shooting 48.4 percent from the field. Last week, he dropped a career-high 16 points and connected on three of his six three-point attempts. Look for his role in James Borrego’s offense to continue to increase.

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Jabari Parker dropped from Bulls’ rotation

Jabari Parker

Jabari Parker’s time in Chicago is turning into a major bust.

Parker, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2014 draft, signed a 2-year, $40 million deal with the Bulls over the offseason. But his time with the team could be coming to an end soon as his role dwindles.

ESPN’s Malika Andrews reported on Thursday that Parker is being dropped from the Bulls’ rotation.

The 23-year-old has started 17 of Chicago’s 28 games this season, averaging 31 minutes per game. But he hasn’t played in more than 30 minutes in a game since Jim Boylen replaced Fred Hoiberg as head coach. He’s become a bench player and didn’t even crack 20 minutes in the team’s most recent game — a loss to Sacramento.

This news makes it clear that the Bulls will not pick up Parker’s option for next season. This is also a hint that Parker could be traded if other teams show interest.

The Bulls have become a mess. They fired Hoiberg, suffered their worst loss in franchise history, and players have revolted against Boylen and his practice methods. Now one of their biggest signings is seeing his role significantly reduced.

James Harden’s snake skin outfit was total fire

James Harden snake skin

NBA players like to make fashion statements before games, and they tend to get even more creative before nationally-televised games. Such was the case for James Harden, who went all-out before Houston’s game on TNT Thursday night against the Lakers.

Harden was seen strolling into Toyota Center wearing a snake skin outfit that included a long-sleeve button down and some short shorts. Charles Barkley was not a fan.

Forget Chuck. Let me tell you something: This outfit is total FIRE. I don’t just want this outfit. I NEED this outfit.

Holiday season is here. If anyone wants to know what to get me, it’s this. This is so much better than LeBron’s shorts effort.