NBA News: Player News and Updates for 1/7/14
NBA Daily Updates 1/7: Deng-Bynum Trade, Tonight's TV Schedule and More
January 7, 2014
After a pretty slow evening last night (just three games), the NBA will be getting back to business tonight. There are a whopping 12 games on the schedule, so basketball fans will have plenty of choices out there. While we’re waiting on tip-offs, let’s take a closer look at some of the players and storylines making news this morning. Here’s the latest.
Luol Deng, SF, Cleveland Cavaliers: We’d be remiss if we didn’t talk a little bit about the big Cavs-Bulls trade this morning. Late last night, we learned Deng was being sent to Cleveland for injury-prone big-man Andrew Bynum and three future draft picks (and the right to swap picks with the Cavaliers in 2015). The Bulls will waive Bynum before a guaranteed $12 million clause in his contract kicks in today.
In reality, this looks like a pretty decent trade for both parties involved. Cleveland gets something for Bynum (although Deng’s contract will expire at the end of this year), and the Bulls get picks while dumping salary.
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Joe Johnson, SG, Brooklyn Nets: Johnson has been mired in a scoring funk for much of the season, but he had a breakout game last night against Atlanta. He scored 23 points with three rebounds, four assists and a steal in the Nets’ 91-86 win, which was his first time scoring in double-digits since Christmas Day.
That’s three straight wins for the Nets, who are on something of a roll. They currently sit at 13-21. Brooklyn has two more games on their current home-stand: tomorrow against the Warriors and Friday against the Heat.
Kevin Love, PF, Minnesota Timberwolves: A couple days after missing some key free throws down the stretch in a loss to the Thunder, Love was back out there last night against the 76ers. He put up a nice line, posting 26 points, seven rebounds and four assists in the 126-95 victory. Love has at least 25 points in nine of his last 10 outings.
The T-Wolves have won four of their last six and stand at 17-17 on the year. They’re at home against Phoenix tomorrow, then will face the incoming Bobcats on Friday.
DeAndre Jordan, C, Los Angeles Clippers: Double-doubles are nothing new for Jordan this season, and he notched another one last night in a victory over the Magic. He put up 14 points and 17 rebounds in the Clippers’ 101-81 win, which was his 15th double-double of the season so far. In his last five games, Jordan is averaging 15.2 rebounds in each outing.
The Clippers are 3-1 over their last four and stand at 24-13 on the season. They’ve got two more home games this week: tomorrow against Boston and Friday against the Lakers.
NBA Daily Schedule: 24 teams will be in action tonight, so it’ll be a pretty hectic evening for us basketball fans. Here’s a look at the complete schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying the games.
Tuesday, January 7, 2014:
7:00 PM ET:
Washington Wizards at Charlotte Bobcats (CSN, SSO-CHA)
Philadelphia 76ers at Cleveland Cavaliers (CSN-P, FSOhio HD)
Toronto Raptors at Indiana Pacers (SNET360, FSIHD)
7:30 PM ET:
New Orleans Pelicans at Miami Heat (NBATV, SunSpM, FSNOLA)
Detroit Pistons at New York Knicks (MSG, FS Detroit)
8:00 PM ET:
Phoenix Suns at Chicago Bulls (WGN-TV, FSAZ HD)
San Antonio Spurs at Memphis Grizzlies (FSSW, SSO-MEM)
Golden State Warriors at Milwaukee Bucks (CSNBayHD, FSN Wisconsin)
8:30 PM ET:
Los Angeles Lakers at Dallas Mavericks (FSSW-DAL, TWC Sportsnet)
9:00 PM ET:
Boston Celtics at Denver Nuggets (CSN-NE, Altitude)
Oklahoma City Thunder at Utah Jazz (ROOT Sports, FS Oklahoma HD)
10:00 PM ET:
Portland Trail Blazers at Sacramento Kings (CSN-CA, CSNNWHD)
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