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Wade on Bulls’ Butler: ‘Playing Out of this World Right Now’

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While amazing performances continue to come out of Oklahoma City, Houston and elsewhere, Dwyane Wade says he believes Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler shouldn’t take a backseat to any of them.

“He’s playing as good as anybody in the league right now,” Wade told ESPN.com on Saturday after the Bulls’ 123-118 win over the Toronto Raptors. “What he’s doing in the fourth quarter is even more impressive than the stat line at the end of the day. That stat line is amazing, but everybody knows we’re going to Jimmy. And to still be able to make those plays, make those things, it’s incredible. And then to still guard one or two of the other best players on the other end of the floor in the fourth, that’s impressive, man. He’s playing out of this world right now. His confidence is out the roof, and that goes a long way.”

Source: Nick Friedell of ESPN

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Sources: Pelicans Open to Trading Lonzo Ball, JJ Redick

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A team that is expected to be prominent in the trade market picture, rival teams expect: The New Orleans Pelicans. The franchise is off to an uneven 5-10 start to the season. New Orleans has been receiving calls about the availability of Lonzo Ball and JJ Redick and has shown an openness to discussing trades around both with interested teams, sources tell The Athletic. A move would create a clearer pathway for young guards Nickeil Alexander-Walker and Kira Lewis in the Pelicans’ rotation.

Source: Shams Charania of The Athletic

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Sources: Warriors, Pelicans Discussed Potential Kelly Oubre Jr. Trade

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The [Golden State] Warriors and [New Orleans] Pelicans discussed a potential deal involving Kelly Oubre Jr., sources said. There isn’t traction as of yet. Like many conversations around this time, it is a scenario.

Source: Shams Charania of  The Athletic

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Sources: Knicks, Clippers Interested in Derrick Rose

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New York and the [Los Angeles] Clippers are among interested teams in [Detroit] Pistons guard Derrick Rose, sources said. Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau has a long history with Rose, coaching the former league MVP in Chicago and Minnesota.

Source: Shams Charania of The Athletic

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