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NBA Rumors for Monday, January 21, 2019
Updated 1:00 p.m. ET

James Harden likely will need just four more seasons to pass Olajuwon on the all-time career points leader rankings - Olajuwon ranks 11th all-time currently, while Harden is 9,639 points behind him - but unless Harden brings home a pair of Larry O'Brien trophies, The Dream's spot at the top is secure. Houston Chronicle

The adjustment to point guard in the injury absence of Miami Heat teammate Goran Dragic has been seamless for Justise Winslow. But one element of his game not up for compromise is his rebounding. Because while you can take the power forward designation out of his place in the lineup, you can't take the power forward out of Winslow. Sun Sentinel

With Winslow likely to go back to at least some time at forward when Dragic makes his expected return from knee surgery around the mid-February All-Star break, he said he is not about to allow the rebounding element of his game to erode. "My mentality hasn't really changed," he said, "as far as rebounding, being in this position." Sun Sentinel

NBA Rumors for Saturday

The Rockets, in need of help at center with Clint Capela out for four to six weeks, will sign center Kenneth Faried next week once he completes a buyout with the Nets and clears waivers, a person with knowledge of the team's plans said on Friday. Faried, 29, has played in just 12 games with the Nets this season, but was an effective rebounder and pick-and-roll threat in seven seasons with the Denver Nuggets, where he averaged 11.4 points and 8.4 rebounds. Houston Chronicle

For 12 minutes on the game clock – the entire second quarter -- Friday night in Moda Center, it was Jake Layman’s world and we were all fortunate just to live in it. Layman, who lost his spot in the Portland starting lineup to Maurice Harkless Friday, didn’t get off the Trail Blazer bench in the first quarter. But he set the Moda Center on fire in the second quarter and built a foundation for a 128-112 Portland win over the New Orleans Pelicans. Layman made 8 of his 11 shots, including 4 of 7 from three-point range, showing off an offensive array that included dunks, a finger roll and mid-range jumpers on the way to a 20-point quarter. By the end of the period, the crowd was ready to buy stock in whatever he was selling, on its feet and going nuts. NBC Sports

You could see the frustration on the Timberwolves’ faces. You could hear it in the boos of the fans at Target Center. You might think the Wolves were playing 8-on-5 in their 116-113 loss to the Spurs, but interim coach Ryan Saunders wasn’t letting the Wolves blame officials for the defeat. “We’re a no excuse team,” Saunders said. And none of the Wolves did that after the game. Karl-Anthony Towns declined to talk about the referees for fear that he would get fined and when asked what he thought of the officials, Jeff Teague just said: “[The Spurs] played hard. They played well. Had some guys make some tough shots.” Star Tribune


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