Scotto: Durant to Wizards Unlikely; Wittman and Grunfeld Imperiled

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Remember when a potential homecoming for Kevin Durant with the Washington Wizards was the buzz around the league? It wasn’t all that long ago, and it seemed more than plausible, for rational reasons. Free agents sometimes want a new start; players sometimes want to return closer to their hometowns; teams that are one superstar away from being legit contenders can sometimes get that superstar of their dreams. That was the plan that drove the Wizards’ thinking for the past 12 months … if not

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Scotto: NCAA Tournament NBA Draft Stock Watch

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As it does virtually every year, the NCAA Tournament has produced numerous upsets, brackets ripped to shreds across the country and glimpses of new NBA talent on the horizon. The upcoming talent pool consists of a guard with the range of Jimmer Fredette and the flair of Stephen Curry, a second generation Sabonis big man and three seniors ready to make an immediate impact. With the Final Four upon us, several league executives and scouts spoke to SheridanHoops about those five prospects

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Scotto: Big East Tournament NBA Draft Stock Watch

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NEW YORK – The Big East tournament featured two lottery picks, a local high school phenom, a breakout draft candidate and the latest Georgetown center with NBA potential. Kris Dunn and Henry Ellenson headlined the event as the top draft prospects, but it was former Lincoln High School star Isaiah Whitehead who stole the show. Whitehead made a runner off the backboard while being fouled against Villanova and then made the free throw to give Seton Hall the Big East tournament

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PODCAST: Scotto on the Knicks, Derrick Rose, Blake Griffin, Anthony Davis and More

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The New York Knicks have run the Love Triangle offense off the court better than Phil Jackson’s version on the court thanks to coaches Derek Fisher and Kurt Rambis. Will this be the final straw for Carmelo Anthony to waive his no-trade clause and for the Knicks to scrap the Triangle offense for a proven winner in former Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, the best available coach on the market? Speaking of the Bulls, Derrick Rose is averaging 26 points, 5.7 rebounds

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Scotto: Sean Marks Era Begins In Brooklyn; Can He Haka It?

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BROOKLYN – The Sean Marks Era began with a hiccup in Brooklyn off the court. “I hope that I can capture all that I’ve learned and bring it to New Jersey,” Marks said during his introductory press conference before Friday’s game. Nets chairman Dmitry Razumov looked like a deer staring into the headlights of an oncoming car beside Marks when his new GM said, “New Jersey.” [Read more…]

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PODCAST: Scotto on Dwight Howard, Markieff Morris and Raptors Trade Talks

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Houston Rockets coach J.B. Bickerstaff called his team “broken” recently, and with the team currently out of the playoffs Dwight Howard could be on the move. However, trading Howard may not be as easy as it sounds in theory as colleague Ben DuBose explained in a SheridanHoops column. Trades talks are heating up with less than a week until the trade deadline on February 18. Another player who may be dealt at the deadline is Phoenix Suns forward Markieff Morris who has wanted

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Scotto: Free Agent Target Conley a Long Shot as Nets GM Search Continues

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BROOKLYN – Mike Conley, the top free agent point guard on the market this summer, threw more wood onto the dumpster fire that has been the Brooklyn Nets’ season. Making the playoffs all but mathematically went up in smoke months ago, and now any hope of Conley signing with the Nets this summer all but went up in flames, too. Before Wednesday’s win at Barclays Center, Conley told reporters that coach Lionel Hollins would have been a “big reason” to consider signing

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PODCAST: Scotto on All-Star Snubs, Blake Griffin and Trades

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Guards Jeff Teague and Tyreke Evans have been added to the list of difference makers available on the NBA’s trade market with the deadline less than three weeks away. The trade market is loaded with forwards such as Rudy Gay, Ryan Anderson, Markieff Morris, Terrence Jones and Corey Brewer. Trades talks will heat up closer to All-Star Weekend in two weeks when all the general managers are on hand. Three players who won’t be making the trip are Damian Lillard, Pau Gasol and

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