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Mark Cuban: League Doesn’t Call Defensive Three Seconds

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Owner Mark Cuban made a point to complain about what he considers an NBA officiating trend after his Dallas Mavericks lost 98-95 to the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night. Cuban expressed concern that referees are ignoring a league emphasis to call defensive three-second violations.

“I know it’s not the league, so somewhere along the line, officials have chosen not to call defensive three seconds,” Cuban said, addressing reporters in the middle of the locker room after the game, a rarity for him.

Source: Tim MacMahon of ESPN

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Sources: Devin Booker to Replace Damian Lillard in All-Star Game, Three-Point Contest

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Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker has been named by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to replace injured Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard on Team LeBron in the 2020 NBA All-Star Game, which will be played on Sunday, Feb. 16 at the United Center in Chicago. Booker will also replace Lillard in the 2020 MTN DEW® 3-Point Contest on Saturday, Feb. 15 at the United Center.

Booker has earned his first NBA All-Star selection in his fifth season, becoming the Suns’ first All-Star since Steve Nash in the 2011-12 season. The 6-5 guard is averaging 26.4 points (10th in NBA), 6.3 assists and 4.2 rebounds while posting career highs in field goal percentage (49.6) and free throw percentage (92.0).

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Sources: Damian Lillard Out One-to-Two Weeks with Groin Strain

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Yahoo Sources: Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard underwent an MRI and it confirmed a groin strain with a 1-2 week recovery period

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Sources: Magic ‘tried hard’ to Trade Aaron Gordon Before Deadline

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Golden State was among the teams with whom the Magic discussed a [Aaron] Gordon trade. So were the Timberwolves. Those two wound up making the most significant trade of the deadline period, swapping D’Angelo Russell for Andrew Wiggins. Orlando had been interested in Russell last summer when he was a restricted free agent.

There was chatter, too, involving the Suns. But Gordon, the No. 4 pick of the 2014 draft, is still with the Magic. Perhaps not for long — executives around the league expect that Gordon will be back on the trade block in the offseason, too.

As one source told Heavy.com, “They were trying, and they tried hard to get something done with him at the deadline. All that gets brought back into focus once the season is over and you have a good idea what the market is for him.”

Source: Sean Deveney of Heavy.com

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