Recently a news article came out about Kemba Walker having a stem cell injection in his knee. The scary part is why athlete's typically get these injections. Usually they only occur as an arthritis treatment. Osteoarthritis is a strong possibility.
The New England Journal Of Medicine states Oseoarthritis is a degenerative disease characterized by loss and degradation of articular cartilage in addition to synovial inflammation, leading to joint stiffness, swelling, pain and loss of mobility. The reason any type of arthritis is a concern is the breakdown of knee cartilage and the extreme pain that eventually comes. When a joint suffers from arthritis it starts to lose mobility and eventually the pain and loss of motion are crippling.
Blake Griffin has been a shell of himself ever since his knee arthritis started. Kemba Walker is likely looking at a similar fate. It only took a couple years for Blake Griffin to struggle to stay healthy and make an impact. The last year or two of Kemba Walker's contract is sounding like an albatross. Did the Celtics sign damaged Goods? Let us know in the comments.
Buddy Hield to Knicks rumors are trending again, last night new whispers of Buddy Hield to Knicks came out with a proposed package of Frank Ntlikina and Julius Randle for Buddy Hield. We have confirmed a conversation occurred but it was the Kings calling Knicks to guage Hield's trade value. Our source says talks were never serious and Hield is expected to be in Sacramento at least until the trade deadline. The Kings want a lot for Hield and likely wouldn't move him without draft assets included in a trade package.
A trusted league source confided in Basketball Rehab that Travis Schlenk the GM of the Atlanta Hawks called the league office to file a tampering complaint when news broke of the Bogdan Bogdanovic sign and trade to the Milwaukee Bucks. Schlenk had long coveted Bogdanovic and was not above sabotage to get the player he wanted we are told.
There are whispers the Clippers have called the Suns about a Paul George Devin Booker Swap via trade. We will provide updates as we receive them.
Update confirmed Clippers called to inquire about Devin Booker via trade but talks went nowhere. Suns were offered Paul George and Clippers are shopping Lou Williams seeking a first round pick but thus far nothing has been close.
Devin Armani Booker (born October 30, 1996) is an American professional basketball player for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association.
Paul Clifton Anthony George (born May 2, 1990) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
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Kawhi Leonard and Paul George aren't sold on the Clippers ability to build a championship team around them. A trusted league source confirms that both plan to team up on the New York Knicks. They can both opt out this summer and walk for nothing.
The Knicks have been very patient in their rebuild and have been stockpiling assets. If the Clippers don't make the NBA finals look for at least one of them to bolt to New York , possibly both.
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The LA Lakers are known to be a haven for superstar talent and the summer of 2021 is expected to be no different. A trusted league source has confirmed Giannis Antetokounmpo patience is wearing thin.
Giannis may sign a short term extension but his intentions remain clear LA is looking very tempting and his belief in the ability of Milwaukee Bucks front office to build around him has wavered. He's going to give the season a shot but if the Bucks don't make at least the NBA finals a summer trade request will come with the LA Lakers at the top of his preferred destinations list.
The NBA draft has come and gone and here are our grades for the best and worst drafts.
Who got great value and who failed to make enough to justify the use of draft capital?
Let's take a closer look.
Golden State Warriors
James Wiseman reminds me of the love child of Dwight Howard and Anthony Davis. He flashes high level shot blocking, paint protection and rim running ability. If he can become a more polished offensive player he can easily become a star.
San Antonio Spurs:
In a draft with no slam dunk star talent ( Even the players we think can become stars and superstars have their question marks). The Spurs landed Devin Vassell a two way wing we feel can likely be an excellent 3 and D starter.
New York Knicks
The Knicks talked to multiple teams worried that their primary target wouldn't last until the 8th pick. In the end they got their man. Obi Toppin a dynamic bouncy big man with the tools to be an elite scorer. In the late 1st they drafted on our favorite three and D prospects. Immanuel Quickley.
