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Carter-Williams, Burke Are Rookies of Month

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The Philadelphia 76ers’ Michael Carter-Williams and the Utah Jazz’s Trey Burke today were named the Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Rookies of the Month, respectively, for games played in January.

Carter-Williams led all rookies in scoring (16.5 ppg) and ranked second in rebounds (5.6 rpg), assists (5.6 apg) and minutes (33.3 mpg) during January.  Carter-Williams posted a point-rebound double-double with 19 points and 12 boards, and added seven assists during a 110-106 win at the New York Knicks on Jan. 22.  The 76ers recorded a 5-3 road record on the month.

Burke led all rookies in assists (6.8 apg), and ranked third in scoring (11.8 ppg) and minutes (31.5 mpg) during January.  He scored in double figures seven times, and handed out five or more assists in nine of 12 contests.  Burke recorded consecutive point-assist double-doubles on Jan. 15, during a loss to the San Antonio Spurs, and Jan. 17, during a win over the Detroit Pistons.

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Sources: Hawks Fire Lloyd Pierce, Nate McMillan to Serve as Interim Head Coach

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Atlanta has dismissed Lloyd Pierce as coach, sources tell ESPN.

ESPN Sources: Nate McMillan has accepted the interim head coaching job with the Hawks. McMillan has a 667-591 (.530) record in 16 seasons as head coach with Seattle, Portland and Indiana.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

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Sources: Joakim Noah to Retire

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13-year NBA center Joakim Noah — a two-time All-Star and former Defensive Player of the Year winner — is effectively retiring from basketball, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium.

Plan is for the longtime Chicago star to eventually retire as a Bull.

Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

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Sources: Victor Oladipo Turned Down Extension from Rockets

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Houston Rockets guard Victor Oladipo recently turned down a two-year, $45.2 million maximum contract extension, the most the franchise could offer him before the end of the regular season, sources told ESPN.

As expected, Oladipo is pursuing a longer-term deal, sources said, something that the collective bargaining agreement doesn’t allow the Rockets to offer him until the offseason.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

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