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Jeff Van Gundy: Vogel Deserves New Deal

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Jeff Van Gundy can be the ultimate advocate for coaches, but he made a good point on Wednesday. He said that rather than be on a hot seat, Frank Vogel should be given a contract extension and a raise for leading a team so obviously flawed and fragile as far as he has.

There has not been a rush to praise Vogel in the months since the All-Star break, but with all we have learned about the Pacers, Van Gundy makes a good point. He helped make this team look like a legitimate contender. He made it look better than it is.

But there is a general rule about public perception of coaches. Until a coach wins a championship, to the public, they lose games and players win them.

via Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle

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Sources: CJ McCollum Out Four Weeks with Fractured Left Foot

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Trail Blazers star CJ McCollum has a fractured left foot and will miss an extended period of time, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium.

Portland Trail Blazers say CJ McCollum will be re-evaluated in four weeks with a small hairline fracture to the lateral cuneiform in his left foot and a mid-foot sprain.

Source: Shams Charania and Chris Haynes on Twitter

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Sources: Rockets Want Three Second-Round Picks for PJ Tucker in Trade

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And how about P.J. Tucker? Numerous teams have already inquired about the stout versatile defender, and league sources say Houston is currently demanding three second-round draft picks for the upcoming unrestricted free agent.

Source: Kevin O’Conner of The Ringer

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Sources: Cavaliers Expected to Trade or Release Kevin Porter Jr.

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Cavaliers guard Kevin Porter Jr. is expected to be traded or released following an outburst Friday in the Cavs locker room, The Athletic has learned from several sources with direct knowledge of the events.

Porter, 20, who has not played this season due to personal issues, grew angry when he entered the locker room and realized the team gave his old locker to Taurean Prince, who was acquired in a blockbuster trade Wednesday.

Sources said Porter, whose locker was moved to the wall where the younger, end-of-bench players reside, began yelling and at one point threw food.

Source: Jason Lloyd, Joe Vardon, Shams Charania and Kelsey Russo of The Athletic

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