NBA Rumors: Lakers Julius Randle Out, Clippers To Get Rid Of Jamal Crawford And More

Here are the current updates on some of your favorite NBA teams.

1. Atlanta Hawks

After missing the last seven games, center Tiago Splitter — who suffered from a sore right hip — may be ready to return to the lineup, seeing as he participated in all of Monday’s practice. “We’ll see how he feels tomorrow when he comes in but he pretty much did everything,” said head coach Mike Budenholzer to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Meanwhile, Tim Hardaway Jr. returned from his brief stint in the D-League, saying it was a good experience. “You have to do whatever you can and what’s best for the team. It all depends on what Coach Bud wants me to do,” he shared. “Like I said, I’m here for the team and I’m just ready to play.”

2. Los Angeles Clippers

The Clippers are said to have called teams to find out if there is any interest in forwards Lance Stephenson or John Smith, according to Yahoo Sports. While Stephenson is signed through 2016-17 if the Clippers can pick up their $9.4 million team option, it looks like they will be waiving Stephenson after the season if they can’t trade him.

On the other hand, Smith signed a mere one-year, minimum contract with the Clippers, and will be a free agent come July. Additionally, they are also willing to deal Jamal Crawford.

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“They are talented, but when you add people like that it does affect the chemistry of their team,” said one league insider. “I don’t think they will be traded. It’s a tough thing to do because they didn’t have a lot of takers beforehand.”

3. Denver Nuggets

Due to a concussion, shooting guard Gary Harris has missed the last five games. However, he pushed through with practice and, depending on his condition that day, may be likely to return to the lineup against Orlando.

4. Portland Trail Blazers

“Just the last few plays… we talked about what we could have done differently, basically,” said All-Star guard Damian Lillard to The Oregonian following their recent loss on Monday. “On the last play, when C.J. McCollum got tied up, my man is the one that tied him up. I probably should’ve ran further down the court to stay out of the way because that’s what we wanted to do.”

5. Washington Wizards

The Washington Post claims center Marcin Gortat is due to rejoin the team on Tuesday and play Wednesday against Houston; Gortat has been absent from the last three games due to visiting his ailing mother in Poland. His return is beneficial to the team, as the Wizards are currently dealing with injuries to members Nene Hilario, Kris Humphries, and Drew Gooden.

6. Los Angeles Lakers

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Head coach Byron Scott decided to switch it up on Monday against Toronto, benching D’Angelo Russell and Julius Randle in favor of Louis Williams and Larry Nance Jr. as they may be a better fit for Kobe Bryant.

“When [Kobe Bryant] is out there, they seem to defer a little bit more to him,” said Scott to ESPNLosAngeles.com. “I thought tonight they played a little bit more free. They still made mistakes, but they’re going to make mistakes. They’re young. But I want them to continue to play as hard as they played tonight.”

7. Memphis Grizzlies

Currently, Tony Allen is averaging 21.1 minutes this season, however, since the last five games, he’s down to 15.8 minutes. Due to this, there are speculations that his role may be reduced in the games to come.

“I’ve mentioned a few times this season that this year could amount to a tipping point for Zach Randolph, in terms of his scoring and rebounding value no longer outweighing his defensive limitations against changing NBA offenses,” wrote Chris Herrington of The Commercial-Appeal.

“But perhaps it’s even more of one for Allen, whose defense may — and I stress may — no longer be elite enough to outweigh his offensive limitations.”

8. Brooklyn Nets

Following their 5-15 start to the season, head coach Lionel Hollins was asked if he was feeling the pressure to lead his team. “Whatever goes down in that regard, I have no control over that,” he told ESPNNewYork.com. “I don’t even worry about it; I don’t think about it; I don’t read about it. Whatever happens, it’ll be a surprise when it does — if it happens. But it’s just a job.”

On his four-year, $20 million contract, Hollins has two more years remaining, though 2017-18 is a team option.

Rookie Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, meanwhile, is out indefinitely, recovering from a right ankle surgery to fix the non-displaced fracture of the posterior talus.

9. Toronto Raptors

Forward DeMarre Carroll and center Lucas Nogueira have joined center Jonas Valanciunas on the sideline with injuries; Carroll is out indefinitely due to a right knee contusion while Nogueira is dealing with a sprained left ankle. In light of Carroll’s absence, head coach Dwane Casey has started Terrence Ross at small forward.

10. Miami Heat

Forward Luol Deng missed his sixth consecutive game on Monday — and is likely to miss a few more — due to his strained left hamstring. Head coach Erik Spoelstra reported that Deng is on currently on the road to recovery, and until he is cleared to play, Spoelstra will continue to start Gerald Green at small forward.

“He’s getting getting better. He’s getting stronger,” said Spoelstra to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “He’s doing more conditioning. He had a good day [Sunday] again. He still hasn’t done any full contact, competitive work yet.”

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