The New York Knicks’ front office has spoken to the Trail Blazers in recent days about a trade for one of Portland’s three first-round picks, sources confirmed to ESPN on Thursday.
Portland owns the 15th, 20th and 26th overall picks in the current draft. New York has the No. 8 overall pick, and members of the organization have been exploring the possibility of acquiring an additional pick later in the first round, per sources.
Source: Ian Begley of ESPN
Doc Rivers Thinks All-Star Game Draft Should be Televised
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 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.
Source: Nick Friedell of ESPN
Antetokounmpo Tried to Intervene Before Kidd was Fired
Jason Kidd said that Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo called him about 15 minutes before Kidd was officially notified he’d been fired by the Bucks and offered to help save his job.
“He called me and said, ‘Coach, this isn’t right what they’re about to do, but [they] are gonna let you go,'” Kidd told ESPN. Kidd said he replied, “I had a feeling that was gonna take place.” To which Antetokounmpo responded, “‘What can I do? I’ll call the owners, I’ll call my agent.”
Source: Ramona Shelburne of ESPN
Sources: Milwaukee Bucks Fire Coach Jason Kidd
The Milwaukee Bucks have fired coach Jason Kidd, sources ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Bucks assistant coach Joe Prunty will be installed as interim coach, league sources tell ESPN. He will coach Bucks against Phoenix tonight.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 22, 2018
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN