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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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Report: G League to Expand to Mexico for 2020-21 Season

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The NBA G League, the NBA’s official minor league, and Capitanes, a professional basketball team based in Mexico City, today announced that Capitanes will join the NBA G League as its first team from outside the U.S. and Canada.

Capitanes becomes the NBA G League’s 29th team and will make its debut for the 2020-21 season. The team will play its NBA G League home games at the Gimnasio Juan de la Barrera in Mexico City.

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Sources: Nets to Waive Iman Shumpert

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The Brooklyn Nets are waiving guard Iman Shumpert, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. Nets were 9-4 with Shumpert and reluctantly released him due to full roster guarantees.

Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

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Sources: RJ Hampton Out Four Weeks with Hip Injury

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Potential 2020 NBA draft lottery pick RJ Hampton will miss about four weeks with a hip injury, a source told ESPN.

Hampton suffered a hip flexor injury with the New Zealand Breakers of the Australian NBL last week and was prescribed to rest by a sport and exercise physician he visited, which will likely keep him out of action until mid-January.

The 18-year-old Hampton is averaging 9.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 22 minutes per game and is currently forecasted as the number seven prospect in the ESPN 100. Hampton will rehab his injury in New Zealand and is expected to make a full recovery and continue to play for the Breakers as they close out the regular season in February.

Source: Jonathan Givony of ESPN

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