Pacers, Pistons, Nuggets
Lamelo Ball is a terrible shooter and defender who has serious holes in his game to even be a quality NBA starter. The Hornets picked based on position of need but did they take the best prospect? I hope for the fans sake we are wrong.
Udoka Azubuike is a project big man who is a poor foul shooter with a limited offensive game and questions about his ability to defend. Not sold he's even a NBA caliber bench big.
The Nets only had a late 2nd round pick and they have plenty of young talent so a late 2nd round flyer is understandable.
2020 NBA Draft
First Round1. Timberwolves draft Anthony Edwards
2. Warriors draft James Wiseman
3. Hornets draft LaMelo Ball
4. Bulls draft Patrick Williams
5. Cavaliers draft Isaac Okoro
6. Hawks draft Onyeka Okongwu
7. Pistons draft Killian Hayes
8. Knicks draft Obi Toppin
9. Wizards draft Deni Avdija
10. Suns draft Jalen Smith
11. Spurs draft Devin Vassell
12. Kings draft Tyrese Haliburton
13. Pelicans draft Kira Lewis Jr.
14. Celtics draft Aaron Nesmith
15. Magic draft Cole Anthony
16. Trail Blazers draft Isaiah Stewart >> reportedly traded to the Pistons, after first being dealt to the Rockets
17. Timberwolves draft Aleksej Pokusevski >> reportedly traded to the Thunder
18. Mavericks draft Josh Green
19. Nets draft Saddiq Bey >> officially traded to the Pistons, after first being dealt to the Clippers
20. Heat draft Precious Achiuwa
21. 76ers draft Tyrese Maxey
22. Nuggets draft Zeke Nnaji
23. Knicks draft Leandro Bolmaro >> reportedly traded to the Timberwolves
24. Bucks draft RJ Hampton >> reportedly traded to the Nuggets, after first being dealt to the Pelicans
25. Thunder draft Immanuel Quickley >> reportedly traded to the Knicks, after first being dealt to the Timberwolves
26. Celtics draft Payton Pritchard
27. Jazz draft Udoka Azubuike
28. Lakers draft Jaden McDaniels >> reportedly traded to the Timberwolves, after first being dealt to the Thunder
29. Raptors draft Malachi Flynn
30. Celtics draft Desmond Bane >> reportedly traded to the Grizzlies
Second Round31. Mavericks draft Tyrell Terry
32. Hornets draft Vernon Carey
33. Timberwolves draft Daniel Oturu >> officially traded to the Clippers, after first being dealt to the Knicks
34. 76ers draft Theo Maledon >> reportedly traded to the Thunder
35. Kings draft Xavier Tillman Sr >> officially traded to the Grizzlies
36. 76ers draft Tyler Bey >> officially traded to the Mavericks
37. Wizards draft Vit Krejci >> officially traded to the Thunder
38. Jazz draft Saben Lee >> reportedly traded to the Pistons
39. Pelicans draft Elijah Hughes >> officially traded to the Jazz
40. Grizzlies draft Robert Woodard >> officially traded to the Kings
41. Spurs draft Tre Jones
42. Pelicans draft Nick Richards >> officially traded to the Hornets
43. Kings draft Jahmi’us Ramsey
44. Bulls draft Marko Simonovic
45. Bucks draft Jordan Nwora
46. Trail Blazers draft CJ Elleby
47. Celtics draft Yam Madar
48. Warriors draft Nico Mannion
49. 76ers draft Isaiah Joe
50. Hawks draft Skylar Mays
51. Warriors draft Justinian Jessup
52. Kings draft Kenyon Martin Jr >> reportedly traded to the Rockets
53. Thunder draft Cassius Winston >> officially traded to the Wizards
54. Pacers draft Cassius Stanley
55. Nets draft Jay Scrubb >> officially traded to the Clippers
56. Hornets draft Grant Riller
57. Clippers draft Reggie Perry >> officially traded to the Nets
58. 76ers draft Paul Reed
59. Raptors draft Jalen Harris
60. Pelicans draft Sam Merrill >> reportedly traded to the Bucks
Breaking News : League sources have confirmed a John Wall Russell for Westbrook trade is getting finalized. The Washington Wizards we are told are sending substantial draft compensation to the Rockets in the form of multiple 1st round picks. Wall has a history of severe injuries including two Achilles tears and we are told the Wizards fear he won't be close to the same.
