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NBA Rumors Stories for Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018
Updated 12:30 a.m. ET

rumors Charlotte Hornets majority owner Michael Jordan said Monday night he’s not looking to trade point guard Kemba Walker, and would do so only if the return included a major All-Star, such as the San Antonio Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard. Charlotte Observer

In an exclusive telephone interview with the Charlotte Observer, following the Hornets’ 112-107 home victory over the Sacramento Kings, Jordan said he’s disappointed with his team’s 19-26 start, but has not given up on the chances of reaching the playoffs this season. The Hornets have the 12th-highest payroll in the NBA this season at more than $116 million, and Jordan had aspirations for the team to earn home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Charlotte Observer

Jordan: “I’m not looking to trade Kemba, but I would listen to opportunities.” Charlotte Observer

rumors The Cleveland Cavaliers held a fiery team meeting in the practice facility locker room prior to Monday's practice, during which several players challenged the legitimacy of Kevin Love's illness that led him to leave Saturday's loss to Oklahoma City early and miss Sunday's practice, league sources told ESPN. Several players were pushing for the Cavaliers' management and coaching staff to hold Love accountable for leaving the arena before the end of Saturday's game, and then missing Sunday's practice, league sources told ESPN.

The meeting was loud and intense, only calming down once Love spoke to those gathered in the room and explained himself, league sources said. The meeting included Cavaliers coach Ty Lue and general manager Koby Altman, league sources said.

rumors Clippers head coach Doc Rivers believes the NBA should expand its All-Star rosters to 15 players on each side. "I wish the league would go to 15," Rivers said prior to Monday's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. "Whatever we dress [in regular-season games], we should have All-Stars."

Rivers, like many players, coaches and fans also believes that the upcoming All-Star Game draft between captains LeBron James and Stephen Curry should be televised. As an added bonus, Rivers also believes that the league's coaches' vote should be made public as well. "I actually think they should do the coaches vote, that should be public. And I think since we're in the age of transparency, we're announcing every time our official makes a mistake, that should definitely be live, the pick of the teams. Doesn't hockey do that?"

rumors As the Knicks plot out their future during this downtrending season, a particular mold of player remains a priority for the front office, according to sources: an athletic wing. One of that ilk who has piqued New York’s interest is Lakers forward Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who will be an unrestricted free agent in the summer. Caldwell-Pope certainly fits the ideal at just 24 years old with potential as an elite perimeter defender. He does carry some baggage, however, after serving a jail sentence this season for violating probation. NY Daily News

Theoretically, that could help New York land the shooting guard if it drives down his price in free agency. The Knicks won’t be working with much cap space should Enes Kanter, as expected, opt into the final year of his contract at $18.4 million. NY Daily News

On the trade front, the Knick who has garnered the most interest from teams is Willy Hernangomez. However, that discussion also comes with the following question: why isn’t he playing? NY Daily News

The Miami Heat went into Monday's game in Houston with plenty of available excuses to just roll over and play dead on the final night of its five-game, eight-day road trip. Not only were Goran Dragic or Tyler Johnson not available once again, but the Rockets owned the second-best record in the league. None of it, though, stopped the Heat from putting forth a worthy effort — until the Rockets All-Star backcourt of James Harden and Chris Paul proved too much down the stretch. Harden broke an 88-all tie with a three-pointer with 3:06 to play, jumpstarting an 11-2 Rockets run and a 99-90 victory over the Heat at the Toyota Center. Miami Herald

Billionaire MSG boss Jim Dolan and his wife, Kristin, have split after 15 years of marriage, they exclusively confirmed to Page Six. “After much contemplation,” James and Kristin say that they have decided to separate. They said in a statement: “While this decision was a difficult one, we have a great deal of regard for each other and will continue our relationship as business partners and co-parents. Our children remain the center of our lives and their well-being is our top priority. It is in this spirit that we sincerely ask that their privacy and the privacy of our family be respected during this transitional period in our lives.” NY Post/Page Six


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