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Lakers Shouldn’t Rush Russell into Stardom?

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The D’Angelo Russell story didn’t end when he stopped starting. It’s a hard sell to the eager rookie point guard and the NBA’s least-patient fan base, but less playing time for Russell now could mean better times down the road.

And in an era when there’s scrutiny for minutes played over the course of a season and blame for the accumulation of minutes over the course of a career, why burn extra minutes now? Doesn’t it make sense to save some of the finite allotment of productive NBA minutes for later, when both Russell and the Lakers will presumably be better?

Source: J.A. Adande of ESPN

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Sources: Dell Demps to Join Jazz Coaching Staff

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Former New Orleans Pelicans general manager Dell Demps has agreed to join the Utah Jazz as an assistant coach, reuniting with Quin Snyder, sources tell ESPN.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

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Sources: ‘A lot of mutual interest’ between Tristan Thompson, Cavaliers

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The team source said that there’s “a lot of mutual interest” between Cleveland and [Tristan] Thompson.

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Sources: Bulls Hire Billy Donovan as Head Coach

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The Chicago Bulls have hired former Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Billy Donovan as their new head coach, the team announced Tuesday.

Arturas Karnisovas, the Bulls’ executive vice president of basketball operations, aggressively pursued Donovan after the coach left the Oklahoma City Thunder, sources said, selling Donovan on a partnership and vision for a talented young roster and a chance to lead one of the league’s anchor franchises.

In an official statement, Donovan thanked the team’s ownership “for the opportunity to coach the Chicago Bulls” and said he is looking forward to working with Karnisovas.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

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