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Lauri Markkanen traded to Cavaliers as part of three-team deal

Lauri Markkanen

Lauri Markkanen has said he wants a fresh start with a team other than the Chicago Bulls, and he will officially get one now.

Markkanen was sent to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday as part of a sign-and-trade deal that also involves the Portland Trail Blazers. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Markkanen has agreed to a four-year, $76 million contract with the Cavs. The Bulls will get Derrick Jones Jr., a lottery protected future first-round pick from Portland and a future second-round pick from Cleveland. The Blazers are getting Larry Nance Jr. in the deal.

Markkanen posted career-lows across the board last season with the Bulls, averaging 13.6 points and 5.3 rebounds in 25.8 minutes per game. The 24-year-old was reportedly hoping to join another team, but that never came together.

Nance averaged 9.3 points and 6.7 rebounds per game last season. While acquiring him is not exactly a huge splash for Portland, it should make Damian Lillard at least slightly more pleased about the team’s offseason.

Derrick Jones Jr. stretchered off after getting hit on screen

Miami Heat forward Derrick Jones Jr. suffered a scary-looking injury on Friday after a collision on a screen.

Jones collided with Pacers center Goga Bitadze while Bitadze was setting a screen during Wednesday’s game and fell to the floor. While Jones was seen moving his legs, he stayed down for several moments and medical personnel came out to tend to him.

Jones was put in a neck collar and stretchered off the floor. There was no immediate word on his condition.

The 23-year-old has become an important player for Miami this season, primarily off the bench. He was averaging 8.6 points and 4.0 rebounds per game coming into Friday.

Dwyane Wade cracks Dunk Contest joke to Derrick Jones Jr.

Dwyane Wade

Dwyane Wade cracked a Dunk Contest joke to Derrick Jones Jr. on Friday night.

Wade is being honored all weekend in Miami as the Heat retire his jersey on Saturday. They held an event at American Airlines Arena on Friday night called “D. Wade – The Flashback: A L3gacy Celebration Event.”

At the event, Wade was saying hi on stage to several Heat players. When he got to Jones, he joked that he couldn’t talk to the youngster, because people would think he “did it on purpose.”

That’s a reference to what happened in the Dunk Contest, which Jones Jr. won last weekend.

Some of the judges said the contest was supposed to end in a tie between Jones Jr. and Aaron Gordon. Wade was being blamed for not delivering the score he was supposed, and the prevailing conspiracy theory was that he was helping out his ex-teammate.

At least Wade has a sense of humor about it.

Derrick Jones Jr challenges Aaron Gordon to Dunk Contest rematch

aaron Gordon Tacko Fall

Derrick Jones Jr may be one of the only people who believes Derrick Jones Jr deserved to win the Dunk Contest on Saturday night, and the Miami Heat star is already looking forward to defending his crown in a year.

Jones defeated Gordon in a thrilling Dunk Contest final that had a controversial ending. After he took home the hardware, Jones challenged Gordon to compete against him again next year.

Both Jones and Gordon got perfect scores of 50 on their first two dunks of the final and tied with 50s again when they went to a dunk-off. Jones then received a 48 on his last dunk and Gordon got a 47. Many felt Gordon deserved to win, as he dunked over 7-foot-5 big man Tacko Fall.

Rapper Common, who was one of the five judges on the panel for the Dunk Contest, said there was supposed to be another tie but one of the judges messed up with his or her score. There’s an obvious conspiracy theory about which judge may have screwed up.

If Gordon and Jones both take part in the Dunk Contest again next year, the real winners will be the fans.

Kelly Olynyk, Derrick Jones reportedly traded to Mavericks in Jimmy Butler deal

Kelly Olynyk and Derrick Jones Jr. are headed to the Dallas Mavericks as part of a sign-and-trade the Miami Heat made with the Philadelphia 76ers for Jimmy Butler, according to reports.

Butler signed a 4-year, $142 million deal with Philly and was traded to Miami for Josh Richardson. Olynyk is making $12.67 million this season and has a $13.6 million player option the following season. Jones is owed $1.6 million for the upcoming season.

Richardson is entering the second year of a 4-year, $41.9 million deal and will be making $10.1 million for Philly this season. The Heat will need to shed more salary to make the Butler trade work, as the combined salaries they are shedding with Richardson, Olynyk and Jones only totals about $24.4 million.

An earlier report said Goran Dragic was headed to Dallas as part of the deal, but that proved to be incorrect.

Derrick Jones Jr. thinks he can top last year’s Dunk Contest

He may be a largely unknown 20-year-old undrafted rookie, but Derrick Jones Jr. isn’t lacking in confidence ahead of his Dunk Contest appearance.

In an interview with Jared Zwerling of the NBPA this week, the Phoenix Suns forward was asked if he thinks he can top last year’s unforgettable duel between Zach LaVine and Aaron Gordon.

“Oh yeah, for sure,” Jones Jr. replied. “The dunks they did, I did a few years ago. So I’m not worried about it.”

He may only be averaging 1.6 points per game in seven appearances for the Suns this season, but a quick look at the video evidence confirms that Jones Jr. does indeed have, as the kids today might say, some serious bounce.

The UNLV product will have his work cut out for him considering the rest of the Dunk Contest field this year. But don’t be surprised if Jones Jr. makes you remember his name this All-Star Weekend.

Image via Denver Nuggets on YouTube