Los Angeles Lakers coach Byron Scott said he has not considered reducing Kobe Bryant’s minutes or role even though Bryant’s struggles have continually worsened, hitting rock bottom Tuesday, when, in a 111-77 loss to the Golden State Warriors, Bryant tied the worst shooting performance of his career in any game in which he attempted at least five shots.
“I haven’t thought about reducing his role,” Scott said Wednesday at the team’s practice facility. “I think his role is pretty defined for us right now. So is his minutes.”
Source: Baxter Holmes of ESPN
Sources: Rockets Want Three Second-Round Picks for PJ Tucker in Trade
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
Sources: Cavaliers Expected to Trade or Release Kevin Porter Jr.
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.
Report: CJ McCollum Out One Week with Left Foot Sprain
As for [CJ] McCollum, [Terry] Stotts also said prior to Monday’s game that his sprained left foot would be reevaluated in a week. The 6-3 guard was playing arguably the best basketball of his career prior to the injury, averaging 26.7 points on 47 percent shooting from the field and 44 percent shooting from three, 5.0 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 33.8 minutes per game.
Source: Portland Trail Blazers