Westbrook is a former MVP and walking triple double who should provide a major roster upgrade. More to come as we receive updates. It is possible other pieces may be included in the final trade package. Will get more details as soon as possible. By completing this trade the Rockets add assets for their impending rebuild and the Wizards make a push for the playoffs.
Update: The deal has been delayed as the Rockets have sought a third team to take Wall's contract. The Knicks and Pistons among teams contacted. Trade thus far would be Westbrook for John Wall and 2021 and 23 1st round picks.
The deal is now final. John Wall and one 1st round pick for Russell Westbrook. Will post more details as soon as we receive them.
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We will be using this page to keep you update as the trade chaos ensues! Check back often for updates.
Dennis Schroder to Lakers
The Lakers and Thunder have agreed to terms on a trade to send Dennis Schroder to the Lakers for Danny Green and the 28th pick in the 2020 draft.
Green will likely go to a 3rd team the Suns have been mentioned as a potential trade partner. Speaking of the Suns, The Suns and Thunder we are told are finalizing a Chris Paul trade. Paul would be traded for Ricky Rubio, Ty Jerome, Jalen Lecque and Kelly Oubre. as well as a 2022 1st. Rubio would possibly go to a 3rd team.
The Pistons have traded Bruce Brown to the Nets for Dzanan Musa and a 2021 2nd via Toronto
The Rockets are finalizing a trade to send Robert Covington to Portland for Trevor Ariza and 2020 first-round pick and 2021 protected first-round pick
The Milwaukee Bucks have traded Eric Bledsoe, George Hill and three first round picks for Jrue Holiday from New Orleans.
The Kings are sending Bogdan Bogdanovic to the Milwaukee Bucks in a sign and trade for Donte Divincenzo. Ersan Ilyasova and DJ Wilson
The New York Knicks are moving up in Wednesday’s NBA Draft, acquiring the Utah Jazz’s pick at No. 23 for the 27th and 38th picks tonight. Knicks are now picking at Nos. 8 and No. 23.
James Harden officially requested a trade. He is currently wanting to go to the Brooklyn Nets. The Nuggets are another team with strong interest.
The Russell Westbrook trade market is pretty terrible, Hornets and Knicks the only teams left who might take him for cheap.
The 76ers have trade interest in SG Joe Harris
The Kings and Mavericks are talking a Buddy Hield trade. Hield would prefer to go to Mavericks.
Hield also has interest in going to Miami or Philly
The Clippers have engaged the Pistons on a Derrick Rose trade
There are rumors the Miami Heat have a big trade lined up for Bradley Beal or Jrue Holiday.
The Atlanta Hawks have discussed a Blake Griffin trade and are the current favorites to trade for Jrue Holiday.
The Hawks are talking a 3 team deal with the Spurs and Pelicans.
Basic format would be Jrue Holiday to Hawks, Derozan and 11th pick to Pelicans and 6th pick to Spurs.
The Knicks and Rockets are in advanced Russell Westbrook trade talks with a deal looking likely.
The Knicks have trade interest in Demar Derozan and Bradley Beal
The Atlanta Hawks and Sacramento Kings have discussed a Buddy Hield trade
The Denver Nuggets have discussed a Buddy Hield trade
The Bulls and Warriors are having active talks for the bulls to trade up to 2 and send the Warriors the 4 and Wendall Carter JR.
There are whispers the Timberwolves will take Obi Toppin number 1 overall.