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Report: James Johnson Close to Return to HEAT Training Camp

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Heat President Pat Riley spoke pointedly Monday about moving past James Johnson’s conditioning suspension and moving forward behind the inspiring leadership of prime offseason acquisition Jimmy Butler.

Johnson, who has been away from the team since the Sept. 30 eve of training camp for failing to meet his team-mandated conditioning standards, will soon be back with the team and with coach Erik Spoelstra, Riley said.

“He’s already almost there again,” Riley said. “So I think in very short notice I’m going to turn this over to Erik. And it’s between Erik and him now.”

Source: Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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Sources: Hawks Trade Allen Crabbe to Timberwolves for Jeff Teague

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Atlanta has traded guard Allen Crabbe to Minnesota for PG Jeff Teague and Treveon Graham, league sources tell ESPN. Hawks get a backup for Trae Young.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

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Sources: Multiple Teams Interested in Robert Covington

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Rival teams also say the market for forward Robert Covington has been heating up over recent days. Covington has become a coveted player, with his defensive prowess and outside shooting an ideal fit for most teams in the playoff hunt. Houston, Dallas and Philadelphia are among the teams that have expressed interest in him, but Minnesota is expected to drive a hard bargain, league sources said.

Source: Jon Krawczynski and Shams Charania of The Athletic

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Sources: Hawks No Longer Pursuing Andre Drummond, Interested in Steven Adams

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The Atlanta Hawks are no longer engaging with the Detroit Pistons on a trade that would have landed them All-Star big man Andre Drummond, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

If the Hawks don’t address their center need by the Feb. 6 trade deadline, Drummond is expected to be one of their top targets in free agency, sources said.

Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams is also on the Hawks’ radar and talks could potentially pick up steam as the deadline looms, sources said.

Source: Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports

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